Faith Related Q and A|
|» ||I am getting married soon and, as a member of a WELS church, I would like to have it in my home church. However, my mother has brought to my attention that some of the music I want played at my wedding is not allowed in a church setting or service, such as “All of Me” by John Legend. Could you direct me to where in the Bible it specifies which kind of music is allowed in a church? I don’t want to be disrespectful, but my fiancé and I value music highly and would really like to include instrumental versions of other songs, along with the worship songs we choose. If you could provide some clarity, I would greatly appreciate it. God bless.|
|» ||Regarding a question about who you would endorse for U.S. president, you gave the following response:
"WELS does not endorse any candidate for political office. Doing so would be a violation of the Internal Revenue Code and jeopardize the synod’s tax-exempt status."
Would it not be highly improper to let government benefits affect what the synod or its congregations would endorse or not endorse? I feel like the only thing guiding the preaching and official statements of a church body should be the Word of God. If the church, as a consequence of that, would lose various economic benefits, that's a price we as Christians should be ready to pay (Rev. 13:17).|
|» ||Recently I've been struggling with sola Scriptura (Scripture alone). I've read the verses pointed to as evidence, but I'm having a hard time connecting them as evidence for sola Scriptura. In their context, they don't seem like proof. How should the dots be connected between these verses?|
|» ||Did Adam go to heaven?|
|» ||Do you offer a People's Bible commentary leader's guide?|
|» ||Matthew 5:28 says that if you look at a woman lustfully, you commit adultery with her in your heart. But what about when it comes to your spouse? Can you look at or think about your spouse lustfully without sinning? Would it not be considered adultery because you are married to that person? Is it somehow apart the unity of marriage (two becoming one flesh)?|
|» ||In Exodus 13:11-15 the Bible speaks of the firstborn of every womb and to redeem the firstborn among your sons. Did this mean they sacrificed firstborn sons or that they dedicated their firstborn to serve the Lord? What does it mean to redeem each firstborn son?|
My wife and I were discussing infant Baptism, more specifically infant and unborn babies being able to believe and be saved who have not been baptized and come from parents who do not believe.
My feeling was that a baby has to be able to hear the Gospel in order to be saved. In more detail, the Holy Spirit works through that message, and that babies that do not hear the Gospel cannot be saved.
My wife's thought is that the Holy Spirit cannot be limited by people, and we do not know how he can work and what his power is.
What are your thoughts? Thanks!|
|» ||What is the Bible's position on adultery? Is it against one of the commandments? Where are the commandments in our NIV Bibles?|
|» ||Where would I find a list of books written by WELS professors who have departed, people like Siegbert Becker? And do you think NPH would still have copies I could buy, or would it be better to search on Amazon or eBay?|