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» I have a relative who stopped going to Church (Baptist) and feels she does not have to go to church to be a Christian. I asked her about Communion and she said if she prays God will forgive her sins. What should I say to her?

» Is Matthew 28:19 considered a command?

» Watching some of the coverage of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, I have heard that there is a crown of thorns there that they believe to be the crown worn by Jesus on the cross. I have never heard of this before. Could this be possible? Does our WELS have an opinion as to whether this could be the actual crown of thorns worn by Jesus?

» I often give in to the sin of watching porn and feel bad and pray to God apologizing and get Communion, then end up falling into temptation again and repeating. I know if you ask for forgiveness but repeat it then it's not being truly repentant. I want to stop and feel super bad if I don't take Communion, but know I will sooner or later fall back into my old ways. What should I do? I don't feel right talking to my pastor about it either.

» I have a question on salvation. The Bible clearly says that that we are saved by grace, not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9). But isn’t belief itself a work? Isn’t believing something we have to do to be saved? This is connected to another question that I have: what is the least someone has to do to get to heaven? Where is the line drawn? Is it trust in God? Is it repentance? How much trust or repentance is needed to be saved? Thanks for any answers.

» How do I stop thinking like a legalist? I have been reading a lot of Baptist materials lately, and always seem to think like a legalist.

» I just saw a video from a WELS pastor claiming the LCMS seminaries teach doctrine is not important. My entire experience says this is blatantly false. Agree?

» Why does WELS not require their teachers (K-12) to have their state teaching licenses? Also, why does WELS call teachers for positions where their degree qualifications do not line up (for example, a teacher with a degree in physical education teaching science)?

» What are the differences in Calvinism and Lutheran teachings? My brother recently sent me a video from Truth or Tradition that speaks of how Christmas and Easter are based more on devil worship. And now he is stating that he will not go to any church unless it will not participate in either Christmas or Easter celebration. Early in the video John Calvin is quoted. I see that Calvinism teaches 5 principles: T.U.L.I.P. T: total depravity, U: unconditional election, L: limited atonement, I: irresistible grace, and P: perseverance of the Saints. I am particularly interested in unconditional election as several Scripture verses quote that God has chosen or predestined a few to be saved and not others. What Scripture verses refute these teachings?

» I have been suffering from a deteriorating disease. I feel this illness is taking away my faith in God. I cannot live with the guilt this has caused. I desperately call out to him and love him so much. Please, how can I strengthen my faith in God during this time? I feel like he does not love me.

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Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. ~ 1 Timothy 1:15