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Christ Lutheran is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), a gathering of over 400,000 people in 1,200 congregations throughout the United States and the world.  For a statement of our beliefs, we encourage you to visit the WELS website.

Here is a brief statement of what we believe:
  • We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired word of God, totally without error.
  • We believe that the God of the Bible, the Triune God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - is the only true God.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true Man in one Person.
  • We believe that we are sinful and, left to ourselves, would surely spend an eternity in hell because of our sins, for we can do nothing at all to save ourselves.
  • We believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins and rose again to assure us of victory over sin, death and the devil.  Because of his finished work, God offers forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all as a free gift.
  • We believe that we cannot choose to believe in Christ on our own, but the Holy Spirit works fait in our hearts through the gospel in Word and Sacraments (Baptism and the Lord's Supper).
  • We believe that a Christan will wish to live a life of service to God and others out of thankfulness for what God has done for us.

Faith Related Q and A

Am I correct in my belief that God decides how long we are to live, before our conception? That is, while we have a say in how we die, neither we, nor the medical profession, have any control over when. In other words, if a person commits suicide, while the choice and method are a sin, they would have otherwise died another way. For your information, I'm not trying to suggest that we shouldn't take proper care of ourselves, or refuse to go to the doctor, as I realize they are the method, as it were, of staying alive, even if not the cause.

Let me pass along a response to a question similar to yours. The response includes the thought of taking care of the bodies God has given us that you expressed. “A clear passage that speaks of all our days as already known by God is Psalm 139:16. ‘All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.’ Nothing happens in this life without God permitting, guiding, and directing it to serve his ultimate purpose. “However, this is one of those places where we must realize that Scripture says ‘two’ things that will seem contradictory to human reason. Scripture also clearly indicates that we are responsible to God for actions we take and decisions we make that impact our life and health… Trust in God does not mean that we forego wise care for our health and life. “So, here are the two things that we must say in order to keep our biblical balance. Are all our days known by God—exactly what they will be and how they will end—before I ever live them? Yes. Are we responsible for our actions and decisions that impact our health and life? Yes. “And how can we with our human reason reconcile how both of these things can be true? That is where we leave it up to God whose ways and thoughts and reason are far, far beyond ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).”

I am having a hard time grappling with the healing stories in Scripture. Jesus and the apostles healed people physically, mentally, spiritually, in every way. There are numerous passages and we are expected to accept them at face value. We also read in John 16:24 and many other passages that we are to ask in Jesus' name and we will receive. My disabled adult son almost died three years ago from a severe heart infection. In fact, he was under hospice care for three weeks until he started to get better, without any real treatment. Many people were praying for him. People in our church were calling it a miracle. He was put on a minor heart failure drug and for several months evidently had no problems. Then we came to learn he had advanced kidney disease, and he requires catheterization four times a day, which severely limits his ability to travel or do anything in a "normal" way. He has had numerous urinary tract infections since then. His life has drastically changed, as has ours. My wife and I are getting on in years and are very fearful for his future. I feel like the "miracle" was a joke, as now, he is sicker and more disabled than he ever was before the heart problem. I've been praying for his physical healing, also for wisdom to know God's will for him. I am getting nothing. Can you help?

You are correct in noting that the healing miracles in the Bible are true; they did take place. Then, again, what we need to keep in mind is that all those people on the receiving end of God’s miraculous power experienced death (and those who were raised from the dead experienced death a second time). Their physical healing was not permanent. Was there sickness or prolonged sickness before death took place? We are not told. To all the Bible passages that speak of God’s promise to answer prayers, we need to add other Bible passages that speak of God’s love and wisdom that go beyond our understanding (Isaiah 55:8-9; Romans 11:33-36). God’s wisdom and love may lead him to answer our prayers in ways that differ from our requests (2 Corinthians 12:7-10), but we recognize that God always has our best—our eternal best—in mind (Romans 8:28). I encourage you to continue to pray for your son, yourself and your family. Then, be sure to give the Lord plenty of opportunities to speak to you through his word (Colossians 3:16). Remember the meaning of baptism: that God has made you his own dear child. (The same is true for your son.) Be a frequent guest at the Lord’s Supper to receive in the most personal way possible the forgiveness of sins. Satan would like nothing more than for you to question and doubt God’s love. Using God’s gospel in word and sacrament provides the Holy Spirit with opportunities to convince you all the more of God’s great love for you and your family. There are good Christian books that can apply God’s word to your family’s situation. One such book is When Jesus is There. The description of this book is: “Topics include having a child with a serious illness…” It is available from Northwestern Publishing House. I hope you are able to speak with your pastor about these matters. He is in a position to address the spiritual needs of your family. God bless you and your family.