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Can a WELS member participate in any part of an LCMS church? Thank you! Answer: I take it that when you ask about participating in an “LCMS church,” you have in mind a worship service in an LCMS church. Building on that assumption, I can be present at such a worship service, but I will refrain from doing what I do in a worship service in a church of our fellowship: worshiping and communing. Certainly, I will be respectful of those who are worshiping and seek not to be a distraction to them.Answered by James Pope, professor at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. Pope is a contributing editor to Forward in Christ magazine. He writes the monthly “Light for our path” question and answer column.
As a WELS member is there a religious problem in joining the American Legion? Thank you! Answer: The American Legion’s Web site explains that it “was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization.” While the essential character of the organization is not religious in nature, still there can be religious elements in the local post, such as prayers, a chaplain and burial rites. It would be worth your while to speak to individuals at the local post to find out to what extent there are religious elements at that level. Speaking to your pastor would also be helpful. Certainly if Lutheran Christians were to join an organization like this, they would, as in other settings of life, refrain from prayers and religious activities if there is not unity of faith (Romans 16:17).Answered by James Pope, professor at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. Pope is a contributing editor to Forward in Christ magazine. He writes the monthly “Light for our path” question and answer column.
Pastor Timothy J. Winkel
2651 Shettler Road
Muskegon, MI 49444
Telephone: 231 777 3011