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When my wife and I are invited for dinner at one of our friends who happens to be Catholic, our host will pray a simple, generic table prayer before eating. How do we, as WELS Lutherans, handle this? Answer: If your friends hold to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, there is a great difference between their faith and your faith. As joint prayer is an expression of Christian unity, you would refrain from joining in prayer with them. As it is, your question tells me that your host simply prays a prayer and does not look for others to join in. While that might be an uncomfortable situation for you and your wife, you are not in the wrong by being there while that prayer is being prayed. You can be respectfully quiet when your host prays. There is much information on the Seminary’s online essay file on the topic of praying with others. If you are interested in pursuing this subject, you can follow this link. You might also be interested in reading more about the Roman Catholic Church. A recent book from Northwestern Publishing House is A Lutheran Looks at Catholics. You can find the hard copy and eBook version via this link. These materials will provide help in witnessing about our faith. God bless your efforts. 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.
Where does it say in Scripture that Baptism creates faith? Answer: We will not find a passage in the Bible that states specifically and succinctly: “Baptism creates faith.” We know that baptism is a faith-working act on God’s part by looking at several Bible passages and seeing how they relate to baptism.The Bible explains that people enjoy the forgiveness of sins and eternal life by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ his Son (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 3:28). The Bible states that baptism gives people those very blessings of life and forgiveness (Acts 2:38; 22:16; Ephesians 5:26; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Peter 3:21). Baptism gives those blessings because of the powerful word of God that is attached to the water.Since the Bible teaches that we enjoy salvation only through faith in Christ, and since the Bible teaches that baptism saves us and washes away our sins, we can rightfully say that baptism creates the faith that connects us to Jesus and brings into our lives all the blessings he won by his holy life, sacrificial death and glorious resurrection.We have every reason to grow in our appreciation for baptism by which we are clothed in Jesus’ robe of righteousness (Galatians 3:27).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