Doctrinal Statement

We Believe:

  • That God has given the full revelation of himself in his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. In Jesus, God has revealed himself as the Savior-God, who “so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
  • That God has given a written revelation for all people in the Holy Scriptures.
  • That the entire Bible is Christ-centered. In the Old Testament God repeatedly promised a divine Deliverer from sin, death, and hell. The New Testament proclaims that this promised Deliverer has come in the person of Jesus of Nazareth.
  • That God gave the Scriptures through men whom he chose, using language they knew and the style of writing they had. He used Moses and the prophets to write the Old Testament and the evangelists and apostles to write the New Testament.
  • That in a miraculous way that goes beyond all human investigation, God the Holy Spirit moved these men to write His Word. Every thought they expressed and every word they used were given to them by the Holy Spirit.
  • That the Scripture is a unified whole, true and without error in everything it says.
  • That the Bible is fully sufficient, clearly teaching people all they need to know to get to heaven.
  • That the symbolical books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, contained in the Book of Concord of 1580, are in full agreement with the Holy Scriptures and a correct presentation of pure Christian doctrine.

The complete doctrinal statement of the congregations of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) is contained in a document entitled “This We Believe.”