Our Beliefs

Nearly 500 years ago, the Christian church was corrupted by many false teachings. A man named Martin Luther led people back to the teachings of the Bible. His work, and that of his friends, is called the Reformation. Through Luther, God restored the church to purity of doctrine and a new life of faith in Christ.

The doctrines of the Lutheran Church are not new. They are the teachings of the Bible. Thus the Lutheran Church is not a new church.  It is not a sect or cult. It is a church whose teaching is based on the words written by the prophets of the Old Testament and the apostles of the New Testament. The Bible tells us about Jesus Christ and how he died for us and our sins.

The teachings of the Lutheran Church are those of the original, ancient church of the apostles and early Christians.

The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) is a group of Lutheran churches that adhere to those teachings. There are many rumors and incorrect statements circulating today about what WELS Churches  believe and teach. To help you understand our beliefs and teachings, a list of many common questions and concerns has been developed in a question and answer format. Please check us out for yourself and see if our beliefs are not very similar to yours. For a more detailed explanation of those beliefs click on the link below.

WELS Statements of Belief