Thursday, March 24, 2011

Michele Bachmann Religion: Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)

Michele Bachmann Religion:

Doctrinal statements | Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)

 “From my personal reading I believe Islam (reflecting statements in the Quran and historical developments of a fairly consistent ideology) has never been a tolerant religion and actively seeks peace only if it does so for its own purposes--eventually to dominate the world religiously and culturally.” -- Michele Bachmann

“Although Muhammad was an antichrist and Islam is anti-Christian, we do not identify Muhammad with the Antichrist because he does not fit the description in 2 Thessalonains 2:1-2.” -- Michele Bachmann

 “. . . we accept that the Pope is the Antichrist . . . because among all the antichristian manifestations in the history of the world and the Church that lie behind us in the past there is none that fits the description given in 2 Thess. 2 better than the Papacy.” -- Michele Bachmann

What is an Evangelical?

Evangelicals take the Bible seriously and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

The term “evangelical” comes from the Greek word euangelion, meaning “the good news” or the “gospel.” Thus, the evangelical faith focuses on the “good news” of salvation brought to sinners by Jesus Christ.

We are a vibrant and diverse group, including believers found in many churches, denominations and nations. Our community brings together Reformed, Holiness, Anabaptist, Pentecostal, Charismatic and other traditions. Our core theological convictions provide unity in the midst of our diversity. The NAE Statement of Faith offers a standard for these evangelical convictions.

Historian David Bebbington also provides a helpful summary of evangelical distinctives, identifying four primary characteristics of evangelicalism:
  • Conversionism: the belief that lives need to be transformed through a “born-again” experience and a life long process of following Jesus.

  • Activism: the expression and demonstration of the gospel in missionary and social reform efforts

  • Biblicism: a high regard for and obedience to the Bible as the ultimate authority
  • Crucicentrism: a stress on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross as making possible the redemption of humanity


Introduction to the Statement

As Martin Luther grew in his appreciation of the gospel, he also grew in his recognition that the Papacy is the Antichrist. A 1954 WELS pamphlet entitled Antichrist put it this way: "It was because Luther cherished the Gospel so dearly that his faith instinctively recoiled and protested in unmistakable terms when the Pope put himself in the place of Christ and declared His work insufficient and in vain. That is the use to which Luther's faith put the prophecy of Scripture. For him the tenet that the Pope is the Antichrist was an article of faith."

Luther left no doubt where he stood concerning the Papacy when he wrote, "This teaching [of the supremacy of the pope] shows forcefully that the Pope is the very Antichrist, who has exalted himself above, and opposed himself against Christ, because he will not permit Christians to be saved without his power, which, nevertheless, is nothing, and is neither ordained nor commanded by God. This is, properly speaking, to exalt himself above all that is called God. . . . The Pope, however, prohibits this faith, saying that to be saved a person must obey him" (Smalcald Articles, II, IV, 10-12).

In the centuries after Luther's death, Lutherans accepted this confessional statement without reservation or qualification. In the 1860s, however, doubts about this confessional statement were raised within Lutheranism. They arose from the Iowa Synod, which refused to grant doctrinal status to the teaching that the Papacy is the Antichrist. They listed this teaching under the category of "open questions." The Missouri Synod took the lead, at that time, in defending the view of the Lutheran Confessions that the prophecies of Antichrist have been fulfilled in the Papacy...."  --

"....A significant percentage of the members of our church are former Catholics, so we certainly have no bad feelings toward Catholic people. But we do not agree with the teachings of the Catholic Church that are not based on the Bible...." --


Michele Bachmann (MN)

LLM, Tax Law, College of William and Mary
( citation needed ? , no such degree offered )

JD, Oral Roberts University
BA, Winona State University

Professional Experience:
Owner, Mental Health Care Practice, present
Federal Tax Litigation Attorney

Political Experience:
Representative, United States House of Representatives, 2006-present
Assistant Minority Leader, Minnesota State Senate, 2006
Senator, Minnesota State Senate, 2000-2006

Member, Advisory Board, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
Foster Parent

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees:
Chair, Tea Party Caucus

Financial Services, Member
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Member
Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade, Member
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Financial Services), Member


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