Do FAQs on the wels.net site reflect the official teachings of the Wisconsin Synod? They are sometimes used by our detractors on social media sites, but should they be cited in defense as "official teachings"? On such issues as (salvation and suicide), isn't there diversity of opinion and teaching within the WELS pastorate?
Below the area where people submit questions on this website, there is this information: “The answers provided through this Q&A service are not to be construed as the official opinions, statements, or representations of WELS. Answers provided through this Q&A service are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended to replace consultation with your parent, pastor, Christian counselor, financial advisor, or other similar person.”
You will not find diversity of opinion among our pastors regarding salvation. There is unanimity regarding this passage that speaks of Jesus: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Might there be differences of opinion on whether or not to officiate at the funeral of a person who committed suicide, because of the circumstances and nature of the death? Yes, but there we are dealing with judgment calls regarding human behavior and not clear-cut biblical doctrines like salvation.