As reported by Michael Horne, Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann is a parishoner at Christ Church, Pewaukee, which is affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Additionally, Neumann serves on the board of Hope Christian Schools. Now in and of itself, those facts aren’t really shocking, but here’s the kicker: the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod also includes a biography of Neumann on its website, a website that also includes this interesting piece of Q&A:
“Q. What is the official stand of the WELS about who is the antichrist. Our pastor says it is the Pope.”
“A. Our doctrinal position is that the Roman papacy has exposed itself and is to be recognized as the Antichrist.”
So I’m wondering….does Mark Neumann believe the Pope is the antichrist? Further, if Neumann does believe the Pope is the antichrist, how does he feel about all those Catholics in Wisconsin? Is Neumann ready to write off the Catholic vote in Wisconsin, or will he try to distance himself from the views of his Synod simply to make himself more electable?
EDIT: Post edited to include a source link to the Q&A on the WELS website.