Here is a guy who gets Matthew 13:24-30

http://www.esgetology.com/2011/02/08/epiphany-5-sermon/

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About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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3 Responses to Here is a guy who gets Matthew 13:24-30

  1. You are very kind. The good parts of the sermon I shamelessly stole from Pless, Weedon, and Kleinig (in pretty much that order as you go through the sermon). The bad parts are my own.

  2. Lawrence says:

    I’ve taken the following sentences and place them in the order of the given presentation:

    1. “We should not try to root out all hypocrites; and I suppose if we did, we would have to exclude every one of us! “

    2. “Unless the case is extremely obvious and apparent so that the pastor can exercise needed church discipline, as is his responsibility, we should let it alone. God does the judging.”

    3. “There is a place for church discipline. When someone persists in willful, unrepentant sin, they should be admonished by the pastor and finally, if they refuse to listen, they must be put out of the church.”

    And here is what we hear:

    1. We should not root out and judge. (no exceptions)

    2. We should not judge, unless the sin meets certain criteria. (some exceptions)

    3. We should judge, and we should then kick them out. (if people don’t repent the way we want them to, then give them the big heave-ho.)

    Which is it that we are supposed to do?

    It appears we agree that our doctrine is not to judge, but to let God do it. But then we come up with a number of exceptions (if not excuses) for doing just that.

    I’m Lutheran, have been for a very long time, and have always struggled with this issue. I’ve spoken with many LCMS pastors and a significant number of pastors and laypersons do not fully embrace the teachings reflected in this blog topic.

    I think what is missing is a clear understanding of “church discipline” and how those in authority are to execute it.

    Church discipline isn’t supposed to be used as a form of punishment to force someone to comply with doctrine. But if we look to item 3 above, it sure seems like that is what we are attempting to do.

    I guess, for me, the referenced sermon/article didn’t help clear up anything for me.

  3. Ed says:

    Our priest had a brilliant analysis of this passage last Sunday. First, this passage tells us that God does not create evil, the enemy is responsible for evil. God sows only good seed. Next, it tells us that God so loves each and every one of us such that He refrains from striking down the evil so as to insure that none of the innocent will be accidentally harmed. I interpret this to mean that God wants each of us to repent and so He gives us every last possible opportunity to do so.

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