Weeds and Wheat

With the freedom to preach and teach the Word of God in the churches of this land, our homes, on radio and TV, why do we see an epidemic of divorce, deception, drug addiction, debt bondage, infidelity, illegitimacy, abortion, sexual abuse, same sex relations, suicide, STDs, and an overwhelming tax burden to pay for the costs of restraining the criminal propensity of humanity?

Our Lord helps give the answer in the parable of “The Weeds Among the Wheat” (Matthew 13). The sower sows good seed. Faithful preaching and teaching of the Word of God leads to repentance, faith in Jesus Christ, and a new life in which one is eager to serve God and love his neighbor.  But in the cover of darkness Satan sows His seed: violence by way of video games, the teaching of evolution which rules out God and His commandments, pornography via the printed page and internet, the false view of freedom that everyone can do what is right in his own eyes.

In the Parable, the weeds and the wheat are left to grow together, but know that there will be a day of harvest. Then the weeds will be gathered into bundles and burned. There will be a Judgment Day when God will deal with all who are the Devil’s sowing. They will be thrown into the fiery furnace where there will weeping gnashing of teeth. Come to Peace Lutheran Church where our Lord, through the pastor, sows good seed, and exposes Satan’s sowing. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Playboy Philosophy

Something people know, but do not want to admit, is stated by columnist, Bradford Gow: “The PLAYBOY philosophy treats women as things. In this view women exist only for the pleasure of men…It reduces sex to a plaything, human beings to mere bodies and human bodies to sex machines; it denigrates the sacredness of sex, marriage, and family and human life….The results of the Playboy philosophy and lifestyle are broken hearts, lives, homes, marriages, families.”

Of this Playboy way of life, the Scripture clearly states, “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them” (Ephesians 5:6,7).

Because the Playboy philosophy agrees with the sinful nature (Romans 7:18) of man, the humble, repentant man prays, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). God answers with the promise, “The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). Then in the power of the Holy Spirit he will resolve, “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes” (Psalm 101:3). Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Hearers

Looking back over the 50 years as a pastor in the church, this writer observes how the Parable of the Sower which Jesus told (Matthew 13) is so true: Some seed fell on the pathway. The birds ate that. Some seed fell on stony ground. The seed sprouted and grew, but soon died because their roots were too shallow. Other seed fell among thorn bushes. Those plants were choked out. But some fell on good soil and produced a bountiful crop.

The Seed is the Word of God, preached and taught. The pathway soil is the hearer who never hears. His mind is elsewhere. The stony soil is the one who believes for a while but cannot endure ridicule and suffering because of the Word. The thorn bush soil is the person for whom entertainment and the pressing need to earn money choke the Word. The good soil is that person whom the Word of God makes conscious of sin (Romans 3:20) and readily receives the Good News that Jesus Christ came to save us from sin’s curse and give a new life. If the preacher sees only the first three kinds of hearers, he will say, “I have been a failure!” But the Word of God, as He promised, “My Word will not return empty” (Isaiah 55), brings some to faith and a new life in Christ. No matter the kind of hearer, God says, “Preach the Word!” (1 Tim. 4:2).

Come to Peace Lutheran Church where the Seed is faithfully sown. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Relative Truth and THE Truth

The theory of evolution by its very nature rejects all absolutes. Truth becomes relative. Politicians with this evolutionary assumption, may play fast and loose with the truth; altar what they say according to their audiences; smear their opponents in their quest for power. Within the church, the popular songs are those which stir the emotions; the popular preacher tells stories to bring tears, but makes little or no claim of doctrinal truth. Each person is left to his own brand of truth.

Evolutionism encourages people to do, say, and believe that which is “right in their own eyes.” (Judges 21:25).

However, no representative form of government can long exist without certain absolute laws. No scientist can accomplish a task if there are constant changes in the laws of nature. And there will be no Christians without a recognition of sin (falling short of God’s absolutes, His Law); nor will forgiveness of sins be conceivable for whom morality is relative.

Come to Peace Lutheran Church to be taught that God, not evolution, created all things, gave laws regarding His creation, and Laws to regulate human behavior. Since all humanity falls short of God’s standard (Romans 3:23) and has the sentence of death (6:23), God in His great love placed our sins on His Son (Isaiah 53) that He may be just (not changing His Law) and the justifier (forgiving sins) of those who believe in Jesus (Romans 3:23-26). Sunday Service time is 10:00 a.m.