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A Reading from the Book of Concord
3 year series

September 7, 2014 - Pentecost 13, Proper 18, series A

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Old Testament, Ezekiel 33:7-9 for the Pentecost 13, Proper 18, series A, September 7, 2014.

It is from Large Catechism, Ten Commandments, page 391.

As a child of God we have an obligation the warn a fellow believer privately when his is doing wrong, to save his soul and his reputation.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


You can learn from the daily government of the household. When the master of the house sees that the servant does not do what he ought, he admonishes him personally. But if he were so foolish as to let the servant sit at home and went on the streets to complain about him to his neighbors, he would no doubt be told, "You fool, how does that concern us? Why don't you tell it to the servant?" That would be brotherly, the evil would be stopped, and your neighbor would retain his honor. Christ says, "If he listens to you, you have gained your brother." For do you think it is a small matter to gain a brother?

Christ teaches, "But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses". So the person must always be dealt with personally, and must not be spoken of without his knowledge. But if that does not work, then bring it publicly before the community, whether before the civil or the Church court. For then you do not stand alone, but you have those witnesses with you by whom you can convict the guilty one. Relying on their testimony the judge can pronounce sentence and punish. This is the right course for reforming a wicked person. But if we gossip about another no one will be reformed. If you were acting for your neighbor's reformation or from love of the truth, you would not sneak about secretly. (paragraphs 277-281, 283)

Condensed from CONCORDIA: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS, copyright 2005,2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of CONCORDIA, call 800-325-3040.

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