St. Paul's Lutheran Church

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Text: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Theme: The Wheat and the Tares
Date: July 23, 2023

  1. Western Christianity has changed from a church which seeks the objective and universal truth of God to a church which is driven by “expressive individualism”.
    • The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares offers us insight into what is really going on.
  2. The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares is not about people who are moral vs. people who are immoral
    • This parable is about doctrine
    • It teaches that in the church, there are more than just Christians with sound doctrine, true believers,
    • That there are also those whom the devil has sown and scattered, false teachers and believers who embrace the devil’s lies and reject the truth.
  3. We are not to weed out/uproot the tares. Instead, we are to endure with patience without giving into their lies, and the biggest lie is always, “Did God really say…”
    • God’s Word may still penetrate their heretical hearts and bring them to repentance
    • We should always pray for them, but we must not listen to them
  4. The modern and western notions of “expressive individualism” has no place in the church’s teaching and is, in fact, a teaching of the devil and his seed.
    • We are one body, called by the Lord to believe as one people in the objective and universal truth of God taught by His Holy Word
    • Let us look to Jesus and what He has done for us on the cross
    • For this is what a true, healthy church looks like!