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Segment #8 Pastor Steve Wuori

"But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. So here we are now involving more than just two people. We are involving three or four. That be two or three witnesses, to what is being said. And here we see that relentless pursuit of that truth, don't we, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. Sometimes we are not sure that we want our side or our responsibility to come out and we're hoping that maybe maybe that part won't really matter so much, we are focusing on them after all. But I think that here, is meant everyword. And this means that there is a discussion of the offence, what has taken place, and that every word will be established with witnesses, so that if you are in error, if there is a shared error, he has certainly trespassed against you, we've been told that, but all of those things will come out. And it becomes even harder to imagine, then, that if the truth is known completely and openly on both sides, nothing hidden, it's hard to believe we would ever go beyond this point. But Jesus is prepared for that too because He knows human nature. And he knows the resistance to the Word of God. He knows how stiff necked we are, how proud we are and how sometimes we will not yield no matter what somebody says to us. So he has prepared the third step and that is if he neglect to hear these witnesses, then tell it to the church, unto the church. But if he neglect to hear the church, something else happens. And with is the church? It is the body of believers, and there, I guess the heart will need to judge. Do you involve a church board, do you involve the pastor? Do you involve the entire congregation? Again, thinking of the little children, sometimes there are matters that no one in an assembly like this need hear talked about. Those should be dealt with in another way. And so the judgment of the Spirit must apply here, as far as what the church is, who to involve within the church. Now we have a stiff necked man here, for sure, that we are dealing with as Jesus decribes him to us. And now we think well, here is the point where they are kicked out. This is the point of the whole church law! But it's not! It kind of ends with a flop~Because it says after all of that, if he neglects to hear now the church, we wait for what Jesus will say, and all He says is, "let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican. And what do you do with heathen men and publicans? You love them. There is no authority contained in this church law to not love. We heard from the earlier message as brother Gene spoke about loving one another. Bind us together in love is the theme of this convention. And I guess we must conclude from the words of Jesus, we never have the authority not to love. And sometimes when are are angry, we are seeking such authority, aren't we? We are looking for some means by with the authority of the Scripture, we might be able to come to a point where we can cut someone off. All this says is, you have lost a brother. That's all. Because if after all of this, they are so stubborn that they simply will not hear, that which is brought before them, then it says: You just don't have a brother anymore. They're a heathen man and publican. Unbelievers.

Pastor Steve Wuori

Posted on 23 Oct 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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