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02 November 2014

Sermon: Proper 26A (OT)

2 November AD 2014
Pentecost 21

Theme: Truth Amidst the Lies

Martyrdom Summary: Lies may be subtle or gross. They change as convenient. Absolute truth, however, never varies. Ultimately, there is only one truth: We are all sinners and our only hope for salvation is Christ Jesus.

So no matter what anyone wants to hear, no matter how we might seek to avoid it, one message alone is always true. Nothing but Law and Gospel, being dead in our sins but forgiven and made alive in Christ should be preached, taught, heard, and believed.

The world hates this message, those who proclaim it, and those who believe and live it. Yet even persecution and violent death cannot destroy this truth but rather confirm mankind’s desperate need for it. And we who died to sin in our baptisms need never fear death again, for we live forever in Christ.

False Prophets Text: Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who lead my people astray, who cry “Peace” when they have something to eat, but declare war against him who puts nothing into their mouths.

Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision, and darkness to you, without divination. The sun shall go down on the prophets, and the day shall be black over them; the seers shall be disgraced, and the diviners put to shame; they shall all cover their lips, for there is no answer from God.

But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin.

Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel, who detest justice and make crooked all that is straight, who build Zion with blood and Jerusalem with iniquity. Its heads give judgment for a bribe; its priests teach for a price; its prophets practice divination for money; yet they lean on the Lord and say, “Is not the Lord in the midst of us? No disaster shall come upon us.”

Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed as a field; Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins, and the mountain of the house a wooded height. Micah 3:5-12

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Truth Amidst the Lies.

Other Readings: Psalm 43; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-12; Matthew 23:1-12

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