Hypokritḗs (ὑποκριτής): (a masculine noun derived from 5259 /hypó, “under” and 2919 /krínō, “judge”) – properly, a judging under, like a performer acting under a mask (i.e. a theater-actor); (figuratively) a two-faced person; a “hypocrite,” whose profession does not match their practice – i.e. someone who “says one thing but does another.” Source: Strongs 5273.
The following is a transcription of a sermon titled “Church Discipline 101” given by Senior Pastor John Marc Wiemann on 2/12/12 at Cornerstone Community Church, Atascadero, California. It was given twice that morning, and each sermon was followed by an unrecorded meeting with the congregation, where Pastor Wiemann, Associate Pastor Curtis Solomon, and Elders Kevin Covington, Cole McDaniel (PhD, professor, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA), and Larry Jordan (CPA, Templeton CA) informed the congregation that the purpose of the meeting was to inform them that I had been excommunicated for “slandering the elders of Cornerstone Community Church in my emails to the Evangelical Free Church of America District Office.” As I was not made aware that this meeting was being held, nor was I informed of the details of what they said, I rely on second hand (but I believe trustworthy) accounts for the details. Since the congregation was discouraged from speaking to me (it feels like a total shunning) I have never had the chance to respond to public allegations made against me. Pastor Wiemann’s words are in black; the italicized text denotes points that Pastor Wiemann made that I refute. The red text is not part of Pastor Wiemann’s sermon, it is my response to some of his allegations, and it clarifies much of the subtext of his sermon. The green text is additional information that I have added for clarity. Links are in blue. For background of my church discipline process and matters leading to my excommunication, see here. For reference, my emails can be seen here. Documents related to this matter can be seen here.
[Author’s note added 4/11/14 : If this is a first, quick or cursory read, skip my auxiliary notes in green, as this gets lengthy. Read Pastor Wiemann’s sermon in black and my rebuttals to his sermon in red. These two voices pretty much say it all.]
From this point on, the black text is what Senior Pastor John Mark Wiemann preached verbatim that morning. His sermon can be heard in its entirety here.
Well as you can see from the title of my sermon we’re taking a break from our study in the book of Genesis to address a vital issue in the life of the church and this morning I want to deliver to you an overview of church discipline and reconciliation and so I’ve entitled my message “Church Discipline 101.” If you’re visiting this morning you might be getting a bit more than you were expecting and I think that though the scriptures are so clear on this and it’s important for us to look at what Jesus says. Continue reading