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The Difference Between Mental Assent To God's Word and Real Commitment

Expository teaching of Luke 5:1-11. Area Fellowship in Kansas during 1976 Twig Hopping 5575 miles.

Format: MP3
Publication Date: 07-20-1976

Victor Paul Wierwille (December 31, 1916 – May 20, 1985) dedicated his life to the research and teaching of the Bible. In his quest for truth he consulted and worked with some of the most outstanding individuals in Biblical studies and Christian living; including Karl Barth, Joseph Bauer, Glenn Clark, Karl J. Ernst, Joseph Friedli, Louis C. Hessert, Elmer G Homrighausen, E. Stanley Jones, George M. Lamsa, Richard and Reinhold Niebuhr, K. C. Pillai, Paul Tillich, Ernst Traeger, and many others.

Dr. Wierwille received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from present day Lakeland College, and conducted graduate studies at the University of Chicago and Princeton Theological Seminary. It was at Princeton that Wierwille earned the Master of Theology degree in Practical Theology. He later completed his Doctor of Theology degree at Pike's Peak Bible Seminary and Burton College in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

Dr. Wierwille was the author of numerous books in the field of Biblical research, including Are the Dead Alive Now?; Receiving the Holy Spirit Today; Jesus Christ Our Passover; and Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed. Additionally, he developed and taught several comprehensive classes directed toward helping people to understand the Bible and to increase the power of God in their lives, such as the Power For Abundant Living series, Living Victoriously, and the University of Life courses. Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille was the founder and president of a world-wide Biblical research, teaching, and fellowship ministry for forty years; as well as the founder and president of several Biblical research centers, colleges, leadership training, and Christian outreach programs associated with it.

Victor Paul Wierwille served the Lord with unending joy all the days of his life as he travelled continuously throughout the world to hold forth the Word of God. He reached thousands of people during his lifetime through his live presentations, numerous radio and television broadcasts, film and video classes, and recorded teachings. And countless others continue to enjoy and be enriched by his books and hundreds of hours of recorded works, many of which are available in the public domain. A detailed listing of his work, as well as more information about his life and teachings can be found at Eternally Blessed (

Below is an excerpt taken from the teaching: The Difference Between Mental Assent To God's Word and Real Commitment

Before I ever left International Headquarters, the things that are happening around the world and around the country and many other places, I felt in my heart that the one thing that I would like to share with my people wherever I went was the difference between mental assent to God's Word and real commitment. And I felt that what we needed across the country and among The Way people is just a commitment to God's Word. Now we have a lot of people across the world committed to God's Word but I'll never be satisfied until everybody who has taken a class called Power for Abundant Living is really committed. And there's a tremendous difference between just mentally assenting to God's Word or getting committed to it and say again in the innermost part of your being, “Thus saith the Lord,” and believe it.

That's why tonight I'm going to share the same thing basically with you that I've shared with all the twigs across the country because I believe that it will bless you. I know it will. Because it's so easy to sit with a group of believers in a twig meeting and that twig coordinator has, she or he has just bled their heart out working the word for that twig meeting so they can really share the love of God from that word and pray with you and lift you up. And then so many times people go home and say, “Oh, wasn’t that a great twig meeting? That Word of God was sure wonderful. That twig coordinator really spent some time working on that word.” And the next day they don't walk on it any more than they did before they heard it. And that’s not quite right, because if the Word of God is the will of God, it means what it says and it says what it means.

People we’ve got to come to the place in this day and time where you and I just commit ourselves to God’s Word and say, “yes, we believe God’s Word.” If it never comes to pass, we still believe it. We believe that the only way you can know the will of God is to know the Word God, so quit arguing. This is what the Word of God says. If you like it, fine. If you don’t like it, I love you, go the direction you are going. You've got to get to that place that you take a stand on God's Word first and foremost. What the neighbors think is secondary about you... The thing that we were after among our people, and I'm still electrified about it and still excited about it is because I just see day after day after day a greater commitment to the accuracy of God’s Word. It takes most people from three to five years to get around to believing God's Word after you first show it to them. Shouldn't, but it does, because we have been so acclimatize to doubt God and His Word that you can read it to people, it's plainer than the nose on my face, but immediately the enemy comes and says, “Hey, you better check that out. He could be lying.” Well, how can it lie if you can read it yourself? That’s right.

Well, there is a record in the Word of God that sets the difference between mental assent and commitment just like a diamond. It is in Luke chapter 5. I have taught this chapter among our people, many times in the past, but I have never shown it to our people from the depth that I want to show it to you tonight, from the mental assent to God's Word and the commitment of God's Word.

Luke chapter 5 verse 1…