Read in the Large Catechism the Seventh Commandment pages 384-388 and answer the following questions:
1. How does the Large Catechism define stealing? Also consider Ephesians 4:28 and 1 John 3:17.
2. Leviticus 19:35-36 gives an ancient example. Can you think of modern examples?
3. Luther calls the Pope "the head and supreme protector of all thieves." (# 230) Is it possible that religious leaders today could fall into similar guilt? See 1 Timothy 6:3-5.
4. Luther lists some specific offenses in business practices. How are these examples of breaking the "Golden Rule" Matthew 7:12 and Philippians 2:4?
6. What is the responsibility of the Church when faced with sins against the 7th Commandment? (# 249)
7. What is the responsibility of the Civil Government when faced with sins against the 7th Commandment? (# 249)
8. Considering our God's goodness, (# 253) why should we not be tempted to cheat and steal to get what we need? See Luke 6:35.
Read in the Large Catechism the Eighth Commandment pages 388-392, Proverbs 31:8-9, 1 Peter 4:8 and 1 Corinthians 13:7, answer the following questions:
1. How does a person's reputation affect his standing in society? See also Proverbs 22:1.
2. Whose authority does a gossiper presume to take up? (# 268)
3. If you are neighbor has done something truly evil and if it is so dangerous that others should be warned about, and if you are certain of it, what should you do? (# 270)
4. What is different about public offenses, and why? (# 284)