(Matthew 13 – Parable of the Sower)
24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
Never has this parable been more appropriate than it is today. I can see strong similarities in this parable with what’s going on today.
God has planted good seed (wheat) into His field (church), but an enemy (Satan) has come along and sown tares (weeds) into God’s harvest.
These ‘weeds’ are masquerading themselves as good seed when in reality they are really bad seed. These weeds (false teachers, false doctrines) often stand out and tower over the wheat, and in most cases try and choke the life out of the wheat in an attempt to take over the entire field.
I can imagine in the beginning when the tares first begin to appear in the field, that they look just like the wheat, so no one gives them a second glance. This gives the weeds enough time to dig themselves deep into the soil and develop deep roots so that they can plant themselves firmly in the field before they are detected. But God knows they’re there.
This is what has happened today. Satan has planted weeds (false teachers, with false doctrines) into the church, who are masquerading as children of God, when in reality they are children of the devil.
They’ve come preaching a message of love, peace, and grace, when what they are really attempting to do is choke out the word of God and blind people to the truth.
There’s nothing wrong with love, peace, and grace in itself. The problem comes when this message is twisted. These hypocrites, through their deceptive gospel, have fooled people into believing that God loves them just the way they are; which in essence means that they don’t have to change, but stay exactly the way they are.
This is NOT, however, what the word teaches us. Yes, God loves us, BUT, He does want us to change our sinful ways.
We have to repent and turn away from sin. God’s love and grace are not given for us to continue in our sins. They are given for us to repent and turn away from them.
I’ve watched a spirit of complacency sweep over the church in recent years. People have bought into these lies. They really don’t want to change, so they don’t. They really love sin and want to hang onto it, so they do, in the belief that they can still gain a foothold into heaven, despite their disobedience to God in continuing to sin against Him.
This is what happens when lies and hypocrisy makes its way into the church. This is why the Bible warns us against it, and tells us to reject false doctrines.
This movement has taken on a life of its own, and has even raised up Apostles and Prophets over this movement. They have a mighty megaphone (Christian Television) on which to promote their deceptive doctrine.
And because a significant portion of Christians are not well-versed in the Bible themselves, they have readily grabbed hold of this doctrine and believe it to be true (maybe they’re really just willing it to be true).
Because, if it’s preached on Christian Television it has to be true, right? WRONG!!! Not everything that gets aired in a Christian format is necessarily truth.
It is very important for believers to study the word for themselves (remember the Bereans?). When you know the word, and the God of the word, you will be able to spot a fake the very moment it rears its ugly head.
I’ve even noticed that under this false doctrine EVERYONE goes to heaven. This may be why there is no urgency on the church’s part to evangelize anymore. Because if people are just going to die and go to heaven anyway, what do we have to warn them of? And if we can keep sinning and go to heaven anyway, why should we stop sinning?
The countdown has started. The battle lines have been drawn. Good vs. Evil. Heaven vs. Hell.
We’re running out of time. If the church doesn’t change it’s ways and kick out the false teachers, along with their false doctrines, then there isn’t much hope for us OR the world.
How can the world know the truth except WE show it to them? How can they be saved except we show them, through the word, their NEED for salvation?
Look around you. The sign-of-the-times are clearly evident. The day is far spent and the night is quickly approaching. Wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes in divers places, people calling right, wrong and wrong, right, and men’s hearts are becoming progressively wicked. The day of God’s final judgment against sin is almost here (Revelation 6-20).
Church, set down your idols and pick up your sword (the word). Set down carnality and pick up holiness, because without holiness, no man shall see the Lord.