Matthew 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which 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 blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
God sows the four categories of good seed. See Matthew 13: 3-8 for the description.
Mat 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Christ sows the good seed, and the Devil or the Wicked One sows the tares, vss 38-39.
Mat 13:37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
A startling question must be asked at this point, “Why are ALL humans NOT considered GOOD SEED?” Are you willing to challenge the Mighty God and correct Him to say that all humans ARE, or will you try to reason it away by saying, “this is not what I’ve been taught all these years,” etc.? Perhaps you were taught wrong. Perhaps your teachers refuse to believe what the Bible says.
Christ did not argue with the servants (angels) about whether the weeds were truly weeds. He did not correct the servants’ description. THESE ARE WEEDS, not good seed, and will NEVER BECOME GOOD SEED. This implies that there is a certain mind-set which makes a human a weed, incapable of being wheat. Does Christ hold out any hope that the weeds can be changed into wheat? Apparently not, when you read verse 30 of Matthew 13. Can anyone dare to call God a liar and say that this is not also the weed’s calling? They sit among the good seed in the various activities of the Church, possibly for years, and yet Christ states emphatically that THEY WILL BE GATHERED AND BURNED AT HIS RETURN. Dare anyone try to twist this around and say that these weeds will have ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY at another time? FIRE IS FINAL.
What about the NUMBERS of these tares, or weeds? If you know anything at all about farming or gardening, you know that the tares must make up AT LEAST FIFTY PER CENT of the church congregation. Because the root systems of the weeds and the good seed are so intermeshed through church fellowship functions that they cannot be separated without damaging the good seed, the tares or weeds are allowed to remain in the church, verses 29-30. The Holy Spirit must surely probe their minds with the same truth that the good seed are fed with. This has to be true, because God is not willing that ANY should perish:
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
BUT, God will not change the rules to salvation in order to accommodate the human immunity to God’s truth. Read Christ’s explanation of this parable for yourself. From the very start, the weeds belong to the Devil and CANNOT BE SALVAGED:
Matthew 13:37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one]; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
What does this now do to your view of any given church congregation? The weed’s calling occurs while sitting among God’s congregations over the years, being exposed to God’s truth, fellowshipping with the wheat and being associated with all the activities of the wheat. This is what our Savior says. Will YOU dare challenge HIM on this?
This parable is plain enough for a CHILD to comprehend. Will you exercise real faith in God and believe what His Written Word says clearly, or will you blindly believe what our leaders have said? Don’t kid yourself. The Bible means exactly what it says.
There is more to this subject. Matthew 13:3-8, Mark 4:3-8, Luke 8:5-8 all describe the calling of humans. Given the fact that the tares are a minimum of 50%, now notice Mark 4:3-8:
Mark 4:3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: 4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. 5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: 6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
Luke 8:5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. 8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit a hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Luke 8:12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these haveno root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Now read Christ’s explanation of the parable:
Mark 4:14 The sower soweth the word. 15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.
18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. 20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive [it], and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
Carefully examine the parable of the sower and Christ’s explanation of it. WHAT PERCENT OF THE GOOD SEED ACTUALLY SURVIVE TO PRODUCE ANY FRUIT?
Luke 8:5-8 and 12-15 basically say the same thing as the account in Mark.
NOW WHAT DOES THIS DO TO YOUR VIEW OF ANY GIVEN CHURCH CONGREGATION?
Minimum: 50% tares, PLUS three out of four good seed fail.
Two ministers in high places in two WWCG splinter groups have taken me to task about this, and do not agree about what God considers a calling. If this is NOT a calling for the tares, the seeds by the wayside, seeds on stony places, and seeds among thorns, then just what IS it? Take your Bible and show me what a calling is. Do these people get a SECOND CHANCE because we don’t like, and refuse to accept, the tough love of Jesus Christ and His Father? HOW DARE any of us call the Word of God a LIE! And that is just what they do when they argue and refuse to accept what God says.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us what the written word of God is like:
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Is this SWORD slashing at your mind right now?
Revelation 20:12 tells exactly how we are JUDGED, and that will not change:
Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their (OUR) works.
Read my article “The Many and the Few” for additional information on the subject.
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