Monday, January 14, 2013

Church of Tares

I charge you therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 

preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. 

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables. 

But watch you in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of your ministry." 2 Timothy 4:1-5

The End of the World

You may have heard some often say: “I have tried to read the Bible but it doesn’t make any sense to me.” 

Well most often, what they mean is that they did not like what they were reading because the Bible challenged them to change. 

Today we will look at Matthew 13:18-43.  This is a most important message to all of us. Jesus clearly explains His meaning of a most important parable for us. So we are without excuse … if we do not understand. This Truth is not something that might or might not happen. The all-knowing; all powerful; ever present Creator of all things; is never wrong, and He never lies, or even slightly twists the Truth. 

We can plan on this reality coming to pass.  The question is: not if, but when will this established Truth come to pass?

Before you read this post please note: The purpose of this post is NOT to judge anyone; but rather to expose false teachings wherever they might be. All teachings by Christians must be held accountable to the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and God’s eternal Truth.

Mathew 13:36-43 A key phrase pointed to here by Jesus is: “the end of the world” He is giving us the context of when this teaching will come to pass. He repeats Himself for further emphasis.

So since we who have received His gospel are his disciples … let us consider what we can easily learn from the teaching of Jesus about what will happen in the end times.

   “Then Jesus sent the multitude away” We are told in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving” The god spoken of in this verse is the enemy of Christ. The teaching Jesus was about to explain was not up for discussion or debate. Jesus sent the multitudes away. He was about to explain Truth that those who had not received Him would not understand; and would most surely be offended and reject the Truth because of the influence of the evil one. This explanation of the parable was for His disciples … not doubters and those who twist the Truth. Please note that those who claim to be Christians, but instead choose to follow the wisdom of the world, rather than the Truth of Christ will most likely not accept this teaching of Christ either. It is clearly not what they will want to hear.

   “and went into the house” To expand on the previous point, Jesus had been speaking to the multitudes. Jesus and His disciples went into the house in order for Him to give explanation and instructions to His disciples in private … and not to the rest of the crowd. Everyone else would have the ability to understand and receive this truth as well, but only after they chose to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. and they could then believe and understand His Truth as established Truth; and not just various topics that are open for worldly debate.

   “and his disciples came to him, saying, Declare to us the parable of the tares of the field.” Now, these first disciples were not much different than you or I. They were only human and at this point, not unlike the multitudes, they often unconsciously processed much of what they heard including what Jesus taught through their human logic and reason. Their natural tendency was most likely to be confused by these parables when viewed from a human perspective. But they had learned that Jesus spoke only Truth, and they wanted to understand the difference between His Truth, and their human understanding and worldly wisdom. This is one way that we can know if someone is truly a disciple. Is this person seeking to understand and follow the Truth of Jesus only … or is he or she following their own wisdom, or the wisdom of the world and teachings of mere men?

   “He that sows the good seed is the Son of man” The Son of man is Jesus. God sent His Son to be born of a virgin who was somehow impregnated by the Holy Spirit. Jesus, the Son of God came to us in the form of a man for the specific purpose of dying on the cross for our sins, and reconciling those who believe in Him to God for eternity by His grace or free gift. Jesus was the fully divine Creator who came in the form of a human. He has always existed as the eternally begotten One. Jesus is not just a good person and teacher who was martyred as the enemies of Christ would have us believe. Jesus is God.

   “The field is the world” The Truth of Jesus is for all the world and everyone and everything in the world. The people of the world are the mission field that the Savior has given all of us who have received His free gift of eternal life.  “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: and, see, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20. Notice that in this verse Jesus continually uses the word “all” He has “all power”  and we are to “teach “all nations” to observe “all that He has commanded” and He is with us “always” … from the beginning, to the end of time, and every moment in between. Men in their humanness and the teachers of the world will never and can never accept this Truth, apart from Him.  According to Jesus … ALL wisdom and knowledge … everything must be humbled to Him.

“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men.” 1 Corinthians 3:18-21

   “the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares the children are of the wicked one”   Jesus teaches us that there are two groups of people: “children of His kingdom” and “children of the wicked one.” Now from a human perspective, you or I might think some who do not know Him are good people but Jesus says they are “the tares the children are of the wicked one” 

    It is no matter or consequence how much you or I love them or what we think about them ... God will judge us all eternally. This is for God alone to decide. Now do you understand why Jesus sent the multitudes away and went inside the house to explain what His parable meant? He did not want to start a riot. It was not time for Him to make the ultimate sacrifice yet.

Only Jesus will determine who are the tares. So do not be confused … I am not judging anyone. But false teaching and all pastors or teachers leading millions of Christians away from the true gospel; and to any plan of men that is contrary to the teachings of Christ must be exposed. Regardless of how sincere, loving, or committed it appears; or how much sense it might make to all of us.

Promoting reconciliation sounds spiritually minded; but spiritual reconciliation is not building bridges between Christianity and Islam, other false religions, and atheistic philosophies. Changing the first goal of the Peace Plan from:  P = Planting Churches to: P = promoting reconciliation ... is very telling about the un-biblical motives, and the playing on of words. 

Attempts to reconcile truth with falsehood is in no way related to the call we have been given by God to be ministers of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:14-21.

I ask you a question: how is it possible for Christians to join together with atheists, Muslims, and other worldly philosophies and false religions to solve the five greatest problems facing mankind? This plan has been promoted and declared as a “New Reformation” … so some would have us believe? This new reformation is explained as: “not about what we believe; but rather it is about what we do.” 

Is this plan leading followers away from Christ and the Word of Truth?

Continued: Go to ... Church of Tares 2

God Bless you my friends, Bob

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