Tares, False Christians Planted By Satan
I started this mini-sermon Monday on deception in the last days. In that post we covered The False Christ and The False Prophets. Today I'm going to look at the Tares.
Tares sown among the wheat are (Non-believing imposters, not to be confused with sinners seeking Christ - mingled with true believers in Christ in our churches).
Matthew 13:24-30: "Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 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?’ 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?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 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.”
Jesus has sown Christians throughout the world and Satan has sown tares throughout the world. The enemy in the parable is Satan. In opposition to Jesus Christ, the devil tries to destroy the Lord's work by placing false believers and teachers in the world who deceive and lead many astray. All you have to do is look at all the televangelist scandals to know the world is filled with professing “Christians” whose ungodly actions bring reproach on the name of Christ. The tares look almost identical to the wheat and they deceive many.
They may look like wheat but you can tell the difference. The Scriptures say you can know them by their fruit. I've had people get mad at me over the years because I don't mind naming names. When I call out one of their favorite TV evangelist, they say that I am judging. If they're not preaching and practicing sound doctrine, you bet I'm judging and that is what we are supposed to do. Look at the next Scripture:
Romans 16:17-19: "Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil." Very clear, mark them and avoid them!
Did you catch the "good words and fair speeches?" They are so good that they can take Scripture, twist it every which way but right and get many to believe it's the truth. They have millions of followers from all over the world. Yesterday I told you that 65% of Christians say there are more ways than one to get into heaven. Jesus said, that He was the only way so where did this doctrine come from? The tares! Fifty years ago the church would have been unanimous in Christ being the only way. The tares have been busy and you would have to be spiritually blind not to see how far down the church has gone.
So, we have The False Christ, The False Prophets and The Tares so far. No wonder Jesus gave us such a stern warning of deception. Every spiritual thing that glitters is not of God! God Bless!