Jesus gave us the parable of the Wheat and the Tare – both allowed to grow side-by-side in churches. At “the end” the undesirable tares (“weeds [resembling wheat]“) will be gathered and burned up. The desired wheat will be harvested for good, to be stored in the farmers barn (in God’s Kingdom). See: Matthew 3:12, and Matthew 13:24-30.
12 His [a]winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear out His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat (believers) into His barn (kingdom), but He will burn up the chaff (the unrepentant) with unquenchable fire.”
– Matthew 3:12
Tares are not wheat.
the unrepentant (Matthew 3:12)
lightweight chafe (Matthew 3:12 footnote)
weeds sowed by the enemy (Matthew 13:25)
The unrepentant tares
There are unrepentant “tares” all around us at church, and in churches all around the world. The lovely folk around you, your friends at church – some are tares. That is what Jesus Himself taught. They are the ones spoken of by Matthew, Luke, John, and Paul:
* ones who are not “of us”
1 John 2:19 “They went out from us [seeming at first to be Christians], but they were not really of us [because they were not truly born again and spiritually transformed]; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out [teaching false doctrine], so that it would be clearly shown that none of them are of us.
* so-called Christians, but not real… just wannabees
* apostate church leaders:
ravenous wolfs teaching their own earth-fabricated system of belief instead of staying faithful to the God-made system of justice — what God established, what He shares with us in the Bible (1 Timothy 1:3b-4).
– Source: Fight the good fight
* ones who say “Lord, Lord” but …”who act wickedly [disregarding My commands]” – Matthew 7:21-23
* the sons of this age [the non-believers], shrewd in “the ways of the secular world” – Luke 16:8-11
* ones who have “not been faithful in the use of earthly wealth” – Verses 10-11 of Luke 16:8-11
* “he who is dishonest in a very little thing” (“is also dishonest in much”) – Verses 10-11 of Luke 16:8-11
Have you considered the possibility that Jesus knows you a tare?
Don’t be a tare,
running with the wheaties
thinking you are wheat
then hearing Jesus say
depart from Me…
then forever wanting…
forever without good…
forever with no second chance…
Oh scary thought.