The Problem with Church… It’s full of Tares
Not only has Jesus encouraged the Church that we will not be left alone, for He will always be with us to the end of the age. He has also warned us that we are not alone. The members of the body of Christ are not alone in the Church. We have had our ranks invaded with false believers, false Christians and even those with the spirit of antichrist.
Jesus sums up this infiltration of the Church by these types of believers by calling them tares. Even before the Church gets off and going, Jesus makes a point to let the disciples know that in their pursuit to fulfill the command of Christ to preach the gospel, they will have those in their midst of whom belong to the enemy.
Mat 13:24-30 KJV
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.
From this teaching of Christ, we can see that His work is sowing good seed. His body, His true church is a good work that will be gathered and not burned. But amongst the remnant of God there is also the devil, who is the enemy of God. The devil has planted tares that are weeds in amongst the bride. The church is warned that these tares will be sown amongst us even before the first blade appears. These tares remain with the real followers of Christ until the end of the age, when they will be gathered and burned. The wheat and the tares cohabitation is found in no other place, than what we call the church. Satan has sneaked into the field and planted right in the midst of the called out ones.
Since scripture has made it clear that in that in our Churches we have two kinds of sowers, two kinds of fruits, and two kinds of masters, is it then ok to ask if the tares are only in the pews trying to subvert the work of the gospel or are they also in leadership preaching a false gospel? To determine the answer to this question, is it ok to ask if the Church is conforming to the gospel, strayed or even left the gospel for a different one? If it is discovered that the Church, in some capacity, is violating the gospel by its actions or teachings, is it then ok to hold the church accountable to the gospel it claims to follow? Is it ok to be critical of the Church as a whole or of an individual body of believers if they contradict the spoken Word of God?
Many people do not understand why I appear to be so tough on the Church. Many mistake my criticism of the Church as misdirected bitterness. It is true, that my slogan here at The Gospel According to the Gospel is “Presenting the gospel the church refuses to believe”. But this is not rooted in bitterness. Instead I want to see what I read not only in my own life and family, I want to see it in the family of God.
I receive much criticism and chastisement for my positions concerning the church. However, these reproofs in themselves do not put me in the position of being in error concerning the Church. I would be in error only if I was found to be violating the teachings of the scriptures, not simply because I seem to some to be too cynical towards the Body of Christ.
How is it that a parent can show their love for their child by reproving the child when it is in error? How is it that God demonstrates His love for us, proving we are not bastard children, by disciplining us? But members of the church can not point out error in the Church as a demonstration of love for the Bride of Christ? How is it that I especially am held in some what of contempt because I have an oppinion that the Church has slid off the narrow and straight way in many of its doctrines and practices? How is it that I am seen as an antagonists of the Church, simply because I do not believe that being in the Church gives tares the right of anninimoty concerning the gospel it is supposed to defend.
Heb 12:7-9 KJV
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? (8) But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. (9) Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
As believers, are we not to defend the faith? Has scripture ever commanded or encouraged us by its examples to sit by the way side whether in the pew or from the pulpit and not confront the destructive force of the tares amongst us? If we are not to destroy the faith of the weaker brother by our actions, how much more are we to defend such a faith by fending off false followers, teachers, doctrines and gospels, whose only purpose is to please their master who has planted them in our midst?
When we see examples of the faith being defending in scripture, they are not as we assume defending the faith means today. Today we assume defending the faith means defending it from a secular unbelieving world. But what we find in scripture is a great defense of the gospel from those within the Church. We can see a beautiful example of defending the faith in the book of Jude. How about Paul, speaking of those who preach, he warned that those who preach a different gospel are cursed! This certainly is not a defense against an unbeliving unconvicted world. It is a defense of the gospel against an unbelieving, unconvicted, unrepentant and unchanged members of the Church.
In the pages of Scripture we can see the work of the devil and his tares who pervert the Word of God. He has been perverting it since Eve and kept on doing this with his tares all the way through the Old Testament. The Old Testament is full of those who would speak things in the name of God as prophets, priest and shepherds, that the Lord never commanded them to speak. They all had become corrupt and were all gathered before the armies of Babylon for slaughter for their sins.
As in the writings of the New Testament, we have the onslaught of the war of the tares and the wheat. But the wheat thinks the tares are forgiven and “in Christ” tares. For most wheat, there isn’t the slightest inkling to defend the gospel or the weaker brothers of the faith. The Church in America today considers its most dangerous enemy from without the walls of the Church. When Christ said the enemy will be working within its walls.
Marvel, be astounded, shake your heads, by the vastly numerous Christian organizations raised up to defend the attack from without the walls of the Church but not within. As an amazing front-runner of such and example we have Jay Sekulow’s American Center for Law and Justice to defend the beliefs of Christians in courts. We have organizations set up in the name of Christianity to defend in courts, education, social media and the list goes on. But where oh where is such a defense of the gospel found in the Church that is full of tares?
I see a Church that has lost who it is supposed to be, because it doesn’t read the Word enough to know there is a need to defend the one truth, the one word, the one gospel that can save men’s souls. Instead it has incorporated the tares into the fold, all in the name of “can’t we all just get along”. After all, no one wants to be known as being judgemental or as having a critical unforgiving spirit.
Let’s make one thing clear. The tares can not please God. They may claim they are pleasing God by their teachings and actions, but they have a different master. We see the effect of this other master working through his tares in the breakneck speed of the transformation of the church to drop the need of the sinner to repent, pushing a gospel of prosperity, embracing homosexuality and the general dumbing down of the Church. Make no mistake about it. The tares are part of our churches. Some churches have it worse than others, but they are part of the organized Church!
The Gospel According to the Gospel recognizes the true bride of Christ, which is His remnant. They are the ones who seek to know Him through His word and prayer. They are the ones who obey His word and love His word. The only criticism of the bride is that it has not defended the faith and has given way to tares who claim to know Him but do not do or teach the true gospel. Instead they preach another gospel that sounds so close to the real one, the wheat simply acquiesce to the false teaching in the name of God working on the saints.
With the wheat there is no clear call of the trumpet, no clear word of the gospel. Only the need to not be critical. The wheat have bought into the lie that the tares do not need to be held accountable. Wake up wheat! The hour is short! Defend the gospel!
What I am saying is fully backed by the gospel, but I have tried to keep this short. If you comment I will add more scripture to back this up. But even in this short post you have been exposed to the gospel the church refuses to believe. I will be labeled and the tares will continue to keep the wheat in submission by political correctness. But here at The Gospel According to the Gospel I will continue to defend the one true gospel.
The problem with the Church is… it is full of tares.