Wheat and Weeds

Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

” ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

” ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ “

Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

-Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

In the parable above, the wheat is growing up with the weeds. The owner tells the servant not to pull the weeds up because they may root up the wheat with them. When we exclude these people with overt, outward sins from the church we risk rooting up good wheat because of the weeds growing up with them. We all have our weeds. Some are just more outward and obvious than others. How horrible would it be to root up and destroy someone who may end up becoming a powerful force for Christ in the world just because they were homosexual, a teenage mother, divorced, or have any number of other outward sins?

There was an unmarried couple who were living together attending the church of a friend of mine. The pastor struggled throughout the premarital counseling process with wanting to approach the couple about their living situation, but felt God saying that he shouldn’t. It turns out that the man in the relationship had decided that if the pastor said anything about them living together he was done with the church. About two weeks before the wedding the couple felt convicted about their living/sexual situation and they chose to live separately until the wedding. Now they are both very committed Christians and very involved in that church. If the pastor would have confronted them they would have either never gone to church again or not gone for a long time (never underestimate God’s ability to find people!).

Excluding these people from the church betrays a real lack of faith and trust in God. It’s a way to retain control while acting pious and “holy.” We need to repent of trying to retain that control instead of giving all of ourselves to God.

The above was written by my husband, who follows my blog but rarely comments.  He told me I could post it here or he may post it on his own blog.  I thought that my readers my find it illuminating.  Because the point isn’t saying that sin ceases to be sin- the point is saying that if something truly is sin for someone, God will convict them.  God will do so in his own way in his own time, and we need to trust God for that.

Believe in the Lord of the Harvest.

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9 thoughts on “Wheat and Weeds

  1. MINISTERING ANGELS
    The Bible makes it very clear that we are to send the angels out to fight for us, for they have much more power than us mere mortals. For all the problems that we face are orchestrated by the evil unseen principalities and powers, which seeks constantly to destroy us.

    The Lord said to me, “ that one of His angels has enough power to deal with all my troubles,” and yet He assures me that He has multitudes ready to swing into action on our behalf, when we give the command for them to fight. Have you commanded them today to fight for you?
    The Lord recently has spoken to me, and said, “Where my angels are, there is my presence.” He said angels must fight the powers of darkness, man cannot defeat such powers, angels will rescue you from all evil.

    Never ask an angel for help ,never pray to them, never seek to converse with them, unless they speak to you a message that has been given to them by our Lord. Angels are servants of God and His children. God has provided strength for us by these angelic beings.
    When Christ was on this earth in His human form He needed strength, just like we do today, and God sent one of His angels to strengthen Him. So that He could obtain salvation for us.
    When you need strength, then command angels to bring you strength from your heavenly Father, in fact you can command angels to bring anything that you have asked your Father for. For example, health, wealth, deliverance, peace, etc.

    Now, some people are very confused about pictures or statues of angels, thinking that it is forbidden in the Bible to look upon such things, but in fact what the Bible says is that we must not bow down and worship images. For these visual aids actually help us to see that there is more to this world than the physical realm.
    Bible tells us that our warfare is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers. So, we must use the angelic powers from God, to deal with these unseen powers by commanding angels.

    I hope that you use these spiritual warfare secrets that the Lord has shown me. Once you begin to enter this realm of believing there is no going back, you must send angels out every day, to fight the evil spirits of infirmities, which is sickness and disease, the spirit of uncleanliness, which is the evil lusts, in mind and deed.

    The spirit of poverty, which are evil attacks on your finances, and anything else that you could possibly think of where you need help.

    Most important of all, every day we must repent, and live in the victory, that Christ Jesus has saved us.
    EVANGELIST BILLY BOLITHO

    http://www.evangelistbillybolitho.blogspot.com

  2. I won’t address the “hijacking evangelist” at all.

    Regarding the original post. The problem began when the “church” fell to sleep. They were not watchng for the enemy who “roams to and fro”.

    The pastor you mentioned who knew of the couple living together but said nothing is a fine example of some one whom has advanced their relationshi with the Father to such a degree that His Spirit Speaks to his inner man. Discernment is key in knowing what, when and how to handle difficult situations without. If done improperly the enemy wins and another soul is lost for all of eternity.

  3. “Because the point isn’t saying that sin ceases to be sin- the point is saying that if something truly is sin for someone, God will convict them. God will do so in his own way in his own time, and we need to trust God for that.” Amen sister.

    Wow two gifted writers in the same family. Tell your hubby that I really enjoyed his writing.

  4. Have you ever noticed that JESUS never cast anyone aside? He embraced all of those who were social pariahs. He was kind and generous to them when no one else would be. He did not sit is judgement of their sins, but was simply kind, tollerant and forgiving. When they felt that acceptance, and love, THEY strove to become better than what they were, because SOMEONE believed in them that they could. Not by punishing them, but by love and encouragement. Not by judgement, but by wisdom, kindness and faith. How inspiring is that!

  5. Here here. M54 is right, discernment is the key. To go about blindly and clumsily wielding about the sword of Scripture is very dangerous. God loves, and when we witness, whether to those outside the Church or to our fellow Christians, we should always do it in that spirit of love. As wvhillcountry said, if anyone is really angering God that much, God will take care of it, it’s not up to us to do that (thank God!).

  6. M54: Very well said.
    Hill: Thank you, I will!
    Amber: SO TRUE. When someone loves us entirely, it’s the easiest thing in the world to better ourselves for their sake. It’s true with marriage and it’s DEFINITELY true with God!
    Seth: Agreed!

  7. Everyone (except for the hijacking evangelist): Amen, amen, amen! (w00t!!!, too ;))

    And props to Lindsey’s husband!

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