“…His disciples came to Him and said, ‘Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.’ And He said, ‘The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.’
“So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.” (Mat 13:36-43)
Some of my readers may not take lightly to this journal entry. Rarely do I share an entry that deals with the negatives. However, it is always best to be forewarned when it comes to the false movements that are abounding today. So, here goes. Please consider what I have to share. You can judge for yourself if it is of the Lord.
In Matthew 13, there are seven kingdom parables. Each parable addresses an essential truth. The parable of the tares is second of the kingdom parables.
The Lord explains that there *will* be tares planted among the wheat. (Cf. Matt13:24-30) The wheat represents the children of God. The tares are the sons of the evil one. Throughout the church age this battle will continue.
That doesn’t sound so difficult, does it? After all, all we just need to do is look for a son of evil one? Surely someone of this caliber would stand out from everyone else!?
Well, it isn’t as easy as it may seem. And this goes to the heart of the parable.
The tare instills ruinous heresy
The disciples were familiar with the symbols Jesus used. The tares in the parable would be the ‘bearded’ tare, or darnell tare. This tare looks very much wheat, especially while it is growing. It takes a trained eye to recognize the difference. In the parable the workers went to sleep. When a flock lacks proper Biblical guidance and ‘alert’ mature spiritual leadership, this is where the tare can begin to do his damage.
The bearded tare is poisonous. If it is mixed with wheat, and ingested, it can cause sickness, and possibly death. This is why the tares have to be harvested out of the wheat, before the wheat can be harvested. But who can do it properly? Only the Lord. And He uses angels for this work.
The tares and their false doctrines have always been a major cause for spiritual weakness among believers. False doctrines are man centered. Rather than produce a genuine maturing in a believer’s life, they create a false bond between the believer and the false teacher.
It is because of these false bonds that you find some believers who chase after various teachers, prophets, and movements. They reach for every new ism that moves with the wind. These weak believers have never learned what Biblical spirituality and maturity is about.
Paul address this issue:
“As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ.” (Eph 4:14,15)
The original godhood lie
Here is an example of a noted Charismatic teacher making pure mockery of God. If you are unable to see the mockery here then I pray that the Lord opens your eyes. This man makes God out to be a fool. He twists and turns the Scriptures to mean something that they do not mean. He has Adam giving life to the animals, and not God. This kind of teaching abounds in the ‘We are gods’ teachings that are making rounds in certain movements today. Judge for yourself.
What you heard in the afore video are elements of the original lie that Satan used on Eve. It can be considered the mother of all lies. Understand this and you are on your way to realizing how this same lie is making its rounds in large portions of the Charismatic movement today.
‘The lie’ was that Adam and Eve could be exactly what God is, therefore they would have no need for God. They themselves would be gods. And this is the very lie being pushed today. It is insidious because people do not realize that it actually undermines the Lordship of Jesus Christ in a person’s life. If I can do everything Jesus does, then why would I need Jesus. (Think about it.)
Most false-doctrine groups have the godhood lie built into them.
The power of the tare and of false doctrine
In Samaria there was a man named Simon, who claimed to be someone great. Everyone gave attention to him. They thought he was from God. After all, he could do supernatural things. When Philip came to town and began preaching the gospel, people began to turn to Jesus by the multitudes. Guess who gets baptized? You got it. Simon the sorcerer.
Simon was a false believer. He had no intention of turning from his occult works. As Simon sees the wonders done by Philip, he needs to associate with that power. And when he sees people being filled with the Holy Spirit through the hands of the apostles. He wants that power! He has to have it. So Simon begins with the money exchange.
Peter recognizes right away that Simon is a ‘tare.’ He says,
“May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! You have no part in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray that, if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.” (For full story see Acts 8:4-24)
Church history tells us that Simon never repented. He continued in his sorcery, and came to beguile of many souls. Simon began a gnostic group that tried to undermine the Christian faith. His followers began to call on him as a god. (According to Justin Martyr.)
Do not ignore the warnings
There is a Scriptural setting that is easy to misunderstand and yet it provides a special warning that Jesus gives for end time events. It centers on what the term ‘Christ’ actually means. Christ and Messiah both mean ‘the anointed one.’
The Lord warns about ‘special anointed places,’ and ‘special anointed ones.’ These anointed ones claim to speak for God. Yet they are producing chains of bondage that the misguided and immature is unable to recognize. Think about it for a moment and you will find where the pieces fit.
Now the warning –
“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ [the anointed one],’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him. For false Christs [anointed ones] and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to misled, if possible, even the elect.” (Mat24:23,24)
The Lord goes on …
“Behold, I have told you in advance. So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or, ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ to not believe them.” (At this point the Lord begins to speak of His second coming.)
Not only did Jesus warn that there would be a sweeping move of a false anointing in the last days, but the Old Testament prophets also warned of this. Listen carefully to Jeremiah;
“…In the last days you will clearly understand it. I did not send these prophets, but they ran. I did not speak to them, but they prophesied.” (Jer23:20,21)
Then Jeremiah explains the message of a false prophet. He says these prophets lead God’s people astray by their “falsehoods” and “reckless boasting.” (Jer23:32)
What is the false prophet doing?
“But had they (the false prophet) stood in My council, then they would have announced My words to My people, and would have turned them back from their evil way and from the evil of their deeds.” (Jer23:22)
The false prophet speaks with a voice of authority, but their message reeks of earthly treasures and pleasures. Peter and Jude tell us that they merchandise God’s people. With flattery (often by personal prophecies, a form of fortune-telling) they deceive the hearts of the simple.
The spirit of sorcery is powerful. Unless it is arrested in some way, it can take on the feeling of a flowing river, of great euphoria, and even sensations in the body. And this is how it deceives someone with appearance of being the Holy Spirit. But the happiness is misleading. It is hypnotic and dangerous. It is merely an eroding of a person’s foundation. The result can be a mental institution.
We think that just because a person is speaking in the name of Jesus, and because supernatural things are happening, that it has to be from God. This is a mistake no believer should ever make. Keep in mind that a false gospel produces false converts
It appears that the Corinthian Church was bordering on the occult. You find this in both of Paul’s letters to the Corinthians. Paul explains this, when he says,
“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” (2Co11:3)
Notice how Paul describes the true Christian walk. It is based on a simple devotion to Jesus Christ. No more. No less. It is not based on supernatural experiences.
Now for the occult –
“For if one comes and *preaches* another Jesus who we have not preached, or you *receive* a different spirit which you have not received, or a *different gospel* which you have
not accepted, you bear this beautifully.” (2Co11:4)
Do you see the occult warning? Another Jesus! Another spirit! Another gospel!
If someone doesn’t understand the true gospel, how easy it is for the enemy to give a replacement.
The last thing I wish to share is that it is possible even for a child of God to be misguided for a time, and to get caught up on these false movements. But once your eyes are fully opened to the deception at work, that is when you make your departure. My advise is simple — Don’t ignore the cautions in your own heart.
And get your eyes back on the glory of the cross.
I hope some of what I shared will be of help to others.
In Christ always