The parable of the wheat and the tares, as told by Jesus reveals quite a bit about the church’s current quandary with unrepentant homosexuals or those who comprise the gay christian movement. The major areas of contention within the church are: (a) welcoming/affirming/fellowshipping with unrepentant religious homosexuals-(b) interpretation of scripture dealing with sexual immorality and (c) the influence of unrepentant homosexuals in leadership and music. Although Greater Mt Calvary Holy Church isn’t the only local church with a serious problem in this area, the fact that God allowed it to be exposed is more than enough warning for pastors, bishops and overseers to take action and rectify this problem before God comes for an unpleasant visit to his churches.
First, let’s take a look at the parable.
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.”
Parables told by Jesus intentionally concealed truths about the kingdom of God from those who opposed him. They were spiritually deep and sometimes confusing even to his disciples, but were also –when understood– theologically rich in practical application. Jesus’ parables incorporated familiar symbols the listener (of his time) could readily identify with. Some of the stories were outright shocking. A parable would challenge the hearer to change behaviors, thoughts and beliefs which conflicted with the standards of the kingdom of God. Thus, the challenge to change was the major objective of the parables. Finally, the parable required some action on the part of the hearer. Failure to act meant that there was a disconnect with the wisdom of the story.
Wheat was a significant commodity in Jesus’ day. Thus, the parable of the wheat and the tare typified the most important elements of Jesus’ stories. And it is wisdom to the church of today, like it was wisdom to the hearers of Jesus’ day.
In this parable, the wheat symbolized righteous elements in the church. We must make one distinction between the church and the kingdom. There exists no unrighteous elements in the Kingdom of God (1 Cor 6:9-10; Gal 5:20-21; Eph 5:5) that can parallel the unrighteousness we know exists in the church universal today. Therefore, the parable of the wheat and tare is not a parallel story of the church and the kingdom. When Jesus said that it was “like”, he was referring to the method and not the makeup of the kingdom. The “field” represented the world, not heaven. Since wheat represented righteousness, the tare represented its antithesis or unrighteousness. Wheat also represented people, still designated as good or bad.
The wheat is a product of the seed sown by the sower. Jesus identifies the seed as the Word of God. Please note that many in the contemporary church have incorrectly renamed the seed “money”. Calling money seed (i.e. “sow a seed”) is a distracting designator which reveals the potential danger of the prosperity movement. When the true Word is sown, it produces wheat, when a false word is sown it produces tares.
Who sows good seed? Those who preach truth and righteousness. Who sows bad seed? According to Jesus, the devil who seeks to pollute and poison the church with false disciples.
An intoxicating temptation
The tare’s fruit, the seeds, is known to contain a poisonous soporific drug. A drug that induces deep sleep, or causes one to become drowsy and lethargic.
Sleeping, in the scripture generally does not have a positive connotation. The church is at war, so we are charged to be vilgilant, sober and watchful (1 Peter 5:8) because our enemy is on the prowl. A sleeping shepherd or watchman is one who’s in dereliction of his duty to safeguard the flock of God and sound the alarm when danger approaches.
In the parable of the wheat and the tare Jesus states that the enemy was able to sow the tare seed because men were sleeping. If the pastor, the bishop or whoever is in leadership is not watching, the tare will be sown among the wheat to the detriment of the body. Our goal is prevent the tare from being sown in the first place by being watchful and sober on the job.
If the tare is sown, it is not a reflection on Christ, it is a terrible error on the part of leaders in the church. What’s more, it does not mean that Christ intended for it to happen. Again, it is a result of failure to do what is right.
Here is where the contemporary church stumbles in regards to the gay christian movement and other false groups. Tare was almost identical to wheat in its appearance, but unredeemable. It grows in the wheat fields, but it was just a weed (its actually a noxious form of ryegass). Its proximity to the wheat make it appear viabile to the untrained eye, but to a person skilled in harvesting, it was no mystery. Not only was the tare different, it was harmful to the wheat. Alone, it could do no harm to the wheat, but the danger came if the tare was yanked out of the ground (the angry, judgmental church?). It caused damage to the wheat as the roots were somewhat entwined. Ancient farmers, in order to separate the wheat from the tare, took it through a process called winnowing during the harvest. Thus, time became THE critical factor in removing the tare. The question isn’t should the tare be removed, but rather when to remove it and how.
As I said in the Charisma article I wrote, the goal isn’t to eradicate homosexuality from the church, but rather to severely restrict its potential influence.
Its important to note that tare was not a “cousin” to wheat. Although some characterize the stuggle in the church over homosexuality a family fight, it is not. Tare or those who serve a different set of beliefs other that taught by scripture are not family, but rather have a different birth parent. As Jesus noted in the parable, satan is the birth parent of the tare. Should a person repent and earnestly turn from their sins, they are supernaturally born again (John 3:5,6), thus freeing them from the satanic connection. This is why Jesus preached with passion “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mk 1:14-15).
The end comes and it is terrible
Another erroneous belief in the church is that Christ himself will separate the wheat. The inference is that no one can “judge” another and only Christ can deal with the sin in the church. That’s just not true.
Matthew 13:30 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. (my bold)
As the scripture clearly notes, it will be the reapers, not Christ who will do the actual separating. Who are the reapers? Those faithful to his word and his kingdom. The awesome responsibility will delegated to them in the harvest. The next question logically would be “when is the harvest?”
In John fourth chapter, Jesus actually answers both questions about the identity of the reapers and the time of the harvest.
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” (John 4:34-38)
(1) satan can’t sow tare, if the pastor and YOU the member weren’t sleeping. Don’t blame the devil and don’t blame God, you hold the key to the solution. Sleeping while the enemy is on the prowl, is just as dangerous as the seeds he can sow.
(2) This is not something that we are “obsessing” over nor due to so called “homophobia”. The scripture is clear. It is a serious matter that cannot be ignored.
(3) If you are in the gay christian church (or any church) believing that you are justified being a homosexual Christian, you are severely mistaken and your soul is at stake. Unless you repent, your time will end disastrously. Jesus said “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…”