“Let them both [wheat and tare] grow together until the harvest; and at the harvest season, I will say to the reapers, ‘Pick out first the tares, and bind them into bundles to be burned; but gather the wheat into my barns.””
Recently, during a time of testing, I was told by someone I thought had some wisdom that we have to let a false brother stay in fellowship, because of what Yeshua said in the verse above.
I knew communicating with this person about this, at that time and in those circumstances, and probably now, was a waste of breath, so I didn’t retort. But, it concerns me that we as believers think that we have to accommodate false brethren IN THE CONGREGATION. It was almost a ‘pc’ attitude of being nice to fake brothers. “Only Yeshua knows who the tares are.” NO. That is NOT what He said! In fact, in the parable itself it is the SERVANTS of the landowner [the landowner is the seed-sower, Yeshua] who notice the tares. They ask the landowner: “from where did the tares come into it [the field]?” Yeshua did NOT say we’d not know who the tares are! ESPECIALLY if they come into the congregation!
The parable of the seed is just that, a parable; a mashal. It must be understood from a proper perspective.
Yeshua gives us the interpretation, and NO WHERE does He say that the seed and the soil are the CONGREGATION. In fact, the soil is best represented in “The World”. “Earth”. The WORD goes out into ALL the world, but tares appear IN THE WORLD [the field], sown alongside the seed, by HaSatan, in order to mimic real believers. Not all who say to Him, “Adon, Adon”, are His. Tares are fake. The tare had been sown along side the ‘seed’; it’s false seed; they ‘look like’ wheat. But, they are in the field. Trying to force this into an analogy on the Congregation does not fit the rest of scripture.
The seed is Yeshua, His Word, going forth INTO ALL THE WORLD. The lesson is NOT that we should accommodate sinful people in the congregation, especially adulterers and slanderers, liars, and such. The lesson is that we as believers are going to have to live among sinners in the world, and that it is not the believer’s job to separate from the world, to judge the tares before judgment day. In fact, Sha’ul says:
“I wrote to you in a letter not to associate with immoral persons. I do not mean that you should separate completely from all the immoral people of this world, or from the fraudulent, and extortionists, or from idolaters; otherwise you would be obliged to leave this world. Now what I have written to you is this: you are not to associate with any person who is known as a brother and yet is immoral, or fraudulent, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortionist; with such a person you must not even break bread. For what business have I to judge those who are outside [the congregation]? But you may judge those who are within [the congregation]. Elohim will judge the outsiders [tares]. Therefore, put away from among yourselves those wicked persons.”
It is the duty of believers to discern spirits, and by that, to discern whether someone who professes to be a brother is actually a brother. This morning, I read Mishlim 6 in my quiet time, and that chapter tells us very similar things to what Sha’ul wrote that is cited above:
“There are six things which יהוה hates, yes, seven which are an abomination unto Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood; A heart that devises wicked thoughts, feet that are swift in running to evil; A false witness that breathes out lies, and he that sows discord among brethren.”
Those same things align with some of the things Sha’ul instructed concerning whom to put out of the congregation. We must learn to recognize these behaviors as symptomatic of an unrepentant heart. We must become ‘kadosh”, as individuals and congregations. Yeshua is coming back for a spotless bride, for a kadosh people.