Apostates Among Us Part Two

We are told repeatedly by Christ, that the kingdom of heaven is LIKE……and gives example after example in the parables of the wheat and tares, the sower and soils and many more. (see article on the sower).

 Mat 13:24-30  Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which 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 blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.   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? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?   But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.  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.

 Matthew 13:47-52 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind; and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away. So, it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous and will throw them into the furnace of fire.

The wheat and the tares grow together and remain together until the end when God sends His angles to separate them. The same is stated in the parable of the dragnet and fishes. Until then we must be wise and discerning, as the Kingdom at this moment has both saved and the lost, who are portraying salvation within its walls. These are tares, who are self-deceived as we see in Matt. 7:21-23, for they say look what we did in your name and Jesus said I never knew you.

Mat 7:21  Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 

Mat 7:22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 

Mat 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity

 He again, repeats that he doesn’t know them to five of the ten virgins, in the parable of the ten virgins (Matt. 25:1-13) with the five virgins who had no oil and who stand outside after the door is shut and the bridegroom says I don’t know you.

Mat 25:10  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Mat 25:11  Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. Mat 25:12  But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.   

Now these five virgins and those who have prophesied in His name all had within their grasp the knowledge but never were regenerated nor redeemed. For He does not know them. Christ knows who, are His.

Heb 4:2  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 

Joh 10:26  But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 

Joh 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 

Joh 10:28  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 

Joh 10:29  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

This is reiterated again in John 6: 

Joh 6:37  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 

Joh 6:39  And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

There is a lack of understanding and or an acknowledgement of the tares that grow with the wheat. Scripture makes it very clear that tares are sown among and grow together with the wheat until the harvest. I have heard little teachings on this topic from the pulpit. Perhaps if there were a better understanding of this within the church it would bring clarity in other scriptural areas of dispute and disagreements.  
The tares are a permanent part of the church, then, now and until the end and the harvest; it should be of great importance and concern to warn and teach discernment, understanding and recognizing true fruit of the Spirit and fact checking all teachings against the Scriptures, for many tares are in leadership positions not just sitting in the pews.

The “take heeds” to yourselves, that no one deceives you and ALL the warnings of false teachers, false prophets, false brethren etc. are all tares operating within the body. These are those that are spots in our love feasts, those that speak great swelling words, those that are deceiving and self-deceived, merchandizing the body of Christ ect. The tare plant looks just like the wheat while growing. Remember Scripture says, “let them grow together”, the identifiable traits of tares are not seen until it produces fruit, and it seems that many of the wheat aren’t taught nor trained to discern the difference.
Certainly, there are tares in the pulpits, prophesying in His name. Add to that, many in leadership may be too prideful and are not willing to admit that tares are within their congregations. The condition of the church today has bred a prideful and haughty spirit in many congregations. Leading many to embrace a type of “spiritual elitism” that is promoted by the leadership, embraced by the sheep and leads to man worship.

I have recently listened to one pastor who was preaching the doctrine of losing one’s salvation, in reference to Heb.10:26 concerning “willfully sinning”, and he stated that he was secure in HIS salvation. Meaning that he knows he is not and will not be willfully sinning; but how can he KNOW that he won’t in the future? This contradicts his own teaching of losing one’s salvation in assuming that he will not fall into willful sin, nor pluck himself out of God’s hand, which he also taught one can do, which is contradictory to scripture.
Now concerning sinning for a long time, willfully and without conviction, it is far too vague when it comes to losing one’s salvation. One point being that salvation of one’s soul is of utmost important to the individual, as it mandates one’s eternal abode. Every believer you ask, when did you get saved? Will more often than not be able to specifically tell you when and where they accepted Christ as their savior. They know they’ve been changed. So, if our salvation is lost, we would certainly be able to KNOW how, when and where we lost it. How much sin and how long it took to arrive at being lost again.  

Many teach on losing one’s salvation usually centers around the “type” of sinning which leads to losing one’s salvation, what the church mostly identifies as the worldly sins. Adultery, sexual sins, drinking, drugs, and the likes.  However, the willful sinning of gluttony is rampant within the church walls. Gluttony is a willful sinning and has built within it, its own set of retributions, just like is taught of the sexual sins. Also, gluttony is a sin that is obvious and easily identifiable.
To become morbidly obese as some in ministry are today, takes decades to obtain and a lot of time to sustain on a daily basis, this is willfully sinning over a long period of time and also rejects the fruit of the Spirit of self-control. Which is also one of the qualifications of an elder and deacon.

Tit 1:8  But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 

Tit 1:12  One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. 

{ slow bellies — indolent through pampering their bellies. They themselves are called “bellies,” for that is the member for which they live (Rom_16:18; Php_3:19)}

Rom 16:17  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 

Rom 16:18  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. 

Php 3:17  Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. 

Php 3:18  (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 

Php 3:19  Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) 

So, then according to the doctrine of losing one’s salvation siting, Hebrews 10:26, they have lost their salvation and should be rejected and marked.  For the sin is willful, it is of a long duration and it is catered to daily by large amount of food and a continual lack of self-control.

26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.

Many that teach losing one’s salvation say, how can you be severed from something that you were never connected to or Fall from someplace you have never been?

However, there are many parables and Scriptures that speaks to this topic. Understanding that there are indeed tares among the wheat and will be until the end and the harvest comes. The warnings throughout the scriptures of those who are wolves, reprobates, false teachers, false prophets, false brethren are numerous and shows that as time draws to a close, they will increase in number and power within the church.  It is somewhat problematic that the doctrine of losing one’s salvation, usually focuses on those that leave the church, walk away, and live a life of sin. When it should rather teach and instruct believers to watch and discern within the walls of the church body those who are burning it to the ground.

2 thoughts on “Apostates Among Us Part Two

  1. It is usually difficult to look at topics such as this. the Scriptures’ has a way of rubbing us raw at times but always to our benefit and for our good. We have to remember that the tares are sown by the enemy; and concerning self-control and temperance it is never a popular topic, especially when it comes to food and the flesh. But the qualifications of those in leadership must be held accountable and many are disqualified due to their extreme over indulgence and lust of food.

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