The “Tare” Farmers
Robert Wurtz II
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? (Matthew 13:24-28 KJV)
I was reading an article recently about terrorist tactics and had an epiphany concerning the enemies strategy. Terrorists love to hide behind civilians when conducting warfare — even storing their weapons in mosques, hospitals, schools, etc. This may seem like a novel approach to warfare, but it is not. Satan has been employing this strategy since the beginning of time. What do I mean by that?
Our passage above is the parable of the tares and the wheat. I will not examine this parable in detail as we have gone over it thoroughly HERE. However, I want to draw our attention to a vital point that is fundamental to this parable. Jesus answered the servant who wanted to pull up the tares that were growing in the wheat in verse 29 and 30 saying, “No; lest while you gather up the tares, you 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 together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”
Clearly this passage is referring to people. The enemy plants “tares” among God’s people; that is to say, professors of Christ who are not real Christians. In fact, modern day evangelistic practices are spreading tares among God’s people with the proficiency of a Kansas commercial farming operation.
The machinery is in high gear and the crops are coming forth until one can scarcely find true wheat. Nevertheless, we have an awful revelation of the culprit; “An enemy hath done this.” It is the enemies business to sow false professors among God’s people. That is as plain as anything. Satan devises a false, impotent Gospel and then empowers his preachers to proclaim it. These tare farmers are threatening to overwhelm the church.
There are two things we must know about this business of the enemy:
1. He is trying to destroy the churches of God
2. He wants to put the saints in a position that if they react to his antics, they also destroy the churches of God
This is his “terrorist” approach. Notice what the Lord said, “No; lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them.” These tares are friends and family members of true Christians. If you put the false professor out of the congregation, you will offend and overthrow the faith of those who are close to them. In a figure, their roots are tied together. You simply cannot deal with them without causing harm. Once the tares “look” like wheat, most people are fooled. The servants eventually realized they were not wheat, but by then it was too late. They were already interwoven into the congregation, I mean, wheat field.
Rose Colored Glasses
Friends and family typically view other friends and family with rose colored glasses. The only people we are often more blind to than ourselves, is our friends and family. If there is even a hint of Christian character in them we are prepared to pronounce them a believer. Why? We love our friends and family and we definitely don’t want to see them in hell. We want to think well of them. If it’s our family (emphasis on ‘our’), we are usually ‘proud’ of them and very defensive about them. With our children we have chronicled their life progress since they were born — or even before and are not about to stop now. Nevertheless, this approach is blinding. Therefore, “No; lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them.” Our friends and family are often unchallengeable in our eyes. We put the rosy glasses on and the enemy has a beach head into the churches.
Deadly and Progressive Compromise
What happens when the tares are sown until the whole field is loaded? Perhaps it would be helpful to define the tare once again; it is a person sown by the enemy that is destined for Hell. That is plain speech, but that is the clear import of the passage. The servants see the danger of the tares presence in the field (church), but are commanded by the Lord not to pluck them up. Why? Lest the wheat be killed too. Nevertheless, common sense tells us that unsaved people (false professors) may look like wheat, but they do not think like wheat. They are carnally minded. This is why they are a threat to “the field.”
Moreover, tares produce after their own kind. Pretty soon a few tares becomes a whole field full. They start to take over the place. Falsehood begets falsehood. This is how we have all but lost Christianity in the mainstream. Tares in the field, tares in the pulpits, tares on the television set, tares on the radio. Tares are talking and corrupting. Their carnal minds are at enmity with God and His church. Nevertheless, because they are someones friend or family — they go on sowing more tares and promoting more compromise.
Satan is a wise destroyer. He places the compromise in the tare (friends and family) so that to challenge or attack the compromise is to challenge or attack someones friend or family member. Wow! Talk about effective. And we wonder why we are losing our identity as Christians? Wonder why everything goes? Somebodies friend or family member was preaching a substandard Gospel and noone would challenge them. Somebody brought this “compromise” into the churches and that “worldly measure” and because they were someones friend or family member — it went unchallenged. Today most professors of Christ cannot relate to the faith of our fathers. Satan has used his agents to complately redefine Christianity to a whole generation.
Now the field is loaded with tares — most of which have been told they are wheat. All the while the wheat field farmer keeps preaching the Gospel and waiting for the reapers to sort this all out.
In the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.