Have you ever read and fully understood the parable of the Tares and Wheat? Seemingly, many have comes to various conclusions to something Jesus completely made clear to his disciples.
Let us read the text:
Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 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?’ 28 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?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 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.”
Later on in the same chapter Jesus explained what he meant by this parable because his disciples didn’t understand it. Oddly, many today don’t understand Jesus even after his explanation: Who was the sower? What was meant by the tares and the wheat? What was meant by the field? Who are the tares and the wheat? Who are the reapers? Is this in the church which Christ built?
Let us read the text:
36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.” 37 He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. 39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40
Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Jesus answered all of the questions needed. Jesus is the good sower. The Devil is the evil sower. The tares are the wicked sons sowed by the Devil. The wheat are the good sons of the kingdom (the church- Mt 16:18,19). The field is the world. The harvest is the end of the world.
Jesus at the end of the world will send His angels to separate from His church the evil from the good. This means that all will not be saved who have obeyed the gospel of Christ. Once saved is not always saved (Gal 5:4). This means that evil attends the church where you worship. This means that only Christ and his angels are capable of identifying all the evil from the good.
Have we not read that the Devil himself has transformed himself into an angel of light? Even so, his ministers have been transformed into ministers of righteousness (2 Cor 11:14,15). False teachers, just like false prophets will enter in among faithful brethren and lead away many to follow after them (2 Pet 2).
This is not to say that faithful brethren should stay where they see false doctrine being taught. No! We are to separate ourselves from those who teach not the gospel and doctrine of Christ (2 Cor 6:17). Unlike the old adage, “there are good in every church”, actually, the only good are they who have obeyed the gospel of Christ. Denominations have not obeyed the gospel. They have rejected the gospel which Jesus requires for salvation. Therefore, no one in a denomination will be judged righteously come the day of judgment. They are all doomed to hell because they have rejected the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many of these believe, but reject baptism. Many of these are baptized but do not believe.
The parable of the tares and the wheat are not in reference to denominations, but rather the church which Christ built. Some of these tares are your preachers, your teachers, and your elders and deacons. In order to protect ourselves against them we should study the bible for ourselves. The Bereans did not take the apostle’s word for the truth, but searched the scriptures “Daily” whether those things being taught to them were actually so (Acts 17:11). Study to be approved of God, rightly discerning the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15).
Just because Christ will separate the evil from the good come the day of judgment doesn’t mean we can’t be lead astray from the gospel before we die. Paul wrote to the Galatians: “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel” (Gal 1:6). Anyone who teaches another gospel shall be accursed. Yet, anyone to obeys another gospel shall also be accursed. Be not deceived, evil communications will corrupt good manners (1 Cor 15:33). When it all comes down to the judgment, we shall not be judged in groups but rather individually (2 Cor 5:10). Therefore, save yourselves from this wicked world (Acts 2:40). Examine yourself daily whether you be in the faith lest you also be judged with the wicked (2 Cor 13:5). Obey the same gospel and continue in the same doctrine of Christ and his apostles and you shall be the wheat which shall be gathered unto an everlasting reward. Deviate from the same gospel and doctrine, and you shall be gathered unto an everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord (2 Thess 1:7-10).