The Wheat and the Tares

I hear much about fake Christian movements, and those who believe anything. Many complaints are true and justified. How do you explain apparent miracles in the middle of dubious ministry events? How can you tell what is true?

Nothing should be a surprise. We are in the end times, and prophecy is being fulfilled. Do not let the negative push you away from what is God! But remember, the positive is still around as well.

(1) Real miracles, good minister:

I have seen very large prayer meetings where the devout have come to honor and praise God. They bring their petitions also before their heavenly Father, and pray that it is God’s sovereign time, and will, to answer their prayers. The music honors God, and the worshippers are lost in the presence of God. Their hearts are right, and for some, it is the right time for God to show favor to their needs and requests. The atmosphere is one of holiness and purity.

All of this is real, and Jesus has promised that if we ask anything of the Father in His name, if it is God’s will, He will hear our prayers, and give us what we have need of. The Lord we serve is not a man that He should lie. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He healed thousands of years ago. He even made personal visits to people called by His name. He continues to do this today, and will also do this in the future as well. His greatest desire is to minister to His creation, and love and help them. All that is required is for us to believe in Him, and ask with humble hearts, according to His perfect will.

The minister, through all of this, is obedient to God, and properly gives God the glory for what is happening. He is lost in the atmosphere as well, and is humbled by what God is doing. He preaches the Word of God accurately.

(2) Real miracles, bad minister:

A common experience now is that sincere Christians pray for healing, and their prayers can be answered. However, they might be in the presence of a false signs and wonders minister, who seems to take credit for their faith and the resulting healing. We then might doubt the genuine healing, and reject what God has done.

We need to discern between the false and the true in the same meeting. What we see are the “wheat and the tares coming up together.”

Jesus explained how God would deal with the mixed picture we see now:

Mat 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

Mat 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

Mat 13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.


Mat 13:27 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?

Mat 13:28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

Mat 13:29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

Mat 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.

In a case where the miracles are real, but the minister is false, sowing tares among the wheat (deception), we must still be responsible, and both acknowledge what God has done, and deplore the minister. We must not reject God’s work, just because there is something wrong with the minister, or something wrong with other individuals present, who might contribute to a negative atmosphere.

If we incorrectly assigned true miracles as the “work of the devil,” this would grieve the Holy Spirit, and the very heart of God. The devil will also be successful at convincing you to reject God’s work as evil. Do not give the devil this opportunity to deceive you out of a blessing.

We must remember that God can take negative circumstances, and bring something positive out of them. In a sea of unbelief and fraud, God will still see the few faithful individuals who are crying out for the true presence of God. He will still respond to their faith and hearts, while ignoring the false ones.

(2) False miracles (sensationalism), bad minister

The minister here lacks holiness, and offers sensational, possibly physical, experiences that excite crowds. He lacks true alignment with the Word of God, and frequently ignores the Bible, not preaching from it. Either that, or he distorts the scripture, or openly lies about it, so that it justifies the sensationalism. The minister may make unscriptural or artificial remarks, like “faking” the gift of tongues, and say things that are obviously not holy in nature.

One example that comes to mind is a minister that claims that angels have a fragrance, and that the bible mentions this. The truth is that the bible does NOT mention this, and he just made this up. So he lies to the crowd. This same minister runs around screaming “sheek a boom bah !” and “BAM !!!” at people. He also kicks them. This is NOT the Holy Spirit at work.

Also, the focus of any worship service is Jesus. Other spirits, like angels, should not take priority over Jesus. If they do, then this is a false service, because any true angel will glorify God, not accept worship for itself.

(2 a) bad people too

There can be times when everything is false, and people may be open to deception, looking for sensationalism, rather than God’s true presence. These are thrill seekers, not God seekers. In this case, the devil can have a holiday. There is no atmosphere of reverence or worship. There is no holiness. Nothing is sacred. If supernatural events occur, they are either contrived, or demonic in origin. The supernatural is just something exciting to do, and has its own fascination.

People that lust after lies with itching ears will be deceived. There is a danger of demonic oppression coming from the service that will persist after the service as well. People may become ill. Here, people will get what they are looking for, which is not God, but the “wild supernatural.”

(2b) “good” people

This combination is tragic. They do not see the minister as false, and while they do not have bad motives, they are not really well defined in their faith, and so they are easily deceived. They do not know what they want, and go along with the crowd. The atmosphere can be as in 2a, but these people do not see anything wrong. So they become deceived, victims of their own ignorance, and are open to demonic oppressions of different kinds.

At first, they may not notice anything, but eventually they will get pulled into experiences with demonic manifestations. They will go away from meetings thinking that works of the devil are actually God.

Some of the complaints I hear about people barking like dogs comes under this category. For most people, this sounds horrible, but to the genuinely deceived, this is “God.” since they really do not know who God is anyhow.

To them “God” is some kind of sensational experience. To them, God is not a person, and as long as they stay in this atmosphere, they will never know who God really is.

So, think for a moment. What kind of minister do you have? What kind of atmosphere do you have? What are you really looking for? What kind of person are you? Your answer will determine if you have really found God’s true presence or not, and the ultimate answer to your prayers.


See also “Fake and Real Charismatics”  Click here for more

See also “Baptism of the Holy Spirit & Tongues” (the real gift) Click here for more

See also “The Church is having a power failure”  Click here for more

See also “God’s Glory- a Practical Application”  Click here for more

See also Speaking in Tongues – the Science and the Spirit Click here for more

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16 Responses to “The Wheat and the Tares”

  1. Marianne

    this mixture happens more often than we think, especially if a revival is beginning to wane, because of sin, & people begin to act out manifestations not knowing that they are opening themselves up to the enemy of Christ. Some continue to humble themselves and genuinely grow in righteousness, while others scoff at their sin while believing they’re seeking the presence of God.

  2. Very good article, Marianne. Jesus said “These signs shall follow them that believe”. Many in the so-called signs and wonders movement would have people to believe it’s more like “them that believe shall follow these signs”. Keep your Sword sharp, Sister! God bless.

  3. Duane,

    Thank you for your kind words.

    God bless you
    marianne

  4. Yes, there are many people who cover up the name of Jeses or
    saints in our time. These people are in masks.

    “How can you tell what is true?”
    Matthew 7
    “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
    Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
    A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
    Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
    Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
    “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven”

    If there are people who are interested in the comprehensive research of the truth here, they can find info about the end times in Qur’an.

  5. I am amazed at how well you put this. The very prophet you are speaking of with the BAM..booom has been in our area for over 2 months now and everyone in the world is flocking to it. Sincere people are going who are desperate for a move of GOD and I know God honors their hearts to worship Him and will show Himself to them. The teaching audios on his website includes angel visitations and the 7 heavens which disqualify him to every Bible student. Also on his website is the sing up sheet to join Joel’s Army for a nice fee. A thorough study of all the passages on locusts in the Bible should prove that the locusts are a judgment that God sends for idolatry and are NEVER the Church of Jesus Christ! What confusion and ignorance of the WORD of GOD we have today. How sad our Father must be that we run after everything BUT HIM!

  6. Hi cathy,

    I am glad that it is up to God who gets blessed, and not up to man. If we really had to rely on strange ministers and their “power,” we would never get any help.

    I was leaving the name out of the BAM comment. People will figure it out. 😉

    blessings
    marianne

  7. The Koran is of Lucifer. It denies Christ died, and was raised from death for our sins.

    Prove me wrong.

  8. I agree with you Marianne, its sounds like you are describing the false Todd Bentley in your article. There is the mimicking of the Holy Spirit, which gurus do to their Hindu initiates. Their is alot of wild jerking and ‘impartations'(demon transfers) going on. They say its to awaken ones kundalini energy in the spine area. Totally of Satan. Their are false miracles abound, let us not forget the pharoahs magicians and Simon the sorceror in Acts. When the antichrist and false prophet arrive they will have our enemies unholy spirit at their disposal. God Bless, your brother in Christ~

  9. Hi Marianne,
    I have been searching your site to find a place appropriate to place this comment. Here is as good a place as any.
    To begin with, I must first say that I prayed about this and about you.
    I must urge you to pay close attention. I would never mislead any one.
    Sunday worship is Baal worship. People are deceived by the enemy of their soul.
    There is a perpetual command of God to keep the Sabbath day Holy. The roman empire under the rule of Satan changed the times and introduced Baal worship in the churches. And that is why the day of worship is Sunday the day of the SUN worship.
    Satan knew in his twisted and diabolic mind that if he could get the servants of God Almighty to disobey His Holy Perpetual Command, which honors YHWH The Father as The Creator And King of the Universe, then he would win.
    Now this is deep.
    Because the Scriptures speaks that if you break one of the commandments of God then you have broken them all.
    Of course this is NOT taught!
    I have much to say about this deceit. Too much to place here!
    But if you would be told that you have never loved God because those that love Him keep His commandments, what would you say?
    Yet it is the Truth!
    By their fruits you will know THEM.
    The sign which God placed between Himself and His people, forever!! is what their hands DO on the SABBATH.
    So people worship HIM in VAIN … when they follow the commandments of men!!!….
    which are the commandments of demons!!! …. when they go to their ‘churches’ on
    SUNDAY.
    They worship what they do NOT know. And it is BAAL!!
    Research this and see if I am not speaking the TRUTH by THE HOLY HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD.

  10. p.s. Any and I mean Any miracles or sensations or signs that a person might experience in those chuches on sundays are demonstrations of demons!
    Run run run away from this NOW before the WRATH of GOD is poured out, because I say to you it is coming!!
    If you SO love God then repent now!! while there is a window still open.

    • HI Abigail

      I agree that much power is taken away from the believers when they do not follow Gods commands, but instead follow man’s rules.

      I personally attend shul on Shabbat, and occasionally drop in on Sunday to see what they are doing.

      I am grateful that God looks at our hearts when we do things. Most people have no clue that they are worshiping on a false sabbath. They are not directly worshiping Baal, but they are complying with the Baal system, unknowingly. The prosperity messages that are continually preached are more in line with Baal worship.

      I think God in this case takes this into ignorance consideration, but it still takes away from the true sabbath. Any compromise reduces our power as believers.

      I think the only Christians that get this part right is the 7th day Adventists, although there are other things I do not agree with them on.

      Now, we are supposed to worship God in spirit and in truth. Our temple is our bodies, which is open for prayer 24 / 7.

      What I see a lot is people follow their leaders. Most really are sheep. Unless the leaders wake up and obey God, the sheep will continue to show up on Sunday, as they are lost on their own, without their leaders.

      blessings
      marianne

  11. Hi Marianne,

    This is not a small matter. Yes, God knows the heart that it is continually wicked. I certainly I’m not a 7th day adventist, nor am I one who knows the depths of Satan as they say. And it is not ‘some power is taken away’; it is not a taken away but rather simply ‘no power is given them’.
    Marianne you say, ‘they do not directly worship Baal’ I say ‘ yes they do. And then for the 24/7 if they pray at all it is not to Elohim.
    They might think they pray to God, but they are deceived and they are still in darkness.
    You say that ‘OUR temple is our bodies’, and again I must disagree with you. Rather it is ‘The temple of God is the body ‘ and that is if HE dwells therein.
    False doctrine twists every word of God!!
    IF the body of one is the Temple of God in Truth, then it is no more the body of one but ‘The Temple of The Living God.’
    You say ‘you think God in this case takes this into consideration’; yes He does but it is not the way you think. God is not a liar nor the author of a lie. What you think is good is evil in the Holy Sight of God.
    The way you perceive things is the lukewarm way. You cannot please God and please man with the same breath.
    You say ‘I see a lot of people follow their leaders’ and in this you say right. And their so called leaders are from Hell and that is where they are leading to. Hell has opened its’ mouth WIDE to receive them.
    The Holy Shabbat was given to ‘test’ man and I am sorry but only a few passes the test.
    The herd that is led by these so called leaders is not ‘the sheep’. They are the ‘captives’ and they are the ‘deceived’.
    Yet some cry for healing and for freedom. It will not come unless they willingly submit to the will of God.
    For myself I would not have cared if God would have said to us ‘On monday , on tuesday, etc. you will keep that day Holy’ I would have submitted to His will, because He is God and I am a vessel of clay in His Hand. But Almighty God said I am Lord of the Shabbat and on this day I will visit you.
    Jesus does the will of His Father.
    But man despises Him and yet covet His Power.
    God does not share His Power with demons.
    I have stirred up hell late last night but I am not afraid, because The Power Of God Himself resides and lives in me.

  12. Abigail I think I agree with you …in my experience once I started honoring the sabbath day the lord did reveal himself to me more than ever. I am truly blessed to have found a congregation that is very good for me. So many times I’ve heard the arguement that sunday worshippers are evil. I find it horrifiying, what I wonder is if these missionaries etc who go to lands where the gospel is unheard of and where the people don’t have the resources we have to ”investigate” the pagan days of the week etc…and these people are receiving the lord into their lives and would have never known of this good news otherwise are you saying they are not truly accepting the lord but satan or demons because they are taught to rest on sunday? That troubles my soul DEEPLY !! I really do need to pray some more about this because I have a sorrow for them. You don’t really see a lot of sabbath keeping missionaries. I hear a lot of people also proclaiming that if you call upon the name jesus that he will not answer also because it was not his true name and was changed…from yehoshuah , yeshuah. I feel if people diliberately break the commands they will be held accountable and also held responsible for all they’ve deceived. I’m not the best at expressing how I feel on this but I feel like once the spirit lives in you you will keep the commands of yahweh (god) that holy spirit guides us. Maybe I’m naive….I know the gate is narrow , be blessed.

  13. Never heard of this explanation but always wanted to know the answer…any answer…:)

  14. Hi sis. Understanding the REASONS wheat & tares exist and why & how they interface in the earthly realm is very important to spiritual understanding & discernment: wheat are willing spirits which are foreknown & predestinated in Christ. – this is because their spirit was proven in the time of war in the Third Heaven BEFORE they incarnated upon the earth. the tares have an UNwilling spirit (same as fallen angels & demons) that were proven to be disloyal and who betrayed THE LORD OF GLORY {JESUS CHRIST, THE ANGEL OF THE LORD YHVH} in the same heavenly war *in the full Light of Eternity* in the Third Heaven before the earth was formed & became a habitation of satan, demons, and wheat and tares who come forth from adam & eve {who became corrupted by deception & sin}.
    thus: cain & abel/ esau & jacob, … satan and demons/devils and tares ARE ALLOWED to exist for a season AS A TEST to every soul on earth that is predestinated in Christ. ie/wheat ie/ the elect of GOD. … when satan is loosed “for a little season” upon the earth AFTER the 1000 year Reign of Christ upon the earth: it is like THE FINAL SIFTING AND TEST AND SEPARATING of wheat from tares:
    the LOYAL OF LOVE, … from the disloyal and fakers.
    more here:
    http://forums.delphiforums.com/yeshuathelord1/start

    http://forums.delphiforums.com/lenbenheart/start

    satan, demons & tares CANNOT be allowed in THE ETERNAL KINGDOM OF LOVE & TRUTH. … for they would turn Heaven into hell in a very short time. their spirits/wills and choices HAVE BEEN REJECTED because they have *willfully rejected* THE LORDSHIP of The Lord Yeshua Messiah.

  15. Last days warning…more and more fake ministers and counterfeits in the church!

    Know God personally thru a love relationship with Jesus Christ!
    Get into God’s Word and meditate on God’s Word day and night..make it your heart’s Delight! (Psalm 1, Joshua 1 v 7-9)

    Be blessed
    Know your true identity and total security in Christ Jesus !

    Shalom peace and wellness to you !

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