There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25
Until God called me out of the compromise and apostasy that is endemic in the church today, there were parables spoken by Jesus Christ that I didn’t quite understand nor see how they applied to the church today.
Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the whet and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 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?’ “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?’ “But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. ‘Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of the 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.”’” Another parable He put forth to them saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all seeds, but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” Matthew 13:24-32
Jesus Christ later explained the first parable that I quoted to his disciples.
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.” He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 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, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Matthew 13:36-43
If we give it careful consideration we can see that these two parables taken together sum up the church today. Being filled with tares, the church has become an enormous elaborate edifice that in no way resembles the church presented to us in the gospels, Acts and the epistles. The church today is built upon institutions of learning, denominations, conferences, and programs. It has nothing to do with the gospel of Jesus Christ and His glorious Word. Of course, there will be protestations to the contrary, but how is it that throughout the generations, after a learning institution or denomination has become established, it becomes apostate? They may start out with good intentions, but were they really called of God in the first place? Were they established by faithful men who could teach the truth? Did they bequeath their work to those who were so like-minded?
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:1-2
Remember that there were plenty of religious Jews and scholars during the time that Jesus Christ walked this earth, but He called His disciples and apostles from ordinary and despised men.
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many might, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29
Trying to establish the work of man and not the work of God, for their own glory, the “Christian” colleges and seminaries have become a hot bed of either liberalism or mysticism. Likewise, the denominations have thrown off belief in the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God and have embraced the lie so that they add works to salvation or just plainly deny the Lord Jesus Christ. Doctrines of demons have replaced the clear and authoritative Word of God in most of the church today, so that reviler and reprobate are favorably quoted from the pulpit while also “teaching the Bible.”
The end result is the prophecy given by Paul to Timothy in the third chapter of second Timothy.
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further; for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was. 2 Timothy 3:1-9
Devoid of the Holy Spirit these church attenders can only be what their sinful natures dictate. They have rituals and faithful “church” attendance but they do not have the wherewithal to live a truly godly life. They don’t want the truth and can never come to know the truth. Led by false teachers and deceivers, they are destitute of the truth and can only indulge their sinful natures and cling to their lustful appetites. The false teachers, who lead them, resist the Word of God and despise the faith, but they are evident to believers and will be rejected by the elect of God.
We need to be encouraged by the words of Jesus Christ: “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
Even though it may seem that there are few who genuinely believe the gospel, we need to know there are other believers and we have God’s kingdom, the only kingdom that matters, given to us by the Father. Praise God for His mercy to us. As we await the appearing of our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ, what sort of people of the kingdom should we be?
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you. Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasure, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. Titus 2:11-3:8
Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. Acts 8:4
By the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit we are to live a life of godliness, and as we seek to find a home of believers where we can meet together to worship, let us preach the word. We are called to turn away from the deceitful dangerous demonic doctrines of man and we are called to hold fast to the faithful word, the gospel that was once for all delivered to the saints. Let us be about our Father’s business, walking to please Him and seeking the lost for the kingdom of God. Thank you Jesus Christ for Your wonderful salvation! Let us not be of those who as Solomon said in Proverbs follow the way that seems right to man but in the end leads to death.