Wheat vs Weeds Warning to Fellow Pentecostals
Article by Dr. Eric Gondwe
Our denomination grew from nothing in less than a century to become the single largest protestant denomination. A move of God with such huge historical proportions would not be spared from alarm and terror by God’s enemies. Jesus illustrates this in the ‘Parable of the Wheat and Weeds.’
The Parable of the Wheat and Weeds is not to be confused with the Parable of the Sower. Each has its deep meaning. The Parable of the Wheat and Weeds focuses on the enemy’s activity of sowing weeds at night after the good sower sowed good seed.
This parable is also called the ‘Parable of the Weeds,’ or ‘Parable of the Wheat and Tares.’ It’s in Matthew 13:24-30. It’s one of Jesus’ parables, which appears in only one of the Canonical gospels of the New Testament. In Matthew 13:36-43 Jesus explains what this Parable specifically means.
“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,” Matthew 13:37-39.
When we factor in the matters of the Parable of the Wheat and Weeds we can see that the Pentecostal movement and denomination has had its share of the wicked one sowing weeds or tares. The word translated "tares" in the King James Version is said to refer to darnel, a ryegrass which looks much like wheat in its early stages of growth. Thus the weeds sown by the wicked one in God’s garden are not easily noticeable weeds. They look like the wheat itself.
In the body of Christ these weeds are what the bible refers to as false prophets. They come as men or women of God, and appear as so, but they’re not. This is how church infiltration occurs. The outsiders who’re not Christians but have an agenda against Christianity enter the body of Christ pretending to be part of us.
Once they’ve entered and been received by us as God’s people they begin their mission. Their mission is to stop or at least corrupt the move of God. They bring in teachings that appear inspired by God but are doctrines or teachings of demons.
“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron,” 1 Timothy 4:1-2.
Thus when a fellow believer from another denomination points out the problems in our Pentecostal denomination it’s not a call to defend the denomination. It’s a call to see if actually what he/she is pointing out is true and how we can solve it.
It’s worth noting that every denomination has been infiltrated by false prophets, in one way or another. The job of enlightened believers is to identify areas that appear biblical yet are actually twisted teachings brought by God’s enemies.
Some of the false teachings could easily be by sincere but deceived saints who ended up using their opinions instead of to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth,” 2 Timothy 2:15.
After unrelenting sowing of weeds by false prophets in our denomination we have a lot of work to enlighten fellow Pentecostals on what’s biblical and what’s not. I myself, after being made aware of the various false teachings that have cropped up in our denomination have taken the task of being vigilant and waking up fellow believers.
Erroneous teachings (from misinterpreted scriptures) and false teachings pose corruption or hindrances to believers and ultimately the entire body of Christ. “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge,” Hosea 4:6.
Thus false doctrines or false teachings at their lowest level are a hindrance to true Christian living. At their worst level they are severely destructive to a believer spiritually, emotionally, socially, materially, or even physically. As watchmen and women we have a mandate to reveal erroneous and harmful teachings circulating in the body of Christ.
Most of my published books point out where the doctrinal errors are, how to avoid falling for these false teachings, and how to apply the true empowering biblical principles that overcome the schemes of Satan. Below are web links to some of my published books. Most have chapter contents are freely available online among the first editions.
The following are books published so far:
1. Breaking Curses, Including Breaking Generational Curses
2. Bible Prophecy Unlocked: God Breaks the Seal in End Times
3. Breaking Spiritual Strongholds and Healing the Wounded Spirit
4. Hearing the Voice of God and Fulfilling God’s Purpose for Your Life
5. Biblical Financial Breakthrough Principles for Purposeful Stewardship
6. Major Spiritual Warfare Principles: Biblical Do’s and Don’ts of Warfare
7. Natural Health and Divine Healing Guide: End-Time Physical Health Keys
8. All Fasting Principles: Biblical Purpose, Prayer, Power, Price, Precautions, etc
9. Major Christian Deliverance Principles: Keys for Self-deliverance and Ministry
10. Overcoming Demonic Oppression, Schizophrenia & Psychosis: Christian Guide
11. Occult Deliverance & Breaking Witchcraft Spells, Christian Deliverance Guidebook
© 2014 Eric Gondwe