The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares: The Woke Church or Satan’s Fifth Column, by Bob Beltran
Wheat and tares look exactly the same, they have the same color, grow in the same way and have similar seeds, only when the wheat matures can you tell the difference. One is fruitful (the wheat) and the other is not.
What is a fifth column you may ask? Let’s say you are a leader of a country and you want to conquer your neighbor. You enlist a group of your own military or allies from within that country you are planning to invade, who are indistinguishable from those you will conquer. When the invasion begins, they rise up to disrupt command and control measures and disrupt everything and anything to give you the best chance of success… enter the woke church.
From the Gospel Coalition, David Platt, Paul David Trip, Matt Chandler, Mark Dever & 9 Marks, Al Mohler and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Max Lucado, and a whole host of others who seemed to have preached the gospel and stood on the inerrancy of the Bible. Now that the Christian church is under attack from the many state and local governments many of these seem to have come out swinging. Whether it is chastising churches for meeting against government orders, pushing facemasks or backing Black Lives Matters, social justice, white guilt, and radicalism these folks seem to have left the true gospel by adding group sins and group repentance which is not a gospel at all. They are now bringing forth heresies that will never lead a person to the cross but away from the cross and to eternal damnation.
Paul had strong words for these people in Galatians 1:9-10 “As we have said before, so now I say again if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed (damned). 10 For do I now persuade men or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.”
These are men who professed the truth, declared they were called to preach, and are they now counted as the enemy? Are they seeking to please man instead of God? Is there a chance that a few may truly be Christians? Yes, but it is hard to reconcile the venom they are spewing with a heart that is led by the Holy Spirit.
They have led many with them and I would turn to 1 John 2:19 “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.”
These leaders are doing Satan’s work and I would say that they have left the tare category, are they conscious that they are in “Satan’s Fifth Column” category? Do they no longer care if they actually resemble the sheep… it seems that they are proud to be resembling goats.
Is everyone who follows in the footsteps of the woke church lost? I would hope that there are those who are truly in Christ but I would have to believe that they are babes in Christ or that they have no discernment.
One thing is for sure, the woke church is unfruitful and they are planted by Satan.
Matthew 13:24-25 24 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.
Matthew 13:37-43 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!
As John Macarthur pointed out If Jesus was interested in a social gospel, He would have shown it in His day. Look at Israel during Christ’s time on earth, if there were oppressed people it was the Jews. When the king chose to kill all babies under the age of 2 there was no one powerful enough to stop him. The tax collectors could take what they wanted as long as Caesar got his share. They were conquered people with a foreign army stationed within their borders and yet Jesus did not at any time put forth a “social justice gospel”. He came to save men from the wrath of God the Father. So what is the Gospel?
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
This is God’s gospel and no man has the right to add to it or take away any part of it. Adding social justice or anything else changes the truth to a lie. We have all sinned and Christ on the cross bore the wrath of God the Father in our place. Yes, we are saved from the wrath of God by the completed work of the cross By Jesus Christ and when He rose from the grave it showed that His sacrifice was accepted by the Father.