Matthew 13:30 (NKJV) “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.”
Tares are among wheat, but the Lord chose to allow the tares to grow with the wheat.
It makes sense to keep them separated, doesn’t it?
But the Lord chose to do the opposite.
Just like when there was a war in heaven between Lucifer and his angels, versus Michael, Gabriel, and the holy angels.
The question is “Why did God allow it?”
The answer is very easy.
When it’s all over, evil will have been banished forever in the lake of fire.
God knew that if He showed everyone the full course of evil, we would never want to see or do evil ever again. If you destroy it outright, you’re back at square one.
Someone will want to do evil all over again without seeing it’s full course.
It would have been very easy for God to create a new Adam and Eve after getting rid of the first Adam and Eve. But the Lord chose to show every man the full course of evil so that when it’s all said and done, no one will ever want to see evil ever again.
Revelation 21:3-5 (NKJV) “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people.
God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
Further evidence of this is in this Scripture.
Hebrews 10:11-13 (NKJV) “And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.“
The life, death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus will never happen again because “He offered one sacrifice for sins forever.”
The Lord Jesus will never offer His Body for sins ever again.
Some will say, “But there’s nothing in Scripture that says that no one will sin after everything is done.”
You’re in a resurrected body.
1 John 3:2-3 (NKJV) “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
When we’re in heaven with a resurrected body like the Lord Jesus, the need for sin is completely vanished and vanquished in the lake of fire.
God isn’t lying when He said “Behold, I make all things new.”
Then there’s the lake of fire burning with brimstone to remind everyone the price of sinning against God. The screams, pain, and anguish of souls that hated God and loved the pleasures of sin, will be seen and heard.
Sinners may be going to the house of tares and are deceived. They see the deception and blame every local church.
Or you enter a place and you’re never convicted of sin. You’re safe to “come as you are” so you can remain as you are. You had no intention of repentance from dead works and faith towards God.
You stay in sin but you want forgiveness.
Forgiveness without repentance.
Grace to abound while you abound in sin.
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Verse 24 says “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
The word “Justified” means “to be declared righteous or innocent.”
But it’s through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. In other words, the Father paid for our sins through the sacrifice of His Son. The price we should have paid, the Lord Jesus paid it for us. When we fail to repent and place our full faith in Jesus ALONE, we’re not justified.
Proof that you’re justified is in two things. One, turning from sin, and two, placing our faith in Christ ALONE. The way we prove our faith in Christ ALONE is by obeying His commands as true disciples.
“For by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which He has prepared before hand that we should walk in them.”
That’s in Ephesians 2:8-10.
We don’t do works to get saved. We do good works because we were saved.
Titus 3:4-8 (NKJV) “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.“
Granted, people leave real and fake churches too. The houses of worship that we all know are fake, never deal with the one reason why we attend church in the first place.
The need of a Savior from sin and death.
Many will say that they don’t need to attend a church to be saved. Well there’s nothing in Scripture that says that church attendance will save you. The building isn’t the savior. Being a part of a fellowship of true believers cannot save.
The purpose of fellowshipping with believers is to develop disciples in the Lord.
The fellowship of believers is essential.
Ephesians 4:11-17 (NKJV) “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
Not every real local fellowship is PERFECT.
However, we should continue to be led by the Holy Spirit to a place where the consistent teaching, preaching, and authentic acting on the Word of God is done.
People come and go for various reasons. People leave for various reasons. But the one reason that must remain paramount is the need of the Savior from sin and death.
You cannot stop people from coming with their reasons. You cannot make people stay.
But we better be found providing the only reason for being in Christ.
The need of the Savior from sin and death.