The Wheat and Tares

Do Not Look Identical

Dan Corner

Clear proof that multitudes in our day have been religiously brainwashed and deceived is revealed by how people commonly understand the teaching known as the wheat and tares (KJV). Please know the tares (or weeds) do not look like wheat, according to Jesus’ teaching. Because this clashes with, and even negates, the teaching of eternal security, few have been taught this fact. Eternal security teachers want us to believe that one’s behavior has nothing to do with identifying who is saved and who isn’t. Calvinism teaches that election is secret and some have been given only an evanescent grace (or counterfeit) by God! The Southern Baptists would say the carnal Christian acts just like the lost man but is not lost at all. Instead he is saved. Hence, Jesus’ teaching in Mt. 13:24-30 is destructive to both fallacious versions, but has been twisted by false teachers to mean the very opposite:


Jesus told them another parable: The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. The owner’s servants came to him and said, “Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?” “An enemy did this,” he replied. The servants asked him, “Do you want us to go and pull them up?” “No,” he answered, “because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn” (Matt. 13:24-30).

NOTE: the owner’s servants clearly knew weeds were growing in the wheat field. In other words, they could distinguish the tares from the wheat (or the children of the devil from the children of God). To argue that they could not be distinguished is refuted by verse 27:


“Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?”

So why did the owner not want his servants pulling up the weeds? His answer was:


“because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them.”

They weren’t allowed to uproot the weeds, not because they couldn’t identify them, but for some other reason. Now that we know what it doesn’t mean from verse 27, we can assume another possibility such as the weed and wheat roots might be interwoven and therefore to uproot some weeds (which could be identified) would also uproot some wheat.

Notice also that the owner never told the servants that the tares couldn’t be identified from the wheat. He merely told them not to pull them up and stated, because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them.

All a person has to do is examine the context and compare Scripture to Scripture to learn that this teaching has been grossly misused and multitudes are currently deceived. In the end only the weeds will be pulled up and thrown into the fire:


His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear” (Matt. 13:36-43).

The truth is: there is observable evidence of saving grace (Acts 11:23). This is taught all through the Scriptures (1 John 3:10; John 13:35; etc.), yet most are unaware of this basic fact because of the way the wheat and tares teaching has been mishandled. See our book, The Believer’s Conditional Security for much more related information and learn how to refute the grace changers who want us to think King David remained saved while in his adultery and murder.

God bless you.


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