The Problem of Counterfeit Christians
And that's what we're going to deal with tonight, THE PROBLEM OF Counterfeit CHRISTIANS, and I want us to begin reading here in Matthew chapter thirteen, and verse twenty four. The bible says "Another parable put he forth unto them saying, the kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field. But while men slept his enemy came and," by the way, the enemy is the devil as we're going to see in a moment, "and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares? And he said unto them, an enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, wilt thou then that we go and gather them up and he said nay, lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers gather ye together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn." Then I want you to go on down if you will to verse thirty six and let's begin reading in verse thirty six. "Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house and his disciples came unto him saying, declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field and he answered and said unto them, he that sowth the good seed is the son of man. The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom, but the tares are the children of the wicked one. The enemy that sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the world and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be in the end of this world. For the son of man shall send forth his angels and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend and them which do iniquity and shall ...
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