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Jason March 1, 2017 at 8:26 am

Jack, I used to be terrified that I am one of the tares. Whenever I read something like this, or whenever I read passages that suggest that some who think they are saved are not, I worried that I am one of them. Or, at least, I used to worry about it. Now, I just try to trust that Jesus is the way, and if I believe in him, that’s all I need to worry about. I just don’t want to spend time mired in worry about something that is beyond my control, so now, whenever that worry crops up, I just remind myself that Jesus is the vine, the way, the truth, and the life. Am I somehow wrong for thinking these things? I don’t know what else I should do when these doubts/worries come to me.

DocReits March 1, 2017 at 7:44 pm

Hi Jason,

I did not see PJ replying yet so I thought I would add my 2 cents.

“Let those who fear the Lord say:
“His love endures forever.”
When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord;
he brought me into a spacious place.
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid”(Ps 118, 4-6)

There is a strange thing about David’s relationship with God…he feared God yet he was not afraid.

I am right there with you at times wondering if I am a tare. I often do not feel the presence of the Holy Spirit as I did when I was first saved. That wild exuberance of knowing that you are saved is such an incredible rush which fades for most(all) of the redeemed. Sometimes our prayers seem to bounce off the bronze ceiling of heaven as we get on in age with the Lord. The waiting at times upon the Lord’s deliverance or answer to prayer seems forever.

We must remember that there are spiritual forces at play that inhibit the Lord’s timely deliverance on occasion. Remember Daniel had to wait 3 weeks while the angel Michael waged war with the Prince of Persia(the demonic commander) before God answered his prayer.

I cheer myself on during these dry times by starting with Psalm 100 and meditate and pray the verses out loud as you read (Ps 100 through Ps 118, in particular). That last Psalm has such uplifting news for the redeemed. An example(one of my favorites):

“As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.”(Ps 103:13,14)

The Lord understands your feelings as he does mine. He knows our heart and the yearning we have to be His. He understands our doubts and fears about our feelings of inadequacy….about falling short of His Glory and not performing all the great feats we hear of others doing.

I just wanted to encourage you and tell you that you are His and He will keep you. No one can snatch you from His hand. Pray John 10:28 out loud when you have doubts. Shout it in the privacy of your car, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” That is dear Jesus speaking. He has all authority and power. NOTHING can snatch you from His hand…Rejoice!

DocReits

Jack Wellman March 2, 2017 at 12:28 pm

True. It does not depend on the will of man (John 1:14?). Amen to your statement about nothing snatching us out of His hands (Rom 8:38-39; John 10:27-29). YES….rejoice. We have every reason to. Thanks brother. We will either believe our feelings or we will believe what God says!

Jason March 20, 2017 at 10:06 am

Thank you both. I am a former cult member. That experience left me reeling for many years. It was a group that claimed that they were the only ones saved. I was a brand new Christian when they stumbled onto me. I have doubts to this day, and I think it has a lot to do with their self-serving manipulations. For a long time, I felt that God hated me and only wanted to destroy me, and that was because the false god of that church was based on the schemes of men.

Jack Wellman March 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm

Thank you Jason. I am overjoyed that you were brought out of the cult, and I believe it is the very hand of God, like He brought Israel out of their Egyptian bondage. Praise God. It’s all about Him. I hope today you can read in the Gospel of John just how much God does love you (John 6, 10, 11). My prayer is for you sir.





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