Did you know there are "weeds" in our churches?
Jesus explains in Matthew 13:24-30 that in the Kingdom of God, there are weeds planted by Satan as well as true believers (wheat) planted by God. Unfortunately, these weeds closely resemble the wheat.
So what can we do?
We cannot judge whether a professing Christian is a true believers. But we can and should:
1. Biblically judge their behavior and teaching.*
2. Lovingly warn them of sin (Galatians 6:1).
3. Expect the church to judge them for serious, unrepentant sins (Matthew 18:15-17).
4. Pray for them (1 Timothy 2:1).
5. Never relax our Christianity based on their compromised values (1 Corinthians 10:12).
This last point is perhaps the most important point of all.
We like to compare ourselves with those who are less mature or committed so we can feel good about ourselves.
But God tells us to judge ourselves by His standard, not the standards of others (2 Corinthians 10:12 & 18).
Let's not let the weeds damage the production of the wheat!
* God tells us to judge: 1. Bad companions -1 Corinthians 15:33 2. False teachers - Matthew 7:15-20 3. Sin and unrepentant sinners -Ephesians 5:1-13; Matthew 18:15 See more on appropriate judgement HERE.