Hello friends, today I want to talk about scripture I recently heard taken out of context. It’s actually such a clear passage that I had never heard it misused in this way. It’s the parable of the sower Luke 8:4-15, Mark 4:3-20, and Matthew 14:4-23. In this parable Jesus describes four types of hearers of the Word. The person who took this verse out of context suggested that all four types are believers who will go to heaven. In her opinion, this parable just meant that there were some who would be more fruitful than others, not that three fourths were unbelievers.
Luckily Jesus Christ explained His parable, and in that explanation the full context can be seen. In this parable Jesus was going from place to place ‘proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God’. This parable is so important that when His disciples come to Him and ask what it meant he asked them how they would understand any parable if they didn’t understand this one. Anytime we see Christ saying ‘all who have ears to hear, let them hear’ we need to listen carefully. Why, then, would someone twist this passage to say all those who heard the Word were saved? I can only think of one reason, that they did not want to preach on false conversion, or eternal damnation.
Understand, beloved, that when Christians refuse to talk about hell its not because they have love for the lost. That might be the excuse they tell themselves, that we’re unloving to warn the world to flee from the wrath to come, but an excuse is not the same thing as a reason. The real reason is that they love the praise of man, they’d rather the world be damned then they be rejected. So they twist the Word of God to candy coat the truth in hopes that they’ll make friends. We’re not called to make friends, we’re called to make disciples. We’re called to pick up our cross, to count the cost. If they rejected the Master how much more so will they reject His servants? We have to be willing to be rejected, to be mocked, to be ridiculed, to be persecuted, to get the Gospel out at all cost.
The idea of false conversion is something that upsets many in the church and outside of it. No one wants the straight and narrow way to be hard to find, or for few to find it. Everyone wants the way to be wide, soft, and easy to find. This parable details the hard hearts that won’t listen, the happy hearts that love to listen but never bow their knee, and those who even spend time in the church before the thorns of the world choke them out. They went out from us because they never were of us. No one who puts their hands on the plow and looks back is worthy of the kingdom. If we come up against someone speaking on any subject we have to compare their beliefs not others but to Gods Word. This is why, beloved brethren, I implore you daily to be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.