The Sower and influences on The World in modern day society
The Sower… The assault on The Word of God is severe more so today than ever before. The purpose of the assault is to dilute and manipulate The Word so that the message, seed, is changed to the point that it cannot bear fruit. The Word in its original form is taken and bombard it with “man inspired interpretations” and then this “radiated” word is presented to unsuspecting and vulnerable congregations. Satan knows The Word better than man and he uses this knowledge to twist and mold man’s understanding of The Word into conforming with that which he has established in the world. He uses “well meaning” and some blatantly Liberal Pastors, Ministers, and Preachers etc. to achieve his goal. That is why there are so many religions, based on Christianity, all of which have their “man inspired changes” to draw/lure people into their churches. But what are their doctrinal approaches? Are they Bible-centered, or secular/humanist centered? Are they there for the outcome or the input (mammon)? Are they there to glorify God or man?
A modern day Parable based on the Sower:
- A boy and a girl who lived on a farm where asked to plant corn. Two rows were allocated to them. One for the girl and one for the boy. Tilling the soil can become tiresome and boring so the farmer decided to let them have a competition. The one who finishes first has the rest of the day off to do as he/she wants. They were each given a garden fork, seed, hoe, and rake.
The farmer started the race with the old ready, get set and go. The girl took off at a pace that would make Farmer Brown envious. The boy went at it with all his might but finished well behind the girl. She had tilled the soil, leveled the bedding and planted the seed and off she went. The boy felt despondent and carried on with the chores the farmer allocated to him.
When the seed started to grow the girls shot up first followed by the boys a day or two later. The farm then experienced a brief hot dry spell and when the farmer looked at the two rows of corn, the boys was beautifully green with well-established heads of corn. The girls were yellowish and the corn cobs looked small and malnourished.
When harvest time arrived, the boy’s corn was perfect and was sold at a high price. None was lost. However, only part of the girl’s harvest could be sold the rest had to be used as animal feed.
The Farmer sat down with the boy and the girl and gave them feedback. The boy planted deeper and the girl shallower. The seed needs darkness as well as light to grow. There is moisture deep down. The girl wanted to go play and did what she had to and that was it. She followed the basic guidelines for planting. He also told them the Parable of the Sower.
What lessons do we learn in our Christian walk?
The boy planted deeper and the girl shallower. Prepare the soil of your heart as if you were preparing for a bumper harvest so that you can become a sower. God created night and day. We need periods of sleep to grow. Periods of perceived darkness to establish a root system grounded in The Word. The moisture/water is the living spring. The more you study The Word, Walk in Obedience, Pray, and Praise and Worship Jesus, the stronger your root system will become and you will bear good fruit. Jesus is coming soon!
The girl wanted to go play and did what she had to and that was it. She allowed the flesh to rule her outcome. The flesh is at enmity with the Spirit. Spirit speaks to Spirit so who was she listening to?
She followed the basic guidelines for planting. Is that not so with Sunday, Easter, Funeral, Baptism and Christmas Christians? They put in the minimum time and expect a bumper crop? This is the goal of the enemy. To create Liberal, Humanistic, Secular Disgruntled, dissatisfied, argumentative, easily offended, church hopping people. They cannot and do not bear good fruit. The fruit they do bear is against the Word of God. Matthew 7:19 every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Also, It is important that we review any teaching to ensure that it lines up with the Word of G-d.
The person who strives to bear good fruit will focus on, among others, Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Matthew 13:23. But he received seed on good ground is he who hears the Word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces some a hundredfold, some sixty and some thirty.
Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
The person who does not see the light will focus on 1 Corinthians 3:3 … For you are still carnal. For where there is envy, strife and divisions among you are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?
1 Timothy 6:4 …..he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions.
Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. 7 “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.
- The next year the same competition was held the only difference was the selection of the seed. They could either choose store bought seed or remove the seed from the cob from last year’s crop. This was a laborious task and extremely time-consuming.
The girl chose the store-bought seed and the boy chose to remove his seed from the cob. Needless to say, the girl won again. This time she tilled the soil correctly and had a bumper harvest. Better than the boys.
The Farmer once again summarizes and gives feedback on their results: The boy relied on the tried and tested. He put his faith in the original seed. The girl put her faith in modern science. After all the world is using it.
What lessons do we learn in our Christian walk?
The boy relied on the tried and tested. He put his faith in the original seed. These believers know that the law was given to highlight sin. Given with the aim of allowing them to choose to obey. They know that Jesus died for all. They know that the Bible is not a story book, but a manual for the believer to use in his walk with Christ. Ref: John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth through Jesus Christ. Matthew 5:17 Do not think they I came to do away with the law of the prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. Matthew 5:18 ….. heaven and earth will pass away but not one dot or tittle will pass from the law until all is fulfilled.
The girl put her faith in modern science. After all the world is using it. The world does not like to hear that hell is hot and that our Father is a G-d who demands absolute commitment and obedience. If we look at Televangelists, they preach “Hot-tub Christianity” they “Sugar-coat” The Word, they are afraid they might offend someone. This way their churches grow into mega churches. The congregation wants their ego stroked and the Pastors relents because after all, they need the numbers and the mammon. They think the law was done away with. They think, once forgiven, always forgiven. They think that Jesus died only for the chosen. They think that Jesus hated those who do not follow Him. They think the Old Testament is done away with. I would rather that you be hot or cold … A double minded man will not find a place in heaven.
Once again, any church you attend, relate their teachings to the Word. For the Word will not change.
- The third year the same competition was held and this time no store bought seed was allowed. Each contestant had to remove the seed from the cob of their own crop harvested the year before. This time they completed the race at the same time and both had the rest of the day off.
After a few weeks the corn on the boy’s side started to shoot sprouts but none on the girl’s side. When harvest time came around there was no crop on the girl’s side at all.
The Farmer once again summarizes and gives feedback on their results: The boy used good seed obtained from good soil. The girl used bad seed and planted it into good soil. No matter how hard she tried she could not reverse the changed/modified seed.
What lessons do we learn in our Christian walk?
The boy used good seed obtained from good soil. Matthew 7:17 even so, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit and a bad tree good fruit.
Ezekiel17:8 It was planted in good soil by many waters, to bring forth branches, bear fruit, and become a majestic vine.
The girl used bad seed and planted it into good soil. No matter how hard she tried she could not reverse the changed/modified seed. Matthew 7:17 even so, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit and a bad tree good fruit.
There are many churches out there doing excellent work bringing many into the Kingdom of God. There are also many who chase after man and mammon and manipulate the Word to achieve their goals. E.g. The ego of man will cause him to take offense and move from church to church. After all, it is he that established the blessings in his life and he has the power to use his mammon where he wants. These are the people being shined up to. Not so much to teach them but to win them over. It is their mammon that the mega church pastors are after.
Is the damage irreversible? No! With God, all things are possible just continue to be the light. Continue preparing the soil of your heart, continue being the light in a dark world, and continue to pray for the harvest is great.
John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
NB: It is the Father that grows churches, not man. Harvest time is near and is we ready to help?
- Matthew 13. Entire chapter. The parable of the sower.
- The sower sows his seed in his fields
- Some fall by the wayside where the birds eat them immediately
- Some fall on the rocky soil where they grow fast and then die in the heat.
- Some fall among thorny bushes which strangle them as they grow
- Some fall on good soil. Well prepared and they flourish.