My search engine stats have shown a great interest in “The Importance of the Parable of the Wheat and Tares.” I think that this parable well describes why there are many different types of Christians, and how important it is to “weed out” those who would twist the Gospel of Truth.
John at True Discernment has an excellent post up that informs us: Here’s How the New Christian Left Is Twisting the Gospel.
It is no secret that there is an expanding gulf between traditional Christian teachings and contemporary moral values. But the sad truth is that the ideological gulf between America’s evangelical grown-ups and their kids, aka the millennials, seems to be widening too.
Somehow the blame for this chasm is being heaped on traditional churches. They are accused of having too many rules as well as being homophobic and bigoted. Yes, we’ve heard those false claims from popular culture in its desperate attempt to keep Christianity imprisoned within the sanctuary walls. But now popular culture is being aided by Christ-professing bedfellows whose message to “coexist,” “tolerate” and “keep out of it” is more marketable to the rising generation of evangelicals.
The seasoned Christian soldiers are noticing these distortions of the gospel. But for young evangelicals, the spiritual haze is harder to wade through. Desperate for acceptance in a fallen world, many young evangelicals (and some older ones) choose not to take Christ out of the chapel, and so they are unwittingly killing the church’s public witness. In this uphill cultural battle, mired by scare tactics and fear, three types of evangelical Christians are emerging:
Couch-potato Christians: These Christians adapt to the culture by staying silent on the tough culture-and-faith discussions. Typically, this group will downplay God’s absolute truths by promoting the illusion that neutrality was Jesus’ preferred method of evangelism.
Cafeteria-style Christians: This group picks and chooses which Scripture passages to live by, opting for the ones that best seem to jive with culture. Typically, they focus solely on the “nice” parts of the gospel while simultaneously and intentionally minimizing sin, hell, repentance and transformation.
Convictional Christians: In the face of the culture’s harsh admonitions, these evangelicals refuse to be silent. Mimicking Jesus, they compassionately talk about love and grace while also sharing with their neighbors the need to recognize and turn from sin.
I highly recommend reading it all HERE!
My comment there (may still be in moderation) with some additional information:
This is by far one of the best posts that I have read describing the divide in the millennial generation regarding their Christian beliefs. I know individuals (some are even baby boomers!) who fit into the “couch potato,” “cafeteria-style,” and the best – convictional Christian categories. One big reason for the “CP” and “CS” kinds of millennial Christians being more abundant than the convicted Christians believers are because so many of them went to secular colleges!
We are living in the times that Jude described so vividly!
There would be a great falling away. However, at the same time, the Gospel would be preached all around the world and many will come to true faith.
The “itching ears” types of Christians are described in 2 Timothy 4:3-4
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
The Syncretism Stew that is being pushed upon believers informs us exactly why Jesus gave us the parable of the wheat and the tares; and the exact reason why “they would grow together” and then the “wheat” would be separated from the “tares” at the harvest.
Our job, as biblically-based Christian believers, is to alert people who would fall for the deceptions of the enemy of our souls [see: Satan’s #1 Weapon] and preach the true, sound doctrine which does not water-down the need for repentance of sins at the Cross of Christ!
Hat tips to True Discernment and graphics links.