Sowing the tares themselves

Robert Jansen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, stood before a Presbyterian congregation and unapologetically told them he did not believe in God. He openly admits, “I don’t believe Jesus Christ was the son of God…nor do I believe Jesus rose from the dead to ascend to a heaven that I don’t believe exists.”

What did they do?

Welcomed him as a member, of course. (Read Jansen’s account of it here)

Recently I read a small piece about how many of our churches have growing populations of unregenerate members. These unregenerate members were characterized as a “cancer” in the church by an article at

Now, of course, I fully expect the unregenerate to find their way into the church. Christ Himself told us about this in Matthew 13:24-30:

Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.

“But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.

“But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also.

“The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’

“And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’

“But he said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them.

‘Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.'”

It is to be expected that the enemy will plant tares among us. But what makes the situation in Austin particularly troubling is that, with their full knowledge, the Church is planting the tares themselves.

About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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