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Judging and Identifying?
by Scott Price

"But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou that we go and gather them up? " Matthew 13:26-28

    Many who say it is wrong to judge saved and lost, misinterpret the Lord's words and meaning in Matthew 13 concerning the wheat and the tares. Verse 27 and 28 clearly shows that the tares were identifiable, in that the skilled servants knew which ones were not wheat and they were and wanted to gather them up. Making a judgment of saved or lost is biblical but whatever "gathering them up" means, is not to be done. I know we cannot judge who is reprobate (non elect) unless we know by their testimony that they died in unbelief. We cannot get the tares and bind them hand and feet and cast them into Hell, that is the work that is in the hands of God.

    Tares, goats, and reprobates are a group that is in an unchangeable state of condemnation. Tares will not change to wheat, goats will not change to sheep, and the reprobate will not be changed to an elect. On the other hand the elect before conversion and the tares, goats, and reprobates can be identified as lost, unbelieving and unregenerate. We use the gospel as the test in determining their PRESENT state. Nobody knows their FUTURE STATE but God Himself.

    Those that say they do not judge saved or lost on some standard are lying to themselves and others. The problem is the majority of folks (especially religious folks) judge saved and lost based on a wrong standard (character and conduct) which God has forbidden. The gospel is what should to be used. All other methods should be disregarded as useless.

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