Tares (Separate page)

        Quotations from the writings of Ellen G. White with the word . . .

                 T a r e s        (  18  RELATED  PHRASES )                     

        The word "Tares"  appears  364  times  in the writings of Ellen White                        See page on Original website

              Tares   ( 364 )            >    Seeds  of  Tares  ( 2 )  

           +     Tares among the wheat   ( 49 )     >    there are tares among the wheat  ( 6 )
                              ►  sow tares among the wheat  ( 5 )   >   sowed tares among the wheat

           +     treated as tares  ( 1 )  

          +     Wheat and Tares   ( 11 )

                  >    Wheat and the Tares  ( 12 )    >   Let the Wheat and the Tares grow together  ( 3 )

          +     the precious wheat  ( 12 )    >   blade of wheat uprooted  (  )

                 Parable  of  the  Tares        ( Matthew 13: 24 - 43 )

               +     Parable of the Tares   (  )

               +     Parable of the wheat and the tares  ( 7 )

               +    the Tares represent   ( 1 )   >   Who  are  Tares  ( 1 )

               +    Select the wheat from the tares  (  )    >   Separate the wheat from the tares  (  )

                            >   Separate the Wheat from the Chaff     http://www.diggingfortruth.org/article/266/

I then saw the third angel. Said my accompanying angel, "Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal, or bind, the wheat for the heavenly garner. These things should engross the whole mind, the whole attention."  - {EW 118.1}

 

               .  .  .   uproot  the  Tares   

               +       uproot the tares   ( 11 )     >    It is not our place to uproot the tares  ( 4 )

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                 Sow  Tares   

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               +    sow tares among the wheat  ( 5 )   >   sowed tares among the wheat  (  )

               +   soing tares  (  )     >   Satan is sowing the tares  (  )

Those who have differed from the established doctrines have been imprisoned, put to torture and to death, because the dignitaries of the church could not endure those who dissented from ideas which these leaders deemed to be true. Satan himself is the sower of tares; but even though he he is the sower of them, they are not to be rooted up, lest by chance the wheat be rooted up with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and the harvest is the end of probationary time. Fiendish zeal has been manifested in excluding dissenters from the fellowship of the church, and passing upon them the sentence of excommunication by which the Roman Church asserted its power of excluding them from all possibility of entering heaven.  {RH, January 10, 1893 par. 9}

 

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Notwithstanding Christ's warning, men have sought to uproot the tares. To punish those who were supposed to be evildoers, the church has had recourse to the civil power. Those who differed from the established doctrines have been imprisoned, put to torture and to death, at the instigation of men who claimed to be acting under the sanction of Christ. But it is the spirit of Satan, not the Spirit of Christ, that inspires such acts. This is Satan's own method of bringing the world under his dominion. God has been misrepresented through the church by this way of dealing with those supposed to be heretics.  {COL 74.1}
 
The tares closely resembled the wheat while the blades were green; but when the field was white for the harvest, the worthless weeds bore no likeness to the wheat that bowed under the weight of its full, ripe heads. Sinners who make a pretension of piety mingle for a time with the true followers of Christ, and the semblance of Christianity is calculated to deceive many; but in the harvest of the world there will be no likeness between good and evil. Then those who have joined the church, but who have not joined Christ, will be manifest. { COL 74.3}

 
 

In the parable of the wheat and the tares, we see the reason why the tares were not to be plucked up; it was lest the wheat be rooted up with the tares. Human opinion and judgment would make grave mistakes. But rather than have a mistake made, and one single blade of wheat rooted up, the Master says, "Let both grow together until the harvest;" then the angels will gather out the tares, which will be appointed to destruction. Although in our churches, that claim to believe advanced truth, there are those who are faulty and erring, as tares among the wheat, God is long-suffering and patient. He reproves and warns the erring, but he does not destroy those who are long in learning the lesson he would teach them; he does not uproot the tares from the wheat. Tares and wheat are to grow together till the harvest; when the wheat comes to its full growth and development, and because of its character when ripened, it will be fully distinguished from the tares. The church of Christ on earth will be imperfect, but God does not destroy his church because of its imperfection. There have been and will be those who are filled with zeal not according to knowledge, who would purify the church, and uproot the tares from the midst of the wheat. But Christ has given special light as to how to deal with those who are erring, and with those who are unconverted in the church. There is to be no spasmodic, zealous, hasty action taken by church-members in cutting off those they may think defective in character. Tares will appear among the wheat; but it would do more harm to weed out the tares, unless in God's appointed way, than to leave them alone. While the Lord brings into the church those who are truly converted, Satan at the same time brings persons who are not converted into its fellowship. While Christ is sowing the good seed, Satan is sowing the tares. There are two opposing influences continually exerted on the members of the church. One influence is working for the purification of the church, and the other for the corrupting of the people of God.  {RH, September 5, 1893 par. 1}
 
A few words more press upon my mind. I want you to be united with the church, not because I regard all the church members perfect nor because I regard you perfect. God has precious ones in His church; there are also men and women who are as tares among the wheat. But the Lord does not give you or anyone else the office of saying who are tares and who are wheat. We may see and condemn the faults of others, while we have greater faults which we have never realized, but which are distinctly seen by others. God requires you to give to the world and the church a good example, a life that represents Jesus. There are duties to be performed and responsibilities to be borne. The world has not enough true Christians; the church has need of them; society cannot spare them. Christ's prayer for His disciples was: "I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil." Jesus knows we are in the world, exposed to its temptations, but He loves us and will give us grace to triumph over its corrupting influences. He would have us perfect in character, that our waywardness may not occasion moral deformity in others.  {5T 333.3}

 

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