The tares and the wheat

It seems that we are coming into days where the tares begin to manifest themselves. We can more clearly see the tares from the wheat in the church now. Sometimes they surprise us. There are those women who have dressed up in frilly dresses for church and seemed like the heart and soul of the church that now begin to side with the darkest of evil rather than offend their own family member who says he is gay. There are those men who have spent their life in the local leadership whose feel like the church is not being “loving” enough toward the LGBT crowed.

Some people feel like saying that the tares are manifest and giving out examples is uncharitable. That is rubbish. It comes from thinking charity is nothing more than excessive politeness sprinkled with service. Real charity is able to fully, and happily, endorse, or even speak, words like these words from Ezra Taft Benson. The rest of this post is quoted from President Benson
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These people have a temporary membership and influence in the Church; but unless they repent, they will be missing when the final membership records are recorded.

It is well that our people understand this principle, so they will not be misled by those apostates within the Church who have not yet repented or been cut off. But there is a cleansing coming. The Lord says that his vengeance shall be poured out “upon the inhabitants of the earth . . . And upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth, saith the Lord; First among those among you, saith the Lord, who have professed to know my name and have not known me” (D&C 112:24-26). I look forward to that cleansing; its need within the Church is becoming increasingly apparent.

The Lord strengthened the faith of the early apostles by pointing out Judas as a traitor, even before this apostle had completed his iniquitous work (John 13:21-30). So also in our day the Lord has told us of the tares within the wheat that will eventually be hewn down when they are fully ripe. But until they are hewn down, they will be with us, amongst us (D&C 86:6-7). The hymn entitled “Though in the Outward Church Below” contains this thought:

“Though in the outward Church below
Both wheat and tares together grow,
Ere long will Jesus weed the crop
And pluck the tares in anger up . . .
We seem alike when here we meet;
Strangers may think we are all wheat;
But to the Lord’s all-searching eyes,
Each heart appears without disguise.
The tares are spared for various ends,
Some for the sake of praying friends,
Others the Lord against their will,
Employs, his counsels to fulfill.
But though they grow so tall and strong,
His plan will not require them long;
In harvest, when he saves his own,
The tares shall into hell be thrown.”

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