Let us not cut out the tares which are in us




Jack Hyles, the late pastor of First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana (FBCH), in his sermon, “Don’t Cut the Grass,” taught that all of us have “wheat and tares” in us, but we should let both grow side by side and not cut anything, lest we cut out the wheat (good) in us by mistake.




What Jack Hyles taught is false for it is a misinterpretation given to the parable of the tares of the field. So let us first look at the parable of the tares spoken by Jesus: ‘The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 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 then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. …. He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 13:24-30, 37-43)

Now, as you can see, the good seeds are the sons of God, while the tares are the sons of the devil. Therefore we can’t give to the good seeds nor to the tares the meaning given to them by Jack Hyles. If things were as Jack Hyles affirmed, that would mean that we must not cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, which is the opposite of what the Scripture commands, as it is written: “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1). In other words, if we interpreted those words of Jesus in that way, that would mean that we sons of God must not lay aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, and envy, while the Scripture commands us as follows: “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:1). To give such an interpretation to the parable of the tares means to discourage the saints from perfecting holiness, that is to say, from putting off all the things which God dislikes, when the Scripture says: “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24).

Let no one deceive you with empty words. We must strive against the evil which is still in us. Do not worry, because in striving against the evil which is in you and in trying to take it away, you don’t run the risk of taking away the good which is in you, for the Holy Spirit who is in you will guide you so that you may avoid doing such a thing. The Spirit will help you to reject the evil only, to hold fast what is good, be sure of this. Of course, the fact that we strive against the evil which is in us does not mean that the hour is coming when we will cease to make mistakes in this life; however it is something we must do. Surely when we appear before the judgement seat of Christ each of us will be rewarded rightly by God for every good work he has done, while he will suffer loss for every evil thing he has done; however, as long as we are in this tent we must do our best to strive against every form of evil and to cling to what is good.