“statistics show, there are many today who name the name of Christ, but who have failed to ‘depart from iniquity [lawlessness]’ (2 Timothy 2:19). They are false converts who have ‘asked Jesus into their hearts,’ yet they remain unconverted because they have never truly repented.”
– Ray Comfort
Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
“It is my opinion that tens of thousands of people, if not millions, have been brought into some kind of religious experience by accepting Christ, and they have not been saved.”
– A. W. TOZER
“How could vast numbers of people have been led to believe that they are Christians when they are not? If you have struggled to understand why a loved one who made a ‘decision for Christ’ has no desire for the things of God, or why so many church members show little to no evidence for their faith, there is an explanation… If there is one message that comes from the parable about the stony ground, the thorny ground, and the good ground, it is this: When the gospel is preached, there will be true and false conversions. Judas Iscariot, for example, was a false convert. He was a hypocrite—a pretender—whose desire (it seems) for riches and power choked out his affection for Christ. In terms of the parable, we would say that he was a thorny-ground hearer… False converts do have a measure of spirituality. Judas certainly did. He had apparently convinced the other disciples that he truly cared for the poor. And he seemed so trustworthy that he was the one who looked after the finances. When Jesus said, ‘One of you will betray Me,’ the disciples didn’t point the finger at Judas; instead, they suspected themselves, saying, ‘Lord, is it I?’ That’s why it’s
not surprising that so few within the Church today would suspect that we are surrounded by those who fall into the ‘Judas’ category. I would like to caution you at this point: In case you think the problem of false converts affects only those ‘other churches,’ let me say that statistics show otherwise”
– Ray Comfort
THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER:
Mark 4:1-20 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
Matthew 13:1-23 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
SOWER SOWING THE WORD OF GOD:
1. WAY SIDE (NO FRUIT)
– WORD SOWN IN THE HEART
– DON’T UNDERSTAND
– THE FOWLS DEVOURED UP THE SEED
– SATAN TAKES AWAY THE WORD IMMEDIATELY
2. STONY GROUND (NO FRUIT)
– RECEIVES THE WORD WITH GLADNESS AND JOY
– NOT ENOUGH DEPTH OF SOIL
– ENDURE FOR AWHILE BUT NO ROOT
– SUN SCORCHED THEM AND WITHERED AWAY
– AFFLICTION AND PERSECUTION ARISE BECAUSE OF THE WORD
– THEY ARE OFFENDED
Matthew 11:6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
3. THORNY GROUND (NO FRUIT)
– THE WORD IS SOWN
– THORNS GREW UP
– CARES OF THE WORLD, RICHES, LUST, ENTER IN
– THE WORD IS CHOKED
Mark 4:7 And some fell among thorns… it yielded no fruit.
Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
4. GOOD GROUND (ONLY GROUND WITH FRUIT)
– HEAR AND UNDERSTAND
– BEAR FRUIT (Some bear more than others)