Farmer Parables that Missionaries Don’t Get

Matthew 13 is a collection of information about the Kingdom of God. It is related in parables. For example we are told about planting seeds and what happens when they grow in different types of soil. Any farmer will tell you that he does not spend any time trying to make the seed in the way side, rocky or thorny ground grow. He spends all of his time caring for the seed that fell in good ground. There is little or no harvest in the bad ground. The same goes for missionary work today. Missionaries spend most of their time working in the bad ground. There is little to no harvest in the bad ground. The results prove Christ’s point. Much of the “good results” we have heard about are related to paying or enticing some to respond. When you hear numbers like, 100’s of churches or 10,000 have been saved, you can be fairly sure it is caused by enticement. Once the enticement is removed, so are the results. This has been seen many times and is well documented, but never made public. One major detail has been ignored even though it is found in three of the Gospels. The key is to follow the scripture rather than trying to buy converts.

Matthew 10:14 “And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.”

1 Corinthians 3:7 “So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.”

When there is no Increase it is of God.

John 6:44 “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw (drag) him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” See also John 6:65 and John 14:6.

Bring all missionaries home! There is plenty of work here.

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