GONE WRONG IN DE FIELD
157 PATTIES PLACE Ė PORTERSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA 16051
"The harvest is past, the summer is
ended, and we are not saved."† -- Jer. 8:20
nations and eras have had their "harvest" of
souls, which provokes the questions, "Why did these
harvests end?" and "What is required to have
a harvest?" We don't mean to presume on the more
learned or knowledgeable students of the word or to pretend
that we have all the answers to these matters. Everyone
knows, to some degree (whether Calvinist or Arminian)
that God must give the increase. That being said let us
explore a few things.†††
In times of famine, after a
harvest has past, a few gleanings become that much more
precious and important than the harvest - not less. The
cry may well be that of Isaiah 8:20, "The harvest
is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved."
Should our response be more effort in the field . . .
or less? Should we do less than preach the wordóbeing
instant in season and out of season?
Psa 55:16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall
Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt . . . believe in thine heart that
God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness
. . .
10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing
by the word of God.
5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath
not the Son of God hath not life.
Repentance and faith are not outward works; they are inward acts and occur
in the heart, and that is where salvation and righteousness
occur.† Lately, we have been running into Calvinists
that believe that faith cometh by regeneration and that
by regeneration man believeth unto righteousness which
are foreign concepts to the scriptures.
we are so busy lumping folks into†
two categories of saved and lost, lost and found,
believers and unbelievers, we some times forget the two
basic categories in which they must fall Ė those
that have the Son and those that do not. The unjustified,
the non-believer, and the lost do not have the Son. Even
those Calvinists, who claim regeneration before repentance
and faith, do not have the Son before faith or repentance
but are yet children of wrath. The scriptures are
the source of faith and understanding when accompanied
by Holy Spirit conviction.
32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration
is this inspiration found Ė Herb Evans] of
the Almighty giveth them understanding.
119:93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them
thou hast quickened me.
119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding:
Psa 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth
understanding unto the simple.
3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine
heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding
shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
Calvinists are usually philosophers and intellectuals that must make the
simple things of scripture to be complex, while ordinary
Bible Believers explain the complex things by the simplicity
that is in Christ. Many Calvinists contend that a man
has to be regenerated in order to understand the Gospel,
but that is a blatant falsehood and contrary to the scriptures.
Faith must have the word
whether written or spoken to produce repentance, faith,
and understanding in the lost sinner, something that the
sinner is unable to do himself. When repentance and faith
occur, the sinner is then regenerated and not before.
With Godís impetus of the spoken or written word and the
accompanying conviction of the Holy Spirit, the sinner
is given that ability to repent and believe. It is the
entrance of Godís word, not regeneration, that gives light
and that light gives understanding, and regeneration follows
after the entrance of the word, light, repentance and
Manís quickening is BY
the word of God and not by regeneration. Since all who
read or hear the word of God are given light and the ability
by God to understand, repent, and believe. No one can
take the credit for oneís own salvation, because God initiates
this salvation by the word and light that He gives to
the darkened soul. The ones that accept Godís word and
light are saved, and the ones that do not are lost. The
ones that hear the word are given light to understand,
except they resist it and harden their hearts against
of the Elements versus the Increase
. . . if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy
God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes
. . . that all these curses shall come upon thee, and
overtake thee: The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave
unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land,
whither thou goest to possess it. The LORD shall smite
thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an
inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the
sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall
pursue thee until thou perish. And thy heaven that is
over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under
thee shall be iron. The LORD shall make the rain of thy
land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon
thee, until thou be destroyed . . . Thou shalt carry much
seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in;
for the locust shall consume it. Thou shalt plant vineyards,
and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor
gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them . . .
All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume." -- Deut. 28:15, 21-
24, 38, 39, 42
may have a good sower, good seed, and good soil, but if
you do not get the right kind of weather, you can forget
it. In fact, good weather can complicate the efforts of
the sower, but it can also offset the many deficiencies
of the sower and the soil (And what if God decides to
rotate his lands?).
then there are the Catholic locusts, the Seven Day Adventist
pestilence, the JW cut worms, the Mormon weevils, Christian
Science mildew, Calvinist dryness, and the Campbellite
larvae. The brethren have not been doing too much bug-spraying
lately (thinking that merely sowing will remedy every
situation). Still, that will only work up until a point.
Ultimately, it is in the hands of a God, who places great
value on prayerful and faithful obedience to Him. Still,
we must sow in season and out of season. We might provoke
some thought, in this regard, by considering the basic
ingredients of a harvest - the Sower, the Seed, and the
The Mechanics of the Sower
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 . . . 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
-- Mat 13:19 -23
The sower soweth the word. Mark 13:14
sower went out to sow his seed: -- Luke 8:5
the more sowers that sow, the more seed will be sown in
a given period of time. But what if the sowers are not
very good at it? What if they are lazy? What if they sow
haphazardly or sparingly? What if they do not care if
the blades come forth or not? What if the sowers have
the attitude that if the Sovereign Lord wants a harvest,
he will provide one? What if the sowers are more interested
in the size or amount of their air conditioned barns and
stainless steel farm machinery? What if the sowers are
more concerned about the gain that they receive from sowing?
What if sowers sow in an unplowed field, or among thorns, or rocky places?
What if a sower dumps all the seed down one hole? What
if he says to the ground, "One, two, three, repeat
after me, you donít need any seed." or "You
don't need to believe, repent, or be changed."?†
Will there be a harvest? Or, if there is a harvest,
will it continue and remain? With the wrong kind of sowers,
somethiní may well go wrong in de field, with all due
respect to the black preacher who so eloquently preached
such a message.
The Mechanics of the Good Sower and the Good Seed
seed is the word of God. -- Luke 8:11†
answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed
is the Son of man;
-- Matt 13:37
What about the wrong kind of seed? Bad seed? The Israelites were told not
to sow with "mingled" seed. If you mingle the
spiritual seed of the word of God or the gospel with the
seed of men, there is no telling what you might produce.
No doubt, the "Pop, Hippie, and Hollywood" type
Christianity of our day is a result of sowing with the
mingled seed of the American Standard Version, the Revised
Version, the Reversed Standard Version, the New King Jimmy
Version, Good News from Modern Man, the New International
Version and so forth. Perversions, every one of them!
And then there is the seed that says, "There's power in the tub."
and "There is a fountain filled with water."
The wrong kind of seed (TARES) or mingled seed will, no
doubt, cause somethin' to go wrong in the field. The Good seed, sown by the Good Sower accomplishes its task, if sown
in the good soil and heart that is not hardened.†
of the Good Soil
that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and
good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring
forth fruit with patience.
Ė Luke 8:15
We have mentioned the sower sowing
the wrong way and in the wrong places, but let us consider
the "poor soil." Every farmer knows that you
must clear and plough a field if you are going to have
a good harvest. But what if the hardened ground, frost
raised rocks, thorns, brambles, and so forth are allowed
to accumulate without any attention? What if the fallow
ground is not broken up? What if the ground is cold, hardened,
or just plain worn out? How many preachers, whom you know,
are breaking up the fallow ground of this sin hardened
generation in which we live? What we have today, instead,
are preachers becoming a part of the sin hardened problem
and this sin hardened generation. Is there really only
a problem with the fields being white unto harvest and
the absence of "faithful" laborers and not also
a problem of bad "sowers, bad seed, and bad soil?"
The Mechanics of the Fertilizer
The great revivals, in America, which produced a great harvest of souls
(often without a great deal of outward effort), are obviously
not happening today. Someone merely read a sermon with
amazing results, while men, today, spit and sputter, sweat,
walk on the pulpits and pews, and often reap a handful
great soul winning successes, of the past, came on the
heels of a freshly fertilized soil. Our forefathers were
blessed with martyred and persecuted forefathers, fertilizer
for the soil in which they sowed. Russia has been fertilized,
by persecuted and martyred Christians, for many decades,
and now, Russian believers, a few years ago, started to
realize a harvest unlike anything they have ever seen.
The harvest, being plenteous, and the laborers being few, may, indeed, be
some of the problem, but is that really the entire problem?
We have gospel broadcasts, periodicals, books and tracts,
and some of the kookiest witnesses everywhere. Or is the
problem one of bad sowers, bad seed, and bad soil that
is worn out, depleted, in need of the fallow ground being
broken up, and desperately in need of NEW
fertilizer and bug spray. What do you think is going to
be the next step in America's farm program?