Those Who Stumble

The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 13:41-42

In the parable of the wheat and the tares, narrated in Matthew 13:24-30, the Lord tells us that the enemy would infiltrate his agents among the children of God. That prophetic parable has been fulfilled for two thousand years. If there was a Judas Iscariot among the twelve closest collaborators of Jesus, would the churches be free of traitors and false servants? Of course not. In fact, the churches are full of children of the bad, which are a stumbling block to the Kingdom of God. The end will come and those who are stumbling will receive their pay.

It is curious to see how many people get angry when one talks about these issues. Every time you bring up things like Matthew 13:41-42, there are those who quickly react by saying that we should not judge. To those who express themselves in this way I ask you, is exposing Scripture to judge? If this were true, then whoever judges them is the Word of God itself and not the one who delivers the message. Keep in mind that the Bible is not a buffet from which you take what you like while discarding the rest. All scripture has the same value.

The apostle Paul prophesied in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 that false doctrines would be preached, For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. That is already happening and silence it, so that we are not branded that we are judging, is to be unfaithful to our beloved Lord Jesus Christ. Whoever preaches a false gospel is serving as a stumbling block to souls and leading them on a path of perdition.

He who feels judged must know that it is God’s own Word that judges him, not the servant who brings him the message. The great English preacher Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “He who does not hate false doctrine is because he does not love the true one.” If when presenting biblical passages such as 2 Timothy 4:3-4 or Matthew 13:41- 42, you who are a preacher are offended, you feel alluded to, instead of meditating if your preaching is actually in accordance with sound doctrine or is adulterated, it is because perhaps you fall into the category that Spurgeon defines.

If we really are with Christ, we must preach what He preached, not expose fables. Another English preacher, John Charles Ryle (1816-1900) said, “We should no longer tolerate the false doctrine of what we would tolerate sin.” To accept or tolerate the false gospel is to become accomplices of lies and stumbling blocks In the Kingdom of God. If we do not tolerate sin, we must not tolerate false doctrine either, because it is a lying doctrine, which in itself constitutes sin.

Before you mark such messages of judgment to the anointed of God, I recommend that you review what the Lord said about those who stumble in His Kingdom: they will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. I remind you that the lake of fire is hell, destined for the devil, his demons and those who make inequity. The end is near, the Lord returns and with Him His angels who will bring out of His Kingdom to the tares, the infiltrators, those who stumble the children of God, and will be forever confined to the place of torment. God bless you.

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