Speaking of Jesus, John the Baptist, Matthew 3:12 says, “His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor, gathering His wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
In this verse, Jesus is portrayed as someone who will separate the wheat from the chaff gathering the wheat into His barn and burning up the chaff in a conflagration. This is the first instance that the idea of separation is brought up within the New Testament. Though the full meaning of this verse has eschatological significance, it could be argued that this verse is applicable at all times and places. God is always, in varying degrees, separating, the wheat from the chaff in His Church and separating the wheat from the chaff in the individual lives of his people, as well.
Whenever I browse throughout Christian news sources, there seems to be an underlying theme at work within the American Church – separation and sanctification. Christians are being faced with many choices. For example, will they serve Christ or seek the “riches” of this world? Will they faithfully hold on to the truth of God’s word or will they compromise with the culture? Will they live in holiness or will they give way to the decadence around them? Will they look to the world for their hope or will they look to Christ?
These questions are tremendously descriptive of the dilemma many American Christians are being faced with having to answer. As they are answered, what is occurring is a great separation within the body of Christ within America. One could even state that it is as though Christ is separating the wheat from the chaff within the church in America.
For many decades the “wheat” and the “chaff” have been able to remain together, the differences between the two being there, but not pronounced enough to create any major divisions between them. Now, the divide between the “wheat” and the “chaff” is becoming ever more distinct and obvious. Those who are committed to Christ, committed to living “righteously”, and committed to seeing an actual, pure and undefiled move of the Holy Spirit are being gathered by Christ and set apart unto His current-day work. Those who are okay with compromise, willing to follow the “latest and greatest” trend”, who seek what the world is offering, and those within the American church who use the tools and strategies of the world in an attempt to advance the Kingdom of God, are likewise being gathered, but gathered unto judgment.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, David Hoffman