I don’t see why you’d be called a weed. Just as it is widely understood that people who are truly insane never question whether they are sane or not, weeds never wonder if they are wheat or weeds. They are self assured that they are the finest wheat.
If you are humble enough to question your standing with God you are not a weed.
Interesting that you mentioned that the apostles couldn’t see the weed in their midst.
It could be said that they were new in the truth, though. They didn’t know that it was wrong to fight over positions either and were unaware that the kingdom was not going to display itself immediately.
As they grew up in the truth I am sure they could spot the weeds especially since they were the “thing acting as a restraint” keeping the cong clean of the rising apostasy. When they died off, it rose rapidly.
For me, the tell tale sign is haughtiness. I have suffered tremendously because of this vicious trait in many brothers.
I can sense it before I smell it before I spot it a mile away.
I do not trust such ones. I do not associate with such ones. I don’t scream out that they are weeds nor do I point it out to others. I just don’t give anything they say or do the time of day.
7 Now I urge you, brothers, to keep your eye on those who create divisions and causes for stumbling contrary to the teaching that you have learned, and avoid them.+ 18 For men of that sort are slaves, not of our Lord Christ, but of their own appetites,* and by smooth talk and flattering speech they seduce the hearts of unsuspecting ones.”
I allow myself the right to “suspect” so that I am not “seduced”.
I overheard a sister make a great point…..when we use scriptural guidelines to determine if someone is a true Christian, we are not judging them. Christ has already judged certain traits and behaviors and plainly laid them out in the scriptures for us to follow as did the inspired Apostle Paul too.
Of course I’m not referring to minor infractions or to those who are new who have not had time to learn.
I find this sort of haughtiness mainly in well titled individuals or families with long histories around the truth.
I cannot make excuses in my mind for these ones.
When we know there is poison in the water, we are fools not to take the neccessary precautions to protect ourselves and those we love.
Maybe my wariness is extreme, but we are in a time of spiritual warfare where extremes are often in order to protect our faith. Trusting the wrong person could be deadly.
One if the most intriguing stories in the Bible…….Please read it for your own protection.
Old Prophet Unnamed Prophet
Was the old prophet wheat or weeds?
When and how did the unnamed prophet find the answer to this question?