I pray that you will be equipped by these scriptures and the Holy Spirit with wisdom to discern this extreme threat that I believe we are facing, just as the early Christians also faced, in our time today.
This is a most solemn and somber address and I likewise pray that it will be carefully considered with the weight that it deserves.
~Jeremiah 23:9-17, 20-23, 26, 30-32, 36
9My heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake. I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine has overcome, because of the Lord, and because of His holy words. 10For the land is full of adulterers; for because of a curse the land mourns. The pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up. Their course of life is evil, and their might is not right.
My heart is broken because I look around and see vast numbers of prophets and teachers speaking by their own hearts according to their own desires, and perverting the Word of God to do so.
Now, just as it was then, God’s prophets have become like drunken men before the world (Acts 2:13; 1 Cor. 2:13)—the world says we speak foolishness in their sight, and it is to them as though we are as repulsive as drunkards overcome by wine! We must be prepared to be hated for the name of Jesus Christ because of His Word. When we prophesy we will be called fools and even heretics because of it!
11“For both prophet and priest are profane; yes, in My house I have found their wickedness,” says the Lord. 12“Therefore their way shall be to them like slippery ways; in the darkness they shall be driven on and fall in them; for I will bring disaster on them, the year of their punishment,” says the Lord. 13“And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria: they prophesied by Baal and caused My people Israel to err.
Again a warning; let no profane things dwell in your heart, for you are the Temple of the Lord, and it is an abomination in God’s sight to bring the profane into His house!
Our day sees pastors clamoring to see who can push the envelope with profane behavior. Their speech, conduct, and even appearance is consumed with the same common and profane qualities of the world, and it seems they love to have it so!
But you are the house of God; your heart is His holy temple. For this very reason we ought to examine ourselves to know what kind of holy conduct we should conduct ourselves with, and pray to the Lord our Savior, for it is He that is able to preserve us and keep us from stumbling (Jude 24) and present us blameless in His sight.
14Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem: they commit adultery and walk in lies; they also strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to Me, and her inhabitants like Gomorrah. 15“Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets: ‘Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall; for from the prophets of Jerusalem profaneness has gone out into all the land.’ ”
It is the work of God’s ministers to strengthen and equip the body for every good work, and it is the work of the false prophets to strengthen the hand of evildoers so that no one turns back from his or her wickedness. They provide excuses, reason, rationale, and even false grace to sin!
Yet there is not excuse for sin, nor does the scripture ever accept any excuses for sin because you are not defeated by your sin, if indeed you are born again by the incorruptable seed of Jesus Christ, because He that is in you is greater than he that is in the world! For “shall I sin that grace may abound? Certainly not!” Therefore, make no excuse for iniquity, for there is no excuse acceptable to God for iniquity.
Many souls have been bound in sin by the false teachings of these wolves because they were deceived by perverse doctrines of demons that excused their sin and even deceived them into thinking that God expects them to sin and thus does not really care that much!
We need to put away all such doctrines that teach us that God wills you to sin and thus hinders you from victory; all such doctrines are the doctrines of the demons, who want you to sin!
Indeed, test yourself to see if you have a “sin that just keeps hanging on”; examine your doctrine to see whether or not you have one that permits, excuses, or creates a cavalier attitude towards sin, because that is likely one of the reasons your sin remains. Likewise, examine to see whether or not a doctrine has taken root that teaches you to handle sin through the law or in the flesh apart from the grace, faith, and power of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. Such doctrines as these are likewise doctrines of demons.
16 Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; they speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the Lord. 17They continually say to those who despise Me, ‘The Lord has said, “You shall have peace” ’; and to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say, ‘No evil shall come upon you.’ ”20The anger of the Lord will not turn back until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart. In the latter days you will understand it perfectly. 21“I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. 22But if they had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their doings. 23“Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off?
How many souls have been ravaged by these wolves who make them worthless by teachings that did not come from the Lord?
The Lord of hosts says, “Do not listen!”
We’re a generation where “speaking from the heart” is very popular and we need to be reminded that the carnal heart is very depraved and knows only deceptiveness when sin is full grown in it (producing death). Except by the mouth of the Lord, we would not know truth, thus it is by the mouth of the Lord that prophets who speak the truth speak! Do not listen to someone merely because “they speak from the heart”, rather, listen if they speak from God!
These false prophets say, “no evil shall come upon you”, and they encourage you to indulge yourself in the dictates of your own heart, yet the anger of the Lord will not turn back from them because of the wickedness they are being taught to do!
Then Jeremiah says, “In the latter days you will understand it perfectly”! This revelation of how bad things will be in the latter days tells us of a time when churches do not care to rebuke sin, a time when it is more palatable to excuse sin and “give grace” (though it is not grace) than to overcome sin by faith; a time when “if they had stood in His counsel and caused His people to hear His words, then they would have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their doings”!
Oh why wont the teachers stand in the counsel of the Lord and cause the people to hear the Word of the Lord?!
26 How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart
They prophesy lies. What they say is not true and does not come from God. Do not charge their lies to God’s account!
30 “Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” says the Lord, “who steal My words everyone from his neighbor. 31 Behold, I am against the prophets,” says the Lord, “who use their tongues and say, ‘He says.’ 32 Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” says the Lord, “and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all,” says the Lord.
Content not only to lie, but these false prophets also steal God’s word from their neighbors hearts. Now this beholds the false prophet as your neighbor! They are reckless and cause error to come upon God’s people. There is caution given to us in the scriptures, and these men and women do not heed it!
36 And the oracle of the Lord you shall mention no more. For every man’s word will be his oracle, for you have perverted the words of the living God, the Lord of hosts, our God.
Finally, the oracle of the Lord is mentioned no more, for every man’s own word is his own oracle, for the words of the Living God have been perverted!
My brethren, heed these words of God; read them and understand them with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. May your eyes be opened to know truth and discern righteousness. Let your ways be kept true and your foot never to stray from the path of righteousness. Amen!