Don’t Believe Their False Hope

16 Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. 17 They say continually to those who despise the word of the Lord, ‘It shall be well with you’; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.’” ~ Jeremiah 23:16-17

Solomon states in Ecclesiastes 1:9 that there is nothing new under the sun. The more I read the Bible and compare it to the things I see and hear in the world today, the more I agree with him. During the time of Jeremiah, the prophets told the people who hated the Word of God and who refused to obey His commands that all would be well with them. In other words, they not only endorsed the sin of these people, but they convinced the people God did as well.

The leaders and shepherds of the Church today are no different. They shout arrogant statements to justify sin, such as, “My Jesus loves everybody.” And “You were born this way. God makes no mistakes.” And “Only God can judge.” And “I don’t need a Bible to have a relationship with God.” They tell their followers as well as the entire Church that we have no right to judge anyone. But I ask you unless you judge a tree by its fruit, how will you know if you are eating a lemon or an orange? We’ve corrupted not only the Church but the Word of God by which we aimlessly seek to defend and justify sin.

And just as the prophets of old brought vain hope, so do our shepherds and leaders today. Death has been warned from before Eve was even created. If you sin, then you will die. This isn’t a new radical belief. This is the Law of Nature established before Heaven and Earth were created on that first day. The idea of sin being who you are; therefore, you must accept it is a new radical belief resurfacing from ancient times. From the very first sin. For as the Serpent whispered into Eve’s ear, “You shall not die…” So did the Prophets say to the people, “You shall not die…” during the time of Jeremiah. And so have the leaders and shepherds of the Church shout and proclaim from the rooftops, “You shall not die..” But don’t believe their false hope. Don’t believe their lie. For sin doesn’t just lead to a physical death, but an everlasting spiritual one. A spiritual death that doesn’t cease nor ease, that only causes calamity and destruction upon its victim.

The straight and narrow path isn’t easy. It isn’t a relaxing walk. It’s a race. It’s an obstacle course that you run with all of your might, unable to stop in the middle lest you be disqualified, as you carry a cross and chase after the forerunner who has already completed the race. Jesus didn’t promise us an easy life. Nor did He promise us the world. Jesus promised us Eternal Life and rest if we follow Him. The world may look luring and inviting, but once you have the light to open your eyes in the darkness, the evil can no longer disguise itself as good. Cling to the Word of God and your relationship with Christ so that it might go well with you.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Don’t Believe Their False Hope.

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