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False Prophets

But, “Ah, Lord God!” I said, “Look, the prophets are telling them, ‘You will not see the sword nor will you have famine, but I will give you lasting peace in this place.’” Then the Lord said to me, “The prophets are prophesying falsehoods in my name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility, and deception of their own minds.

Jeremiah 14:13

BFC Commentary

Jeremiah was written between 626 B.C. - 586 B.C. God is not pleased with the false prophets. Could this be correlated to today? Few pastors are teaching on confession and true repentance. Rather there is a “prosperity ministry” being taught. That which enhances one’s self or ego. Generally speaking, the American church is teaching a shallow sense of Christianity. Yes being saved, born again is taught and implemented. Yet our “progressive sanctification” is largely ignored. Paul speaks about putting “On Christ” and removing self. The main process of this sanctification is through deep repentance. An act of asking the Holy Spirit: “Reveal to me the iniquity, the gulf, that exists that causes me not to abide in Christ. Then confession of this side, weeping and turning deeper into Christ. This process of daily confession and repentance is our Progressive Sanctification and is to be practiced daily through His Grace.

To think that a mere kneeling at the altar and asking Christ to come into one’s life describes a very shallow teaching.

“O but woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from men for you do not enter in yourselves, nor allow those entering to go in.”

Are you a false prophet teaching all is well, you are going to heaven because grace is carrying you there, yet your heart has grown cold and is like stone? Have you lost the ability to hear the still small voice? Perhaps you have never slowed down to hear? Woe to you, the road to hell is wide yet the road to the kingdom of heaven is narrow.