"There was no prosperity designed for them," none whatsoever. These people were in war with the Chaldeans. Yet, the prophets promised what they could not. The prophets gave a false hope that the war would end in their peace and all will be well. "They seduced God's people; they put a cheat upon them, led them into mistakes, and drew them aside out of that way of repentance and reformation which the other prophets were endeavoring to bring them into." Matthew Henry
Repentance and Reformation. The message holds true for today. I hear people in ministry saying that we have to go soft on people. Don't scare them away from God. What is the gospel truth? I think the prophet in our day who speaks the gospel truth is not the one who will get the bookings. The prophets who tickle the ears and tell their people: Here. Here are the steps to follow and life will all work out for you. Where are the people calling us to repentance and reformation?
COME BOLDLY: Timeless Prayers
Dear Father, All I can deal with is my own sin. Deceivers and deceived are both alike, both judged. And I do both. Lord, have mercy.
PHOTO: It's a 100-year-old stagecoach stop that harbored both deceivers and deceived, truth tellers alike. Do we speak the truth to those whom we provide a safe harbor?