They have envisioned futility and false divination, saying, 'Thus says the Lord!' But the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope that the word may be confirmed.
They mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.
If I'm tracking my devotions by 'likes', then those about false prophets aren't much liked. Why? We want to see the best in people, especially the leaders of our church. Me, too!
So I get it, but I don't think God does... judging by the vast number of Verses advising us of the deadly dangers in following pastors who claim His Name for all kinds of gain, but He's not in them. Sadly, these key warnings are rarely preached.
Therein, we're wise to read them for ourselves. If your Bible is too seldom opened, let the New Testament realign you, and examine your pastor in God's Light. If you think such comparisons are wrong, think again.
Jesus is the Model for all of us, but our teachers have the greater duty, and it is our duty to check them out: 'Prove all things; hold fast that which is good' (1 Thessalonians 5:21, NKJV).
In my view, following a false pastor invites the fate of the swine on the cliff. Or countless herds of vulnerable sheep with shepherds who don't love them like Jesus.
How can we know if our pastors are true?
1) Do their lifestyles show the humility, simplicity and sacrifice of Christ?
2) Do their words show the unedited scope of the Bible, and not just the sweet parts?
These crucially urgent comparisons require our first-hand knowledge of God's Word... and not simply settling for human thoughts fed to us in Sunday sermons, podcasts, best-selling books-- or devotions like mine.
## Hope: In False Prophets (Part 12)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hope series.