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God’s word, not the dictates of the heart #1199

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. 17 They 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.’” (Jeremiah 23:16–17, NKJV)

The false prophets in Jerusalem during the life of Jeremiah sound much like the false preachers today, who tell people such things as, “Let your conscience be your guide,” and, “join the church of your choice,” and, “God will accept every person who has a sincere heart” (that was the very falsehood for which God punished His people, verse 17). Living “according to the dictates of his own heart” brings a person under God’s wrath, not God’s approval and pleasure. Such worthless teaching made the people spiritually worthless (verse 16). When Jeremiah opposed these false prophets, they tried to have him killed (Jeremiah 26:4-14). A person who tells you God’s truth is not your enemy; don’t make him out to be one (Galatians 4:16). Speaking God’s truth has never been popular. But, we must speak truth, attempt to save souls and please God. We dare not speak error to please men, for by doing so, we lose our souls, and they remain lost, too (Galatians 1:10; 4:16; 1 Timothy 4:16).

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Warning! #641

24  For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25  See, I have told you beforehand. (Matthew 24:24-25, NKJV)

As Christ predicted the desolation of Jerusalem (which occurred in A.D. 70 at the hand of the Romans), He warned of deceivers who would try to persuade God’s people to follow them. Although that period of trial has passed, there continue to be false teachers whose enticing messages mislead, deceive and destroy souls. Be ever vigilant to examine what you are taught using the Scriptures to know whether it is truly from God (Acts 17:11). Eloquent elucidations may please the ear and warm the heart, but if they contradict the word of God they must be rejected as error. Jesus has warned His followers not to be seduced by the siren call of false christs and false prophets. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 Jno. 4:1).