“Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Because you have uttered falsehood and seen lying visions, therefore behold, I am against you, declares the Lord God…Precisely because they have misled my people, saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace, and because, when the people build a wall, these prophets smear it with whitewash,’” (13:8, 10)
It’s easy to let “white lies” creep into our day to day for a many number of reasons. Sometimes we don’t want to know the truth, or we can’t handle the truth. It could be for an end which feels justified in manipulative means.
How do we approach God’s Truth? Historically, people have used the Bible to control people, so we must always be careful not to repeat history.
It is a heavy task to be a prophet or teacher of God’s word. Carly and I take this very seriously and this is largely why we encourage people to study the text for themselves and never take our word for it. We don’t want to say, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace. Neither of us were approached by the glory chariot as we sat by the Willamette river, so we reserve the right to be wrong, meaning you’ve got to seek the LORD as well.
False prophets have always been and will continue to be a problem until judgement day. They were not a special nuisance for a specific time. Check out 2 Peter 2 or 1 John 4:1-3, which says:
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.”
Listen to the Holy Spirit, search the Scriptures, seek out wise teaching, but always practice prayerful discernment.