Wednesday, August 22, 2012

the power of a false vision

Because you have disheartened the righteous falsely, although I have not grieved him, and you have encouraged the wicked, that he should not turn from his evil way to save his life, therefore you shall no more see false visions nor practice divination. I will deliver my people out of your hand. And you shall know that I am the LORD.
Ezekiel 13:22-23

God pronounces an indictment against false prophets who manipulate His people. He likens these evil characters to jackals that scavenge among the ruins of the city. There are several defining characteristics of these false prophets. This is just a sampling from Ezekiel 13:

1) They are false and liars. (13:6)
2) They claim authority by saying their messages are the Word of God. (13:6)
3) They believe their own lies will be honored by God and proven true. (13:6)
4) They are misleading people. (13:10)
5) The have a false optimism, proclaiming peace when there is none. (13:10)
6) They encourage personal actions that rebel against God. (13:10)
7) They add to rebellion against God by whitewashing it in religious jargon. (13:10)
8) They propagate a magical view of spirituality. (13:18)
9) They destroy souls with their false religion. (13:18)
10) They profane God for personal gain. (13:19)
11) They work against God's plan. (13:22)
12) They discourage righteous people. (13:22)
13) They encourage wicked people. (13:22)
14) They hinder repentance and hasten God's judgment. (13:22)

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