9 For they are a rebellious people,
children unwilling to hear
the instruction of the Lord;
10 who say to the seers, “Do not see,”
and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right;
speak to us smooth things,
11 leave the way, turn aside from the path,
let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”
Sounds an awful lot like today, doesn’t it? Sadly, it is an accurate description of many churches today. People don’t want to hear the word of the Lord because it shows us how wretched we are. Instead, they love to be deluded with grandeur, even when the grandeur is terrible. People get all excited and frightened when a false prophet predicts the end of the world, not because it’s true or false but because it’s big. Their minds are excited for such a great change, even if it means they could die a horrible death.
“Sow a seed,” some say, “and God will reward you with riches.” Oh, the illusions of wealth. What a slick tongue does to an ear like that. If anyone claims you shall receive wealth if you do such and it does not come to pass, just like the doomsday preacher, he is a false prophet.
And then we have preachers such a Joel Osteen who doesn’t seem to know such a thing as sin even exists. He just smooth talks positive thinking into everyone and they eat it up. They don’t want to hear about how sinful they are, just how great and awesome they are. And then, when they hear good sound preaching, they chastise the pastor for it. They tell him how awful his message is and that the only thing God really wants is people to be nice to each other. Honestly, if that were the case, why would God have ever needed to give us the scriptures?