|Ezekiel 13:2,10,22 |
2 "Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination, 'Hear the word of the LORD,'
10 Because they have seduced my people saying, 'Peace!' When there is no peace.1 And one builds a wall, and lo, others [false prophets] daub it with untempered mortar, [Peace is the fruit of righteousness, which is quietness and confident trust, (unquestionable assurance), forever. Isa 32:17. Until we have been purified and freed from all sin, there is no peace or righteousness. See the definition of righteousness in 1 John 3:7's commentary and footnote to understand what it means and what it takes to become righteous and have peace.]
22 Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad, and have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way, by [falsely] promising him life.3
3 with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad, and have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way, by [falsely] promising him life. Hear! you teachers and preachers of Christendom. Your lies are seen by the righteous, and you make the righteous sad with your continual stream of lies. You tell sinners that they can keep on sinning with no consequence, that they are automatically forgiven, and that as long as they "believe," they will go to heaven; you strengthen the hand of the wicked and promise him life. You ministers of Christendom tell your members that they are righteous, even while they are still sinning, sin being wickedness.
He that says to the wicked, 'You are righteous;' him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him. Pro 24:24
You have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way, by [falsely] promising him life.
All the pastors and ministers shall be cursed, who lied, saying that with belief in Jesus, you are righteous while still locked in sin.
In effect, the ministers of today tell their members: don't seek, don't obey, don't fear, don't strive -
Peter wrote about these ministers: These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those [lustful desires of sinful nature] who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. 2 Peter 2:12-19 (And Jesus said, I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. John 8:34).
I will bring upon them an everlasting reproach and perpetual shame that shall never be forgotten. Jer 23:40.