People who believe false teachers will be judged, too.

Jeremiah is told by God to prophesy against the false prophets. God said He did not send them in His name nor did He give them any message. They are prophesying deceit from their own mind, God said. (Jeremiah 14:14).

However, God also told Jeremiah to prophesy against the people to whom the false prophets were preaching.

And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and sword, with none to bury them—them, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. For I will pour out their evil upon them. (Jeremiah 14:16)

Why would God be so hard on the people? Aren't they just helpless victims of lying religious preachers? No. According to that verse, listeners to and followers of false teachers are doing evil.

Throughout the ages, self-proclaimed prophets such as Joseph Smith, Jeanne Dixon, and Edgar Cayce have claimed to speak for God. Jeremiah, an authorized ambassador of God, identified false prophets as “prophesying … a false vision, worthless divination, the deceit of their own minds” which is “spoken … presumptuously” (Dt 18:22).
The people were to be punished because they listened to the false prophets. It was their responsibility to test the prophets (Dt 18:21–22), not just to accept whatever they said without question, but they failed to do so. They may have known that what the prophets said was not in line with God’s will, but because they liked what they heard, they condoned it (Jer 5:31; 23:16; 29:8; 2 Co 11:4; 2 Tim 4:3). We are also obligated to test the messages we hear and reject those who preach a false message in God’s name (Acts 17:11; Gl 1:6–9; 1 Jn 4:1). See notes on Lam 1:5; 2:14.
Cabal, T., Brand, C. O., Clendenen, E. R., Copan, P., Moreland, J. P., & Powell, D. (2007). The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith (p. 1110). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

Sisters, be aware of who you allow into your home, heart, and mind. Reading that certain book, or listening a certain teacher, or attending so-and-so conference, can be deadly to you.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)


  1. Those who have "an itching ear".
    And it's getting worse by the minute.
    I like to read the comments made by other people on blogs, but it's getting to the point where I can't stand to a lot of the time, anymore. People's minds are twisted.
    By the way: Steve Coerper posted your article about your Dad at his Anakypto Forum, he was so taken by it.

    1. I agree, Katen, people are just not right anymore. Thanks for letting me know about Anakypto forum's link. I wasn't aware.

  2. A case in point - around Noon today I read a comment made at Bill Frederick's www.endtimeforecaster. This guy is "correcting" Bill, pontificating on how sweet a guy Batman is, when Batman is so clearly the idea of the false messiah, come to save the day. Then he ends his blog, as always, by using the Hindu greeting Namaste. So my blood pressure ramping up, I posted to Bill's blof that this greeting is accompanied by a gesture that means "I bow to the divine in you". How many so-called "Christians" within recent years have you heard refer incessantly to "karma"? We are so clodd to the melding of all "man-made" religions and the reason is because this is what people want! They want to be a little bit right somehow in whatever they do- NO GUILT; therefore no need to confess because sins don't exist anymore. Do you follow their logic?

  3. My question how much false is false?

    1. A little leaven spoils the whole lump. Gal 5:9. (TD Jakes, Modalism)

      If they teach 'a different Jesus'. 2 Cor 11:4. (Joyce Meyer) They must teach 'this same Jesus'. Acts 1:11. (John MacArthur).

      If they don't teach the whole counsel of God, Acts 20:27 (Osteen)

      or fail to teach the essential doctrines of Christianity or teach them incorrectly (Billy Graham; Beth Moore)

      FYI, Challies on 'The False Teachers', a series.

  4. Hard core theology.

    I also like Ezekiel 13, because of this piece

    22a “Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad


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