Thursday, March 09th, 2017 | Author:

“Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who lead My people astray; when they have something to bite with their teeth, they cry, ‘Peace,’ but against him who puts nothing in their mouths they declare holy war.” Micah 3:5 NASB

“Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe, her priests instruct for a price and her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the LORD saying, ‘Is not the LORD in our midst? Calamity will not come upon us.’ Therefore, on account of you Zion will be plowed as a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of ruins, and the mountains of the temple will become high places of a forest.” Micah 3:11-12 NASB

This speaks of the blatant corruption of Judah just before they were captured and taken away to Babylon in slavery for seventy years.

The people who suffer most under corrupt spiritual leaders are followers of these people. They constantly ask for money and use gimmicks to reap even more money from them through selling articles supposedly blessed by them to cure chronic illnesses and life threatening diseases. These articles do NO good for them, yet they continue to trust these folks since they are laden with guilt trips by them saying that they just did not have enough faith to be healed. Their money is now in the hands of unscrupulous spiritual charlatans and they are not helped in the least.

“They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially,
saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
but there is no peace.
‘Were they ashamed because of the abomination they have done?
They were not even ashamed at all;
they did not even know how to blush.
Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
at the time that I punish them,
they shall be cast down,’ says the Lord.” (emphasis added) Jeremiah 6:14-15

It is wonderful to see other passages where God will Himself shepherd His flock and lead them to good pasture.

“For thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd cares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will care for My sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day. I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and bring them to their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the streams, and in all the inhabited places of the land. I will feed them in a good pasture, and their grazing ground will be on the mountain heights of Israel. There they will lie down on good grazing ground and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I will feed My flock and I will lead them to rest,’ declares the Lord God. ‘I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick; but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with judgment.’ ” Ezekiel 34:11-16 NASB

Well, I think you get the message here. I could refer to many other passage expanding not only the twisting of Scripture and the judgment that God will bring on those who do these things, but this is sufficient to make the point. I WOULD NOT want to stand before our Holy God at the judgment with this charge on my life. The responsibility of every teacher of the Word of God is to rightly divide it so that the TRUTH is made known. Our job is not to fleece the sheep, it is to feed His sheep. The only reward I desire is to hear the LORD say, “Well done, you good and faithful servant.”

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