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"Without absolutes revealed from without by God Himself, we are left rudderless in a sea of conflicting ideas about manners, justice and right and wrong, issuing from a multitude of self-opinionated thinkers." (JOHN OWEN)
Same Old Lie and The Same Old Truth
The description of the false prophets in Ezekiel 13 may be compared to the present situation of preachers who, like the prophets of Ezekiel's day, "prophesy out of their own heart", and "follow their own spirit". Those who make a claim to speak the truth of the gospel but who in fact are not submitted to the truth of Scripture depend on themselves as their own authority. This is evident by the way they speak of the gospel, and the conviction of truth in the believer. They are careful to speak in terms of opinion, and consensus. They mock those who claim a certain, Spiritual conviction of truth. In this, they assume what they themselves believe about the truth, namely, that a person's own subjective judgment is the final standard.
Today's false prophets not only value subjective human opinion, they also express themselves in a similar way to the prophets of Ezekiel 13. Ezekiel writes: "Because, indeed because they have seduced my people, saying 'Peace!' when there is no peace-- and one builds a wall, and they plaster it with untempered mortar...".
A hallmark of the false teachers of today is their desire to speak words of assurance and comfort without regard for truth. In other words, it is a desire to assure people that everything is "OK" between them and God when everything is not "OK". It is to encourage people in a lie about themselves which ultimately leads to destruction.
An example of this would be those who say that if you have "accepted Christ", or "prayed to receive Christ", you are a Christian, regardless of what "Christ" you accepted, (How His Person and Work is biblically defined) or "received". (See II Corinthians 11:4). The clear emphasis in this false teaching is not upon the doctrine of Christ or our need for His righteousness, but upon the sincere act of accepting and believing, an act which is represented as making something real for you that potentially exists for everybody. Such false teachers are in the assurance business, and appear to be very zealous and concerned to both offer and preserve assurance in those to whom they "minister". Sadly, the assurance they offer is as false as the doctrine that accompanies it. Like untempered mortar on a plastered wall, the rain, hail, and wind of God's judgment will test and expose these false teachers, with the false hope they proclaim.
Only the effective work of Jesus Christ on the cross, with the gift of His righteousness, can save a sinner. When He saves by His power, it is by the testimony to what He has done, so that the sinner believes unto righteousness, and not unto himself. He saves us by the Word of Truth (Ephesians 1:13; James 1:18). Our assurance is therefore based on a conviction that the Word of Truth is, in fact, true, and a confidence that our hope rests wholly in God's love for us in Christ; not a love which we made effective by our choosing, but a love which God effectively demonstrated in choosing us and sending His Son to be a sacrifice for our sins.
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