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False prophets with whitewash!

Scripture reading for August 21st: Ezekiel 12-15

Because they have led My people astray, saying “Peace,” when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. . . .I will tear down the wall you have covered with whitewash and will level it to the ground so that its foundation will be laid bare. When it falls, you will be destroyed in it; and you will know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 13:10-11a, 14.

God hated lies and promised to judge false prophets!  God gave Ezekiel a message for the prophets of Israel who were leading the people astray with the peace, safety, and prosperity lie.  These prophets were telling the people what they wanted to hear.  This allowed the people to go on in idolatry and would surely bring God’s wrath upon the nation.

God likened these lying prophets to painters who whitewashed flimsy walls that were poorly constructed.  The walls looked clean and white, but they were unstable.  God was going to expose the poor foundation by sending a storm upon the nation that would topple the white-washed walls and bring them down on those who painted them.  The crashing walls would destroy those who did such shoddy work or put on a show.

Preachers today can put on a show too.  They ‘whitewash’ people’s walls just to get a crowd.  They tell them that God wants them rich and if they give some money to the preacher and they will get a hundred times more back.  They tell people that God is love and won’t send anyone to hell.  Others whitewash the truth about the need for repentance from sin and faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.  They offer alternatives that don’t require faith or talking about the cross and the blood!  They try to make them feel good and get them in and out without any arousal of conviction.   Whitewash is being spread around today on the walls of people who have not repented!  These walls are going to crash down when judgment falls!   The day of Christ’s return will reveal the foundations and strip off the whitewash!

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