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When God is Against the Prophets

TEXT: Jer. 23:1-2, 30

INTRODUCTION:

A. OBVIOUS BREAKDOWN BETWEEN GOD AND HIS SPOKESMEN.

B. PARALLEL OT ISRAEL AND RELIGION TODAY( Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:11 ).

1. As Christians we must not imitate their error.

2. We must watch for those who do.

C. WHEN IS GOD AGAINST THE PROPHETS?

I. WHEN PASTORS SCATTER THE FLOCK( vs. 1-2 ).

A. THEY SCATTER BY DRIVING AWAY.

1. A lack of love( Eph. 4:1-3 ).

2. Poor example( 1 Tim. 4:12, 16 ).

B. THEY SCATTER BY FAILING TO FEED.

1. Proper food is important( 2 Pet. 2:1-2 ).

2. Responsibility of mature Christians( Heb. 5:12 ).

3. Admonition to elders( Acts 20:28 ). Why?( vs. 29-30 ).

II. WHEN THEY STEAL AWAY HIS WORDS( vs. 30 ).

By denying and contradicting.

A. SATAN'S OLDEST TRICK( Gen. 3:4 ).

B. USED OFTEN:

1. Korah( Num. 16:1-3 ).

2. Old Prophet( 1 Kings 13:18 )

3. Ahab and Micaiah( 1 Kings 22:8 )

C. USED BY THE PROPHETS IN JEREMIAH'S TIME( Zeph. 3:4 ).

1. Contradicted God on sin( Jer. 23:9-15 ).

2. Contradicted God on judgment( vs. 16-20 ).

D. IN CHRIST'S DAY( Luke 11:52 ).

E. TODAY( 1 Tim. 6:3-5; 2 Tim. 3:1-9; 2 Pet. 2:1-3, 17-19 ).

III. WHEN THEY SAY "HE SAITH"( vs. 31 ).

A. THE PROPHET WAS GOD'S SPOKESMAN( Deut. 18:18; 2 Sam. 23:2 ).

B. WE SPEAK FOR GOD( Phil. 2:12-16 ).

C. THE FALSE PROPHET ABOUNDS( Jer. 5:30-31; Matt. 7:15; 15:13-14;

Acts 20:29-30; Rom. 16:17-18; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; 2 Tim. 3:13 ).

D. EXAMPLES: Circumcision, Sabbath, Calvinism, etc.

E. WHAT RESULTS?( Matt. 15:14; Gal. 1:6-9; 3:1-2 ).

IV. WHEN PROPHETS HOLD DREAMS FOR TRUTH( vs. 32 ).

A. "GOOD IDEAS" - NIGHTMARES OR MESSAGES FROM GOD?( vs. 28 ).

B. JESUS DISCUSSES SUCH( Matt. 7:21-23, 24-27; 2 John 9 ).

C. MODERN EXAMPLES - Social inducements, institutionalism, fund raisers, pianos.

D. Isaiah 9:13-16. WHO LEADS US DOWN THESE PATHS?

V. WARNING!( 1 Cor. 10:11; 1 John 4:1; 1 Tim. 4:1-2 ).

A. A TEST FOR THE OT PROPHET( Deut. 18:20-22 ).

B. A TEST TODAY( 1 John 4:6; Gal. 1:8-9 ).

C. WHAT DO WE DO?

1. Take heed( Col. 2:8 ).

2. Be noble( Acts 17:11 ). Open mindedNarrow minded.

3. Fight for the truth( Phil. 1:16, 27; Jude 3; Prov. 23:23 ).

CONCLUSION: HAVE YOU OBEYED THE GOSPEL?