These trying times can cause anxiety and depression. However, we need to watch out for false prophets, especially in these trying times. The reason we need to be cautious is that false teachers offer false hopes of peace.
God says, “False prophets offer superficial treatments for my people’s mortal wounds. They give assurance of peace when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14).
Peace is welcome in these chaotic times. But our desires for peace and order do not always align with God’s will. Jesus knew this when he prayed in the garden of Gethsemane. He prayed for not his will but God’s, even when that meant dying on the cross.
False prophets as band-aids
False prophets are like band-aids. They take care of wounds superficially. Surface treatments ignore deeper issues or needs. Deeper issues, like salvation, sin, wickedness, and repentance need more attention than superficial assurances of peace. Again, our desires for personal comfort and order sometimes do not align with God’s will. False prophets see people’s superficial desires and apply an emotional band-aid instead of a deep-Christic remedy.
Don’t forget our desires can be signs of more serious problems. False teachers heal wounds superficially but ignore underlying sicknesses. Today many false teachers are telling people “everything will be okay” or “this too shall pass.” These peaceful messages satisfy a superficial desire for comfort and order. Nevertheless, what about people’s soul? We need to ask about our soul’s fate when trying times like these come around.
We need to ask, “When I die, am I going to heaven?” “Am I in good standing with God?” “Do I need to believe in Jesus?” If prophets do not cause us to ask these questions, we should seriously question their motives.