Their visions are false, and their divinations a lie. They say, “The Lord declares,” when the Lord has not sent them; yet they expect their words to be fulfilled. Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say, “The Lord declares,” though I have not spoken? Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Because of your false words and lying visions I am against you, declares the Sovereign Lord.
Ezekiel 13: 6-8, NIV
Oh these prophets. These prophets of false visions. How easily do they slide into our culture? How easily in our minds do images of pseudo saviors, televangelists, and glamazon pastors drop into our mental picture show? And yet, I see so much more of myself in these verses than I do of them. There is a movement in this Christian culture of mine that says we must hear from God. We must get close to God in such a way, so that we can have these conversations with Him. We must hear from God in a way that allows us this exclusivity that only the most spiritual are entitled to.
How often do we “hear a word from God” and take it as doctrine rather than testing it to the actual Word of God?
How often do we put emphasis on hearing a word from God rather than reading those words instead?
How often do we believe things that in truth, God never said to us?
It is a scary thought. Is it not? The idea that we are so oblivious to the arrogance we live in that we cannot even see it when we look into the mirror. We cannot smell it, though we are dripping in it. So comfortable in the wetness of it, that we cannot even feel it upon our skins.
And yet, God is near saying, Have you seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say, ‘The Lord declares,’ though I have not spoken?
I am reminded of Christ’s time in the desert. How Satan, in all of his evil, even used scripture of all things to try and corrupt and skew the mind of my savior. And I think if he was bold enough to do this with Savior God-How much more does he do it with me? And if Satan can skew scripture, how much easier can he skew the simple words, the fancy phrases, the complex paragraphs.
Am I aware enough to go back to the word and search its accuracy and context?
Am I willing to be wrong in order to keep my truths right?