A False Wall created by False Prophets
2 Timothy 4
1 I give you a command in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, the One who will judge the living and the dead, and by his coming and his kingdom:2 Preach the Good News. Be ready at all times, and tell people what they need to do. Tell them when they are wrong. Encourage them with great patience and careful teaching,3 because the time will come when people will not listen to the true teaching but will find many more teachers who please them by saying the things they want to hear.4 They will stop listening to the truth and will begin to follow false stories.5 But you should control yourself at all times, accept troubles, do the work of telling the Good News, and complete all the duties of a servant of God.
Wiersbe links this passage to the study he presents of Ezekiel 13
Ezekiel, once again, uses a picture to demonstrate a principle. He discusses a wall that has been repaired with shoddy materials- it looks great on the outside. These false prophets have entered the lives of the people and have made everything look great. But when the rains come or the winds blow strong, that wall is going to wash away. Ezekiel reminds them that when judgment comes, the truth of God will be revealed and their shoddy foundation will crumble.
A true prophet told the people what they needed to hear, not what they wanted to hear.
It’s important to me, right now more than ever, that I am reading and following, or at least critically thinking about the authors I read in regards to teaching spiritual truth. Even when choosing a book on Ezekiel, I kept looking up the authors to see their backgrounds, perspectives. I have never been really good at defending an argument, much less Scripture. I know what I know and in recent years have really desired to learn beyond just the basic ideas of the gospel and to listen more intently when the Bible is being taught. But I still lack in this area. I love these times when I can spend a bit more time in Scripture and see some things and respond to some lessons in a different ways. I want to be able to discern the philosophies that enter my life. Definitely between what is Godly and what is not, but even more so between what man’s interpretation of Scripture and what is truth of Scripture. Not sure if I will be able to arrive there or even what that really means yet.