Years ago, a group of scientists concluded that people once dependent on alcohol could resume drinking without falling back into addiction. Investigative reporters, however, uncovered contrary evidence from patients who had been involved in the study. Those “cured” alcoholics who started drinking again were having extremely difficult problems. Some had even committed suicide. Apparently those scientists, whom you would expect to be trustworthy, were not reliable after all.

Religious leaders, like scientists, should always be above false claims. But Jeremiah reported evidence to the contrary. He showed that the priests, prophets, and preachers of his day were not speaking the truth (6:13). They told the people what they wanted to hear (v.14). The people didn’t want to learn about judgment, repentance, and their own lack of godliness. They eagerly accepted the message of hope and peace even though it was a pack of lies.

What about us? Do we listen only to those voices that tell us what we want to hear? Do we assume that all preachers tell the truth? Let’s make sure that we judge their message by the truths of the Bible. The Holy Spirit and the Word will alert us to false claims.