“Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because of your false words and lying visions, I am against you, declares the Sovereign LORD. My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of the house of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD. Because they lead my people astray, saying, “Peace,” when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash.” (Reference: Ezekiel 13:8-10 )
I have been thinking more about this issue of false prophets and where they can be found in society. The line “saying, “Peace,” when there is no peace” resonated with me. In fact it resonated very deeply with me. Our world is not a peace. Not even close. Forget about peace on a personal level – that is people living at peace with their neighbor. Countries and regions of countries are not a peace. I can not think of one country that has a peaceful and issue-free relationship with another country. Can you beloved?
And they way we think “peace” needs to be kept – we call military personnel “peacekeepers” but any “peace” that needs a weapon accompaniment is not really peace. And what about individual/personal peace? Are we as individuals living at peace with ourselves? Are you beloved?
The historic Anabaptists viewed those around them, seeing and calling the civil and state religious leaders “false prophets” because they did not believe rightly and lived “under the wrath of God” and deluded others in living the same way. But peace, beloved, starts within one’s own heart. If there is not peace there, how can the person live in peace with others?
Yes, there is great desire for peace; and often times the illusion and delusion of peace starts in one’s own mind and then spreads out to encompass those who are caught up in the lies. The world’s desire for peace can be so strong that it calls “peace” what is actually a very carefully balance relationship/situation. You may know it as “politics”. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)
What was “false” about the false prophets was that they did not have a relationship, or a peaceful relationship, with God and so did not know what true peace is. It is possible however beloved to live in peace with one’s self and take as that starting point living in peace with God. From there the peace flows out to others. It is possible to create in this world a haven of peace where all the people there have covenanted and committed to peace – these are known as faith circles, fellowships, and churches. I hope and pray beloved that you are part of one. And that you have not been deluded by the false peace and false prophets that are out there. Selah!