Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! – Isaiah 5:20-21, NKJV
Some folks see preaching as a means to an end. In fact, they rarely see visions full of prophecy. These are the ones who seek to profit from the unlearned and naive within local flocks.
No, you may not detect their underlying motives because they offer sweet serenades rather than sermons. You may not discern their diabolical schemes or plots to pilfer and plunder, for many have mastered the art of discourses of deception and trickery of the tongue. They can rattle off verses of the Holy Scriptures to justify nearly any ploy. Yet, their is uncovered beyond the naked eye. God sees and knows all.
So what are we to do as defenders of the gospel and truth in His name?
We are to forge ahead despite their lies and treachery. We are to profess and preach truth, never approaching this life in blind faith. We are to continue as ambassadors of Christ and extend His love with our ministry of reconciliation.
Jesus called out the religious leaders of His time. The prophets spoke out against the ones who went against God’s Word and violated their covenant with Him. Was Malachi talking to the common man about robbing God? Or, by reading it in context, do you discover that God is speaking to a different audience? Look at it and see for yourself.
Just know that Jesus warned us about such voices of violation. Paul shared about such wolves among the flock. Jude said such men had come into our midst.
There are men and women who speak with authority but not of God. They preach for profit. They seek your savings as much as your service. They desire your abundance as much as they want you to worship God with your whole heart.
Know that they exist. Know that you have been warned.