“‘Do not let your prophets who are in your midst and your diviners deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams of which they dream. For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them,’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 29:8-9).
The false prophets of whom Jeremiah writes were popular because they said what the people wanted to hear. There is a popular brand of spirituality, promoted under the guise of Christianity, that appeals to the senses, feels good in the moment, has no boundaries, and leaves you self-satisfied as the master of your own fate. In contrast, because they speak truth instead of romantic escapism and feel good religion, the true prophets of God, like Jeremiah, are not popular during their days of ministry. They become highly regarded only in death; when their fateful words have proven true. Sadly, when it’s too late.