“Shout to Judah, and broadcast to Jerusalem! Tell them to sound the alarm throughout the land: ‘Run for your lives! Flee to the fortified cities! ‘Raise a signal flag as a warning for Jerusalem: ‘Flee now! Do not delay!’ For I am bringing terrible destruction upon you from the north.” Jeremiah 4:5-6
Jesus is the only answer. The cure for our problem is Jesus Christ, returning to God and His ways. The problem is today the same as Jeremiah’s problem. The people who have the answer are silent. The gross failure to speak out condemns the church. Those who have the cure, those doctors of truth designated to perform both diagnostics and healing, are silent. It’s like the cure is under lock and key. Those charged with giving medicine act like it’s too harmful. To put it bluntly, preachers don’t explain Scripture. They do not re-present God’s Word. Imagine you went to church and your preacher told the unfiltered truth: If you act like hell, you probably are not a Christian. Abortion is murder. Prosperity preachers are lying. Preachers who do not explain Scripture are going to have to answer to God. The institutional church is so addicted to its own machinery that it does not cry out in desperation to God. We spend more money on dog food than on missions. If your pastor stood in his pulpit and said these things, he would be a lone voice. He would feel ostracized—not by the world but by the church! Prophets rarely have honor. That much has not changed. Dreadful judgment was coming to Judah, and yet the nation was unprepared, because the people believed the deceptive message of peace proclaimed by the false prophets “It can’t happen here!” was their slogan. “After all, we have the temple and the ark of the covenant. We are saying the same thing; we are a great nation and God will not let us fall. Just like Judah, God will send judgment.