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Error vs truth: Jesus takes the difference seriously, so should we

By Elizabeth Prata

And on that day, declares the LORD of hosts, I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, so that they shall be remembered no more. And also I will remove from the land the prophets and the spirit of uncleanness. (Zechariah 13:2).

By this point in 2020, given the various struggles Americans are experiencing, the promises of scripture seem all the sweeter. The more we see the evil and ugly in human hearts, the more we long for the purity and holiness of a clean earth.

And if anyone again prophesies, his father and mother who bore him will say to him, ‘You shall not live, for you speak lies in the name of the LORD.’ And his father and mother who bore him shall pierce him through when he prophesies. (Zechariah 13:3).

Wait… what’s this?

After the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, (Jeremiah 30:7) also known as the Tribulation (Matthew 24:21), there will be humans left alive to enter what is known as the Millennial Kingdom. It is so named because it will last for 1000 years. (Revelation 20:2-6) (cf Isaiah 11:6; 65:20).

During that time, the earth renews from the devastating judgments rendered unto the Israelites and pagans, quickly, just as it did after the Flood. Satan will be bound in the pit with his cohorts. Peace will reign on the earth and Jesus will be bodily among His people. Holiness will be paramount. Holiness and truth will be so supremely important, that as we see in the Zechariah verse, even parents will run their own relative through if they prophesy falsely.

Because of the salvation of God which has cleansed God’s people and made them love him and His truth, hatred of false prophecy will overrule normal human feelings, causing even a father and mother to put their apostate child to death (cf, Deuteronomy 13:6-9, 12-15, Deuteronomy 18-22). This is a stern reminder of how God feels about and will eventually treat those preachers who misrepresent the truth.

John MacArthur Study Bible, Zechariah 13:3

As a Christian to whom the Holy Spirit has given the gift of discernment (1 Corinthians 12:10), I feel a heightened emotional and spiritual pain when I come across false teachers. It hurts when I receive emails from women who have been ill-used by these false teachers. It is sad to have women asking questions about how to cleanse themselves from the tentacles of these insidious doctrines wrapped around them from. It actually hurts to see the corruption and lies thrown on the name and Person of Jesus, all done in His name!.

Too many people react with anger toward me and other people who point out false teachings from these false teachers. The most common comments are, that I’m not to judge, that the feelings of the (false) teacher matter, to be nice, to ignore it and Jesus will take care of the problem, or that I’m wrong and the teacher isn’t false at all.

Jesus takes His truth VERY SERIOUSLY. We see that in the Zechariah verses. We see that in many other verses. I am not advocating for parents running their children through if they prophesy falsely, of course. But the picture of hatred for lies and love of the truth is in view. We see this in the New Testament also.

If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:6).

The picture is of a love of His truth so much that in comparison it seems that we’d hate our mother and father and wife and children. He is not speaking of actual hate, for that would violate the Fifth Commandment to honor thy parents (Deuteronomy 5:16).

Rather, the love of His truth must be so paramount in our eyes that by comparison, everything else fades into the background. That when we come across liars of His truth, we hate what they say and what they do. That we love our Jesus’ truth with all our strength, mind, heart and soul, and that by contrast, we strongly repudiate all that contradicts it.

If we are involved with a teacher’s teachings, we must examine ourselves to see if that they are saying is so, and if they are found to be false, we must repent of our association with him or her. The truth is just that important.


Christian writer and Georgia teacher's aide who loves Jesus, a quiet life, art, beauty, and children.

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