Politicians And False Prophets

Politicians And False Prophets October 29, 2018

Most politicians are a little like the Old Testament false prophets of old, only telling people what they want to hear.

False Prophets

At the time, Jeremiah the Prophet was badly outnumbered by the false prophets in Judea. And it wasn’t even close. Naturally, they scorned Jeremiah’s word to repent and return to God in obedience, before it was too late, so when Jeremiah spoke the actual words of God, all he heard was, “This man deserves the sentence of death, because he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears” (Jer 26:11), but even facing the threat of death, Jeremiah didn’t back down or compromise his message from God. He didn’t water it down for the times he lived in, and he didn’t leave anything out just because they refused to hear or wouldn’t like it. Instead, he warned them that they should “know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood upon yourselves and upon this city and its inhabitants, for in truth the Lord sent me to you to speak all these words in your ears” (Jer 26:15). God tried to warn them to “not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your dreamers, your fortune-tellers, or your sorcerers, who are saying to you, ‘You shall not serve the king of Babylon” (Jer 27:9), but they refused to listen and in time, they were proven to be false prophets and Jeremiah proved to be a true prophet of God. By then, it was too late. God said, “I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied” (Jer 23:21). I am not suggesting that all politicians are like false prophets, however today, many are prophesying things to come true, but they are running for office.

Jeremiah the Prophet near Jerusalem

False Prophets and Politicians

I believe prophets and politicians have a lot in common. They are supposed to speak for the common good of the people. They are to tell what is true. They are to give people hope, but then there is another similarity. The false prophet and politician work in the same way. They promise what they themselves cannot deliver. They speak about huge problems but offer little in solutions. Politicians may wrap themselves in the flag just as a false prophet claims to speak the Word of God, but their promises are rarely kept, and the huge problems they talk about are too big for even them to handle. For example, in dealing with a state that’s near its debt ceiling, how can the governor promise to lower taxes while creating more school funding? They offer dozens of solutions for various problems, and yet they don’t tell us how they’ll do it or fund it. The old joke about knowing when a fisherman is lying; when his or her lips are moving, could nearly be said of those who are holding political office today. I am not saying every politician is like a false prophet, but I believe many are. They promise the moon, but have no idea how to deliver it.

False Prophets

Jesus warned us about false prophets more than once, but I wonder why He never warned us about false politicians…or politicians who make false claims or boast about what they’ll do in the future. He warned us to “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles” (Matt 7:15-16)? Remember that Satan has his own ministers, but they don’t look like ministers of Satan but rather appear as angels of light. The Apostle Paul said it is “no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds” (2 Cor 11:14-15). It is the same thing with many politicians. They only have their best interests in mind…and that is getting elected or reelected for the 50th time! But…“their end will correspond to their deeds.” Or, they will be known by their fruits, good or bad. They might disguise their campaigns to look like “angels of light” who can rescue the nation/state/city, but they only “disguise themselves as servants of righteousness” and not servants of the public. The Apostle Peter said that “false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction” (2 Pet 2:1). One of the signs of Jesus’ return is that “many false prophets will arise and lead many astray” (Matt 24:11). Again, that sounds very much like politics today. Early on, Germany embraced the charismatic Hitler because he looked like he was going to save Germany from financial ruin, but he ended up destroying much of the nation that he had promised to save.

Promises, Promises

Even though there are trustworthy politicians, and we can’t make sweeping generalizations about everyone in office, truly there is a similarity between the false prophets of the Old Testament and the politicians of today. It could almost be said of them, that “they are prophesying falsely in my name, with the result that I will drive you out and you will perish, you and the prophets who are prophesying to you” (Jer 27:15). Politicians can promise us the moon, but if they are promising more than they can deliver, then they are not much different from the false prophets who often said, “We are blessed. Things will be good. Just trust me. God spoke to me.” That in itself is a red flag for me because God has already spoken to us through Christ and the Apostles and Prophets (Heb 1:1-2; Jude 1:3).

Conclusion

Here is a promise you can really believe because He has the ability to carry it out. God says that “if you faithfully obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the LORD your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field” (Deut 28:1-3), and this is true no matter what anyone says, politicians included.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    Ah, look in the mirror jack…You make your wretched living telling bullshit to people! You pay your bills by telling stupid gullible fearful people what they want to hear! “Yes grandma..you’ll see your puppy in heaven” Yes, Johnny, your crippled legs will be made well in the afterlife” …Oh, but ONLY if you “believe” nonsense! Click your heels together 3 times and repeat “there’s no place like home” “there’s no place like home”…Oh wait..wrong fantasy movie. Sorry! LOL

    “Here is a promise you can really believe because He has the ability to carry it out. God says that “if you faithfully obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the LORD your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field” (Deut 28:1-3), and this is true no matter what anyone says,”

    Is that so?

    Tell us jack how you KNOW a “god” said anything. Waiting….

    Tell us jack how you KNOW “this is true”…Waiting…

    You do not KNOW jack, jack.

    You have spent your whole life LYING to people AND children! Children who have yet to achieve critical thinking status…you LIE to them all. You are nothing but a cheap salesman for an ancient stupid deranged violent immoral BOOK jack. You are a psychological terrorist who uses terrorist tactics to intimidate the weak minded so to coerce them into swallowing your cult ideology, You couldn’t care less for what’s TRUE…the truth has no importance to you. You wouldn’t know TRUTH if it hit you over the head. You peddle a BOOK jack…a ridiculous superstitious BOOK without any critical thought only blind obedience…as do all fully indoctrinated cult members.

    You’re a merchant of empty promises and wish thinking jack…a pathological carnival barker selling the greatest show on earth to the dumbest of the dumb…For shame jack…for shame

    • Andres Desaya

      Where are you PUD…Where did fall PUD? you fell with a THUD in the “stony ground”, PUD now the THUD you know the parable of the sower, of course you know, you used to be a believer. You are an example of that Parable,
      ***You lost your Job, instead of asking God for help you turned a SOUR GRAPE. Go instead look for a decent job. PUD don’t allow yourself to fall with a THUD!.. under a bridge in a traffic below, buy a thread and a needle and ask God to mend your heart, DO NOT buy a rope and a stool…do you believe an “imaginary God” left you hanging in the air without help and that’s you why became a SOUR GRAPE? Choose to believe God is real and did not leave you, let yourself evolve into a RAISIN, refrain from crying more in the CRIER and that’s not too bad!)

  • You are desperate, if you are trying to compare politicians to false prophets. Modern politicians in democratic societies don’t claim to be prophets. The bible is useless as a guide for modern politics. It is primarily a religious document. Any political settings within the bible refer to ancient cultures which are now outdated. It is an abuse of the bible to apply it, in any way, to modern politics.

    Although it might be true that many politicians break their promises, this is not always wilful. The art of politics often involves compromise to get policy through the parliament. You must gain the majority of votes on particular policy issues to get them through the parliament. Hence, politics is more complex than applying bible verses as if these come from god directly.

    It will be disastrous for politics if Christian Fundamentalists gain political power. The religious “nutter” section of this movement could do great damage, if they ever gained political power.

    • pud

      You only have to look to islamic nations for proof of that!

  • Salvatore Anthony Luiso

    I agree that there are similarities between false prophets and politicians who lie to the public in order to get elected and stay in office.

    However, false prophets are far worse, because they lie about God. They assert that He says what in fact He does not say. Thus they sin against God and Him, and mislead those who hear and believe them. Their misleading can cause great harm with both temporal and eternal consequences.

    Thus, as wary as we should be about dishonest politicians, we should be even warier about false prophets: indeed, anyone who misrepresents God, including those who do so intentionally, and those who do so unintentionally but carelessly.

    I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
    But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.
    –Jeremiah 23:21-22 (AV/KJV)

    • Jack Wellman

      Spot on. So true my friend. THank you sir.

      • pud

        No it is NOT true. You have NO conception of truth whatsoever! “HE” did not SAY anything! Your BOOK and it’s human authors “said” “he” “said” this or that. You can no more demonstrate that ANY “god” EVER “said” anything than you can tell a truth. In FACT you can’t demonstrate ANYTHING that you babble! EVERYTHING you drone on about is nothing but an unsubstantiated CLAIM or ASSERTION! You’re as dishonest a person as there is both to yourself and others.

        • Andres Desaya

          PUD the thud, why are you still here? Don’t tell Pastor Jack his ‘BOOK’ does not tell the “Truth” actually the BOOK talks and warns about YOU..the “mockers and the scoffers” even at the end times.
          PUD the thud, you have been mocking God in the CRIER long enough, it is about time to GO…look for a decent Job instead.
          Warning!!! PUD…. “why doest persecuteth me, you can’t kick against the pricks”, i am your Pricks here.
          Your presence here is proving the BOOK is right…you are the “mocker and scoffer”,
          you are the seed that fell in the “stony soil”, you are THAT of God’s enemy, you are THAT of the voice and slave of satan…don’t allow yourself to be THAT!

          Don’t Envy Pastor Jack Wellman…well, he has a good job..YOU DON’T even have a decent one. Repent..God is a forgiving God…look for a job!

        • John Campbell

          Why do we think the Christian masses will be saved when Scripture talks about a falling away; a remnant; false Christ’s; even the elect could be deceived? God in flesh openly declared “will I find faith on the earth when I return..”
          Concerning the last days Paul taught there will come a day when people will not endure sound doctrine and accumulate for themselves teachers after their own desires..
          Every single NT book except for Philemon warns against false teachers/ teaching… Up to 20% of the entire NT warns us against false teachers/ teaching and a falling away from Jesus Christ Himself…When you get a chance read the NT in context.

          • pud

            LOL! Do you mean read it with your “god glasses” on like you lunatics do? Don’t think so. What you should do is ask yourself what is true not what some primitive barbaric superstitious religious lunatics wrote thousands of years ago. It’s a book dummy…a book full of hundreds of contradictions, impossibilities, ridiculous claims and assertions just like every other religious book that you DON’T buy into….hello? Try critical thinking instead of willful indoctrination of your own mind

          • John Campbell

            “But we preach Jesus Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are called Jesus Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God!” ( 1 Cor.23-24)
            God richly bless you.

          • pud

            LOL..”believe” in human blood magic human sacrifice as put forward by religious lunatics from the Iron Age….brilliant idea..NOT! You’re an idiot..cheers