The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? Jeremiah 5:31KJV
The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule on their own authority; And My people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it? Jeremiah 5:31 NASB
God’s people deserve the truth of God’s Word and the finished work of Christ doesn’t need human hype added to it. I feel for people who are in desperate need to have God move in their life to the point they are willing to do just about anything but preachers don’t have permission from God to promise more than what He does in His Word. Everyone needs encouraged and I’m all for giving people hope but not false hope or hype. Here are some definitions of hype:
1. to stimulate artificially, excite, or agitate:
2. to create interest in by flamboyant or dramatic methods; promote or publicize showily
3. promotion, or publicity to intensify the effect by ingenious or questionable claims, methods, etc.
exaggerated publicity; hoopla.
4. a swindle, deception, or trick.
I am totally amazed at some of the messages I sometimes hear that seem so popularly received. They come from preachers who hype people & get them to believe what the Word of God doesn’t even promise. They prophesy, proclaim, and preach things that never come to pass except for a feel good moment in the meeting. Some of God’s people keep supporting it while at the same time turn away their ears from the truth. The message content is beyond true prophecy, encouragement, and hope from the promises of God. There’s no real substance to what they say. Never things about requirements, responsibilities, being a disciple, denying yourself, sacrifice, obedience, stewardship, or any of the teachings of Jesus from the “red letter” portions of the Bible. They give empty promises full of nothing but hype. They only continue to exist because God’s people love to have it so or keep demanding it (Jer. 5:31). They continue to supply because of the demand.
We need to be more like the Berean Christians spoken of in Acts 17:10-11, “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” We also need to rely more on the anointing that abides within us that teaches us all things (The Holy Ghost) to discern the truth from just hype or even error and not be seduced. “These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him 1 John 2:26, 27.”