Text:: “A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; the Prophets prophecy 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 5:30, 31
Comment: One of the signs of the last days as stated by Jesus Christ is the proliferation of false prophets or false religious leaders. They will preach falsehood and accompany it with the performance of miracles such that many people will be deceived to follow them. (Matthew 24:11, 24, 25) The activities of false prophets provide some of the most potent means by which the devil has been leading many people to their doom. God Almighty, speaking through Jeremiah the Prophet said that these false prophets cannot affect people's lives positively because their teachings, (no matter how articulate and persuasive) are based on falsehood. See Jeremiah 23:21, 22, 32.
However, though they be “many, which corrupt the word of God” in this age, (2 Corinthians 2:17) yet God promised to send true pastors who will feed people with knowledge and understanding. (Jeremiah 3:15) For this reason, St. Paul advised Christians in 1 Thessalonians 5: 21 to, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good”. It is by ascertaining the claims of these religious leaders, that one can identify the false ones and dissociate oneself from such false Church organizations being led by false pastors. St. Paul advised, “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness, …from such withdraw thyself” 1 Tim. 6:3 – 5.