False Christians will eagerly listen to false prophets, but avoid any real preaching of the word because it makes them uncomfortable. They don’t like the preacher who preaches the law, sin, and the wrath and judgment of God. True ministers of the gospel are not in the business of dressing serious wounds lightly with band-aids. They will never say smooth things and presenting cheap grace. But in Jeremiah 6:14 we read that the false prophets dress the wounds of the people as if they were not serious by saying there is no sin and therefore repentance is not necessary for salvation.

In Jeremiah 5:31 God says, “The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way.” People prefer the lies of optimism over truth. But notice the last line of verse 31: “But what will you do in the end?” The end is hanging over our heads every day. Will the lies of optimism help us? No. All who do not love truth will perish.