“They have envisioned falsehood and lying divination; they say, ‘Says the LORD,’ when the LORD has not sent them, and yet they wait for the fulfillment of their word! Have you not seen a false vision or uttered a lying divination, when you have said, ‘Says the LORD,’ even though I did not speak? Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD: Because you have uttered falsehood and envisioned lies, I am against you, says the Lord GOD. My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations; they shall not be in the council of my people, nor shall they enter the land of Israel; and you shall know that I am the Lord GOD. Because, in truth, because they have misled people, saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace; and because, when people build a wall, these prophets smear whitewash on.” Ezekiel 13:6-10
“To be sure, there will always be false prophets who lead their flocks astray with clever rhetoric and vivid fantasies, but the gospel calls for faithfully formed and well-educated preachers who will guide the church toward God and holiness of heart and life.” (Wesleyan Core Term, Education of Preachers, Wesley Study Bible, pg 997)
O God, that I speak your truth, teach your truth, live your truth. That I lead your people to you, not to myself nor away from you. That the flocks you ask me to shepherd share your truth, live your truth and portray your truth to our neighbors in the community that surrounds us.