Don’t Whitewash the Truth

January 11, 2013

The prophet Ezekiel lived during a dark moral time. God’s judgment was being sent upon His people for sinning greatly against Him by failing to keep their covenant promises, failing to obey His Word, and failing to repent of their sins and turn from their idolatry. God raised up Ezekiel to be His prophet of truth. Ezekiel was to bring a strong message of condemnation to those leaders who had failed to bring the truth of God’s Word to His people. Instead of unashamedly declaring what God’s Word had said about sin, repentance, and judgment, these leaders had instead ‘whitewashed’ the truth in order to make the people feel better. The false prophets were more inclined to political correctness, than to declaring God’s Word.

Ezekiel 13:8-12, 14, “Therefore, thus says the Lord God, ‘Because you have spoken falsehood and seen a lie, therefore behold, I am against you,’ declares the Lord God. ‘So My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will have no place in the council of My people, nor will they be written down in the register of the house of Israel, or will they enter the land of Israel, that you may know that I am the Lord God. It is definitely because they have misled My people saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace. And when anyone builds a wall, behold, they plaster over it with whitewash; so tell those who plaster over it with whitewash, that it will fall…so I will tear down the wall which you plastered over with whitewash and bring it down to the ground, so that it’s foundation is laid bare.”

As preachers and teachers of the Word of God, we must constantly be reminded to handle God’s truth with integrity and courage. We must unashamedly proclaim the righteous character of God and His truth as found in the holy scriptures. We must be careful not to ‘water down’, or ‘whitewash’ the truth with political correctness that fails to call people into a holy relationship with God.

1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God understands our failings, our sins, and our weaknesses. He still loves us! In Jesus Christ, He calls us to repentance and reconciliation. He calls us to turn from our sins and live in faithful obedience to Him. He promises a new life of meaning and hope when we do. He has the best for us, if we will trust Him. The Bible is clear that judgment will come and God’s wrath will be poured out against those who firmly reject His love, His truth, and His salvation.

May we turn to Him today and throw ourselves into His loving arms!

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