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CREATED STRONG AND RESILIENT

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SMOOTH PREACHERS

By:  M. DeHaan
“… speak unto us smooth things.” – Isa. 30:10
Isaiah was a preacher of judgment. He declared without compromise the holiness of God, the filthiness of Israel’s sin, and as a result he was hated, persecuted and, according to tradition, martyred by being sawn asunder between two boards (Heb. 11:37). The people resented hearing about the judgments of God but wanted the preacher to talk about “love” instead, and so they said to Isaiah, “Speak unto us smooth things.” The word for “smooth” means “flattering.” They wanted to be flattered and pleased, and when Isaiah refused, he was put to death.
In the last days in which we live, this scene is being repeated according to the words of Paul. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Tim. 4:3-4)... A faithful ministry is not likely to be…