False Prophets.  It’s a pretty serious problem in the Bible.  The concept is that someone is claiming to speak for God when, in fact, God did not send them, and what they are saying is not true.

I think I get why God gets frustrated with false prophets.  Every once in a while I hear that someone has claimed to state my position on a certain subject when, in fact, they don’t have a clue as to what I think.  Don’t you get frustrated when someone misrepresents you?

Jeremiah had a problem with false prophets.  The prophet Hananiah was trying to tell the people of Jerusalem that everything was going to be fine when, in fact, the city was about to be wiped out.  In Babylon, Ezekiel faced a similar situation.  The false prophets were telling people that they were fine when, in fact, they needed to change.  The result of misrepresentation is that people end up doing the opposite of what God wants them to do.  “Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and you have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way to save his life. (Ezekiel 13:22)

When we speak about the Lord, those that are doing the right things ought to be encouraged by us.  Those who are doing the wrong things ought to be challenged to change.  When we talk about the Lord, be sure to get the message right.