The Mark of a False Prophet

The visions of your prophets were false and worthless; they did not expose your sin to ward off your captivity. The prophecies they gave you were false and misleading.
Lamentations 2:14

As the author of Lamentations weeps over the desolation of Jerusalem and the people of God, as he says again and again that God’s people are without any comfort, as he asks God to look and see, he finally draws attention to the false prophets.

These false prophets had visions that were both untrue and, in the end, completely worthless. They were “false and misleading.”

But tucked into the words about these prophets are a clarifying indictment: “they did not expose your sin.” If there is one thing a true prophet does, it is to point out the wrong ways of people. A true prophet must not hesitate from this. Unfortunately, the lack of this true prophecy led the people of Israel on a sin-laden path to exile.

Where are our true prophets today? Those who unflinchingly expose our sin?