Has a Preacher Stood in the Counsel of God?

Read the Bible in a year by reading Jeremiah 23 and 24 today. Many false prophets spoke during the days of Jeremiah. They claimed to speak for Yahweh God, but they lied. God did not send them or spoke to them. Yet, how could the people know the different between the words of the false prophets and the words of Jeremiah? After God said He had not sent the prophets or spoken to them, He then said,
But if they had stood in My counsel,
And had caused My people to hear My words,
Then they would have turned them from their evil way
And from the evil of their doings. (Jeremiah 23:22)
The Jews could know whether a prophet spoke the true words of God by whether the prophet so spoke to turn the people from their evil way and from the evil of their doings. We can know whether a preacher has spent time in the counsel of God by whether that preacher pacifies us in our sin or seeks to turn us from it. Listen carefully to those who speak to you.

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