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Smooth Prophets



Isaiah 30:10-11 Who say to the seers "do not see," and to the prophets, "do not prophesy to us right things; speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits.  Get out of the way, turn aside from the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us."


The church desires a message flat and smooth 

The people crave a message comfy and soft 

Sin and conviction the preachers remove 

Self help discourses conceal the cost 

Overall, a love for the truth is lost 

Eroding the true solid foundation 

Covering the altar, a layer of frost 

Prayers become empty of desperation 

Congregations void of transformation 


Smooth prophets, oh they will attract the cheers 

Smooth prophets thorns and briars in our churches 

Speaking to please all of the itching ears 

Many blindly agree, yet no one researches 

As they speak haughtily from their perches 

They warned Isaiah not to speak anymore 

They would say it today where no one searches 

We don't want to hear you what you spoke before 

We want worship but also want to ignore 


Elijah mocked the false prophets of Baal 

Too some Elijah didn't seem so kind 

But he stood his ground and he would prevail 

Is your god on vacation to unwind?

Is he still sleeping? Has he lost his mind?

They cut themselves and cried but saw no fire 

They danced and worshipped aloud but were blind 

For God the people had no desire 


What do we want church services to include? 

Do we just want to go through the motions?

Is there something authentic that is viewed?

Will we even wade into God's vast ocean? 

Or are we just manipulating emotions?

It's time to pursue God in our devotions 

Today may God raise up courageous preachers 

May we leave these smooth prophets and go deeper 



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