Jer. 23 reminds us everything which calls itself Christian is not biblical Christianity
by Tom Swartzwelder
Published on January 21, 2023
Categories: Devotions

Jer. 23 reminds us of everything which calls itself Christian is not biblical Christianity.

“Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:29 NIV

It begins with God attacking the shepherds/pastors who are misrepresenting Him before the people. Far too many see a Bible in his hand and assume he is sharing the Word of the Lord. Not always so! Jeremiah 23 is proof the devil has false preachers throughout the world. Verse 28 gives this charge to the preacher/teacher: “let him who has My word speak My word truthfully. What does straw have in common with grain? declares the Lord.” Falsehood (straw) can never substitute for truth (grain). Today’s people don’t need something that makes them feel good; they need truth! And the truth sometimes hurts. Will the truth work? Ah, yes! God’s word is like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces. God has promised to empower His Word, not man’s latest ideas. Let’s share truth—God’s truth—with one another! The young pastor G. Campbell Morgan was sitting one Sunday evening in his study. God asked him, “What are you going to be? A preacher or My messenger?” Campbell spent the evening examining his life. “What are you going to be? A preacher or My messenger?” He finally said, “Your messenger, Lord. I will speak your words from this day forward, adding nothing to them and taking nothing away.” AMEN!


Tom Swartzwelder was born again at the age of nine in an old-fashioned revival meeting. Tom received his B.A. from Tennessee Temple University and his M. Div from Luther Rice Seminary. He has pastored for nearly forty years in both bi-vocational and full-time roles. He provides practical how-to-do-ministry resources for the disciples of Jesus Christ. Tom’s latest book is “God Speaks–Today!” 


  1. Tom

    I love the illustration of the difference between being a preacher and speaking God’s word. I pray that I always speak God’s word in truth and love. Thank you for sharing this.


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