Ezekiel 13:10. Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter:
Untempered mortar looks good on the outside but has no strength on the inside. The prophets in Ezekiel’s time told the people lies because that is what their flesh wanted to hear. That is kind of what people want out of their churches today. They want a preacher that preaches smooth things, even if it is a lie. There is a seduction involved with modern-day preaching. It pulls people in against the restraining influence of the Holy Ghost. There are many young people who grew up in good churches, with good preaching, with rock-solid tempered mortar. They are then seduced by the siren call of the world to the untempered mortar of “peace” and “grace” preaching, because it looks good on the outside. The problem is, when the troubles of life eventually hit, the untempered mortar of “peace” preaching is not going to hold up.
Good Preaching Forces Change
It is so important that we build upon a good foundation, with strong stones and good quality mortar, so that the wall of our life will stand the test of time. Good preaching is going to hurt. Many times it is going to upset the apple cart of peace and safety in our life. Real preaching puts demands on your life and lets you know that things are not always good. Judgment was coming to Israel and Ezekiel was trying to warn them. They refused to listen because they did not have the foresight to realize things could change quickly. All they saw was that things were good for now, so why change. They failed to recognize that there was no peace. You need to quit believing the lies of the world and start believing the truth of the Word of God. Untempered mortar is never good for a wall. Eventually, it is going to fall.