There were those in Isaiah's day who were saying to the seers, “Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits” (Isaiah 30:9). So it is in our day. Men do not want to hear the truth. It is more than they can bear. They do not wish to have their consciences disturbed by the more solemn truths of divine revelation. The language of their hearts to the servants of Christ is the same as in Isaiah's day. To them they say: “Speak unto us smooth things.” As a result of this desire to hear only smooth things, many of the professed servants of Christ have altered the message which they declare, so that they only speak smooth things. Men and women may sit under such preaching without experiencing any alarms of conscience whatsoever. In the visible church in our land what most people are hearing today may be described as "smooth things". Much that is put abroad may tickle the fancy of men but it will never reach the heart of the hearers. Such times have been foretold. The apostle in writing to Timothy had to say: “The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” These days are upon us. So far as many of the ministers in the land are concerned, they have ceased to preach the more solemn aspects of the truth such as death, judgment and eternity. The doctrine of a lost eternity has been laid aside and in its place has come a doctrine of purgatory - a place where those who are unfit for heaven go until they are prepared for heaven. If not, men assign men immediately to heaven whatever their life may have been in this world. The doctrine of a universal salvation is preached in many churches and men are deceived for eternity by those who were meant to proclaim to them the way of salvation. There is nothing better that men like to hear than that they are on the road to heaven, when in reality they are on the broad way that leads to everlasting destruction. Where the doctrine of a lost eternity is preached and other solemn aspects of the truth are set forth, those who preach such doctrines are regarded as very cruel and severe and without any love to their fellow men, whereas the opposite is the truth. It is those who warn sinners of their danger and who present to them the terrors of the law, who in truth love their fellowmen. They would not wish them to be deceived for eternity but would encourage them to flee from the wrath to come to the refuge set before them in the gospel. What the Lord had to say to His servant Jeremiah the prophet was: "If thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth." A separation must be made in the preaching of the Word of God between the righteous and the wicked. To the wicked the true servant of Christ is to say that it shall be ill with them, and to the righteous that it shall be well with them. The truths of God's Word are not to be turned upside down at the whim of men. To Jeremiah the Lord had also said: “Thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsover I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.” Though it was a solemn message that the Lord was to give Jeremiah to declare, yet He said to him: “Gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.” Jeremiah was to be a swift witness against the people and their rulers for their sins and their backslidings, whatever the consequences would be. Jeremiah fulfilled his charge faithfully, as Isaiah had done in his day. There was to be no keeping back from the people what the Lord had revealed concerning the judgments which were threatened. The Apostle in writing to Timothy also warned: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves .. . having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof . . . ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” These days are upon us. All that men wish to hear in our day is smooth things. As long as men can live in a dream world, undisturbed in their vain hope of entering into heaven - and that a heaven of their own making - they are satisfied. Unless a divine awakening will come men will perish in this fond delusion. Though they are deceiving themselves for eternity yet they are content to have it so. What an eternity awaits such a people, and what an eternity awaits those who have preached unto them smooth things, deceiving their souls for a never-ending eternity. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” It might be expected to some degree that those who remain in modernistic churches would utter these words: “Speak unto us smooth things.” This spirit, however, has invaded Churches which claim to be evangelical. In some of these the severer aspects of the truth are either passed over altogether or toned down lest people should be offended by such teachings, or they are proclaimed apologetically as though people had a right to be offended by them. Men once regarded as leading lights in the evangelical world have discovered an inconsistency between the love of God and the justice of God. How can a God of love, they say, cast sinners into an eternal hell. To amend this seeming contradiction - a contradiction which exists only in their own mind and not in the Word or mind of God they embrace the doctrine of the annihilation of the wicked, and do so in the face of the clear teaching of the divine Redeemer when He says: “These shall go away into everlasting punishment but the righteous into life eternal.” “Speak unto us smooth things” is the language of men's hearts today, and ministers are found who accede to that request. Yet the Lord is saying in His Word: “I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? Yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams.” The Lord was against the prophets that prophesied lies, “What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Lord. Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces.” What need there is for men and women to be warned in our day against the false prophets which abound in the land. So also ought they to be warned of the danger of lapsing into the spirit of the men of Isaiah's day who said, “Speak unto us smooth things.” Of what avail will it be when sinners stand before the judgment seat of Christ if they have only heard smooth things spoken to them in this life. How solemn it will be for them, if they are then to hear the awful sentence: “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting burnings prepared for the devil and for his angels.” How different it will be for those who have heard and given heed to the solemn warnings of God's Word and have found a place of refuge in the Lord Jesus Christ. What blessed words of consolation they will hear in that day when the Lord shall say to them: “Come, ye blessed of my Father, and inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”