Just because a person proclaims to be a prophet does not give reason to believe and obey his messages. As Jeremiah continued to preach to the people, he was confronted with false messages from those who were teaching that all was well and that there would be peace. The people believed the pleasant words of the false prophets instead of the harsh words from the true prophet Jeremiah. As water takes the path of least resistance, man has the tendency to also roll with the flow of ease. Many years later, the apostle Paul warned Timothy, a young preacher of those who would speak words that would soothe “itching ears.”
Jeremiah was heartbroken by the deception of those false prophets. Imagine being inside a burning building calling for its occupants to flee to safety while someone else was reassuring them that they would not be destroyed and to remain in place. That same problem is faced by preachers and teachers of God’s word today. False prophets/teachers proclaim that if one will only believe in Christ, he will be saved—that obeying God is trying to “earn one’s salvation” and is useless. (Please look ahead to Rom. 6:15-18 to see that refuted by the apostle Paul.) Jeremiah was speaking of physical salvation whereas; Paul was addressing eternal salvation of the soul.