False teachers dismiss the Old Testament for a lot of reasons.

Alternate title: Worldly advice to “follow your heart” is a bad idea

“Christian” Leftists like false teacher Rachel Held Evans claim that the authors of the Bible were blasphemous liars, speaking for God when it was “really” what they wanted (“God never told the Israelites to kill the Canaanites. The Israelites believed that God told them to kill the Canaanites.”).  Indeed.  That sure makes it easy to dismiss passages like this.

Jeremiah 17:7–9 (ESV)

7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
8 He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

9 The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?

Oh, and they not only disagree with Jesus, whom they claim to follow, but sit in judgment of him and pretend that their standards and discernment are higher than his.   Friendly reminder: Jesus referred to the most controversial parts of the OT without apology: Adam & Eve, real marriage, creation, Noah, Jonah, Sodom, etc.  He quoted from it liberally (heh).

Back to the passage: I was familiar with both verses but either never noticed or forgot how they were connected.

Gee, which should I trust, the Lord or my heart?   The “Christian” Left picks the latter.  I suggest going with the former – especially if you are a Christian who knows that it is the word of God.

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