by: FCC Staff
“A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin.”
I get very uncomfortable when someone makes a flattering remark to me. Somehow I can sense whether or not it is a sincere statement or not. I can know immediately whether it’s said from a caring heart or if it’s a remark that’s intended to make me feel good. If it’s said in a way that is meant to encourage, I appreciate it. Paul tells us in Romans 16:18b “…and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naïve.” Many times it catches us off guard, and we don’t have the advantage ahead of time to have an answer prepared for what they may say. Unfortunately, a speaker may say things that attracts his listeners, especially when it’s those things that have to do with Bible teaching. They will say things that they know the audience will accept because they know it’s what they want to hear. He may make the gospel say something it doesn’t really say in order to make them feel better about the condition they’re in, or the condition they may want to be in. It’s so important to have a basic Bible knowledge to be able to discern what is truth and what is not. Let us not be found naïve and unaware of the many false teachings that are spoken in order to make the teacher feel good or to benefit his cause! Be alert, the Devil is very capable of twisting those things that are truth into something that is false!
God, give us a sense of knowing when we are being deceived for the selfish benefit of someone else. Give us a spirit of discernment to be able to know the difference. Amen