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For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
Jesus warned us about hirelings; those who seek employment only to receive a livelihood and for their own personal gain. Motivated by money, they pretend to show great interest in your welfare. Outwardly, they articulate good words that have an appearance of sincerity and regard for the truth, but would they do so if not receiving a guaranteed salary?
In the movie, Field of Dreams, the character Shoeless Joe Jackson reminisces about his years as a player. He said, “Getting thrown out of baseball was like having part of me amputated. I’ve heard that old men wake up and scratch itchy legs that have been dust for over fifty years. That was me. I’d wake up at night with the smell of the ball park in my nose, the cool of the grass on my feet…The thrill of the grass. Man, I did love this game. I’d have played for food money. Shoot, I would have played for free.” That is exactly how I feel about preaching! We should all remember that a Christian is to profit from godliness…instead of making a profit from godliness.
And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
Deceivers are experts at concocting fair speeches. Speaking well of you, they subtly strive for admiration; only to use it for an advantage. Flattery is one of the most powerful means of gaining loyalty; a little special attention, or the promise of an office, or praise for talents and achievements will cause many to become beguiled by the deceivers, The foulest errors are often introduced under the fairest promises. Satan is a skillful fowler and knows well how to set his snare. Smooth words are not always wholesome.
The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.
The simple, innocent, unsuspecting, or inexperienced are those who are not sufficiently guarded and grounded in the truth. They are susceptible to being deceived. The poison of deception will leave relationships in ruins and trust severed. Worse yet, it has caused many a Christian to lose faith, cease praying and break fellowship with the body of believers.
We must use Godly discernment to guard against appearances that offer tempting deceptions. Do not confide implicitly in everyone who professes to be under the influence of the Holy Spirit or claiming to be called of God, because we read in the scriptures that both the true and the false teachers alike claimed to be under the influence of the Spirit of God. It is imperative that all such claims should be examined by testing.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.