Masks that Cover Up Greed

November 5, 2009 at 9:57 am | Posted in Devotional thoughts, False teaching | Leave a comment

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12.  Paul spells out the difference in attitude and motive between today’s true and false teachers.  The major separating point is doctrine, but, as this passage indicates, there are other matters as well.  True teachers tell the gospel message of Jesus in spite of strong opposition; they work hard to communicate that message; their appeal is not from trickery or impure motives; they try to please God and not men; they don’t flatter, but they speak the truth in love; and in that love share not just a message but also their own lives; they speak sincerely and don’t put on masks.  False teachers, on the other hand, use trickery (I think that means anything other than communicating the truth) and false motives to get others to follow them; they speak to please their hearers, even using flattery to do so; they put on masks to cover up greed.

            Read carefully through this section of First Thessalonians and you can discern what is happening.  With the news in recent years of ministries that rake in millions of dollars yet have no accountability to the use of that money, I believe it’s clear to whom this word applies.

            God, may I speak the truth of the gospel in love, regardless of opposition; may I never use false methods and motivations to draw others; may I speak to please you alone and to your glory alone.

Gloria in excelsis Deo

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