Chapter Two, Lesson Two
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V. 5 (cont'd.)
** Paul is going to delineate for us three specific ways we are not to
speak forth the gospel. Here in verse five, what is the first method or
style of evangelism we must avoid?
Preaching or speaking the gospel "with flattering speech"...
This first area of avoidance for the approved saint of God, is perhaps
among the most difficult.
** What does it mean to flatter someone?
Webster: "to praise excessively, especially from motives of self-interest
(hypocrisy)". Webster goes on to say, "to raise hope by false
The word used here by Paul for flattering speech is kolakeia and literally
means, "to falsely build up or flatter".
** Why is this such a difficult thing to avoid?
We do not want to offend our family, friends, neighbors or strangers
on the street, who do not know Jesus Christ. We hope to win them over
with pleasantries, so they will then be open to the gospel.
** What is wrong with that approach to evangelism?
It sets aside the preeminence of God's truth, and replaces it with
our fleshly efforts. Let's watch the approach Jesus used. All see -
** So, should we go blazing along calling sinners hypocrites and not
worrying about offending them?
Absolutely not! What we need is a balance.
cf. Romans 9:33 - "a rock of offense"
2Corinthians 6:1-3 - "giving no cause for offense"
Ephesians 4:15 - "speaking the truth in love"
So we do not puff people up with compliments, hoping they will feel
good about us and receive the gospel. Nor do we try to offend them,
which in turn would discredit the ministry. We simply tell it like it
is, based upon the authority of God's word, with an attitude of love
and if they take an offense; it should only be based upon their rejection
of the truth.
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