1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.




Few Christians know that the sin of flattery is made very prominent in the
Word of God. Flattering lips are the expression of the corrupt and deceitful
heart of man. Of the wicked it is written, “They flatter with their lips” (Psalm
5:9). It is at best a form of lying— “they did flatter him with their mouth, and
they lied unto him with their tongues” (Psalm 78:36).

The Book of Proverbs has repeated reference to flattery. “A man that
flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet” (Proverbs 29:5) Because
flattering words feed the pride of man, flattery generally produces that pride
and self-exaltation which God is bound to deal with in His children.
Flattery may succeed for a time, but ultimately its vile and nauseating
character will come to light. “He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find
more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue” (Proverbs 28:23).
Therefore the warning, “meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips,”
(Proverbs 20:19) and more than that, “a flattering mouth worketh ruin” (Prov

Furthermore we read that flattery will be one of the leading sins of the Last
Days and a prominent characteristic of the apostates. Of this the Twelve
Psalm speaks prophetically. “Help Lord, for the godly man ceaseth; for the
faithful fail among the children of men.” “Help, LORD; for the godly man
ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. They speak
vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double
heart do they speak. The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue
that speaketh proud things…” (Psalms 12:1-3. How well Elihu spoke to Job
when he said, “neither let me give flattering titles unto man” (Job 32:21).
The coming “Man of Sin” will use flatteries first, and like Antiochus
Epiphanies obtains the kingdom by flatteries. (See Daniel 11:21, 34)

But finally all flattery will be dealt with by the Lord for it is written, “The
LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud
things” (Psalm 12:3).

Flattering lips are Satan’s most subtle poison. They speak in the world of
the “poison pen,” meaning thereby the pen that spreads false reports. The
flattering pen is a thousand times worse. The world which lieth in the Wicked
one loves flattery, seeks it, enjoys it. But a child of God, if walking in
the Spirit, hates and despiseth all flatteries and turns from them with
disgust. To use flattery is all-together unworthy of a Christian. In that
beautiful portrayal of the model servant, serving incessantly and in humility,
we read the great Apostle’s confession– “For neither at any time used we
flattering words,” (1Thess 2:5).

The greatest harm which can be done to a servant of the Lord Jesus
Christ is to flatter him and praise him to his face. Long ago we have
recognized this danger and many a letter containing flattering words was
thrown into the waste basket unread and unanswered. The usefulness of a
true servant of the Lord Jesus Christ depends on his humility; as soon as he
thinks of himself as a great man, and is puffed up, the Spirit is grieved and
the real power of his ministry will be gone. And how many have fallen into
this snare! We have seen some sad examples. We have watched the downfall
of some through flattering lips. To acknowledge blessing received through
ministry, to thank the Lord for His grace and for His gifts, that is another
matter entirely. To tell an evangelist (as it was recently done) that he was as
great as the Apostle Paul, is as ridiculous as it is evil. But this boasting in
men is the leading feature of our Laodicean days. One who walks in
Philadelphian separation, owns One and exalts One above everything
else, and confesseth only his weakness and is content to be nothing, nor
does he seek the applause of others. (Revelation 3:7-10).

May the Lord keep His people, and especially His servants, in the path of
humility and dependence on Him, and save us all from pride and

— A C Gaebelein



Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

Mark 13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Romans 16:17-18 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 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.

1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

1 Corinthians 3:18-21 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Proverbs 14:15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

Galatians 6:7-9 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

James 1:22-27 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.