Speaking To Please Men
But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. (1 Thessalonians 2:4 ESV)
The ministers who speak to please men will definitely go astray. This is because man’s ways are different from God’s ways. Man loves quick fix, magic, convenience and comfort. God expects sacrifice, commitment, dedication, loyalty and selflessness – we must crucify our flesh. That is why the way of God is a narrow way.
Those who speak to please men typically please the flesh and massage man’s ego. Those who are proud and love the flesh, pleasure and money expect teachings that with satisfy their itching and lustful ears. Those who speak to please men will fall into their trap because all they want is false teachers who will give them another gospel and another Jesus to satisfy their lustful appetite and lustful ways. Men clap for and applaud those who tickle their fancy and desire.
Those who speak to please God will teach the bitter and hard truth no matter how unpleasant sin-lustful men find those teachings. Jesus and many of the Apostles died because of the truth they preached. Men who loved darkness and lies could not stand their teachings.
The same is true today – those who teach the truth get persecuted and do not attract massive, huge crowd. People just want fast miracles and wealth not holiness. Those who teach to please men cannot please God or take the narrow way.
May God give us the grace to always please Him by speaking the truth always.