For neither at any time did we use flattering words . . .

            (1 Thessalonians 2:5)

 

Our exhortation should be pure, without manipulation. Every preacher and minister needs encouragement, but there is a sharp distinction between encouragement and flattery. Encouragement restores the lost passion of the minister. On the other hand, flattery inflates the ego of the minister and gives him a sense of false security. Thus, our ministry should move beyond the polysyllabic expressions of flattery. We must not center our ministry on what the people want to hear or cater to the popular opinion of our culture.