READ : 2 Corinthians 11:1-15
Such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. (v. 13 NIV)
My aunt had an expression that I will never forget: “Speak well of others.” I remember her saying this when my cousin and I would start talking about someone in a negative or critical way. True, people do things that irritate and anger us, but we still should be respectful and kind in the way we speak about others.
However, there are times when being kind and respectful to people may not be the best way to respond. This is true when people are leading others astray. Paul felt keenly that this was the case in Corinth. He calls the people who were teaching wrong doctrine there “false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ.”
People like this angered even our Lord, who in his most serious of tones said, “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matt. 18:6). What Christ has done for us on the cross is too precious to be distorted and thrown away like some trash. The false teachers’ errors must be exposed and their masks removed so that the true gospel can be seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
Lord, give me wisdom to speak the truth in love. Amen.