Vorsicht, Schmeichler

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I had always regarded flattery something short of sin. Sure, I’d read the biblical warnings against it, but it seemed rather harmless, perhaps nothing more sinister than a few over-the-top compliments.

But my experience … has confirmed that flattery, when directed at leadership, can be a trap. Proverbs 29:5 says that a person who flatters his neighbor “spreads a net for his feet.” While well-deserved affirmation is always directed toward another, flattery is ultimately directed inward. The Scriptures assign it selfish motives (1 Thessalonians 2:5).

Flattery is a hidden trap for pastors, especially young men new to leadership. Pressured to grow and besieged by our own insecurities, we allow flattery to shape the way we do ministry.

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