Archive for December 17th, 2009

The Emperor’s New Clothes

December 17, 2009

Men tell us that our preaching should be positive and not negative, that we can preach the truth without attacking error. That we should only say encouraging things. Remember that saying ‘If you can’t say anything nice – don’t say anything at all’? Is this biblical?

After pondering this I thought of the story of ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’.

In case you don’t remember the story:

The emperor and his subjects were afraid to admit that they couldn’t see the new clothes because they would appear stupid. So the emperor walked around with no clothes until a child told him.

Imagine how the emperor felt then.

That emperor would have been far better off if someone would have risked appearing stupid {or negative} to tell him the truth — sometimes the truth hurts — but it’s better than pleasant lies.

Proverbs 27:6    Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are lavish and deceitful.

Qualifications for an elder:
Titus 1:9    He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can ENCOURAGE others by sound doctrine AND REFUTE those who oppose it.

Flattery paired with pride causes you to go out in public naked.

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Related:
Contend for the Faith!{Spurgeon}