2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

Flattery is a sin‭

Honest commendation is not flattery.‭ ‬The one is simply a declaration of approval or esteem‭; ‬the other is false praise.‭ ‬Commendation‭ (‬when a worthy motive prompts it‭) ‬is reasonable and scriptural.‭

Paul,‭ ‬although no flatterer‭ (‬1‭ ‬Thes.‭ ii. ‬5‭)‬.‭ ‬was not backward in bestowing praise were it was due‭ (‬1‭ ‬Thes.‭i. ‬7,‭ ‬Phil.‭ ‬iv. 14‭-‬16,‭ ‬1‭ ‬Cor.‭ xi. ‬2‭; ‬Col.‭ i. ‬7‭; ‬Ephes.‭ vi. ‬21‭)‬.‭ ‬To withhold commendation when it is called for is not brotherly.‭ ‬The commendation of honest truth-loving men need never be feared.‭

To systematically refrain from praising is wrong:‭ ‬it deprives those who are struggling on in the difficult path of right of that which would prove a comfort and an encouragement.‭ ‬Praise and rebuke should go hand in hand.‭ ‬To make it a rule to administer the one and suppress the other borders upon unfaithful dealing.‭

Our model-Christ-was equally ready with each.‭ ‬He addressed words of commendation to Mary and of rebuke to Martha‭ (‬Luke‭ x. ‬42‭)‬.‭ ‬He praised the Ephesian ecclesia and reproved it in the same epistle‭ (‬Rev.‭ ii. ‬2‭-‬5‭)‬.‭ ‬Let us strive to be like-minded.‭

‭"‬The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright.‭"

‭Bro A Jannaway

‭The Christadelphian, Nov 1887


4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is Yahweh over us?

‬The democratic feeling is very strong in human nature.‭ ‬It is the feeling expressed in the words

Practically it takes the form of patriotism,‭ ‬and makes a man rejoice in being part and parcel of the institutions of the land,‭ ‬and in having the right to exercise the‭ "‬sacred duty‭" ‬of defending the soil.‭ ‬More mildly,‭ ‬it makes a man pride himself in the use of the franchise which he calls a‭ "‬birthright‭;" ‬and leads him to join with alacrity in the various movements that politicians set agoing for the cure of the world on the democratic basis.‭

Now it is impossible that these sentiments can exist in a breast where the truth reigns supreme.‭ ‬The divine law will extinguish practical politics.‭ ‬It will fill a man with distaste for Gentilism in every shape and form,‭ ‬and substitute the love of God's kingdom,‭ ‬and God's affairs.‭ ‬The politics pertaining to the commonwealth of Israel will become his politics.

Ambassador of the Coming Age, Nov 1868