They are smooth. They are slick. They flatter me.
What’s the problem? I need to be discerning. There are those who want to deceive me. They want to lead me astray.
I have a lot to learn here. There is a rabbit hole. I seem to keep jumping down it, expecting a different outcome. It isn’t working.
Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Master the Messiah but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under…
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