Romans 16:17-19 (NLT)
17 And now I make one more appeal, my dear brothers and sisters. Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them. 18 Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people. 19 But everyone knows that you are obedient to the Lord. This makes me very happy. I want you to be wise in doing right and to stay innocent of any wrong.
In this final chapter of Romans, the Apostle Paul makes a request to those who are receiving his letter. He asks them to watch out for those who teach contrary to God’s word. He goes as far as to say “Stay away from them” knowing these people are only looking out for themselves and not the interest of others. Their words are smooth talk and polished language that take over the minds of the innocent.
In the KJV of the bible verse 16 says, “For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” The word for “fair speeches” is the Greek word eulogia. Our modern day English word “eulogy” is derived from this word. As defined by Webster’s a eulogy is a commendatory oration or writing especially in honor of one deceased; high praise. There is an episode of Everyone Love Raymond where Ray was practicing what he might say at his father’s potential funeral. Even though the father in the show has his flaws and imperfections Ray was concentrating on the just the good parts of his father’s life. His father found out about the eulogy and got angry. His anger didn’t come from Ray writing a kind eulogy; it came because Ray didn’t say he was a tough, mean, son of a gun. Some of the real truth was being hidden with kind and sweet words. I have never attended a funeral where I have heard someone say anything in regards to “this was mean person, an evil person, a wicked demented individual.” No, usually the words are smooth, pleasant and commending. With those thoughts in mind remember “glowing words” and “fair speeches” at times purposely hide the truth. The words are meant to sway opinion and lead innocent people astray. As the election for President of the United State approaches, pray God reveals the true character of each man. Don’t let fair speeches and glowing words win your heart. Instead look for a leader who will lead with God as his leader.