Deception, Christian Leaders Must Not
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Instead, we have renounced secret and shameful ways. We do not use trickery or pervert God's word. By clear statements of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone's conscience before God.
For this is what we boast about: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world with pure motives and godly sincerity, without earthly wisdom but with God's grace especially toward you.
At least we are not commercializing God's word like so many others. Instead, we speak with sincerity in the Messiah's name, like people who are sent from God and are accountable to God.
For our appeal to you does not spring from deceit, impure motives, or trickery. Rather, because we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, we speak as we do, not trying to please people but God, who tests our motives. As you know, we did not come with flattering words or with a scheme to make money. God is our witness!
Ministers, too, must be serious. They must not be two-faced, addicted to wine, or greedy for money.
Because an overseer is God's servant manager, he must be blameless. He must not be arrogant or irritable. He must not drink too much, be a violent person, or make money in shameful ways.
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- Consciences, Before Others
- Faithfulness, In Human Relationships
- Ministers, Should Not Be
- Ministers, Way They Should Teach
- Not Too Much Wine
- Paul, Apostle To Gentiles
- Sincerity, In Christian Living
- Speaking Truth