The Words of the Oppressor
Psalm 12:2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: [with] flattering lips [and] with a double heart do they speak.
Speech indeed betrays a person especially when evil attempts to feign goodness. As our Lord stated in Luke 6:45, "…an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." Sadly, the words of the oppressor are prevalent today and are often under the guise of ministry. Believers are cautioned to listen intently for the Spirit’s Voice in order to avoid the seducing words of the oppressor that lead to death.
As seen above in Psalm 12:2, the words of the oppressor have three distinct characteristics. They are vanity meaning empty. Empty words cannot produce spiritual understanding that leads to the wisdom of Christ Jesus. The telltale sign of emptiness is that it is not Christ-centered. Emptiness places temporal things at its center. It can only appease the carnal nature leaving a spiritually thirsty heart stranded in dryness.
The second characteristic is the smooth talk of flattering lips. The insincere heart seeks to feel good while dodging accountability. Deep down one can know change is required to make spiritual progress but instead postpones such change. While seeking to feel better about delaying spiritual progress and deferring to carnal lusts, one is content with a messenger with flattering lips. Instead of growing up into maturity in Christ, one is content to be pacified again and again in the fallen state of unregenerate man.
Lastly, the oppressor’s words are characterized by double talk. A double heart speaks of a double mind which renders the message unstable. One cannot serve God and mammon, yet one futile attempt after another is made to try it. Such oppressive speech is consummated in that of the beast described in the Revelation Chapter 13:11, "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon." When seen through eyes of the Spirit, the wickedness of the oppressor’s double talk is fully exposed. The messenger deceives by trying to appear to represent the Anointed One (horns of a lamb); however, the speech is that of the dragon, the Wicked One (he spake as a dragon). "If any man have an ear, let him hear."