” The first indication that a thing is wrong is when everybody’s doing it.”
By Bill Burkett
“And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul’s companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theater.” “Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.” Acts 19:29,32
“Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil;” Exodus 23:2
An analysis of Calvary’s scenes reveals this; human emotion is the worst enemy of Divine truth.
Things haven’t really changed much in 2,000 years -The modern religious crowd still resents and crucifies truth in favor of their emotional preferences.
Calvary is a perfect example of truth being lost on the raging sea of human emotion. But sooner or later the storm dies and truth surfaces again!
The Herd? Any group from a small clique, a dynasty or religious movement that loves itself more than truth.
They prosecute as criminals those who fall below their standards and persecute those who rise above their standards.
Mobocracy always makes truth it’s victim. When good people give thoughtless credibility to a movement or power structure, attaching a blind infallibility to the words of Charismatic men, truth ends up on a cross.
EMOTION IGNORES FACTS
Credibility based on aura and self projection shows the mentality of a turnip. Emotional people don’t want to be bothered with such things as facts.
The mind of Christ establishes all truth on the basis of an intelligent review of all available facts. When a man allows his emotions to block out the rational powers of the mind, he loses his dignity and assumes an animal level of behavior. Romans 1:24-32.
If the Word (Divine fact) and the Spirit (Divine presence) is overwhelmed by human emotion, actuality is thrust aside by the stampeding Herd. The earth thunders with their excitement and short lived burst of power. But alas, they are blinded in the dusts of confusion, running with the rest because they don’t have the guts to break away. In their attempt to be “in” and accepted by the mob, man enters the dark streams of emotional insanity.
Today the church lives in the age of the “Din.” Thousands of voices with a thousand doctrines scream out to us in a world that has become the devil’s sound chamber.
So many voices and personalities clamor after our emotional allegiance that many a faithful disciple has had his feet turned off of the highway of holiness and joined the church of “Everybody’s doing it.”
Many Christians of our day, having lost their hold on the Word of God, have passed into a state of false sublimation. Apostasy is nothing but an emotional twilight zone within the church where human emotionalism has exceeded the moral laws of God’s Word.
Oh the human woe, the losses, the tears, the shame that goes with such a high-keyed lifestyle. The Bible simply calls it lust!
There is very little difference between emotional instability and lust!
Truth, and not emotion, is the force of true Christianity. The transformed Christian rejoices in truth, but never apart from it. I Corinthians 13:4.
EMOTION: RELIGION OF THE FLESH
Neo-church movements and TV preachers are using business psychology tactics, computers and theatrics to produce numerical and financial results. Attracting numbers is nothing to point to as proof of truth or Divine blessing. The science of business psychology is doing it every day for big business throughout the world. It’s use of the media, semantics and graphics, appealing to the emotional and psychological base of man, will produce generic results, but to produce spiritual disciples, we must use spiritual methods. We must have our resources in God and not in laws of science and psychology! We philosophized that we would dedicate and use these sciences to the glory of God’s kingdom – but we’ve ended up sacrificing truth on the altars of compromise. I Samuel 15:10-23.
Hollywood and TV stars appearing in the pulpit with sloppy agape doctrine will bring numbers and a certain prestige, but it will not build spiritual character or spiritual churches.
Many modern Christians think that an emotional experience with “Jesus” constitutes the evidence of salvation. That is devilish fantasy!
My true relationship to Jesus is my actual relationship to the truth of His Word!
Every Christian, in a solemn moment should ask himself, Am I running with some Herd, or am I walking with God.