GAIN THE APPROVAL of the crowd and you can accomplish every wicked goal. The chief priests and scribes sought hard to kill Jesus. The Bible records several places (four times in two chapters of Luke alone) that “the people” were attentive to Jesus for a time and because the leaders feared the crowd, they would not harm Him. “And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people.” Luke 20:19 But as soon as the crowd was offended by Jesus, many turned away from following Him, turned on Him and yelled, “Crucify Him!”
Like I said, gain the crowd and wicked goals can be accomplished. Satan doesn’t have many strategies- he just knows which ones work. Look around you, the media and the governing leaders are turning everyone against their neighbor- gain the crowd. This is why in any organization, including the Church Body, one offended dissenter turns into a crowd of dissenters.
Offense spreads like leaven. Speak the truth and you will always offend. “When Jesus knew that His disciples complained, He said to them, ‘Does this offend you?’” And from that time many (the Greek is translated as “most”) of His disciples turned back and walked with Him no more. As long as Jesus did what the crowd liked- healing, miracles and feedings, they were ok with Him. But as soon as He spoke hard truths about being His follower and the narrow path of discipleship, they became offended.
For the life of me, I cannot understand why you have to spread your offense? And it’s always under the guise of, “I care so much about you, I have to tell you my offense I have with someone else!” It’s a wicked and evil spirit. The offended crowd stirred up by wicked men crucified my Lord. Before you join the crowd, think on these things: is there an offense? Is the crowd angry and/or fearful? Do they spew lies? Do your research. It’s better to walk alone than to walk with fools. #runyourrace
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