The Majority Can't Be Wrong, Can It?

Even though the majority agree the majority could  be wrong, that's not the feeling in the heart of most. As soon as we hear everyone thinks such and such, we begin to feel we may be wrong, if we oppose the popular view. We tend to fall prey to the philosophy, "The majority can't be wrong." Without realizing, our belief system's frequently altered by the majority. Gallop Polls wouldn't be so popular, if this wasn't the case.

  If the majority opinion does alter our view, so what? On a national level, we see an answer in issues such as abortion and illicit relationships. Immorality runs rampant. Though national morality is important, I want to focus on the impact on the church. A looseness of conviction, is like being tossed about on the waves of the sea (James 1:5,6).

  Let's look at biblical examples of minorities:

(Genesis 6:5-13,17,18; 17:1)
  The whole story of Noah is one of standing alone. Noah could have wondered if the problem was with him, not everyone else. He was the only one who saw everyone else as wicked. His reasoning wasn't faulty, and the time came when God vindicated his lone stand for righteousness.

(Numbers 16:1-50)
  There are many examples in Moses' life. Standing alone was almost his life story. Looking at just two examples here:
  Moses was a leader who gave direct orders from God. There are always those who don't like God's ways, but few will criticize God to His face. How do such handle this? Easy, they criticize God's appointed leaders. Enter Dathan, Abiram and Korah. This story isn't in Egypt with God's people versus the world. This is God's people versus the lone figure of Moses, and the few faithful with him. I don't know if you're like me, but when I read of Israel's Exodus, I can't but think, "How stupid could they be? They witness many miracles, yet never have faith or learn their lesson." The picture in this account, isn't far removed from present day church life.
  Following the incident with Dathan, Abiram and Korah, the whole congregation rose up against Moses and Aaron (Numbers 16:41,42). They still blamed them. They must have thought Moses had some magic allotment he could use according to his own whim. Maybe they even thought he had a controlling spirit. The whole congregation condemned God's "minority" faithful servants. They thought, "Who does he think he is, so sure of himself, as if he was the possessor of all truth and power!" Such is still going on in the church.

(1 Samuel 8:1-10,19-22; 10:17-19; 12:1-19)
  We find an excellent example with the prophet Samuel. He was a Judge in Israel. The time came when Israel wanted to be like the majority of the world with their own king. Samuel warned them this was an evil desire, but he stood alone. The overwhelming majority of God's people were sure Samuel was wrong, until God backed Samuel up.

(2 Samuel 15:7-12)
  King David was rejected by the majority of Israel over a conniving son, who knew the politically correct way to bamboozle (2 Samuel 15:1-6). We see the majority of God's people hoodwinked into the wrong direction. Out of the examples we've considered, I hope you begin to see it's very common for the godly to be standing with few or even alone. It appears to me that on earth, the majority is wrong the majority of the time.

  The book of Jeremiah is the story of one godly man against the majority of God's people. A few did hearken to Jeremiah, but very few. He was accused of treason and malicious planning at every turn. Even after the captivity of Judah, the remnant acted as if they had learned their lesson and inquired of Jeremiah, but immediately hardened their hearts (Jeremiah 42:1-6;43:1-4).

(John 6:60-66; Isaiah 53)
  In the New Testament, we see the Messiah Himself fell into the class of a loner. Israel rejected their Messiah, that's why they crucified Him. Even the majority of Jesus' disciples forsook Him.

(2 Timothy 4:16-18)
  The Apostle Paul was forsaken by all, as he wrote to young Timothy. Sure, Paul had a faithful Timothy to write to, but he was alone almost exclusively.

(Revelations 3:4)
  We find in one of the letters of Jesus, to the seven churches in Revelation, this interesting note: In a local church, the majority was walking in iniquity. Only a few stood in the approved way. We begin to see the majority going bad, as status quo.

  Beyond the pages of the Bible, we find more examples in the pages of history. They're easy to pick out, it's contemporary people whom we reject because it directly implicates us.
  Martin Luther stood alone as he nailed his 95 Thesis on the church door. Later, he had followers, but he had to forge against the tide.

  He spent years in prison for preaching in direct opposition to orders from the Church of England. While in prison, he wrote Pilgrim's Progress, now appreciated by most Christians.

  The beginning of American history blazes out with Pilgrims coming to America, as a minority, who fled persecution in their homeland.

  I want to include secular advances because of how typical the close minded majority is through history. We have Christopher Columbus who was radical for daring to think the world was round. We find the Wright Brothers being crazy enough to think human flight possible. Robert Fulton, the inventor of the steam powered boat was thought crazy. He was openly ridiculed like the others. When he made his steam powered boat, there were plenty on hand to taunt and laugh at him. They said it would never work, but surprise, surprise, it did! Then, I'm sure, the crowd slapped him on the back saying, "We knew you could do it all the time". Copernicus was considered a heretic by the Catholic Church for his crazy scientific postulations, which later proved to be accurate.

  As we look about us, it becomes clear the majority of churches are fleeing the truth in a hurry to compromise with the world. Major denominations keep liberalizing as they accept things like homosexuality and women preachers, and reject things like the Bible as the bedrock book of the faith.


  From the examples, we've seen many dangers of this philosophy. Now I want to itemize and examine a few:

(2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
  Being unequally yoked with non-Christians is the natural result of an accepting philosophy. You find yourself unable to reject so many sincere people, accepting them as fellow brothers and sisters. I've seen individuals welcome whoever calls themself "Christian", as long as they give a stirring testimony. They appear devout and read their Bibles, but if you're a little more discriminating, you might find they don't even worship the same God. I've seen Charismatic assemblies that don't even believe in the triune God. I've seen others who say Jesus was the archangel Michael, before He came as a man. True Christians fellowship with these, thinking so many sincere and loving people can't be wrong enough to be rejected.

(Matthew 18:15-17; Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 5; 2 Thessalonians 3:6,14,15, just for a start)
  This follows hard on the heels of unequally yoked. Church folk who won't forsake some particular sin are quite often gentle, friendly, sincere people. This adds to the deceptiveness. The "MCBW"ers (The Majority Can't Be Wrongers) find it hard to cut these people off.
  For an extreme example, there are homosexual churches. They boast they're Bible reading, praying, loving communities of Christians. If we look superficially, we fail to stand on God's Word. We waver with a multitude who insist the sin isn't really sin. To accept their decision, we fail to deal with sin as Christ taught us.

(2 Jn. 9-11)
  John gives another strong word in the issue of doctrinal purity regarding who Christ is. He accredited that welcoming or blessing is tantamount to actually doing the evil itself. John was very exclusive.

(Hebrews 11)
  To trust feelings instead of the Word, is to abandon faith. Faith is trusting what God has told us in His word, despite feelings. This becomes a primary danger for "MCBW"ers. To take the philosophy of trusting feelings, you have to quit looking diligently at God's Word. Wherever you meet conflict with the majority, you must reject the biblical conclusions, to harmonize  an acceptance of the conflicting majority. You must shift your biblical convictions, which very few might share, for human reasoning. The majority will always provide some kind of reasoning to ease consciences.

(2 Timothy 4:2,3; 2 Peter 2:1-3; 1 John 5:19; Revelation 13:11-15; ch. 17, and many others)
  Almost needless to say, the "MCBW" philosophy is the groundwork for the One-World Church. We're taught we can't be hardheaded, thinking we know everything, while the rest of earth's inhabitants are wrong. "Be bendable and pliable", we're told. We see this refashioned for evangelicals in associations. We keep our own ideas, and accept everyone else who will at least agree on a few fundamentals. With this philosophy, we destroy the true ground of Christian fellowship, and are barred from dealing with a host of sins. We agree to a fellowship on certain grounds of compromised truth, to maintain peace. The greatest crime becomes the sin of "intolerance". Since the majority is supposed to be right, if you stir up a ruckus and cut fellowship, you're out of line, you're the real sinner.

  It boils down to a decision. At what level do we say, "Enough!"? If we fall on human reasoning, that level will always slide downhill. If we commit ourselves to God's Word (See tract entitled, "Interpretation"), we can't help but find ourselves alone or with the minority.
  Consider this example in the area of entertainment: I spoke with a minister who used to avoid entertainment that used obscenity at all. He told me now he allows some, but not much. I also read of a youth who proudly proclaimed, "three curse words on a program were the limit, after that, it went off". On what biblical basis was the limit of "three" or "a few" determined? Human reasoning has no bedrock of right and wrong. The principal is "How does it feel today?". We have to get regrounded on the Word in its entirety.

  We've considered some scripture on this issue in a round about way. Now look at some that directly address it:

A. Though hand join in hand
  21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.    
Proverbs 11:21

  5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.  
Proverbs 16:5

  Real blatant verses. Hand joining hand is the stronghold of that sincere majority. God shows, in these proverbs, this is something men do in opposition to Him. He points out, though the majority may unite in a wrong thing, they won't escape the consequences.

B. Let God be true
  4a God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar;    
Romans 3:4a
  This verse indicates we should be diligent to find the truth in God's Word. Though all men may agree to a falsity, it doesn't change things. God's Word is the only reliable source of information we can count on to give us truthful direction.

C. Way which seemeth right
  12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.            
Proverbs 14:12
  This verse shouts that human reasoning leads astray. Trusting appearances instead of God's Word is lethal.

D. When I return, shall I find faith
  8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?    
Luke 18:8
  We shout, "Yes Lord, I'm right here!" We can imagine few believers, but not so few Jesus could pose such a question. His question should awaken us to the reality of how destructive these last days are upon the faith. This also should awaken us to the danger of adopting an "MCBW" philosophy. This majority will be wrong and faithless when Christ returns, I believe we're in these last days.

  We know, in the last days, there will be a great falling away as told in 2 Thessalonians:

  3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;    
2 Thessalonians 2:3

  Stop and think: If we're in the last days, and the great falling away and faithlessness of Christ's query are almost upon us, what would you expect to see?

*You would witness a compromised majority of Christians.
*You would witness a mixing of the remaining believers with unbelievers (unequal yoking).
*You would witness the decline of facing up to and dealing with sin amongst Christians.
*You would witness Christians not being firm on who to accept as Christians.
*You would witness a "feeling" dependent people, instead of a Word dependent people.
*You would witness the rise of a "sin of intolerance" philosophy, and the push for acceptance of all churches.

  In short, you would see exactly what you see around today. If nothing else, shouldn't this scare us away from the "MCBW" philosophy?
  Elijah, the prophet of God, felt alone because he couldn't see other servants of God. Even though he felt alone, God said there were others:
  4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.      
Romans 11:4

  We may often feel this way ourselves. People who surround themselves with others or teachers of a certain type, feel everyone else is like them. Those who watch some 'so-called' Christian channels, may come to think that's how the rest of Christianity is. They watch one preacher confirm the previous preacher, and come to think this is the way the stronghold of Christianity is. They don't consider the line up is hand picked by the station to have preachers that allow for their philosophy. The preachers, who stand against that kind of teaching, aren't given air space on that station. For the non-discerning viewer, such consistency leads them astray (Matthew 7:15; Colossians 2:8; 2 Peter 3:17; 1 John 4:1-3).

  Some are concerned when they see a biblical principal almost everyone else refuses. It makes them feel queasy, and reject it on this philosophy alone. Those who accept this "MCBW" philosophy can't be reading their Bibles with faith and attentively from cover to cover. The Old Testament is filled with so many examples, you couldn't miss the point, if you read it.

  So, what demands does the rejection of this "MCBW" philosophy make of us? It calls for us to forsake feelings and human reasoning. It calls for us to commit ourselves to knowing and following the whole Word of God. I've done all I can, the rest is up to you.

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