From the tower of Babel through the Old Testament to the present day man has struggled with ‘fear of group opinion’ as recorded in Jer. 7;4. “Trust ye not in lying words, saying, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are these.” The people were playing church, perhaps paying tithe, attending regularly but the truth was not in them and the Lord was not pleased, a condition that surrounds us today.

True men of God have sounded this alarm for thousands of years, often to no avail. Perhaps the most recent warning came from A.W. Tozer.

“Fear of the opinion of the group tends to regiment the members of denominations and churches and force them into a cooky-cutter uniformity. The desire to stand well within our own circle of religious friends destroys originality and makes imitators of us. Various churches have their approved experiences, their religious accents, even their accepted religious tones; these become standard for the group and are to the local fellowship what circumcision was to Israel, a ceremonial token of acceptance into the clan.

The great fault in all this is that it shifts the life motivation from within to without, from God to our fellow man. Any act done because we are afraid not to do it is of the same moral quality as the act that is not done because we are afraid to do it. Fear, not love and faith, dictates the conduct, and whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

The way to escape this double snare is simple. Make a complete surrender to God; love Him with all your heart and love every man for His sake. Determine to obey your own convictions as they crystallize within you as a result of unceasing prayer and constant study of the Scriptures. After that you may safely ignore the expectations of your friends as well as the criticisms of your enemies. You will experience first the shocked surprise of the regimented army of lock-step believers, then their grudging admiration; and if you continue to walk the way of love and courage they may take heart from your example, throw off the bondage of fear and go forth as ransomed men and women to walk in the sweet liberty wherewith Christ has made them free.”

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