Following a Multitude to Do Evil

Monday, May 04, 2009

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    "Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment." Exodus 23:2
"If everybody's doing it, it can't be that bad." Have you ever heard someone voice this opinion? Have you ever thought or spoken this sentiment as well?

In our modern culture of moral relativism and situation ethics, we seem to think that because large numbers of people are involved in a particular activity, somehow that is a justification for our participation. However, the clear teaching of Scripture is that we are personally accountable for our own choices, and that God honors those who follow him, regardless of popular opinion.

  • The majority of the population of the earth thought it was okay to disregard God's laws, until the flood came and destroyed the earth, leaving only Noah and his family.


  • The majority of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah thought that immoral behavior was acceptable, until God rained down fire and brimstone, leaving only Lot and his daughters alive.


  • The majority of the children of Israel thought it would be all right to disobey God and not enter the promised land because of their fear, until God caused them all to die in the wilderness, except Joshua and Caleb.


  • The majority of the Jewish people thought it was good to worship Baal, until Elijah challenged them on Mt. Carmel, and all the priests of Baal were killed.


  • The majority of the guests at the Philistine's party thought it was great fun to mock the man of God, until Samson prayed, and brought the house down on their heads.


  • The majority of the people of the empire thought it was good religion to worship Nebuchadnezzar's image, except three young Hebrew men who were ultimately brought out safe and sound from a fiery furnace.
The Bible teaches that we are every one of us accountable to a holy God for our thoughts and deeds. Just because He does not destroy us when we do something wrong, does not mean that He does not see, nor that He does not know.
    "And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God." Romans 2:3-11
So, how about our personal choices in music? If everyone else seems to be enjoying a particular style of music, does that mean it is acceptable to God? If the majority of our culture produces and consumes fleshly music, does that mean it probably does not make any difference if I listen to it as well?

There is much evil music around us: in stores, on the radio, on the television, in our homes, in our cars, at public and private events, and sometimes, even in our churches. A person who chooses to honor God in their musical choices must be willing to face an ever increasing amount of opposition in our present culture.

The music we make a part of our life must be acceptable to God, and God only. The Bible teaches that one day, everyone of us will give account of ourselves to God. Let's be like a Noah, an Elijah, or a Caleb in our choice of music, and do th

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Curtis holds a bachelor's degree in Bible with a music minor, as well as a master's degree in Sacred Music, having studied under Dr. Frank Garlock, president of Majesty Music, and Ray and Ann Gibbs, well-known Christian singers. He has served as music director and jr. high/high school supervisor at Grace Baptist Church of Mankato, Minnesota; school music director at the Franklin Road Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; media engineer for the Sword of the Lord in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and, full-time music director at Second Baptist Church and Twin City Christian Academy in Festus, Missouri. He is currently self-employed and serves in the music ministry of the Berean Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. Curtis is co-founder and President of the Asaph Music Co. He regularly sings bass with the Bible Truth Chorale on recordings produced by Bible Truth Music at Faith Music Missions.

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