Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
“Thou Shalt Not Follow A Multitude To Do Evil”
A. The power of the voice of the majority [since Christians are the minority – Luke 13:23-24] is certain to influence anyone who allows such to occur (Matthew 27:11-28; cf. Mark 15:15).
1. Solomon’s wives turned him away (I Kings 11:1-4).
2. The Jews were able to stir up by their majority voice over Christians (Acts 13:45; 50). *When a group is gathering, be sure it is for the right!
B. We’re self-deceived if we think we’re above the power of negative influences (I Corinthians 15:33; cf. I Corinthians 10:12).
1. Jesus warned His disciples about the power of temptation (Matthew 26:41).
2. It does not take much evil to cause us to err (I Corinthians 5:6-8 and Galatians 5:7-9).
II. Body: Exodus 23:2 and Proverbs 4:14-19.
A. Christians are not supposed to be conformers (Romans 12:1-2).
1. Be willing to stand out from the rest to be the “strange one” (John 15:18-20, I Peter 2:11, and I Peter 4:1-5).
2. Only the weak one’s have to “fit in” to submit to that which is not of God (cf. Galatians 4:8-9).
a. Do you let others dictate what person you will be so you don’t feel weird or left out (John 17:14-16)?
b. Some Christians act like little teenage weaklings needing to fit in like they’re young and immature (II Timothy 2:22).
c. We shouldn’t be wavering (Hebrews 10:23).
B. If we follow negative examples, we’ll not be excused (Luke 6:39 and Ephesians 5:6).
1. If you follow erring leadership, you are destroyed (Isaiah 9:16 and II Peter 3:16-17).
2. You cannot excuse your errors by blaming others (Proverbs 13:20).
C. Some applications…
1. We live around those who would have us be dishonest; i.e. our employers, “friends”, families, would have us tell things they way they see it, lie on tax reports, answer phones telling someone they’re not there, etc. (Job 27:4, Proverbs 13:5, and Romans 13:13).
2. Worldly “friends” want us to go to “Wet & Wild”, the beach, or some other unofficial strip club + dress immodestly in other settings (Psalms 101:3 and I Timothy 2:9).
a. Sadly some are unashamed to be around nudity [biblically speaking – Exodus 28:42, etc.] or be nude (cf. Jeremiah 6:15).
b. When you dress like a whore, you deserve the label (Proverbs 7:10).
c. Sadly, some will expose the immodesty of swimsuits but will wear tight clothing that is JUST AS REVEALING (cf. Job 27:8).
d. Some don’t mind “the view” at the club, beach, etc. (Matthew 5:28).
3. When the multitudes choose to practice false doctrine and try to get us involved, by stronger than the chief rulers (John 12:42-43; cf. Psalms 119:127-128).
4. When people want to party, be entertained be ungodly things, etc. they need to remember this… Matthew 24:37-39.
III. Conclusion: Be strong enough to stand against the multitudes that do err (Proverbs 1:10-18).
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