Following is a short excerpt from a sermon preached in 1831. I discovered it yesterday, and I found the words to be very powerful and very relevant for the day in which we live. Be blessed as you read…
Exodus 23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:
J. Blackburn, Claremont Chapel, Pentonville, August 7, 1831
The powerful influence which numbers exert over the human mind, led Moses, on one occasion, to caution the children of Israel, saying “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil;” and assuredly, my brethren, the popularity of any course is very dubious evidence of it’s truth.
When this rule, the rule of multitude, prevailed, Noah stood alone – Lot stood alone – Elijah stood alone – Jeremiah stood alone – yea, the Son Of God himself stood alone – “hand joined hand,” and wickedness was triumphant.
The road of both profaneness and error is wide. “Broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many there be that go in thereat;” and it is therefore delusive and dangerous for us to allow our minds at any time to be affected by the mere circumstance that numbers attach themselves to any cause, or advocate any class of principles.
Paul was conscious of this influence,; and knowing that it was employed to promote some dangerous errors, he sought, in his conversations, and in his correspondence, to guard his brethren in Philippi against the effects which the corrupt principles and practices of the multitude might produce; “for many walk,” he exclaims, “of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ.”