The Majority is Always Right?
Gary Kerr made a comment about this in the Sunday morning sermon, commenting that the majority is ALMOST always wrong, at least in the scriptures.
The book of Genesis records the history of a man named Noah, a righteous man who God instructed to build an ark because of a coming flood [no record of rain at this time]. Noah began building the ark and preaching repentance for more than 100 years. Noah and his family entered the ark as God instructed, saving themselves only because the majority would not repent and serve God. The majority was wrong and were destroyed Luke 17:25-26.
Moses was instructed to send 12 men to spy out the land of Canaan,10 spies lack faith in God, while Joshua and Caleb understood the power of God and His ability to carry out His promises. There were 603,250 men, soldiers among an estimated 1 million plus people who died in the wilderness, only Joshua and Caleb entered the Land of promise. The majority were wrong and were destroyed.
Mt 7:13 "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. "For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.(NAS95)
Jesus teaches that the gate is narrow, small that leads to life, and not many are willing to give up their fleshly interests, but the majority will find the broad easy way, but it leads to destruction.
Recorded in Acts chapter 2 there were 3,000 that obeyed the gospel on the day of Pentecost. A remarkable event, however, scholars estimate that over a million people were in Jerusalem on that day, so once again the majority was wrong leading to destruction.
Many other examples can be found in the scriptures that make the point, that following God’s word will seldom put you in the majority. Heb 13:6 so that we confidently say, "THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?"(NAS95)