It is with great honor and humility and reverence for God, that I write as a servant of God to address, a statement made in an article on DNO news , on the 9th of December 2014. The statement read, ” the people have spoken and the voice of the people is the voice of God.”
I want to state clearly that, while the first part of the statement may be true the second however, “the voice of the people is the voice of God” is absolutely incorrect and non scriptural. This is a statement that I have heard many times from my youth, and has been used by the devil to cunningly deceive people into believing that what is popular is of God.
I would like to draw your attention to a passage in Matthew 7: 13 and 14, which states “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:”
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
In verse 21 it reads ” not everyone that saith unto me Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom…, emphasizing the point that not everyone who claims to be a Christian is speaking for or on behalf of God. Additionally because of the times in which we live, where people have adopted so many other things and people as their god other than the one true and only God Almighty, we can’t take it for granted that we all mean the same thing when we say “God.”
In the book of 1 Samuel 8:5-22, there is a wonderful story of the children of Israel, God’s chosen people who wanted a king at all costs. They came to the man of God named Samuel and told him they wanted a king, he spoke to God, and God told him His mind to speak to the people but they refused to listen. They said they wanted a king like all the other nations and that certainly was not God’s voice or even his mind because he revealed his mind to the king to speak to them but yet still they rebelled. In verse 18 and 19 he told them how wicked the king would be, how he would enslave them and abuse them and that they would cry out to God because of the wickedness of the king but God would not hear them. Nevertheless they refuse to obey Gods voice through his servant.
In the book of 1kings 13: 11 – 25 another story is told of a young prophet who was sent by God on a mission with clear instructions that he should not stop to eat, drink or go back by the way he came. After completing his assignment he left but an older prophet came after him and told him “I am a prophet to, God spoke to me by an angel and said you should come with me to eat, drink etc”. Whilst at home with the old prophet the word of God came to remind him of His instructions from God through the mouth of the same old lying prophet. On his way back he was killed by a lion because he listened to a voice that he thought was the voice of God.
Clearly in these stories the voice that was being heard was not God’s ; the people’s choice of a king, was not God either. This statement has been used by many people and leaders as a means of deceiving people into believe that decisions made by large groups or crowds of people are representative of God speaking. This is absolutely false and in many cases is used as a means of manipulation.
God speaks through his assigned messengers, Apostles, Prophets etc and other specifically assigned persons, who through His Holy Spirit will inspire and communicate his word and will. His will and spoken word are consistent with his written word and do not contradict each other. God does not just speak through every and anyone and shockingly but true a lot of persons who claim to be hearing from God or are his ministers or messengers are not; that truly depends on which spirit you are listening to or whose spirit is influencing you.
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