Topical Index of Scriptures
Demand for Consensus
God's people -- those who "walk according the Spirit," not the flesh (human nature) will reject what God calls evil. They will be hated by a world that despises God's moral standard and the work of the cross. That's why God warned, "Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets." Luke 6:26
"...do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 12:2
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. " John 15:18-21
“I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world." John 17:14-19
... they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you." 1 Peter 4:3-4
"...the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one." 1 John 5:19
"...what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God." 2 Corinthians 6:14-16
Old Testament illustration of the unbiblical "fellowship" and the consensus (dialectic) process: Ahab, the wicked king of Israel (the northern part of the divided land), prepares a welcoming feast for Jehoshaphat, the godly king of Judah. Grateful and pleased with his warm welcome, Jehoshaphat, agrees to join him in an unbiblical alliance:
"Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance; and by marriage he allied himself with Ahab. After some years he went down to visit Ahab Samaria; and Ahab killed sheep and oxen in abundance for him and the people who were with him, and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramoth Gilead. So Ahab king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, “Will you go with me against Ramoth Gilead?”
"And he [Jehoshaphat] answered him, 'I am as you are, and my people as your people; we will be with you in the war.'” 2 Chronicles 18:1-3
God gave them victory in the battle because He loved Jehoshaphat who had served Him well in the past. But the king had sinned, and would face the consequences:
"So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth Gilead. And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, 'I will disguise myself and go into battle; but you put on your robes.' So the king of Israel disguised himself, and they went into battle.
Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots who were with him, saying, 'Fight with no one small or great, but only with the king of Israel.' So it was, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, 'It is the king of Israel!' Therefore they surrounded him to attack; but Jehoshaphat rcried out, and the Lord helped him, and God diverted them from him.... Now a certain man drew a bow at random, and struck the king of Israel between the joints of his armor. So he said to the driver of his chariot, 'Turn around and take me out of the battle, for I am wounded.'" 2 Chronicles 18:28-34
"Then Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned safely to his house in Jerusalem. And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to King Jehoshaphat, 'Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Therefore the wrath of the Lord is upon you." 2 Chronicles 19:1-2
"...the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me." John 16:2-3
“... blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” Luke 7:23
"...you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.
Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:
"Behold, I have put My words in your mouth." Jeremiah 1:7-9
“Therefore prepare yourself and arise, and speak to them all that I command you.
Do not be dismayed before their faces, lest I dismay you before them.
For behold, I have made you this day a fortified city and an iron pillar,
And bronze walls against the whole land— against the kings... princes... priests,
And against the people of the land. They will fight against you,
But they shall not prevail against you.
For I am with you,' says the Lord, 'to deliver you.'” Jeremiah 1:17-19
See also Don't conform to the ways of the world, Proverb 12:13 and The Collective