The Man Pleaser

man pleaserTo be a man pleaser in Scripture is not a compliment. In fact, it is used in a way which shows it is the opposite of being a servant of Christ and a God pleaser! Therefore, it is a very serious spiritual problem. Ponder this Scripture:

Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Gal 1:10)

So what’s the difference? The man pleaser wants to satisfy one or more people and conducts himself accordingly. In contrast, the person trying to win the approval of God is determined to do God’s will, regardless how anyone might react. He believes human opinion is much less important than God’s opinion of him. Paul was definitely a God pleaser, not a man pleaser. The context of Gal. 1:10 shows why that is so:

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! (Gal 1:8,9)

Paul’s adamant emphasis on the one and only gospel showed he was not a man pleaser. He made it clear that he himself could be eternally condemned (go to hell) as quickly as any other, even an angel from heaven, if he declared a false gospel. The anathema he referred to should strike terror in the hearts of all who want to preach an easy to receive social gospel, which doesn’t upset anyone. Preaching God’s word is a very serious responsibility. Eternal SOULS are on the line. It takes godly teachers, who are wholeheartedly dedicated to God’s TRUTH, to lead people the way they should go spiritually and to reap eternal life. All others will prove to be blind guides and spiritual snares in the end, as they lead people to the fiery furnace along with themselves. Jesus taught about such people:

Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit. (Mat 15:14)

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