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"For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God" (John 12:43).
This verse describes men who refused to confess that Jesus was the Christ because He was extremely unpopular with the scribes and Pharisees, leaders of Jerusalem.
These men were, of course, never saved. They chose to respect men rather than God, and as a result forfeited life. They were representatives of the third main class of religious people without true faith. We shall call them the "people-pleasers."
No mere regard for reputation has led the people-pleaser to choose religion. This has always be ...read more