Westside Baptist Church of York  
Welcome to West Side Baptist Church of York

Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

“… for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.”
John 12:43

The desire to be commended often motivates human behavior. This desire can be righteous or it can be evil. People do have a self-love and self-interest which is proper.  “No one ever hated his own flesh but nourishes and cherishes it.” The Bible appeals to this proper self-love by teaching that obedience to God tends to better health, financial stability, social respect, and longer life. It is natural that a person would rather be praised than condemned. But the sinful nature of man takes good things such as money, sex, and work and perverts them into evils. It does this also with self-love. Being ignored or condemned bring suffering and humiliation. Our natures hate suffering and crave ease and comfort. Therefore any behavior on our part which may bring us criticism, condemnation, and rejection of men tends to be avoided. The natural man would rather do evil to be praised by men than to do what is right and be praised by God. This is because self-love is out of balance and far outweighs love to God. Sadly, the whole concept of seeking the approval of God rather than of men does not seem to register in the consciousness of many of those who do not know God. If it does register, it is stifled so that temporal recognition and status may be enjoyed. Everlasting contempt and shame from God are not considered. The Bible warns, “The fear of man is a snare.” It also says “The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.” A proper self-love is willing to forfeit praise from men when necessary for these few short earthly years, that it may obtain God’s approval both now and in His eternal kingdom.



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