Whenever one is more concerned about what man desires than what God desires, he is motivated by the fear of man rather than the fear of God; he is more interested in reverencing man than he is in reverencing God. Deeply ingrained in a man-centered approach to ministry is self-preservation - no persecution when all men speak well of you - and self-promotion - desiring to be popular in order to receive glory from one another and not the glory that is from the one and only God (see John 5:44).
So the question that we must answer is will we be popular, market driven, motivated by the fear of man or will we be God's spokesmen, persecuted for the sake of righteousness, truth driven, motivated by the fear of God?
If we truly trust the Lord then we will be God's spokesmen. Being God's spokesmen requires faith as we trust Him with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding. Also our love for Him motivates us to desire to please Him more than anyone else so that our interest is not "what will others think" but "what will the Lord think!"
In this matter of serving God and being His spokesmen, speaking the truth in love inspite of the consequences, God has given us all that we need to empower us and equip us for the task. On February 2, 1998, the Lord spoke to me and called me into the gospel ministry setting me immediately on the right path by settling for me the issue between being popular or being His spokesman. Dr. Warren Wiersbe was preaching on Four Wonderful Discoveries for Leaders and through it the Lord spoke to me and asked me if I would be popular of His spokesman, to which I replied in my heart and wrote in my notes, "Your spokesman Lord!" The difference between those two possible responses is the difference between the fear of man and the fear of God and the difference between false preachers and teachers and true preachers and teachers.
Yes! We must be bold and speak forth the Word of Truth as we ought! We do not wait for a convientient time and place...Now is the time, today is the day of Salvation! "He that flattereth his neighbor spreadeth a net for his feet" How can we say we love our nieghbor if we flatter them and not tell them with great plainess of speach that they are law breakers and despisers of the the Testimony? We must seek first to strengthen ourselves in the reading of the Word of God and then....I tell you...out of your mouth will flow rivers of living waters! Let us meditate on His Law day and night, and Preach the Gospel of the Testimony of Grace! Show men thier sin (for by the Law is the Knowledge of Sin) and give grace to the Humble ("if Christ hath my discharge procured and freely in my room endured, The Whole Wrath Divine...payment God cannot twice Demand, first at my bleeding Surety's hand and then again at mine..."); Believe and therefore speak! Remember, "...the law is light"! Without it men will remain blind... "The Testimony is sure making wise the simple...": The prudent man hideth himself, but the simple pass on and are punished... but once there is a conviction of the law and conviencing a man of his sin...then the Testimony gives understanding and a man departs from evil!