16:9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.
Cults are formed when a single person claiming either to be Jesus or to have a special revelation from Him or connection with Him convinces others to follow him or her. The he/we phenomenon is definitely cause for concern. As Paul, Silas, and Timothy are hitting a "brick wall" in Asia Minor, Paul (he) has a vision that they (we) need to go to Macedonia and they go.
What's the difference between a cult leader and Paul? Should Silas and Timothy blindly follow. Is the he/we phenomenon always unhealthy? Why didn't God give the same vision to all three of them? Lots of questions.
Let's look at some basic principles that separate Paul from a cult leader:
First of all they were already a 'we' before the vision. Paul was not using the vision to gain a following.
Secondly Paul had nothing to gain personally by Silas and Timothy trusting him and going with him. Cult leaders always benefit personally from their "visions" or "revelations".
Thirdly they as a group were already in a situation where they needed a revelation from God to know what to do next since their own efforts were not working.
Lastly (even though there are more reasons) the pattern of God speaking through one person to a larger group is not new at all. Noah was told to build the Ark and his family had to trust him. Abraham was told to leave Ur and his wife had to trust him. Moses was called by God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and they had to trust him. There are many more examples too. God speaking through one to many. Why? The answer is simple. Trust.
We are in the mess we are in because we didn't trust God from the beginning. God's government is built on trust. We will never fully know the mind of God. Heaven will not change the fact we need to trust Him. There will always be the "He"/"we" phenomenon. The question is not if we should trust but who will we trust.
The Bible says to test everything. See if it is from God. See if it is trustworthy. Trust is not easy for us. Our trust is often betrayed and violated. Many of us have had our ability to trust others violated from a young age. That is why God says "Taste and see that the Lord is good." He is patient not pushy. He gives us complete freedom to choose. He calls us but never forces us. He sends others to help us but we still get to choose.
Trust is a big deal. It grows the more we know a person. Silas and Timothy had no reason not to trust Paul. They already had a relationship. Trust comes after a relationship is built yet a relationship is built on trust.
If you have a hard time trusting people try Jesus. He's the only man you can truly trust.