Peer pressure’ is very hard to resist. So many are affected by the views and values of their social circle and largely conform to what others think, say and do, as well as to what they eat and wear.
But this is not new. While the Bible does not speak of ‘peer groups’ and the pressure they exert, it does point to ‘the course of this world’ and warns Christian believers not to be conformed to its thought patterns or to the ignorance of God which they betray.
But the Scriptures do more. They give us examples of those who have, by the grace of God, lived and died in faith, saying to us, ‘Whose faith follow.’
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Faith Cook, daughter of Stanley and Norah Rowe, missionaries of the China Inland Mission (now OMF), was born in north-west China. After missionaries were evicted from the country in 1951, she returned to the UK and attended Clarendon School in North Wales before proceeding to teacher training college in Bromley, Kent. She married Paul Cook in 1961, and they served several evangelical churches in the Midlands and Yorkshire before his retirement. They have a daughter, four sons and ten grandchildren, and now live in Breaston, Derbyshire.