Rebellion Does Damn

Friends,
For those of us who claim to believe the Bible as God’s inspired, infallible Word, then we must accept all of it. For example, 1 Sam. 15:22,23. It says, “To obey is better than sacrifice… For rebellion is like the sin of witchcraft / divination [which is considered utterly abhorrent to the Lord –see Deut. 18:10-12]… Because you have rejected THE WORD OF THE LORD, He has rejected you as king.” Saul’s life went horribly downhill after that episode of disobedience. We are told that soon after this rebellion, “The Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul”, and that God instead sent an injurious spirit to harass him. (1 Sam. 16:14,23) Saul then often became overcome with fits of rage and jealousy; he went to a witch to be told his future; he committed suicide; his kingdom was given to another family line… Pretty harsh punishment, it seems… for that initial act of rebellion… which lifted God’s blessing off of him… so that he spiraled into such destruction. Of course he could’ve repented, but he never did. Yea, at times Saul expressed remorse; but it was not true repentance. Because repentance means to have a COMMITTED CHANGE –of heart, mind, and actions –from sin –TO obedience.

So, do neglectful and/or rebellious “Christians” actually think they are okay? –because we are all “under grace”? One may want to reconsider that notion. As Jude 1:4 tells us, those who change grace into a license to sin are “godless men” who await condemnation.

We who are under the New Covenant, have actually been extended many more privileges than those who lived before the cross, before the Holy Spirit was sent for any and all who become born anew, before the New Testament was canonized, and before mass publications. We do not have any excuse to disobey God –because we do not have any excuse to remain ignorant of what He expects. There is a whole Bible at our fingertips, and Ps. 119:4 says, “You [God] have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed.” That says… FULLY… OBEYED.

Rebellion in the Old Testament is also called rebellion in the New Testament. “In fact, sin is lawlessness.” (1 John 3:4) And verse 8 says, “He who does what is sinful is of the devil.” Doesn’t that sounds quite a bit like what 1 Sam. 15:23 is saying? –“For rebellion is like the sin of witchcraft / divination…”?

Again, because we have been given God’s instructions in His Word, we are responsible to obey all that is in it. For those of us who have His Spirit in us, the Spirit will guide us concerning our particular situations. However, this does not happen apart from His written Word. In fact, we open ourselves up to deceiving spirits, if we do not test everything –and I mean EVERYTHING– with Scripture. But how can we do that if we are not familiar with the contents inside the Bible? We can’t. That is why it is our own responsibility to daily spend time reading it. (Josh. 1:8 & Deut. 6:6,7 & Ps. 1:2, 19:11, 119:148 & 2 Tim. 3:15)

Furthermore, if we know what to do and yet do not do EXACTLY as the Lord has commanded for a given situation, then He is flatly NOT pleased. We can’t fall back on other things we think please Him. It’d be as if one’s child refused to mow the lawn when the parent told him he must. Yet he keeps saying, “But Mom, I dusted the counter, I told little sister ‘I’m sorry’, I washed my dinner dish, I EVEN vacuumed my room!!!! Doesn’t that account for quite a bit… or at least –something?!” No. Because the boy simply DID NOT OBEY. And, just like King Saul, this boy did not obey, because 1) –he did not love enough, and 2) –he did not BELIEVE enough in “the authority’s” WORD to think that there’d be much, if any, punishment for disobedience.

So, what if the boy mowed PART of the lawn? Or what if he made sure the job got done, but HE actually didn’t mow it; instead he bribed his little sister to mow it? Or, let’s say, he even stole from his mom’s purse to pay a neighbor boy to mow it. I mean, the scenarios are almost endless… the point being, that if the boy did not mow the lawn, then it is called “rebellion”.

In Heb. 3:7-19 we read, “So, as the Holy Spirit says: ‘Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert… I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known My ways.’ So I declared on oath in My anger, ‘They shall never enter My rest.'” See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God… so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s DECEITFULNESS. We have come to share in Christ IF we hold firmly TILL THE END… And to whom did God swear that they would never enter His rest if not to those who DISOBEYED? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their UNBELIEF.” Let’s note that “disobedience” and “unbelief” go hand in hand. (See also 4:2,6,11)

The same is true for obedience and belief. In other words, this is true: If a person “believes in Jesus”, then that person will obey Jesus –and His words, as found in Scripture. If he does not, he is in rebellion –against God Himself; and all the rebellious will have their place in Hell.

If you don’t believe this, then just be honest (even with yourself) and admit that you do not believe the Bible. Okay?

For the whole of Scripture calls us to OBEDIENCE. Yes, we “have been chosen… for obedience to Jesus Christ…” (1 Peter 1:2)

Sincerely,
With love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on September 4, 2009.

 
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