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Rebellion as the sin of witchcraft 1 Samuel 15 23
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The worship and seeking of supernatural powers other than God has been practised by human beings for a very long time. Satan has used witchcraft and wizardry to prevent people from finding holy spirituality in God alone. He uses witchcraft such as mediums, horoscopes, and games to seduce people to target and lust after instant great achievements, dependence on powers that give self enlightenment. The Bible is clear about the use of such powers and the consequences thereof. This is idolatory and a declaration of war on God and all that is godly!
2 Chronicles 33:6
Isaiah 19:1-4; 47:8-14
And Samuel said, Hath the Lord great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.” – 1 Samuel 15:22-23
Rebellion is categorised as witchcraft which God hates! Exodus 22:18
God knows we didn’t mean to and our hearts intent was to follow Him but we were deceived. Once we realize our mistake we must repent and turn away from that sin less we fall into rebellion. There are moments when we as God's creation disobey the most High; but whether that disobedience was intentional or unintentional is the question before God. If God has made Himself clear to you and you willingly choose to disobey, then you are in rebellion. Likewise, if you did not know at the time the wrong was done but He has since given you opportunity to know the truth through correction, confirmation, and conviction, yet in your pride, you have chosen not to submit and repent, but rather cling to that wrong, then you are in rebellion. Romans 6:16
This topic looks at how 'Christians' in the church especially, rebel and believe they are doing God's
1 At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.
3 As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.
Christ Is Preached in Samaria
4 Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.
Forming cliques and ganging-up to undermine one another's service is not godly character but this is quite rampant in today'church. Politicizing the affairs of God is the order of the day.
Congregation members walking out en-masse during ministration because something was said or done that did not go down well with them is not unusual... 1 Corinthians 14:26-33(NKJV)
26 How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. 28 But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God. 29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. 30 But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent. 31 For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged. 32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
1 Timothy 6:3-5
1 Timothy 3:2
Emulating Christ, developing and acting with godly character
"A Christian—being righteous. Being a Christian means that that person is righteous in all his affairs. ... If he does not practice righteousness, he is not a Christian at all, and he will not enter the kingdom of God. “Everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.”
1 Timothy 3:2-7; 1 Peter 1: 15-16 ; Ephesians 5:1-2
"...the list of qualifications for elders is “remarkable for being unremarkable.” Why is that? Because these traits are repeated elsewhere as qualities that ought to be present among all believers. “The criteria mentioned are demanded of all Christians everywhere. Which is another way of saying, elders are first of all to be exemplars of the Christian graces that are presupposed as mandated on all Christians.” Every church is meant to be full of men and women who display these traA. Carson has said that the list of qualifications for elders is “remarkable for being unremarkable.” Why is that? Because these traits are repeated elsewhere as qualities that ought to be present among all believers. Carson says, “The criteria mentioned are demanded of all Christians everywhere. Which is another way of saying, elders are first of all to be exemplars of the Christian graces that are presupposed as mandated on all Christians.” Every church is meant to be full of men and women who display these traits".
This means that if you want to grow in holiness, one great place to begin is by knowing and imitating the character qualifications of elders.its.
This means that if you want to grow in holiness, one great place to begin is by knowing and imitating the character qualifications of elders.
But if the elders are guilty of dissentions, divide-and-rule games, power tussle, creating like-minded groups etc; where is hope for a holy church growing in righteous obedience.
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