Recently, an acquaintance–who is largely likable–stopped by.
Although the stated purpose of the visit (of a person NOT seen in over three years) was ostensibly ‘because I was in the area and wanted to see how you were,” almost the entire discussion focused on a plea for rebellion.
[And this is one sure way a follower of Jesus Christ can tell a pretender: the pretender does NOT obey the Word of God; the pretender advocates rebellion–and God’s Word is CRYSTAL CLEAR about where God stands on the subject of rebellion.
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.”
–Romans 13:1-2, 6-7
“Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.”
—1 Peter 2:13-16
“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government [authority]. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.”
—2 Peter 2:9-10
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
–1 Timothy 3:1-2
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Most of the discussion (as has been stated) centered around joining a (what the man claimed was a ‘coming’) rebellion against the civil authorities.
The discussion was not very clever.
One would 1SAMUEL 15:23, the other would answer with the words of man.
“But the Bible says that rebellion is the same as witchcraft.”
“Yeah, but are you a man or a measly mouse?”
“Well, God’s Word says rebellion is the same as witchcraft.”
“But it’s not really rebellion if the leaders are worthless.”
And so it went for perhaps fifteen minutes or so.
FINALLY, 1SAMUEL 15:23 was answered by what was apparently considered the crown jewel of arguments on this topic.
“Rebellion is the same as witchcraft.”
“Yeah, but where does it stop? At some point, you have quit talking and take some action!”
“Where does it stop?”
BUT–as was pointed out that day (and which FINALLY ended that topic of conversation)–“Where does it stop?” ALSO can be asked of those who advocate rebellion.
“Rebellion: where does it stop?”
The ULTIMATE rebellion is against God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
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Does the rebel acquire a taste for rebellion once he starts?
THE MORAL OF THIS ENCOUNTER?
One can either be a follower of Jesus and OBEY and SUBMIT to the civil authorities.
OR, one can be a follower of men (and Satan) and preach revolt and rebellion.
One cannot be both.
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To warn the reader: God is VERY clear about how he treats the rebellious man.
“An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.”
DOES the reader wonder how to be a more effective rebel?
IS the reader ‘prepared’ for the future by believing rebellion will cure the ills of the world?
It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: October 22-24, 2021.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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