Rebellion is Witchcraft

Scripture Reading:
I Sam 15:23 “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.”

 

Witchcraft

The practices of witches; sorcery; enchantments; is of the devil. The worship and adoration of devils, demons and sorcery. The loving and serving of the evil, diabolical beast. The promotion and propagation of the serpent, the enemy of God, Devil. I would have a hard time being around a “Devil Worshipper”. There are actually people who worship the Devil. The same way we love Jesus, they love the Devil. The same way we praise Jesus, they praise the Devil. The same way we tell others about Jesus, they tell others about the Devil. They are weird. They wear the black clothes, black nail polish, black eye stuff. They are wicked, dark, dirty, vile, terrible. I bet you would not want one of them to be in your school. I bet you would not want one of them to be your friend. I bet you would not expect to see one of them in church. But here the Bible teaches that Rebellion is as the sin of Witchcraft. You have heard that verse a million times before.

I Sam 15:23a “For rebellion is as the sin of whichcraft…”

Do you really understand what that verse really means? Rebellion is the Same Sin As Witchcraft. Rebellion is just as wrong as Witchcraft. Rebellion is just as punishable as Witchcraft. Rebellion is just as dark as Witchcraft. Rebellion is just as wicked as Witchcraft. Rebellion is seen in God’s eyes the same as Witchcraft.

Let me tell you what I mean.

Rebellion- An open and avowed renunciation of the authority of the government to which one owes allegiance;

Rebellion is going against the authority God has placed in my life. When I rebel against my parents, I am rebelling against God. When I rebel against my teachers, I am rebelling against God. When I rebel against my SS Teacher, I am rebelling against God. When I rebel against my pastor, I am rebelling against God. When I rebel against the Bible, I am rebelling against God. When I rebel against preaching, I am rebelling against God. When I rebel against the rules of the school, I am rebelling against God. When I rebel against the rules of the Youth Department, I am rebelling against God. Rebelling against God is not a Christian activity. Christian is like Christ. Rebelling against God is not Christ-like. Rebelling against God is a demonic activity. The Devil and Demons rebel against God. Rebelling against God is being Devil Like. You see, when I rebel against God, I am pleasing the Devil. When I rebel against God, I am obeying the Devil. When I rebel against God, I am worshipping the Devil. Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.

 I         To Not Do What I’m Supposed To is Rebellion

    And Rebellion is as the sin of Witchcraft.

 When your parents tell you to do something and you refuse, argue or just don’t do it. That is Rebellion. That is the same sin as worshipping the Devil. When the Bible tells you to do something or not to. And you don’t obey. That is Rebellion. That is the same as calling the Devil your lord. When your teachers tell you to do something and you don’t do it. That is Rebellion.     That is the same sin as bowing to Satan. When Preacher or Youth Pastor tells you to do something and you don’t do it. That is Rebellion. That is the same sin as serving Lucifer. See we don’t see it that way. But God does. Who placed your parents as your authorities at home? Who placed your teachers as your authorities at school? Who placed Preacher as your pastor? GOD DID!!! Therefore, when you rebel against them, you are rebelling against God. And rebelling against God is Satanic.

II        To Do What I’m Not Supposed To Do is Rebellion

              And Rebellion is as the sin of Witchcraft.

 When your parents tell you that you are not allowed to do something and you do it anyway. That is Rebellion. That is the same sin as sacrificing to the Demon Spirits. When your school makes rules and you purposely and willfully break those rules. That is Rebellion. That is same as singing praises to the Devil. When your pastor or youth pastor preaches against sin and warns you to stay away and you don’t. That is Rebellion. That is the same as reading the Satanic Bible. Once again, you don’t see it that way. Neither do most folks. But the Bible is clear.   Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.

 III             How to Prevent Rebellion

        And Rebellion is as the Sin of Witchcraft

 If we can prevent rebellion, I can guarantee we can prevent witchcraft. If we can prevent rebellion, we can prevent a lot of sin. If we can prevent rebellion, we can prevent many heartaches. Rebellion begins in the heart and expresses itself in the attitude, actions, appearance. Rebellion can be manifest in the way we talk. Rebellion can be manifest in the way we show respect. Rebellion can be manifest in the way we follow instructions.Rebellion can be manifest in the way we do or don’t do right. Rebellion can be manifest in the way we dress. Rebellion can be manifest in the music we listen to. Rebellion can be manifest in the way we treat others. If you do not want to be rebellious, if you do not want to be guilty of witchcraft. If you don’t want to serve the Devil.  

I.  Stop Blaming Everyone Else, You are Responsible for You

When the Devil turned his back on God. When he rebelled, who made him do it. We blame the Devil, we blame TV, we blame friends, we blame the world, We blame music, we blame so many things. Who did the Devil blame? Whose fault was it that he rebelled? It was his fault. It was him. Who is to blame when I rebel?  Me, Myself, and I. Who is to blame for your rebellion?    YOU. YOU. And YOU. Yes the Devil is working. Yes the TV is wicked. Yes the friends can influence. Yes the world is tempting. BUT WHO MAKES THE DECISION TO DO RIGHT OR WRONG.  YOU!!! You are the one who rebels. You are the one who choses to do wrong. You are responsible for you.

II. Walk With God

 Just about every problem we face, every issue we have with right and righteousness could be solved by walking with God. John R. Rice Said  “All My Failures are Prayer Failures” 

Dan 9:5

We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:

 When we get away from the Bible, we grow close to the Devil. We grow further into rebellion. You know you are supposed to read, pray, listen to Holy Spirit. When you rebel against that knowledge you are in rebellion.

III. Listen To Your Authorities

 Dan 9:6

Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.  

Ezekiel  20:8   

But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me: they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said, I will pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.

You have a mom. She has lived life. She has been through everything you have. LISTEN. You have a dad. He has lived life. He has been there. LISTEN. You have a principal. You have teachers. You have a youth pastor. You have a pastor. LISTEN. They don’t just talk to waste their breath.

IV.  WATCH THE CROWD YOU RUN WITH

 Ezekiel 17:15

But he rebelled against him in sending his ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give him horses and much people. Shall he prosper? shall he escape that doeth such things? or shall he break the covenant, and be delivered?

Israel rebelled when they got close to Egypt. The same way we rebel when we are surrounded by worldly people. If you don’t want to be rebellious, If you don’t want to be dabbling in witchcraft. You had better be watching the crowd you run with. Watch those who do things in rebellion to God’s Word or God’s Man. Watch those who say things in rebellion to God’s Man or God’s Ways. Watch those who have worldly entertainment. Watch those who have worldly clothing. Watch those who have worldly attitudes. Watch those who have worldly language. Watch those who have worldly plans. Be careful being around them. They will soon be full fledged devil worshippers. They will soon be missing church.     They will soon be denying the Bible. They will soon be acting, looking, talking, walking and worshipping the Devil.

V.  Realize, Remember and Repent

 Rev 2:1-5

Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

There is still hope. You are not too far gone. Let me make a promise to all of you.  I will never give up on you. God will never give up on you and I will never give up on you. No matter how far you get or go, I will always believe if you are in a service, there is hope. If you have been living in rebellion, there is hope. Realize… Realize I am talking to you. You are heading down wrong road. Remember…Remember how much God loves you, how much school, church, parents love you. Repent…Get  down on your knees and get right with God, then go get right with school, pastor, parents, etc. There are some of you, you are not wearing black hoods,  you are not sacrificing animals, you are not murdering your parents, you are not chanting satanic praises, NOT YET.

 But some of you are living in rebellion. You are rebelling against your parents. You are rebelling against your school. You are rebelling against your pastor. You are rebelling against the Bible. You are rebelling against GOD. See Rebellion is as the sin of Witchcraft. No difference. They are the same.