ďRebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness
is as iniquity and idolatry.Ē This was said by the
prophet Samuel to King Saul after that Saul had returned
from the war with the Amalekites. Saul had been
commanded by God to go and destroy the Amalekites and
their possessions including their livestock. However,
the children of Israel had saved the best of the
livestock alive in order to do sacrifice with them, and
had spared the King of the Amalekites. According to what
God told King Saul it is better to obey than sacrifice.
Because of Saulís rebellion against the word of the
Lord, Saul was rejected from being King over Israel.
Rebellion is laid up in the heart of man. Rebellion
began in the garden of Eden, when Satan rebelled against
God and worked to try to overthrow God by telling the
woman that she would not surely die if she ate of the
fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but
that she would become as gods, knowing good and evil.
The woman rebelled against God when she ate of the
forbidden fruit and the man rebelled against God when he
took of the fruit and ate thereof. As a result of their
rebellion, the serpent, the woman, and the man were all
cursed. Furthermore, thru Adamís sin, sin entered into
the world, and death by sin passed upon all mankind.
Thus all mankind is plagued by the rebellion of Adam.
Man, before he is born of the Spirit, is in a completely
rebellious state against God. He does not like to retain
God in his knowledge and has said in his heart that
there is no God. Before the flood, we see in man that
every imagination of the thought of his heart was only
evil continually and violence filled the earth.
Similarly, today we see unregenerate man trying to
overthrow the laws of God and to deny the existence of
God. It doesnít matter how much creationists can show
that the earth is only about six thousand years old, the
problem isnít with manís head, but the problem is with
manís heart, because he is bound and determined to
attempt to prove the non-existence of God. Likewise,
unregenerate men, strive to overthrow the moral laws of
God. We are continually being plagued with political
attacks on the ten commandments. Men say that adultery
is all right and that it is all right for homosexual
unions and that killing the unborn is all right Whereas
Godís laws condemn such action, yet man is in rebellion
After the flood, the children of men followed a man by
the name of Nimrod in rebellion against God. God had
told man to be fruitful and to multiply and to replenish
the earth and to subdue it. Under Nimrod man set about
to build a city and a tower whose top might reach to
heaven. This was rebellion because it was designed to
hold man together under the government of man in a one
world government, thus throwing off the government of
God. God thwarted this rebellion by confusing the
tongues of men so that they could not understand one
anotherís speech. Now this hasnít stop man from
attempting to rebuild a one world government, but has
served as a giant hindrance in the way to that effort.
Throughout manís history he has tried to build a one
world government: Babel, Assyria, Babylon, Medea and
Persia, Greece, Rome, and in this modern day world, such
is attempted under the umbrella of the United Nations.
Each of the beastly attempts have resulted in laws and
ordinances in direct opposition to the laws of God.
Furthermore, a one world government is not a friend to
In the spiritual realm, we also see rebellion, as it was
prophesied that in that day, ďSeven women would take
hold of one man, saying, ĎWe will eat our own bread and
wear our own apparel, only let us be called by thy name
to take away our reproach.íĒ We are living in a day when
many want to be called by the name of Christ and to be
known as the church of Christ, but they donít want his
doctrines of grace, nor do they want to worship in the
manner that his word prescribes. Thus they want their
own gospel and they want their own practices. They are
in rebellion against the true gospel of Christ and they
are in rebellion against the government of Christ, but
they want to be called by the name of Christ. Practices
invented by men in rebellion against the government of
Christ include mission societies, Sunday schools,
Seminaries and Preachers Seminars, tithing as a new
testament practice, women preachers, salaried ministers,
instrumental music, church auxiliaries, and church
Lest we think that rebellion does not affect us as Old
Baptists, let us consider the preacher Jonah. God had
commanded Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach that which
he bid him, but Jonah rebelled and went in the opposite
direction. He found a ship and went down into the ship
and set sail, trying to flee from the presence of the
Lord. A great storm arose and Jonah was found out and
cast over the side of the ship and swallowed of a great
fish. There in the belly of the whale, Jonah lifted up
his eyes and confessed himself to be in the belly of
hell and proclaimed that salvation is of the Lord. The
fish vomited Jonah up on dry land and Jonah went and
preached that which God bid him to Nineveh. Please note
that Jonah suffered for his rebellion as do we as Godís
children suffer when we rebel. The closest thing that
Godís children suffer to hell is in this time world when
we rebel against him.
The children of Israel said that we will not have this
man (Jesus) to rule over us. Also, they said that we
have no king, but Caesar. Obviously they were in
rebellion against God. However, we also can be in
rebellion against God by our actions. Do we not rebel
against God when we fail to press into Godís kingdom
thru water baptism? Do not we rebel against God when we
fail to seek first the kingdom of God and his
righteousness? Do not we rebel against God when we fail
to maintain Godís government in our churches? Do not we
rebel against God when we fail to live up to the
standards of conduct laid down in Godís word, including
both our dress and our life styles? Do not we rebel
against God when we fail to maintain our marriages
according to the pattern taught us in the scriptures?
Surely, the list could go on and on. We need to
recognize our own rebellious hearts and strive to root
out rebellion in our lives wherever we find it. May God
help us in this endeavor.
Elder Vernon Johnson
Grace Ye Are Saved
Itís by grace ye are saved and that not of yourselves,
Itís the gift of God, thereís not anything left,
For us to do but worship, serve, and obey.
Done before the worldís foundation and on till to day
In throughout eternity letís all praise the Lord
The God of everything chose to bring us aboard.
A wretch such as you, a wretch such as I
Made heir with Christ where the soul never dies.
Who can comprehend a gift thatís so great?
Never a natural eye only thru eyes of faith.
Itís no wonder they try to get right with God,
Establishing their own righteousness is an impossible
For Christ is the end of righteousness to all who
Only thru this truth our heart is relieved.
The Day star rises in our heart to shine bright,
Taking us out of the dark that we may walk in the light,
To lay hold of the gift which God doth provide,
Thru the leadership of the Comforter, our Holy Guide.
Leading us on the Kingís highway with streets gold
All others the broad way, itís by grace ye are saved.
Grace and mercy according to his word,
A gift we couldnít earn, saved from a death we deserve.
Sinners canít save sinners, go do the math,
It took a sinless sacrifice to satisfy Godís wrath,
Not blood of sheep, goats, bullocks, or even the law,
Besides the law comes from God, itís without any flaw.
It was given to man to expose his imperfection,
While establishing rules, order, and direction.
But only Godís power can impart a new nature,
Thus the law is great, but grace is greater.
The Father is in charge, overseeing His creation,
Destroying all His enemies with timely dispensation,
With the final enemy being death and the grave,
Thru Godís faith in Christ, itís by grace ye are saved.
Bro. Elmo Griffin