Seven Ways To Disobey God.
This presentation is obviously and admittedly a negative approach, exemplifying how man can fail to submit to the will of God. It is our aim that by simply presenting these seven ways in which man can and does disobey God, we can be more sensitive and cognizant regarding any indication of disobedience on our part. We do not want to be “…ignorant of Satan’s devices” (2 Cor. 2: 11). I am not sure that these seven ways are the only ways, there can certainly be semantical consideration, however, in the main, they cover the possibilities.
God has always required man to accept and explicitly obey:
“6: And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7: If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door” (Gen. 4, cp. Heb. 11: 4).
The final dispensation in which we live, the age of grace, is no different:
“8: Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;9: And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him” (Heb. 5).
We must realize that God speaks to us and commands us through his Son:
Hebrews 1: 1, 2, Acts 3: 22, 23, 2 John 9-11, John 12: 48.
1. By Doing What Is Forbidden (Gen. 2:16, 17; 3: 6).
Adam and Eve, in eating the forbidden fruit, violated the Will of God. We refer to this kind of sin as a sin of commission. They committed an act which God specifically had prohibited. Men today often do exactly what He has forbidden.
2. By Refusing To Do What God Has Commanded (Jas. 4: 17; Luke 7:30; Heb. 10: 25).
Some believe that more sin by failing to do what is commanded than by any other way (cp. Luke 16: 19-31, Acts 10: 1, 2, 11: 14).
3. By Adding To The Word Of God (Deut. 4: 2; Rev. 22: 18).
Adding to God’s word or commandments is very common (cp. Eph. 5: 19; Col. 2: 12, I Pet. 5: 2).
4. By Taking From The Word Of God (Deut. 4: 2; Rev. 22: 19).
To take from God's Word is a sin of the same sort as to add to His Word. Some talk about “non-essential commands.” (Cp. Heb. 5: 8, 9; Matt. 5: 32).
5. By ostensibly obeying, but the heart is absent (Luke 18: 9-14).
Saul learned this lesson the hard way (I Sam. 15: 22, 23. cp. Rom. 6: 17, 18, Rev. 2: 1-7).
6. By Substituting For What God Has Commanded (Lev.10:1-3).
Nadab and Abihu, though they offered fire, did not offer the fire that God had commanded, and thus were consumed because of the strange fire. (Cp. sprinkling for baptism.)
7. By not respecting the silence of the scriptures (cp. Heb. 7: 14).
"Would it be scripturally allowable for brethren to form a missionary society, having its president, board of directors and treasury through which to preach the gospel, support preachers, and send out preachers, with theproviso that this "Reach the Lost Foundation" did not solicit or accept monies from churches (just individuals)?“ (I Tim. 3: 15.)
“18: And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more” (Num. 22).
“5: His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it” (John 2).