A brief study of  the Bible reveals the seriousness of disobeying God.   But many do not understand that there are several different ways of disobeying God.   How does one disobey God?  In this article, space will only permit noticing a couple of ways.

    One of the most obvious ways of disobeying God is TO DO WHAT GOD HAS EXPRESSLY FORBIDDEN.  When God forbids our doing a certain thing and we do it anyway, we sin!  In Genesis 2:16,17, Adam and Eve were expressly forbidden to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  The devil, in the form of a serpent, tempted Eve and she ate of the fruit and gave some to Adam and he also ate of it.  Adam and Eve disobeyed God by doing what he had expressly forbidden and they suffered the consequences.  They died spiritually on that day (Genesis 3:16-19).  This is the first sin recorded in the Bible.

    In Genesis 19, God instructed Lot and his family to leave the city of Sodom before He destroyed it. Through His angels, God instructed them to leave quickly and also not to look back.  Lot's wife disobeyed God by looking back. She did exactly what God had expressly forbidden and she was immediately turned into a pillar of salt. 

We read in 1 John 3:4, “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. ”  Even though something may appear trivial to us, if God has forbidden it, we must not do it.  When God forbids something, we must respect his will and not do it!

  A second way we disobey God is BY REFUSING TO DO WHAT IS COMMANDED.   In the book of Jonah we read of God’s instructions to Jonah to go and preach to the wicked city of Ninevah. Instead of obeying God, Jonah boarded a ship that was sailing in the opposite direction.  Because of his refusal to do what God had commanded, he was thrown overboard and swallowed by a great fish that God had prepared for Jonah.  Jonah learned the hard way that there is no hiding from God or escaping our duty to God!  We will either do what God commands us to do and be rewarded or we will suffer the consequences of our failure to obey God.

    King Saul is another example of one who refused to do what God commanded in exactly the way that God commanded it (1 Samuel 15:1-23).  God’s instructions to Saul were to destroy all of the Amalekites and all of their livestock (1 Samuel 15:3) because of their wickedness and rebellion against him.  Saul disobeyed God when he spared the life of King Agag and also spared clean animals that were suitable for sacrifice to God.  His intentions were good, but he was still condemned because he had failed to carry out God’s orders. The prophet Samuel told Saul that the kingdom would be torn from him and given to another.  This Old Testament example should remind us of the importance of doing ALL that God commands, EXACTLY  as God commands!  When we only do a part of what God says, we have not obeyed God.   King Saul lost his throne because of disobedience and we will lose our souls eternally if we disobey God!  James 4:17  says, “So whoever  knows the right  thing  to do and fails to do it,  for him it is sin.”

We can learn a valuable lesson from these Old Testament examples that we have studied and that is:  God says what he means and means what He says!Our eternal destiny depends upon our obedience to God!

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The other day I overheard someone talking about how they love to buy things online. They even observed that as soon as drone delivery is perfected, they won’t have to interact with the UPS person.

Have you noticed that our society is becoming more and more isolated from each other? You no longer have to go to the department stores; just order what you want online. With self-checkout lanes, you don’t even have to talk to the clerk at the grocery store. From drive-through windows to internet shopping, it’s supposed to make our lives easier; but it’s also taking away our interaction with each other.

Unfortunately, many of us apply this same attitude to the church. We slip in, talking to as few people as possible. We find a pew that will allow for a quick getaway, and as soon as the last prayer is over, we make our dash to the car.

I heard a quote which captures this attitude:

To live above with those we know,

Now that will be grace and glory;

To live below with those we know –

Now that’s a different story!

One of the greatest commands we are given is to love one another. How can we do that if we refuse to interact with each other? How can our good works be a light to the world if we refuse to let the world see them?  One  purpose for gathering together in worship is to encourage each other, but how can we do that without talking to, or interacting with, one another?

Let’s make every effort to love one another and let our lives be a light to those we meet!



All up and down this troubled land confusion reigns today;

As honest folks on every hand in doubt are heard to say;

“I cannot tell which church to join, there are so very many.”

To whom we offer this advice -- you should never join any!

You cannot join the church of Christ, no man can vote you in.

The Lord Himself will add you, when He saves you from your sin.

Then take no chances, neighbor; this race but once you'll run.

A church you'd join would be of man, and not the proper one.

Beware a church you cannot find within the sacred pages;

Be safe, dear sinner, rest your soul upon the Rock of Ages.

Be added to His blood-bought church, and drink salvation’s cup.

For every plant God planted not, it shall be rooted up.

No mourner’s bench on Pentecost, the inspired Peter fitted,

But said, “Repent and be baptized, that your sins may be remitted.”

The Lord, who saved and added those who did that day His will;

Will do the same for you, dear friend, for He is adding still,

Let not false teachers lead you wrong, nor close your eyes in slumber;

When Jesus said He'd build His church, 'twas not in plural number!

No choice of churches, neighbor mine, is found beneath the sun,

Though men may have a thousand, our Saviour has but one.


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