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The Variety Of Ways Mankind Disobeys God

A sincere Christian never seeks ways that they can disobey God. They are seeking ways that they can obey God in sincerity, and in truth. Josh 24:14 The scriptures indicate a variety of ways in which man can disobey God.

The Sin Of Commission

By doing what is forbidden Adam and Eve transgressed the will of God be eating the forbidden fruit. They committed an act which God specifically had prohibited. The ten commandments contain such commandments which were strictly forbidden. (e.g. Thou shalt not kill, steal, commit adultery.) Ex 20:3-17

In the new testament women were forbidden from speaking in the churches. 1 Cor 14:33-40 They also were forbidden to teach the Word of God, or to exercise authority over man. (e.g. eldership)1 Cor 14:33-40f; 1 Tim 2:11-15 Man was forbidden from divorcing his wife for any reason, except it be for fornication. Mt 5:32f; Mt 19:9 Man was forbidden to abandon his family financially. 1 Tim 5:8

The Sin Of Omission

Many refuse to do what God has commanded us to do. The Pharisees and lawyers in Lk. 7:30 rejected the counsel of God on baptism. James states that when one knows to do good and does it not, to him it is sin. Jam 4:17 One can do nothing, and be sent to hell for doing nothing, for God has made demands upon us. The ten commandments contain such commandments which were directly commanded. (e.g. Remember Sabbath and Honor parents)

All were commanded to obey the gospel of Christ. Mt 28:19,20f; Mk 16:16 All who reject the gospel shall be punished with everlasting destruction. 2 Thess 1:7-9

The Sin of Altering

God states that if one adds unto his Word, the plagues written in the word will be added to that person, and if they take way from the Word, their name will be removed from the book of Life. Rev 22:18,19 When a prophet spoke presumptuously of that which God commanded not, that prophet died. Deut. 18; 20 The true servants of God spoke in the name of the Lord, and by God’s Authority. (e.g. The prophets, Jesus, and the apostles) 2 Pet 1:21ff; John 12:49,50; Acts 4:19,20

Paul therefore insists that we must learn not to go beyond the things which are written. 1 Cor. 4:6 We must avoid man’s wisdom and speak what the holy Spirit authorizes, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 2 Cor 2:13

The Sin of Substitution

Cain substituted a vegetable sacrifice for what God had commanded (Heb. 11:4) and God had no respect for his gift. Nadab and Abihu, though they offered fire, did not offer the fire that God had specifically commanded, and thus were consumed by their strange fire. Christians must learn to “Accept No Substitute For The Truth”, if they intend to obey God faithfully. (1 Sam. 15:22, 23).

When man substitutes man’s doctrine for the doctrine of Christ they worship God in vain (as though they never worshiped God). Mt 15:7-9 Self made doctrines draw us away from the truth. Col 2:23f;Tit 1:14 God will accept only one gospel, one doctrine, and will not accept any substitute whatsoever. Gal 1:8,9; 2 Jn 9

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