When a man is self-willed man he has disqualified himself from serving as an elder in the Lord’s Church (Tit 1:7). Peter gave an additional warning when he wrote: “Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock” (1 Pet. 5:3).
Sometimes we hear people trying to excuse their self-willed ways by saying, “It is just human nature to want to have your own way.” We strongly disagree with the foregoing because the Bible says that mankind was made in the image and likeness of deity (Gen. 1:26). The Bible tells us that God is love. The Bible is in fact an account of God’s age old struggle to redeem and save rebellious and lost mankind. If God had been self-willed, He would never have allowed Jesus to die for mankind and all would have been lost. The self-willed do not manifest “human nature” but rather Satanic nature.
Self-Willed means: self-pleasing, denotes one who dominated by self-interest, and inconsiderate of others, arrogantly asserts his own will. A self-willed person is “stubborn and obstinate”. He will obstinately maintain his own opinion, or asserting his own rights over biblical facts. He is reckless of the rights, feelings and interests of others. He is ready to destroy the weak souls around him just to prove his opinions are equal or superior to God’s Holy Word.
In 2 Peter 2:9-12, the apostle Peter affirms that God will “reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.” He numbers among them to be punished, those that “despise government”__the presumptuous and the self-willed!
Truly, those who practice the “Golden Rule,” “love their neighbors as themselves”, and regard others as more important than themselves; expose the self-willed for what they truly are___ agents of the Devil! Let us always remember this: We can live life one of two ways (1) Our Way or (2) God’s Way. Our way will get our soul cast into hell. God’s way leads to eternal life (Matt 7:13,14).