REBELLION, A SIN OF WITCHCRAFT
1 Samuel 15:23
(23) For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. (or any other position of rank, like a pastor). (Tom Lessing: In other words, stubbornness is just as good as kneeling or falling down before and worshipping a statue of Buddha or any other idol).
What I am about to write here on the topic of rebellion is not at all easy for me and may offend my son, Bernard and his wife, Marilie. However, if they are convinced that they are following Jesus Christ and not another Jesus and that they are not deceived in any which way possible, then they have no need to be offended and should rebuke me for accusing them falsely in public.
1 Timothy 5:20 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
20 As for those who are guilty and persist in sin, rebuke and admonish them in the presence of all, so that the rest may be warned and stand in wholesome awe and fear.
Please pay attention to the fact that Paul addresses all those who hold leadership positions in the church such as pastors and elders. They in particular need to guard against false teachers and their false doctrines lest God’s disciplinary measures fall on the entire church congregation.
Others may take me to task for daring to expose my son’s and his wife’s “wandering star” escapades (Jude 1:13). Paul of Tarsus openly rebuked many false teachers by name in public and I intend doing the same because they need to repent of their waywardness and rebellion before it is too late.
I never could understand why false teachers become so exceedingly angry and often want to take you to court when you expose their heresies in the public arena. “How dare you mention my name or post a photo of me on your website” is usually their line of defence. They don’t mind maligning, belittling, attacking, slandering and libelling the God of the Bible in public but as soon as you expose their damnable heresies they are up in arms. Their public image is far more important to them than God and the purity of his doctrines. We are commanded to defend God’s doctrines and not the false, heretical teachers who make a mockery of God, his Son, and their doctrines.
Jude 3 Amplified Bible (AMP)
3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I was compelled to write to you [urgently] appealing that you fight strenuously for [the defense of] the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints [the faith that is the sum of Christian belief that was given verbally to believers].
I refuse to whimper and snivel under the threats of these false teachers (even though they are my own flesh and blood) when they malign, libel, belittle, slander and attack my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and his doctrines in public. Jesus said, “if you love me keep my commandments (doctrines) (2 John verse 9) and curses those who do not love Him in this way.
1 Corinthians 16:22
(22) If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema (accursed, cast into hell) Maranatha.
Guilt often expresses itself through anger and resentment. Truth on the other hand always remains docile and meek when accusations are proven wrong. Therefore, it is incumbent upon them to prove that I am wrong in my assessments, and if I am wrong I will gladly offer them both a public apology. There is only one condition. They must prove me wrong from the Word of God and not from an emotionally biased position.
I have spoken out against false doctrines and heresies for many years but this will probably be the most difficult post I have ever written in all my life. Nonetheless, I cannot desist because it may be the very last opportunity I have to warn my son, Bernard and his wife, Marilie Lessing, not because I hate them but because I love them with all my heart and I don’t want their blood on my hands when I may die sometime in the near future.
Whether they are going to heed my warning, is doubtful. Nevertheless, this article may be of some assistance to those who are prepared to listen and to do something about it. In fact, the Bible says:
(29) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Some have ears but they refuse to listen. They stop their ears.