“Saul said to Samuel, Yes, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag king of Amalek and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
But the people took from the spoil sheep and oxen, the chief of the things to be utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.”
1 Samuel 15; 20-21
Can you see that as Samuel confronted Saul, Saul concentrated on trying to justify himself before Samuel. He was more concerned about Samuel than he was about God himself. Even if Samuel justified Saul, would God justify him? No!
As a matter of fact, at some point in time having done something wrong, have you not many times put on an outlook to justify yourself before men? You bring forth arguments and clever defence to look nice and clean before men, regardless of how you look before God.
All the arguments Saul was bringing forth was:
“…to sacrifice to the Lord your God…” (v 15, 21).
But God was not impressed. God can never be impressed with human arguments; however clever.
Does it matter to you if people get born again or not, so far God is blessing you, your enemies are dying, your family is doing well, and you are paying your tithe regularly, God’s burden and concern about the sinner is not your business?
Dear friend, since when has God been calling you into ministry, and who does what you need to do in ministry is not your concern?
Does it matter how you make your money, so far you give a fat offering to God and bless the Pastor with special seeds, how God feels about it is history?
Does it matter the technique you use to gather the crowd, in as much as they are gathered in the Lord’s name and you are helping God grow his church, what God wants is inappropriate?
How many times has God confronted you with these issues and many more through the witness of His Spirit upon your conscience? But with your intelligent and clever arguments, you have eventually quenched the voice of the Holy Spirit.
To God all such arguments are ungodly and unrighteous, and for that reason he judged Saul condemned.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because the thing which may be known of God is clearly revealed within them, for God revealed it to them” Romans 1:18-19
Beloved, what God has given you is a long rope, and it is dangerous to continue in pretense to God and even before men.
How many times have you deceived a brother or a sister into believing that you are what you are not? You know how well to speak the church language, but you know how deceptive you are. How many of what you do in secret are kept hidden, even from your pastor and members?
The effect of this position could be eternally consequential and devastating.
“And even as they did not think fit to have God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do the things not right…;who, knowing the righteous order of God, that those practicing such things are worthy of death, not only do them, but have pleasure in those practicing them.” Romans 1: 28:32
What God is saying from the scripture above is simple. If you do not bother to acknowledge God through your obedience, God will quit bothering you and let you run loose. God forbid!
I beseech you therefore, in view of God’s mercy, think deeply about this matter and settle with God now.
Winning an Argument before men and even within you will not justify you before God.