1st Samuel 12:14-15


By Mike Walls


Introduction: I don't like to use the term, "religion," very much, because it too often is associated with the works of men who are trying to be saved by their own efforts. However, if I may use the term to describe a believer's worship and service to God, I will say that it appears that the founders of our country came to America in search of freedom OF religion. However, there are people in leadership in America today who are rebels against God. They want freedom FROM religion.

  This quest for freedom from religion has cause the ruin of many lives.  They want to be a rebel.  What has the Bible have to say about a rebel?

                                                          1st Samuel 15:23

“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.” 

                                                                        Proverbs 17:11

“An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.”

  Rebellion is seen in the music of today, the movies that we watch and motives of those around us.  James Dean, an actor of my youth was called Rebel without a Cause.  Billy Graham’s son wrote a book about himself called:  Rebel with a cause.  I don’t want to be known as a rebel especially since we know what the Bible says about the subject. 

  Rebellion is not just a youth thing.  A preacher was in a grocery store one day.  This old man was coming to the express lane, which was 10 items, or less with a shopping cart of 25-30 items.  The young cashier reminded him gently that this was the express lane.  He stated cussing and carrying on saying “I won’t have anybody telling me what to do.” 

  Schoolteachers tell us there is a chain of fear in the public education system. School boards fear the voters. Administrators fear the school boards. Faculty fears the administrators. Administrators fear the parents. Parents fear the kids. But the kids fear no one!

  Today, let’s look at some things that these rebels want freedom from.


I.     FREEDOM FROM RULES        1st Thessalonians 5:14          

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.”

                                                  Titus 1:10

For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision”

                                                          James 3:8

          “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”

      What is the word that describes a rebel here in these three verses?  It is the word “unruly”.  It means in the Bible disorderly, out of ranks (often so of soldiers); irregular, unreasonable pleasures; deviating from the prescribed order or rule.  It was used in Greek society of those who did not show up for work.  It also means not made subject and that cannot be subjected to control, disobedient, unruly and noncompliant.  Last of all it means that cannot be restrained.  Does this sound like something that we see regularly?

      Let me give you three thoughts on this line of thought in regards to freedom desired by rebels that includes the rules.

        A.   Rebels don't like direction.  That is why the phrase No Fear has so popular with teens today.  They don’t want direction in their lives.  Why?  They may have to obey some rules.  They prefer to be unruly.  They think it is cool.  But God condemns it and lumps it in with sin of witchcraft.  What was the Bible penalty for witchcraft?

                                                          Exodus 22:18

             “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”

    In fact, rebellious children were taken out of the city and stoned if found guilty of rebellion.  Aren’t you glad that we live under the period of grace where folks can get saved?

        B.   Rebels don't like demands.  Since a rebel likes to do his or her own thing, they don’t like demands on their time, talents or treasures.  In a family, there is always some kind of demand. 

        C.   Rebels don't like duties.  Teen pregnancy is at an all time high.  Since we live in an enlighten age and condoms are given by the school, why is this?  Boys want their cake but don’t want to the responsibility or the duty of caring for those children. 

                 For some girls, being pregnant is a status symbol.  But they don’t the duty of raising that child.  So they have the grandmother raise the baby.  Thank God for grandmothers who try to raise the grandchildren for the glory of God.



                                                          Romans 6:20

        For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

        A.   Rebels don't like the preaching of righteousness. In fact, that is why some families leave good sound churches because they don’t want to live righteously and don’t want to sit under the sound of preaching of righteousness.

             1. We are supposed to live righteously  

                                                          Titus 2:12

“Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world”

                   Why should live righteously?  It identifies us as real Christians.

                                                          1st Peter 2:9

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light”                                                                      

             2. We are supposed to talk righteously.

                                                          Colossians 4:6

“Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”                           

                     What is talking righteously?  It is words that are clean without a hint of vulgarity.                   3. We are supposed to walk righteously.         

                                                       Ephesians 5:15

                 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise

        B.   Rebels don't like the promotion of righteousness.       

                                                          Proverbs 14:34                           

             Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.               

             1. Abortions should illegal not the protesting of them.

             2. Sodomy should be illegal not the protesting of it being a hate crime.

             3. Liquor should be illegal.

                   In the average church in America, I would be considered a rebel against the norm.

What is being considered the norm?  Divorced parents and single parent home are considered normal.  Sodomy is considered normal.  Living together without the benefit of a marriage license is considered normal.  (We used to call that shacking up but now we call it living together.)

        C.   Rebels don't like the presence of righteousness

             1. It bothers them to even see others do right.

             2.   A godly man doesn't even have to "preach" at them to make rebels angry. All he has to do is be in their presence.


III.   FREEDOM FROM REGRETS   Proverbs 14:13

          “Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.”

                                                          Proverbs 13:15

        “Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.”

        A.   They want freedom from the regrets of the pain to themselves.

        B.   They want freedom from the regrets of the power of sin over them.

        C.   They want freedom from the regrets of the people they have hurt.

    No regrets maybe today but tomorrow may be another story.  (Pay day some day- Ahab and Jezebel had no regrets when they stole the vineyard from Naboth.  But they both regretted their sin.  They both died violent deaths.)

                 If you get to get old, you will live with the regrets   of not serving God, not loving the Bible and thousands of other regrets.



                                                          Romans 14:12

          So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

        A.   They want freedom from the outcomes they experienced.

    Sin will always take you farther than you wanted to go; it will always keeper longer than you wanted to stay and it will cost you more than you wanted to pay.

        B.   They want freedom from the others they defiled.

                 Defiling others with your ideals.

                 Defiling others with your idols.

                 Defiling others with your insubordination.

                 Defiling others with your indignation.

                 Defiling others with your iniquity.

        C.   They want freedom from the opportunities they forsook.

    It may be opportunity to lead others to Christ.  It may be opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.  It may be opportunity to know Christ in an intimate way.


Conclusion: Do you really want to be known as a rebel?  Rejecting the clear teaching of the Word of God is rebellion.  Refusing to listen to the clear teaching of the Word of God is nothing less than rebellion. 

  If you are being rebellious, then you need to confess your rebellion as sin to the Lord Jesus.

                                                          1st John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”