In Mark 12:18-27, the Sadducees came up with a quite improbable scenario in order to question the authority of Jesus. They asked Jesus who a woman would be married to in the resurrection if she had been married to 7 brothers and had been widowed 7 times. What makes their question even more ridiculous is the fact that they didn’t even believe in the resurrection!
People have the capability to entertain some ludicrous thoughts in order to rationalize their disobedience to God.
I was once asked to help a church that had been floundering for years. I quickly determined that the main source of their problems was that they had rejected the Bible’s teaching on church organization and had bought into the American false doctrine of running the church as if it were a democracy. Deacons would outvote the elders, members would outvote the leaders in congregational votes and the elders stood by and allowed all this to happen. Needless to say, the church was a mess.
I suggested that we go back to the Bible and allow the elders to make the most important decisions for the church. I pointed out what Hebrews 13:17 says—“Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
In response to this teaching, some of the more vocal members of the anti-leadership clique actually asked, “What are we supposed to do when they bring around the poisoned Kool-Aid?” Then they nodded in agreement with each other, as if they had decisively won the argument!
Really!? Do you actually think that the leaders in your local church would try to kill you? I have been in some terrible leadership meetings, but none in which murdering the flock was a topic of discussion!
What’s the most ridiculous argument you have ever heard from someone who didn’t want to obey God?
Have you ever been guilty of coming up with your own ludicrous reasons to justify your disobedience?