Every Man Did That Which Was Right in His Own Eyes
By David J. Stewart
Judges 21:25, “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”
The Bible says in the book of Judges that every man did that which was right in his own eyes. We're not talking about people who chose to do wrong here. They chose to do right the Bible says; but they chose for themselves what was right. These are sincere people who said, “I want to do right, but I will decide what's right.” Proverbs 21:2, “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.” Nothing is hid from the eyes of the Lord (Hebrews 4:13). God sees our very thoughts and pondereth our heart (Psalms 139:1-7).
May I say, the Word of God should decide what is right! The King James Bible tells us what is right. The Devil came to Eve in the Garden of Eden and quoted God's Word to Eve. Satan said, “If you'll just eat of the tree, you'll be as gods knowing good and evil.” So Eve said, “I want to know what's good and what's right, what's bad.” So Eve ate of the tree of the Garden so she could decide for herself what's good and evil.
No one has a right to decide what is good or evil. No preacher has a right to decide what is good or evil. No church has a right, no young person has a right, no feminist has a right, to decide for them self what is good and evil. God has a right to decide what's good and evil.
The Bible says that every man DID RIGHT; but he decided what was right in his own eyes. The abortionists have decided that they are doing the right thing. Planned Parenthood has decided that abortion is right. The U.S. Supreme Court has decided that abortion is right. Over 50,000,000 women in the United States have decided that abortion is right. But God says they are doing evil (Exodus 20:13).
They are all doing what is right in their own eyes. Eve decided it was right to eat the forbidden fruit. The people in the book of Judges decided for themselves what is right. But they were doing evil. God's Law is right!
The gay community has decided that homosexuality is right. Feminists have decided that rebellion is right. Drunkards have decided that booze is right. Communists have decided that tyranny is right. Only God has a right to decide what's good and evil. God says that homosexuality, feminism, drunkenness and Communism are evil.
Catholics have decided that it is right to chant “Hail Mary” and bow to statues. The Vatican has decided that it is right to confess your sins to a wicked priest who is saturated with sins himself. God says that the Catholic religion is straight out of the pits of Hell (Matthew 15:8; Mark 7:6-13; Romans 10:3-4; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1st Timothy 4:1-3). These are sincere people who all said, “I will do what is right, but I will decide what is right.” You had better get right with God you sorry rascal, and stop making your own decisions. God decides what is right and wrong!
There are many sincere people who want to do right, but they want to decide for themselves what is good and evil. The consequences are deadly. Proverb 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverb 3:5-7 tells us to trust wholeheartedly in the Lord Jesus Christ, and not to lean upon our own understanding; to fear God and depart from evil, and not to be wise in our own eyes.
There is always someone to tell you that you are doing right to do evil. That's what Satan did to Eve. The Devil said it was right to eat the forbidden fruit; but it was evil because God said don't do it. There is always someone to tell you that you are doing right to do evil.
Did you know that Adolf Hitler professed to be a God-fearing Christian? It is true...
"Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.” –Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf)
Adolf Hitler either sincerely thought in his own mind that he was justified in mass-murdering millions of innocent people; or else he was a liar of liars and falsely made the preceding statement to deceive the German people in his infamous work, Mein Kampf.
Regardless, Hitler professed to be a Christian. Scary huh? Anything can be justified if you deny God and His Law, because then man becomes the highest moral standard. It was a sad day in America when Judge Roy Moore was disbarred as a judge for refusing to remove the Ten Commandments from the front of his courtroom. The higher judges made an issue where there was no issue, abusing their power.
God will judge those judges out of the words of their own mouths, who put themselves above God's Law. Judge Moore was accused of “willfully and publicly” flouting the court's order to remove the Ten Commandments. Yet, it is those very same judges who “willfully and publicly” flout God's holy Commandments. I am not being unkind, just truthful. God's Law is the highest Law in the universe.
As we see in these two examples that I just gave you, people don't always do what is right, but they think it is right. Hitler claimed he was doing “the will of the Almighty Creator.” Hitler was a fan of Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species. I sincerely doubt if Hitler even believed he was a Christian. Regardless, my point is that Hitler convinced the German people and the world that he was a true Christian, and they believed him. Over 200,000,000 people have been murdered over the past two centuries in a series of wars, every one of those wars were declared on the basis of being proper, right and according to God's will. Obviously someone is lying.
There are plenty of wicked feminists who will tell you it is right to divorce; but it is evil. There are plenty of wicked perverts who will tell you it is right to commit homosexuality; but it is evil. There are plenty of wicked murderers who will tell you it is right to have an abortion; but it is evil. There are plenty of wicked Communists who will tell you it is right to give up your freedoms in exchange for security; but it is evil. There are plenty of wicked drunkards who will tell you it is right to get buzzed on alcohol; but it is evil. There are plenty of wicked whores who will tell you it is right to dress immodestly; but it is evil. It is evil! It is evil! God said it is evil!
Most people live by their own rules, instead of living by God's rules found in the Bible. Some people even corrupt the meaning of the Scriptures in an attempt to justify their wickedness (Romans 1:25), whether it be a divorce or an abortion; but God decides what is good and evil. For the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
Only God has the right to decide what is good and evil.
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