When you fail to love and obey God's Word or the King's principles, you fall in a very dangerous category. Disobeying God's Constitution falls in the danger zone of rebellion. Here is what God told the prophet Samuel concerning King Saul: "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the Word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being King". Keep in mind, God the creator wants absolute obedience to His Word, which are His principles for living an effective life while here on this planet called earth.
Saul's independent rebellious actions were as much a denial of God's authority as the recognition of Satan's supernatural power through witchcraft. By the way, witchcraft was condemned by the law of Moses. "You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor shall you practice divination or soothsaying". Keep in mind, God always has standards for His children and citizens. If you are to be in good standing with the King, you must obey His principles. Remember, your behavior here and now will determine your life hereafter. The Creator also stated: "Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God". Now take an evaluation of your thought life and mindset and see where you are in God's Word. The punishment for witchcraft then was death. Now God hasn't lowered His standard. It is that Jesus is our mediator between us and the Father, but soon the chickens will come home to roost.
Remember, Saul's stubborn disobedience was essentially an act of idolatry because he elevated his will above God the Source and Creator. The rejection of God's Word resulted in the rejection of Saul as God's royal representative. Are you obeying God's Word to the fullest or are you just bearing a title?
I Samuel 15:23 Leviticus 19:26 Leviticus 19:31