“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” 1 Samuel 15:23
King Saul was to war against Amalek and utterly destroy everything.
He did not. Saul thought it best to save the choice sheep and oxen to sacrifice to the Lord, while the people helped themselves to the spoils.
The prophet Samuel arrived and told Saul, “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of rams.” 1 Samuel 15:22
It seems like King Saul was doing a good thing in thinking of a sacrifice for God but in doing so he disobeyed God.
This disobedience cost him the throne.
I’ve never thought of myself in the same terms with witchcraft or idolatry. This verse demonstrates the possibility for each person to commit the sin of witchcraft or idolatry.
It is never right to rebel against God but is it right to rebel against injustice and wrong doing in those that rule over you?
Evil is evil no matter who does it. Sin is sin no matter who commits it.
Do not think just because you are an elected official or appointed leader you have a right to sin or skirt around virtue, morality, and righteousness. Or use your position as a means of personal gain.
It may be a greater sin to knowingly allow such behavior.
Things would have turned out different had someone stood up to King Saul and said, “You really need to destroy everything according to the word of the Lord!”