Napoléon Roussel on robbing God

Reformed Covenanter

Puritanboard Commissioner
There are many ways of playing the thief. The act of thieving may be gone about in different ways; it may be accomplished by force, by cunning, or by abuse of confidence. If a philanthropist gives into your hand a certain sum, destined to benevolent purposes, and you put it to your own use, is not that a theft? Now, if we put God in the place of man, does the action change its name? Is it because the Creator has an unquestionable right to goods whereof he is the only, absolute, and rightful owner, that we think we may with impunity subtract and employ them in a way opposed to his commands?

Do we act thus, because God suffers himself to be robbed? But he suffers himself to be denied, insulted, outraged. He permits bis funds to be wasted, just as he permits falsehood, injustice, or any other sin. Shall we, then, say that such do him no wrong, and that he needs nothing? Why, neither does he need our love, our worship, nor our services; he asks them for our sake, not his own— for our good, not for his.

For the reference, see Napoléon Roussel on robbing God.