If there is a God and if His kingdom is on the earth, then it follows that if we act against His word or His anointed, we must of necessity justify our behavior, according to my theory (that we justify ourselves through self-deception whenever we go against the truth). The word becomes less valid and the anointed of God become less authoritative to us. In my growing up life I observed what seemed to me to be clear self-justification/self-deception of this type. I think it helped me be extra cautious of it in myself, and served as further evidence of the truth. For why would we act as if we were justifying ourselves, unless there was something true we were acting against?