“You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you.” Deut. 4:2 (ESV)
Essentially the same message is given by The Apostle John as he concludes The writing of The Revelation of Jesus Christ, Revelation 22:18,19 (KJV)
However, the language used by John in this text is a bit more stern and descriptive of judgment for such an act of taking away or adding to the writing of God’s Word.
I keep running into a brick wall with many God loving persons who refuse to allow God to have any emotion except LOVE.
You may NOT say that God sends judgment, (DESPITE WHAT THE Bible says) or any thing that is negative in that vein of thought. You may not “accuse God” of ever being angry. Dare you ever say that the Blood washed, Jesus bought persons ever need to repent. You will be stopped in the middle of your thought with corrections on your disloyalty to the God and the Scriptures.
This is a difficult place to live for a Teacher of the Word.
So I am asking myself, “What other words might I use to tell the full message of God?”
I am befuddled. Where has the enemy placed Red Flags that keep God loving people from hearing what GOD says?
I think that there have been false teachers of the Word who have brain-washed the flock. They have been instructed that anyone, who expresses differently than “THIS I have said,” is to be avoided or corrected.
Well yes, it is true, Paul also said that, but Paul presented the full Gospel. These teachers want to GET people saved and stop right there. Is it because they are too cautious about challenging Christian Believers to discipline their lives, to live holy lives?
“You are forgiven now, you are not held accountable for sins, you do not any longer need to repent.” Meanwhile, they never mention the ‘WORKS of the flesh.” as do all the Epistles of the New Testament writers.
In short, they do not disciple their flocks.
Clearly the Bible teaches that when we receive Jesus as our Savior, our inherited SIN is covered with His blood, we receive the Seal of The Holy Spirit, our SIN is forgiven, we do become a NEW Creature, but we still live in a body of flesh that SINS, doing things God does not like us to do.
Therefore, we MUST confess those wrong doings to God, ask forgiveness, and earnestly make effort to eradicate that action in our lives. Yes, yes, when we confess those things, we do get forgiven of that also. But confession of the sins is required.
All the Epistles tell us these truths and give us instructions about what The Lord expects of us in our life styles and in our relationships.
I want to say this to all my Correctors:
PLEASE, DON’T TALK TO ME ABOUT THIS UNTIL YOU HAVE READ ALL THE NEW TESTAMENT.
May I also point out that the Gospels are NOT the entirety of the New Testament.
The New Covenant started when Jesus died and rose from the Dead.
The Book of Acts is the history and the beginning of the Church under The New Covenant.
The Epistles tell us how we are to live as Christians under The New Covenant.
Everyone should read the Epistles before correcting people who do read them. They ARE after all, instructions for believers, who are living under the New Covenant.