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Editing God’s Word

Editing God’s Word

(leads to delusion, doubt, unbelief and total destruction)

          In the beginning was the Word- established in Heaven. Jesus is the Living Word come down in the flesh. If we deny the truth of the Word, do we not crucify The Lord Jesus all over again? If we attempt to add or take away one 'jot or title,' do we not exalt ourselves to the position of "editor in chief" of God's Word, exalting our own wisdom and opinions high above the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit? The Bible devotes all of Psalm 119 to the subject of the benefits and truth of God's Word.  As those who profess to be believers in Christ as Savior and Lord, shouldn't we take extreme care not to deny the truth of God's Word? Or have we become so wise in our own eyes that we consider ourselves more intelligent than God?  Consider the following scripture: "ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect (complete), thoroughly furnished unto all good works." (II Timothy 3: 16, 17)  If we have some doubt about some portion of scripture, doesn't it seem to be far more sensible to consider that the error is in our lack of understanding rather than an error in the truth of the Word of God?

          Should we not always defer to The Lord and depend upon His Holy Spirit who leads and guides us into all truth, if we will only ask Him?  "Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee."  "Thy Word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever."

God's word frees us to be what God has purposed and designed us to be. "And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts."  "How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth."  "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."  "Blessed are they that keep His testimonies and that seek Him with the whole heart.  (verses from Psalm 119)

          The editing of God's Word can only lead to deception and ever increasing decadence doubt, unbelief, and eventually the destruction of one’s fellowship and walk with the Lord.  The practice of doing so leaves the word of God opened to self interpretation, with the final result being that each person involved in such practices perverts the word so as to make it mean whatever each individual wants it to mean.  The word of God is true and can not be changed to suit your agenda or mine.  Putting our own individual “twist” on the word of God is to distort and pervert it into another gospel, making it ‘not’ the true gospel.  “We have also a sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth into a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: knowing this first that, no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (II Peter 1: 19- 21)  Until Christ, the day star, returns in His full glory, we have the word of God and His Holy Spirit to illuminate and reveal His glory unto us.  The word of God did not come to  as some creative work of men, but God inspired them so that His message to us is reliable and true and authentic, making Him the author and finisher of our faith.  If you doubt the ability of God to move men to write His thoughts, then you doubt the very existence of the Holy Spirit and His power, placing your own faith under suspicion as to whether you truly believe in God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  In which case, I seriously urge you to go before the Lord and seek His face that you be not deceived and die in your sins.   

          We are taught that, in the last days, man will be drawn aside to follow teachings which "tickles the ears."  They will turn aside from sound doctrine which teaches of truth through instruction, correction, and rebuke which establishes personal responsibility, self discipline and acknowledgment of sin, and need of God for forgiveness of sin.  We will not want to seek God anymore, for that would mean that we would need to submit our will to His. Mankind, in like manner as Satan, is prideful. He doesn't want anyone telling him what he should or should not do.  He resents even the idea that he should obey anyone other than being led by his own desires and will.    

          My question is, “If following and being obedient unto God is my desire, then should any sacrifice on my part be too great?” At first glance, it may appear that submitting our will to the will of God may mean that we may have to change or give up a lot that we once thought we wanted or needed in our life.  When, in reality, anything that we might “give up or let go of” is always replaced by something else that God knows is far better for us.  The “rich young man” lost the gift of eternal life because his earthly riches were far more important to him.  He could not see beyond this present and temporary life.  It wasn’t that Jesus did not want the young man to have riches, but that He wanted to give him greater eternal riches than the young man could have ever imagined.  He doesn’t just give us life, but rather a far more abundant life.  At one time, Satan tried to lie to me by telling me that if I chose to put God first, it could mean that He would take my husband away from me.  At the time, my husband was not a believer.  Yet, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I realized that, no matter what happened; I had to choose to go on with the Lord.  Thank God that I did, for had I not, the rest of my life may have taken an entirely different path.  The blessings of the Lord are many.  Months later after I had made my decision to follow Jesus, I was blessed by being able to be a witness to my husband, my love, being reborn and receiving Jesus as his Lord and Savior.   We can never out give the Lord. Did He not leave all the glories of heaven to come to earth to sacrifice His life for us on the cross to pay for our sins?  Did He not suffer all kinds of hatred, persecutions, and beatings for our sakes?  Did He not suffer separation from His Heavenly Father that all of our sins might be placed on Him to pay the debt that we owed, but could not pay, for our redemption?  Knowing that, could we ever give up more than what He gave up for us?  Could we ever do more for Him than what He's done for you and me?

          Maybe you are ensnared in a life style that you think is a part of you and there is no way out of it.  Maybe you’ve been trapped in addictions.  I don’t pretend to submit that receiving Jesus is just going to remove all adversities from life.  Miracles can and do happen, but also the fight to overcome that which would try to separate us from God, may be a battle which takes a great commitment of time, patience, and perseverance in prayer, and help from the power of the Holy Spirit, to set us free from the grip of strongholds.  We must keep in mind that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph. 6: 12)  With perseverance in the Lord, we can overcome all the fiery darts of the enemy for “greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.” (I John 4: 4)  To stand against the enemy we must put on the full armor of God, and never give up the fight. (Eph. 6: 10 – 20) 

     Romans 1 says: there is no excuse for man not to know God. Also, editing God's word and replacing the truth with compromise and self interpretation (giving it whatever meaning that is pleasing in your own sight, or depending upon one's own interpretation as to what should be taken out, left in, changed, or ignored all together) can only lead to confusion, doubt, unbelief, and eventual removal of any standard to discern right and wrong.  If there is any doubt, always choose to believe that it is not an error in God’s word, but rather an error or lack of understanding on your part.  Remember, God’s wisdom and knowledge is always greater than yours or that of any thought of mankind.  When we doubt God or try to second guess Him, we make ourselves subject to deception through our own flesh, the world, Satan, and his demons.  Yes, the powers of Satan are real, and he is a foe that we must be equipped and prepared to fight against, in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the truth of the word of God.  Always test the spirits; if anything is contrary to the word of God give no adherence to it. Give not appearance of evil and give no place to the devil. (I Thess. 5:22 and Eph. 4: 27 – 32)  Run from it, and run into the arms of the Lord.  Remember, the battle is won “not by might, and not by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord.” (Zechariah 4: 6)

          Today, so many pastors are leading the people astray by teaching the feel good ideas that all Christians are to be healthy and wealthy and if you aren’t there is something lacking in your faith.  This is a man centered gospel instead of the God centered gospel of the Bible.  Teaching God’s people that God is going to miraculously remove us from all suffering and adversity, and that neither was ever meant to be a part of our life, is an absolute falsehood and completely unscriptural.  Try telling that to the Christians in the Middle East today who are suffering poverty, persecution, and even death simply because they refuse to deny their faith in Jesus Christ.  This kind of false teaching only causes us to focus on the here and now with a kind of faith that is self centered and self serving.  It does not teach us to live our lives in the here and now as servants of God, but rather as if God is our personal genie in the jar whose job it is to make us happy, healthy, wealthy, successful, and prosperous.

          In the end, it all boils down to the fact that mankind doesn't want to acknowledge that he has any responsibility to anything or anyone but himself. By rejecting the truth of God's Word, or rejecting the knowledge of God and His right of authority over us as Creator God, we are then enabled to become our own god, or to create for ourselves images of any false god(s) that happen to suit our own vain imaginations. We think that in doing so, we have made ourselves free to do and be anything that is pleasing unto ourselves. "A man's ways are pleasing in his own eyes." Living by this view can only produce a society that lives by the mantra of "If it feels good, do it, for there is no right or wrong."  We become no different than the pagan people who worshipped Ishtar, the goddess of sexual immorality and Molech, the god of death (abortion- shedding of innocent blood, and euthanasia), or Baal.  We may not have altars built to them, but nonetheless, we are still worshipping them.  There are even those who are still baking bread for the Queen of heaven, (Jer. 7: 18, and 44: 19) even though the warning is given that this idolatry can only lead to provoking the wrath of God against those who indulge in such practices.  The idols that we worship today may not be called by these same ancient names, but they are still the same today.  Anything that we place before God is a false god, or idol, whether it takes the form of career, pleasure, fame, worldly riches, and on and on. Neither can we dabble in a little bit of other religions and still say that we serve the One True God, for then we have become no different than prostitutes who go after (strange men) or other gods in this case.  What part of “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” do we not understand?  

          The editing of God’s word, or just blatantly denying the truth of God’s word, may seem as though we are 'freeing' ourselves from any responsibility to God, who alone truly loves us and knows what is best for us.  Like it or not, God is still God whether one believes in Him or not.  In reality, by turning our back on Him, we have merely enslaved ourselves to the "wages of sin and death."  Alcohol will rule the alcoholic to his death.  Homosexuality will rule with increasing confusion over the homosexual.  The habitual liar becomes so entrapped by his own practice of lying that he begins to believe his own lies, and is unable to know or recognize what is truth in his own life, or in the world around him. The glutton will forever be ruled by his own appetite and, without repentance, is doomed to be forever out of control.  The sin that we practice, to live out, will enslave and control every aspect of our life.

           The statement that “there are many paths to God,” can only be true if we do one thing.  That one thing is to change the word God to god.  There are many paths to 'god,' for there are many false gods and the 'paths' to them are wide and there are many that go therein.  However, as the word tells us, there is but one path to the one true God: "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (Matt 7: 14)  Wow, did you see that?  It said, “and few there be that find it.”  That’s not just alarming; it’s down right sad.

God has made the pathway available to all, but few will choose to follow Him.  Well, if I am wrong about God and His word, then I have lost nothing.  But if I am right in trusting and believing in God and His plan of salvation, then I have gained His love, forgiveness and a home in the new Heaven and new earth with Him for all eternity.  I choose to believe Him, and not mankind.

          The society that is involved in the practice of marginalizing and editing the Word of God, will be one that becomes increasingly secularized until, eventually, it forgets God altogether and becomes increasingly wicked and lawless. 

"Blessed is the nation whose God is The Lord; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance." (Psalm 33: 12)  At one time, the phrase, "In God we trust" meant something to most Americans. However, in more recent years, it has little or no meaning, and there are many who would have it erased entirely.  Remove belief and trust in the one true God and, by doing so, we remove God's hedge of protection from around our nation, making us subject to suffering judgment from The Lord. If we choose to be obedient, then we will receive favor and blessings.  If we choose to ignore and disobey Him, we have brought curses upon ourselves. Do we not understand that it is our own choice that brings ruin and destruction upon ourselves?  It is not God's desire for us, for He desires only that which is for our good.  We will suffer the consequences of our own actions as individuals and as a nation.  Only repentance and the choice to turn our hearts back to God can save us from the consequences of choosing to be a disobedient, stiff necked and rebellious people. Apart from God, man is doomed to become the victim of a selfish, self centered, and prideful sinful nature; thereby, unleashing total decadence and destruction upon ourselves.

     The Word of God says that if we refuse to believe in Him, and the truth of His Word, we will be given over to a reprobate mind.  “Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved (reprobate) mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.  They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.  They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice.  They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity (covenantbreakers), no love (without natural affection), no mercy.  Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1: 28-32)

 If there is no standard of true right and wrong, then wickedness and lawlessness will soon be the norm.

          If we are to believe, according to man’s present opinion, that such things as abortion on demand, the practice of homosexuality, marriage between those of the same sex are no longer to be deemed as sin, then what else are we required to delete from the word of God?  Let us examine I Corinthians 6: 9, 10. “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?  Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”  If we deem it right and good to delete one of the above, what is to keep us from deleting all of the above?  According to our newly formed idea that there is no standard of absolute right or wrong, but merely the varying “paths of light” determined by each individual, perhaps we may find, in the not too distant future, that all have been reclassified as good instead of evil.  At such a time, we may possibly find that the only and last vestige of morality still left standing is “Be thou not intolerant;” thus leaving us with a society bereft of any true morals or any semblance of a standard for right and wrong.  Oh yes, “A man’s ways are right in his own eyes.”    

          If we always put God first and hide his word in our heart (applying it in our life so that we are doers of the word and not just hearers), we are far less likely to fall into the pit of deception through ideas of appeasement, social justice, political correctness, or other venues that would try to manipulate and cause us to compromise the word of God.  Every decision involves the choice to either put God first or follow the path of the crowd, there is no in between.  We choose either to conform to the world, or to be transformed by the word of God by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.  If we choose to ignore, delete, or pervert any part of the word of God, how in the world can we hope to be followers of Christ?  If we do not read, hear, trust, and believe in the word of God, then we have believed in our own vain imaginations (opinions); we are lost and most greatly to be pitied.

          The editing of God’s word always leads to a distortion and perversion of who Jesus really is.  There are those today that say they believe in Jesus Christ, and yet they deny the truth of His Word.  They deny that He was born of the Virgin Mary, that He is God incarnate (God come down to earth in the flesh), deny that He is the Son of God, deny that He is the only path to eternal life with God the Father, deny that He alone redeemed us when He died on the cross, deny that He arose from the dead and is alive in Heaven, and deny the need or existence of the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.  As a consequence, there is no knowledge of the meaning or importance of the necessity for the Fear of The Lord. In stead, too often, the fear of The Lord is presumed to be unnecessary, a waste of time, and counter productive.  No wonder faith in Jesus has become so marginalized today, when those proclaiming to believe in Him don't even know who He is, or that He is The Power of God. If this is the kind of Jesus that exists in the minds of many, they have stripped Him of all of His attributes that make Him God. That picture of Jesus is false and is not the Jesus preached in the Bible, so you might as well believe in the Wizard of Oz.  No power there for sure, and you are free to be your own god with no responsibilities to obey the One True God of the Bible.  Believing in Jesus Christ, But Not His Word? Then upon what foundation do you believe; perhaps your own ever changing opinions?  I pray that we would not choose to put more trust in our own intellect than we do in God, who is the Alpha and Omega and knows the beginning from the end, the Creator God of all that exists now and forevermore.


The Cross, God’s plan of Salvation


          Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin. Jesus is the only way to Heaven, as He is the only one that shed His blood to save us from sin and death. He is the only one that arose from the dead after being crucified, dead, and buried.  Unless we put our trust in Him as Lord and Savior, we will die in our sin and will suffer eternal separation from God.  Faith in what Jesus Christ has done for us IS God's plan for our salvation from sin and eternal condemnation. It is not He who condemns us, but we ourselves. God does not desire that any should perish, but that all would come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Do you truly know Him as your Lord and Savior, or are you still gambling with the destination of your eternal soul, knowing about Him perhaps, but never knowing and inviting Him to come into your heart to have a personal relationship with Him?  He has said that if you would but believe in Him, He will send His Holy Spirit to live in you and be your personal guide into all truth.  It is through the Holy Spirit in you that the word of God will be illuminated and come alive in you, enabling you to be a doer and not just a hearer of the word.  Before it’s too late, I pray that you will ask Jesus to come into your heart.  He never refuses anyone who seeks Him with all their heart.  Put your trust in Him and He will take you through this life and on into eternity with Him.  God is alive, and Heaven is for real!  God’s word is eternally true and is not open to editing in any way, shape, or form.
         If you seek to know the Lord Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to start your journey with Him by reading the Gospel of John.  Ask the Holy Spirit to give you spiritual eyes to see, spiritual ears to hear (the voice of God through His word and His Spirit) and a heart of flesh (not a heart of stone), that you might grow in the Lord and be taught by His word, through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Confess your sins, repent and choose to follow and obey the Lord Jesus Christ.  Seek out a Bible believing/teaching church to help you grow in the Lord.  Jesus said, “If you confess me before man, I will confess you before my Heavenly Father.”  May the Lord reign in your heart and in your life.  Invite Jesus to come into your heart today.



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