Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.–Proverbs 30:6
Adding To The Word
The Word must not be mixed with human ideas and imaginations. God’s truth is fully adequate to meet our spiritual needs. Anyone who teaches that something must be added to Biblical truths in order to fulfill our lives in Christ are wrong.
Revelations 22:18-19 states: “. . . If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
We should never be careless with the Word of God. Adding our own ideas or taking away parts that we do not like will have costly impacts. God does not need us to perfect his word. Our ways are flawed, His ways are not. No additional human wisdom is needed to complete the sufficiency of God’s Word. The words of Jesus and the grace of God were enough in the early days of the church to meet the needs of the lost.
It is easy to get in discussions about the Bible, ideas are being thrown around, you don’t have time to think about it, and you spout something off. We need to be very careful with this, especially around new believers or non-believers. They may not have the knowledge to refute what we say. If we are in any situation where we teach, we need to be very careful what we say. I have a habit of thinking out loud a lot. Sometimes what I’m saying is my own internal way of vetting what I want to say and if it is Biblical, I sometimes forget that I’m talking out loud. I’ve had to go back to people and say, that’s not true or Biblical on what I said. It was me vetting my own ideas. Individuals that are new believers, don’t always know when to question what they hear. So, if you are a teacher, always be cautious of how you word what you say and what you say in general, when discussing the Bible.
We should be very careful what we add to what others have said. Many times we will rephrase what somebody says and it ends up completely different that what the original person had said. Maybe you remember the telephone game that was played in school, someone says a sentence to the person on the right of them, then that person repeats what they heard to the person on the right of them. This continues until you have went through the line or around the circle. Usually, what the last person says, is nothing close to what was originally said.
When we add or rephrase what someone says, we have a good chance of changing their true meaning. Sometimes this has no impact, other times this could cause a lot of grief.
Going back to the Bible, we could be hurting someones spiritual walk with God, by adding to the Bible or taking from it. We could end up causing someone not to accept Jesus as their savior. We could cause them to be confused or even hurt them. Always be alert of what you say when teaching the Bible. We will be held accountable as John mentioned in Revelations 22:18-19.
On the flip side, we also need to be cautious of people that add to God’s word. Preaching prosperity seems to be very popular right now, but it’s very non-Biblical. Nowhere in the Bible does it say if you become a Christian, everything will be okay, you will be rich with no problems.
The take home message is, don’t change God’s Word, and stay away from those that purposely do change His Word.