Man Is Not To Change What God Says
Man does not
have the authority to change the will of God on any subject. There are a lot of false teachings that are being passed
off as the truth. We have been given severe warnings in the Bible concerning any changes we try to make to God’s
word. As we have already seen in Galatians 1:6-9, if we pervert the gospel by changing it, we will be accursed.
warning comes in the closing verses of the Bible. Revelation 22:18-19 says, "For I testify
unto everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book, if anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues
that are written in this book; And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of this prophecy, God shall take away
his part from the Book of Life, and from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."
Additions, subtractions, and substitutions to what God has commanded is disobedient and sinful. We have a standard today,
and we are warned not to add to or take away from it. These are very stern warnings that should get our undivided attention.
How much stronger
warnings could God give to those who try to make changes to His will when they change immersion into sprinkling, or to change
the necessity of baptism for one to receive forgiveness of sins and be saved to their saying that baptism is not necessary
for salvation. God has said plainly that it is necessary. We do not have the right to dismiss what we do not like.
I cannot think of a more flagrant crime against both God and man than to teach lost sinners, who are wanting to be saved,
something different than what God says in the Bible. To make an impression on them that they are already saved, when
God has not promised it, is grievously wrong.
They also say
one’s sins are forgiven and one is saved when he accepts Christ as his personal savior. They say he can then be
baptized later if he wants to in order to join that particular denomination; but as we have already seen, this contradicts
what God has said and will cause many people to be lost eternally. Since many people will not accept what God says,
notice what 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 says, "Because they did not receive the love of the truth,
that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that
they all might be damned who believed not the truth." Do you have enough love for the genuine
truth of God's word that you will obey it instead of the counterfeit doctrines of men? If you do not then God has promised
to send you a strong delusion that you should believe a lie and be damned. The false doctrines of men will cause many
good people to be eternally lost. There is nothing worse than causing a person to pass from this life with the false
hope of going to Heaven. Anything that differs from what God says in the Bible is false doctrine which is designed by
Satan to cause people to be eternally lost in Hell.
If you were baptized
for some reason other than for forgiveness of sins in order to be saved then you do not have salvation and you are still lost.
Who are you going to follow: God or man? As our Lord warns us in Matthew 15:14, "And
if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a ditch." Don’t allow someone, who
has added to and taken away from God’s word, to lead you. Open your eyes and read God’s word for yourself.
Those who have added to and taken away from God’s word will be lost. If you continue to follow them, then you
too will be lost.
You Need to Do
In Acts 19:1-5
we have an example of twelve men the apostle Paul met at Ephesus. They had something wrong with their baptism.
In verses 3-5 we read, "And he said to them, into what then were you baptized? So they
said, into John’s baptism. Then Paul said, John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people,
that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus." These twelve men had been taught wrong and thus
they could not have been baptized right. When they found out there was something wrong with their baptism, they made
it right. They were then baptized for the right purpose.
refer back to how you answered the questions in Lesson 8 concerning your prior conversion. If you thought you were saved
and your sins forgiven when you accepted Christ as your personal savior and you were baptized a week or so later, then the
purpose of your baptism was not for the forgiveness of your sins so you could be saved. But now you have learned the
truth about the purpose of baptism from the scriptures that have been pointed out. Please don't rationalize away what
you actually did to be saved and now say that you were actually baptized for the forgiveness of sins in order to be saved.
Many people end up doing this. Please do not be misled by false man-made doctrines. Your soul's salvation depends
on your being right with God.
Is there something
wrong with your baptism? You may say no, but if there is, we cannot fool God. He knows for sure and you will suffer
the eternal consequences. It will be a sad day when you stand before the Lord on the Day of Judgment if you find out
there is something wrong with your baptism. Have you been baptized for the right purpose and in the right way?
Baptism, that is done according to scripture, for the right reason and purpose, is such an easy thing to do. It is not
difficult, at all, to make sure it is done right.
Questions for Lesson # 20
Not To Change What God Says
If we add to God’s word: (Revelation 22:18-19)
God will add to us the plagues written in God’s word
God will be well pleased
It will not matter
If one has added to God’s word then God is well pleased.
If we take away from God’s word: (Revelation 22:18-19)
We will still be saved
God will overlook it if we are sincere
Our name will be taken out of the Book of Life and we will be lost
We will be lost if we add to or take away from God’s word.
God will send a strong delusion that they might believe a lie to those who: (2 Thessalonians
Try to please Him
Study His word
Do not have a love of His truth
When we follow the doctrines of men instead of the word of God we do not have a love
of the truth.
If the blind lead the blind: (Matthew 15:14)
Both will fall into the ditch and be lost
God will have pity and save both of them
They are not responsible
We are in no danger of being led astray.
What did these twelve men do when they found that there was something wrong with
their baptism? (Acts 19:1-5)
None of these needed to be baptized
The were not baptized
The were baptized again
These twelve men refused to be baptized since they had already been previously baptized.