And He also warned us all NOT to add to or take away from what He said.
Whenever I see people who claim to be Christian putting words in God’s mouth so to speak, I question their salvation status. As I always say, I know it is not our job to judge that–a person’s salvation is between them and God–but I just cannot understand how anyone who believes in the God of the Bible and thus is aware of God’s power can so flippantly alter God’s Word to suit their agenda.
As the debate rages on about gun control, which apparently to some is a more abhorrent concept than the deaths of innocent children, I see more and more people ranting and raving about their “God-given right” to bear arms. I see more people claiming love of “God, guns and country”. Honestly I don’t even understand how people have rationalized this in their mind. Mind you, I generally don’t have a problem with handguns and guns for hunting. But civilians have no need for assault rifles or machine guns or any other weapon of war. And even though I don’t mind handguns or rifles, innocent lives should always take precedence over anything made by a man’s hand.
Revelation 22:18-19, the King James version, says this:
“18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, 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.”
I think people are picking and choosing which Scriptures to take seriously according to what fits with their beliefs instead of the other way around. With this Scripture in particular, people may think that as long as they’re not writing and circulating a Bible or Bible-related material with false doctrine they’re okay. But in my humble opinion, when you even dare to utter a falsehood, whether or not it’s a bit of a falsehood or a total in-your-face falsehood and you do so in the name of God, you have added to His Word. You are telling people who might not know otherwise that THUS sayeth the Lord. And some people who might not know otherwise might believe that.
I am not sure what is going on in America, but idol worship is rampant. Money, flags, songs and guns are more respected than the rights and feelings of actual people. Items created by man like the Golden Calf commanding more importance than people created by God. I will continue to speak to the mind-blowing hypocrisy of other Christians. I don’t expect for people who are not Christian to behave any other way than what they already do. If WE behaved better, maybe they’d be more interested in finding out what REALLY sayeth the Lord.
The Bible warns us those who read it that there will be plenty of false teachers out there. The problem is that the people who don’t read the Bible aren’t necessarily aware of that. They just assume that a person who says he is a Christian truly is one. Unfortunately the ignorant pseudo-Christians have become the mouthpiece of the faith and they are driving people away in droves. The rest of us HAVE to do better at holding those people accountable. God REALLY wants us to take care not to lead people astray. We have to carefully police our words AND actions to avoid doing so. For those of you who are claiming to be Christian but have no problem assigning God’s name to your bigoted, uneducated or uninformed opinion, I’d love to be a fly on the wall when your judgment time comes.