It is rare that current political events can prove the Word of God cannot be changed. When President Obama unilaterally made law without the will of the people, the Republicans claimed foul, and rightfully so. The constitution makes provision that the law can be changed, but not without an act of congress. Unlike the constitution of the United States, the Word of God makes no provision for anyone to make changes. In fact, anyone who changes the gospel shall be accursed. Gal 1:6-9 Anyone who changes the prophesy in the book of Revelation shall receive the plagues contained therein, and shall have their names removed from the Lamb’s book of Life. Rev 22:18,19 The apostles of Jesus Christ were prohibited from going beyond God’s Word. 1 Cor 4:6 Even Jesus Christ only spoke what His Heavenly Father revealed unto him. Jn 12:49-50
There are those who say that God’s Word is not finite. In their estimation, they believe that man can add to and take from God’s Word. Then, there are those who believe that God inspired all scripture, and that no one can amend God’s Word. Despite those who believe God’s Word is totally inspired, there are some of these who believe that Elders have the right to amend and make laws of God. You might acclaim, not my elders. Yes, your elders! You might ask, in what respect? Consider mid-week bible study:
Mid Week Bible Study
It is obvious that the bible commands Christians to study the Word of God. In fact, Paul said as much when he said, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2:15 Some conclude that this means that elders can unilaterally bind another day of worship upon others as if it proceeded from the Word of God. It is conclusive that the apostles met on the first day of the week to remember the Lord’s death and to give of their means. Acts 20:7 No other day was ever mentioned from Matthew to Revelation wherein the apostles met each and every week. It is also quite notable that bible study can be achieved on this day. Therefore, bible study could never be considered an expedient where a biblical provision was already given.
Does this prove that elders can’t call the church together? Certainly not. The church can meet each and every day to preach, to sing, to pray, to study, and to learn. They can even meet to help in times of catastrophe. However, no where is the church allowed to make law. Only God can make law. If God didn’t command something, neither can we. For elders of any church to command Christians to meet on another day other than the first day of the week, are guilty of amending God’s Word.
To illustrate this even better, public school is provided for anyone to obtain a good education. However, past the age of 18 in most states, no one is required by law to go any further. It is a good thing to continue one’s education in order to obtain a better career, but even the laws of man understands that not everyone has the need, the means, or ability to go further. Therefore, it is not unlawful for one to stop their education past the age of 18.
Even so, sin is the transgression of the law, but where there is no law, there is no sin. 1 Jn 3:4 f; Rom 5:13 There is no law for Christians to meet Wednesday to study God’s Word. Therefore, it is 100% conclusive that it is not a sin to miss such services. However, having said such, it is also notable that such services can be attended voluntarily if it is needful for them to learn. Gospel meetings, singings, and bible studies are there for those who need them, not because they are commanded to do so. It is their choice to attend such. One can learn at home. One can sing at home. One can study at home. Let not elders or self appointed church leaders be guilty of making laws unilaterally. If God doesn’t call it is sin, neither can we. It is not for man to make the laws of God, but rather to obey them. Jn 14:15 If you are one of those who were outraged by the president making laws without congress’ approval, then by all means, be more outraged with elders making laws where God made no laws and binding them upon others. All Christians should be encouraged to learn of God’s Word by any means possible, including mid-week bible studies, but let us never bind laws that God never commanded, lest our good be considered evil. As Paul said, “And why not say, “Let us do evil that good may come”?—as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just.” Rom 3:8