Whenever someone either commits a crime or is accused of one before a court of law, most sequester a good lawyer to defend themselves. Most think is foolish to represent oneself before a court without proper counsel. Thus the statement, “A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.” However, come the judgment day, there will be no lawyers to defend you or anyone else for that matter. You and you alone shall stand before God and give an account for your own soul. It’s at that very moment I wonder what kind of an excuse many will give for adding to or taking from God’s Word. Seriously, they have to know that both in the old and new testament that God forbade such.
Did they do more than God commanded in order to be more pious than God himself? As Eliphaz asked of Job, “Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?” Most think by doing more than God commanded that they are being extra good. Perhaps they need to read about Adab and Abihu who offered a strange fire where God did not give commandment, and were instantly killed by God. Perhaps they need to read about Uzzah, who when he saw the ark of the covenant about to fall reached out his hand to balance it, and lost his life immediately.
Did they do less than God commanded because they believed God gave us no law to follow? Did they not know that where there is no law, there is no sin. (Rom 5:13) If there is sin, then their is a law, for sin is the transgression of the law. (1 Jn 3:4) If there is no law, all would be justified no matter how heinous they might be. Did they do less because they believed faith alone justified them? How could they not know that “Faith without works is dead.” (Jam 2:20) How could they not know that one is justified by works and not by faith only. (Jam 2:24)
How will this generation justify themselves when they stand before God? How can Catholics justify sprinkling (and that of infants), when God commanded immersion (and that of confessed believers who have repented of their sins)? (Rom 10:10 f; Acts 2:38) How can they justify the worship of Mary when the scriptures command us to worship God and him only. (Rom 4:10) How can the Baptists justify the doctrine of “Faith Only” when Jesus commanded one to believe and be immersed? (Mk 16:16) Thus faith in action includes works of righteousness (Faith+Baptism=salvation). How can members of the Lord’s church justify themselves by allowing women to teach in the church, when the Lord Jesus Christ through the apostle Paul commanded women to be silent in the churches, forbidding them to be speakers? (1 Cor 14:33-40)
I don’t suggest to know what anyone will say come that great and final day, but the scriptures truly gives us a clear picture of how things will go down. Jesus concluded his sermon on the mount by saying, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works?” (Mt 7:22) Instead of saying we have sinned by doing more or less than God commanded, they will acclaim their justification by stating their moral acts. Just like most in life don’t see anything wrong by intermingling the commandments and doctrines of men with the doctrine of Christ, neither will these on the final day. Jesus said all such worship Him in vain. (Mt 15:7-9)
Jesus clearly said one verse earlier, “Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. ” (Mt 7:21) The will of God forbids anyone to add or subtract from God’s Word. (1 Cor 4:6 ff; 1 Pet 4:11; Rev 22:18,19)
I may not know exactly what denominations or errant brethren will say before God to justify themselves, but I do know what will be said to them. “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity (lawlessness)! (Mt 7:23)