What do you think would happen if mankind went exactly by the bible and nothing more? They didn’t add to it or take anything from it; They learned from the old testament and obeyed the new testament. Bottom line, they did no more than God commanded and nothing else. Would they be judged faithfully? I know of no sincere believer say they would be judged to hell for doing exactly what God commanded them to do.
Yet, mankind is satisfied to do what God never once commanded them to do. In fact, they are constantly seeking to do what God never once named among them. They use a variety of bible versions, most highly questionable versions, to prove their personal desires. They use commentaries to make it appear God approves of their evil lifestyles. They use lexicons to redefine God’s Word to make the scripture agree with them. We do know this brethren, anyone who changes God’s Word SHALL BE ACCURSED (Gal 1:6-9).
If God commanded man to believe and confess Jesus to be the Christ (Rom 10:10), and repented and were baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38), would God condemn them? If they worshiped God in spirit and in truth, would God cast them into hell (Jn 4:23,24)? If they sang without the use of instruments, will God say I never knew you (Eph 5:19)? If they ate at home and not in the assembly, would God be displeased (1 Cor 11:22,34) ? If women remained silent in the churches, would God tell them they should have spoken (1 Cor 14:33-40)? If women refused to teach, preach, or lead in the church would God tell them they should have fed his sheep (1 Tim 2:11-14)?
Stop fooling yourself brethren, God never rewards what he never commanded. If man obeys the gospel, he shall be rewarded (Mk 16:16). If man worships as God exactly as God commanded: Sings without instruments (Eph 5:19), partakes of the Lord’s supper (1 Cor 11 24-26) , gives as he has prospered (2 Cor 9:6,7), and prays with understanding (1 Cor 14:15), he shall be rewarded. If man endures trials and persecutions until the end, he shall receive a crown of life (Jam 1:12). Yet, if man adds days of worship where God commanded no other but the first day of the week, shall God wink at his ignorance? If man adds instruments of music, will God be pleased? If man has banquets in the church, will God bless them? If man gives each time they meet, will God accept their gift?
Whenever we go beyond what was written, we are committing sin. Sin is the transgression of the law and there is a law of silence (1 Jn 3:4). If any man speak, let him speak the very words of God (1 Pet 4:11). When we do more than what God commanded us to do, no matter how good it may appear to be, it is sin. God condemned Uzzah for touching a falling ark, though such was a good act in man’s eyes. God condemned Adab and Abihu for offering up a strange fire, though such must have appeared right in their eyes. If God never rewards what he never commanded, then it is also true that God always rewards what he commanded man to do (Jn 14:15). If it is your plan to go to heaven, then do what God has commanded you to do, no more and no less.