Some claim there is no God. Some claim that there is a God, but that God has failed to tell us what to do. Others claim that God has told us what to do, but that the Bible doesn’t tell us everything God wants us to know. These claim that a human creed or a “private revelation” is needed in addition to the word of God. Some claim that the Bible is the word of God, but that we can’t understand it, and that anything we want to do will make us acceptable children of God.
Now some brethren are claiming that God was very plain and specific relative to those things that make us a child of God, but from that point onward it is every man for himself. These are very “legalistic” about the plan of salvation, but think that we can worship and serve God as we please and have fellowship with all others who do the same.
After all appeals have been made to “higher learning;” after all theologians and philosophers have been quoted; after all the wise, the mighty, and the noble have exhausted their combined human wisdom; and after those who insist on a “thus saith the Lord” have been judged as “judges” and labeled “legalists” — the Bible still says: “… I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and has revealed them unto babes; even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight” (Lk. 10:21); “Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” (1 Cor. 1:20); “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Col. 2:8); “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Cor. 11:3).
Conclusion: Wake up liberal brethren before it is everlasting too late. God is just as strict with the gospel as He is with the doctrine wherein we are commanded to continue (Jn 8:31 f; 2 Jn 9). God seeks those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth (Jn 4:23,24). God demands all Christians to follow His Word exactly without adding one word to it, or taking one word from it (1 Cor 4:6 ff; 1 Pet 4:11; Rev 22:18,19).
Highly educated preachers and teachers will exploit you by arguing, debating, and striving over words in order to empty the pockets of church members for their own greed (Rom 16:17,18 f; Eph 6:3-10). If only we would adhere to God’s constant warnings for mankind not to alter, change, or pervert His Word, then obedience to God’s Word would be simple (Acts 13:10 f; Gal 1:6-9). Fear God enough to strictly obey the gospel and continue in the doctrine of Christ and his apostles, for of such is the whole duty of man (Mk 16:16 ff; 2 Jn 9; Acts 2:42; Eccl 12:13). Last warning: If we don’t, Jesus will take vengeance on us by casting us into the lake of fire (2 Thess 1:7-9)!