Evidently, most people think that an addition to God’s Word is not a sin which can condemn one to hell and damnation. If the scriptures be correct, and they are, they are absolutely, 100% wrong! In fact, just the addition of one word can cause one to lose their soul in torment.
The Devil added but one word to God’s commandment to Adam and Eve (the word was NOT). God said, “for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Gen 2:17). The Devil said, “You shall “NOT” surely die” (Gen 3:4). For that one sin, Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden, man was plagued to work by the sweat of his brow, woman was made to bear children and be under the authority of man, the serpent was made to crawl on his belly, and all of mankind must suffer death to this very day.
I see denominations and fellow brethren falling prey to this same mistake. They believe that God will over look the addition of just one word. Most denominations add the word “Instruments” when it comes to the commandment of singing in the church (Eph 5:19 f; Col 3:16). Catholics add many words to the bible. They add the word “Christening” in lieu of baptism. They add the position of “Pope” and “Nuns” and “Cardinals”, when the bible spoke nothing of such positions in the church. In fact, the Catholics call the Pope, “Holy Father”, where the bible gave no such name to any man, only God (Jn 17:11). Most denomination call their preachers “Reverend”, where the bible only gave such a name to God (Ps 111:9). They call their preacher “Pastors”, when the bible called pastors the elders of the church (Eph 4:11). The Baptists added the word “only” when it comes to “Faith” (Jam 2:24), etc.
In the churches of Christ, they too have found it profitable to add a word here or there to God’s word and call it holy. When it comes to women speaking in the assembly they have added the word “entire”. They say a woman is not allowed to address the “entire assembly”. They do this to allow women to teach young children and other women in bible classes. This too is an addition to God’s Word, for Christ nor his apostles ever commanded such a thing. Christ’s commandment to Paul said specifically, “Let your women keep silence in the churches” (1 Cor 14:34). Therefore, the church has gone beyond that which was written (1 Cor 4:6).
When it comes to the assembly, the churches of Christ have joined denominations in adding an additional day to worship each week. I am sure that most believe that one can add to God’s Word if it is am improvement or the deed is considered good. This is not so. Nadab and Abihu added a strange fire to God’s sacrificial law, which God commanded not, and was killed immediately (Lev 10:1,2). Uzzah thought he was doing good by touching the ark of the covenant to keep it from falling and was struck dead for his good deed (2 Sam 6:6,7). When God commanded fasting, he didn’t mean one can fast twice in the same week and be pleasing unto God (Lk 18:12-14). Even so, doing good where God commanded not, is an abomination worthy of death in the sight of God.
I am not saying the church is not to teach and its members are not to learn of God’s Word by the means of studying. They absolutely are commanded to do so (2 Tim 2:15)! However, it is self evident that mid-week bible study is an addition to God’s holy word. Man was neither commanded or an example given to assemble each week other than on the first day of the week. God gave Sunday for man to come together to remember the Lord’s death, to give of their means, to sing praises, to pray, and to hear the word of the Lord taught and preached (Acts 20:7 ff; 1 Cor 16:1,2; Eph 5:19; 2 Tim 4:2-5).
So, brethren, if we are going to to preach to denominations not to add to God’s Word, we ourselves better stop doing it ourselves. In other words, practice what we preach (Rom 2:21,22). Instrumental music is good but it is an addition. Other positions may be considered good, but they are an addition. Faith is a good thing but not the only thing that saves a person from hell and damnation (Mk 16:16). We can puff up and close our eyes and ears until the judgment day about adding to God’s Word, but when we go beyond that which was written, no matter who we are and for what cause, we shall be accursed (Gal 1:6-9)!