The Bible is God’s inspired book and I am an uninspired mortal. The Bible is complete and cannot be changed because it derives from God. Since the close of the New Testament scriptures, no one has been able to bring forth a single new religious truth which is not already set forth in the Bible. There are some who claim to have done so, but what they claim is either already in the Bible, or it is condemned by the Bible. Even if truths came forth from man, no matter how good they may be perceived, they carry with them no power to save whatsoever.
I am not responsible for what the Bible teaches, but it is my responsibility to study the Word of God (2 Tim. 2:15), to follow it (2 Thess. 5:13, 14), and to teach it to others (2 Tim. 3:14-17). If anyone wants to praise the Word, he must praise Him who gave it. Also, those who want to criticize the doctrine in the Bible must criticize not me, but its author, God himself. If I misrepresent the Word of God, a person has a right to point out my error. Yea, even more, it is his responsibility to do so. However, if what I teach is taught in God’s Word, no one has the right to criticize me, because it comes from God.
If I teach that baptism is a burial and a resurrection, I can read in Romans 6:2-4 that this is true. Also, I can read that baptism puts us into Christ, His church (Gal. 3:27), that baptism is for the remission of sin (Acts 2:38). Denominations do not like the teaching of new testament baptism. They say it is a hard doctrine to follow and those who preach it are considered narrow minded legalists.
What does the Bible teach about denominationalism? The Bible teaches that Jesus prayed for unity of believers on earth (Jn 17:20). Denominationalism contributes to unbelief and thus hinders unity. It takes time, talent and money to build up denominational groups which could be used in evangelizing the world. The Bible does not support any other doctrine except the one it professes to be truth (Jn 17:17). There is only one doctrine of faith in the New Testament (Eph. 4:5 f; 2 Jn 9), but the denominational world twists the Bible to make it support their doctrines. Some fail to believe the Bible because those who profess to believe it are so divided. Thus we see that denominationalism is a curse (1 Cor. 1:10-12). I did not write the Bible, therefore, I cannot change it. So, before you criticize the Bible or try to change it, remember that God is its author and some day we will all be judged by the words of Christ (Jn 12:48 f; Rom 2:16).
Does the Bible suit you? Do you find fault with those who preach it? Do you call on them to revise it, correct it, complete it or erase it? Remember, any changes we make to the bible will face us in judgment (Rev 22:18,19). We are commanded not to go beyond that which was written and to speak the very Words of God (1 Cor 4:6 f; 1 Pet 4:11). Let us strive to be Christians and to serve God in the things that are pleasing to Him. It please God that man obey HIS commandments, and not the commandments of men which turn us from the truth (Jn 14:15 ff; Mt 15:7-9; Tit 1:14). You shall know God’s truth and it shall set you free, if you obey it and continue in it (Jn 8:31,32). This truth is defined as the gospel of Christ (Eph 1:13). This gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15:1-4). All who believe Jesus is the Christ with their heart and confess such with their mouth (Rom 10:8-10); All who repent and are baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38); And all who remain faithful unto death (Rev 2:10), shall be saved. This is God’s unchangeable Word, and it comes not in the wisdom of men but in the power of God (1 Cor 2:4,5)!