You hear it all the time, “It’s only business”. Politicians lie all the time and say it is for the better good. Lovers will say, “All is fair in love and war”. The world believes that the end justifies the means, for they will say and do most anything to get what they want out of life.
However, you wouldn’t expect such things out of the Lord’s church. Did you know that liberal churches of Christ have bakes sales to give to the church. Some buy land and grow food to sell and give the profit to the church. Most today in the church believe that the end justifies the means. They think that they can add to God’s Word as long as it does good. Brethren, there is nothing good that man does which justifies him adding to what God has commanded.
Man has added bible studies, other than on the first day of the week, where God gave no such commandment (Acts 20:7). They justify this by saying what harm can there be in studying the bible. Denominations added music where God gave no such commandment (Eph 5:19). They justify this by saying that music adds interest in the worship. Man as allowed women to preach and teach in the assembly where God commanded them to remain silent (1 Cor 14:33-40). They justify this by saying women are just as equipped to preach and teach as men are. Man has allowed women to become leaders of the church where God commanded them to submit to man (1 Tim 2:11-15). They justify this by saying they don’t have enough men who are qualified to lead.
It is not true that the end justifies the means. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. ” When Nadab and Abihu thought they could offer a “strange fire” to God, God showed his disapproval of their means when he consumed them with fire! (Lev. 10:1-2). The fire for burning incense was to come from the altar (Num. 16:46 f; Lev. 6:12-13). When God told Moses to “speak” to the rock to get water, Moses struck the rock with his rod instead! Moses’ method got water out of the rock, but he wasn’t allowed to enter the promised land because of his method! (Num. 20:8-12) Moses was punished because he did things “his way” rather than God’s way. Getting water his way did not justify the way he got it.
Today, Christ is not pleased when men choose to do things their way rather than his way. 2 John 9 says, “Whosoever transgresses, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. . . ” This means that when churches practice things not found in Christ’s doctrine (the New Testament) they no longer have fellowship with God. Instead, they have run off and left him behind! When churches raise money by selling food, having a car wash, or by entertainment, they transgress and abide not in the doctrine of Christ; therefore, they have not God! When churches add days of worship where God commanded not, they transgress the doctrine of Christ. When churches allow instruments of music where God commanded vocal singing, they transgress the doctrine of Christ. When churches allow women to become preachers, teachers and leaders, they transgress the doctrine of Christ.
It may not seem like an important point now, but in the Judgment Day someone is going to give an account for adding to God’s way (1 Cor 4:6 ff; 1 Pet 4:11; Rev. 22:18-19). It won’t be me! Will it be you?