God’s word has not changed since New Testament time. The law of Moses was taken out of the way and the law of Christ came into effect after the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Eph 2:14-16 f; Col 2:14). The law of Christ is the same today as it was in the first century. Anyone guilty of changing the law of Christ shall be accursed (Gal 1:6-9). What the scripture teaches about worldliness is as true now as it was then, regardless of who teaches otherwise. Just take a look at the condemnation of ungodly behavior:
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal. 5:19-21).
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate, affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: for which thing sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience: in the which you also walked some time, when you lived in them. But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him” (Col. 3:5-10).
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” (Rom. 1:28-32).
The Scriptures speak just as certainly today regarding the condemnation of these acts of wickedness as they ever did at any time in the past. Though times have changed, societies have changed their laws, and denominational preachers have changed their beliefs, God’s word remains the same. Many believe that because society changes the Word of God should also change. This belief has caused many faithful churches to apostatize.
Many preachers have attempted to rewrite the Word of God to accommodate the beliefs of those who pay their salary. They use worldly commentaries, Hebrew and Greek lexicons, and renown authors to alter God’s inspired Word to fit their own worldly desires. This is why the church is filled with adulteries and fornications. This is why the church has become nothing more than a political action committee. This is why the church has women teachers and in some cases women preachers. This is why the church has become a recreational hall to entertain its members. This is why the church is allowing man-made institutions to do the work of the church.
We need to pay special attention to Paul’s warning, “Be not deceived!” He wrote, “Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:9-10).
The scriptures give us fair warning about changing God’s Word. Moses warned Israel against it with words like these: “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” (Deut 4:2). “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it” (Deut 12:32). Solomon wrote, “Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar” (Prov 30:6). Paul reminded the Corinthians, “…that in us ye might learn not (to go) beyond the things which are written” (1 Cor 4:6). To the Galatians he wrote, “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed” (Gal 1:8). Peter continued the same message by writing, “If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God..” (1 Peter 4:11). The apostle John ended the New Testament with the same warning and its consequences: “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Rev 22:18-19).
Brethren, it’s time the church gets back to the business of God by returning back to the unadulterated Word of Truth. It’s time we speak where the Bible speaks and remain silent where the Bible is silent. If we don’t, we shall reap what the world will someday reap (Gal 6:7). Yes, the gospel can save you, but only if you continue in God’s Word (Jn 8:31). If we deviate from it, we can lose our mortal soul. What God has said cannot be changed by the presumptuous words of men. “…let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: “That You may be justified in Your words, and may overcome when You are judged” (Rom 3:4).