A fair amount of people today are adding or subtracting from God word, and this is a sin:
Deuteronomy 4:2 You shall not add to the word which I command you, neither shall you take away from it, so that you may keep the commands of the LORD your God which I command you.
Some may cry out that they are not doing so, as these things were lost and are actually part of God’s word, or that man has corrupted Bibles and has added things which are not part of God’s word.
I see folks on both sides of the fence. Some using books deemed “Lost Books of the Bible” and others say certain books in the Bible are corrupt and are not scripture at all. Both groups fall into 2 different named sins: Gnosticism and the doctrine of the Nicolaitins.
Gnosticism states one must have special knowledge to understand scripture. There are different forms of this today. But here, I am going to discuss the idea that some declare they have or they know of others who claim certain texts are scripture. And this goes hand in hand with the Doctrine of the Nicolaitins.
Rev 2:15 So you also have those who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
“Nicolaitanes” means “Victorious over the people; a follower of Nicolaus, a heretic”. It comes from the familiar word “nike”, which is popular in our day. The meaning can be better seen in the phrase: “to conquer the laity” (from “nikos – to conquer”; and “laos” – where our word “laity” comes from). Laity means “the people, or the public”.
For those not educated in “religion”, many churches are separated into 2 groups of people: ministers (or priests) and laity (regular people). And this system is not Biblical and is wrong.
When someone claims they have the special knowledge of having more of God’s word known to them from other texts, or have the knowledge that some of the Bible is not scripture, this gives them power over the people of God. This is a sin. Because every believer is a priest unto God.
The other sin, which may be worse, but this is silly because all sins separate us from God, is that we are trusting man or self, over God, Himself. Because God has promised that He will keep His word!
“God is not a man, that He should lie, neither the Son of man, that He should feel repentance or compunction (for what He has promised). Has He said, and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?”
“Forever, O Lord, Your Word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands. They stand this day according to Your ordinances, for all things are Your servants.”
Most of us know how the name of Jesus is supposed to be very high, even nonchristians will curse in the name of Jesus in anger. Maybe you are familiar with:
“That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow…”
Well did you know that God has put His Word above His Name?
“…for thou has magnified thy word above all thy name.”
By thinking God has not kept His word, you disbelieve in Him, and take away His authority and power, and then heap that authority and power onto the men who claim to know what is God’s word which is not in the Bible.
This is sin. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a sin of condemnation, we all sin, but I hope this will awaken you to the truth so those stuck in this sin can repent.
This is an issue of faith. Do you have faith that God can keep His word or not? Of coarse there are corruptions of the Bible out there. We know there are perverse Bibles out there that call God a she, and reword the scriptures, but I am not talking about that. Regular Bibles have God’s word, and while there may be translation differences, these differences are only 2% and do not change doctrine.
Here are some links to pages of mine which discuss similar topics:
Interpreting Scripture: How to understand the Bible:
The Protected & Inspired Word of God: Which Translations are Best?:
What is the highest standard to find God with? How can you be sure what method is correct in finding God?:
The Word of God: