A Voice in the
"All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, so that the man of God may be perfected, being fully furnished for every good work." (2Tim3:16-17)
Notice the context in which this 'famous' passage is given. It is given as an answer to the fact about the "last days" (vs1), that "evil men and seducers will go forward to worse, deceiving and being deceived." (vs13) What is the nature of these "evil..seducers"? They are ones who "transform themselves as ministers of righteousness". (2Cor11:15) That is how they are able to seduce. i.e. to "deceive". They appear to be "Christian". Most of them pay lip service to the Bible. But they distort the Scriptures. (2Pt3:16)
There are a couple of primary ways they do this. The most notable is with the proliferation of "translations" or "versions" of Scripture. As time progresses, their care to accuracy has become less and less, to where the newest ones today in many cases don't even -roughly- resemble God's Word, let alone any 'subtleties' of the earlier works. We have talked about this much on other occasions.
Another method they use is to "pick-n-choose" -which- parts of Scripture they give heed to. A lot of people don't like the apostle Paul, so they discredit his writings with various arguments. Others will sort through, picking and choosing based on those things they think are "literal" vs "figurative", historical vs allegorical. And they come up with some rather "creative" arguments for their reasonings.
An e-subscriber wrote asking about the seducing arguments of one of these groups. Quote: "Regarding Mormon's response to Rev22:18-19. (And there is Deuteronomy 4:2 as well). When confronted with all their heresies, false teachings, and extra Biblical revelation, they say the aforementioned verses only apply to the Book of Revelation. Of course I believe those verses have full application to the entire Word of God. How would you respond to a Mormon's argument that it only applies to the Book of Revelation? They have so many false teachings (usually built upon false definitions of those very Biblical terms and names we use)" End-quote
These verses say regarding "the words of the prophecy of this Book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add on him the plagues that have been written in this Book. And if anyone takes away from the words of the Book of this prophecy, God will take away his part out of the Book of Life.." etc. (Rev22:18-19)
The Mormons are not the only ones who wrangle this argument about Rev22:18-19. The modern false apostles and prophets also behave like they believe it. And in a most "technical" sense, if one is only arguing 'words', it is quite possible to make such an argument, because John was writing -that- book, the book of The Revelation. However, God did not limit that curse to those two verses. Even if it were true that those two verses only applied to The Revelation, God has placed the same message in other places throughout the Scriptures.
God says to Israel through Joshua "..be careful to do according to all the law which My servant Moses commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or to the left..." (Josh1:7) Notice God says "all" the law, not just the book of Deuteronomy.
"Every Word of God is pure...do not add to His Words, lest He reprove you and you be found a liar." (Pr30:6) Notice the fate of "all liars" in the "Lake burning with fire and brimstone.." (Rev21:8)
"Truly I say to you, Until the heaven and the earth pass away, in no way shall one iota or one point pass away from the Law until all comes to pass. Therefore, whoever relaxes one of these commandments, the least, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the kingdom of Heaven." (Mt5:18-19)
The person listed Deut4:2. There is a companion verse, "All the things I command you, be careful to do it. You shall not add to it, nor take away from it." (Deu12:32) This is in follow-up to the command to not seek after false gods, nor to search and learn of their ways. (vs30) And then He carries the topic further...
"If a prophet rises among you, or a dreamer of dreams, and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder which he foretold to you occurs..." (13:1-2a) Let's stop there just a minute. We'll get to the Mormons in a minute...there's a special passage just for them. But this more specifically relates to the prophets/apostles movement. Notice that the signs and wonders are "real". They prophesy something, and it actually happens. These are -real- experiences. When people come away from the experience, they are not lying. It really -did- happen.
Now, notice the -message- the sign supports. "..Let us go after other gods which you have not known, and let us serve them.." (vs2:b)
Think about it. How do we know the Most High? Through the Scriptures. God says these books which make up the Scriptures, "-I- command you.." But the signs and wonders accompany 'extra-biblical' teachings. If they are something -different- from the Bible, then they are -from- a DIFFERENT "god". Different "spirits". Paul wrote about "doctrines of demons". (1Tm4:1) They say they are "new revelations".
But the basis for "faith" was "once delivered to the saints." (Jude3) This word "once" could more explicitly be rendered "once for all time". And "delivered" means that "it was given, the job was completed". The matter of giving it was "finished". The UPS or FedEx driver comes to the door, gives you the package and you sign for it, indicating that you have received it. The driver no longer has the package... it HAS BEEN given/delivered, in its totality. He has no 'other' packages for you in his truck.
God says, "you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For Jehovah your God is testing you to know whether you love Jehovah your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the LORD...fear Him...keep His commandments..obey His voice..serve Him and HOLD FAST TO HIM." (13:3-4) Notice the purpose of the "false christs and false prophets" with their signs and wonders is that "if it were possible, they would deceive even the elect". (Mt24:24) This is the essence of what we keep proclaiming about charismania, that it is NOT "Christian". Yes, as foretold, many are deceived and follow after it. But one of its very purposes is to weed out between the wheat and chaff. Those who follow after the signs and wonders, and in so-doing follow "new revelations", and thus follow a "different god"; are -PROVING- by their actions that "it might be revealed that THEY WERE NOT ALL OF US." (1Jn2:19b)
Now, in Israel, when these false prophets rose up, the command was that they "shall be put to death, because he has spoken to turn you away from Jehovah your God..." (13:5a) "..you shall not [even] listen..." (vs3) Don't "dialogue" and "share" with them. Don't go to see 'what they are all about' to learn "how [do they] serve their gods that I too may do likewise.." (12:30) "Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not go in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not pass by it; turn from it and pass on." (Pr4:14-15)
Now, when a gift is given, or a covenant made "no one sets aside or adds to it." (Gal3:15) When a legal document is put in print and the signatures added, it cannot be changed by third parties. When Jesus sealed the covenant, He did so with His own blood. (Mt26:28) These new apostles claim they get their messages from the Holy Spirit. And yet Jesus, the Covenant Signatory said that the Holy Spirit would -NOT- "speak of Himself". (Jn16:13) This word "of" does not so much mean that the Holy Spirit won't talk -about- Himself, as much as it means, He will not "originate" new things "from" Himself. These people claim the Holy Spirit is giving "new" things, "different" from what Scripture teaches. But that claim is in direct contradiction to what Jesus said -would- be the case. Are we listening to Jesus, and believing what He said?? Paul teaches that the "spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets". (1Cor14:32) But the spirits of these new prophets "take over" their hosts, -forcin g- them to do and say things; just like the demon-possessed where "driven" by the demons. (Lk8:29) The Holy Spirit only speaks what is given Him to speak, and never goes contrary to what has already been given. Jesus signed the covenant with His own blood, and the Holy Spirit seals the Believer into Christ. (Eph1:13)
The purpose of these different manifestations is to "pervert the gospel of Christ". (Gal1:7) Paul is QUITE clear that if -anyone- proclaims something "beside [different than] what you have [already] received, let him be accursed." (vs9) And here's the part for the Mormons, who claim to have received their "other testament of Jesus Christ" from an -angel-, "..but even if we OR AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN.." (vs8) And notice, he even includes himself when he says "we". In other words, when Paul wrote to the Galatians, the gospel had been given in its fullness. No new revelations were required. The "prophecies" and "knowledge" had come to an end. (1Cor13:8) They were finished.
All we need is found in the Scriptures.. -ALL- of It, "..that the man of God may be perfected..thoroughly [equipped].." as he "..rightly [divides] the Word of Truth." (2Tim3:17,2:15) Anyone who would do otherwise with God's Word is ACCURSED. Remember how Peter says they pervert the Scriptures "to their own destruction". (2Pt3:16b)
"It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (Heb10:31)