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" Whose Word? "

Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. (Prov 30:5-6)

Having newly subscribed to Luis Palau's E-zine, the recent issue contained this quote:

"I am proud of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes" (Romans 1:16).

When I queried the "source" of this quote, an LP spokesperson claimed, "translated from Spanish." For you who know your Bibles, you immediately know "something's wrong" here! Because Rom1:16 actually says, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes..." It is obvious that "proud" does not equate with "not ashamed." A Spanish speaking/translating Brother in Christ confirmed for me that The Reina-Valera version (1569, revised 1860, 1909, 1960) says: "For I am not ashamed..."

As the result of an e-mail from somebody else, I went to Billy Graham's website to see something the person had referenced. BG's "message" spins an elaborate misrepresentation, misapplying the "prodigal son" account as a message for the unsaved; telling the sinner that they must "return home" to God. (which is one of the ecumenical messages of choice these days) And while "sin" is mentioned in passing, the act of repentance is "turning around" in order to "follow God." ...not... utterly abhoring "sin" and repenting of "sin."(Job42:6, Lk18:13) But rather, the invitation is that God is inviting the sinner to "come home."

To help prove his point he misquotes Luke 15:10 to say, "Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who comes home."

The verse ACTUALLY says, "...over one sinner who repents"(Luke 15:10)

For the doctrinally astute it is obvious that, for the sinner, heaven is NOT his "home" until he has been "adopted" into the family. Rom8:15, Gal 4:5, Eph 1:5. He must first come in repentance, and experience the "new birth" (Jn3:3) in Christ. Until he has done this, heaven is not his "home" to "return" to.

These two misquotes are not even found in the commonly read PerVersions ...let alone God's Word. Why are people putting their own "spin" to God's Word?

"Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams," says the LORD, "and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all," says the LORD. (Jer 23:32)

"An astonishing and horrible thing Has been committed in the land: The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule by their own power; And My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end? (Jer5:30-31)

"I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in My counsel, And had caused My people to hear My words, Then they would have turned them from their evil way And from the evil of their doings. (Jer23:21-22)

"What is the burden of the LORD? ...what burden? I will even forsake you," says the Lord. "...for every man's word will be his burden, for you have perverted the words of the living God, the LORD of hosts, our God." (~Jer23:30-40)

(It is suggested that you read the complete chapter of Jeremiah 23)

What SHOULD the prophets be doing?

"..he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully." (Jer23:28) "..is not My word like a fire?" says the Lord, "and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?" (vs29)

If we are engaged in "God's work" there is NO NEED to change "God's Word" to suit the message we may be tempted to feel is more "palatable" by the masses, because God says...

"So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isa 55:11)

Furthermore... We DARE NOT change it!

God's messenger, Moses, exhorted, "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. (Deu 4:2)

"..even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached...than what you have received [it's already been given in Scripture], let him be accursed." (Gal1:8-9)

Amen!

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editor's note:

To alleviate any possible reader conniptions that this writer does not "practice what he preaches" in light of the subject matter of this commentary, let it be clearly understood that in the context of such an article as this, the writer often embeds Scripture quotations with personal explanatory comments within brackets "[comment/s]". These comments so bracketed are not being presented as being the actual words of Scripture. Also, to conserve space, and for clarity of thought, passages are often edited with the use of "..." leaders, dividers and tails. But it is hoped, and encouraged, that the reader will actually open the Bible and read passages in full context to receive the total teaching from God. To be "Bereans" who "searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so." (Acts17:11)

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