By Larry Sitz Kedron Church of Christ

In Deuteronomy 4:2, the Israelites were commanded, "Ye shall not add to the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you." God tells us as Christians, essentially the very same thing in Rev. 22:18-19. "If any man shall add unto the prophecy of this book God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book" This tells us that God's Word, is God's final Word, and that He has His own very specific plan for our lives and the salvation of our souls. Man is not permitted to change even one small part of it.

A perfect example can be found in Genesis chapter 3, when the serpent tempted Eve with the forbidden fruit. We also may take note that Eve added her own words to what God had said. She added that God had said not to touch the fruit lest ye die. but that is not exactly what God had commanded. She added her own words to God's Word. Next the serpent put his spin on the Word of God. He only added one little word, but that one word changed the whole meaning of God's Word. The serpent told Eve, ye shall "not" surely die from eating of the fruit, but in the day you eat of the fruit, you will become as gods knowing good and evil. We all know how that one little word, and one bad decision, turned out and changed the world forever.

Seems as if today nothing has changed, as men continue to add to, take from, or ignore what God's Holy Word plainly states. God's Word clearly commands us to hear (Rom 10:14), believe (Heb. 11:6), repent (Acts 2:38), confess (Rom. 10:10), be baptized for the remission of sins (Mark 16:16), and live a godly life until death to have the promise of gaining heaven and a crown of life for all eternity (Rev. 2:10). Many men have substituted their own plans of salvation in place of God's. They tell us to pray the sinner's prayer, and ask Jesus into our heart to be saved, but these precepts are simply not taught in the bible. Some tell us to pray through, and Jesus will save us. This process is not biblical for salvation either, as we can see in Acts, chapter 22. Saul of Tarsus was struck blind by the Lord on the road to Damascus and He commanded him to go to Damascus, where he would be told the things that were appointed him to do. Saul was blind and prayed for three days, yet he was not saved. Then a devout man by the name of Ananias, by the power of God, restored Saul's sight and told him what he must do to be saved. "And now why tarriest thou? Arise and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." Calling on the name of the Lord is not simply saying, "Jesus save me," but in doing what He commands us to do. Some tell us we can be saved by faith only , which is yet another fallacy. James tells us that faith without works is dead (James 2:26). How could we ever be pleasing to God and be saved by a dead faith? Mark 16:16 says, "He that believes and is baptized shall be saved." Man, just like the serpent, seems to have added one little word to this verse. Man says, "He that believes and is "not" baptized shall be saved." Could it be that this little add on might turn out just like the serpent's little add on? Now who should we believe, men or God?

No matter what plan men may devise, it can never save us, because they all deviate from God's one and only perfect plan. Why not simply follow God's plan, and be saved today?

We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron church of Christ, on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God's word or take from it.