He said to them, 'All too well you reject the Commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.'
I am deeply troubled by Christian leaders who cut up the Word of God. They serve the Parts they like, and discard the tougher Chews. They reduce their followers to nursing babies or adolescents.
Because babies don't eat hard food. 'Everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the Word of righteousness, for he is a babe' (Hebrews 5:13). And without the right diet, these babies become spoiled kids, 'Children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting' (Ephesians 4:14).
But what of these crafters? Those who recreate God's Word and take out the hard Parts? Are they like film editors who render God's original black and white Version to more colors than we can count--each to satisfy his own tastes?
'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' (Deuteronomy 4:2).*
Increasingly, I see Christian leaders speak in opposition to the Word of God--even the heads of worldwide denominations. I have seen no corrections, because correction (even within the fellowship of faith) is neither easy nor politically correct--although God prescribes it.
'if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently' (Galatians 6:1). 'All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work' (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Jesus says, 'If the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch' (Matthew 15:14). Because to reject God's Word is to reject God--and Jesus: 'The Word became Flesh and dwelt among us' (John 1:14).
Actors, models and talent for Christ, cherish God's Script beyond all others. Don't buy into an edit. Don't prefer this AMTC devotion or any other teaching to the Original. The best and only parts I or other writers can play are supporting roles, and you must be wise enough to test them.
Neither should you buy into a fellowship of friends who reject the 'R', as in the Reason you live and the Righteousness you wear. Because removing the 'R' from friend leaves fiend, as in demon. Guard your inner circle closely.
To Be Continued...
* Short referenced article on adding to, deleting from, or editing the Word of God: http://www.letusreason.org/Biblexp117.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Rejection series.