Man Is Not To Change What God Says
Man does not have the authority to change the will of
God on any subject. We have been given severe warnings in several places
in the Bible concerning any changes that we try to make to God's word.
As we have already seen in Galatians 1:6-9, if we pervert the gospel by
changing it, we will be accursed.
Another such warning comes in the closing verses
of the Bible. Revelation 22:18-19 says, "For I testify unto everyone
who hears the words of the prophecy of this book, if anyone adds to these
things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; And
if anyone takes away from the words of this book of this prophecy, God
shall take away his part from the Book of Life, and from the holy city,
and from the things which are written in this book." These are very
stern warnings that should get our undivided attention.
How much stronger warnings could God give to
those who try to make changes to His will when they change immersion into
sprinkling, or to change the necessity of baptism for one to receive
forgiveness of sins and be saved to their saying that baptism is not
necessary for salvation. God has said plainly that it is necessary.
They also say that one's sins are forgiven and that one is saved when
he accepts Christ as his personal savior. He can be baptized later if he
wants to in order to join that particular denomination; but as we have already seen this contradicts what God has
said and will cause many people to be lost eternally. If you were
baptized for some reason other than for forgiveness of sins in order to be
saved then you do not have salvation and you are still lost. Who are you going to follow: God or man?
As our Lord warns us in Matthew
15:14, "And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a
ditch." Don't allow someone, who has added to and taken away from
God's word, to lead you. Open your eyes and read God's word for
yourself. Those who have added to and taken away from God's word will be
lost. If you continue to follow them, then you too will be lost.
What You Need to Do
In Acts 19:1-5 we have an example of twelve men, that the Apostle Paul
met at Ephesus. They had something wrong with their baptism. In verses 3-5
we read, "And he said to them, into what then were you baptized? So
they said, into John's baptism. Then Paul said, John indeed baptized
with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people, that they should
believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When
they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord
Jesus." When these twelve men found out that there was something
wrong with their baptism, they made it right. They were then baptized for
the right purpose.
Please refer back to how you answered the questions in Lesson 8 concerning your prior
conversion. If you thought you were saved and your sins forgiven when you
accepted Christ as your personal savior and you were later baptized, then
the purpose of your baptism was not for the forgiveness of your sins so
that you could be saved. But now you have learned the truth about the
purpose of baptism from the scriptures that have been pointed out.
don't rationalize away what you actually did to be saved and now say that
you were actually baptized for the forgiveness of sins in order to be
saved. Many people end up doing this. Your soul's salvation depends
on your being right with God.
Is there something wrong with your baptism? You may say no, but
if there is, we cannot fool God. He knows for sure and you will suffer the
eternal consequences. It will be a sad day if you stand before the Lord on
the day of judgment and find out that there is something wrong with your baptism. Baptism, that is done according to scripture, for the right
reason and purpose, is such an easy thing to do. It is not difficult, at
all, to make sure that it is done right.
Questions Lesson 21
Man Is Not To Change What God Says
1) (Revelation 22:18-19) If we add to God's word
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God will add to us the plagues written in God's word.
God will be well pleased.
It will not matter.
If one has added to God's word by substituting sprinkling for baptism,
then God is well pleased.
3) (Revelation 22:18-19) If we take away from God's word
We will still be saved.
God will overlook it if we are sincere.
Our name will be taken out of the Book of Life and we will be lost.
be lost if we add to or take away from God's word.
5) (Matthew 15:14) If the blind lead the blind
Both will fall into the ditch and be lost.
God will have pity and save both of them.
They are not responsible.
We are in no danger of being led astray.
7) (Acts 19:1-5) What did these twelve men do when they found that
there was something wrong with their baptism?
None of these needed to be baptized.
They were not baptized.
They were baptized again for the right purpose.
These twelve men refused to be baptized since they had already been