Some churches today say that the message of the Bible has been changed...
. . . by an angel (The Mormon church. The angel, Moroni, supposedly showed a new revelation to Joseph Smith in the 1830’s.)
. . . by the pope (The Catholic church adds teachings from time to time, and their tradition carries equal weight as the Scriptures.)
. . . by prophets in the churches (The Pentecostal church)
(This is the doctrine of “continuing revelation” – that God is continuing to reveal new truths to people even after the Bible was written.)
BUT . . .
- God revealed all the truth (including bringing to their remembrance everything that Jesus had said) by the Holy Spirit to the apostles. – John 14:26; 16:12-15
- The apostles wrote down what God revealed, and we can read and understand. – Ephesians 3:3-5
- The faith was delivered "once for all." – Jude 1:3
- We already have “everything pertaining to life and godliness.” (Actually, they already had it in the first century!) – 2 Peter 1:3
- In the first century, they already had the Scriptures that were able to make them “complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16
- We should learn “not to think beyond what is written.” – 1 Corinthians 4:6
- If we add to the word of God, we will be punished by God. – Revelation 22:18-19
- If an apostle - or even an angel from heaven! - teaches a message different from what the apostle Paul had already preached to people in
Galatia in the first century, s/he will fall under condemnation. – Galatians 1:6-9 (“Anathema” means “accursed.”)
A Bible example: An angel (supposedly) changed the word of God. (!) When a good and true prophet followed this new message, the prophet was killed by God for his disobedience. – 1 Kings 13:11-24
So... Let’s stick to the Bible as the Standard for Truth, and avoid the dangerous doctrine of “continuing revelation.”
Written by Ink Man
Quotes are from the New King James Version of the Bible.
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