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Word usage, word meanings, morph over time. The word ‘gay’ is the only example needed to prove that point, but there are many more. Adultery today in our secular culture refers to ” cheating” or “having an affair”, which of course means fornication, despite a vow to God not to do so, but sounds better. You might get a better feel for the true concept of adultery if you look at a definition of adulterate.
- Main Entry:
- transitive verb
- Inflected Form(s):
- adul·ter·at·ed; adul·ter·at·ing
- Latin adulteratus, past participle of adulterare, from ad- + alter other — more at else
: to corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance or element ; especially : to prepare for sale by replacing more valuable with less valuable or inert ingredients /from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adulterate
So many people with whom I communicate have thrown away the gospel of the bible due to adultery. They have rejected the teaching of Jesus because of things the Savior never said . The simplicity and beautiful mystery of the message of the Messiah has been replaced with far less valuable ingredients. In some cases even where the entire Evangelical doctrine has been maintained , ingredients have been added to it that reduce the palatability , making the biblical expression:
O taste and see that the LORD is good;How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
impossible in that setting, as the flavor of the original has been perverted with ingredients never meant to be in the recipe . With Almighty God as the head chef, it takes an amazing spirit of rebellion for the sous chef to add even a pinch of seasoning to the original . Would Emeril have a sense of humor if one of his assistants took it upon his/her self to redesign a signature dish? Emeril’s in New Orleans offers this:
Oyster Crusted Atlantic Salmon
with Dill Preserved Yukon Gold Potatoes, Tuna Bacon Asparagus, Fennel, and Cauliflower Bernaise
What would the career path be of the chef at this restaurant look like if they decided clams are better than oysters? Or basil beat dill, or should be added. How long would a waitress last who took it upon herself to pour a can of spinach over the whole thing,” ’cause, you know, its like healthy and all.” If Emeril has such control over his ‘kingdom’, why do we take control over God’s?
I would like to lay out some of the additions that have done damage, some changes to the recipe that make the Gospel sicky sweet or bitter.
- worship or veneration of anyone or anything other than the triune God [God Himself made this a commandment]
- rules like “no mixed bathing” or “no dancing”
- church membership as a requirement to worship
- positions that elevate one sinner above another, we are all sinners
- political positions, required voting
- denominational distinctives , “factions” is a sin
- cultural biases marketed as “religious” [clothing, hair, music styles]
- extra-biblical doctrine, 66 books say it all, no more are needed
- condemnation of other denominations, watch your own mote
- restrictions of intellectual material
- forced acceptance of geological or biological histories
- “second’ baptisms, concentration on the demonic
What if the warning at the end of the bible applies to the whole book, not just to Revelations? Revelation 22:18 says
I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book;
I do not have the guts or bravado to risk the wrath of God by amending His book. Were the Words of Jesus and the writings in the Gospel, the history and wisdom of the Old Testament, were these not enough, that mere man must add to the mix? If there is enough for salvation and obedience and fellowship with God, why add?
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Is it humble to tell God what He forgot? Please, you be the one to tell Him he left some stuff out, He was not clear enough. I am going to stand over here while you have that talk with Him. Lightning hurts.
I would not mind so much, if it were not the extras that drive people away. It is like people who say, “I do not like pizza, anchovies are too salty for me, and they are gross!”. Ask them if they ever tryed pizza without anchovies and you get a blank stare. They never knew you could get it that way, never knew there was such a thing as anchovie-less pizza.
We know what God feels about stmbling blocks. Let us avoid the millstones and get the unadulterated Word out there. Be humble, your add ons may be right, I am not arguing if they are morally correct, but they are yours! Keep them to yourself. The children of Israel kept worship of Yahweh God , but added to it. Here is God’s opinion of such practices.
“Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations to which they will be carried captive, how I have been hurt by their adulterous hearts which turned away from Me, and by their eyes which played the harlot after their idols; and they will loathe themselves in their own sight for the evils which they have committed, for all their abominations.
Mighty, wonderful , loving God we praise you and fall before you, worshiping only You, as taught by Jesus the Risen Messiah, the prophets, the Apostles, as brought to our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Forgive us for the errors in our understanding, or well intended but foolish attempts to improve the Perfect. Help us to learn and teach Your Way, Your way, not ours. we ask it in the name of our savior Yeshua Your Son, our Savior, light of the world, amen.
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