Across our country our federal and provincial governments are making amendments to our laws at rapid fire speed. They have changed laws around religion, marriage, and made differences in sexuality its own race just to name a few. At one point this country was founded on biblical principles. The Canadian Coat of Arms bears the words “A mari usque ad mare” which is Latin for “from sea to sea”. This was taken from Psalm 72:8, “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.” Our country was built on the Word of God. Overtime we have made amendments to fit the culture rather than fit the culture to the gospel.
This is not a new thing though, nor is it political, it started with Eve in the garden over a piece of fruit. Genesis 2 tells us the words God used to give a command to Adam, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (vs 16-17) Look at what happens one chapter over when Eve is confronted by the Devil. First of all, he does not directly quote God, though he knows His words well, instead he chose to twist God’s word.
Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’? (Gen 3:1 emphasis added)
Here’s where Eve made her fatal mistake:
And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” (Gen 3:2-3 emphasis added)
Eve made the quick decision that God’s word was not enough and made an amendment to his word. The minute she reveals her insecurity regarding God’s word she entered onto the playing field of the Devil himself. He knows he cannot stand up against the word of God. It’s a sharp double-edge sword that he knows will destroy him (that’s kind of the point- pun intended). God’s Word is our weapon and refuge. What Satan knew was that Eve stopped believing God’s word and truth were enough and relied on her own knowledge to “fix” the situation. Once she moved out of the perfect word of God she moved out of his refuge and lost her weapon at which point Satan attacked and won.
We see the Devil’s dirty work again in Matthew 4:1-11 when Jesus is tempted three times. All three times Jesus directly quotes God’s word without changing it, for he knew his Father’s words were enough! This leaves the Devil in a position where he can do nothing to Jesus except leave.
Amendments by Addition
One of the ways we make amendments to God’s word is by adding to it such as Eve did. She decided the Word needed some polishing and added her flair to it. Paul warns us about both adding to God’s word and accepting the additions from others.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. (Gal. 1:6-9)
Beyond the realm of politics, how often have we given our own amendments to God’s word? We do it all the time for own economical, political, social, physical, and emotional comfort. We step out of the sovereign Word and put our own twist on it, then wonder why darkness is creeping in so quickly. Why do we do this? I have no doubt that there is more than one reason why. To name a few I would include: for our own personal gain and profit, for our comfort, to fit it, to justify our poor decisions, for fear of others, lack of trust that God does not have the situation fully and completely, and perhaps even outside pressure from peers and family to change our views. Or, as Paul puts it more bluntly, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Gal 1:10)
Bottom line, amendments to God’s word makes us servants of man, not Christ. Since we cannot serve two masters, our master by default then becomes the Devil. We enter onto Satan’s playing field, unarmed, like Eve, thinking God’s twisted word will hold up. It won’t. We will lose.
Amendments by Omission
Another way we can amend the sovereign word of God is by omission. And by that, I mean we stay silent while we knowling are witnesses to an alteration to scriptures. Perhaps this one is most relevant in our political field at present. A recent article from CBN had this alarming quote at the end:
“The lack of spiritual leadership is killing us. Every single time that Liberals, either federally or provincially,…take away our rights, or to demonize us as bigots, we hear nothing but silence from the Church. This has to stop.” (source)
God’s command to us is bold when it comes to speaking, teaching, preaching, and taking a stand on what is his truth (and our truth!).
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. (Eh 5:6-11 emphasis added)
Did you catch that last part? “…but instead expose them.”
Part of being obedient to God’s command is to expose the amendments that have been made to twist Scripture. It is our duty as servants of God to speak out. When we stay silent, we give way to these amendments and twisting of truths through our lack of speaking the absolute truth. The fear that is keeping us quiet is exactly the same fear as Eve, “what if God’s Word isn’t strong enough, or powerful enough to win this situation?”
Oh, but it is my friends! Regardless of how it is received when it leaves your mouth, YOUR obedience will not go unnoticed by the Almighty King of Kings. It is your attitude of willingness to be obedient and steadfast in His commands that will be all that matters when you are face to face with God the Judge at the end of your life.
How You Can Right the Wrongs
The bible warns us to “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” Col 2:8.
As our world strays away and amends biblical foundations to fit the culture, weigh your thoughts, actions, and beliefs against the bible as a whole. God’s word is enough, I am not. He is perfect, I am weak.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Cor. 12:9
There is no amendment we can add that will strengthen God’s plan and word for us individually or for the world. If there is something I am in disagreement with, or uncomfortable with in the bible, I need to seek out why MY heart is against God’s word and repent.
There is no event, person, government, law, philosophy, fad, or attitude that we can win by being silent. Whether our voice is heard and responded to makes no difference, God has heard, and he will respond accordingly. Trust him, trust his promises.
Does what you believe match the Bible in its entirety? Is what you believe based on a mismatched, out of context, fragment of a verse or chapter instead the overall message? Have you twisted the Scriptures and like Eve entered the playing field of the Devil without your sword in hand? Do you really, honestly, with all your soul believe God’s infallible word is enough for EVERY situation?
Ask God to search your heart and bring to light any areas where you may have fallen into amended Scripture. Repent of this sin so you can be washed clean and present yourself blameless before the Lord. Stand firm in the promises and commands of God’s Word. His Word is enough and will stand firmly without ceasing until the very end of this world.
His Word is enough.