More is NOT Better (11)

11. It leads to resistance to necessary change.

So often you can hear people speak of the evils of change sighting the fact that God doesn’t change. It is true that God doesn’t change and since He is Holy He does not need to change. In Malachi 3:6 God says, “I am the LORD, I change not;” Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

So God doesn’t change; that’s established. But what does that have to do with us not changing? Think about this: If we want to have a relationship with the Lord and He is not going to change, it means we are going to have to.  The fact that God doesn’t change does NOT mean we shouldn’t, but rather that we should!

Sadly, most (if not all) of man’s additions to scripture teach and lead us to do the wrong thing. When people accept man’s additions and traditions as God’s word they refuse to change to align themselves with God’s word. When God’s word says to change to “A,” but man’s addition says to keep doing “B,” we actually resist the will and authority of God. So adding to the bible leads to resistance to necessary change.

The Jewish tradition of Corban in Mark 7 allowed adult children to claim their money as a gift to the sanctuary and avoid taking care of their needy parents. The tradition/addition of Corban caused them not to honor their parents and at the same time think they were honoring the Lord. This law of man led them to resist the change in their financial matters that would have pleased the Lord.

The answer is simple: Stick with the book!

Until next time,