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Here is my warning for everyone who hears the prophecies in this book: If you add anything to them, God will make you suffer all the terrible troubles written in this book. If you take anything away from these prophecies, God will not let you have part in the life-giving tree and in the holy city described in this book. The one who has spoken these things says, “I am coming soon!” So, Lord Jesus, please come soon! I pray that the Lord Jesus will be kind to all of you.
These final words of the New Testament contain a dire warning for anyone who would add something to the Word of God. It is no small thing to mix your own opinions and prejudices with the teachings of the Bible. And yet almost every church struggles with that temptation.
We often judge the Word of God by the culture in which we live. Instead, we should judge our culture by the teachings of the Bible. The Word of God must not and indeed cannot change, but your culture will change as it conforms to the truth of the Bible.
As a follower of Jesus, whenever the society in which you live contradicts the Word of God you must, regardless of the cost follow Jesus and not the world around you. For a Christian there is indeed a higher law than the law of his or her land. Be careful not to add to or take away from the Word of God because of a law written by men.
"Lord Jesus give me the courage today to obey every Word You have given us in the Bible. May Your Word be the judge of everything! And may You be praised forever. Amen."