For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy City, and from the things which are written in this book (Revelation 22:18-19).
Someone says, “I’ve had a revelation from the Lord, something Scripture doesn’t address.”
Run, as fast as you can.
Scripture calls it “adding to the Word,” and it’s clearly verboten throughout the Bible, off limits to all who take seriously their devotion to the Lord and His Word. Deuteronomy 4:2 reads, “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” (Need more? Try these: Deuteronomy 12:32; Joshua 1:7; Proverbs 30:6. The Father is consistent on this point.)
Let’s not go beyond what the Lord says through His Word. After all, Scripture teaches that Scripture is sufficient. Some would call that circular reasoning. That’s a possibility, but a better plan is that Scripture is Holy Spirit inspired. God knew what He was doing.
The church down the street was having some kind of special meeting. The eminent speaker, a professor or something, preached that we should add an additional book to the Bible, this one addressing the subject of nuclear weapons. If anyone objected, I never heard. But I could not help thinking, “Oh yeah. In the Middle Ages, they would have addressed gunpowder. In the mid-19th century, it would have been gatling guns. And the process would never end.” So foolish.