Verse of the Day Devotion: Deuteronomy 12:32
“Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.” – Deuteronomy 12:32
This is a very Important command to follow, however, this command is increasingly becoming more ignored in today’s culture. And I am referring here to the church. God has given in His Word what we are to do, and what we are not to do. And it breaks my heart to see additions and subtractions from His Word that takes away from the message we as Christians are to put forth, both in the words we say and the lives we live. I pray you look read through this devotion and understand I am simply pointing out areas in which we can improve in order to clarify our message and not being accusatory.
When I have visited various churches, there have been things that the scriptures tell us to do, but no one preaches or teaches them. However, many things are not taught for fear of offending people. For instance, loving our enemies and praying for those who persecute or hate us. Yes, these are difficult things, but we must not ignore them simply because we choose not to love those who treat us badly. God calls us to love everyone, however, if we pick and choose who we will love, then we are ignoring the verses which tells us to love everyone. “If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.” James 2:8-9. In the same sense, if we only fellowship with certain people and not with those who, we believe, are of a lessor class, then we again are leaving out one of His commands. “Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.” Romans 12:16
Also, we must not add to God’s Word. Today, we hear that homosexuality is an approved practice within the church because He made some people that way. And because of this, we are not to call it a sin. And we see the same thing regarding abortion. I have even heard it said that abortion should be a right in the church. We must not fall for this because this is adding to God’s word by including them in what God approves.
I want to encourage us all to ensure we do not take anything away from His Word, such as acts of love pointed out above, or to add things to His Word, such as making sinful acts acceptable. This is so important, and when I see where our church is regarding these things, as I stated above, it breaks my heart. People are being taught that there are certain things in His Word that do not apply today because we live in a different time than when the scriptures were written. And thus, we are approving of sin and in some ways encouraging its practice. It is important that we read and study His Word and sit under solid bible teachers who will ‘rightly divide the word of truth.’ 2 Timothy 2:15. People need to hear the whole truth. And God has provided it to us. We just need to teach it properly and accept it fully.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.