The accuracy of today’s Bible has been questioned. The Bible itself is clear, nothing is to be added or taken away. However there is always the possibility that translations between the original Hebrew or Greek have been inadvertently changed. Consider, if the Bible contains a plan for mankind to obtain salvation and later someone alters the path, how are future generations to find salvation? The obvious answer is, “They can’t!” It seems reasonable that God would want Scripture to remain unchanged. As a matter of fact, that very plea is made throughout the Bible – Keep the ordinances as delivered! We start in Paul’s second letter to Timothy:

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Tim 3:14-17

We are to continue in what was first taught because these words contain the way to salvation. Salvation can only be found in Jesus Christ and Scripture gives us the way. We become complete Christians through study of Scripture that has been handed down from God.

Notice, Scripture does not say, “It is all right to teach something else after a few hundred years.” It does not say, “Hold fast for a thousand years.” It does not say, “Now I praise ye that ye remember me in most things and keep the ordinances until 1048, 1914 or 1948.” The only period of time specified in the New Testament refers to the second coming of Christ. God’s written words are applicable from the day they were written to the time our Lord and Savior returns to claim his church.

It is obvious that God issued His instructions for all mankind down through the ages and they are not to be changed. This report testifies to the importance of maintaining the integrity of the Bible. Following are many verses attesting to the importance of NOT changing or adding to the Word of God!

  1. Phil 1:5-6 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

  2. 1 Cor 11:1-2 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.

  3. Deut 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish aught from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

  4. Deut 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

  5. Rev 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

  6. Ezr 6:11 Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall alter this word, let timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let him be hanged thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this.

  7. Pr 30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

  8. 1 Cor 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

  9. 1 Cor 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

  10. 2 Tim 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

  11. Titus 1:9-10 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:

  12. Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

  13. 2 Tim 2-2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

  14. 1 Tim 6:3-4 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strives of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

  15. Heb 3:5-6 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

  16. Titus 2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:

  17. Heb 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

  18. Heb 10:22-24 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

  19. Rev 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

  20. 1 Tim 4:6-7 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

  21. 1 Tim 4:15-16 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

  22. Heb 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

  23. Rom 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

  24. 1 Tim 6:3-5 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

  25. Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers .

  26. Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

  27. Titus 2:10 Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

  28. Jms 1:25 "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."

  29. Rom 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

  30. This is the crux of the matter: Avoid those that teach altered Scripture!!

    Some claim they have new information, new instructions “from God” or an “angel from God.” These people are to be avoided. The Holy Scriptures are sealed, no changes are authorized, none are to be accepted.

    An example for all of us can be found in 1 Kings 13 where the man of God from Judah accepts the word of a liar and disobeys the instructions given to him by the word of the Lord. False prophets and teachers abound in the Old Testament and now we have to defeat them in the days of the New Testament.

    Many skeptics claim the Bible has changed over the centuries, that words have been altered and interpretations flawed. Fortunately there are built-in safeguards.

    The Bible claims to be written by the inspiration of God and warns the reader to exercise care to insure the Scriptures are not changed. Anyone assuming the responsibility of reproducing it is expressly warned to duplicate it exactly. But, as in all things, there will be those who ignore the warning, scramble the meanings and confound the reader. Hence many dubious versions are available in most book stores.

    History (and the Dead Sea Scrolls) shows us the mechanics of reproducing the original documents have been meticulous and the results are authentic! We recommend the King James Version as the most authentic today.

    We can rely on the text and in those instances where the ancient English meanings are obsolete we have Bible Commentaries that make the meanings clear. We recommend The Peoples New Testament ( Now we just need to be meticulous in studying and following God’s instructions.

    We stand with the apostles and
    accept the Holy Scriptures as already delivered.

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