Yesterday, my friend's niece and daughter were over and my older son more or less played what children that age typically played. This was a role playing game that has stood the test of time. Yes this was house. My son played the daddy, the niece played the mom and the daughter played the, well daughter. It went a little like this.
Mom to Dad: the daughter was really, really bad today.
Dad to Daughter: How come you know the rules and won't obey mom like you obey me?
This is verbatim of many, many times in the Grace place. We have this conversation repeatedly, though to my son's credit, this is easing. Too often, the rules are abandoned or forgotten until the father comes home.
What my son displays is a really good knowledge of the rules, he can recite them from rote. However, when it comes to bringing them into practice, it's a whole different animal entirely. We try and keep the rules sparing and simple, but whenever it's convenient, the object is to "lawyer" a way out of them. Such is the ingrained rebellion of all of us as human beings.
When we read the bible, we tend to cherry pick the things we like and either ignore or explain away what seems too fantastic or cramps our style. In fact, I've heard people say and write that it isn't possible for said book to free from error, making reference to the "living word" as being more reliable than the bible is. The problem with the "living word" is that all too often, this is interpreted as being as anything we want it to be. I won't discount that God has spoken to me (mainly about going back to church), but the fact is that nothing is outside of the realm of the bible when He does speak to me.
There is a church (read cult) that is called the Living Word, which also makes such claims. Surprise, they even use such practices as soul travel and astral projection. They also teach that in this state, even if you deviate from the word of the Lord, and still be a winner (emphasis mine). Dear reader, I would like to remind you that anything that removes glory from the Lord and places it on man is heresy. It is damnable heresy at that. You will be held accountable for this. Jesus warned us.
Revelation 22:19 "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."
Deuteronomy 4:2 "You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you."
Deuteronomy 12:32 "Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it."
This verse spells it out succinctly Proverbs 30:6 "Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar."
There are other verses and warnings, which as Christians, we need to heed and obey. What's even worse is actually teaching such heresies to others. This is disgusting and offensive to the Lord. Mark 9:42 ""But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea."
This isn't to say that the Lord is all about punishment if we do wrong by Him and His word. Understand that His word is His gift to us and thus a blessing.
Revelation 21:5 "And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." And He said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true."
Revelation 22: 7 "And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book."
This isn't to belittle or offend anyone, but anyone emboldened by the seeming lack of action on the Lord's part in our daily lives; take notice. "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3-9. Maranatha!