5 Every word of God proves true;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
6 Do not add to his words,
lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.
The perfection and sufficiency of Scripture may still be the central issue upon which modern Christianity will either stand or fall. While I have heard many of my Southern Baptist brothers tell me that the battle over the Bible is over, that we conservatives have won, and that now it is time to move on, I cannot agree. With every new challenge to solid theology that arises, the battle for the accuracy and sufficiency of the Scripture again takes center-stage.
Think of some of the most recent controversies that have taken the Internet by storm. Debates over literal, six-day creationism verses theistic evolution truly amount to a question of the authority and accuracy of the Bible. Debates over gender roles in the home or in ministry boil down to the authority of Scripture. Hip controversies over the existence, justice, and eternality of hell are essentially debates over the authority of Scripture.
But God reminds us that his word is true. Every one of his words is sound. We do not need to add to it. IN fact, if we attempt to make the Bible better by adding anything to it, we dishonor God and distort the teaching of our Lord.
Imagine a mountain that a man climb to its peak. He stands on the top-most point. What will happen if he takes a step in any direction? Of course, he will go down. This is true of Scripture. When we stand on Scripture, we stand on the top point of Gods’ perfect revelation. Any step, either to ignore the Scripture or to add something to it, is a step down from the peak to something less than perfect. Let us learn to love and obey the perfect word of God.