This story is true involving three friends of mine. Charles was building a house and was trying to do as much work himself as he could. Over several days, the three were hanging siding. Charles and Udale were on scaffolds nailing the siding, and Lewie was on the ground handling the miter saw. One morning, Charles and Udale came to the end of the first course. Udale pulled out his tape measure and yelled down to Lewie, “Cut me one 5 ft. 4-7/16 in. and leave the line.” So Lewie cut the board and handed it up. The others set the board and it was a quarter of an inch too short. That might not matter to some folks, but Udale is a perfectionist and he wanted everything to be done exactly right. So, he handed the plank back to Lewie and said “cut me a board 1/4 inches longer. So, he made his cut and handed it up and it fit perfectly. When they got to the next course, Udale pulled out his measuring tape and yelled down to Lewie, “12 ft., 3/8 in.” Lewie cut a board and passed it up. The board was 1/4 in. too short. Udale climbed down the scaffold and asked Lewie what the problem was. Seems that Lewie had bought a new tape measure the night before. Udale compared Lewie’s new tape measure to his own, and Lewie’s was a quarter inch shorter. They pulled out Charles’ tape measure. Lewie’s didn’t match it either. On further examination, they found the tang of the new one was not connected properly. So, Lewie returned that new erroneous tape measure to the place he bought it and procured one that measured true.

I say all this to emphasize the spiritual concept that people in denominations and “non-denominations” are using measures that are either just a little short, vastly short or even too long than the true standard.

From beginning to end, God warns his people to stay within the bounds of his revealed word. Moses commands Israel: “You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you.” (Deut. 4:20). The New Testament concludes with this curse:

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. (Rev. 22:18-19)

Any book written by men that says more than the Scriptures says too much, and one that says less doesn’t say enough. The authors of those texts will have to answer to the Lord for their words.

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