“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book; and if anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the book of life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:19-20
It took me a few years to actually grab a hold of what John meant by the whole adding to and taking away from thing in the preceding verse. But when I finally did get a hold of it, I said to myself: “Wow; this thing has some very serious, wide reaching application and consequence!” What I realized is that you cannot add to something without taking away from the components of its origin; which in the case of Revelation 22:19-20 would imply the entirety of the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ! Now I know that whoever is reading this right now is saying, ‘Who in the world would do that? A person would have to be outright evil to even consider such a thing! That would be blasphemy, etc., etc.’ But the real truth of the matter is, that the principle of adding to and thus taking away from the gospel of Christ is being applied daily, weekly to a very large percentage of our most widely recognized and well respected churches around the globe. Now you say, ‘Well how can this be?’ And I say quite simply, through adding law to grace many of our pastor, teacher, leaders have effectively attempted to bring the entire body of Christ under the curse of the law, (Curse-plague)! Notice I use the word attempted, as I am by no means talking about the loss of salvation on anyone’s behalf. I am simply saying that adding conditions to the free gift of salvation, i.e. life; is to take away from, to denigrate the finished work of God in Christ in us!
‘I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.’ Galatians 1:6-8
‘O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain – if indeed it was in vain? Galatians 3:1-4
For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse; For it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all the things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.’ But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for the just shall live by faith. Yet the law is not of faith, but the man who does them shall live by them. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us, (‘for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’). Galatian 3:10-13
When you mix good sippin’ whiskey with water, you ruin its aroma, its taste and its strength! When you mix law with grace; you ruin both the stringency and purpose of the law, as well as the power of God’s grace in the life of the believer!
‘No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wine and skins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.’ Luke 5:36-38
‘Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord; shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7:21-23
George L. Miller
P.S. Anyone that approaches a relationship with God the Father by means of the law is walking in self-righteousness! And walking in self-righteousness is to practice lawlessness!