We live in a world that is filled with religious confusion. Many people boldly state
that it is impossible for all to understand the Bible alike. This reasoning simply
fuels the cry, "That's your interpretation, and this is my
interpretation." The majority of the religious world has decided that God expects
people to interpret His word differently.
Thus, man made denominations "agree to disagree" and convince themselves that they have attained Biblical unity. Such could not be further from the truth! But this false conclusion is what keeps denominations in business. They agree to disagree, they graciously proclaim, "Attend the church of your choice."
What about attending the church of God's choice? Is anyone listening? Who do we worship? Who are we to glorify? Who are we to please? Who are we to obey? Is the answer to these questions, man or God?
There is not a single denomination that believes the word of God is settled in heaven! Man-made churches have their annual conventions so they can "add to" and "take from" their creed books. They vote on whether or not to support abortion. They vote on whether or not to accept same sex marriages. They vote on whether or not they should condemn sodomy. Can these people who profess to believe the Bible not see the error of their ways? Do they not see the fallacy of man made churches?
The word of God says, "Forever, O Jehovah, Thy word is settled in heaven" (Psa. 119:89 ASV). Is God's word settled or decided by a court of men? Absolutely not! Is God's word decided or settled by what the majority of folks think? No, not at all! Listen again to the inspired word: "Forever, O Jehovah, Thy word is settled in heaven." The what and the where speaks volumes to those who will listen. What is settled? The word of God! Where is it settled? In heaven!
God's word was settled long before man ever decided to vote on it. All the votes in the world cannot change, or alter in any fashion, a single one of God's Holy Scriptures.
The folly of ignoring the word of God is seen in Adam and Eve's sin and their being cast from the garden (Gen. 3:1-19). Noah was blessed and his life spared because, "Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he" (Gen. 6:22). Moses taught Israel, "Ye shall observe to do therefore as Jehovah your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. Ye shall walk in all the way which Jehovah your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess" (Deut. 5:32-33 ASV).
Jesus said, "If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments" (John 14:15). One is never given the option of changing God's commandments. The apostle John said, "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous" (1 John 5:3). The last book of the New Testament warns, "I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto them, God shall add unto him the plagues which 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 from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book" (Rev. 22:18-19 ASV).
Friends, God's word is holy, just, pure and right! The Psalmist well said, "The sum of thy word is truth; and every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth forever" (Psa. 119:160 ASV). By the process of voting, one cannot change God's truths! Though man votes to change God's truth, such is impossible.
Can we all understand that 2+2=4? Can all agree on more complicated formulas? Yes! Can we all understand the Bible alike? Absolutely! The apostle Paul pleads, "Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is" (Eph. 5:17 ASV). God's word states that all who love Him, "must worship in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). This is a simple task if the authority of Christ is honored (Matt. 28:18) and the truth accepted that God's word is "settled in heaven" (Psa. 119:89).
Christ built His church as He desired it to be built (Matt. 16:18). The Lord built only one body -- church (Eph. 1:22-23). The Lord purchased His church with His blood (Acts 20:28). The scriptures are clear in saying, "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Christ Jesus" (1 Cor. 3:11).
Man needs to remember that God's word is settled in heaven and that all the whims and wishes of men will never change a single one of God's glorious truths.