“. . . as newborn babes, long for the spiritual milk which is without guile, that ye may grow thereby unto salvation; if ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious”
(1 Peter 2:1-2)
Recently it was discovered that some milk producers in China had been diluting cow's milk and adding the industrial chemical Melamine. This chemical was added because it artificially enhanced protein readings. Several infants died and others became seriously ill. Such adulteration is not new. Other countries have been adding Melamine to animal feed for at least 40 years for the same purpose, resulting in the death of animals.
Another kind of adulteration is when people add to God's Word, "the pure milk of the Word." The word pure means "unadulterated" or "uncontaminated." The early church had to deal with false teachers. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). When the doctrine that salvation is by grace alone, or faith alone is taught the word “alone” adulterates the pure teaching of the plan of salvation. Hear James: “Ye see that by works a man is justified, and not only by faith” (James 2:24).
Is it not significant that the only place in the entire Bible that mentions faith in connection with justification clearly denies one can be saved by faith only? The same is true of grace since there is nothing in the word of God that even hints that salvation is by grace only.
When the great reformer Martin Luther translated the Bible into the German language, at Romans 3:28 he added the German word allein and made it read: “So halten wir nun dafür, daß der Mensch gerecht werde ohne des Gesetzes Werke, allein (only) durch (through) den Glauben (faith).” Now read it in any English translation. Here is the American Standard’s rendering of the passage: “We reckon therefore that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.” In successive printings of the Luther Bible he steadfastly refused to remove that word.
Examine carefully any teaching that asks you to do any-thing more or less than what is in God's Word. Otherwise it can be deadly to your spiritual well being.
The Lord has given man His Word,
His will He has made known;
Let man not try to change that Word
With words that are his own. - D. DeHaan
God's Word needs no additions or subtractions
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