This post is part of the teaching series Truth Un-Mixed. If you are new to this series I encourage you to start from the beginning and read all the way through as the teachings build one upon the other. To Find all the posts in the series click here for the Table of Contents. May you be blessed by His Truth alone!
In Hebrews 12:27 we are told that in the end of days all things that can be shaken, will be shaken. This will happen in order to differentiate that which can be shaken from what cannot. I am not sure if you feel it, but the shaking has already begun. Although it may surprise you when it began…
Do you remember the day in the garden when the enemy of our souls asked Eve, “Did God really say you can’t eat of any of the trees in the garden”? SHAKE. Can you feel that tree of knowledge tremble at the proposition? That question jolted the ground and it hasn’t let up since.
The shaking that began in the garden, started with the twisting of truth. But it was Eve’s response that really brought the full tremor…”From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.” Touch it? Do you hear that? God never said anything about touching it only that they should not EAT of it, but she ADDED to the word of God, twisting it ever so slightly. This addition to the word of God ultimately led to the sin of eating the fruit that she and Adam were told not to. As a result there was separation between God and man and death entered the world.
Did you know that God gives us 4 specific warnings in His word exhorting us not to add to it, or take away from it? You can find them in Deuteronomy 4:2 and 12:32, Proverbs 30:5-6, and Revelation 22:18-19. Several of these warnings contain eternal consequences for doing so including Him taking away our share in the tree of life and condemning us as liars. Those are strong words, and in these days of mixing truth we must heed them. He warns out of love, but He disciplines out of necessity because He MUST and He WILL maintain the integrity of His word. His word is truth (John 17:17), all of it, just as He gave it.
It was Eve’s reinterpretation of what came from the mouth of her Father that led to her ultimate separation from Him. Reinterpretation… we see a lot of that these days.
From big things like marriage, gender identity, and abortion to smaller things like what we watch, listen to, celebrate, and eat. All areas of life have become open game for the reinterpretation of what God says about them. Can you hear the serpent asking, “did God REALLY say…?”
Unlike Eve we need to take our Father at His word, and not make up a version of those words that suits us. We also need to pay attention to whose mouth the word of God is coming out of. Because all to often the twisting of truth starts with God’s words. Satan used God’s words to tempt Jesus in the wilderness and to tempt Eve to eat of the knowledge of good and evil, and the same is true today. There is an obvious quest to eliminate God’s word from within the culture, but there is also a subtle mixing and twisting of truth within churches and christendom as a whole. God’s truth is not relative. It is absolute and unchanging. We need to be careful. We need to become like the Bereans in Paul’s day searching, seeking, and approving the scriptures for ourselves.
Like Adam, we will not be able to stand before Him one day and say “but this person that you put me here with, they told me to …” We can’t assign blame to others because WE HAVE HIS WORDS. His precious holy word is in our hands, on our bookshelves, and if we are wise, hidden within our hearts. And so we must learn from Adam and Eve to take responsibility for our walk of faith. To seek out the words of God, to know what He says from Genesis to Revelation, and then to walk according to it.