Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
The Bible is totally sufficient for all righteousness, wisdom, and truth (II Tim 3:16-17; II Pet 1:19-21). There is no need for further revelation, human rationalization, or religious tradition (I Tim 6:3-5,20-21). Adding your thoughts to His inspired words is only arrogance and folly (Deut 4:2; 12:32; Matt 28:20). Since He has magnified His word above all His name, He will not take any profane additions lightly (Ps 138:2). He will judge men severely for adding their lying thoughts to His pure words (Pr 30:5; Re 22:18).
Wise Agur had just taught his two pupils, Ithiel and Ucal, that every word of God is pure (Pr 30:1,5). Though he confessed his own brutish ignorance, he exalted the glory and wisdom of God Himself (Pr 30:2-4). He knew that God had revealed divine wisdom to the sons of men in the Holy Scriptures, the Bible (Deut 29:29; Ps 19:7-11). Therefore, he was adamant that Ithiel and Ucal not think outside Scripture, but rather submit in reverent fear to the Author of the Bible, the Creator God of heaven and earth (Is 66:2,5).
There are no better ideas. Reject the thought! All thoughts of man are vain (I Cor 1:19-20; 3:19-20). All of them! Thoughts of modern man are even more foolish and profitless. God has spoken, and that settles every issue, controversy, and question (Ps 119:128; Is 30:8). Let God be true, but every man a liar (Rom 3:4). Progress in science or other fields of learning is the prosperity of fools (Pr 1:32; Deut 32:15; Ps 69:22; 92:7; I Tim 6:20-21). It is God’s blinding judgment on men as they sink deeper into a moral cesspool of ignorance and depravity. The world is not a better place to live, if you can smell folly.
But Bible corrupters have been around for a long time (II Cor 2:17). They have added to and taken away from the Scriptures from the beginning, when Satan began his conquest of the human family by altering the words of God to Eve (Gen 3:1-6). And they are worse today than ever, as Paul warned Timothy (I Tim 4:1-3; II Tim 3:13). Through extended education and the information explosion, human learning is expanding geometrically, but without God’s truth (II Tim 3:6-7). Men are blinder today than they were 500 years ago.
Consider a few additions that God has and will reprove as lies. The Mother Church adds the confused and contradictory opinions of the so-called church fathers. The Seventh Day Adventists add the visions of Ellen Harmon. The Mormons add the plagiarized fantasies of Joseph Smith. The Jehovah’s Witnesses add the failed forecasts of the perjured Charles Russell. The Charismatics add the word-faith delusions of Benny Hinn. The Premillenialists add the futuristic speculations of Hal Lindsay and Tim LaHaye. And contemporary Christians add the psycho-babble of James Dobson and the prosperity gospel of Joel Osteen. All these examples have added to the finished words of God.
Look around! Men have added all kinds of heresies to God’s words. Consider Mary’s flying house, Veronica’s towel, a fish hat on the pope, no meat on Fridays, vows of celibacy, calling priests “father,” Mary’s assumption into heaven, Purgatory, infant baptism, the most pompous throne on earth, Extreme Unction, candle sales, Mary’s perpetual defrauding of Joseph, a church office called cardinal, required confession of sins to a priest, Mary’s sinless perfection, calling three meals a day during Lent a fast, reverence for Latin, and nuns’ habits. And these are just a few of Rome’s additions!
Listen! Men have added to God’s words same-sex marriages, casual worship, women preachers, a Christian flag, sodomy as an acceptable lifestyle, divorce for any cause, Halloween parties, labor unions, disrespectful children, instruments in public worship, Easter egg hunts, gymnasiums, Christian rap, baptism by sprinkling, seeker sensitive compromise, partnership marriages, sunrise services, time-out for training children, gender-neutral Bible versions and hymnals, Christmas plays, and many more inventions.
The proverb teaches wisdom. God has revealed knowledge and understanding in His word, and He offers it to those that will read it for themselves or hear it from one of His preachers. What will you do with it? Or do you prefer your own thoughts? Have you joined a church that adds to God’s words? You have been warned. He will reprove and expose you as a liar for adding to His words. Humble yourself before His words today!