CONTEMPORARY PHARISEES AND SCRIBES by steve finnell
Men who write and, or preach from creed books that add to or take away from Scriptures are following in the footsteps of the Pharisees and scribes. They are contemporary Pharisees and scribes.
If creed books do not add nor take away from Scripture, then what purpose do they serve? Why not just teach from the Bible and the Bible alone?
Mark 7:1-9 1 The Pharisees and some of the scribes...6 ....."Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written; 'These people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me. 7 'But in vain do they worship Me, Teaching for doctrine the precepts of men! 8 Neglecting the commandments of God, you hold to the traditions of men." 9 He was also saying, "You are experts at setting aside the commandments of God in order to keep your traditions. (NASB)
Proverbs 30:6 Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.(NASB)
If creed books add to God's words they are lies.
Deuteronomy 12:32 "Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it. (NASB)
Was God saying that for those living under old testament only? Do those living under the new covenant not have to follow God's commands?
God says do not add too nor take away from prophecy in Revelation. (Revelation 22:18-19)
God commands us to be immersed in water so we can be saved, have our sins forgiven, enter God's kingdom, be clothed with Christ, be sanctified, be holy and blameless, have transgressions forgiven, and walk a new life. If men deny those truths are they not taking away from God's word? (Mark 16:16, Acts 22:16, Acts 2:38, Colossians 2:11-13, Galatians 3:26-27, Romans 6:2-7, Ephesians 5:25-27, John 3:5)
The Bible is God's word.
Creed books are men's opinions, man-made traditions, additions to and subtractions from God's word.