â€œAnd if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.â€ (Revelation 22:19)
It is a very serious error to try to add some new revelation to Godâ€™s written Word, as many cults and false religions do. This is the warning of verse 18 (see alsoÂ Deuteronomy 4:2;Â Proverbs 30:6).
It is even more dangerous, as shown in the above text (the third from the last verse of the Bible), to delete (or even dilute) any of the words of the Bible. Note that the warning emphasizes theÂ words, not just the thoughts. The sad fact is that a great many liberal theologians, especially in the past hundred years or so, have been doing just that, thinking thereby to make Christianity more compatible with modern science and philosophy. But they are literally playing with fireâ€”this same book had just warned that any whose names do not remain in the book of life will be â€œcast into the lake of fireâ€ (Revelation 20:15). Tragically, many of the sections they seek to â€œtake awayâ€ are the references to hell.
God has promised to guard His Word against any such deletions. â€œThe words of the LORD are pure words: . . . Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for everâ€ (Psalm 12:6-7).
There are also many who would not try to take away any of the words from the text, but who then dilute their intended meaning in order to attract unbelieving intellectuals. This also is dangerous. Peter warns against those who would â€œwrest, . . . scriptures, unto their own destructionâ€ (2 Peter 3:16). We must never forget the words of the Bible are â€œpure words,â€ meaning just what they say. â€œAll scripture is given by inspiration of God [God-breathed], and is profitable . . .â€ (2 Timothy 3:16). HMM