In 1905 Andrew Carnegie established a Foundation to be the depository of his surplus millions and his benefactor to cities, colleges and educational agencies. Many public libraries in the nation had their origins in his bequests.
He wrote a “letter of gift” to his original trustees with information followed by every succeeding group. He noted that since conditions on earth “inevitably change,” he wouldn’t bind trustees to hard and fast rules. Indeed, he gave them “full authority” to change both policy and benefactions as they thought necessary. They would conform to his “wishes by using their own judgement.” That has led the Foundation to make changes in its bequests while remaining true to education and “international peace”—whatever that misnomer means. If it means supporting the United Nations, it’s a waste of money. Internet, 8/10/17
The point of this blog: Carnegie gave succeeding generations of trustees the right to change the beneficiaries and bequests—and they have. Since his word is eternal, God has given no one any right to change anything in his word. But churches and individual have nevertheless taken the liberty to add to, subtract from, God’s word. When we’re told we CAN change things, we do. When God tells us not to change his WORD, we still do! We never stop being arrogant!
The Bible isn’t a Foundation whose owner considers its benefactions liable to change. The Bible is God’s Eternal Mind recorded so we can know eternal principles and truths by which to direct our daily lives and hope for eternal life with him. No one, no group, who feels it their right to alter or amend God’s book will ever see God, except in Wrath.
Think about that when we’re tempted to soften God’s word so people won’t be offended. Or to remove essential teachings to make our appeal more popular. Or to live outside God’s teaching while expecting to be forgiven. Matthew 7:21-27 never stops challenging this writer with a provocative question: am I a true disciple?
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