God’s Commands are Necessary


by Mike Ratliff

“Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it. (Deuteronomy 12:32 ESV)

We live in a very strange time. Perhaps earlier men lived in times that were just a perilous and even as spiritually dark as ours, but to me, being in my mid-fifties and a Christian for over 25 years, what is happening to the Church seems unprecedented. I invite you to watch the two videos here. Listen to the contrast between the two then remember that the second video represents what is happening within our churches to an even greater extent than we may suspect.

Honestly, I could not listen to the second video for more than a few minutes. However, the voice in it is the voice of the emergent movement. It says that the truth is not knowable and there are no absolutes. It says that since those two things are true that the Bible cannot be the truth and is too hard for ordinary people to understand. I hope you hear the serpent’s hiss in those statements.

I know this is nothing new, and the Church has gone through apostasy before and that is why God wrought the Protestant Reformation. However, since the latter part of the 19th Century, liberalism and its various forms have invaded the Church in many ways. If we read the Reformers such as Tyndale, Luther, and Calvin, etc. and the Puritans such as Owen, Bunyan, Watson, Love, and Brooks, etc. up to Spurgeon and Broadus, etc. then compare their understanding of the Gospel and how it is preached and why that is what we are to be about then compare that to what came later we have a contrast similar to the one from the two videos you just watched.

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