In an era of utter ungodliness in which people do whatever they wish with GOD’s Word and create new versions that leave entire sections of verses missing or which paraphrase Scripture to make it “easier to understand” to the point that the original meaning is completely destroyed, is it important whether or not, we treat GOD’s Words as carefully as GOD has asked us to do?
In an age where musicians blurt out lyrics that are more concerned with rhyming than sound doctrine and conformity to the Scriptures, is it important whether our Christian song lyrics conform to the Bible’s exact meaning? Or can we sing whatever we want as Christians?
GOD has some very damning penalties for those who tamper with His Word.
“For I testify unto every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And 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.” – Revelation 22:18-19
For example, let’s take a song that is sure to infuriate some readers who worship at the feet of tradition instead of the feet of the Messiah. The song “The First Noel” is an excellent case in point (obviously many “contemporary Christian songs” are far, far worse). First, what does “Noel” mean? ‘Noel’ is a variant of ‘Nael’ from Latin ‘Natalis’ or “birth”.
- The Bible says nothing of shepherds seeing a star.
- The First Noel says the shepherds saw a star in the East giving great light.
- The Bible doesn’t say shepherds were laying in fields (Luke 2 says “abiding” which means in the Greek “living”) and does not say what season of the year Jesus was born, and most theologians believe Jesus was not born in winter.
- The First Noel says that shepherds were laying in fields on a cold’s winter night that was so deep.
- The Bible doesn’t say the star shone both day and night.
- The First Noel assumes that it continued both day and night.
- The Bible says nothing about three wise men, but only three gifts.
- The First Noel says “three wise men came from country far” and “then entered in those wise men three”.
- The Bible says nothing about where in the East the wise men lived and it says nothing of the direction of the star from the East.
- The First Noel says “the star drew nigh to the northwest”.
Is it a light thing to change Scripture when we like a certain tune or find a certain song to be a “treasure” from the traditions of church history? The Bible has some very scathing remarks for those who take His Word lightly. For example, in both the Law and the Prophets of GOD and the Revelation of Jesus Christ, GOD adamantly states that we are never to tamper with His Holy Word. Therefore, we had best place Him and His Word above our own desires to hear or sing certain music; otherwise, we are guilty of idolatry and of tampering with GOD’s Word.
- “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” – Deuteronomy 4:2
- “What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.” – Deuteronomy 12:32
- “Thus saith the LORD; Stand in the court of the LORD’S house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD’S house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word:” – Jeremiah 26:2
Those who have the attitude of “we can tamper with GOD’s Word when it offends one of our songs” or who say “don’t tamper with our traditions or our songs” will one day stand before the Lamb Who will serve as Judge of all the universe and they will answer for their crimes against Him.