Aside from our salvation, the local church is the greatest thing the dear Lord Jesus has given those whom He purchased on the old rugged cross. It is Jesus Who said in Matthew 16:18 “…and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Since it is Jesus Who founded the church, and purchased the church to Himself with His precious shed blood; it is pretty clear that the church, the local Bible believing, Bible preaching New Testament Church belongs to the Lord.
Belonging to the Lord, as the word of God also teaches us that He is the head; the church is Jesus’ responsibility. And so the Word of God is primarily written to, and for Believers. But it is never taught or even hinted, that it is the church’s responsibility to correct His Word. Man has successfully proven one thing from the very beginning; he is not perfect. And therefore; he is not able to do anything with what is perfect;[the word of God] and keep it perfect nor make it perfect. Obviously; there is no need to do this as it is the Lord Himself, Who said: Psalm 12:6-7 “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.”
We should certainly be thankful and praise the Lord for this!
But anything that man does; in the name of religion, or any other reason, to the word of God, in regard to changing what the Lord has given to us in perfection and divine preservation, can only do it harm.
We read in II Corinthians 2:17 “For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.”
It is interesting to read, that even in Paul’s day; evidently, there were those who were corrupting God’s word. It is also very interesting to study what all the word corrupt means. [to be a retailer, to peddle )/tomake money by selling anything
*to get sordid gain by dealing in anything, to do a thing for base gain.
The Lord gave it to us in the King James AV; as the word corrupt; so obviously, this is what He wanted us to have and to read.
But please think about it with the words of which the same original word is rendered to us as: to make money, or to do a thing for base gain. It is the church’s responsibility to be the pillar and ground of the truth.( I Tim. 3:15b). Not to change or alter, or corrupt it to fit our opinions or our religion, and definitely not to make enough changes to sell another version to make money.