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A Parachute, God’s Word, and a Bad Marine

by Steve Housley

A Marine, Lance Cpl. Antoine D. Boykins, was sentenced to 20 years for cutting parachute suspension lines on 13 of 22 parachutes before a training jump. He admitted that he knew that someone could be killed or injured, and there were three Marines injured in the jump’s first wave before the exercise was canceled. Appalled was the only way I could describe my feelings about such a thing. The very one you think you should be able to depend on, is putting your life at risk!

We would be equally appalled at such an attitude or actions by a doctor or pharmacist. But above all, we would be appalled by such an attitude or action of someone teaching God’s word. God’s word is like a parachute; it saves (James 1:21)! But when something besides God’s word is taught as God’s word there is no saving power in it -- because it is not God’s word. When we change God’s word, it ceases to have the saving power because it is no longer God’s word. God told Moses, “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2).

Yes, we need to teach God’s word, but we must be careful that what we teach is God’s word! We know what happens when someone teaches a “different” gospel (Galatians 1:8-9). How are you to know if it is God’s word taught? You must read and study it for yourself -- or you may think what sounds good is good, even if it is not. Read. Study.





"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18


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