Isaiah 42:8 “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.”
Jeremiah 17:5 “Thus saith the LORD; ‘Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the LORD.’”
No where in Scripture are we told to exalt man above God. Nor are we permitted to place man on the same level as God. However, many in the Church are doing just that. When we allow mans judgments or thoughts to supersede God’s Word, we are walking on dangerous ground.
This brings up the question of “inspiration,” that is, divine influence. How can we judge a thought or composition to be inspired of God? Throughout the ages we have been given one and only one direction when it come to trusting something as inspired. If it cannot be confirmed in the Scripture we should not consider it. “God, who at various times and with several methods spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, who He has appointed heir of all things…” (Hebrews 1:1, 2). We do not need additional direction. The Holy Spirit will confirm the Word that has already been delivered. We may expound upon, i.e., explain the Word through preaching and teaching, but we cannot add to the Word that has already been brought. “What things soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it” (Deuteronomy 12:32, also 4:2).
The question then is asked, “What about prophecy?” Prophecy, by definition is the “speaking forth of the mind and counsel or guidance of God.” When preachers preach under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they are “speaking forth” the mind and counsel of God. That is not to say that when preachers preach they are getting revelation other than the Word of God. When men of God preach they are under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit will not add to nor take away from the Word of God that has been delivered.
If we were open for new revelations in the Body of Christ, we could not have a foundation in the Church. We are building upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, and Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20). We are not permitted to annex on to the building of Christ.
Anyone who prophesies must be judged. “Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge” (1 Corinthians 14:29). Again, how do we judge? What do we examine the words of the prophet with? Answer: THE WORD OF GOD!
The Word of God is the standard by which all things are judged. If there were new revelations, that is, a continuing disclosure of God’s Word, what would we use to judge its accuracy? All things must be examined by the Word of God.