"But evil men and seducers
shall wax worse and worse, deceiving,
and being deceived" (2 Ti 3.13). "I testify unto every man that heareth
the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall
them, God shall add unto him the plagues which 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 from the tree of life,
and out of the holy city, which are written in this book" (Rev.
“Keep back thy servant
also from presumptuous sins
[overassuming]; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be
upright, and I shall be clear from great transgression” (Ps. 19.13).
From this verse of David’s psalm we are shown that there are two kinds
of sin before God: one is the sin of rebellion, the other is that of
presumption. Not doing what one is told to do constitutes the sin of
rebellion. Now we all know the sinfulness of this kind of sin; and from
this sin we wish to be delivered.
But please take note that besides the
sin of rebellion there is also that of presumption, which is, that we do
what we are not ordered to do. Rebellion is failing to do what God has
charged, whereas presumption is doing what God has not commanded
at all. To be active outside of the
Lord’s will is to be presumptuous. On the one hand God says, Do not
commit adultery, Do not steal. If anyone should commit such an act, he
is guilty. This we all know. But on the other hand, do we know that it
is equally sinful for us to act without God’s order?
It is reckoned as sin before the Lord if we work for Him without His command and instead
work according to our own idea, even though we may view what we do to be