Josh,<br>I still don't buy your reasoning about having the power to take yourself out of God's hand by your will, [Linked Image] but we'll move on to your other question.<br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>If you think I am adding to or misconstruing God's word to justify my position, then I must ask exactly how do you explain my original post about Revelation 22:19?<p><hr></blockquote><p><br><br>Here are more commentators' views, the same views that just about everyone has already stated who has responded to you so far.<br><br>From Matthew Henry Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible<br><blockquote>Rev 22: 12. It is confirmed by the joint testimony of the Spirit of God, and that gracious Spirit that is in all the true members of the church of God; the Spirit and the bride join in testifying the truth and excellency of the gospel. 13. It is confirmed by a most solemn sanction, [color:red]condemning and cursing all who should dare to corrupt or change the word of God, either by adding to it or taking from it, v. 18, 19. He that adds to the word of God draws down upon himself all the plagues written in this book; and he who takes any thing away from it cuts himself off from all the promises and privileges of it.</font color=red> This sanction is like a flaming sword, to guard the canon of the scripture from profane hands. Such a fence as this God set about the law (Deu. 4:2), and the whole Old Testament (Mal. 4:4), and now in the most solemn manner about the whole Bible, assuring us that it is a book of the most sacred nature, divine authority, and of the last importance, and therefore the peculiar care of the great God.</blockquote> <br><br>The most direct answer to your question comes from John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. Here is his exposition on v 19. I am sending the link so that you can click the links with the verses cited. I hope this makes it clearer. [Linked Image]<br><br>Susan<br><br>