When I was growing up on a dry-land farm in eastern Colorado, hybrid seed was one of the best things going. Drought tolerance, disease resistance, and other desirable traits were enhanced in hybrid varieties, generally resulting in higher yields and (we hoped) larger profits. Hybrids had their drawbacks, but the advantages out-weighed them. Today, researchers have gone a giant step further. With genetic engineering, desirable traits can be added, or undesirable ones removed, by manipulating the genetic code of the plant!
As desirable as hybrids and genetic engineering might be in agriculture, they are unmitigated disasters in spiritual matters. Jesus likened God’s word to seed (Luke 8:11). We are to desire the “sincere” (unmixed, pure) word of God (1 Peter 2:2). We are specifically forbidden to add to, take from, or alter God’s word in any way (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18, 19). The spiritual seed, as God has given it, is already perfect. No mere human can ever improve upon its “genetic code.”
A hybrid or altered “gospel” may produce impressive “results” from a human perspective, causing some to suggest “they must be doing something right.” Fickle, fleshly-minded folks may flock to have their ears tickled with fables and half-truths, but will find the plain truth much less tantalizing (see 2 Timothy 4:3, 4).
Let us determine that we will not yield to the temptation to sacrifice the purity of God’s word for the sake of pleasing the multitudes. God’s word is truth (John 17:17). The gospel is God’s power unto salvation (Romans 1:16). Nothing more, nothing less, nothing else, will do.
-Joe Slater, Mid-Valley Bulletin-(edited)