Initially, there were no or few postal regulations governing packages mailed by parcel post. So when a Salt Lake City Company wanted to construct a bank in Vernal, Utah, in 1916, they ascertained that the cheapest way to send 40 tons of bricks to the building was by parcel post. Each brick was individually wrapped and mailed. The postal rules were promptly rewritten.
There will always be those that will in their craftiness come up with ways to skirt the rules. Those that look for loopholes or create them, thinking they can get away with something. To combat it, we try to make more rules and regulations but then that makes things worse for everyone and just gives the schemer more ways to do what he was doing from the start. Simple clear rules are the most difficult to bend or break.
In 2nd Corinthians 11:3-4 we read,
“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.”
Here Paul is scolding the church at Corinth because instead of holding to the simple clear gospel message, they were allowing the deceiver to cleverly convince them that they could do something else. Change the Gospel. Reimagine Jesus more to your liking. Convince people to listen to the popular spirits rather than the Word of God. Rather than resist, they went along with the new fads into apostasy.
Satan has changed his playbook much since then and let’s be honest why should he. It still works. So many that claim to follow Christ are deceived into a gospel other than the one we read about in Scriptures (and that not really the Gospel Galatians 1:7). They bend and twist the scripture till any behavior is acceptable, salvation comes however you want it, and nothing much is required of us at all.
Let’s be clear about something however, the postal code may get changed but the Gospel won’t be. His rules will judge us in the end (John 12:48). You can’t bend the commandments of God without breaking them. Anyone that tells you different is a few bricks short of a load.