The NIV Perversion of God

The believers, teachers, pastors and theologians that hold to the New International Version (NIV)(Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society) being a better translation than the King James Version (KJV – Authorised Version 1611)(No Copyright by man) should revisit their love for the perversion of God. Besides the hundreds of verses that have been omitted from the NIV which is considered to be a better translation some 362 years after the first publication of the King James Bible in 1611, it is wondered what English believers believed and read for all those years if the King James Bible was not a proper translation. The KJV has also recently celebrated its 400th anniversary as opposed to the later translations. If no proper translation was available, as is the NIV’s argument, then man has not had every Word of God to live by as Jesus Christ rebuked Satan:

4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. ~ Matthew 4:4

and then God has not given us a true and preserved full counsel of His Word for us to read and study, but it is written:

6The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 7Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. ~ Psalm 12:6, 7

Thankfully and all glory to our Awesome God, we do know that all Scripture is inspired by God and He has given us His Word. But there is a problem when the NIV omits verses like Matthew 18:11, when it purports to be a better translation than the KJV! If the Son of God, Jesus Christ said:

11For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. ~ Matthew 18:11

How could the omission be a better translation?

This is only one of many issues that one can look at in respect of the KJV vs. NIV saga, but the greatest perversion of the NIV will be dealt with in two verses in Scripture that blasphemes God, our Lord Jesus Christ, by calling Him Lucifer. The emphasis in bold is by me. Let us first look at what the NIV says:

12How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! ~ Isaiah 14:12

16“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” ~ Revelation 22:16

In a Zondervan NIV Study Bible (Fully Revised)(Copyright © 1985, 1995, 2002 by Zondervan) the commentary for verses Isaiah 14:12-15, “Some believe that Isaiah is giving a description of the fall of Satan … But the passage clearly applies to the king of Babylon, who is later used as a type (prefiguration) of the “beast”…” and then specifically for verse 14:12 it records, “ morning star. The Hebrew for this expression is translated lucifer (lit. “light-bearer”) in the Latin Vulgate, the origin of “Lucifer” in early English translations of this verse. For the true Morning Star see Rev. 22:16 …”. As can be seen there is a clear contradiction even in the “study notes” – is the morning star the king of Babylon? Lucifer (Hebrew translation)? Or Jesus Christ in Revelation 22:16? Jesus Christ calls Himself the Morning Star in Revelation 22:16 and our Lord Jesus Christ was never cast down to the earth or laid low the nations.

The King James Bible records the two aforementioned Scriptures as follows:

12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! ~ Isaiah 14:12

16I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. ~ Revelation 22:16

In the true context Lucifer fulfils Isaiah 14:13-15, for it is written:

13For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

The NIV ascribes the morning star to have fulfilled verses Isaiah 14:13-15 when Jesus Christ says He is the morning star in Revelation 22:16. This is BLASPHEMY on the part of the NIV! For as it is written in Scripture:

18And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. ~ Luke 10:18 [Jesus Christ speaking]

How can believers hold to a perversion of God by reading the NIV? It clearly is a work of Satan to pervert the Holy Word of God. Your “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21) is required!

All Glory to God.

5 Responses

  1. I am not the biggest fan of the NIV so I agree with you in part. I am no KJV only fan either. Was wondering if you had read Dr. James White’s book, THE KING JAMES ONLY CONTROVERSY, or Dr. James Price’s book KING JAMES ONLYISM: A NEW SECT? Both books are well worth reading.

    • Thanks for the comment. I have not read the two books that you refer to. What I do wonder though is which English Bible translation did believers use then before the “new translations” started flooding the market place? It would appear then for about three centuries there wasn’t a Bible available for English believers if people refute the KJV. In fact the King James Bible was the choice of Scriptures by the protestant believers that stood against the Roman Catholic papacy system. If one’s preference is to hold to the KJV seen as a sect, as some do ascribe, then it is like saying who is right when it comes to the Calvinism vs. Armenianism debate, to which I do not ascribe to both of them – for these are seen as man-made. There is one doctrine, not rival doctrines. I am just an old fashioned Biblicist. A KJV Biblicist.

      • Thanks Gary. I have no doubt that you love Jesus and I love your passion for souls. I don’t care that you preach from the KJV. I believe that salvation comes in Christ and not a Bible translation but we do need correct translations for terrible translations do exist (see the New World Translation for example). Correct exegesis will produce the correct Jesus.

      • Thanks for the comment Roy. However, if you have a wrong translation that teaches heresy, when you exegete from that version you would be exegeting heresy. We know that salvation comes through Christ, but the Holy Spirit will not bless heresy! We need wisdom and discernment.

      • No doubt. This is why studying from the original languages is so valuable. Even the great Spurgeon, though not sufficient in the original languages, often quotes from the original text when he had to. I am reading his Treasury of David and am amazed at how often Spurgeon refers to the Hebrew text. We all need to hunger for the deep truths of God’s Word and seek to know His Word better.

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