Pervert Translations and Publishers ~ Part 5

Proverb 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

pervert v. /per-vert/ 1 alter from an original meaning or state to a distortion of what was first intended. 2 lead away from what is right, natural, or acceptable.

© South African Pocket Oxford Dictionary, 3rd Edition 2002

NKJV Counterfeit

by Terry Watkins

coun ter feit \’kaunt-er-fit\: to imitate or copy closely especially with intent to deceive.

The greatest method of deception is to counterfeit.
And the master of counterfeit and deception is Satan.

The Bible in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 warns of Satan’s counterfeit: “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; …” Isaiah 14:14 tells of Satan’s ultimate counterfeit: “… I will BE LIKE the most High.”

And among his greatest counterfeit’s is the New King James Bible (NKJV). Christians that would never touch a New International Version (NIV), New American Standard (NASV), Revised Standard (RSV), the New Revised Standard (NRSV) or other per-versions are being “seduced” by the subtle NKJV.

And though the New King James does indeed bear a “likeness” to the 1611 King James Bible, as you’ll soon see, there’s something else coiled (see Genesis 3:1) “underneath the cover” of the NKJV.

WHAT ABOUT THAT MYSTERIOUS MARK?

Symbols are used throughout the occult. Harpers’ Encyclopaedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience (p.594) says, “Symbols are important to all esoteric teachings, for they contain secret wisdom accessible only to the initiated.”

Many people have asked about the mysterious symbol on the NKJV.

NKJV001 Thomas Nelson Publishers (publishers of the NKJV) claim, on the inside-cover, the symbol, “… is an ancient symbol for the Trinity.” But Acts 17:29, clearly FORBIDS such symbology: “… we ought NOT to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, GRAVEN BY ART and man’s device.”

NKJV002 And why does The Aquarian Conspiracy, a key New Age  “handbook”, bear a similar symbol? New Agers freely admit it represents three inter-woven “6”s or “666”.

Constance Cumbey, author of The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow and a notable authority on the New Age Movement, said, “On the cover of the Aquarian Conspiracy is a Mobius, it is really used by them as triple six (666). The emblem on the cover of the New King James Bible is said to be an ancient symbol of the Trinity. The old symbol had gnostic origins. It was more gnostic than Christian. I was rather alarmed when I noticed the emblem … (The New Age Movement, Southwest Radio Church, 1982 p.11)

NKJV003 The three esoteric “6”‘s separated.
Plainly displaying the interlocked “666”.

The Triqueta is used  as the centerpiece for the logo for The Institute of NKJV004 Transpersonal Psychology (ITP). The ITP is a new age school following the Jungian Psychology [occultist Carl Jung]. One of their stated goals is “… to reach the recognition of divinity within” (www.itp.edu/about/tp.html) (see Genesis 3:5, “…ye shall be as gods …”)

NKJV005 The same symbol (with a circle) is displayed by the rock group Led Zeppelin. Members of Led Zeppelin are deeply involved in satanism and the occult. Guitarist Jimmy Page, so consumed with satanism, actually purchased satanist Aleister Crowley’s mansion. Most believe the symbol is from the teachings of Aleister Crowley and represents 666.

NKJV006 The following picture is “The Hierophant” taken from the Tarot card set designed by satanist Aliester Crowley. The “Hierophant” is a priest in the occult and Eleusinian. Notice the “three circles” at the top of the wand or rod in the Hierphant’s hand. Inside the the three intertwined circles is the “NKJV symbol”.

NKJV007 To the left is the top of the wand enlarged. Notice the “NKJV symbol” (upside down) inside the three circles.

NKJV008 One of the most occultic television shows ever aired is “Charmed”. “Charmed” details the spells and occultic practices of three witches. The “NKJV symbol” is the show’s primary symbol of witchcraft and is splattered throughout the series. Notice the “NKJV symbol” displayed on “The Book of Shadows”. The Book of Shadows is commonly used in witchcraft and satanism:

Book of Shadows: Also called a grimoire, this journal kept either by individual witches or satanists or by a coven or group, records the activities of the group and the incantations used. (Jerry Johnston, The Edge of Evil: The Rise of Satanism on North America, p. 269)

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THE NKJV & WITCHCRAFT?

The Craft: A Witch’s Book of Shadows
The Witch’s Book of Shadows or Grimoire is a book of spells, enchantments, and rituals. Includes Rituals, Spells, and Wicca Ethics

The Craft Companion: A Witch’s Journal

By Dorothy Morrison, a high priest of Witchcraft.

NOTE: We circled (in YELLOW and RED), and also enlarged to the side The NKJV symbol.

NKJV010 Here’s some examples of Satanic and Pagan Jewellery which includes the NKJV logo.

LEFT BOX: Notice the satanic pentagram ring in the top right corner. The ring with the NKJV logo is the fourth down on the left, we highlighted it with a yellow circle.

BOTTOM BOX: Notice the very satanic Baphomet Goat. We broke out and colored the NKJV symbol found in the other two satanic pieces of jewellery.

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NKJV012 LEFT: The image on the left is from the rock group Deicide’s album “Once Upon the Cross”. It is a triquetra (the NKJV logo) with pentagrams and upside down crosses. The group Deicide members are very serious Satanists. Lead Singer Glen Benton has an upside down cross branded on his forehead. The inside cover of the album “Once Upon the Cross” has the Lord Jesus Christ, sliced up the middle, with his insides removed. The name Deicide means the death of God.

NKJV013 RIGHT: The triquetra (the NKJV logo) is also the logo for the Rap / Metal band P.O.D.

The book “Blood on the Doorposts” by former Satanists, Bill and Sharon Schnoebelen, also documents the “trio of sixes (666)” in the “NKJV symbol” and goes so far as claim it is “symbolic of the anti-christ”:

“A disguised interlocked trio of sixes, symbolic of the anti-christ. Also symbolizes the triple goddess of Wicca (three interlocked vesica pisces together). Commonly used in Catholic liturgical iconography, and has recently found its way into the logo of the New King James Bible.” (Bill and Sharon Schnoebelen, Blood on the Doorposts, p. 150)

Dr. Cathy Burns writes in her book, Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated, concerning the “NKJV symbol”:

“Marilyn Ferguson, a New Ager, used the symbol of the triquetra (another name for the triskele) on her book The Aquarian Conspiracy. This is a variation for the number 666. Other books and material have a similar design printed on them, such as books from David Spangler, the person who lauds Lucifer, and The Witch’s Grimoire. As most people know, the number 666 is the number of the beast (see Revelation 13:18) and is evil, yet the occultists and New Agers love this number and consider it to be sacred.

As stated earlier, many organizations, such as the World Future Society and the Trilateral Commission, incorporate this symbol into their logo. I think it is quite interesting to see that this same symbol appears on the cover of the New King James Bible as well!” (Dr. Cathy Burns, Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated, pp. 242-243)

Would God “mark” His word with a symbol in the occult?

The Preface to the New King James Version (NKJV) reads, “A special feature of the New King James Version is ITS CONFORMITY to the thought flow of the 1611 Bible … the new edition, while much clearer ARE SO CLOSE to the traditional …”

Among the first changes that greets the reader of the NKJV is the removal of the much maligned “thee, thou and ye”. The Preface to the NKJV states, “… thee, thou, and ye are replaced by the simple you, … These pronouns are no longer part of our language.” But “thee, thou and ye” were “NO LONGER part of the language” during 1611 either. (Just read the intro to the 1611 King James, there are no “thee”, “thou” and “ye”). In fact, Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, says of ye: “used from the earliest of times to the late 13th century …” (p.2648) And yet the 1611 King James was published 400 years later in the 17th century!

So why are they there?

The Greek and Hebrew language contain a different word for the second person singular and the second person plural pronouns. Today we use the one-word “you” for both the singular and plural. But because the translators of the 1611 King James Bible desired an accurate, word-for-word translation of the Hebrew and Greek text – they could NOT use the one-word “you” throughout! If it begins with “t” (thou, thy, thine) it’s SINGULAR, but if it begins with “y” (ye) it’s PLURAL. Ads for the NKJV call it “the Accurate One”, and yet the 1611 King James, by using “thee”, “thou”, “ye”, is far more accurate!

By the way, if the “thee’s” and “thou’s” are “… no longer part of our language” – why aren’t the NKJV translators rushing to make our hymnbooks “much clearer”? “How Great Thou Art” to “How Great You Are”, or “Come Thou Fount” to “Come You Fount” Doesn’t sound right, does it? Isn’t it amazing that they wouldn’t dare “correct” our hymns – and yet, without the slightest hesitation, they’ll “correct” the word of God!

The NKJV claims to make the “old” KJV “much clearer” by “updating obsolete words” (New King James Version, 1982e. p.1235).

How about that “obsolete word”“hell”. The NKJV removes the word “hell” 23 times! And how do they make it “much clearer”? By replacing “hell” with “Hades” and “Sheol”! Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines Hades: “the underground abode of the dead in Greek MYTHOLOGY“. By making it “much clearer” – they turn your Bible into MYTHOLOGY! Not only that, Hades is not always a place of torment or terror! The Assyrian Hades is an abode of blessedness with silver skies called “Happy Fields”. In the satanic New Age Movement, Hades is an intermediate state of purification!

Who in their right mind would think “Hades” or “Sheol” is “up-to-date” and “much clearer” than “hell”?

Matthew 16:18

KJV: “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

NKJV: “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”

Luke 16:23

KJV: “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”

NKJV: “And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”

Hell is removed in 2 Sam. 22:6, Job 11:8, 26:6, Psalm 16:10, 18:5, 86:13, 116:3, Isaiah 5:14, 14:15, 28:15,18, 57:9, Jonah 2:2, Matt. 11:23, 16:18, Luke 10:15, 16:23, Acts 2:27, 31, Rev. 1:18, 6:8, 20:13,14.

Then the NKJV decides that maybe “Hades” should be “grave”! So the NKJV makes 1 Corinthians 15:55 “much clearer” by changing “grave” to “Hades”! “… O Hades, where is your victory?” Clear as mud …

Another one of those “obsolete words” is “repent”. They take it out 44 times! And how does the NKJV make it “much clearer”? In Matthew 21:32 they use “relent”. Matthew 27:3 it’s “remorseful” Or Romans 11:29 they change “repentance” to “irrevocable”.

The term “new testament” is NOT in the NKJV! (see Matt. 26:28, Mark 14:24, Luke 22:20, 1 Cor. 11:25, 2 Cor. 3:6, Heb. 9:15,) The NKJV replaces “new testament” with “new covenant” (ditto NIV, NRSV, RSV, NASV). An obvious assault at the written word!

The word “damned”, “damnation” is NOT in the NKJV! They make it “much clearer” by replacing it with “condemn” (ditto NIV, RSV, NRSV, NASV). “Condemned” is NO WHERE NEAR AS SERIOUS as “damned”! Damned is eternal! One can be “condemned” and not “damned”. Romans 14:22 says, “… Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.” Webster defines “condemned”: to declare to be wrong, but the much more serious and eternal “damn”: “to condemn to hell”.

The word “devils” (the singular, person called the “devil” is) is NOT in the NKJV! Replaced with the “transliterated” Greek word “demon” (ditto NIV, RSV, NRSV, NASV). The Theosophical Dictionary describes demon as: “… it has a meaning identical with that of ‘god’, ‘angel’ or ‘genius'”. Even Vines Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words (p.157) defines “demon” as: “an inferior deity, WHETHER GOOD OR BAD”. Webster defines “demon” as: “divinity, spirit, an attendant power or spirit”, but “devil” as: “the personal supreme spirit of EVIL …”

In 2 Timothy 2:15, the NKJV (like the NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV) remove that “obsolete” word – “study”! The only time you’re told to “study” your Bible. AND THEY ZAP IT! Why don’t they want you to “study” your Bible? Maybe they don’t want you to look too close – you might find out what they’ve ACTUALLY done to your Bible! The “real” KJV is the only English Bible in the world that instructs you to “study” your Bible!
That “obsolete” word “virtue” is replaced with “power” in Mark 5:30, Luke 6:19, 8:46! How does anybody confuse “virtue” with “power”? Simple – by being “bosom-buddies” with the NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV! That’s what they did!

One of the most absurd changes ever made is changing the word “servant” to “slave”! The NKJV in Romans 6:22, reads: “But now having been set FREE from sin, and having become SLAVES OF GOD …” The NKJV, in 1 Corinthians 7:22, calls the Christian, “Christ’s slave”. Talk about a contradiction! John 8:36 says, “If the Son therefore shall make you FREE, YE SHALL BE FREE INDEED.” But isn’t a Christian supposed to serve? Yes, in love. Not as a slave! Galatians 5:13 explains it, perfectly: “For, brethren, ye have been called unto LIBERTY;(not slavery!) only use not LIBERTY for an occasion to the flesh, but BY LOVE SERVE one another.”

In order to “harmonize” with the satanic New Age Movement (and of course the NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV!), the NKJV changes “end of the WORLDto “end of the AGE“! And in it’s no longer the WORLD to come” butAGE to come”. The New Age Movement teaches a series of ages (hence the name: New AGE). See Matthew 12:32, 13:39, 13:40, 13:49, 24:3, 28:20, Mark 10:30, Luke 13:30, 20:34,35, 1 Cor 1:21.

The New Age Movement and the occult are longing for one called the Maitreya. The Bible calls him the Anti-Christ. New Ager’s refer to him as the “the Coming One” – AND SO DOES THE NKJV! In Luke 7:19, 20 (see also Matt 11:3) John told his disciples to ask Jesus: “Are You THE COMING ONE. . .” In the “The Great Invocation”, a “prayer” highly reverenced among New Agers and chanted to “invoke” the Maitreya, says, “Let Light and Love and Power and Death, Fulfil the purpose of the Coming One.”

And to REALLY show their sympathy with the satanic New Age Movement – BELIEVE IT OR NOT – in Acts 17:29 the New Age NKJV changes “Godhead” to “Divine Nature”! (ditto NIV, NASV)

And if you think the NKJV just “innocently” updated the “obsolete words”, removed the “thee’s and thou’s” – here’s what the translators proudly admit: IT IS CLEAR that this revision REQUIRED more than the dropping of “-eth” endings, removing, “thee’s” and “thou’s,” and updating obsolete words.” (The New King James Version, 1982e. p.1235)

AND THEY AIN’T JUST A KIDDIN’!

Here’s a sampling of the required changes:

Genesis 2:18: The NKJV ought to make Hillary Clinton proud: “And the Lord God said, It is not good that man should be alone; I will make a helper COMPARABLE TO HIM”

Genesis 22:8: One of the greatest verses in the Bible proclaiming that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh: “God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering:” The NKJV adds that little word “for”: “God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering” And destroys the wonderful promise! Where’d they get their little “for”? From the NASV!

Genesis 24:47: The “old” KJV reads: “I put the earring upon her face”. But the NKJV has different plans for beautiful Rebekah: “I put the nose ring on her nose”. Where did it get the ridiculous idea to “cannibalize” Rebekah? Just take a peek at the NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV!

Ezra 8:36: The KJV reads, “And they delivered the king’s commissions unto the king’s lieutenants …” The “much clearer” NKJV reads, “And they delivered the king’s orders to the king’s satraps …” Who in the world thinks “satraps” is “much clearer” than lieutenants? The NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV – they do! They put in the same “much clearer” word!

Psalms 109:6: removes “Satan”. (NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV).

Matthew 7:14: change narrow is the way” to difficult is the way”. There’s nothing “difficult” about the salvation of Jesus Christ! Jesus says in Matt. 11:30, “For my yoke is EASY, and my burden is light.” THE EXACT OPPOSITE! Boy, you talk about a contradiction!

Matthew 12:40: change “whale” to “fish” (ditto NIV) I don’t guess it matters (what’s the truth got to do with it?), the Greek word used in Matthew 12:40 is ketos. The scientific study of whales just happens to be – CETOLOGY – from the Greek ketos for whale and logos for study! The scientific name for whales just happens to be – CETACEANS – from the Greek ketos for whale!

Matthew 18:26 & Matthew 20:20: The NKJV removes “worshipped him” (robbing worship from Jesus) (NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV)

Mark 13:6 & Luke 21:8: removes “Christ” (NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV)

John 1:3: change “All things were made BY him;” to “All things were made THROUGH Him” (NIV, NRSV, RSV)

John 4:24: change “God is a spirit” to the impersonal, New Age pantheistic, “God is spirit” (NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV)

John 14:2: (NKJV 1979 edition) change “mansions” to “dwelling places” (NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV)

John 14:16: change “comforter” to “helper” (refers to Holy Spirit) (NASV)

Acts 4:27, 30: change “holy child” to “holy servant” (refers to Jesus) (NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV)

Acts 12:4: change “Easter” to “Passover” (NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV)

Acts 17:22: changes “superstitious” to “religious” (NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV)

Acts 24:14: change “heresy” to “sect” (NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV)

Romans 1:18: change “hold the truth” to “suppress the truth” (NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV)

Romans 1:25: change “changed the truth” to “exchanged the truth” (NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV)

Romans 5:8: change “commendeth” to “demonstrates” (NIV, NASV)

Romans 16:18: change “good words and fair speeches” to “smooth words and flattering speech” (NIV, NASV, NRSV)

1 Cor. 1:21: change “foolishness of preaching” to “foolishness of the message preached” (ditto NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV) There’s nothing foolish about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Unless you’re not saved! 1 Cor. 1:18 says: “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish FOOLISHNESS …” I wonder where that leaves the translators of the NKJV, NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV?

1 Cor. 1:22: change “require” to “request” (NASV)

1 Cor. 6:9: removes “effeminate” (NIV, NRSV, RSV)

1 Cor. 9:27: change “castaway” to “disqualified” (NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV)

2 Cor. 2:10: change “person of Christ” to “presence of Christ” (NASV, NRSV, RSV)

2 Cor. 2:17: With all the “corruptions” in the NKJV, you’d expect 2 Cor. 2:17 to change. IT DOES! They change, “For we not as many which CORRUPT the word of God” to “For we are not, as so many, PEDDLING the word of God” (ditto NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV)

2 Cor. 5:17: change “new creature” to “new creation” (NIV, NRSV, RSV)

2 Cor. 10:5: change “imaginations” to “arguments”. Considering New Age “imaging” and “visualization” is now entering the church, this verse in the “old” KJV just won’t do. (NIV, RSV)

2 Cor. 11:6: change “rude in speech” to “untrained in speech” (NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV)

Gal. 2:20: omit “nevertheless I live” (NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV)

Phil. 2:6: (NKJV 1979e.) change “thought it not robbery to be equal with God” to “did not consider equality with God something to be grasped”. (robs Jesus Christ of deity) (NIV, NASV, RSV)

Phil. 3:8: change “dung” to “rubbish” (NIV, NASV, NRSV)

1 Thess. 5:22 change “all appearance of evil” to “every form of evil” (NASV, RSV, NSRV)

1 Timothy 6:5: The NKJV changes “gain is godliness” to “godliness is a MEANS OF gain”. There are NO Greek texts with “means of” in them! Where, oh where, did they come from? Care to take a wild guess? YOU GOT IT! The NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV!

1 Timothy 6:10: The NKJV changes “For the love of money is the root of all evil:” to “For the love of money is a root of all KINDS OF evil”. The words “KINDS OF” are found in NO Greek text in the world! Where did they get them? Straight from the NIV, NASV, NRSV!

1 Tim. 6:20: change “science” to “knowledge” (NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV)

Titus 3:10: change “heretic” to “divisive man” (NIV)

Hebrews 4:8 & Acts 7:45: “Jesus” is changed to “Joshua”. (NIV, NASV, RSV)

2 Pet. 2:1: change “damnable heresies” to “destructive heresies” (NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV)

1 John 3:16: remove “love of God”; (NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV)

1 John 5:13: The NKJV reads: “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may CONTINUE TO believe in the name of the Son of God.” They add “CONTINUE TO” without any Greek text whatsoever! Not even the perverted NIV, NASV, NRSV and RSV go that far! A cruel, subtle (see Genesis 3:1) attack on the believer’s eternal security!

Rev. 2:13: change “Satan’s seat” to “Satan’s throne” (NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV)

Rev. 6:14: “Heaven” is changed to “sky” in (NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV)

AND THAT DOESN’T SCRATCH THE SURFACE OF ALL THE CHANGES!

The NKJV removes the word “Lord” 66 times!
The NKJV removes the word God 51 times!
The NKJV removes the word “heaven” 50 times!
In just the New Testament alone the NKJV removes 2,289 words from the KJV!
The NKJV makes over 100,000 word changes!
And most will match the NIV, NASV, RSV, or NRSV!

And Thomas Nelson Publishers have the audacity to claim in an ad for the NKJV (Moody Monthly, June 1982, back cover), “NOTHING HAS BEEN CHANGED except to make the original meaning clearer.”

The New King James is a COUNTERFEIT!

It’s NOT NEW! The changes are already in the NIV, NASV, NRSV, or RSV!

And it’s certainly NOT true to the 1611 King James Bible!


THE END

Pervert Translations and Publishers ~ Part 4

Proverb 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

pervert v. /per-vert/ 1 alter from an original meaning or state to a distortion of what was first intended. 2 lead away from what is right, natural, or acceptable.

© South African Pocket Oxford Dictionary, 3rd Edition 2002

Abundant Translations

Do we need the abundant translations that proliferate in our society? Believe me, this will not be the last that we will see more and more pervert bible translations flooding the marketplace and cluttering the bookshelves of believers, laymen, pastors and theologians. Sadly, these very same pervert bibles will be handed out in evangelistic endeavours given to the new unsuspecting converts – this is shameful, wicked and evil to say the least.

The current translations will continue to be printed and even supposedly “newer and better translations” will be produced all in the name of greed for filthy lucre’s sake! The King James Bible has it precise when it makes reference to filthy lucre. Modern dictionaries even refer to it as money, but a Google search brings up this description:

lu-cre /’lōokar/ noun : money, especially when regarded as sordid or distasteful or gained in a dishonorable way.

The Oxford Dictionaries’ website entry under the US English Dictionary for filthy lucre gives the description as:

filth-y lu-cre noun : Money, especially when gained in a dishonest or dishonorable way. Origin early 16th century: with biblical allusion to Titus 1:11.

Titus 1:11 is very appropriate and reads as follows:

Tit 1:11  Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.

Let us do some hermeneutics and see what the Greek words for lucre reveal in the Strong’s Complete Word Study Concordance:

146. αίσχροκϵρδής , aischrokerdēs, ahee-skhrok-er-dace’; from 150 and κέρδς , kerdos (gain); sordid:– given to (greedy of) filthy lucre.

147. αίσχροκϵρδώς , aischrokerdōs, ahee-skhrok-er-doce’; adverb from 146; sordidly:– for filthy lucre’s sake.

150. αίσχρός , aischros, ahee-skhros’; from the same as 153; shameful, i.e. base (specially venal):– filthy.

2771. κέρδος , kerdos, ker’-dos; of uncertain affinity; gain (pecuniary or genitive):– gain, lucre.

As can be seen when one looks in secular dictionaries and in a concordance looking up the Greek words for filthy lucre, the meanings of filthy lucre remain the same. This can dispel the notion that the KJV English is too archaic and cannot be understood. The reason why people come up with this excuse is because they are living in a generation where they expect to be spoon-fed and pampered and they are just plain lazy or as the Scripture says slothful:

Hebrews 6:12  That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

To be “slothful” is more than just being “sluggish” as the NASB puts it. To be “sluggish” in today’s language is to be “slow moving”, but let us see where this word “slothful” comes from and ye will see that the Word of God is not pampering to those that are lazy. The Greek word for slothful in the Strong’s Complete Word Study Concordance reads as follows:

3576. νωθρός , nōthros, no-thros’; from a derivative of 3541; sluggish, i.e. (literal) lazy, or (figurative) stupid:– dull, slothful.

3541. νόθος , nothos, noth’-os; of uncertain affinity; a spurious or illegitimate son:– bastard.

One can see that to be slothful is to show one’s laziness and stupidity which also disqualifies you, if you take the derivative, as an illegitimate son. An illegitimate son cannot inherit the promises. One has to be a child of God to inherit the promises through faith and patience. So how can a person be an illegitimate son through being sluggish (slow moving)? Where is the connection?

This is where the doctrine to Study is correct in the KJV. As believers we are to listen to and be taught by the Holy Spirit who will reveal all truth:

John 15:26  But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

John 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

John 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

2 Timothy 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:16  But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

To be taught by the Holy Spirit comes about by you applying your part of studying the Word of God, which is a doctrine of the Bible.

I will most probably come under attack from many MacArthur-idolizers – but please understand when I was still a young believer, of which I still am, I listened to many of Dr MacArthur’s sermons and learned much, but in the process of time I fell into idolatry by placing him on a pedestal and I had to repent of my idolatry and ask God for forgiveness of my sin. Man is not the final authority. That belongs to God Almighty alone. This is a warning that the flesh is easily pampered to and this is not a smear campaign against MacArthur, but these writings would not be necessary to be written if MacArthur was not courting controversies himself. We are told in Scripture to contend for the faith (see Jude 1:3) and that would include revealing error. Please test all that is written here.

The MacArthur NIV Study Bible?

The following clip hereunder starts off with Dr John MacArthur explaining that he had been approached by the publishers of the NIV to assist them with a “new NIV Study Bible” where MacArthur will be providing them with his notes from his NASB Study Bible. Part of the interview that appears on the video-clip below (please watch the same to get the full context of the interview), reads as follows, quote:

“I was approached and asked if I would be willing to do an edition of the MacArthur Study Bible in the NIV – it was a lot to think about. First thing to know about is that 40% of the English bibles in the world are NIV, it is 9% ESV, and 2% NAS and the New King James is in there, and so by far the majority bible in the English speaking world is the NIV [Phil Johnson interjection: It is not your favourite translation?] um, it is not my favourite translation. That was the first question. The second question was that if anybody who reads the NIV even cares what it means? So [much laughter] Obviously you get the question. You know what I am saying, it’s like a pew bible. …”

“… So, you can curse the darkness in a sense and say oh it’s terrible they’ve got an NIV, or else you can turn on the light inside the NIV. If I wanted to do anything to help people to understand the bible who use an NIV the best thing I can possibly do is get inside their NIV and explain it – (shrug) Right? … Later on the following statement is made: “There is an 11% change from the older one to the 2011 NIV from what I understand, 11% change …”

This project would obviously show up the errors in the NIV text which therefore shows that it is not a faithful translation and the preserved Word of God. In the words of MacArthur, “There is an 11% change from the older one to the 2011 NIV from what I understand, 11% change …”. If the NIV is purported, by many theologians, to be a “better translation” than the KJV, why would MacArthur have to, in his own words, “If I wanted to do anything to help people to understand the bible who use an NIV the best thing I can possibly do is get inside their NIV and explain it – (shrug) Right?” Surely this is the work of the Holy Spirit and not a man’s job! This project will be just another deceptive bible being placed in the marketplace encouraging more people to go and buy another corrupted and changed bible, which is only “different” because it has “MacArthur’s NASB notes” inside; which is also a deception on MacArthur’s part for he says that the NIV is an erroneous bible. You see the hypocrisy, underhandedness and double-standards that is manifesting here? Will MacArthur be swayed by some of his “partners” showing concern about him being associated with this NIV project and even threatening to withdraw their sponsorship from Grace to You ministries? Why no, not in the least. You see economically speaking MacArthur can make filthy lucre from this project. He will obviously receive some royalties for his input and the printers will have duped the “NIV-loving” public into buying another copy of a pervert bible. Why would Zondervan need to print another type of NIV Study Bible, when they already have many? The reason: Greed driven by the devilish HarperCollins group! And besides, MacArthur’s “The Gospel According to Jesus” book and his own NASB Study Bible are printed by HarperCollins’ subsidiaries Zondervan and Thomas Nelson respectively, just to mention two products.

*John MacArthur on the NIV and other Controversies*

It is a dangerous business where “pastor-teachers” align themselves with the works of darkness, and they profit from these very publishers – that places them on the filthy lucre enrichment payroll. Consider the following write-up that appears at WND – the original article can be read Here. It is a mockery where Rupert Murdoch a purveyor of pornography is called a “born-again Christian.” Murdoch IS NOT a Christian – for a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit (see Matthew 7:17).

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MEDIA MATTERS

MURDOCH PASTOR GETS HEAT FOR MOGUL’S PORN CHANNELS

Christian leaders question Rick Warren for church’s cozy ties with Fox owner

Published: 05/10/2007 at 1:00 AM

Mega-pastor Rick Warren is being challenged by other Christian leaders for not disciplining a prominent member of his California Saddleback Church flock for being one of the world’s leading pornographers.

That would be Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., which, in addition to building a media empire on the chests of topless models and edgy, pushing-the-envelope Fox TV network shows, recently began building a stable of hard-core porn channels for its BSkyB subsidiary.

“Rupert Murdoch is a born-again Christian and Rick Warren claims to be his pastor,” says Chris Rosebrough, head of the Christian Accountability Network. “As a Christian, Murdoch is committing an egregious sin by owning, expanding and profiting from pornographic channels, and Rick Warren, his pastor, has a biblical duty to call Murdoch to repentance and/or put him out of the church.”

He is supported in that call by Jim Lupacchino of the Christian Research Network, Pastor Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries, and a growing list of others who have the Internet buzzing with stories about the pastor and the porn purveyor.

Rosebrough said Murdoch’s decision to run porn channels represents “a clear case of a Christian openly committing a monstrous and unthinkable sin.”

“Sadly, Murdoch’s actions have already damaged his credibility as a Christian,” added Rosebrough. “If Pastor Warren does not act swiftly and call on Murdoch to dismantle his porn distribution network, then the credibility of the Christian message will be compromised around the globe.”

The ties between Warren and Murdoch go beyond the spiritual. Murdoch also owns Zondervan, the company that published Warren’s explosive bestseller “The Purpose Driven Life.”

“We hope that Warren’s business ties to Murdoch’s company haven’t clouded his judgment and impacted his resolve to carry out his biblical duty as Murdoch’s pastor,” added Rosebrough.

News of Murdoch’s hard-core porn venture broke in the London publication The Business late last year. The story alluded to the seeming contradiction of a “born-again Christian” building a hard-core porn network.

Multiple WND messages left with News Corp. seeking a response were unanswered.

Warren, who did not respond to WND’s email requests to address the controversy, has at least twice publicly claimed Murdoch as a member of his church.

In a New Yorker interview published in September 2005, Warren is quoted as saying: “I had dinner with Jack Welch (former chief executive officer of GE) last Sunday night. He came to church, and we had dinner. I’ve been kind of mentoring him on his spiritual journey. And he said to me, ‘Rick, you the biggest thinker I have ever met in my life. The only other person I know who thinks globally like you is Rupert Murdoch.’ And I said, ‘That’s interesting. I’m Rupert’s pastor! Rupert published my book!”

In a Nov. 12, 2006, Orange County Register story, Warren was asked about pastoring a man who publishes tabloids featuring topless women. He responded: “I don’t have to agree with 100 percent of what another person does in order to work with them on the 20 percent that we do agree on.”

The article also points out Murdoch was among the first patrons to support Warren’s PEACE plan, contributing $2 million.

Even Warren’s critics point out he maintains an otherwise exemplary record in speaking out against pornography and its effects. His church’s website, Pastors.com, regularly publishes condemnations of porn and urges Christians to battle it in their communities.

Yet, even before the BSkyB venture into hard-core porn, Murdoch’s News Corp. was steeped in the business.

“News Corp. is a major owner of DirecTV, which sells more pornographic films than (Hustler magazine founder and porn film producer Larry) Flynt,” says porn fighter Gail Dines, professor of American Studies at Boston’s Wheelock College. “In 2000, the New York Times reported that nearly $200 million a year is spent by the 8.7 million subscribers to DirecTV. Among News Corp.’s other media holdings are the Fox Broadcasting and cable TV networks, 20th Century Fox, the New York Post and TV Guide. Welcome to synergy: Murdoch also owns Harper Collins, which published pornography star Jenna Jameson’s best-selling book, ‘How To Make Love Like a Porn Star.’”

Murdoch built his media empire as an Australian newspaper heir who added topless, alluring Page 3 girls to the mix – a practice some of his papers, including the British holding the Sun, still follow today. Last week he made a bid to buy the Wall Street Journal.

Silva says Warren does not seem to be living up to his own convictions about how pastors are to deal with people in sin. He points to an article by Warren dated May 1 of this year [2007] in which he writes: “Sin is to be confessed only as widely as it affects others. Private sin requires only private confession to God. Personal sin that involves others requires interpersonal confession to the people involved. Public sins (those that affect a large group of people in our congregation) regrettably must be dealt with publicly as a warning to others.”

“One would certainly have to think that ‘owning and expanding a network of pornographic channels in Europe’ has to qualify as ‘public sins,’” concludes Silva. “Since Rupert Murdoch’s flagrant and obvious ‘public sins’ have now been brought before the church, and because Warren is a pastor-teacher who is very well known to the public himself, then Warren simply must deal with Murdoch publicly ‘as a warning to others.’”

Saddleback Church, with 30,000 members, was begun by Rick and Kay Warren in 1979 and now has more than 200 ministries in the Orange County, California area. “The Purpose Driven Life” has now sold about 23 million copies.

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Conclusion

As can be deducted from the evidence provided it is clear God Almighty has preserved His inspired Word in the English language through the King James Bible. The evidences here reveal the Devil’s blatant twisting and corrupting of the Holy Word of God through the deceptive modern day pervert bibles that leave the reader in most instances doubting what is in the bibles and what is not in the bibles. It can also be seen that the channels through which the modern day pervert bibles come are through a perverted system of publishers and corrupted texts where any right thinking person can conclude that God would not allow pervert channels to keep and provide His Word for generations to come. Let’s put off the works of darkness,

Romans 13:10  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Romans 13:11  And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Romans 13:12  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Romans 13:13  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
Romans 13:14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Ephesians 5:6  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Ephesians 5:7  Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
Ephesians 5:8  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
Ephesians 5:9  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Ephesians 5:10  Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Ephesians 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Ephesians 5:12  For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
Ephesians 5:13  But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
Ephesians 5:14  Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
Ephesians 5:15  See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Ephesians 5:16  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:17  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

The reason why the “modern church” has little to no power today is because it is caught up in a cesspool of darkness through the pervert bibles that masquerade as the Word of God. The Holy Spirit is being quenched, for we know only the Truth can set us free as we are sanctified by the Word, as our Lord Jesus prayed to His Father,

John 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Today, repent of taking God’s Word for granted through pervert bibles and get back to the Truth! And steer clear of the pervert publishers that are vehicles of the Devil – don’t support them, and have nothing to do with the darkness they promote!

The final part of this series will deal exclusively with the counterfeit New King James Version (NKJV) that is not a better update of the King James Bible. It will reveal the many errors also contained in some of the other modern day pervert bibles.

If you say there is no perfect translation of the Bible, but only some better and some worse, then you are saying God Almighty is unable to give us His full Word and we are subject to and at the mercy of man’s feeble attempts to give us a whole plethora of imperfect translations that need to be explained rather than taught! The pastor-teacher, evangelist should TEACH The Word of GOD and not spend their time explaining away and judging the Word of God by correcting how one should interpret, understand and correct what is the better word or translation from the Hebrew and Greek text in these feeble, English-translated, pervert modern-day words of the gods!

The final Word belongs to JEHOVAH* (the LORD – see Exodus 6:3; Psalm 83:18; Isaiah 26:4),

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
Psalm 118:9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

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* 3068 יהוה , Yᵉhôvâh, yeh-ho-vaw’; from 1961; (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: – Jehovah, the Lord. Compare 3050, 3069.

A noun meaning God. The word refers to the proper name of the God of Israel, particularly the name by which He revealed Himself to Moses (Ex 6:2,3). The divine name has traditionally not been pronounced, primarily out of respect for its sacredness (cf. Ex 20:7; Dt28:58). Until the Renaissance, it was written without vowels in the Hebrew text of the OT, being rendered as YHWH. However, since that time, the vowels of another word ‘ădônây (136), have been supplied in hopes of reconstructing the pronunciation. Although the exact derivation of the name is uncertain, most scholars agree that its primary meaning should be understood in the context of God’s existence, namely that He is the “I AM THAT I AM” (Ex 3:14), the One who was, who is, and who always will be (cf. Rev 11:17). … The Strong’s Complete Word Study Concordance Expanded Edition, 2004

/ Part 5 of 5 to follow …

Pervert Translations and Publishers ~ Part 3

Proverb 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

pervert v. /per-vert/ 1 alter from an original meaning or state to a distortion of what was first intended. 2 lead away from what is right, natural, or acceptable.

© South African Pocket Oxford Dictionary, 3rd Edition 2002

At this point, I hope you are seeing the deceptions and misleading that are taking place with a corrupt eclectic textual criticism NT Greek text and a conglomerate media network that promotes profane wicked and evil works alongside pervert bibles and other christian literature packaged as “wholesome” literature, but in fact it is the wiles of the Devil working through greedy money-lusting publishers. It is all about the love of money and the perverting of God’s Holy Word!

Rupert Murdoch The Bible Industry. From Geez magazine, Fall 2009.Credit: Darryl Brown and Aiden Enns.

Should a business which has a tycoon in the ilk of Rupert Murdoch (who was awarded a papal knighthood by Pope John Paul II in 1998) who’s personal fortune was pegged by Forbes at $6.3 billion in 2010, be dealing in profanity and bible distribution at the same time? It comes down to the “love of money which is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10) and it is of great concern that Christians are supporting this empire, that shows no moral ethics. The magnitude is that the Murdoch empire under the brand of Zondervan that controls the publishing of the NIV has published well in excess of 300 million copies of the same. At the same time it is part of the HarperCollins Publishers who also publish the Satanic Bible. Evil is prevailing.

Is Scripture Preserved Through Multiple Revisions?

What is also of great concern is that renowned pastor-teacher Dr John MacArthur who’s NASB MacArthur Study Bible Updated Edition is published by “Nelson Bibles – A Division of Thomas Nelson Publishers Since 1798.” Under the heading “How We Got the Bible”, the subheading “Preservation” on page xx, we can read the following:

How can one be sure that the revealed and inspired, written Word of God, which was recognized as canonical by the early church, has been handed down to this day without any loss of material? Furthermore, since one of the Devil’s prime concerns is to undermine the Bible, have the Scriptures survived this destructive onslaught? In the beginning, he denied God’s Word to Eve (Ge 3:4). Satan later attempted to distort the Scripture in his wilderness encounter with Christ (Mt 4:6,7). Through King Jehoiakim, he even attempted to literally destroy the Word (Jer 36:23). The battle for the Bible rages, but Scripture has and will continue to outlast its enemies.

God anticipated man’s and Satan’s malice towards the Scripture with divine promises to preserve His Word. The very continued existence of Scripture is guaranteed in Is 40:8, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever” (cf. 1Pe 1:25). This even means that no inspired Scripture has been lost in the past and still awaits rediscovery.

The actual content of Scripture will be perpetuated, both in heaven (Ps 119:89) and on earth (Is 59:21). Thus the purposes of God, as published in the sacred writings, will never be thwarted, even in the least detail (cf. Mt 5:18; 24:25; Mk 13:1; Lk 16:17).

According to MacArthur, and this part I agree with, he says, quote: “Thus the purposes of God, as published in the sacred writings, will never be thwarted, even in the least detail.” (writer’s emphasis). But that is exactly what the NASB has “lost” is translation “even in the least detail.” The NASB has used the same manuscripts from the Westcott-Hort NT Greek text. We can read further from the NASB MacArthur’s Study Bible Updated Edition on page xx under the subheading “Transmission” the following:

… Through the centuries, the practitioners of textual criticism, a precise science, have discovered, preserved, catalogued, evaluated, and published an amazing array of biblical manuscripts from both the Old and New Testaments. …

This is an interesting quote, for in Part 1 we mentioned that Messrs Brooke Foss Westcott (1825-1901) and Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828-1892) denied God and became themselves judges of God’s Word through their eclectic textual criticism NT Greek text. So to which “textual criticism, a precise science” is MacArthur referring? And “through which centuries” is he alluding to? Later on under the same subheading “Transmission” MacArthur records the following on page xxi:

… By this providential means, God has made good His promise to preserve the Scriptures. We can rest assured that there are translations available today which indeed are worthy of the title, The Word of God.

The history of a full, English translation Bible, essentially began with John Wycliffe (ca. A.D. 1330-1384), who made the first English translation of the whole Bible. Later, William Tyndale was associated with the first complete, printed New Testament in English, ca. A.D. 1526. Myles Coverdale followed in A.D. 1535, by delivering the first complete Bible printed in English. By A.D. 1611, the King James Version (KJV) had been completed. Since then, hundreds of translations have been made – some better, some worse. Today, the better English translations of the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures include: 1) New American Standard Bible (NASB); 2) English Standard Version (ESV); and 3) New King James Version (NKJV). … [writer’s emphasis, not MacArthur’s]

The most glaring error that comes out of MacArthur’s statements above is that there are hundreds of translations which have been made – “some better, some worse” – and that God has preserved His Word (is this not an oxymoron?), but the King James Bible which has been serving Christians for 403 years (1611-2014) is not one of the “better English translations,” so common sense tells us that the preachers and theologians like Matthew Henry (1662-1714), Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), George Whitefield (1714-1770), Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892), and Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899) who’s numerous sermons and writings were extensively in KJV English were not using a “God preserved better English translation” as can be deduced from MacArthur’s reasoning. However, during these periods of time, there were some of the greatest revivals, church preaching and open-air evangelism by these men who all used the trusted King James Bible and many, many souls were won to Christ Jesus. Charles Spurgeon who is known as the “prince of preachers” was so fond of the KJV that he said regarding it that it would “never be bettered, as I judge, till Christ shall come.” [The Autobiography of Charles H. Spurgeon (Cincinnati: Curtis and Jennings), 4:269.]

The so-called “better English translations” according to MacArthur and many other preachers and theologians, are very recent additions to the vast bible market, as can be seen from the following data:

1) NASB complete bible published in 1971 and updated in 1995, is a revision of the American Standard Version (ASV) of 1901. It was an alternative to the Revised Standard Version (1946-1952/1971), which is considered to be theologically liberal [R. Laird Harris, Inspiration and Canonicity of the Bible: An Historical and Exegetical Study. Contemporary Evangelical Perspectives. 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1969), p.58.] The OT was published in 1971 and the NT published in 1963. The NASB was published in the following stages:

  • Gospel of John (1960)
  • The Gospels (1962)
  • New Testament (1963)
  • Psalms (1968)
  • Complete bible, Old and New Testaments (1971)
  • Modified Editions (1972, 1973, 1975, 1977)
  • Updated Edition (NASU: 1995)

In 1992, the Lockman Foundation – which copyright and trademark to the NASB text are owned by them – commissioned a limited revision of the NASB. In 1995, the Lockman Foundation reissued the NASB as the NASB Updated Edition (more commonly the Updated NASB or NASB95). Since then, it has become widely known as simply the “NASB”, supplanting the 1977 text in current printings, save for a few (Thompson Chain Reference Bibles, Open Bibles, Key Word Study Bibles, et al.) …

© The Lockman Foundation, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995.

2) ESV complete bible published in 2001 (revision in 2007 changed 500 words in grammar, consistency and clarity. This edition was issued in April 2011 and the 2007 edition has been gradually phased out), and is a revision of the 1971 edition of the Revised Standard Version (RSV). The RSV had the OT printed in 1952 and NT printed in 1946 and the RSV is a revision of the American Standard Version (ASV). The initial RSV of 1881 is the Westcott and Hort perversion of the KJV. The RSV was published in the following stages:

  • New Testament (first edition) 1946 (originally copyrighted to the International Council of Religious Education)
  • Old Testament (and thus the full Protestant Bible), 1952
  • Apocrypha, 1957
  • Modified Edition, 1962
  • RSV Catholic Edition (NT 1965, Complete Bible 1966)
  • New Testament (second edition), 1971
  • Common Bible, 1973
  • Apocrypha, expanded edition, 1977
  • Second Catholic Edition, 2006
  • In later years the RSV served as the basis for two revisions – the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of 1989, and the English Standard Version (ESV) of 2001

The publisher, citing that the ESV has been growing in popularity, came up with an edition of the ESV with the Biblical apocrypha included, which was developed by Oxford University Press and published in January 2009. The publisher’s hope for the new edition which includes the Apocrypha is that it will be used widely in seminaries and divinity schools where these books are used as a part of academic study. [Oxford University Press, 2012]

The ESV version of the Apocrypha is a revision of the Revised Standard Version 1977 Expanded Edition. …

© 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers of Wheaton, Illinois, U.S. Apocrypha Copyright 2009 by Oxford University Press.

3) NKJV complete bible published in 1982, is a modern translation of the bible published by Thomas Nelson, Inc. (a subsidiary of HarperCollins and News Corp.). The NKJV was published in the following stages:

  • The New Testament was published in 1979
  • The Psalms was published in 1980
  • The full bible was completed in 1982

It took a total of 7 years to complete. [“New King James Version (NKJV)” The Bible Gateway. Retrieved 2011-09-14]. The anglicized edition was originally known as the Revised Authorized Version, but the NKJV title is now used universally.

The aim of its 130 translators was to update the vocabulary and grammar of the King James Version, while preserving the classic style and literary beauty of the original 1611 KJV version. [In fact the translators failed on all accounts as they desecrated the original work by changing words that have specific reason for being there and therefore there is an adding and diminishing from the Word of God. More will be elaborated on this later. ~ writer’s note].

© 1979, 1980, 1982 Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Resources – Wikipedia

Judging by the various interchanging bibles and translations with many revisions, it is a “hotchpotch” of perversions of the Word of God. So which version is the inspired and preserved Word of God?

To set the record straight about the supposed revisions of the King James Bible, here is a quote from “NIV Omissions” by Keith Piper on page 110:

Has the KJV been Revised Four Times?

Answer: No. There have been 4 editions, but no revisions.
Critics ask, "Which King James version do you use, the 1611, 1629, 1638, 1762 or 1769 version?" Critics claim that since the KJV has been revised four times, there should be no objection to more revisions. This myth was used by Westcott and Hort in 1881 to produce the Revised Version. Printing was invented in 1450 by Gutenberg in Germany. Each letter was set one piece at a time. This was difficult and gave rise to some printing or typographical errors. Critics have found only about 400 alleged textual alterations since 1611. The 4 main editions are:

1. The 1629 edition was a correction of earlier printing errors.
2. The 1638 edition corrected 72% of the 400 printing errors. Both the 1629 and 1638 editions were two stages of the one process of correcting earlier printing errors.
3. The 1762 edition standardized the spelling.
4. The 1769 edition completed the standardizing of the spelling. These were two stages in the second process. The tale of so-called thousands of changes made in four revisions is a fraud & a lie.

Question: What is the nature of these changes?
1. Typographical changes in the 1629 and 1638 editions:
Change in the type font from Gothic (originating in Germany) to Roman type font style. Originally the printers chose the Gothic style for its beauty. In 1612 the first King James Bible was printed in Roman type font style. For example,

a) a Gothic lower case "s" at the beginning or middle of a word looks like our "f", so that "also" was written as "alfo", and "set" was written as "fet".
b) Gothic "v" was written as "u", and Gothic "u" was written as "v", so that "love" was written as "loue", "us" was written as "vs", and "ever" was written as "euer".
c) Gothic "j" was written as our "i", so that "Jesus" was written as "Iefus", and "joy" as "ioy".

Key: These are type style changes, not spelling changes. These changes account for most of the so called "thousands" of changes in the KJV, yet do no harm to the text.

2. Spelling changes in the 1762 and 1769 editions. In the 1600’s there was no such thing as correct spelling. Spelling was according to whim. Not until the 1700’s did spelling stabilize, which resulted in the KJV spelling being standardized in the 1762 and 1769 editions. Examples include,

a) "e" was added to the end of some words, such as feare, darke, beare.
b) Double vowels were common: "me", "be", "moved" were written as "mee", "bee" and "mooved".
c) Double consonants were common: "ran", "evil", "stars" were written as "ranne", "evill", "ftarres".

Key: These typographical and spelling changes account for almost all the so-called thousands of changes in the KJV. None of them alter the text as do the changes of modern versions.

3. Printer’s mistakes such as a) singular and plurals were interchanged. b) A word was miswritten for a similar word. c) A word or phrase was omitted. Examples are:

1611 Reading Present Reading Date
right doeth right hand doeth 1613
of our father’s our fathers 1616
seek good seek God 1617
requite good requite me good 1629
the crowned thy crowned 1629
this book the book 1629
this thing this thing also 1638
now both now 1638
And Parbar At Parbar 1638
returned turned 1769

These are all correction of printing errors made by weary typesetters who misread the master copy. Only 400 of these printing errors were made in the 1611 KJV. These have been corrected since.

Conclusion:

1) From 1611, there were no true revisions of updating the language or correcting translation errors in KJV. They were only typographical errors that were corrected in later editions.
2) Compare these 400 printer’s errors with the approximate 60,000 changes in NKJV, such as:
"thy voice" (KJV) to "your excuse (NKJV) (Eccles 5:6), "equity" (KJV) to "skill" (NKJV) (Eccles 2:21), "God answereth him" (KJV) to "God keeps him busy" (NKJV) (Eccles 5:20).

The NKJV is not a continuation of what happened with the KJV. It is an entirely new translation.

No copyright exists – the KJV is public domain.

What also needs to be brought to your attention is that all the modern versions of the Bible have a copyright exercised over them which even limits a person quoting from their text, where the King James Bible has no such copyright and is free for use and public domain.

Thou, Thee, Thy and Thine

The English words “thou, thee, thy and thine” are translated from an emphatic Greek and Hebrew personal pronoun, stressing the identity of the one being addressed to the exclusion of all others. A “pronoun” is a word that “stands in for” another noun or noun-phrase. A “personal pronoun” is one which stands for a person. The personal pronouns are classified as first person, second person and third person by their relationship to the one speaking.

1st Person – The speaker himself, and any others he may include as part of his group.

2nd Person – Those to whom the speaker is speaking.

3rd Person – Those about whom the speaker is speaking.

Thus, we have the following table which we can construct in English, once we differentiate between the purpose of the various pronouns:

Nominative

Objective

Possessive

1st Person

Singular Plural

I
We

Me
Us

My (or Mine)
Our (or Ours)

2nd Person

Singular Plural

Thou
Ye

Thee
You

Thy (or Thine)
Your (or Yours)

3rd Person

Singular Plural

He/She/It
They

Him/Her/It
Them

His/Her/Its
Their (or Theirs)

Verses expressing the Importance of “thou, thee, thy and thine.”

Exodus 4:15, THOU shalt speak … I will be with THY mouth…and will teach YOU what YE shall do.”Thou/Thy” refer to Moses himself, but “You/Ye” refer to the entire nation of Israel.

Exodus 29:42, “… I will meet YOU, to speak there unto THEE.” The “You,” referring to the children of Israel, is explained in the following verse, but “Thee” refers to Moses, who had the holy privilege of hearing the words of God directly (Leviticus 1:1).

2 Samuel 7:23, “And what one nation in the earth is like THY people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for YOU great things and terrible, for THY land, before THY people, which THOU redeemedst to THEE from Egypt.” Here David prayed to God in the second person singular, but referred to the people of Israel as “You.” What confusion could result if this important distinction were done away? It could be incorrectly thought that David was praying in part to the nation, or that the land belonged to the people and not to God.

Matthew 26:64, “Jesus saith unto him, THOU has said: nevertheless I say unto YOU, hereafter shall YE see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.”Thou” refers to the High Priest, but “You/Ye” include all those who were standing there in addition to the high priest.

Luke 5:24, “But that YE may know … say unto THEE take up THY couch, and go into THINE house.”Ye” refers to the crowd, but “Thee/Thy/Thine” refer only to the man with palsy.

John 3:7, 11, “Marvel not that I said unto THEE, YE must be born again.” The message was spoken to the individual Nicodemus (“Thee”), but obviously has wider application to all those who desire to follow Christ (“Ye”).

John 14:9, “Have I been so long time with YOU, and yet hast THOU not known me?” The “You” refers to the crowd, but “Thou” is addressed specifically to only one man, Philip.

1 Corinthians 8:9-12, “… this liberty of YOURS … . If any man see THEE which hast knowledge … through THY knowledge … but when YE sin.” The plural forms “Yours/Ye” refer to the liberty and sin of all believers in Christ as a whole, but the singular forms “thee/thy” refer only to those individual believers that find themselves in this particular circumstance.

Surely, you will notice that replacing “thou/thee/thy/thine” with the ambiguous “you/your” does NOT clarify, but tends to muddy, the Scriptures. Just about all modern bibles replace “thou/thee/thy/thine” with the ambiguous “you/your” which converts a clear meaning passage with a vague interpretation.

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Pervert Translations and Publishers ~ Part 2

Proverb 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

pervert v. /per-vert/ 1 alter from an original meaning or state to a distortion of what was first intended. 2 lead away from what is right, natural, or acceptable.

© South African Pocket Oxford Dictionary, 3rd Edition 2002

God’s Word Attacked

Sadly, the modern translations of the Bible mostly use the Westcott and Hort New Testament Greek text, and it is in these versions that the Scriptures have been corrupted where portions of text are left out, certain words that have doctrinal implications are dropped and the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ is diminished or out-rightly blasphemed. What also causes great concern is that this creates a situation where doubt is created in the minds of the readers as to what is the actual reading as “truth” and this is further advocated when footnotes that question the veracity of which Scriptures are to be included and which are not to be included in the main body of Bible text. This also causes uncertainty as to what God Almighty is actually saying. When contentions exist, the Word of God can be “attacked” as not being infallible, inerrant and preserved which then brings about mocking from the unbelieving heathen world that God Almighty’s Word is not Divinely inspired. The other issue that is so prevalent within the assembly of believers is that when the Scriptures are read from the Bible, mostly all are reading from different versions which can lead to no cohesion in reading the Word and following the same, with much “teachings” as to which “words” should be in the Bible and which is a better translation of the words. This causes confusion and God Almighty is not a God of confusion, as we read:

1 Corinthians 14:33  For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Here in an article in pdf format that is titled: “Serious Omissions in the NIV Bible by Keith Piper; which deals with not only the New International Version (NIV) that has been corrupted, but this document also shows the flaws within the other modern versions, including the ‘New American Standard Version,’ the ‘Good News for Modern Man,’ the ‘Living Bible,’ the ‘Revised Version’ of 1881 and the ‘NKJV.’ The document is worth reading all 138 pages to gain a better understanding why there has to be a defence for the King James Bible and to steer away from the satanic influences of corrupting God’s Holy Word. The old adage of, “If you don’t stand for Truth, you will stand for anything” rings loud and true.

Publishers

We can also see that the enemy – Satan the devil – wants nothing more than to have a corrupted version of God’s Holy Word in circulation that teaches half-truth deceptions and lies! Our Lord Jesus Christ warns that the religious order of the day belonged to their “father the devil … for he is a liar, and the father of it” as we read:

John 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

It is very important to know that publishers and their publishing houses together with academics on the translating committees play a very significant role in distributing these modern-day perversions that flood the market place and the churches of today. Look at the history surrounding two of the largest “Christian Literature” printing houses Zondervan and Thomas Nelson that have been bought out and become subsidiaries of HarperCollins, which in turn is controlled by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. You will see from the two articles hereunder that it is shameful, wicked and evil, the material that this media conglomerate produces in homosexual, pornographic and satanic literature together with these pervert editions of the bible. If you are purchasing and supporting these media groupings, which also include a whole host of supposedly christian literature by men and women preaching another gospel (see Galatians 1:6-9), then you are aligned with their devilish practices. We are given principals by way of commandments that we should abstain from all appearance of evil (1 Thess 5:22), hold fast that which is good (1 Thess 5:21), and to walk in the light and not in darkness (see Eph 5:8). This is an earnest plea to my beloved brethren to examine all things and get back to walking the narrow way, not deviating to the right or left. Besides these two articles hereunder there is also a podcast that I encourage you to listen to that deals with these very issues.

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Contending For TruthThe NIV, the Satanic Bible and Homosexual Translators
July 29th, 2007 by Dr. Scott Johnson

http://www.chick.com/bc/2005/word.asp

In this teaching we will be taking an eye opening look at the NIV bible: ‘In 1988, Zondervan became a division of HarperCollins’ If you visit online at Harpercollins.com, you will find some very evil books for sale that are published by this company like PRO-HOMOSEXUAL titles. And amidst these evil books, we find the following advertisement from this same publishing company: ‘The foregoing is excerpted from ‘Satanic Bible’ by Anton La Vey. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced without written permission from HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022′. Notice that HarperCollins not only publishes homosexual books, they publish the ‘Satanic Bible.’ Zondervan is a subsidiary of HarperCollins, which is owned by News Corp, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch. He is one of the biggest producers of worldwide pornography on the planet. And his company, Zondervan, holds the exclusive distribution rights to the NIV. This conglomerate also publishes ‘Good News for Modern Man’ and ‘The Amplified Version.’ We will also be looking at NIV Stylist, rabid lesbian, new ager and author of ‘OmniGender: A Trans-Religious Approach’ Virginia Mollenkott and THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NIV’S OLD TESTAMENT TRANSLATION COMMITTEE, Dr. Marten H. Woudstra, also a homosexual. We will then examine the two distinct streams of Bibles that have resulted in all the translations available today: One Stream Pure one Stream Corrupt.

Click Here to Play the Audio for this Teaching

PDF: NIV

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GleaningsChristianity Today 

HarperCollins Buys Thomas Nelson, Will Control 50% of Christian Publishing Market

Where will Thomas Nelson fit in Murdoch’s empire, which already includes Zondervan?

by Ted Olsen [ posted 10/31/2011 02:38PM ]

HarperCollins Publishers today announced it was buying Christian/inspirational publisher Thomas Nelson "for an undisclosed sum." It’s a huge move since the company will now reportedly control about half of the Christian publishing market.

The question now is how the acquisition will play with Zondervan, Thomas Nelson’s chief competition. HarperCollins, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, acquired Zondervan in 1988. (It also owns religion and spirituality imprint HarperOne.) Thomas Nelson says it is reportedly the largest Christian publisher in the world and the seventh largest trade-book publisher in the United States. Zondervan says it is the world’s leading Bible publisher.

In 2009, then-Thomas Nelson CEO Michael Hyatt reported that his publisher and Zondervan control half of the Christian publishing market – a percentage that had held relatively steady over the previous few years.

It’s been a long road for Thomas Nelson, which was founded in Edinburgh in 1798 and gained religious prominence in the U.S. through the publication of the American Standard Version and Revised Standard Version of the Bible. In 1960, it merged with The Thomson Organization (which later merged with Reuters), but was bought out by eager Lebanese-American Bible publisher Sam Moore in 1969. Moore ran the company until Hyatt succeeded him in 2004.

By then Thomas Nelson had gotten into and out of the music business, swallowing Christian publishing powerhouse Word, Inc. in the early 1990s. In 2006, the company, which had been publicly traded since Moore’s Royal Publishers was first listed on the exchange in 1961, was bought for $473 million and began operating as a private company. Private equity firm Kohlberg and Company acquired a majority ownership last year, and put former HarperCollins Worldwide CEO Jane Friedman on its board.

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As can be seen HarperCollins which now has Zondervan and Thomas Nelson under its umbrella controls, as reported in Christianity Today, 50% of the Christian publishing market. This deals with one of the “best selling” bible versions, the perverted NIV, and others, and is also being sold alongside homosexual, pornographic and Satanic Bible products.

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Pervert Translations and Publishers ~ Part 1

Proverb 18:13  He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

pervert v. /per-vert/ 1 alter from an original meaning or state to a distortion of what was first intended. 2 lead away from what is right, natural, or acceptable.

© South African Pocket Oxford Dictionary, 3rd Edition 2002

Inspiration and Preservation

This blog treatise over five parts will look at the issues that surround the publication of the Bible into hundreds of translation versions in the English tongue. This is the real issue that needs to be addressed here. Countless written thesis papers, website postings, commentaries and debates with counter-debates have been engaged in to determine which English translation is the best “version” from the “original” Hebrew (some Aramaic) and Greek texts and which of the manuscripts are more authentic and reliable than the other – earlier ones opposed to latter ones, and vice versa? From Scripture we know that God Almighty who created the Heavens and the Earth, Who is all powerful (omnipotent), all knowing (omniscient) and all present (omnipresent) would not only inspire His Word, but would also preserve His Word. You cannot have the inspiration of God’s Word without the preservation of God’s Word, for it would not make sense why God Almighty would inspire His Word, but not preserve His Word. And if He did not preserve His Word it would not matter whether He inspired His Word or not! It is not only an issue of whether God Almighty inspired and preserved His Word, but also whether the Judeo-Christians who read His Word do believe as their Statements of Faith or chosen Confessionary Statements declare that the Bible is the inerrant and infallible Word of God. You either believe that with your full conviction or you must abandon the same. One cannot be a fence-sitter to suit one’s own position to fit with one’s dogma or man-made traditions and customs or your worldview. So what is your position? Did God Almighty give us an infallible, inerrant, inspired and preserved Word in an English Holy Bible? Or not?

If God Almighty did, then which English version is it? And enough from all the academics and theologians who think they can argue their point of view instead of listening to the teaching and revelation of the indwelling Holy Spirit. How can two Christians debate about which “Bible” is the correct Bible and think that the Holy Spirit is not grieved by the senseless debates by men trying to win the argument through academia! If this is the case, then the professing believers need to take a hard look at where they stand on the Word of God. It should also be noted that the Holy Spirit is gentle and not argumentative between two who belong to the Lord Jesus Christ. Are you of the opinion that Christ is divided?

I have just recently watched a debate on LIVE@NINE between Dr James White (Alpha & Omega Ministries and author of The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust Modern Translations?) and Mr Jack Moorman (one who is pro King James Bible and an author), who debated extensively from the learned position of which Hebrew and Greek manuscript texts were used and should the King James Bible be the English standard or should the more modern versions also be used. I will make my position known upfront that I read, study, meditate and preach as an evangelist from the King James Bible, and I truly believe that the same IS the English version that has been inspired and preserved by God Almighty as the very Word of God to the English speaker and reader. This is my conviction and belief, trusting God Almighty at His Word. If this is not the case then the protesting reformers and translators who brought the Word of God to the common man, who staked  their lives on the line to stand against the Roman Catholic church was all in vain, and they lost their lives in futility. If that is the case, then it can be reasoned that from 1611 until 1881 when the Revised Version of the Authorised Version of the King James Bible was “updated”, it left all the believers in our Lord Jesus Christ with a “counterfeit” English translation for 270 years. If contentions are made that the text used was not the correct one, or that it is Old Elizabethan English with archaic words which cannot be understood in this age (in fact that Old English was most probably the purist form of English compared to what is dished up in society today), etc, then there was no Word of God for that duration of time, and generations of believers could not be obedient to all of God’s Word. If that is the reasoning and case, then God Almighty could never hold English speaking protestants accountable of knowing His Word, for He did not preserve His inspired Word for about three hundred years, and the so-called “latter 20th century better translations” would only bring about the ‘preserved’ Word of God that should be accepted by modern man and the masses at a later time! You see the profundity of this reasoning? Well it seems, that much-learned theologians don’t seem to deal with the real issues – maybe it’s a pride issue to deal with such meaningless matters as these.

If God Almighty has not given us all His Word then it is tantamount to saying we don’t have to keep and obey His Word for we do not have a full counsel of His Word. If words change or are added to or are diminished from the Scriptures, then doctrines do change and the deity of Christ Jesus has been blasphemed. Here are some very important Scriptures that confirm that God Almighty had to give us an inspired, preserved, infallible, inerrant, full counsel of His Word or else the following Scriptures are not True:

Deuteronomy 4:2  Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

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

Psalm 119:89  LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

Proverb 30:5  Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Proverb 30:6  Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Isaiah 40:8  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

Matthew 4:4  But 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 24:35  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

2 Timothy 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2 Timothy 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Revelation 22:18  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
Revelation 22:19  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

If you trust these words, then you agree that God Almighty has inspired and preserved all His Words for every generation, and in this case, in the English language, and therefore you should also question why would God Almighty have other English translations that add to and diminish from His Word, even altering doctrine?

What we fail to hear often in “live debates” is the addressing of the new Greek translations that were done by heretics such as Messrs Brooke Foss Westcott (1825-1901) and Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828-1892). These men denied God and became themselves judges of God’s Word through their eclectic textual criticism NT Greek text as can be seen from the following extensive quote from “Modern Bible Versions, and Westcott and Hort” by pastor Tobin Pederson (you can read the full 5 page pdf document Here. You can also read “Chapter 8: Westcott and Hort” from “Gipp’s Understandable History of the Bible” © 1987 by Samuel C. Gipp):

The Men Who Made Themselves Judges

And what do we know about these men who made themselves the judges over God’s holy Word? Much has been written about them, but also their own recorded words shed light on their beliefs. The following is information taken from two sources, G.A. Riplinger’s New Age Bible Versions, and Mr. Joseph Van Beek’s tract, KJV vs NIV.

“In 1841 an old manuscript (Codex Vaticanus) was discovered lying on a shelf in the Vatican library. In 1844 part of another old manuscript (Codex Sinaiticus) was found in a wastebasket in St. Catherines’s monastery (the other part was found in 1859). It is generally believed that these were from the 50 that Eusebius prepared for Constantine. In 1853 these two Cambridge professors, Westcott and Hort, began to prepare a Greek Text based primarily on the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus manuscripts. They passed by the Traditional Text (Textus Receptus) which was the text upon which the King James Version is based. Instead they used the corrupted manuscripts of the Gnosticism-Origen-Eusebius-Jerome-Augustine lineage.” (Joseph Van Beek‘s tract: KJV vs NIV, pgs 5 & 6)

As to the personal beliefs of Westcot and Hort: 1) They never claimed or testified that the Bible was verbally inspired or inerrant. 2) They denied the Genesis account of creation and questioned whether Eden ever existed……Instead they praised Darwin’s 1859 theory of evolution. 3) Hort wrote, “The popular doctrine of substitution is an immoral and material counterfeit. Certainly nothing could be more unscriptural than the modern limiting of Christ’s bearing our sins and sufferings to his death; but indeed that is only one aspect of an almost universal heresy.” 4) Hort wrote, “I have been persuaded for many years that Mary-worship and Jesus worship have very much in common in their causes and their results.” Westcott found a statue of Mary and a crucified Christ in a remote chapel and wrote, “Had I been alone, I could have knelt there for hours.”

Please note that neither Westcott nor Hort believed that the Bible was God’s Word. Hort did not believe in the complete blood atonement of Christ for the forgiveness of sins, calling such doctrine “heresy”. Both found nothing wrong with the worship of Mary.

The following are quotes of Westcott and Hort, found in Riplinger’s book.

Westcott – “I reject the word infallibility of Holy Scriptures overwhelmingly.” Riplinger, pg 622

Hort – “Evangelicals seem to me perverted . . . There are, I fear, still more serious differences between us on the subject of authority, especially the authority of the Bible.” Riplinger, pg 621

Hort – “[T]his may be cowardice – I have sort of a craving that our text should be cast upon the world before we deal with matters likely to brand us with suspicion. I mean, a text issued by men who are already known for what will undoubtedly be treated as dangerous heresy will have great difficulty in finding its way to regions which it might otherwise hope to reach and whence it would not be easily banished by subsequent alarms. (Hort’s letter to Westcott regarding their writing other things.)” Riplinger, pg 623

Westcott – “I shall aim at what is transcendental in many peoples eyes . . . I suppose I am a communist by nature.” Riplinger, pg 624

Westcott – “our Bible as well as our Faith is a mere compromise.” Riplinger, pg 625

Westcott and Hort were spiritualists. They sought out contact with the spiritual world (talking with the dead, etc.). Riplinger speaks much on this subject and also aligns them with the New Age movement. They started the “Ghostly Guild” in 1851 and before that the “Hermes Club” in 1845. Riplinger links the spiritualist teachings of Westcott and Hort to the occult teachings of Madame Helena P. Blavatsky who wrote the Lucifer magazine. Westcott, Hort, and Blavatsky are all forerunners of the modern day New Age movement which aims at one world religion.

The question that should be raised is: Why do the Bible scholars and theologians when debating the merits of the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts never really deal with the Westcott-Hort issues? No mention is made of these men and their New Testament Greek text! Why?

Here is a pdf document worth studying titled:

INSPIRED PRESERVATION – A STUDY OF THE INSEPARABLE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BIBLICAL INSPIRATION AND PRESERVATION BY JESSE M. BOYD.

Here is also a diagram showing where the two lines of manuscripts come from: the Antioch line and the Alexandria line.

kjb_chart

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The Devils Also Believe and Tremble

James 2:19  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

C. H. Spurgeon

He Is Risen

1 Corinthians 15:3  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1 Corinthians 15:4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
1 Corinthians 15:5  And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
1 Corinthians 15:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:7  After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
1 Corinthians 15:8  And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

He Is Risen

Matthew 28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

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