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.

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