Many Christians today are unaware of the attack against the words of God, via the new bibles that come out almost yearly. They surely know of the account in Genesis 3, where the serpent uttered those infamous words, “Yea, hath God said?” Yet for some reason, beyond this author’s comprehension, they suddenly believe the devil has taken a vacation, since his discourse with Eve 6000 years ago!
I run a discussion board, where I’ve had more than a few Christians tell me all Bibles are valid, even though none of today's modern "bibles" say the same thing! But when confronted with the question of whether they believe the devil, indeed, HAS taken a vacation from attacking God’s word, they reply: “The devil hasn’t stopped attacking the word of God...just look at all the cults like the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc...” This is simply side-stepping the question, not to mention that attacking DOCTRINES within the word of God (which is what the cults do), and attacking the TEXT of the word of God, are altogether different matters! You can attack doctrine in the Bible, without attacking the words; however, you CANNOT attack the words in the Bible, without ALSO attacking doctrines! Not one single Christian I asked, who is opposed to the existence of a perfect and inerrant Bible, believes the devil attacks the text of any “version!” They will put their “faith” in ALL of the versions on the market being God’s word, while at the same time, chide other Christians who put their faith and 100% trust in only ONE Bible...the former “faith” depending on the scholars, Bible-correcting commentators, and corrupt Egyptian manuscripts; the latter on the promises of God, and the Bible’s own testimony about itself! Which do you suppose is the more Christ-honoring, and BIBLE-BELIEVING approach?
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Romans 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Notice that last verse. It says “by the word of God, WHICH LIVETH AND ABIDETH FOREVER!” Those who think inspiration resided in the originals alone (now non-existent), are without that living word of God, and make God out to be a liar! If you are one of them, take heed friend, lest any man/scholar/pastor deceive you!
Back to the point, the day will come when someone, like me, tells them there
is only ONE Bible God wrote...a Bible that is totally trustworthy, inerrant,
perfect, and inspired - viz, the Authorized Version - and how do you suppose
these “all-Bibles-are-valid” Christians react? They almost damn any Christian
who would be “arrogant and uneducated” enough to even THINK a Bible can be
perfect!!! They insist that all of the Bibles have errors, due to them all being
mere “translations” of copies of the originals - and that inspiration and
perfection lie in the non-existent “originals” alone! When pressed on the
matter, a guy in my hometown simply dismissed the whole Bible version issue as
something Christians shouldn’t be fighting over. Others claim the issue is
divisive (kind of like rock music?), therefore should be avoided like the
plague. After all, anything that brings division in the Body of Christ is of the
devil, right? Still others say we should all "love one another," “don’t judge,
lest ye be judged,” “KJV-onlyists are cultists,” etc, ad infinitum. On the
outside, this seems like the right attitude for a Christian to take. Being
divisive certainly “feels” unbiblical, doesn’t it? In the small table below, I
have listed a couple verses from the KJV and the NIV. I will comment afterward.
|A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;||Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him.|
|Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:||Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.|
That's just one of the MANY contradictions in the NIV. Now answer one simple question friend, are the words of your Creator and Saviour worth fighting for? As David said, “Is there not a cause?” Jesus Christ says in Matt 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.”
Tell me Christian, how are we able to keep that command? Do you have every word of God? Or do you simply HOPE the scholars have it, somewhere amongst those 5000+ manuscripts, yet won't put those words into one volume for their brethren? Do you know WHY the scholars keep telling us what God “meant,” yet won't put what He meant into ONE book? Because for the scholars to put all the words into ONE volume would cost the Bible publishers too much money(Matt 6:24) “My people perish for lack of knowledge...” Christians today have been duped by the scholars, and as a result, have been seduced away from the truth, just like Eve was.
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
Belief in a perfect Bible, thus a belief in God's promises and command that we should live by every word, is simple my friend! Why did Jesus Christ say it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God? Because he lacks the faith of a child! “...Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Faith in Christ is simple. Believe. Faith that we have EVERY word of God perfectly and in-errantly is also simple...believe. Wisdom isn't a bad thing, but too much of it, based on science falsely so called, gives one a proud and superior attitude toward fellow Christians, an attitude that says “unless you know the ‘original’ languages, you don't know anything about the Bible.” Now tell me, is that a Biblical attitude? I think not.
Dean John William Burgon, a Christian from the 19th century who fought mightily against two hereticks named B.F. Westcott and F.J.A. Hort...producers of the entirely NEW Greek text(the majority of which was based on just TWO corrupt manuscripts from Egypt), from whence ALL of today's modern bibles come, had this to say regarding the inspiration of the Bible:
“Common sense is able to see that an uninspired Bible is no Bible at all.”(Burgon, Inspiration and Interpretation, p. xix)
There must be an inspired word of God on the planet today folks. Remember the verses at the beginning of this article? God's word is a LIVING word. Timothy was said to have known the Scriptures since childhood. In the very next verse, that beloved truth is found: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” So the Scriptures Timothy had were inspired! How can this be? The originals of the Old Testament had long since turned to dust! Timothy had a copy of a copy of...and it was inspired! No Christian can name for me ONE saint in the Bible that looked at the Scriptures in any other way, but that they were the very words of the Living God!!! Tell me, where are those living words today? If you can't produce them, why do you waste your time reading what you call a “bible?” If it isn't THE words of the living God, how can you be sure of anything you believe? Faith? Where does that faith come from? God? Does God tell you that His word is pure, and that it will never perish? How do you know? You can't know ANYTHING, nor put faith in ANY Christian doctrines, if the Book those doctrines come from is full of errors! “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God!” Believest thou this? If so, then please GIVE ME that word of God, that I might hold it in my hands!!! If you can't, your faith is in vain friend...pure and simple. Faith in a book full of errors is not faith. It's ignorance! Faith in a perfect and inerrant Bible...now there's REAL faith! Think about it...
One last thing, before I close. Did you know the Authorized Version is the
only Bible that tells us to STUDY it? Observe:
||Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.|
||Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.|
||Give diligence to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, handling aright the word of truth.|
||Do your best to present yourself to God as an approved worker who has nothing to be ashamed of as he teaches the word of truth correctly.|
||Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.|
||Make every effort to give yourself to God as the kind of person he will accept. Be a worker who is not ashamed and who uses the true teaching in the right way.|
||Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who does not need to be ashamed, teaching the message of truth accurately.|
||Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.|
||Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.|
“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”
The devil attacked the words of God from the beginning, and he STILL attacks them today! Don't be fooled by the standard line, put out by those who refuse to submit to ONE final authority, that “As long as the doctrines can be found, there's nothing wrong with my Bible.” If you really want to test their sincerity in that statement, tell them all the Christian doctrines can be found in the NWT of the Jehovah's Witnesses! I'll bet they don't accept THAT bible as the word of God! To oppose the authority of ONE Bible, is to spit in the face of God! It's telling God that YOU will decide what He “meant to say,” by choosing the translation that fits your bias at any given verse! Believe it Christian! To set your MIND up as your final authority goes blatantly contrary to the TRUE word of God:
“God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”
In closing, I would simply ask one final question: If the words of God aren't
worth fighting for...what on earth is? Sure it will cause division, but these
are the last days! Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter
times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and
doctrines of devils; This wasn't written to the lost friend, it was written
to Christians, ABOUT Christians!!! Shall we permit doctrines of devils that
permeate the lips of the brethren to go unchallenged...all in the name of not
causing division? Shall we sacrifice the truth, that we all might “get along?”
That is not a Biblical stance my friend. We are called out of the world. We will
know them by their fruits. We are the Body of Christ. Just like in your earthly
family, among your siblings, there will be fights and divisive issues that arise
as you grow. So is it with your spiritual brethren! I boldly fight for the words
of my Saviour, who shed His blood on the cross of Calvary(removed from the
modern bibles as well!), and paid my sin debt, that I might gain entrance to His
Home! There is a cause. There is a reward. Will you fight, or will you straddle
the ecumenical fence? Time is short...
Your brother in Christ Jesus,
“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”(Philippians 2:15-16)