In my last post I promised to share some examples of places in the Bible that have been affected by the “devices” of Satan. Please understand, I am not attacking God’s word here. We are warned all over scriptures what to watch out for, concerning the devil’s handiwork, and a spiritual perspective both on how Satan works, as well as on the emphasis God places upon His words would be in great order. I’ve covered both areas in previous blog posts, but will briefly touch upon them again. 2 Cor. 2:11 says,
“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
“For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.” (v. 17)
I suggest that before reading this article, you seek God’s heart on the matter, and ask for Him to reveal truth to you…and test what I’m saying here against scripture. Every one of us is accountable to God in this way. His word is the great leveler, the filter through which we can know what pure, unadulterated truth actually is. That’s why this topic is near and dear to my heart. You can have absolute truth to stand on, truth that is not contradictory, confusing, but rather illuminating and powerful! Psalm 119 is full of truth about God’s word, one of my all time favorites is verse 130, “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. “ So pray right now, that God’s truth would be with you, a light to your path as you study these things.
Secondly, I want to share here a selection of verses from Jeremiah 23, please go read the whole chapter keeping in mind the seriousness portrayed here, of tampering with God’s word:
“Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.” (v. 1)
“For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD.” (v. 11)
“For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard [it]?” (v. 18)
“I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.” (v. 21)
“But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.” (v. 22)
“[Is] not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer [that] breaketh the rock in pieces?” (v. 29)
“Therefore, behold, I [am] against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.” (v. 30)
“…Ye have perverted the words of the living God, of the LORD of hosts our God.” (v. 36)
I realize this is not a popular topic, except behind the scenes where I tend to receive the blasts of critics and friends alike, as well as the “amens!” by those of you who have believed God’s words as preserved in the KJV to be inspired, infallible, Hebrews 4:12 caliber words capable of casting their high-beamed spotlight out into this dark sin-sick world of ours. I don’t shy away from discussion, whether here in comments, or behind the scenes via email. Whether you agree with the controversial things posted here, I hope they spur you deeper into God’s word, to the ability of being able to defend your position with scripture, and above all, to “awake the sleepers” (2 Cor. 15:34) …according to the example set before us in Ezekiel 33:5.
Matthew 5:22, “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”
New versions remove this key phrase, “without a cause”, thus implying that Jesus himself was a sinner. For examples of Jesus’ anger, see Matt. 21:12, Mark 11:15, and Mark 3:5 where Jesus “looked round about on them with anger”, and that He most certainly did not sin, Hebrews 4:15, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.”
In Matthew 6:13, new versions do not contain the ending to the Lord’s prayer, or they put it in brackets which casts doubt as to its “authenticity”:
“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
Why is this a big deal? One commentary says it this way, “When you remove the ending of the verse, you’ve taken the glory from God for bringing a literal, physical, Jewish kingdom on this earth (“in earth, as it is in heaven”–Matt. 6:10). You have made the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ end with a reference to Satan, sin, and evil instead of a Jewish Kingdom with a Judean ‘King of the Jews’ on David’s throne.”
New versions leave it at this, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
Speaking of unacceptable endings, this might be a good place to bring up the new versions’ missing eleven verses at the ending of Mark. Books have been written on the fallacy of this omission based on historical evidence pointing to their authenticity. But realize this, what would the enemy have had to gain by snipping this ending out? One advantage I’ll share here, perhaps I’ll go into more detail on this in a separate blog. Did you realize that the Gospels initially circulated as a distinct unit, but in the temporary arrangement of Matthew, John, Luke, and Mark? (p. 163 of Hills, King James Version Defended, and p. 68 of The Causes and Corruption of the Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels, John William Burgon, B.D.) Evidence for the verses’ inclusion aside, by their absence we’re left to conclude that the earliest propagation of the “good news” of the gospels of Christ’s all-sufficient grace concluded with a scene of fear and trembling. Quite the opposite of 2 Tim. 1:7a, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear…”
Mark 1:2, KJV, “As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.”
NIV, NASB, etc, “It is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way.”
“By altering the KJV’s ‘prophets’ (meaning: Malachi AND Isaiah) to just ‘Isaiah’ (who did not author the quotation of vs. 2), the Deity of Christ was obscured. The quote of verse 2 is from Malachi 3:1. ‘Malachi said that the ‘thy’ and ‘thee’ of Mark 1:2 was Jehovah (see ‘me’ in Mal. 3:1, referring to ‘the LORD of hosts’).’ In this way, a direct attack on the Deity of Jesus Christ was accomplished by purposely lying about the source of the quotation.”
1 Timothy 3:16, KJV, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”
NIV, “Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.”
NASB, “By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.”
Do I need to expound on this one? Jesus Christ is no longer “God” manifest in the flesh, but rather, “He” who was manifest in the flesh, or “appeared in a body”. I believe this is a not so “subtle” attack on the Deity and the Incarnation of Christ.
John 3:13–the only reference in the NT to Christ’s omnipresence. See for yourself, the KJV phrase, “which is in heaven”:
KJV, “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, [even] the Son of man which is in heaven.”
NIV–“No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.”
NASB–“No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man.”
This is a basic truth regarding the character of God the Son, Christ Jesus!
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.” (KJV)
In 2 Tim. 2:15, only in the KJV, are we commanded to “study” the word of God, and then we’re told how to study it. This is an active verb, direct command, whereas, the new versions replace “Study” with NASB’s “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God” or NIV’s, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved”… Do your best?
We learn in this passage that you can trust in riches, as long as you don’t have them. Confusing?
Mark 10:24, “And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!” (KJV)
New versions leave out the phrase in bold above. One might argue that in the context, Jesus sandwiched the above verse with warnings on how hard it is for a rich man to enter heaven…but verse 24, states specifically that it is not simply “riches” that provide the problem, but rather clarifies that it is “trusting in those riches” that makes it hard to enter into the kingdom of God. Big difference, at least to any wealthy saints tuning in. Also, taken by itself, it’s sure not a verse I would want my six year old learning in Sunday School…”Mommy, the Bible says that it is really hard to get into heaven…”
One has to wonder why new versions also change 1 Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” New versions read, “…is a root of all sorts/kinds of evil”…
Now before you jump on this one in comments, remember that a “root” is not a “cause.” A “root” is not a “seed”. A seed generates or “causes” something; a root merely acts as a vehicle for feeding. One friend put it like this, “The pornography, movie, fashion and advertising industries and their ‘love of money’ are at the ‘root’. This ‘root’ leads into temptation of man’s sinful nature. This nature is ready and willing to bear evil fruit; the desire for gain inspires (or is at the root of) the tempters.”
Also, the new versions addition of the word “kinds of” does not occur in any Greek text. “Evil” is plural, disallowing their interpolation and implying all.
Luke 4:4, “And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” KJV
Again, the words in “bold” are not in new Bible versions. I guess if every word isn’t sacred, then that allows for the 36,000-64,000 missing and changed words in the manuscripts underlying the new versions. What it doesn’t allow for, is the commands found in Rev. 22:18-19, Deut. 4:2, and Prov. 30:5-6 where we are explicitly commanded NOT to add to, or subtract from God’s word.
Colossians 1:14, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins:” KJV
“Through his blood” is not in modern Bible versions. Yet, redemption is dependent solely upon the shed blood of Jesus Christ. “Redemption” and “remission” are different things according to Exodus 34:7; Hebrews 9:15; and Romans 3:25. Ever hear of the “bloodless gospel”?
This will be my last one for today, since I brought it up in an earlier post concerning the Jehovah Witnesses NWT’s attack on Christ’s deity being the same here as it is in the NASB. In all fairness, they are based upon the same handful of Alexandrian manuscripts, whereas the KJV stands on 99% of the extant manuscripts out there today.
John 1:18, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].” KJV
NASB–“No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.”
NIV–“No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.”
Two gods? One begotten and one unbegotten? You can see that the NIV slightly changes the wording but it still is saying “only God the one and only has seen God”. Still sounds like two gods. The idea of a “god begetting a god” is an Arian heresy from 325 A.D. Or Polytheism as taught by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Does this not concern fundamental doctrines of our faith? Jesus is eternal, is he not? He was a begotten Son, in the flesh, who existed as God throughout all eternity.
Ten examples are plenty for now. My point is, why settle for leavened Bibles when you can have the pure word of God?
Please remember, if you disagree with the above conclusions, you are more than welcome to leave your thoughts in comments, speaking the truth “in love”.