No Doctrines Changed?

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.

Example #1

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.”

Example #2

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…”

Example #3

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.”

Example #4

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.

Example #5

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!

Example #6

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?  

Example #7

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.

Example #8

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.

Example #9

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 34:7Hebrews 9:15; and Romans 3:25. Ever hear of the “bloodless gospel”?

Example #10

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”.

7 thoughts on “No Doctrines Changed?”

  1. Thanks for this post. I love it when believers take God’s word seriously!

    But I do have a question–which I hope you receive not as a criticism but as from a brother in Christ who wants to encourage. What is your standard for accuracy? Is it the King James Version? The Greek manuscripts? You mentioned the Alexandrian manuscripts, so I assume you have some knowledge of manuscript history. The reason I ask the question is that if the KJV is your standard then most of your post makes sense (it might not be right, but the internal logic would be consistent). But if your standard is the Greek text, then your post begins to seriously break down (even if your standard is the Alexandrian text family, as the KJV differs from this often).

    With that said, some of the modern renderings you cited are simply horrible. For example, you mentioned 2 Tim 2:15, w/ the NIV rendering of “Do your best”. Every Christian should shudder in horror…I can’t understand how that rendering survived past the first translation committee meeting, let alone made it into the final edition. I do disagree with the KJV “study”. The Greek word means “be diligent, be zealous”–the idea being that we are to be diligent in God’s word (studying it, but also living it).

    I will comment on the 1 Timothy 6:10 example: I agree that there is no word for “sorts” or “kinds” in the original, and it is true that (in Greek) the word Evil is plural. The problem is that in ENGLISH the word evil is singular (as an abstract, it is ideologically plural, but it is grammatically singular). This makes translation a bit difficult. So, the inclusion of the word “all KINDS of evil” actually makes sense and accurately translates the Greek clause “all evils” (FYI, I remember in Seminary I translated this passage as “all evils” for a Greek exam, and got points docked for insisting on rendering ‘evil’ as the plural ‘evils’. The prof said I was right, but it made poor English).

    The problem is centered more on the word ROOT. Should it be translated with a definite article (“the root”) or indefinite (“a root”). While the Greek language often includes articles, often it omits them. Context determines if it should be taken as a definite or indefinite article. Most of the time it is obvious and clear. But in this case its not. A good case can be made for the definite article (as in the KJV). In fact, from a purely grammatical viewpoint I would agree (it’s not a slum-dunk, but I can see why some would favor the definite). But Scripture needs to interpret Scripture–and Scripture talks about lots of different ways to sin. How is a child lying to his mother rooted in a love for money? How is my stubborn refusal to admit I’m wrong to my son rooted in a love for money? There are lots of sin that doesn’t find its root in love/lust for money. Moses sinned by striking a rock in violation of God’s command–no money was involved. So, taking a larger (more Scriptural) view of sin, translators decided that in the overall context of Scripture, Paul probably meant this to be taken as an indefinite article. If we take it a definite, then we have a serious problem since there are sins that clearly are not related to the love of money.

    Sorry my comment is so long–I’m not trying to be a troll. :o)

  2. Thanks for that, Bethanie! Your comments are always a blessing. :O)

    I want to add a few things since this post is on a touchy subject.

    God’s word is a final authority we can trust, stand on, go to FIRST for truth on every matter. That’s important to keep in focus in the end times where false teaching abounds. A sign of a false church is one that discourages personal Bible study, or isolates you from other believers. We need to know our Bibles forwards and backwards, so that we can recognize false teaching, because it is out there in abundance, even in the churches. We should get to a point, where we can spiritually discern truth from error, glean the wheat from the chaff. Eat the fish, and spit out the bones. Knowing God’s word is crucial to this kind of discernment.

    The idea of being able to stand on God’s word alone for truth, is being attacked by the “emergent church” leaders, such as Phyllis Tickle and Brian MacLaren, who seek to downplay the Bible’s relevance to our lives, and instead push ecumenicalism and hyper-philosophize every aspect of Christianity. Psalm 11:3 says it well, “If the foundations be destoyed, what can the righteous do?” Jesus Christ, the Word of God (John 1:1) laid the foundation with his life, and left us His words to stand on and the Holy Spirit to “guide us in all truth”…and those God given holy manuscripts and their copies have been under attack ever since they were written, along with the saints who believed and lived them. We are given so many warnings in the NT about false teachers creeping in, corrupting the simple gospel message of Christ, by adding to it. We just never dreamed they would dare touch the Bibles and thus infiltrate the churches! The massive persecutions of the Dark Ages, where for over a thousand years, according to huge tomes like the 6,000 page volume of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, the Cross and Crown, and the Martyr’s Mirror, millions of true believers were tortured, brutally butchered and burned at the hands of the Catholic Crusades and Inquisitions–thousands of stories of parents being killed for teaching their children the Lord’s Prayer, or for committing the crime of owning a Bible, or for refusing to attend a church service in which the priest “corrected” the Bible each Sunday. The pure words of God have been attacked throughout history, on pandemic levels…why should be be surprised that the same manuscripts which underly the KJV would not be popular today? Satan knows what the truth looks like. He is the chief deceiver! He will stop at nothing to turn people from the truth, even to providing counterfeits, that introduce a little heresy here, a little heresy there. The KJV had the “open door” of Rev. 3:8, in the Philadelphian church age where for 300 years, it was the only English Bible and a world-load of spiritual fruit was born for God’s kingdom as a result: “I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” We are adjured constantly throughout scripture to “keep His words”…that is all I’m championing here lately at the blog. I feel that the time is short loved ones, we need to redeem the time left for Christ!

  3. As a farmer who is concerned about loss of soil through erosion, I do everything I can to conserve/preserve that precious topsoil – without which no food will grow. Having seen the devastating effects of flooding that can scalp big chunks of surface area away, and having seen dust storms so thick the streetlights come on at noon, I realize the cumulative impact of erosion when it happens year after year. The dust bowl era saw millions of tons of topsoil lost from the farmlands of American in a few short years. Erosion starts small but a little draw can turn into a gully and then into a canyon within a few years.

    The phenomenon of erosion well illustrates what is happening slowly, gradually, and annually to the words of God. Here a few words lost, there a few words, eventually whole passages gone. With a new translation hitting the market about every 18 months on average, we are seeing that gradual erosion effect. It begins almost imperceptibly, but like a flash flood coming down the river it can have a devastating impact. When the NIV came out we lost about 64,000+ words that were omitted or altered. The NIV inclusive version changed the gender of God and man and removed references to sodomy.

    A new generation that prefers a plethora of new translations that are supposedly “easier to understand” (the advertising gimmick used for sales propaganda) are creating a generation that knows less of God’s words than ever before. The result of which is an overall dilution of God’s truth in the churches. Churches become doctrinally weak, because those doctrines have been weakened in the new versions. The churches are less apt to stand and defend God’s truth, because so much of it has been watered down in their own bibles.

    When I read the writings of Christian authors who lived a century or more ago, I marvel at their writing abilities, vocabularies, and fresh familiarity with God’s words. Their writings are filled with quotations of scripture. Their pulpit sermons, given without notes in many cases, reflect a generation who memorized the scriptures and could recall them easily. A modern generation who have not hidden God’s words in their hearts, can no longer recognize the counterfeiting and loss present in the new versions.

    When there is a multiplicity of modern versions in the pews, a church cannot participate in corporate memorization, where they quote together aloud from the Bible. It would be chaos and confusion – something God is not the author of (I Corinthians 14:33). The practice of corporate memorization has become all but lost in the current generation – a prime example of more erosion, and directly caused by the glut of new versions.

    Thankfully there is one bible that has faithfully preserved all of God’s words in the English language. The Authorized Version, commonly called the King James Bible, is that book. Get a copy. Read it. Study it. Memorize it. Live by it. It will satisfy your soul and lead you into all truth.

  4. Erosion is an excellent analogy! Here is just a quick example out of MANY changes of what erosion looks like in the NIV:

    the one and only Son of John 1:14
    became the One and Only

    the only Son of John 1:18 became the One and Only

    name of the LORD of Lev. 24:11 et al. became the Name

    By standing firm you will save yourself of Luke 21:19 became By standing firm you will gain life

    The LORD and the Son are no longer mentioned by name. Where will they go with this in the future? Pretty soon the modern Bible version will work for any religion that calls their guru “God”. Gospel has been replaced with “good news”, “gospel of Christ” in many places is simply “the gospel/good news” leaving off “of Christ”…whose gospel or good news? No specifics. Erosion, indeed.

    You really notice this in some CCM…the newer worship music referring to the “One”, and leaving Jesus’ name out of it…we were recently at a state college rally for Christian college students and three of the opening four songs were chantlike screams with the students on the front row in a craze of dancing, none of those three songs mentioned Jesus, they referred to “God” and “the One”…talk about a way to integrate any religion into the music. Who is your God? Is the “One” equivalent to what the New Agers call “the Coming One” (the anti-Christ) or is it a more neuter gender politically correct way to reference Almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ?

  5. Hey Josh,
    I just found your comment in the moderation queue–where all first time comments get filed! I welcome your additions to the discussion and when I have a little more time, I want to keep the ball rolling. Thanks for keeping it friendly, I really appreciate that!

    More later,

  6. Okay, Josh, I’m back and will attempt to address the insightful comment you took the time to make the other day. Btw, I love long, meaty comments, so no need to worry about being mistaken for a “troll”. The word of God is my favorite subject!

    First, my answer to your comments on the 1 Tim. 6:10 passage were so long and involved, that I made them into a post of their own which you can find here:

    Secondly, regarding the “Be diligent” of 2 Tim. 2:15, I may agree that diligence is a good word, however, this is the only place in the Bible where we’re told to “study” it. That is then followed up with the qualifier of: “rightly dividing the word of truth.” New versions also weaken the related command in John 5:39 by altering “Search the scriptures” to a mere observation, “You search the scriptures,” though the NIV inserts “study” in this verse, having changed it in 2 Timothy 2:15. I found the following link had this lengthy, but interesting explanation:

    “The English word ‘study’ not only refers to one’s endeavor to become educated, but also refers to being diligent. The 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary of the English Language lists one of the definitions of “study” as, ‘To endeavor diligently.’ A more current edition defines the word ‘studious’ as, ‘diligent in study.’ (The New American Webster Handy College Dictionary, [New York: Signet Books, 1981], 517). We can see from this that the English word “study” means diligence. As to the Greek word “spoudason” the KJV translators knew the word meant more than book studies. The same Greek word is elsewhere translated as ‘diligence’ in such places as 2 Timothy 4:9 and 4:21: as ‘endeavor’ in 1 Thessalonians 2:17 and 2 Peter 1:15, as ‘forward’ in Galatians 2:10 and 2 Corinthians 8:17, and as ‘labour’ in Hebrews 4:11. Of course, this is no new information for students who must labor diligently in their endeavor to go forward as they study. And, again we are faced with the context itself. Our ‘diligence’ in ‘rightly dividing the word of truth’ comes from our ‘study’ of Scripture, not our spiritual endeavors. Thus, only in the King James Bible is the Christian instructed to study in knowing how to rightly divide God’s word.”

    To answer your first question…yes, ultimately, the KJV is my standard for accuracy, which undeniably makes me into a target. :O) That’s okay by me. God has used the KJV in my family’s lives over the past year as He has used no other version to date. There’s power in ‘them there words’ and I love to proclaim it! ;O)

    Over the last year, I’ve run the gamut of this question, researching Bible and manuscript history, what God says about inspiration and preservation in His word, and His promises and character, and the awesome way His hand guided that amazing preservation against Satanic opposition all throughout history. No doubt I still have a lot to learn, but hands down I see God’s blueprint all over the KJV, and the fact that historically, Satan went for the jugular of any saints who dared use the text types that support it. I used to go into all the manuscript evidence, cite the merits of the Masoretic Text (ben Chayyim), the Greek Textus Receptus–a collation of providentially preserved manuscripts after the Antiochian/Byzantine text types as opposed to the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus Alexandrian (Catholic) manuscripts. This Greek of the Critical Texts that is still changing (the Nestle/Aland text is up to what, revision #27?). So yes, I’ve done some homework…and many people disagree with my conclusions, that’s okay. We each have to search these things out for ourselves. I know that the KJV doesn’t exclusively stay with the TR, I’ve seen the manuscript digests that show good reasons for the KJV translators to have departed occasionally from the Majority Text. To me, it simply highlights the fact that the KJV translators didn’t blindly follow Beza or Stephanus or Erasmus…perhaps the Holy Spirit guided them into all truth? I sure would place my trust in God on that one, rather than on a couple of dusty manuscripts stored in a monastery and at the Vatican unused for a thousand years. I hope that explanation didn’t seem too flippant…I can tell you’ve done your own homework, and maybe want to set an “erring” sister straight. That’s been tried, many times! ;O) Feel free to jump aboard… ;O)

    I do love the give and take allowed in comments, and the iron sharpening iron benefits as well. Don’t be a stranger!

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