"I am the LORD, I change not."
God is unchangeable. God's word is unchangeable too. In
Matthew 24:35, the Lord Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my
words shall not pass away."
Why then are we so ready to accept changes to God's word
in the form of different Bible versions? The King James text has faithfully
served the body of Christ for almost 400 years. During this time, and during its
translation, Satan has viciously and relentlessly attacked it. I now hear
Christians attacking it too! I've heard preachers and lay people say things
like, "it's too hard to read" or "it doesn't properly reflect the true meaning
of the original Greek". The issue about the original Greek sets my teeth on edge
– which Greek? There are Greek manuscripts galore, including the corrupted
manuscripts that the Roman Catholic
religion uses. The snide remarks and attacks against this utterly reliable text
We must remember that the Bible is a spiritual book and is
understandable to those who are led by God's Spirit. It is not possible for the
natural man to understand it [I Corinthians 2:14], hence paraphrasing or
simplifying it will do no good. The Bible is not supposed to read like a fairy
tale--Peter said, "for we have not followed cunningly devised fables" [II Peter
1:16]. The words of the Authorized King James are not laborious to me, they are
beautiful and full of God's power. Even the world knows it – the King James has
been listed on Norton Anthology's list of "the world's best literature" for
The new versions have come up with some dangerous changes
to the scriptures. The Lord God gives us stern warnings about changing His Word:
Revelation 22:18-19, If any man shall add unto these
things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 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.
Proverbs 30:5-6, Every word of God is pure: he is a
shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words,
lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
Look at this change in the NIV:
John 3:16, For God so loved the world that He gave
his one and only Son...
The authorized King James says,
John 3:16, For God so loved the world that
He gave his only begotten Son.
In this instance, the NIV changes the scriptures by saying
that Jesus is God's "one and only" Son instead of His only begotten Son. This
change causes a contradiction in the word of God because God has more than one
son according to both the King James (Genesis 6:2, Job 1:6, John 1:12) and NIV
I do not buy the line that the inerrant word of God is
found only in the originals – which nobody has. I know that God has the power to
preserve His word and that he wouldn't leave us out in the dark with an
"imperfect" translation. In the King James Version God assembled, and moved with
His Spirit, a team of some of the world's best scholars to translate His word
into the world's most popular language, English.
The complete translator's notes of the King James scholars
are not included in today's publishing's. This is unfortunate because these notes
say a lot about these men – they were humble, loved the word of God, loved the
King, were berated by the Catholic religion, and they desired a translation for
the common man who was kept in darkness. Some of the translators where killed
for their faith. This book was forged in blood, sweat, and tears.
I've heard folks make a big to-do about the italics in the
KJV. Well, unlike many of today's
translators, the KJV translators let us know which words they had to add in
translating in order to give the full meaning of the original text (these are
the words in italics in the KJV). Other translators have added words too – but
they don't tell you what they've added. I speak a little Spanish and know that
it is oftentimes necessary to rearrange or add words so that the translation
makes sense. These men went through the extra trouble of identifying which words
they added. That's real scholarship and integrity.
Let's fall in love with the KJV again and stand on it.
Let's get down to business and read the Word and stop spending so much time
reading what others have to say about the Word in commentaries, Greek lexicons,
study bibles, etc. We want the Holy Ghost to talk to us.
How many classes have you been in where every student has
a different textbook? None. It just doesn't make good sense on a very practical
level. We all need to be on the same sheet of music so that we are in harmony.
Let's not confuse our children by teaching/preaching from the
NKJV, NIV, NASV, The Message, etc.
Let's not accept the premise that the tried and true King
James is somehow outdated and is to be replaced by dozens of new translations. A
standard test determined the KJV reading level to be 5th grade because it
contains mostly one and two-syllabic words making it one of the easiest to read.
People have been getting saved by reading it for a long, long time. We know that
it contains the Word of Life whereby we live and grow.
Satan knows that in a generation we won't uniformly quote
the scriptures. Imagine ten people with ten different translations trying to
recite a psalm together. Confusion. Satan knows that many newborn babes in
Christ will not have the real milk that they need in order to grow because
they'll have a watered down version of the truth. He figures that if he can't
kill the babes, he'll do the next best thing – stunt their growth. At the same
time the world will point to Christianity and say, "They don't even have a
definitive word of God. Anybody can write a Bible." They already say that the
Bible was "just written by men".
Being able to talk to a child of God and have our spirits
commune on the parts of God's word that we've memorized is great. I now find
people who are quoting scriptures that I know, but they are worded so
differently that I have to ask the reference. This is confusion, and we know the
Devil is the author of confusion and the enemy of our souls. I believe that the
emergence of these many different "Bible" versions is Satan's most successful
attempt to attack God's word. The Bible says that in the last days there's going
to be a falling away of the church and I believe that these other versions are
helping to usher it along.
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