Recent responses to my posts about the Received Text warrant this response. The persons who have responded with comments of protest are those who have serious issues with the Word of God. I will disclose their error in this brief paragraph. One, states on his own blog that there is error in the Word of God, and the actual words of the Bible are unimportant but rather the thoughts, concepts and ideas are important. Another individual, who, as of right now, left an unapproved comment, approves of and quotes a false teacher on his blog. Finally, the last commentator, unapproved as of this moment, believes in baptismal regeneration. They are all of the mindset that bible versions are inconsequential because God is able by His Holy Spirit to reveal the truth from His Word to us. While it certainly is true that the Holy Spirit reveals His truth to us and will always lead His children to the truth, it is also certain that the enemy has spread much heresy through these false modern versions. It is of immense importance that we go to the good Word of God to focus on God’s doctrine of His Holy Word. Here are verses from the Bible that give to us His teaching about His precious and Holy Good Word.
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (7) Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever. (8) The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted. Psalm 12:6-8
Forever, O LORD, Thy word is settled in heaven. (90) Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: Thou hast established the earth, and it abides. (91) They continue this day according to Thine ordinances: for all are Thy servants. Psalm 119:89-91
Concerning Thy testimonies, I have known of old that Thou hast founded them forever. Psalm 119:152
Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of Thy righteous judgments endures forever. Psalm 119:160
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away. Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but My words shall not pass away. Mark 13:31
God’s Word is pure and preserved by God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He created all things, preserving them by His Word, for the good of His creation. He preserves His Word for the good of His saints and the salvation of sinners. We daily see God’s preserving power, we experience it in our lives, why should we think that He has not and will not preserve His Word in its purity as He has promised. Since He has preserved His Word we can expect that there will be a stream of manuscripts that agree and bring God’s Holy preserved, inspired, inerrant, infallible Word down from the original autographs to His church throughout the ages even to today. We have those manuscripts in the Received Text.
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever. (24) For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower thereof falls away: (25) But the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. 1Peter 1:23-25
The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: (7) The grass withers, the flower fades: because the spirit of the LORD blows upon it: surely the people is grass. (8) The grass withers, the flower fades: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. Isaiah 40:6-8
Righteous art Thou, O LORD, and upright are Thy judgments. (138) Thy testimonies that Thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful. (139) My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten Thy words. (140) Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loves it. Psalm 119:137-140
It is God’s good Word which He uses to convert sinners and bring them to salvation through faith in His Glorious Son Jesus Christ. It is the gospel preserved in the Holy Word of God that convicts sinners of their sins causing them to repent and believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ. That Christ Jesus died upon the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead for our justification. Without the preservation of God’s Holy Word we would be without the His glorious gospel. Indeed, many are apostate within the church today because they are deceived by the false teaching that is coming forth from these modern versions. Many false converts populate today’s apostate visible church where verses from the modern versions are displayed upon the screen, used to espouse the latest, greatest teaching from the fallen heart of man. There is a standard though, and that standard is found in the Received Text faithfully translated into the English language in the King James Version. We must always avail ourselves of God’s Word to be faithful to our wonderful God the Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Isaiah 8:20
But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD. (9) For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. (10) For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: (11) So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:8-11
God uses His good Word to minister to our hearts and minds as those who are saved and for those who need salvation. Many times I am blessed by the posts that I read on the blogs of others. So many are so talented, humorous, wise, godly and encouraging. However, truthfully, it is the good Word of God that He uses to nourish my soul. It is His Good Word that makes me want to know Him better and serve Him more faithfully. I delight my soul in God’s good Word and that is one reason why to me it is so necessary to stand up for the truth of His Word, so that others can find that same delight.
For all those things hath Mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at My word…(5) Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at His word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for My name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but He shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. Isaiah 66:2 & 5
This delight for God’s good Word doesn’t originate within my own heart, but it is a gift that He has given to me through His Indwelling Holy Spirit. Indeed, this same gift is given to all of His children who are born again through repentant faith in His Son Jesus Christ. My beloved brothers and sisters, this is why there is division. It is the dividing line of the truth of the Word of God that separates the wheat from the chaff. This truth is given to us for our sanctification. If it is powered to us by the sanctifying work of the Son of God, then how could we reasonably think that there has ever been a time when God’s good Word has not been available for His beloved children?
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. (17) Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth. (18) As thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. (19) And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. John 17:16-19
Now this holy line of demarcation that divides between the false and the true, the counterfeit and the genuine is attested by God’s Holy Word as being without error, without a lie. After the following verse, I want to demonstrate for you the difference between God’s good Word and the counterfeit modern versions based upon a corrupted text so that you can see how so many lies have been incorporated into the visible church ravaging untold damage in the lives of so many and dooming the unrepentant to damnation. I will include the link to this information at the end of this post so you can acquire it for yourselves.
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. (21) I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 1 John 2:20-21
The following are select verses from the gospels of Matthew and Luke from the KJV, ESV, and NIV. Please take note of the insidious nature of the changes and how those changes affect the sound doctrine of God’s Holy Word. The first passage is from the KJV, while the other versions are labeled. The portion that has been changed from the KJV is highlighted by bold underline.
Gospel of Matthew
1) Mt. 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
ESV 1:25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
NIV 1:25 But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
2) Mt. 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.
ESV 5:22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.
NIV 5:22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
3) Mt. 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
ESV 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
NIV 5:44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
4) Mt. 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
ESV 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
NIV 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one
5) Mt. 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
ESV 6:27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
NIV 6:27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
6) Mt. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
ESV 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
NIV 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
7) Mt. 8:2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
ESV 8:2 And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”
NIV 8:2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
8) Mt. 8:29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?
ESV 8:29 And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?”
NIV 8:29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
9) Mt. 9:13 But go ye and learn what that means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
ESV 9:13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
NIV 9:13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
11) Mt. 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
ESV 12:35 The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.
NIV 12:35 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.
13) Mt. 13:51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.
ESV 13:51 “Have you understood all these things?” They said to him, “Yes.”
NIV 13:51 “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied.
Gospel of Luke
3) Lk 2:33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
ESV 2:33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him.
NIV 2:33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
4) Lk. 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
ESV 4:4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.”’
NIV 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.’”
This partial list was taken from a extensive, but not complete, compilation put together by Art K. found a Lighthouse Trails. The link to the article is provided below. Through comparing these various verses from the three versions we see that major doctrines of the Scripture are under attack, the most blatant being the deity of Jesus Christ. Next, the doctrines of sin and repentance are weakened, and the very first verse that was altered allows for the acceptance of the Catholic doctrine of the perpetual virginity of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Notice also how the modern versions leave out every word of God being the source of life. That is what these modern versions have done through the crafty design of Satan working through his ambassadors of wickedness, Westcott and Hort, and all those proponents of textual criticism who with the swipe of their pens dethrone the good Word of God from its high and lofty place in the hearts and minds of men. Don’t we see the fallout all around us of this dastardly scheme? I want to end this post with this precious passage from God’s good Word that He gave me many years ago in answer to my prayer for a life verse. This passage somehow showed up in my possession type written on a piece of onionskin paper. How amazing is our God?
O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. (98) Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. (99) I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. (100) I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. (101) I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. (102) I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me. (103) How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (104) Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Psalm 119:97-104
Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for always and ever leading me from the false way and lovingly establishing me in Your truth. I love You Lord Jesus Christ and praise You for Your goodness to me. I pray that many will be blessed by You for Your glory and their edification. Amen!