Bishop’s Letter on Bible Versions;
“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 for ever.” (Psalms 12:6-7 KJV)
In lieu of the daily devotion, I am sending out this short commentary on the modern Bible versions and how far from God’s Word they have ventured. Bear in mind that the attitudes and decadence of our modern American society are partially attributable to the low view of Holy Scripture represented in the NIV, ESV, NRSV, etc.
Either God has preserved His Word through all time, or He has not; but according to Psalms 12:6-7, He has indeed preserved it. If we accept the argument of modern so-called Higher Critics, God did not preserve His Word and it has been up to them to restore it to us in a highly diluted version. It poisons our youth, and confuses the elderly.
Most modern versions are based on what they term NuText, or the Westcott-Hort Text. These two men were men who ridiculed the Gospels and searched endlessly for ways and means of undermining it. When a fellow by the name of Tichendorf discovered a fresh, unworn manuscript of the New Testament in the basement of the Vatican – where it has reposed without use for fifteen centuries, he hailed it as a spectacular find. It was called the Vaticanus – a manuscript which, though in their possession for centuries, the Roman Church refused to use in translating the New Testament. Tichendorf found another manuscript in the dust bin of a monastery in the Sinai about to be discarded (in the 19th century). this came to be known as the Sinaiticus. Both pieces of manuscript evidence omit entire verses and passages of scripture. Strangely, where verses are omitted, the manuscript leaves a blank where the verses should appear. These two manuscripts, and fragments of others of spurious nature, comprise approximately 5% of all amuscript evidence underlying the Westcott-Hort translations such as the RSV, NIV, ESV, NRSV, Modern English, etc.
Conversely, the Received Text (Textus Receptus) of the Great Reformation is based on 95% of available manuscript evidence. It is important, too, to point out that these 95% of manuscript evidences agree in every particular point with each other while the Westcott-Hort does not even agree among the 5% of those parts of evidence. The new versions are developed, promoted and pushed by corporations who insist on a copyright to insure their good profits. The KJV is not restricted by copyright in all countries except England in which the copyright resides in the Crown who places no restrictions of the Bible.
The new versions omit the name of Jesus in many places where the distinction is important. The NIV and ESV attack in many points the divinity of Christ. It is perhaps for this reason that these new versions are based on the same manuscript evidence as the Jehovah Witnesses who do not believe that Jesus is Divine. Please exam the following verses:
We who believe are sons and daughters of God. We read this in Romans -“14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (Romans 8:14-16 KJV)
And – “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” (Gal 4:4-7 KJV)
The two passages cited above are only two of many in which God calls us sons, but distinguishes our sonship from the Sonship of His only Begotten Son.
Now, please observe John 3:16 in the King James Bible, or any other Received Text (Reformation) Bible:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 KJV)
(NOTE: only Begotten in the Greek is Begotten is monogenhvß or Monogenes – meaning only issue of the parent. (monos -only; genes meaning of the very substance of the Father)
This is important, for Jesus is not like us. He is the actual issue of the Father having His nature, likeness, righteousness, and divinity. We are not, even though we are accounted sons and daughters. But how are we different from Christ if we are also sons of God? It is by virtue of our ADOPTION as sons and daughters into the natural family of God through His one True Son, Jesus Christ. At first reading, this may seem not an important distinction but, in actuality, it is the MOST important distinction.
See what the NIV says:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV)
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16 HCSB)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16 ESV)
New Living Translation:
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NLT)
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. (John 3:16 NRSV)
The above travesty of translators changing the meaning of God’s very word invokes the judgment of Revelations 22:18 “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 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.
Rev 22:18-19 (KJV)
There are two reasons these errors are very profound: 1) The fact that God calls us ‘sons’ in several parts of scripture, and then refers to Jesus as His ‘only son’ leads to distrust of the Word. Was God lying when He called Jesus His only Son, or when he calls us (and Adam) sons? So the veracity of Scripture is debased by such intentional error in translation. 2) It is important that we understand the important distinction between us and Christ. He had no sin nature as we have. He is of the same substance with the Father, and we are ADOPTED. This is a profound point in Doctrine of the Reformation Church.
The above discrepancy is only one of many, many errors of these new versions that attempt to lead our youth away from that solid foundation and Rock which is Jesus Christ.
You might check to see if these sample verses are in your NEW bibles: Matthew 17:21, 23:14, Mark 9:44, Mark 9:46, and a host of others. See if the validity of the most grace-filled passage in the New Testament (John 8:1-11) or the last verses of Mark 16:9-20 regarding the resurrection of Christ is called into question by the so-called more reliable manuscripts (meaning the spurious manuscripts of the NuText). The NuText would have the Gospel of Mark end without a resurrection but rather in fear: “And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.” (Mark 16:8 KJV)
We have an excellent twelve lesson course called the Manuscript Course when we can offer free of charge to any of your people that would like to see how the wool is being pulled over many eyes by these false and spurious versions that advance a One World agenda. If they can remove Christ as a Person of the Godhead, then it will be quite easy to merge with Buddhist, Moslems, Hindus, etc, under the coming One World Religion. The course is administered by email by the Rev. Jack Arnold of California.
Please let me know if any would be interested in having their eyes opened to these modern deceptions. If we cannot even agree as to where we may discover the Word of God, how can we be united in spirit and in truth?
In Christ Alone
in TRINITY SEASON
† Jerry L. Ogles, D.D.
Anglican Orthodox Communion Worldwide & Chancellor, Faith Theological Seminary
Archbishop Thomas Cranmer – HOLY SCRIPTURE:
“If there were any word of God beside the Scripture, we could never be certain of God’s Word; and if we be uncertain of God’s Word, the devil might bring in among us a new word, a new doctrine, a new faith, a new church, a new god, yea himself to be a god. If the Church and the Christian faith did not stay itself upon the Word of God certain, as upon a sure and strong foundation, no man could know whether he had a right faith, and whether he were in the true Church of Christ, or a synagogue of Satan.”
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