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FIFTH PETAL OF CALVINISM: PROOF OF ELECTION

Centuries of discussion over what John Calvin taught or did not teach is a wonder to behold. Any attempt to defend or disprove John Calvin is a waste of time. Besides, he was a man who originated nothing; he merely took what other believers had held for centuries before him, added some ideas of his own and put it in his “Institutes”. Due to the hotbed reformation time in which he lived and the fact that printing and publishing was available to him, he put in print what others already agreed or disagreed upon, and got the credit or the blame.

 

The issues Augustine, Luther, Calvin, and Arminius (plus scores of others) dealt with are the same everybody had to deal with after God called “the apostle to the Gentiles”, Paul. His ministry brought the relationship of Law and Grace and the difference between Israel and the Body of Christ to the test.

 

A consideration that is totally absent from Calvinism is that of the differences between the dispensations of Law and Grace. To my knowledge there has been no consideration by Calvin or anyone else of what effect “rightly dividing the word of truth” has upon the doctrines of election and predestination.

 

My study that follows takes the mainstream approach of Calvinism under examination in the light of right division and the difference Paul’s revelation of the Grace of God makes on the argument.

 

Those who read passages like “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13) argue that a man is not eternally secure and must do certain work to be saved or remain saved.

On the other hand, passages like Ephesians 2:8-10

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.” are quoted by those who believe work by man does not save or keep you saved.

It is from there the battle of words begin. One group calls the other “Arminians” and that group calls the other “Calvinists”. Each one begins to set forth doctrines to prove their position.

 

We should know that just because a person believes “once saved, always saved” he does not necessarily accept all the points of Calvinism ; the same is true of those who believe “you can lose it.” The big camps are Arminians and Calvinists but there are numerous other smaller groups within both and many disagree with the others.

 

Extreme Calvinism (T-U-L-I-P) has five petals or legs. It is the fifth leg that reveals the true nature of the whole system. Four finely tuned principles of Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, and Irresistible Grace are meticulously constructed. The last petal was added to cover the first four doctrines and in this one, Perseverance of the Saints, is the flaw of Five Point Calvinism.

 

This major problem with the whole system of Calvinism remains to be answered. What about those who turn away, apostatize and deny or fail to live up to their profession? After all, when a man was so depraved (Total Depravity) that God arbitrarily selected him out of millions of others just like him (Unconditional Election), died only for him and not for others (Limited Atonement)—then passed by millions or billions of others just like him, and MADE him turn from his sins and accept Christ (Irresistible Grace)—for this “elect” man to throw it all away—that is a BIG problem in the system!

 

What’s to be done with the rouge hombre? Simple. Make another doctrine that says, “He was never ‘elect’ to begin with!” This dignified answer is found in the fifth petal “P” and stands for “Perseverance of the Saints,” It simply means that if he doesn’t faithfully endure to the end, he was a faker all along.

 

To those who believe “What saith the scripture?” and use even a small amount of reasoning, this is a problem. If good behavior is required to claim all the foregoing election, atonement, grace, etc., is this not a mere “paper” election? The system actually becomes a salvation by works.

 

After all, we do read, “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” (Romans 11:6). In this present age,Grace plus works for salvation can not exist. Each excludes the other.

 

Another small but sticky problem for Calvinism is not the “Depravity” “Election” “Atonement” “Grace” nouns; the problem is in the descriptive adjectives. The first four are so obviously decisive, definitive, absolute, final, qualitative and even quantitative: “Total” “Unconditional” “Limited” “Irresistible” are so remarkable that the absence of a descriptive for the last petal stands out like a sore thumb. It is just “Perseverance”. Is it “total perseverance” “partial perseverance” ? How much? How long? What kind? What happened? Does missing church services one time disqualify the title,”elect”? Two times? How about ‘cussing’? Beating the wife? Drinking coffee? It just seems like doctrine that is so definite on four points could at least make an effort to describe the fifth one. The absence of definitive Perseverance makes the whole of none effect.

 

Those who would fall into the class of Arminians have a similar problem. If you can lose salvation, what effects the loss? Just how much sin or how long in it makes a saved person a lost person? A definite answer is not given. And, the application of the doctrine is sometimes so ridiculous it would make the comic section of the Sunday newspaper. For example, the Church of Christ (USA) says water baptism is essential for salvation. They also claim persistent sin can make you lose salvation. (never knowing how much sin) but they do not require water baptism to be saved again! If water is necessary for salvation and that salvation is lost, how can it be that water is not required to regain it? The Seventh Day Adventists are just as illogical with their “Mark of the Beast” Sabbath requirement. A person who observes Sunday worship and denies a Saturday Sabbath has received the “Mark of the Beast” and cannot be saved. They get the idea of the Mark of the Beast from the Book of the Revelation and leaving the Revelation definition of that mark, they construct their own definition of it! This is like a man who buys a Ford car and then uses a Westinghouse clothes dryer manual to do an oil change and brake job. Otherwise reasonable, intellectual, moral, tax paying people do some of the most ridiculous and insane things in church.

 

Now we’ve had some entertainment with the inconsistency and if it was not such a serious matter we might continue, but it is serious. John Calvin was serious enough to exact blood over it. Modern extremists are not. The times have changed and men can hold some of the strangest ideas with no real convictions.

 

Doctrines are taught and received with little logic and no Bible basis. I suppose we should not wonder that Bible doctrine is so. The times are such that a great majority of preachers stand in the pulpit, hold up a Bible and proclaim, “I believe the Bible is the word of God.” Within a few sentences you hear the same man say “Unfortunately, this verse is not translated correctly…” (Thereby, in one small leap, elevating himself over other men, centuries of proof, and even over God) With this attitude towards the Bible, it is no surprise that exact adherence to the context of the related terms, salvation, election, foreknowledge, predestination is rare.

MID-TRIBULATION RAPTURE #3

Allegorism is the more destructive of the two methods of Bible interpretation because it places interpretation of a word solely at the whim of the teacher. Thus, “church” doesn’t really mean “church” but can mean “kingdom” “Gentiles” “small flock” “men” or whatever word suits the mood of the interpreter at the time and wherever he wishes to do it.
 
Spiritualization of scripture is to force some spiritual lesson into doctrinal portions and confuse a practical lesson with doctrine. It is an over emphasis on practical application at the expense of doctrine. For example, in a zeal to find some application of church age history description, some use the seven churches of Revelation 1-3 to claim they are representative of the various periods of the Church age.
 
In order to do this they ignore the doctrines that are contrary to salvation by grace and spiritualize the passages so that grace and works mix together. Then, the requirements and organization of those churches are twisted to be the same as those during the Church age, the age of Grace. They even go to the Greek to show that the angels over the churches are actually pastors since the Greek word for angel can mean “messenger” and a pastor is a messenger. In this unbridled zeal, they ignore the fact that a “pastor” is not an “aggelos” and a  Church age pastor is never confused with an angel in any scripture.
 
FACT: A Mid-tribulation Rapture of the Church which is the Body of Christ can not be found if we believe and apply what the Bible says, where it says it, and to whom it is said.
 
First, the Mid-Trib doctrine is appealing to many simply because they don’t believe the KJB–in English–to begin with. Second, many know nothing of Paul’s unique revelation of the Body of Christ and salvation by grace, plus nothing and minus nothing.
 
There are some general and evidential truths that completely destroy the Mid-Trib Rapture position:
1. The Tribulation period has nothing to do with a testing, trial, or judgment upon the Body of Christ. The Body of Christ stands as an inseparable group, spanning centuries (as we now know, almost 20 centuries after the cross) with no one group or period, from the beginning of the Body until the last member is placed. Romans 8 makes it very clear that we are inseparable from each other or from Christ. The 7 year Tribulation is the final week of the 70 weeks of years as prophesied in Daniel 9 regarding Israel’s failure to honor the land sabbaths under the Law of Moses. The Body of Christ is dead to that Law. (Romans 7:4).
2. The only judgment the Body of Christ faces in the future is the Judgment Seat of Christ.
3. The Tribulation (70th week years of Daniel 9) is an inseparable period of 7 years dealing exclusively with the nation of Israel.
4. The doctrines pronounced during the Tribulation period are contrary to those given to the Body of Christ.
5. The persons during the Tribulation period are not present to the age of the Church which is the Body of Christ.
6. The Body of Christ is expressly exempt from any wrath of God, while the Tribulation period is described as a period when the wrath of God is poured out upon the world. (Romans 5:8 and 1 Thessalonians 5:8–normal trials and troubles common to all are separated from the Tribulation period by the specific phrase “hath delivered us from the wrath to come”)
7. The Tribulation period can have no effect upon the Body of Christ in any way since we are promised “things to come” can not separate us from “the love of God” which is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8).Some have tried to make the first half of the Tribulation no Tribulation at all and claim that only second half 3 1/2 years is real Tribulation. But this is nonsense due to (1) the 70th week is not separated by a “time” mark (the prophecy in Daniel has God’s time marks of years for major events of : beginning to build, time built, when Messiah comes, when covenant is made, but no such time is marked for a significant work by God of the covenant break, that work is by the antichrist and (2) the week of years stands as a complete unit. The breaking of the covenant has nothing to do with a delay, change or extension of the final seven years. (3) The first 3 1/2 years are “Tribulation” for the saints because during that time the antichrist comes into being in strong power, forging alliances and setting up his worldwide dominion. There will be great pressure upon the saints to succumb to this wicked system throughout the entire seven years.
 

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:38-39)

 
      The Tribulation period DOES result in people being eternally separated from God:
 

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. (Revelation 3:15-16)

15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Revelation 6:15-17).

 

18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. (Revelation 9:18-21)

 

9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: (Revelation 14:9-10)

 

20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.”(Revelation 19:20)
 
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)

 
It should not be difficult to see that this judgment is based upon what a person does: works. There is no mention of salvation by grace anywhere in the period.
 

16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
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.
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
(Revelation 22:16-21)

 
—continued

MID-TRIBULATION RAPTURE #2

The book was “sent and signified by His angel” to His servant, John. The “angel” is an appearance of Jesus Christ on the earth just as we read of the “angel of The Lord” in the Old Testament appearing and speaking to men. The book is “signified”, in other words, there are many symbols and signs throughout the book to mark certain things and events. God defines the symbols for us and when the definition of the symbol is not given, it is to be understood as literal. Symbols, types, figures, and illustrations do nothing but describe and illustrate literal truth in a manner that enables us to readily understand and remember. A figure of speech is never given to confuse the reader but to assist him to understand. We may have to read further to find the meaning but it is always there.
 
True, the Book of Revelation is  not crystal clear as to order of some events or identification of certain characters. The reason for this is that the events are in the future and many of the doctrines are different from those we have in our Church age. But at the same time it is not a book with a hidden, mystical, uncertain message to some one but is very clear. “Blessed is he that readeth…and they that hear…and keep those things written” (1:3).
 
The Book of Revelation is NOT a record of Church history, it is a record of “things which must shortly come to pass” (1:1) “The time is at hand” (1:3). From the perspective of John and those he writes to, these things are near; they are not 2000 years in the future. Again, failure to believe the simple statements have bewildered students and given false teachers a heyday who use the Revelation for sensational claims.
 
“Where was John when he wrote the book?” “When was it written?” These are critical in understanding the timing of the events. First of all, as to the actual date of John writing the book, it is not as important as WHERE he was. No one really knows the date of writing. Some say 95 a.d. was the actual date he wrote the book. But that is all guesswork and part of the useless things you pay the salary of scholars to construct their test questions. Men spend their time learning and speculating over useless issues such as human authorship, dates of writing, etc., and ignore those that matter: the names and dates given in the books of the Bible itself. Those dates and names that are necessary God gives in the Book. When He does not give them, they are not essential.
 
God tells us exactly where John was, i.e., the time covered, by the book. It is a key to understanding. For one thing, get the time of writing correct and you will understand how things “that must shortly come to pass” have NOT come to pass in over two thousand years and may not for another hundred or so. It will also keep you from the habit of Greek mutilation, which is illustrated by men using the “Greek” to change words like “shortly” to make it mean “sometime” to make their interpretation fit.
 
Before we look at the time the Book of Revelation covers, lets get the rest of the introduction and TO WHOM the book is addressed.
 

4 JOHN to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you,and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

 
      John writes to “seven churches which are in Asia” (1:4). The book is not written to two hundred thousand churches in the USA or in Europe, The book is not written to churches in all generations throughout time nor is it addressed to the church at Jerusalem in 95 a.d., or any other church in the first century. The book is addressed to seven churches which ARE in ASIA AT THE TIME he writes.
 
Notice the triplets in verses 1-6:
a. Persons: “Jesus Christ…servants…John” (v1)
b. Acts: “shew…sent…signified” (v1)
c. What: “records…testimony…all things” (v2)
d. Responsibility: “read…hear…keep” (v3)
A “Him which is, and which was, and which is to come, (Father)
“is” “was” “is to come” (v4)
B “and from the seven Spirits” (Holy Spirit)
“seven” (seven in One) (v4)
C “and from Jesus Christ” (Son)
“the faithful witness” “first begotten of the dead” “prince”
“loved us” “washed us” “made us” (vs5-6)
 
In the above verses, Three Persons are given equal attributes and essence: Father, Holy Spirit, Son. This is one of many other passages in the Bible where the Trinity is found. It is a Tri-Unity, Three in One. A Bible believer must believe in the Trinity: there is One God manifest in Three Persons. Not only that, he must accept the fact that although One of those Persons is One Spirit, He is also Seven Spirits in One Spirit. The verse does not say “seven ministries” it says “seven Spirits”! If that gives you a headache, take a prescription dosage of aspirin (800 mg) because more is on the way.
 
Those to whom the book is addressed are “kings and priests”. This has never been promised to the Church which is the Body of Christ (Ephesians 5:25-30; 1 Corinthians 12:12). Any verses quoted to prove the members of the Body of Christ will be mayors, governors, kings, or priests are twisted and ripped out of their contexts. What men fail to see who teach such things is that there are different churches in the Bible. One group has to do with Israel and two different churches have to do with the Body of Christ (those saved during this present age of Grace). There was a church in the wilderness under Moses (Acts 7); there was a church composed of the Lord’s disciples (Matthew 18:17); a church (Matthew 16:18) that will be built in the Kingdom; there are churches in various locations during this present age that we call “local churches” as well as the Church composed of all who are saved in the Church age which is called “the Body of Christ”. To mix the various organizations and doctrines of these is absolute confusion. Some of the worst errors in religion have been produced by ignoring the differences.
 
The Book of Revelation is addressed “to seven churches which are in Asia” during the period of which John writes–period. Taking someone else’s mail is a criminal offense in our postal system, to appropriate a book written to future churches in Asia and press it upon churches that are in America today is irresponsible and ignorant theology. We may learn lessons or be inspired from what others do with what God gives to them but a person who tries to build an ark today because God told Noah to build one, is nuts.
 
At the time of this writing there is a religious group in Kentucky trying to raise around 25 million dollars they claim it will take to reconstruct a replica of Noah’s ark. Their method of gathering gopher wood and the use of it is certainly different from Noah’s “fund raising”! Their use of this ark will also be weird: a visual to further their interpretations. All types of these “projects” are nothing more than fleshly sidetracks to get God’s people distracted from the main job of the Church today: getting the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the over 200,000,000 who have never heard even His Name in our generation. Of course there are other “arks” that have been constructed around this world but the latest Kentucky version will correct all the other arks! Millions have already been raised for this “holy” work from gullible Christians.
 
Someone may say, “Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Thessalonians, were not written to Americans either.” They quibble over the issue; the books were not only written to those churches but also for the instruction and benefit of all during the present Church Age by the apostle Paul, the apostle and teacher of the Gentiles–and he plainly says so in over fifty passages. A cursory reading of the books demonstrates this fact.
 
The person who writes, those who are addressed, and the period the book covers are all elements which must be carefully investigated before the doctrines in the Bible are laid upon people. Just because you find something in the Bible does not mean that it is to you and meant for you to do. Religious fakes make a lot of money on doing just that.
 

7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

 
This coming of The Lord Jesus Christ is seen by all men, “every eye shall see Him” (v7). Now, should any have a problem with God communicating His Second Coming to “every eye” I say you know the power of CNN but you don’t know the scriptures nor the power of God. God does not need and will not use CNN to do it, but don’t you think that if man can send “live” telecasts to be viewed all over the world in a few moments, that God can do much more in the twinkling of an eye?
 
This coming is not as in 1 Thessalonians 4 where only the Body of Christ sees Him. It is not Him coming to the earth in 1 Thessalonians 4 but it is the Church going to meet Him in the air. He comes “WITH clouds” of His saints (see Hebrews 11:1 for “cloud” definition) in verse 7; He comes FOR His Body in 1 Thessalonians 4. This appearance of the Lord will stop all the religious blabber and happy clappies; it all turns to “wailing” (v7). Compare spiritual things with spiritual and rightly divide the things that differ. An able Bible student does that and understands.
 
Who is this that comes? He is the eternal, just, righteous, holy, the One who began it all (Alpha) and the One who ends it all (Omega) the almighty God! Greek scholars who run their mouths about the “original Greek” –there’s the “ORIGINAL”, you never found Him, did you? In fact, He will find you! Two little letters in Greek, the first and last, are all you really need to keep in mind : their lesson is clear, God began everything and God will end everything and all of that in between had better line up with those two truths, or else.
 
John aligns himself with these brethren as their companion and so he was. He, along with Peter and James, are “ministers of the circumcision”.
 

7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;
8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. (Galatians 2:7-9)

 
In his brief Acts ministry and two small letters addressed to “strangers” scattered (1 Peter 1:1), Peter confirms his apostleship to the circumcision when he never mentions the church which is “the Body of Christ”. James confirms his ministry to the circumcision when he ministers to “the twelve tribes scattered abroad” (James 1:1) and now John confirms his ministry to the circumcision when he aligns himself as a brother and companion to the seven circumcision churches in Asia (as we shall see) during the Tribulation, “the time of Jacob’s trouble” when Israel is scattered by a wild beast and are as sheep without a shepherd.
 
Like the prophet Ezekiel (Ezekial 3:12;8:3,ff) who was “in the Spirit” and caught into the future to write of things that have not happened yet, John was moved into the future “in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day.” (1:10). The usual mis-treatment of “the Lord’s Day” is that it is the first day of the week and also called “Sunday”. Nothing could be further from the word of God.
 
Days of the week or month are never referred to as Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, etc.,in the Bible. The pattern is always “first day” “second day” etc.,
“And very early in the morning the first day of the week…” (Mark 16:2)
“And upon the first day of the week…” (Acts 20:7)
“And the third day…” (John 4:1)
Also, the pagan week day names are not used by God: Sunday ( the Sun’s day), Monday (Moon’s day), Thursday (Thor’s day) Saturday (Saturn’s day) etc., If John refers to Sunday, it is a departure from scripture.
 
“The Lord’s Day” is the equivalent of the Old Testament “day of the LORD”. Technically, Hebrew could not say ” the Lord’s day ” since there are no possessive nouns in Hebrew grammar. In order to say “the Lord’s day” in Hebrew, two nouns are used: “yom Yahweh” (day Jehovah), the possessive being understood. Thus, “the day of the Lord”. The Greek does have the possessive and the KJB accurately translates into English “the day of the LORD”. So the “Lord’s day” in the NT is the same designation as the OT “day of the LORD”. When John says he was in the Spirit on “the Lord’s day” he refers to the same period as the OT prophets who prophesied that coming “great” and “terrible” day of the wrath of God?
 
(God does break the Hebrew grammar rule in the OT in a unique translation issue that further backs John’s usage. See our study on the Lord’s Day in our word studies at www.right-division.com).
 
John was moved to the “day of the LORD” or “Lord’s day” and all of the things in the Book of Revelation occur just as they are described in the Old Testament “day of the LORD”.
For example:
 

14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness. (Zephaniah 1:14-15)

 
John writes from his position, where he has been moved to “the Lord’s Day”. All is in the future to us readers. There is no Church which is the Body of Christ in the book of Revelation because that Body had already been caught out at the Rapture and was with The Lord. All of the churches in Revelation are Tribulation churches.
 

11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.”

 
Normal-literal interpretation (NLI) of the scripture (the Bible says what it says where it says it to whom it says it) is the only method that gives a sure meaning to Bible words. The result of NLI method is right division of the word of God. Words mean what they say; there is no spiritualization or allegorization of the words.
 
—continued next week

MID-TRIBULATION RAPTURE

The old error of a tribulation rapture of the Church (the Body of Christ) has returned and some King James Bible folks are falling for it.  Like other erroneous doctrines, spiritualization of the scriptures is the shaky backbone of the Mid-tribulation rapture theory.
 
Recently a popular TV evangelist said he knew for sure that the Church would go through the Tribulation period because the Church was in Revelation 1-2-3, and in Revelation 4, only John was raptured up to heaven. Therefore, the Church is not raptured before the Tribulation and will go through the Tribulation. Then, he went on to say that the “saints” were mentioned many places from Revelation 4 on  ( He assumed that every time the word “saint” appears it refers to a church member!)
 
This just goes to show you how fouled up folks are on the Church and the Rapture, as well as the Book of the Revelation and the Bible in general. In an attempt to add authority to this brilliant interpretation, he reminded his hearers that he had consulted the Greek and Hebrew on his view as well as “many scholars”. He forgot or never noticed that the same churches in Revelation 1-2-3 were told again in Revelation 22 that the book was written to them. (Revelation 22:16). And, the idea that all Bible “saints” are church members is just too silly to comment on.
 
To bring us back to sanity, may we simply read the book and believe exactly what it says where it says it?
 

  • THE Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
  • Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
  • Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
  •  
    First, the book is “the revelation of Jesus Christ.” It is a detailed account of His revelation, the revealing return of Him, the things that immediately occur surrounding His Second Coming and those things which follow. It is not the “book of revelationS” as it is so often misquoted. Read it carefully and you will see it is not primarily “John’s revelation” that he gives, but that the Book of Revelation is that revelation which God the Father gave unto Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and that Jesus sent it by His angel to His servant John, who was told to write. (That the book is “John’s Revelation” Is only in a secondary sense. He was the human instrument used in writing it. By inspiration, he wrote of the events, people, etc., that God the Son gave to him).
     
    Immediately, a cry and color rises from those who can’t read. “How can this be?” You mean God gave to His Son the events that were to happen? Impossible, Jesus is God and He knows everything!” Before you fly off the handle, read this:
    “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” (Mark 13:32)
     
    When He was manifest in the flesh, the Son of God, the Second Member of the Godhead, not only limited Himself to a physical body, He willingly limited Himself of the knowledge of certain prophetic events and the timing of them. There is a large amount of study related to the incarnation which we do not have time to cover here but suffice it to say, that in order for Him to make a legitimate offer of the Kingdom to Israel, and to be a “minister of the circumcision” (Romans 15:8) and be able to truly and infallibly preach to Israel, it was a necessary limitation. The context of that statement in Mark concerned the very things of the Book of Revelation.
     
    On another occasion, when the disciples wanted to be seated with Him in His Kingdom, He plainly told them, “And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.” (Matthew 20:23). In no way does this remove or reduce His divinity anymore than being susceptible to thirst, hunger, and even death removed His divinity.  Jesus was 100% man without sin and also 100% God, “manifest in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3:15): One Person but with two natures. His divinity guaranteed His Person was sinless. His life in the flesh was above, beyond, and without sin.
     
    —continued next week

    TRANSLATING NEW ENGLAND IDIOMS AND THE HEBREW BIBLE

    What does a Rhode Island idiom have to do with the Bible? Actually, a lot. The question “Would you like a cabinet?” does not refer to a wooden box with doors; it is a milkshake. Since it is made by a blender that is normally stored in a cabinet–the ice cream and milk blend is called a “cabinet.”
     
    The language phenomenon is a metalepsis or a metonomy and it is a natural result of all language development and richness; the English language excels in the formation of the figures. In many cases, like this in the Northeastern US, a variety of idioms are developed in one region that do not exist in another region although both regions speak the same language.
     
    Another metalepsis example is the British English “He drank his house”. It means he sold his house, plus he drank the drink he bought with the house income. We put house, money, then drinking the liquid to represent the whole process!
     

    Look at Ecclesiastes 12:5.

    “Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:” (Ecclesiastes 12:5 KJV)

    Notice the phrase. “and desire shall fail:” Literally, the Hebrew text is “the caper-berry shall fail.”

    The Revised Version of 1881 reads: “and the caper-berry shall fail”

    The New American Standard Bible (1965) reads: “and the caperberry is ineffective.”

     
    It is easy to see above that both the RSV and the NASV translated the Hebrew, literally. The translation conveys no meaning and is simpleton activity. Just as the Texas visitor to Rhode Island would sit and blink when asked if he would like “a cabinet”, the Bible reader wonders what in the world does “caper-berry shall fail” mean. Correct translation is not word for word in such cases because there are language idioms which carry meanings deeper than the surface phrase. The sense of the language must be translated or else there is nonsense. Accurate translation demands that, as much as possible, the target translation must convey the same understanding to its reader that it conveyed to the reader of the source language. This requires accurate knowledge of both the source language (in this case Hebrew) and target language (English) including the idioms and all figures of speech.
     
    The RSV translation was ridiculed and eventually most modern translations, NIV, New Century, etc., capitulated and agreed with “the old, out-dated, archaic King James Bible. The KJB had it right 250 years before the critics caught on.
     

    Let’s examine the metalepsis in the Bible translation.

    Introductory phrase: “Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high,

    1. and fears shall be in the way,

    2. and the almond tree shall flourish,

    3. and the grasshopper shall be a burden,

    4. and desire shall fail:

    All of these build to the concluding major statement:

    “because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: “

     
    The Hebrew “caper-berry shall fail” is like our English “cabinet” and “house” example above. Caper-berry is put for the condiments made from it, then condiment is put for the appetite or food created by it.
     
    Another figure of speech “and the almond tree shall flourish” is a conceptual metaphor (one domain stands for another domain). At first glance one might think “flourish” is a good condition and is in opposition to the other terms (afraid, fears, burden, fail, etc) which very definitely indicate failure and decay. But the appearance of many white blossoms on the almond tree is actually near the end of the tree’s purpose. The almond tree’s blossoms are white, like the hair of the aged and they quickly fade and fall.. Those who are familiar with almond trees know the metaphor.
     
    Accurate translation of the Old Testament is impossible if the Hebrew idioms are ignored. Hebrew is rich in idioms and figures of speech. The metalepsis (desire shall fail) and metaphors are not the only translation features at work in the KJB text. There is use of the figure, polysyndeton. Ecclesiastes 12:5 has a series of phrases connected with the conjunction “and”. This series is a polysyndeton, a figure of speech meaning “many connectors” for the purpose of bringing an increasing force of related statements to a crescendo of expression. This translates in a correct scriptural sense and is also a magnificent literary device that makes reading and hearing a pleasure. ( The polysyndeton is an often used feature in the Hebrew text. This can easily be seen in the KJB’s faithful and majestic use of “and” in Genesis 1:1-ff.)
     
    –Dave Reese

     

    The Great Pretender- 5, 6

    When the first edition of the NIV appeared in 1976, Bible believers immediately attacked its omissions, additions and changes of the Bible TEXT. And, rightly so, because it followed the same corrupt manuscripts as the RV of 1881, RV of 1884, ASV of 1901, RSV 1952, NASV 1965, NWT, LB, GNMM, etc., before it.

     

    Many ignorant Christians ignored the warnings and followed the pied pipers of advertising, which dumped billions of dollars into the greedy pockets of Bible publishing companies. Like sheep to the slaughter, many Christians paid to continue this headlong rush into apostasy. Well, welcome to the new generation of Bible correcting! You asked for it—you paid for it–now you got it: a Bible that not only uses the same critical text as the Jehovah so-called Witnesses (New World Translation) but you have a Bible from the corrupt text that “speaks in” a dumbed down style that does not offend a God-forsaken

    generation. The Bible corrupters are no longer subtle about it. The Preface to the NIV

    2011 proudly states: “The work of translating the Bible is never finished. As good as

    they are, English translations must be regularly updated so that they will continue to

    communicate accurately the meaning of God’s Word. Updates are needed in order to reflect the latest developments in our understanding of the biblical world and its languages and to keep pace with changes in English usage.” Here is how this slick

    preface “to communicate accurately the meaning of God’s Word” actually works out:

     

    1. Continue to gradually change words of the text, especially those that emphasize the Deity of Christ, the Holiness of God, supernatural events, miracles, etc.
    2. Do not offend any contemporary lifestyle. Example: Remove all gender references that reflect “maleness” in the Bible. Where “man” is in the Bible text, replace it with “person.” In this way the Bible “more accurately ” relates the message to us today. After all, what man is actually the “head” of the wife in today’s braless culture? The ultimate goal is to refer to God not as “He” or “Him” or “Son.” He becomes some unknown neuter “IT”.

     

    NIV PRINCIPLE: Remove anything offensive to modern thought and lifestyle

    in order to make the Bible writers as much like contemporary writers as

    possible.

     

    The feministic reasoning also asks how can a woman be a “son of God?” If you have

    no answer to that, the girls caught you, didn’t they? If so, it is because you don’t know

    Bible doctrine “from a hole in the ground.” …That is another Tennessee idiom I learned

    from my uncle, Jesse James Reese, (the distinguished southern farmer of a past

    generation quoted in the February issue).

    1. The actual TEXT no longer is important–it is the MEANING of the text to the reader. (We know that once a preacher forsakes “WHAT SAITH THE SCRIPTURE” and tells us WHAT IT MEANS, there is madness or wickedness afoot. Who does not know that a man may make the Scripture SAY ANYTHING as long as it is prefaced with ” THIS MEANS…”)
    2. Push the lesbian/feminist issue that “brother” is not a generic term for male and female believers.

    MATTHEW 5:22 and MARK 3:5 ERRORS IN THE NIV

     

    The Greek word translated “brother” in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:22 is:

    αδελφω (adelpho). The NIV 1984 says:

    “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother[a] will be subject to

    judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,[b]’ is answerable to the

    Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

    Footnotes:

    Matthew 5:22 Some manuscripts ‘brother without cause’.

    Matthew 5:22 An Aramaic term of contempt.”

     

    First: the Greek word for brother is “αδελφω” in all Greek texts. The reader will note

    that the NIV 1984 above correctly translates the word “αδελφω” BUT OMITS A

    PHRASE, “WITHOUT A CAUSE.” The omission is critical as we will see but we will

    deal with one error at a time.

    Now look at how the NIV 2011 translates the verse:

     

    “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister[a][b] will be

    subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’[c] is

    answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the

    fire of hell.

    Footnotes:

    Matthew 5:22 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a

    fellow disciple, whether man or woman; also in verse 23.

     

    NIV PRINCIPLE: Even though the words are NOT IN ANY GREEK TEXTS,

    critical or Textus Receptus— add, change, do anything necessary to present

    the Bible as non-judgmental.

     

    Matthew 5:22 Some manuscripts ‘brother or sister without cause’

    Matthew 5:22 An Aramaic term of contempt.”

     

    Notice the “great” advance the NIV 2011 has made over the NIV 1984—they have decided that English Bible readers cannot understand that the Bible term “brother” includes both male and female! Who would think the “brother” in the Bible refers strictly to the male in this context? (This foolishness reminds me of IRS tax forms that are supposedly made easier to understand every year).

     

    1. (Continuation of previous number 3) Translate the Bible text according to what the situation or words “mean” to us today. In other words, it is not the actual “words” God said, rather, it is what or how we would express it today. To illustrate this frog-tongued, linguistic malpractice principle, the Bible says:

     

    ” Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.” (Luke 2:41-42 KJB).

     

    A Sunday School teacher asked her class why Joseph and Mary took Jesus with

    them to the temple…a 6 year old girl replied, “They couldn’t get a baby-sitter.”

    The “custom of the feast” was totally ignored by the little girl as to the reason

    because there is no such observance today. Therefore, in this young child’s

    understanding the only reason for parents having to take their kids with them would be

    the only problem she had experienced—the absence of a baby sitter! Following this method the NIV 2015 could probably read:

     

    “The government custodians were invited to a big party in D.C. and because they couldn’t find a registered baby sitter, Mary and Josephine were forced to take the child with them.”

     

    This is an exaggeration of the principle but it is not as far off as you may think!

    The NIV 2011 takes the first century TEXT that is left after they chop and mangle that

    Bible record, and gives you what they think God might have said if He was speaking to

    us today.

     

    According to this nonsensical, banal principle, the English language changed so

    significantly and scholarship advanced so rapidly between 2005 and 2011—a brief

    period of 6 years (TNIV 2005 to the NIV 2011)— a new translation is demanded! This

    twisted reasoning prompted a total of 7 translations from 1973 to 2011—a new

    translation on the average of almost every 5 years.

     

    The NIV is just getting warmed up. They suppose they have justified the following

    practice:

    1. Continue further changes to the Biblical record.
    2. Take a more aggressive method of interpretation to agree with lifestyle issues.

     

    THE OMISSION OF THE PHRASE “WITHOUT A CAUSE” IN

    MATTHEW 5:22

     

    The New International Versions of 1976, 1984, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2010TNIV and 2011 all have the same Greek texts at their base as all the other English perversions. The errors are many and they have been identified, catalogued and publicized. But there are many preachers, who because of their loyalty to religious associations, or pride are loathe to offend man or admit they have been wrong. It is a hard thing to risk the ridicule of your peers and loss of friendship over Bible translation issues. Eating crow and tearing up “inspired” sermon outlines before your congregation has stopped many pulpit wonders from taking the matter by the horns. Some dare not even look at the facts for fear of losing their positions and prestige.

     

    Some personal experience on the Bible translation issue…

     

    Back a few decades ago I was a graduate and on the faculty of one of the most, if

    not the top, effective and influential church, Bible school, college and seminary in the

    USA. It was certainly in the top five religious, fundamental, independent institutions in

    the world in student enrollment and as a model ministry. All the ministries, including the

    schools, were under the direction of the church. The Pastor and Founder (now with the

    Lord) was the most godly and effective leader I have ever known.

     

    Some small minded ex-students with large internet space but not a single byte of

    character have written lies to the effect that the Pastor/Founder fired me! (I resigned

    from the teaching position to pastor a church and left the University with his blessing

    and support). They know nothing of the relationship between that man and myself–what

    they would be surprised to learn is that he continued to personally write me encouraging

    letters every one to two months for years after I resigned. He was excited that the

    church and later missionary work was so successful. This is especially noteworthy since

    my stand on the KJB was well known while some of those who continued to teach were

    KJB opponents. One was even a member of the NKJV committee!

     

    Those who are acquainted with USA church work from 1955-1980 will know of what

    church and to whom I refer here; those who do not, it is not important that you know. In

    addition to that Pastor, there were many innocent and good people on the staff, faculty

    and in the student body, over the years. Out of respect for those people, I do not

    mention names. Personalities are not important but principles are. The few nuts who

    were students and less than a half dozen faculty Bible correctors were a drop in the

    bucket and are unknowns. For me to use their name would give them more credibility

    than they presently have.

     

    Right after I began to teach at the school, one of the Greek professors had gotten

    some reel to reel tapes (these were the days before audio cassettes or CDs) on

    manuscript evidence and textual comparisons between the Greek manuscripts,

    specifically the Westcottt/Hort hypothesis and Majority Text, and wanted the Bible

    faculty to consider them. The author of the tapes was a Greek professor of another wellknown seminary, who later went on to write several textbooks and become one of the leading and very influential opponents of the Westcott/Hort critical Greek text.

    The instructor went to all our faculty, gave personal invitations and announced in a

    staff meeting of the 200 plus faculty members that we would be meeting together,

    listening to the tapes, and then offering comments pro and con on the lectures. All were

    welcome to come and it was certainly a pertinent subject, one that was to be faced by

    the schools sooner or later.

    [You must realize that at that particular time, the Bible manuscript discussion arose in fundamental

    and independent school circles and was almost an unknown non-issue in other schools. In fact, the only

    major English translations that were available on the market at that time were the NASV of 1965, ASV of 1901, the RSV of 1952 and of course the RV of 1881-84, the grandfather of them all, had been totally forgotten. The issue of “which Bible” was just heating up!

     

    The ASV of 1901 was used with great restrictions in the seminary classrooms but NEVER was it heard in fundamental pulpits–and only infrequently in liberal churches. The RSV with the omission of “a virgin” in Isaiah 7:14 was absolute taboo and looked upon as a modernist viewpoint–even in the Southern Baptist College I had attended a few years earlier. At that school we were urged to get an ASV 1901 for our Hermeneutics class due to its supposed “excellent translation of the verb forms” but not for much else. In the SBC school we had Baptist college dances and cussed along with poet Carl Sandberg in literature classes but we did not hear the ASV in the pulpit— that’s how “solid and sound” even the Southern Baptist Convention was back then!]

     

    Needless to say, ONLY one of the eminent professors at the school where I was on

    the faculty listened to more than one session of the 10-12 hour tapes! These faint-hearted ones were doctors from another old line university and a few who had

    graduated from the Southern Baptist seminaries. We did have 4 or 5 who like me, had

    come out from the SBC and graduated from that school where we taught.

     

    There was one notable faculty member who sat in on all the tape sessions. He had

    memorized the entire NT of the ASV1901 and also knew most of the OT. This man was

    blind from his teen years and had been on the faculty of the J. Frank Norris school in Ft.

    Worth, Texas and a companion of Dr. William R. Newell on his Bible conference tours.

    (Those familiar with Dr. Norris and Dr. Newell’s ministries will know the popular caliber

    of those ministries). The blind professor said he had memorized the ASV 1901 at the

    recommendation of Dr. Newell and many times he had regretted memorizing the ASV

    instead of the KJB. He was a brilliant man with an exceptional grasp of Bible truth and

    had graduated from Stetson University and Southern Baptist Seminary (Th.D) in

    Louisville with the highest grade averages ever made–and he did it while blind. He was

    not a Five-Point Calvinist (several seminary faculty were) and I took every class I could

    from him and dearly loved him and his family.

     

    There is no doubt in my mind and I am not alone in this view–when the schools

    refused to listen, and gave way to the perverse translations, and no longer had respect

    to the BOOK that built the ministry, God wrote “Ichabod” over the door. To whom much

    is given, much is required. I do not write these things without tears in my eyes and a

    broken heart over what could have been and should have been.

    erg…

    Unless you wish to charge that godly Pastor with some sin or failure in not having

    perfect foresight, it should be very clear that the man whose vision and ministry led the

    work to those previous heights of Christian excellence, had nothing else to do with its

    fall. For whatever reasons beside a demand for revivals and conferences, he resigned

    in his seventies to continue a demanding weekly schedule until he went home to be with

    the Lord. At that time, the work had not fallen into reproach.

     

    Those who followed him were products of poor trustee decisions. The ministry was

    too demanding for those and one who dared presume to be equal was a flop. Carnal

    pigmies attempted to continue the work of a giant. Men who were spiritually challenged

    fumbled the baton and stumbled in disgrace. It was after the elders that outlived Joshua

    in which the truth was trampled under foot and so it was there. Prior leadership was

    imitated but had no substance to endure. Small minded men weaseled themselves into

    the offices of a great man and stumbled over themselves.

     

    In my opinion, the whole building fell because the foundation was slowly destroyed.

    The work was built on the King James Bible. Little by little the small foxes were inserted

    into the classes and gnawed away the structure from the bottom up. A work that is built

    by the King James Bible will not co-exist or continue with a corrupt text in its place!

    On one occasion, a Christian businessman (a prominent benefactor of the school)

    offered to give every student a NASV New Testament. This was mentioned in the

    weekly staff meeting and several teachers commented on what a “great idea” that was.

    One exclaimed, “Oh, it is wonderful! I do my devotions every morning in the

    NASV.” (This was one of the new teachers and one who refused to listen to the tapes

    mentioned earlier). The Bible school Dean, a good teacher and Bible believer, said:

    “Dr.–I do not think it is a good idea. The NASV Bible comes from corrupt manuscripts.”

    Several others commented, a few pro and several con. While the discussion continued I

    went through the sample they had distributed to each of us and turned down the various

    pages where verses were omitted and changed. After the meeting I caught up with Dr

    —- as he walked to his office and showed him the places where verses were changed

    and omitted.

     

    His exact words to me were, “Hmm.. I did not know these things were changed! We

    will not give it out.” And, it was not given to the student body. My view is that the Pastor

    was caught between trying to keep up with enough teachers in the growing schools and

    having to hire men who outwardly professed to believe the Bible, while they really did

    not. It is not much different today in many churches and schools. To ask a man “Do you

    believe the Bible?” is not enough. All of them “believe the Bible is God’s word.” You

    must ask, “WHICH Bible do you believe?” because they are not all the same.

    The school where the professors as a whole refused to listen to the manuscript

    facts–eventually fell from grace just as the churches of Galatia did in the first century

    and all have since. The church and school today is but a faint shadow of what it used to

    be. Within 20 years of those events that I mention above, the whole ministry of the place

    began to fall apart in moral disgrace, doctrinal error, and foolish administration. It is now

    a byword and every former member shakes his head in pity remembering what grace

    and glory the place used to have. Conversations among graduates now always turn to

    “what used to be.” From a worldwide ministry that launched the largest independent

    Baptist missionary group in the world, and whose graduates started and pastored

    mega-churches all over the USA, while thousands of converts were baptized after every

    service: Sunday AM, PM, Mid-week and special services for over 15 years—the corner

    of the two avenues that use to bustle with thousands of students is almost deserted

    now. I know–I was there and watched it fall.

     

    I say all of this to let the reader know that when I speak of these matters, I have

    some experience and knowledge of the reaction of “scholars” to the Bible issue. Over a

    decade of my life was spent there as a graduate and faculty member. We were also

    pastor of a church for 17 years right in the midst of the independent, fundamental

    movement as the English Bible translation corruption influenced our generation of

    churches.

     

    What is the issue?

     

    One example among hundreds: The RSV, ASV, NASV, Philips NT, GNMM, 1984NIV,

    NIV2005, TNIV, NIV2011 plus the Jehovah Witness Bible: the NWT—all render Matthew 5:22 (below) the same way! The reason they do it is because they ARE ALL FROM THE SAME CORRUPT TEXT.

     

    Was this omission deliberate? Most likely, not from a scribal error, but definitely from

    the satanic opposition to the word of God. It is a subtle attack on the sinlessness

    (impeccability) of Christ. If the reading is accurate as it appears in the NIV 2011, the

    Lord Jesus Christ is condemned by His own words!

     

    This is not the only place these Bibles condemn themselves and is only one of many

    hundreds of changes these Bibles make using a corrupt Greek text. We use the NIV

    2011 here:

     

    “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister[a][b] will be

    subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’[c] is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. (Matthew 5:22 NIV 2011).

    Footnotes:

    Matthew 5:22 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a fellow disciple, whether man or woman; also in verse 23.

    Matthew 5:22 Some manuscripts ‘brother or sister without cause’

    Matthew 5:22 An Aramaic term of contempt.”

     

    Notice the omission of the phrase “WITHOUT A CAUSE” from the NIV text and

    the drop into the footnote.

    Now notice the NIV 2011 reading in Mark 3:5:

     

    “And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.” (Mark 3:5 NIV 2011).

     

    The NIV 2011 says in Mark 3:5 that Jesus looked “ROUND ABOUT ON THEM

    WITH ANGER”

     

    THERE IS NO QUALIFYING CLAUSE FOR ANGER IN MATTHEW 5:22 NIV!

    THE ISSUE IS THAT THE NIV IN MATTHEW 5:22 (“ANYONE WHO IS ANGRY”)

    WITH MARK 3:5 IN THE NIV (“JESUS LOOKED…ON THEM WITH ANGER”) MAKES

    JESUS A SINNER AND SUBJECT TO JUDGMENT!

    A young Christian might ask, “IS THE BIBLE THAT EXACT?” OUR ANSWER IS

    “YES, A THOUSAND TIMES, YES!’ Our very salvation is based upon WORDS,

    EXACT WORDS–IN FACT, EVERY DOCTRINE IN THE BIBLE IS STATED IN TERMS

    MORE EXACT THAN A MANUAL ON BRAIN SURGERY. AND, ALL OF THE BIBLE

    AGREES WITH ITSELF AS IT SAYS IT, WHERE IT SAYS IT.

     

    The modern translations such as the NIV have made a travesty out of the very

    basic tenet of the Christian faith: THE INERRANCY AND INFALLIBILITY OF EVERY WORD AND ALL THE WORDS OF THE BIBLE. Therefore, since all liberal

    theologians believe “inspiration” happened only with the so-called “original

    manuscripts” they gave themselves a license to change, omit, add, ANY word

    they decided. This is the rule and practice of the modern translations. Loosed

    from verbal restraints–they now construct their own bibles.

    The King James Bible says:

     

    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.” (Matthew 5:22 KJB).

     

    The issue is that the NIV makes Jesus a sinner along with everyone

    else who is angry–no matter what the reason. The KJB allows anger

    with cause. The Bible says:

     

    “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” (Psalm 7:11 KJB)

     

    NOW LOOK AT THE NIV’S NECESSARY PERVERSION OF PSALM

    7:11 WHERE GOD DOES NOT JUDGE THE RIGHTEOUS AND ONLY

    “DISPLAYS HIS WRATH”. THUS, HE CAN “DISPLAY” HIS WRATH BUT

    HAVE NO ANGER TOWARD THE WICKED.

     

     

    “God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day.” (Psalm 7:11 NIV 2011).

     

    THERE IS NO END TO PERVERTING THE WORD OF GOD. WHEN ONE

    WORD IS CHANGED, OTHERS MUST FOLLOW. A LITTLE LEAVEN

    LEAVENETH THE WHOLE LUMP!

     

    Due to our field work we are combining APRIL and MAY issues of Word Bible Study. Our examination of the New International Version will continue in the June issue with “Only Begotten Son OR ‘one and only son?”.

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