OF THE WORD OF GOD
The Bible has been the central and final authority in the church for two thousand years. It was considered the source of faith and practice, equaled by no other source. Although the world has argued for centuries concerning the origin of the Bible, the church has accepted it as is with full authority.
The Bible has been available in many translations over the years. The Vulgate, the Latin Bible, was for years the only version available, and then in limited availability. Then came along the King James Version of 1611, also known as the Authorized Version. It was the only accepted version until the turn of the 20th century. It wasn’t until the last few decades that one was not looked upon with suspicion if they came to church with any other version. And, still some churches today are still King James Version only churches.
Although this is not a study on Bible translations, let it be said, that as the church becomes more apostate, more ‘worldly’, it will rebuff any doctrines that go against its worldly character, even to the extent of changing the Bible’s content. What are some of the ‘contaminations’ happening today with the new Bible translations?
Declaring the Bible as ‘living’. By that, they don’t mean the ‘Living Translation’ that has been popular. By ‘living’ they mean its meaning changes with the culture. What it meant a hundred years ago does not apply today. For example, the subject of women pastors. The Bible absolutely forbids this. However, those in the ‘living’ persuasion will tell you things culturally have changed, so one must interpret the Bible in modern contexts. What it said in Paul’s day does not apply today.
This view is popular particularly in the what is referred to as the ‘orthodox’ denominations, i.e. Lutherans, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodists.
Gender neutral Bibles. Because it is politically incorrect to refer to a person on a gender bases, i.e. postman, congressman, craftsman, it has naturally carried over to the Bible. Now, translations are coming out that are gender neutral. The editors have removed such phrases as ‘Son of God’, references to God as He, Him, His, and so forth.
Those who do such things will one day face an eternal judgment. The Lord is VERY serious about changing His Word.
“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Revelation 22:18-19)
Jesus is the Son of God. In the Bible, God is always referred to in the masculine gender, i.e. Father, Him, His, He. Jesus is always referred to in the masculine gender … Son, Him, His, He.
Removing what is considered offensive terms. Sin, judgment, condemnation, homosexual, Jesus, hell, and others. Because these subjects are not addressed from the pulpit in the modern apostate church, such references are being either omitted or completely overlooked in modern translations.
A disregard for the Bible’s teaching on authority in the Church. Because the women’s equality issues have infiltrated every area of our culture, the church has not escaped. Without going into the subject of women in leadership, suffice it to say that the Bible makes it very clear that women are not to be in any position in the church that places her over the authority of the men. Women holding the pastoral position in the church does just that and is not only violating this imperative, but is in willful disobedience to the Lord, which the Word of God says is sin. Women are permitted to teach other women and children. Not men.
Within a short period of time, it will be difficult to find a Bible that has not been altered. Because the youth coming up are not being taught the truth, they will not recognize a counterfeit when they see one. There are already counterfeits that have been around for many years, i.e. the Mormon’s Boot of Mormon, the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ The New World Translation, and the Muslim’s Koran. They will soon be joined by many others. Some of the changes are so subtle, that it’s difficult for one who is not astute in the Bible to detect.
* ‘Word of God’ refers to the Bible only, in all instances in this work. No other source is assumed in that phrase. The Bible is God’s inerrant, infallible, and complete and sole Word to mankind. No other work on earth appends too or replaces the Bible.
** All Bible references are from the New King James Version (NKJV) unless otherwise noted.