By Dr. Ken Matto
1 Corinthians 10:11 “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”
Are multiple Bible versions God’s judgment on the church? What a question. How could the word of God be a judgment on the very establishment it proclaims? Very simple. Any version can call itself a Bible but it is the content inside those versions which cause them to be a judgment rather than a blessing. Let us look at the precedent for this biblical principle. In 1 Corinthians 10:11, we are told that the things which happened to ancient Israel were recorded by God for the purpose of our admonition. The word “admonition” in the Greek carries with it the meaning of “instruction, warning, or counsel”. It is the word “nouthesia. (νουθεσιαν)” and we derive the word “nouthetic” which is a form of accountability counseling made popular by Jay Adams. In other words, God did not record those things which happened to Israel as something just be read but they are there to warn us to not fall into the same traps which they allowed themselves to fall into which resulted in them being judged by God and eventually losing their nation forever in 70 A.D.
Isaiah 28:11 “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.” In Isaiah 28:11, God had already stated that He was going to bring a judgment on Judah which happened in 586 B.C. Here is the principle which we are able to carry over to the New Testament Church. The prophecy which God is making through Isaiah is that of the coming of the Chaldeans or the Babylonians who will eventually take Judah into captivity for seventy years. Notice how God reveals this fact. He tells them that He is going to speak to these people, that is Judah, with men of stammering lips and another tongue. The phrase “stammering lips” carries with it the meaning of “foreign lips.” The English word “stammering” means “stopping or hesitating in the speaking of syllables and words.” So this gives us a little insight about the way the Chaldean language was spoken.
For many years, since the times of Moses, which would have been about 700 years before Isaiah was written, God had sent prophets and leaders to Israel but the problem as that they were a very rebellious and recalcitrant people. Whenever God sent a prophet to them to guide them back into obedience, they had refused to listen. Now the prophets came to them in their own language, speaking to them in no uncertain terms so there was no problem in them understanding. We know this because they would hear the prophets and then afterward would become very angry with them to the point of persecuting and even killing them. Luke 13:34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!” Jesus Himself made that accusation against them. So the time of God’s patience wore out and He was now going to do something to Judah which they would be unable to believe.
Habakkuk 1:5-6 “Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you. For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwelling places that are not theirs.”
Habakkuk was written about 626-605 B.C. which was about 150 years after Isaiah and we can tell from this that Judah still remained in disobedience to God and the Law. Now they refused to listen to those prophets who came to them in their own language to warn them and admonish them that if they did not become obedient, then God was going to judge them with the Chaldeans. Remember the Chaldeans were described by God as those “with stammering lips and another tongue.” In other words, God was going to use a people whereby Judah would not be able to understand their language. Since they refused to listen in their own language, God was now going to judge them by a foreign language. That was the principle God was giving in Isaiah 28:11.
Now how does that apply to the Christian and the church of today?
Up until 1881, the church used one Bible and that was the King James. You could go into any church and you would hear that Bible being expounded. If you look at history, you will see that the church was a very powerful entity at that time and because people used the King James Bible, it spawned not only a powerful church but the greatest century of world missions. Then in 1881, the Revised Version of Hort and Westcott was released on the Christian world. It did not make the greatest impact at that time but the fact that it was there meant that the source of corruption was just waiting to be used and it was. In 1872, Phillip Schaff chose 30 theologians from various denominations including the Unitarian church and began the translation from the 1881 RV Greek of Hort and Westcott into what would be called the 1901 American Standard Version. satan now had his foot in the door with the corrupt Bible version. Then in 1906 came the “Azuza street revival” which it was called but when one studies it, there was also much witchcraft involved in it. That lasted from 1906 to 1915. Just long enough for the Assemblies of God to form in 1914 whereby it started the charismatic movement with all the tongues, signs, and wonders. The churches were beginning to accept the tongues and because they did, they suffered the same fate as the people of Judah did in the time of Habakkuk.
Just as the message was being preached in the language of the people, they began to start accepting the tongues movement and because of this, God was now judging them as He did Judah with other tongues which are totally gibberish. With the acceptance of the tongues movement, God was now judging every single church which adapted that satanic phenomenon. If a church accepts tongues, then that is not evidence of the Holy Spirit, but evidence that church is under judgment. Individual Christians who accept tongues, if they are truly saved, will not lose their salvation but will be severely hindered in their Christian walk and will not grow beyond tongues, healing, miracles, and signs. In other words, these Christians will not grow because they are stagnating their own growth by accepting what is not of God.
Now that principle has been transferred to every church which accepts the modern versions. Every single modern version says something different and therefore cannot get past “what does your version say?” Try to have a Bible study where there are ten different versions and you will be at an impasse. When the church was using only one Bible, namely the King James Bible, there was a very powerful church. Now that we have many counterfeit versions in the churches, the church has become the weakest entity on earth. In fact, it has been downgraded to nothing but a religious social club where everyone is welcome, including witches. Watch this video called “Witchcraft in the Church” with Pastor Mike Hoggard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOV_Hztmv1M
With each modern version saying something different, if you have a church full of Christians with modern versions, then what you have is a situation of total confusion. The pastor is teaching from his ESV, you are sitting there with your NIV, your wife or husband has the NASV, and your child has the Message. It is just like the judgment of Judah with the foreign tongues. Each modern version is a tongue of its own and since so many Christians have multiple versions in every church, it is not a place of growth but of confusion. Since God cannot speak to the church in the language of the King James Bible, He is now speaking to these churches with stammering lips. Remember what the stammering lips were. They were the hesitation and stopping of pronouncing syllables. Is that happening in the church? It sure is. How many times does your pastor stop the sermon to quote another version or how many times does he go to the Greek or the Hebrew and expound the word from his Nestle-Aland or UBS Greek New Testament? The reality is that multiple versions in a church is just like God speaking to Judah through the stammering lips of the Chaldeans. The gospel needs continuity in its teaching and not confusion. If your church suffers from Multiple Version Disorder, then your church is under God’s Judgment. If the Bible that He gave us in 1611 which is bathed in the blood of the martyrs is not good enough for you, then you are a traitor by embracing the Roman Catholic modern versions, then you, like Judah, have become an enemy of Christ and your Christian walk will be a total disappointment.