Beware of Spirituality Without Theology

John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

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Alice Ann Bailey’s (1880-1949) occult writings are archived and promoted by the organization LUCIS TRUST,” which originally began in 1922 as “LUCIFER TRUST.” She was extremely intelligent as a writer, but unsaved and a devout Luciferian-worshipper. She woefully lacked the wisdom of God. For obvious reasons, the devil-loving company changed their name in 1925 to avoid public scrutiny…
The Lucis Trust’s publishing company was founded in the early 1920s as the Lucifer Publishing Company. The Lucis Trust says that the name was probably chosen to honor Lucifer. The name was changed in 1925 to the Lucis Publishing Company. In Latin lucem ferre means “to bear light” and lucis means of light. The company has headquarters in New York City, London, and Geneva.

SOURCE: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The stated purpose of Lucis Trust is to help prepare the world to receive the coming Antichrist…
“The coming world Teacher will be mainly concerned, not with the result of past error and inadequacy, but with the requirements of a new world order and with the reorganisation of the social structure. World Goodwill distributes educational and informative literature on these themes.”

SOURCE: Lucis – Purposes And Objectives

As I was doing some research today, I ran across the following disturbing writing by Alice Bailey, which prompted me to warn my page visitors about an increasing trend in the world, society and churches to pursue spirituality without theology. That’s all we hear nowadays from Oprah Winfrey and umpteen new agers, who speak of spirituality while expressing disdain for organized religion and Christian fundamentalism. I think it is safe to say that Alice Bailey could be called the mother of new age today. According to Alice Bailey, this trend is ushering in the New World Order (NWO) faster than we think.
Listen to what this evil woman, devil in disguise and mega false prophetess says…
The new world religion is nearer than many think, and this is due to two things: first, the theological quarrels are mainly over non-essentials, and secondly, the younger generation is basically spiritual but quite uninterested in theology. The intelligent youth of all countries are rapidly repudiating orthodox theology, state ecclesiasticism and the control of the church. They are neither interested in man-made interpretations of truth nor in past quarrels between the major world religions.
At the same time, they are profoundly interested in the spiritual values and are earnestly seeking verification of their deep-seated unvoiced recognitions. They look to no bible or system of so-called inspired spiritual knowledge and revelation, but their eyes are on the undefined larger wholes in which they seek to merge and lose themselves, such as the state, an ideology, or humanity itself. In this expression of the spirit of self-abnegation may be seen the appearance of the deepest truth of all religion and the justification of the Christian message.
Christ, in His high place, cares not whether men accept the theological interpretations of scholars and churchmen, but He does care whether the keynote of His life of sacrifice and service is reproduced among men; it is immaterial to Him whether the emphasis laid upon the detail and the veracity of the Gospel story is recognised and accepted, for He is more interested that the search for truth and for subjective spiritual experience should persist; He knows that within each human heart is found that which responds instinctively to God, and that the hope of ultimate glory lies hid in the Christ-consciousness.
Therefore, in the new world order, spirituality will supersede theology; living experience will take the place of theological acceptances. The spiritual realities will emerge with increasing clarity and the form aspect will recede into the background; the new emerging truths. These truths will be founded on the ancient realities but will be adapted to modern need and will manifest progressively the revelation of the divine nature and quality. God is now known as Intelligence and Love. That the past has given us. He must be known as Will and Purpose, and that the future will reveal.” [emphasis added]
SOURCE: Alice Bailey, The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, pp.201-202.

Alice Bailey was a devil. I don’t know if you caught it in the preceding quote, but Miss Bailey teaches that Jesus doesn’t care if people accept or reject the Gospel, just so long as they have what she terms, “the Christ-consciousness”…
Christ, in His high place, cares not whether men accept the theological interpretations of scholars and churchmen, but He does care whether the keynote of His life of sacrifice and service is reproduced among men; it is immaterial to Him whether the emphasis laid upon the detail and the veracity of the Gospel story is recognised and accepted, for He is more interested that the search for truth and for subjective spiritual experience should persist; He knows that within each human heart is found that which responds instinctively to God, and that the hope of ultimate glory lies hid in the Christ-consciousness.” [emphasis added]
SOURCE: Alice Bailey, The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, pp.201-202.

In other words, Alice Bailey is teaching people to reject everything that the Word of God teaches, except for Christ’s life of sacrifice for others. In the shameful, satanic world of Miss Bailey, Christianity is summed up and limited to living for others without being born-again. This is why we often hear new agers talking about Christ’s love, helping others and forgiveness; but they reject Christ’s preaching against sin (John 7:7), the need for the new second birth, His command to “SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES” (John 5:39) and the Lord’s teachings on everlasting Hell, fire and damnation for the unsaved (Matthew 18:8; 25:41). Effectively, new age retains the outer shell of Christianity, while hollowing out the interior and instead filling it with Luciferian doctrine. In other words, new age is repackaging devil-worship in a Christian wrapper. The Bible warns us that this is how satan normally operates…
2nd Corinthians 11:13-15, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
My Christian brethren and sisters, what I have just shared with you ought to compel you more than ever to do three things:
Support your local King James believing new testament church. You can learn all about the Church from Pastor Jack Hyles’ awesome Scriptural Bible study titled, what else, “THE CHURCH”. Alice Bailey said that the NWO is happening faster than expected because today’s youth are uninterested in orthodox theology (Bible fundamentals) and the Church. Again, as you just read, she states: “the younger generation is basically spiritual but quite uninterested in theology. The intelligent youth of all countries are rapidly repudiating orthodox theology, state ecclesiasticism and the control of the church. They are neither interested in man-made interpretations of truth nor in past quarrels between the major world religions.” Isn’t that terrible. Do you know why youth are no longer interested in the Church? It is because the Church is no longer interesting.
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Pastors don’t preach with authority anymore, because our churches have been infiltrated with corrupt authorityless Bible versions. The churches have lost their authority. We’ve been hearing a lot of talk lately from actors, singers, athletes and religious people, saying that they are “spiritual” but not religious. They are caught up into new age without even realizing it. This is why believers must support their local fundamental churches, who use only the King James Bible, go soul-winning, run bus routes, preach the simplicity that is in Christ and teach Biblical theology. Remember, the Church is the pillar of truth, which is build upon the foundation of Jesus Christ (1st Corinthians 3:11). 1st Timothy 3:15, “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” Matthew 16:18, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter (Greek: petros, pebble, a small piece of rock), and upon this rock (Greek: Petra, a mass of rock, a mountain) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The foundation of new age is Lucifer and their pillars are manmade occult doctrine.
Preach and teach the great theological doctrines of the inspired Word of God in our churches.
It is alarming that so many churches these days are telling children’s stories, singing songs, watching religious YouTube videos on large overhead projection screens, having Watchcare (cell block) Groups, enjoying special music and orchestras; but the doctrines of the Word of God are not taught, or barely taught. Every pastor and Christian worker ought to regularly teach the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith; namely, the Godhead, Christ’s deity, the inspiration and inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures, the blood applied in Heaven on the mercy seat, the virgin birth of Jesus, Christ’s sinless life, the simplicity that is in Christ (the Gospel), Christ’s imminent return (Rapture) and the Second Coming, Christ’s vicarious (substitute in our place) death on the cross, the Lord’s bodily resurrection, and all the Word of God.
Beware of spirituality creeping into the church without theology.
Theology is the study of God. Increasingly we are hearing America’s most famous preachers give motivational speeches (like Joel Osteen), deliver political speeches (like Mike Huckabee), and teach religious psychology (like Pat Robertson and James Dobson). This is not Biblical preaching! The great need of the hour is preaching preachers who preach nothing but the pure Word of God. I agree with Brother Lester Roloff that our Bible colleges ought to require preacher boys to memorize one full chapter of the Holy Bible each month. Our churches have lost their authority because our preachers don’t abide in the Word of God anymore.
Jesus said concerning the human heart of man, “for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh” (Luke 6:45). Most preachers merely surf the internet, read blogs, listen to liberal heretics like MacArthur and it shows in their lame authorityless sermonettes on Sunday. We’ve got to get into the Word of God if we are to preach with authority, because the Word of God is authoritative. Acts 4:13, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

These days our church pulpits are filled with all kinds of substitutes for Biblical theology. Beware of teachings of spiritually that are empty of the Scriptures, and talk of bettering human nature without the need for the new birth by faith in the Gospel (good news) of the Lord Jesus Christ. Religious humanism and new age go hand-in-hand. Any spirituality without the Holy Bible is satanic. “Ye must be born again” (John 3:5-7).
God deliver our churches from the curse of Joel Osteen’s motivational messages, Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life ecumenical garbage that eviscerates the old-time religion, Billy Graham’s Catholic-embracing ecumenical nightmare, John MacArthur’s false plan of Lordship Salvation and his error that Jesus’ blood is not applied to the heavenly mercy seat, and so forth! Our churches are in trouble. Rick Warren is a member of The Council On Foreign Relations (CFR), which is affiliated with Lucis Trust…
Lucis Trust is run through an international board of trustees whose membership is said to have included: John D. Rockefeller; Norman Cousins; Robert S. McNamara; Thomas Watson, Jr. (IBM, former U.S. Ambassador to Moscow); Henry Clausen, Grand Commander of the Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, Southern District Scottish Rite and Henry Kissinger. This would then tie Bailey’s influential occult organization into the international conspiracy of elitists, including the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Bilderbergs, and the Trilateral Commission. [emphasis added]
SOURCE: Lucis Trust, Alice Bailey & World Goodwill

Remember that Helena Blavatsky said occultists would infiltrate the churches. The founder of “Lucifer” Magazine in 1887, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891), and editor Annie Besant (1847-1933), along with other occultists believed that Christian churches were the key to introducing the doctrines of Lucifer to large masses of people. The 1904 annual report of the Theosophical Society stated:
I believe it is through the Churches and not through the Theosophical Society that Theosophy [the worship of Lucifer]… must and should come to large bodies of people in the West.
SOURCE: Transactions of the Theosophical Society, H. P. Blavatsky, Annie Besant, 1904, p. 377.

Alice Bailey Mentions “Christ” 666 Times in Her Book!
In all her ungodly writings, Alice Bailey continually speaks of Jesus and Lucifer both as “Christ.” She does this deliberately to confuse, deceive and mislead the naive reader into believing that the coming Antichrist will be Christ himself.
The preceding quote comes from Alice Bailey’s book titled, “The Externalisation Of The Hierarchy”, in which the word “Christ” appears 666 times!!! Yes! Search the document for yourself! This is a .pdf document, which opens with Adobe Acrobat. Every computer/smartphone/android device should have this free program/app installed, so you can read .pdf files.
It is no coincidence that Bailey mentions Christ 666 times, for this is the number of the Beast! Revelation 13:18, “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” Alice Bailey is as satanic as can be, mocking the Lord Jesus Christ by associating Him with 666. It should be visibly clear to the Christian reader that Miss Bailey wants to deceive her readers into recognizing the coming Antichrist (the Beast) as the true Messiah, the Christ.

It is not a coincidence that Christ-rejecting Jews (Judaism) and Arabs (Islam) are both awaiting their messiah, who will be the Antichrist. Both Judaizers and Muslims reject Jesus as the only begotten Son of God, the Christ, Who came 2,000 years ago to die on the cross to redeem men from their sins. Judaizers and Muslims are still awaiting their messiah (who will be the Antichrist – 2nd Thessalonians 2:4). We are now living in the end times, in which we will increasingly hear more about the coming Antichrist, who is called: the teacher, Maitreya, Mahdi, a world leader, Messiah, Christ, et cetera. Matthew 24:23, “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
Even more frightening is that the word “church” appears 119 times in the same book, evidencing Miss Bailey’s burning passion to corrupt the churches with her Luciferian doctrine!!! Read the following blasphemy by Miss Bailey, where she denies Christ as being the only begotten Son of God…
The Christian Church has laid so much emphasis on Christ’s unique position as the one and only Son of God that great error has crept in and has been fostered for centuries; Christ Himself foresaw the possibility of this error and tried to offset it by pointing out that we are all the “sons of God” and that “greater things than I do shall you do”—a statement which no commentators have ever understood or adequately explained. The occult fact is that there is no being on Earth, from the very lowest form of life to the very highest, who is not moving onward towards a greater and finer expression of divinity, and Christ Himself is no exception to this universal evolutionary law. [emphasis added]
SOURCE: Alice Bailey, The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, pp.201-202.

As evidenced by the preceding demonic quote (which is nearly identical to what Mormons teach), the philosophy of new age is that all men can be gods just as Jesus Christ. New agers and Mormons believe that Jesus was no more God than what is attainable by all men through religious enlightenment. In sharp contrast, the Holy Bible teaches that Jesus is Almighty God. The Godhead indwelt the fleshly body of the Lord Jesus Christ. Seventh-Day Adventists and Jehovah’s Witnesses errantly teach that Michael the archangel became Jesus. That is blasphemy! Jesus never was, nor ever will be, an archangel. Jesus is God, “the almighty” (Revelation 1:8 – King James Bible). John 1:1-3,14 and John 10:33 evidence that Jesus is God Almighty! If you want to get to know God, then you must get to know Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, by abiding in the Word as a born-again child of God.

All Modern Bible Versions Hide Lucifer, Just As Alice Bailey Does
In her writings, Alice Bailey continually makes references to the Kingdom of God, Christ, God, the church and many other religious terms; yet she deceptively hides her true allegiance to lucifer, satan! Likewise, all modern Bible versions have been corrupted, removing the only mention of “Lucifer” from the Bible in Isaiah 14:12. The following is a drastic comparison between the beloved King James Bible and the New International Reader’s Version (a teen Bible version that’s virtually identical to the NIV)…
KING JAMES BIBLEIsaiah 14:12-15, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
NEW INTERNATIONAL READER’S VERSION — Isaiah 14:12-15, “King of Babylonia, you thought you were the bright morning star. But now you have fallen from heaven! You once brought nations down. But now you have been thrown down to the earth! You said in your heart, ‘I will go up to heaven. I’ll raise my throne above the stars of God. I’ll sit as king on the mountain where the gods meet. I’ll set up my throne on the highest slopes of the sacred mountain. I will rise above the tops of the clouds. I’ll make myself like the Most High God.’ But now you have been brought down to the grave. You have been thrown into the deepest part of the pit.
Praise God for the trustworthy King James Bible!!! If you have a corrupted modern Bible (and they’re all corrupt), Lucifer is gone!

The New World Order Will Be Implemented By Apostates in the Churches!
Alice Bailey foretold that the satanic New World Order will be implemented and developed in the churches…
Nothing can prevent the new world religion from eventually emerging. It always has down the ages and it always will. There is no finality in the presentation of truth; it develops and grows to meet man’s growing demand for light. It will be implemented and developed by the spiritually minded in all churches, whose minds are open to the new inspirations of God’s Mind, who are liberal and kind and whose individual lives are pure and aspiring…. The problem of the freedom of the human soul and its individual relation to God Immanent and God Transcendent is the spiritual problem, facing all the world religions at this time.” [emphasis added]
SOURCE: Alice Bailey, Problems of Humanity, pp. 138-139.
If your church is using any Bible version other than the King James Bible, or in addition to the King James Bible, then Alice Bailey’s Luciferian doctrine is already in your church!!! All modern Bible versions totally remove the word “Godhead.” “Calvary” is gone too! And don’t look for the “Comforter,” because He’s missing as well!!! In the 1984 NIV, Jesus (the chief cornerstone) is changed to the Capstone” (see the All-Seeing-Eye at the top of the pyramid on back of every U.S. one dollar bill). Remember, Lucifer-lover Alice Bailey mentions the word “Christ” 666 times in her book, “The Externalisation Of The Hierarchy.” Literally, Miss Bailey wants to mislead you into thinking that the coming Antichrist is the Christ. The Devil is envious of God’s authority, just as feminists resent men being in authority. The God of the Holy Bible is an authoritative God. It is His way or the Highway to Hell.

My friend, Luciferian-worshippers are behind all modern Bible versions and very few pastors care enough to research the matter, or else they are too cowardly to go against their apostate headquarters (Moody Bible SINstitute, Bob Jones PANTSiversity, GAYlor University)! I was disgusted reading today that the student senate at Baylor University (a Baptist Bible college) want the school administration to remove the ban in their policy against “HOMOSEXUAL ACTS”. There is no controversy if you believe the Holy Bible!!! No Christian is right with God who supports LGBT rights! Homosexuality is a deviate form of behavior and a sin according to God’s Word (Romans 1:24-32). If your church or college supports gay rights, please leave if you love God! You cannot love sin and be God’s friend (James 4:4). Tragically, our churches are becoming indifferent, apathetic and complacent. This is why so many young people no longer respect the Church. They’ve lost their Biblical authority!
I think in the future, if the Lord tarries His return, that the time will come when there will be a big push to completely rid the churches of the beloved King James Bible. As the vile homosexual agenda is pushed upon American society and the churches, most of them will eventually embrace LGBT homosexual rights. At such a time, liberal churches and the leftist media will intensify their smear campaign against the King James Bible, demonizing God’s Holy Word is a terrorist’s manual, bigotry, hate-speech and inappropriate for the new reorganized social order.
All of the following words (and there are many more) are missing in the New International Version (NIV), which is tragically the most popular and best-selling Bible version in the world today…
Sodomite, regeneration, mercyseat, Calvary, remission, Jehovah, immutable, omnipotent, Comforter, Holy Ghost, Godhead, quickened, infallible, fornication, trucebreakers, propitiation, winebibbers, impute, carnal, slothful, unthankful, effeminate, backbiting, vanity, lasciviousness, whoredom, devils, Lucifer, damnation, brimstone, and the bottomless pit.
Whoa, they eviscerated the Holy Scriptures! The new corrupt Bible versions all attack Christ’s deity, remove the Godhead, diminish Christ’s preeminence and remove all of the important theological terms—thus changing the Word of God from a theological book into a spiritual book. It should be obvious to you now why—because satan wants to weaken, water-down, and corrupt the Word of God, so that the next generation of churchgoers will be much more susceptible to embrace the coming Antichrist. You can expect to see SYMBOLS of The Great Pyramid and the All-Seeing-Eye increasingly creeping into the churches. At present, the symbols are being crept in on Bible covers (see the Triqueta 666 symbol on the corrupt New King James Version), symbols on religious music CD labels, et cetera. Many churches are saturated with occult symbols, from the building architecture to the crosses on the altar.

There is much information available online.
The corrupters at Biblica got smart. Instead of publishing a new Bible version every few years to make money, they just keep updating the NIV. The NIV 2011 changed 38.8% of the content from the NIV 1984. Can you imagine, if the Lord tarries His return, how much more they will hollow-out the Word of God in the next 20-30 years? If the present trend continues, the NIV Bible version in 10-15 years will be so lacking of any theological terms that it will become a mere spiritual book for the unconverted, shallow, religious but lost, new age crowd. As the churches become more worldly, so also is the world becoming more churchy!
Notice that the updated NIV 2011 is 38.8% different than the original NIV 1984…
The NIV 2011 should be considered the offspring of the TNIV (Today’s NIV), and the grandson of the NIV 1984. The genetic stock shared by all three translations is 18859 verses, which is 60.7% verse similarity. Some genetic traits skip a generation, and this is the case 0.6% of the time, where the NIV 1984 and the NIV 2011 share 171 verses of commonality against the TNIV. But as one would imagine, the child is more similar to the parent, and the TNIV and the NIV 2011 share 31.3% genetic makeup, or 9736 verses. But genetics alone cannot prevent mutations and variation, so the NIV 2011 is unique 7.5% of the time, or 2320 verses of originality. Broken down, this means that the NIV 2011 is 38.8% different than the NIV 1984 and 8% different than the TNIV. (See Robert Slowley. John Dyer has slightly different figures).
SOURCE: SBC VOICES and see also, NIV2011 comparison with the NIV1984 and TNIV.

The dark predictions of Helena Blavatsky and Alice Bailey concerning the churches being infiltrated by the occult is a present-day reality. It’s already happening! If today’s churches are embracing the vile homosexual agenda, and are voting for sex-perverted Mormon leaders like Mitt Romney, and have bought into the state’s 501c3 licensing bribe, and worship present-day apostate and satanic Israel, and are using satanic corrupted Bible versions—you can be assured that they’ll also embrace the Luciferian doctrine, which substitutes new age spirituality in place of Biblical theology. Without the time-tested, pure, preserved, inspired, inerrant, infallible, precious, Words of God in the King James Bible, the churches won’t stand a chance against the devil.
Please get you a King James Bible if you don’t have one already; love it, use it, read it, preach it, study it, memorize it and keep it by your side at all times. Don’t let the devil’s crowd take your King James Bible in exchange for a satanic “bible” version that has removed or changed 64,000 words in the butchered NIV as compared to the trustworthy King James Bible. satan is diluting the theological integrity of the Bible, making it read like a comic book. The devil’s greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again, which is exactly what new age is doing! JESUS IS PRECIOUS!!! END

QUESTION: Where does the Bible confirm that the Earth is round?

ANSWER: Nowhere

The bible does not state anywhere that the earth is round.
People who try to justify that the bible describes the earth as spherical fail miserably.

The Hebrew and Canaanite cosmology and creation myth was in all likelihood borrowed from the neighbouring Babylonian (and possibly Egyptian) flat earth cosmology, which considered the earth as a flat ciscular disc, covered by a semi-spherical dome (called “vault”, “firmament” or heaven in the Bible), with the sun, moon and stars as small objects inserted into (not above) the dome. The firmament (sky) was seen as a solid semispherical “ceiling“:

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Other ancient cosmologies at the time (for example the Greeks and Egyptians) also had flat earth cosmologies. The Egyptian cosmology described the earth as a flat square, but the Babylonians described it as a flat circular disc.

From their geographical and historical context, one would expect the ancient Hebrews to have a flat-earth cosmology.
… students with remarkably disparate points of view independently concluded that the ancient Hebrews had a flat-earth cosmology, often deriving this view from scripture alone. Their conclusions were dramatically confirmed by the rediscovery of 1 Enoch.

The creation story in Genesis, as well as many other bible verses, only make sense if your read it with this flat earth cosmology in mind:

The Genesis creation story provides the first key to the Hebrew cosmology. The order of creation makes no sense from a conventional perspective but is perfectly logical from a flat-earth viewpoint. The earth was created on the first day, and it was “without form and void” (Genesis 1:2). On the second day, a vault the “firmament” of the King James version was created to divide the waters, some being above and some below the vault. Only on the fourth day were the sun, moon, and stars created, and they were placed “in” (not “above”) the vault.
This picture of the cosmos is reinforced by Ezekiel’s vision. The Hebrew word raqiya appears five times in Ezekiel, four times in Ezekiel 1:22-26 and once in Ezekiel 10:1. In each case the context requires a literal vault or dome. The vault appears above the “living creatures” and glitters “like a sheet of ice.” Above the vault is a throne of sapphire (or lapis lazuli). Seated on the throne is “a form in human likeness,” which is radiant and “like the appearance of the glory of the Lord.” In short, Ezekiel saw a vision of God sitting throned on the vault of heaven, as described in Isaiah 40:22.

When keeping this ancient view of the earth in mind, it now suddenly also makes perfect sense how people who wrote the bible could think that:
God could “open the windows of heaven and the fountains of the earth” to flood the entire earth during Noah’s flood,
the devil could take Jesus to a very high mountain to see “all the kingdoms of the world“,
stars could sing (they were consider demigods in the Babylonian mythology) and fall from the sky,
God could command the sun (also a demigod) to stand still for a day.
people could build the Tower of Babel to reach the heaven,
people could see “a tree of great height at the centre of the earth…reaching with its top to the sky and visible to the earth’s farthest bounds“,
God is “at the zenith of the heavens and looks down on all the stars, high as they are“,
God “walketh on the vault of heaven“,
and many more (see link at the bottom).
Some of the answers on this page, which uses the quote about the “circle of the earth” to argue that the bible describe the earth as round, refers to this passage in the bible:
Isaiah‬ ‭40:21-22‬ ‭KJV‬‬:

Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.

People who use this verse to argue that the earth is round, reminds me about this quote from the link below:

Those who claim Biblical support for a spherical earth typically ignore this forest of consistency and focus on one or two aberrant trees. Some take refuge in audacity. Henry Morris, president of the Institute for Creation Research, cites one of the more explicitly flat-earth verses in the Old Testament Isaiah 40:22, the “grasshopper” verse quoted earlier as evidence for the sphericity of the earth. Quoting the King James version “he sitteth upon the circle of the earth” Morris ignores the context and the grasshoppers and claims “circle” should read “sphericity” or “roundness” [1956, 8]. This divide and conquer strategy is poor scholarship and worse logic.

Other efforts to justify that the Bible describes the earth as spherical, as can be seen in some of the answers on this page, is easily refuted:

Heroic efforts have been made by apologists to explain away the firmament, which encloses the celestial bodies, has waters above it, and is a masterpiece proving the Creator’s craftsmanship.
Perhaps the scripture most frequently offered as evidence of the earth’s sphericity is the King James version of Job 26:7, “He stretcheth out the north [tsaphon] over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing [beliymah].” (The [*unfortunately] New English Bible translates it, “God spreads the canopy of the sky over chaos and suspends earth in the void.”) It is not clear what this means. The Hebrew tsaphon literally meant hidden or dark, and it was used in reference to the northern regions. Beliymah literally means “nothing.” That would contradict all of the scriptures which say the earth rests on foundations, but that interpretation is not necessary. We will return to Job 26:7 later.
Bouw’s most interesting argument for sphericity is based on the gospel of Luke. He compares the King James version of Luke 17:31 and 17:34. The former says “In that day, he which shall be upon the house top…” and the latter “in that night there shall be two men in one bed…”. Bouw then cites 1 Corinthians 15:52 to argue that the events are simultaneous, claiming simultaneity is possible only on a spherical earth. First of all, the latter claim is wrong. The modern (though not the ancient) flat-earth model has day and night occurring simultaneously at different points on earth. Second, the Greek hemera was used much like the English “day.” It could mean the daylight hours, a 24-hour day, or (figuratively) an epoch of unspecified length. Third, Luke appears to have been writing figuratively, and citing Paul to prove otherwise begs the question.
In my view, all arguments to prove the Bible teaches a spherical earth are weak if not wrong- headed. On the other hand, the flat-earth cosmology previously described is historically consistent and requires none of the special pleading apparently necessary to harmonize the Bible with sphericity.

Sources:
1. The Flat-Earth Bible:
https://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/f…
2. Ancient Hebrew Conception of the Universe and Flat Earth Biblical Belief:
http://etb-cosmology.blogspot.co…

“Easter” in Acts 12:4

Is “Easter” in Acts 12:4 a mistranslation of the word “pascha” or should it be translated as “passover”?

“pascha” is properly translated “Easter” in Acts 12:4 as the following explanation will show.
The Greek word which is translated “Easter” in Acts 12:4 is the word “pascha“. This word appears twenty-nine times in the New Testament. Twenty-eight of those times the word is rendered “Passover” in reference to the night when the Lord passed over Egypt and killed all the firstborn of Egypt (Exodus 12:12), thus setting Israel free from four hundred years of bondage.
The many opponents to the concept of having a perfect Bible have made much of this translation of “pascha“.
Coming to the word “Easter” in God’s Authorized Bible, they seize upon it imagining that they have found proof that the Bible is not perfect. Fortunately for lovers of the word of God, they are wrong. Easter, as we know it, comes from the ancient pagan festival of Astarte. Also known as Ishtar (pronounced “Easter“). This festival has always been held late in the month of April. It was, in its original form, a celebration of the earth “regenerating” itself after the winter season. The festival involved a celebration of reproduction. For this reason the common symbols of Easter festivities were the rabbit (the same symbol as “Playboy” magazine), and the egg. Both are known for their reproductive abilities. At the center of attention was Astarte, the female deity. She is known in the Bible as the “queen of heaven” (Jeremiah 7:18; 44:17-25). She is the mother of Tammuz (Ezekiel 8:14) who was also her husband!

These perverted rituals would take place at sunrise on Easter morning (Ezekiel 8:13-16). From the references in Jeremiah and Ezekiel, we can see that the true Easter has never had any association with Jesus Christ.
The problem is that even though the Jewish passover was held in mid April (the fourteenth) and the pagan festival Easter was held later the same month, how do we know that Herod was referring to Easter in Acts 12:4 and not the Jewish passover? If he was referring to the passover, the translation of “pascha” as “Easter” is incorrect. If he was indeed referring to the pagan holyday (holiday) Easter, then the King James Bible (1611) must truly be the very word and words of God for it is the only Bible in print today which has the correct reading.
To unravel the confusion concerning “Easter” in verse 4, we must consult our FINAL authority, THE BIBLE. The key which unlocks the puzzle is found not in verse 4, but in verse 3. (“Then were the days of unleavened bread… ” [*ALWAYS read the CONTEXT of a verse before making assumptions]) To secure the answer that we seek, we must find the relationship of the passover to the days of unleavened bread. We must keep in mind that Peter was arrested during the “days of unleavened bread” (Acts 12:3).
Our investigation will need to start at the first Passover. This was the night in which the LORD smote all the firstborn in Egypt. The Israelites were instructed to kill a lamb and strike its blood on the two side posts and the upper door post (Exodus 12:4-5). Let us now see what the Bible says concerning the first passover, and the days of unleavened bread.
Exodus 12:13-18: “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
    14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.
    15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
    16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.
    17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.
    18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.
Here in Exodus 12:13 we see how the passover got its name. The LORD said that He would “pass over” all of the houses which had the blood of the lamb marking the door.
After the passover (Exodus 12:13-14), we find that seven days shall be fulfilled in which the Jews were to eat unleavened bread. These are the days of unleavened bread!
In verse 18 we see that dates for the observance were April 14th through the 21st.
This religious observance is stated more clearly in Numbers 28:16-18: “And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the passover of the LORD.
    17 And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.
    18 In the first day shall be an holy convocation;ye shall do no manner of servile work therein:
In verse 16 we see that the passover is only considered to be the 14th of the month. On the next morning, the 15th begins the “days of unleavened bread.
Deuteronomy 16:1-8: “Observe the month of Abib (April), and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.
    2 Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto the LORD thy God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the LORD shall choose to place his name there.
    3 Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread of affliction: for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste: that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life.
    4 And there shall be no leavened bread seen with thee in all thy coast seven days; neither shall there any thing of the flesh, which thou sacrificedst the first day at even, remain all night until the morning.
    5 Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee:
    6 But at the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt.
    7 And thou shalt roast and eat it in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: and thou shalt turn in the morning, and go unto thy tents.
    8 Six days thou shalt eat unleavened bread: and on the seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work therein.
Here in Deuteronomy we see again that the passover is sacrificed on the first night (Deuteronomy 16:1). It is worth noting that the passover was to be celebrated in the evening (vs.6) not at sunrise (Ezekiel 8:13-16).
In II Chronicles 8:13 we see that the feast of unleavened bread was one of the three Jewish feasts to be kept during the year.
II Chronicles 8:13: “Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles.
Whenever the passover was kept, it always preceded the feast of unleavened bread. In II Chronicles 30 some Jews who were unable to keep the passover in the first month were allowed to keep it in the second. But the dates remained the same.
II Chronicles 30:15-21: “Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the second month: and the priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt offerings into the house of the LORD. And the children of lsrael that were present at Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with great gladness: and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD day by day, singing with loud instruments unto the LORD.
Ezra 6:19-22: “And the children of the captivity kept the passover upon the fourteenth day of the first month. And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for the LORD had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.
We see then, from studying what the BIBLE has to say concerning the subject that the order of events went as follows:
(1) On the 14th of April the lamb was killed. This is the passover. No event following the 14th is ever referred to as the passover.
(2) On the morning of the 15th begins the days of unleavened bread, also known as the feast of unleavened bread.
It must also be noted that whenever the passover is mentioned in the New Testament, the reference is always to the meal, to be eaten on the night of April 14th not the entire week. The days of unleavened bread are NEVER referred to as the Passover. (It must be remembered that the angel of the Lord passed over Egypt on one night, not seven nights in a row.
Now let us look at Acts 12:3-4: “And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
Verse 3 shows that Peter was arrested during the days of unleavened bread (April 15-2 1). The Bible says: “…(Then were the days of unleavened bread.)” The passover (April 14th) had already come and gone. Herod could not possibly have been referring to the passover in his statement concerning Easter. The next Passover was a year away! But the pagan holiday of Easter was just a few days away. Remember! Herod was a pagan Roman who worshipped the “queen of heaven“. He was NOT a Jew. He had no reason to keep the Jewish passover. Some might argue that he wanted to wait until after the passover for fear of upsetting the Jews. There are two grievous faults in this line of thinking.
First, Peter was no longer considered a Jew. He had repudiated Judaism. The Jews would have no reason to be upset by Herod’s actions.
Second, he could not have been waiting until after the passover because he thought the Jews would not kill a man during a religious holiday. They had killed Jesus during passover (Matthew 26:17-19,47). They were also excited about Herod’s murder of James. Anyone knows that a mob possesses the courage to do violent acts during religious festivities, not after.

In further considering Herod’s position as a Roman, we must remember that the Herods were well known for celebrating (Matthew 14:6-11). In fact, in Matthew chapter 14 we see that a Herod was even willing to kill a man of God during one of his celebrations.
It is elementary to see that Herod, in Acts 12, had arrested Peter during the days of unleavened bread, after the passover. The days of unleavened bread would end on the 21st of April. Shortly after that would come Herod’s celebration of pagan Easter. Herod had not killed Peter during the days of unleavened bread simply because he wanted to wait until Easter. Since it is plain that both the Jews (Matthew 26:17- 47) and the Romans (Matthew 14:6-11) would kill during a religious celebration, Herod’s opinion seemed that he was not going to let the Jews “have all the fun“. He would wait until his own pagan festival and see to it that Peter died in the excitement.
Thus we see that it was God’s providence which had the Spirit-filled translators of our Bible (King James) to CORRECTLY translate “pascha” as “Easter“. It most certainly did not refer to the Jewish passover. In fact, to change it to “passover” would confuse the reader and make the truth of the situation unclear.

1st Timothy 3:16

by Martin A. Shue
(in loyal defense of the inspired King James Bible)

1st Timothy 3:16, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Perhaps the most axiomatic of all the Fundamentals of the Christian faith is the Deity of Jesus Christ. One of the most explicit verses in the Bible testifying to the fact that Jehovah-God became incarnate in the flesh is 1 Timothy 3:16. In 1857 Jonathan Philpott (The Gospel Standard) prophesied that this very verse would be tampered with should any revision of the AV be attempted by anybody. Very ominously Philpott’s prediction was fulfilled by B.F. Westcott and F.J.A. Hort and the entire Revision Committee of 1881. Just as Philpott had foretold Hort convinced the Revision Committee to remove “God” from His own Incarnation in 1 Timothy 3:16.
In place of the AV reading, “God was manifest in the flesh” the Revised Version (RV) reads “He who was manifested.” Those that support such a reading along with the many omissions and changes in the modern versions purport that no doctrine has been effected. However, this is simply not true as you can see by the example set before us. One of the members of the Revision Committee, Dr. Vance Smith, certainly did not see it this way. Dr. Vance Smith, the Unitarian Minister of St. Saviour’s Gate Chapel, York, openly denied the Godhead of our Lord Jesus Christ yet he was permitted to work on the translation of the RV.
On June 22, 1870 Dr. Smith attended a Communion service with the rest of his fellow Revisers in Westminster-Abbey in Henry VII’s Chapel. Here at this service Dr. Smith partook of Holy Communion only to declare the next day “that he received the Sacrament on this occasion without ‘joining in reciting the Nicene Creed,’ and without ‘compromise,’ (as he expressed it,) of his principles as an ‘Unitarian.’” Despite what our modern textual critics and supporters of the modern versions say Dr. Smith positively believed that by changing 1 Tim. 3:16 they were changing doctrine. Dr. Smith made the following comments regarding this passage:
The old reading is pronounced untenable by the Revisers, as it has long been known to be by all careful students of the New Testament…. It is in truth another example of the facility with which ancient copiers could introduce the word God into their manuscripts—a reading which was the natural result of the growing tendency in early Christian times…to look upon the humble Teacher as the incarnate Word, and therefore as ‘God manifestedin the flesh’” (Burgon quoting Dr. Smith, Revision Revised, p. 515)

From Dr. Smith’s quote you can see very clearly that altering this verse does in fact affect doctrine. Because of this we will be examining the possible readings for 1 Timothy 3:16 in this article in order to determine which is the correct reading.

It would be to our advantage to first set forth and explain the possible Greek readings. There are in essence three possible Greek readings for this passage of Scripture: 1) qeos (Theos or God) 2) os (Hos or Who) 3) o (Ho or Which). In reality the two rival readings are Theos ephaneroth (‘God was manifested’) and to . (“the mystery of godliness, who”). We should also explain the “nomina sacra”, which simply means that words such as “God”, “Christ” and “Jesus” were routinely abbreviated in the Unicals. In the example set before us “Theos” would be abbreviated QC with a line written over both letters indicating that an abbreviation has taken place.
It should also be noted that “who” is written OC in the Unicals without the line above the letters. By now it should be growing increasingly obvious how some of the MSS (manuscripts) were corrupted to read OC (who) instead of QC (God) (remember the line above the letters) since the only thing that distinguishes the two are two horizontal strokes–one above the letters and the other a small stroke that distinguishes Q (Theta) from O (Omikron). One of the causes of such corruption is due to the fact that it was the custom by scribes to make these lines “so wonderously faintly” that on occasion they escape detection. To demonstrate what I am talking about we will look at the often disputed Codex A (Alexandrinus).
Bishop Ellicott, head of the Revision Committee of 1881, stated that “Os is read with A [indisputably; after minute personal inspection…].” In making this proclamation Bp. Ellicott joined Westcott/Hort, Griesbach, Tregelles, Tischendorf, et al. Ellicott claimed that the reason Codex A appeared to read (Theos) was because on the back of the page was found an Epsilon (E), which he professed had bled through the page thus making the Omikron (O) appear to be a Theta (Q). However, he was, as is common among the textual critics, long on theory but short on facts. Scrivener, Burgon and many others proved him to be wrong by a simple experiment, viz. by holding the MS. up to a very bright light proving that the sagitta of the Epsilon only covered one third of the Theta and as Prebentary Scrivener pointed out it “cuts much too high” to be mistaken for the diameter of the Theta (Q). In addition to this we have the testimony of others who have either collated A or have personally inspected the MS.
Patrick Young was the first to collate Codex A (1628-1652) and it is certain that he read “Theos” (God). For Young transmitted this reading to Archbishop Ussher, who in turn passed this reading on to Hammond before 1653. It is certain that the scholar Huish read “Theos” in Codex A when he sent his collation to Brian Walton, who published his New Testament in 1657. In 1659 Bishop Pearson unquestionably read “Theos” when he made the statement, “we find not os (who) in any copy”. Then 16 years later (i.e. 1675) Bishop Fell further witnessed to the fact that Codex A reads “Theos” when he published his New Testament. Another individual, Mill, who worked on the New Testament from 1677 to 1707 declares that he read “Theos” in this place in the MS.
Another who collated Codex A, Bentley (1716), knew no other reading than “Theos” in 1 Timothy 3:16. Still yet, one of the most resounding testimonies was made by Wooton in 1718:
There can be no doubt” (he says) “that this MS. always exhibited QC [remember the horizontal line over the letters]. Of this, any one may easily convince himself who will be at the pains to examine the place with attention (Burgon citing Wooton, Revision Revised, p. 433).” [words in brackets mine].

In 1716 Wetstein relayed to the Rev. John Kippax that someone had apparently “retouched” the middle stroke of the Q but that the original stroke of the Q could still be seen protruding from each end of the correctors stroke. In addition to this Berriman, who gave Lectures on the authentic reading of 1 Timothy 3:16 in 1737-1738, reached the following conclusion

If therefore” (he adds) “at any time hereafter the old line should become altogether undiscoverable, there will never be just cause to doubt but that the genuine, and original reading of the MS. was QC: and that the new strokes, added at the top and in the middle by the corrector were not designed to corrupt and falsify, but to preserve and perpetuate the true reading, which was in danger of being lost by the decay of Time (Burgon citing Berriman (1741), Revision Revised, p. 433).

Many others who examined the Codex also testified that it read “Theos”, however, so as not to abuse the patience of my readers I shall only mention two more. Perhaps one of the greatest and most learned scholars of all time, F. H. A. Scrivener, had this to say concerning Codex A:

I have examined Codex A at least twenty times within as many years and seeing (as every one must) with my own eyes, I have always felt convinced that it reads QC (Scrivener, Introduction, p.553)

The next and last witness we shall call is Adam Clarke. In his commentary on this verse Clarke makes the following observation:

This is very frequent in the oldest MSS., and is continually recurring in the Codex Bexae, and Codex Alexandrinus. If, therefore, the middle stroke of the “Theta”, in “Theos”, happened to be faint, or obliterated, and the dash above not very apparent, both of which I have observed in ancient MSS., then QC, the contraction for “Theos”, God, might be mistaken for “os” which or who; and vice versa. This appears to have been the case in the Codex Alexandrinus, in this passage. To me there is ample reason to believe that the Codex Alexandrinus originally read “Theos”, God, in this place; but the stroke becoming faint by length of time and injudicious handling, of which the MS. in this place has had a large proportion, some person has supplied the place, most reprehensibly, with a thick black line. This has destroyed the evidence of this MS., as now it can neither be quoted pro or con, though it is very likely that the person who supplied the ink line, did it from a conscientious conviction that “Theos” was the original reading of this MS. I examined this MS. about thirty years ago, and this was the conviction that rested then on my mind. I have seen the MS. several times since, and have not changed my opinion. The enemies of the Deity of Christ have been at as much pains to destroy the evidence afforded by the common reading in support of this doctrine as if this text were the only one by which it can be supported; they must be aware that John 1:1, and 14, proclaim the same truth; and that in those verses there is no authority to doubt the genuineness of the reading. We read, therefore, God was manifested in the flesh, and I cannot see what good sense can be taken out of, the GOSPEL was manifested in the flesh; or, the mystery of godliness was manifested in the flesh. After seriously considering this subject in every point of light, I hold with the reading in the commonly received text (Adam Clarke, Clarke’s Commentary, Vol. 8, ppg.151-152).

I couldn’t agree more with Clarke as to the enemies of the Deity of Christ going through “much pains” to destroy the evidence that this verse offers. It would seem obvious that these enemies have succeeded in destroying this evidence in the many modern versions. I would also concur with Mr. Clarke that the reading of the modern versions makes no “good sense” and that the reading of the “commonly received text” is the genuine reading. With this we will dismiss ourselves from the discussion surrounding Codex A.

We  will now turn our attention to the evidence afforded us by the whole body of Greek manuscripts. In order not to confuse the reader I will deal with each of the 3 variants separately:
1) We will begin by looking at the evidence for the reading “HO” or “which” as it is translated into English. There is very little evidence attesting to this particular reading. It has the support of five ancient versions, viz. the Latin, the Peshitta, the Coptic, the Sahidic, and the Ethiopic Versions. This type of support is certainly not to be overlooked but if it is to be considered authentic it should also have the support of the Greek MSS. as well as Patristic support. This is where the support for the reading “which” breaks down severely. Of the mass of Greek MSS. the reading “HO” is found in only Codex D (Claromontanus)(6th century). Further it is only cited by two Church Fathers, viz. Gelasius of Cyzicus (A.D. 476) and an unknown author of a homily in the Appendix to Chrysostom. Thus, with such support, or rather lack of, it would seem obvious that “HO” (“which”) is not the original reading of 1 Timothy 3:16. We pass on to our next variant.
2) We will now look at the evidence for the reading “HOS” or “who”. The fact of the matter is “HOS” doesn’t fair much better than “HO” in its support. Among the ancient versions it receives the support of only one version, the Gothic. Interesting to note it does not receive support, in the way of a citation, by a single Greek Church Father. Likewise, it is only to be found in six Greek extant MSS., Aleph (Sinaiticus), Paul 17, 73; Apostolic 12, 85, 86. It may be of some interest to the reader to note that the revered B (Vaticanus) is silent concerning 1 Tim. 3:16 because it does not contain the book of 1 Timothy at all. Considering the reading “HOS” (“who”) rests on such scant evidence it has no doubt found its way into the modern versions due to it being found in the other adored MS., Aleph. It is simply unfathomable how any serious textual critic or any translational committee would even give earnest consideration to this reading. Yet, it was adopted by Westcott and Hort in their Greek Text. In like manner it is the reading found in the Nestle/Aland Greek Text and the UBS Greek Text. Therefore, nearly all of the modern versions have rejected “Theos” (God) in favor of “HOS” (who). Some of the popular translations read as follows:
New International Version– “He appeared in a body,”
New American Standard Version (Bible)– “He who was revealed in the flesh,
New Revised Standard Version– “He was revealed in flesh,
American Standard Version– “He who was manifested in the flesh,
Today’s English Version– “He appeared in human form,
As you can readily see most of the modern versions don’t really follow ANY Greek Text in this passage. In a weak attempt to avoid using “Theos” and to make sense out of an unintelligible sentence most versions have erroneously inserted the word “He”. This shows willful intent on their part because “He” is not found in ONE SINGLE GREEK MANUSCRIPT. As Dean Burgon said,
And now, will you listen while I state the grounds on which I am convinced that your substitution of “HOS” for “Theos” in 1 Tim. iii. 16 is nothing else but a calamitous perversion of the Truth (Burgon, Revision Revised, p. 485)?

It has already been noted that 2 of these cursive copies (Paul 17 and 73) read “who”. I am happy to say that the other 252 copies read “Theos” (God). Consider that for a moment—out of the 254 cursive copies 252 copies read “God” just as the Authorized Version does at 1 Tim. 3:16. In addition to these 252 manuscripts we have already established that the Unical Codex A exhibits “God”, to this we can add K, L and P (all of the 9th century) and we would not think ourselves dishonorable to also claim for our side C (5th century), F and G (9th century). We can also add to this number 33 ancient copies of the ‘Apostolus’. The ‘Apostolus’ is simply the book of the Lectionaries which contains Paul’s Epistles. These Lectionaries are significant in that they reflect the Ecclesiastical Tradition. In the early church the various Scripture readings where divided up into lections and were read in the churches based on the lectionary schedule. As you can see these Lectionaries reflect the text the early church used and consider original. Again, Burgon demonstrated that there are 36 known copies of the ‘Apostolus’–out of these 36 copies “God” is found in 33 of the copies and “Who” survives in only 3 copies. It is plain to see that the Ecclesiastical Tradition is clearly against the readings “who” or “which” being almost unanimously in favor of “God” in this passage.
Now we will examine the evidence provided us of the Early Church Fathers. In his Dissertation on I Tim. 3:16 Dean Burgon cites no less than 23 Fathers who support the reading “Theos”. A few of these follow:
Ignatius (A.D. 90) writes:
There is one physician, both fleshly and spiritual; made and not made; God in the flesh” (Ephesians 2:7) and “God himself being made manifest in the form of a man.” (Ephesians 4:13).

It is of particular interest to note that Ignatius uses the Greek word for God (theos), and for flesh (sarki) in the first citation and the Greek word for manifest (using the form peanerasas) in the second, as does the Greek text of the KJV in 1 Timothy 3:16.

Hippolytus (A.D. 190) writes:
A man, therefore, even though he will it not, is compelled to acknowledge God the Father Almighty, and Christ Jesus the Son of God, who, being God, became man, to whom also the Father made all things subject,” and “And even as He was preached then, in the same manner also did He come and manifest Himself, being by the Virgin and the Holy Spirit made a new man; for in that He had the heavenly (nature) of the Father, as the Word and the earthly (nature), as taking to Himself the flesh from the old Adam by the medium of the Virgin, He now, coming forth into the world, was manifested as God in a body, coming forth too as a perfect man” (Hippolytus, Against The Heresy Of One Noetus, viii and xvii)
Gregory of Nyssa (A.D. 370) writes:
How is it that he who speaks thus fails to understand that God when manifested in flesh did not admit for the formation of His own body the conditions of human nature, but was born for us a Child by the Holy Ghost and the power of the Highest;” (Gregory, Against Eunomius, 2:7)

Gregory of Nyssa is found to quote this place at least 22 times, each time he quotes “Theos” (God).

The ancient versions that attest to “Theos” are, the Georgian Version (6th century), the Harkleian Version (7th century) and the Slavonic Version (9th century). This reading is also authenticated by the following English translations:
Tyndale 1534—God was shewed in the flesshe.
Great Bible 1539—God was shewed in the flesshe.
Geneva N.T. 1557—God is shewed in the fleshe.
Bishops’ Bible in 1568—God was shewed manifestly in the flesh.
Young 1862—God was manifested in flesh.
Here we will bring to a close our discussion of 1 Timothy 3:16. I believe as one surveys the evidence set forth that no other conclusion can be reached other than the fact that “Theos” was the word penned by the beloved Apostle Paul. It must also be concluded that the modern versions (NIV, NASV (NASB), NRSV, NLT, etc.) have indeed erred at 1 Tim. 3:16 by rendering this verse “He who” etc. and by doing so have altered one of the most fundamental of all Christian doctrines. Further, this reading makes no logical sense in the context of the verse. For there is nogreat mystery” in a man being manifest in the flesh. I concur with Dr. Berriman who concluded:
From whence can it be supposed that this general, I may say this universal consent of the Greek MSS. should arise, but from hence,—That “Theos” is the genuine original reading of this Text” (Burgon quoting Berriman, Revision Revised, p.446)?”

The readings of the modern versions are so absurd that even James White

(The King James Only Controversy p.207ff),

who is certainly no friend of the Traditional Received Text nor of the Authorized Version, admits that “there is much to be said in defense of the KJV rendering,” and that he “prefer[s] this reading, and feel[s] that it has more than sufficient support among the Greek manuscripts.

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth,” John 17:17

‘Easy-To-Read Version’ (ERV) Eliminates Doctrine of Imputation

As I mentioned in this other blog I was going to post the following…

EASY-TO-READ VERSION’ (ERV) ELIMINATES DOCTRINE OF IMPUTATION

By David J. Stewart | February 2015

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Matthew 15:8-9, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
        In order for the Luciferian-worshipping occultists to infiltrate and corrupt the churches (as they said they would do), the foundations of Christianity must be destroyed. Psalms 11:3, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?1st Corinthians 3:11 tells us that the Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Church, Who is THE WORD OF GOD (Revelation 19:13). The Word of God is our spiritual milk and meat (our food). If satan can effectively change the Bible, then he can change and ruin us.
In fact, satan can lead a church astray, deceiving them to follow a false plan of salvation. satan’s greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again. All the devil needs to do is to change the meaning of how a person is saved. There are churches all across the world today where unsaved religious people meet regularly to WORSHIP JESUS CHRIST IN VAIN, because they have adopted a wrong plan of salvation. This is happening to many of our evangelical churches, because satan has infiltrated them with corrupt Bible versions, which have changed what it means to be saved.
The modern corrupt Bible versions teach a corrupt plan of salvation. Thus, it does not come as a surprise that they have also removed the important doctrine of IMPUTATION, which is a vital doctrine to help the Bible study understand how salvation happens.
The word IMPUTETH is so important!!! The word “impute” means, “to pass to one’s account, to count over”. It means that Jesus places His righteousness upon our record when we trust upon Him for salvation. Imputation has everything to do with Christ, and nothing to do with us, except that we are the recipient of God’s great mercy through faith in the Gospel of Christ’s death on the cross for our sins, burial and His resurrection from the dead three days later (1st Corinthians 15:1-4).

ERV Corrupts Romans 4:5-6, Eliminating the Doctrine of Imputation
In the following passage of Scriptures, the satanic Easy-To-Read Version (ERV) butchers Romans 4:5-6. Notice carefully the important theological term “IMPUTETH” in Romans 4:6 of the faithful KJB, which is completely removed from the ERV. I’ll explain this more in a moment. The KJB is correct below, but the second quote is from the ERV, which is awful, heretical and wicked . . .
KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) — Romans 4:5-6, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works. [emphasis added]

EASY-TO-READ VERSION (ERV) — Romans 4:5-6, “But people cannot do any work that will make them right with God. So they must trust in him. Then he accepts their faith, and that makes them right with him. He is the one who makes even evil people right. David said the same thing when he was talking about the blessing people have when God accepts them as good without looking at what they have done. [emphasis added]

They’ve corrupted this Scripture passage! Do you see what they’ve horribly done? Whereas the King James Bibles teaches that God imputes the righteousness of Christ to the believer; the ERV foolishly says God accepts a person as good by faith, which means something different entirely. God doesn’t accept someone as “good” by faith; but rather, God attributes HIS righteousness to us by faith. Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.
God told us to study the Bible in 2nd Timothy 2:15. What is so hard about looking up the meaning of “imputeth?” By removing this important theological word from the KJB and replacing it with some religious nonsense, the doctrine of imputation has effectively been stricken from the ERV (which is a typical corruption in all modern Bible versions). satan is changing the Bible into a spiritual book instead of a theological book.
The basis of obtaining justification is through God’s (Jesus’) righteousness being IMPUTED to the sinner through faith in Christ, Who paid our sin debt on the cross. Jesus took our sins upon Himself on the cross, paying a debt that He did not owe. When we BELIEVE the Gospel, God takes Jesus’ righteousness, and places it upon our record. So God imputes our sins to Jesus, 👑 and then He imputes Jesus’ righteousness to us. Isn’t that beautiful?!?!?! 😁
This is why we don’t need any works to be saved, because Christ paid for it all by the sacrifice of His body on the cross, and the sprinkling of His shed blood upon the mercy seat in Heaven (Hebrews 9:12, 24; 12:24).
The corrupt ERV says in Romans 4:5, “So they must trust in him. Then he accepts their faith, and that makes them right with him.This is wrong! It is not our faith that makes us right with God. It is Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and His applied blood in Heaven that makes us right with God, in response to our faith in the Gospel. The ERV obliterates the entire doctrine of imputation. Christ died on the cross as our LAMB (John 1:29), and He raised up bodily three days later and ascended into Heaven as our HIGH PRIEST (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 4:15-16).
The Easy-To-Read Version (ERV) butchers the Bible in Romans 4:5-6. Instead of saying that “God imputeth righteousness without works”, the ERV says, “God accepts them as good without looking at what they have done.Imputation DOESN’T mean that AT ALL!!! The ERV totally obliterates the doctrine of imputation from their corrupt “bible” version. The Holy Bible never teaches that God accepts us as good. We are sinful, all of us are rotten (Romans 3:23). There is NONE GOOD (Romans 3:10). God doesn’t look the other way, accepting us as good while overlooking our bad. This is nonsensical religious garbage.
Imputation is not God accepting a person as good and not looking at their bad, because this completely fails to mention the righteousness of Christ which makes it all possible. The very word “imputation” means that God transfers Christ’s righteousness to us, and transfers our sins to Christ. In John 3:15 we are told that as Moses lifted up the serpent, even so must Jesus Christ be lifted up. That serpent pictured Christ, who became as sin for us (2nd Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus, Who knew no sin, became as sin; so that we who knew no righteousness, could be made the righteousness of God in Him. Amen. This is imputation.
It is a major theological blunder to remove the word “impute” from the Bible. The translators of the ERV got it VERY WRONG. If you understand the occult roots of the modern versions (*future blog), then you know why. It is difficult to translate the word “impute” because it is a concept, not able to be replaced with a word or two. This is why I would never remove this critically important word from the Bible. Let the people study as God commanded!!! It is time for arrogant pastors to stop playing God.

(I was recently invited to McDonalds by a shameful local assistant pastor of a 700-member Independent Baptist Church. They have a local radio station, which he hosts daily. They also have a religious school with 1,000 kids. They even have a Bible college to train pastors. The church sinfully uses the ERV, which consequently compels them to teach a false plan of Lordship Salvation. They might as well be Seventh-Day Adventists, which are also down the street the other way. The pastors are upset with me for telling the truth. That pastor lied to me, claiming that He wanted to talk about 63 Evangelist Phil Kidd sermons that I had given him. The truth was that they are playing God, trying to control people’s lives, trying to shut me up about exposing the modern corrupt Bible versions. That was the true reason he wanted to meet with me. He didn’t want me to tell anybody, anywhere, that all the modern versions are corrupt, because their church members use DOZENS of different Bible versions. I know I am correct to defend the Bible! Nothing is as important as the purity of God’s inspired Words. The claim that there are no perfect Bibles today is false. Do you mean to tell me that the omnipotent God of the universes is incapable of preserving His inspired Words as He so promised?
I mentioned to the wimpy Baptist pastor one corruption after another in today’s corrupt versions, but he said that he needed to go get his Greek. I said, which one? He was dumbfounded and didn’t have an answer. So he stooped to taking cheap shots at me from across the table at McDonalds. He got mad and retaliated by bringing up First Baptist Church in Church in Hammond, tearing them down. He criticized the former pastor by name. He personally attacked me, throwing gossip in my face. I told him kindly that he ought to be ashamed of himself, especially as a pastor who should know better. He asked if I had any friends left because of my beliefs. I told him that God was the only friend I need. This is today’s shameful reprobate pastors. When I mentioned how far gone our Baptist churches are becoming and told him about AWAB. He boasted of recently attending an AWAB meeting. I almost fell out of my chair in horror. I pray for God to open the heart and eyes of those wicked pastors down the street, before it’s too late. Judgment day is coming, when all men must give account of their teachings and works to the Lord. I fear that those apostate pastors are going to face the TERROR OF THE LORD (2nd Corinthians 5:9-11).)
The word “IMPUTETH” in Romans 4:6 means something very different than what the ERV reads. The truth is that by faith God credits a man with Christ’s righteousness. That is what is missing from the ERV… CHRIST’S RIGHTEOUSNESS (or HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, Matthew 6:33). The ERV merely says that God accepts a man as good. That is not imputation. In the divine act of imputation, Christ’s righteousness is passed (transferred) by God the Father to our account, by which God declares us good. This only happens by faith. Imputation happens at the moment of salvation, and never has to be repeated. Once we are declared righteous in God’s eyes through faith in Christ Jesus, we are eternally secure and forever saved.
The words “counted” and “imputeth” are the same Greek word, so they mean the same thing in these two verses (Romans 4:5-6). The KJB says that a man’s faith is counted for righteousness. We are told that God imputeth righteousness to a man without works (labor to earn Heaven). Since we all have NO self-righteousness of our own to offer or impress God (Isaiah 64:6), the only way we can be saved is by obtaining Christ’s righteousness. This is possible only through faith in the Gospel.
The Bible-butchers should have left the word IMPUTETH alone. It is a beautiful word. How lazy can people get? Entire books have been written about this one important theological term. In Romans 4:6, the ERV has rendered the word “IMPUTETH” as “God accepts them as good without looking at what they have done”, which utterly fails to inform the reader why God accepts them as good. It is only because of Christ’s suffering on the cross that we are able by faith to be declared righteous. It is not that God accepts us as good; but rather, He accepts us on the basis of Christ’s righteousness which has been credited (imputed) to us by faith.
The ERV caters to false religions which require doing good works to be saved. Whereas the KJB says that God substitutes a man’s faith in place of righteousness, so that works are not necessary; the ERV changes this passage to mean that by faith we are right with God. That says something totally different. The ERV has eliminated the truth that WORKS ARE NOT NEEDED for salvation! Thus, the ERV also caters to the heretics who teach the Lordship Salvation, who require forsaking bad works to be saved, and stay saved.
Whether we are required to do good works, or avoid doing bad works, either way it constitutes human effort for salvation. Jesus taught in John 6:28-29 that the only “work” accepted by God for salvation is to BELIEVE ON JESUS CHRIST.
Most false religions and all Lordship Salvationists avoid the Biblical doctrine of imputation. In their “Way Of The Master Evidence Bible”, Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron comment on thousands of Scripture passages, but have nothing to say about Romans 4:5-6 on imputation. In the nearly 1,000 word index in the back section of the book, the word “impute” is not mentioned at all. Any Bible teacher worth a dime is very familiar with the vital doctrine of imputation. But since this doctrine doesn’t fit Mr. Comfort’s satanic plan of Lordship Salvation to be saved. The awesome doctrine of imputation that God put in the Holy King James Bible exposes all false prophets. You see, we are saved by HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Notice that we are to seek HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and not OUR own self-righteousness.
Romans 4:5-6 in the KJB teaches that God imputes (credits) Christ’s righteousness to us, without works of self-righteousness, because we don’t have any to offer (Isaiah 64:6). However, the ERV says God accepts us as good without looking at what we have done wrong. This is not imputation. The KJB doesn’t say that God doesn’t look at our wrong; but rather, it says that our salvation is WITHOUT WORKS!!! When the KJB mentions that God imputes righteousness to a man WITHOUT WORKS, it refers to the DEAD WORKS of trying to merit and earn Heaven. Since eternal life is a totally free gift from God, we don’t need any works of our own to be saved, neither doing good or forsaking bad. You cannot do GOOD WORKS to be saved. Nor are you required to stop doing BAD WORKS to be saved. This is false religion. These are all DEAD WORKS. Since Jesus Christ has provided all that is necessary for our salvation, all we need to do to be saved is BELIEVE ON HIM (John 6:28-29).

‘Easy-To-Read Version’ (ERV) Eliminates Doctrine of Imputation

As I mentioned in this other blog I was going to post the following…

EASY-TO-READ VERSION’ (ERV) ELIMINATES DOCTRINE OF IMPUTATION

By David J. Stewart | February 2015

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Matthew 15:8-9, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
        In order for the Luciferian-worshipping occultists to infiltrate and corrupt the churches (as they said they would do), the foundations of Christianity must be destroyed. Psalms 11:3, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?1st Corinthians 3:11 tells us that the Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Church, Who is THE WORD OF GOD (Revelation 19:13). The Word of God is our spiritual milk and meat (our food). If satan can effectively change the Bible, then he can change and ruin us.
In fact, satan can lead a church astray, deceiving them to follow a false plan of salvation. satan’s greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again. All the devil needs to do is to change the meaning of how a person is saved. There are churches all across the world today where unsaved religious people meet regularly to WORSHIP JESUS CHRIST IN VAIN, because they have adopted a wrong plan of salvation. This is happening to many of our evangelical churches, because satan has infiltrated them with corrupt Bible versions, which have changed what it means to be saved.
The modern corrupt Bible versions teach a corrupt plan of salvation. Thus, it does not come as a surprise that they have also removed the important doctrine of IMPUTATION, which is a vital doctrine to help the Bible study understand how salvation happens.
The word IMPUTETH is so important!!! The word “impute” means, “to pass to one’s account, to count over”. It means that Jesus places His righteousness upon our record when we trust upon Him for salvation. Imputation has everything to do with Christ, and nothing to do with us, except that we are the recipient of God’s great mercy through faith in the Gospel of Christ’s death on the cross for our sins, burial and His resurrection from the dead three days later (1st Corinthians 15:1-4).

ERV Corrupts Romans 4:5-6, Eliminating the Doctrine of Imputation
In the following passage of Scriptures, the satanic Easy-To-Read Version (ERV) butchers Romans 4:5-6. Notice carefully the important theological term “IMPUTETH” in Romans 4:6 of the faithful KJB, which is completely removed from the ERV. I’ll explain this more in a moment. The KJB is correct below, but the second quote is from the ERV, which is awful, heretical and wicked . . .
KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) — Romans 4:5-6, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works. [emphasis added]

EASY-TO-READ VERSION (ERV) — Romans 4:5-6, “But people cannot do any work that will make them right with God. So they must trust in him. Then he accepts their faith, and that makes them right with him. He is the one who makes even evil people right. David said the same thing when he was talking about the blessing people have when God accepts them as good without looking at what they have done. [emphasis added]

They’ve corrupted this Scripture passage! Do you see what they’ve horribly done? Whereas the King James Bibles teaches that God imputes the righteousness of Christ to the believer; the ERV foolishly says God accepts a person as good by faith, which means something different entirely. God doesn’t accept someone as “good” by faith; but rather, God attributes HIS righteousness to us by faith. Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.
God told us to study the Bible in 2nd Timothy 2:15. What is so hard about looking up the meaning of “imputeth?” By removing this important theological word from the KJB and replacing it with some religious nonsense, the doctrine of imputation has effectively been stricken from the ERV (which is a typical corruption in all modern Bible versions). satan is changing the Bible into a spiritual book instead of a theological book.
The basis of obtaining justification is through God’s (Jesus’) righteousness being IMPUTED to the sinner through faith in Christ, Who paid our sin debt on the cross. Jesus took our sins upon Himself on the cross, paying a debt that He did not owe. When we BELIEVE the Gospel, God takes Jesus’ righteousness, and places it upon our record. So God imputes our sins to Jesus, 👑 and then He imputes Jesus’ righteousness to us. Isn’t that beautiful?!?!?! 😁
This is why we don’t need any works to be saved, because Christ paid for it all by the sacrifice of His body on the cross, and the sprinkling of His shed blood upon the mercy seat in Heaven (Hebrews 9:12, 24; 12:24).
The corrupt ERV says in Romans 4:5, “So they must trust in him. Then he accepts their faith, and that makes them right with him.This is wrong! It is not our faith that makes us right with God. It is Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and His applied blood in Heaven that makes us right with God, in response to our faith in the Gospel. The ERV obliterates the entire doctrine of imputation. Christ died on the cross as our LAMB (John 1:29), and He raised up bodily three days later and ascended into Heaven as our HIGH PRIEST (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 4:15-16).
The Easy-To-Read Version (ERV) butchers the Bible in Romans 4:5-6. Instead of saying that “God imputeth righteousness without works”, the ERV says, “God accepts them as good without looking at what they have done.Imputation DOESN’T mean that AT ALL!!! The ERV totally obliterates the doctrine of imputation from their corrupt “bible” version. The Holy Bible never teaches that God accepts us as good. We are sinful, all of us are rotten (Romans 3:23). There is NONE GOOD (Romans 3:10). God doesn’t look the other way, accepting us as good while overlooking our bad. This is nonsensical religious garbage.
Imputation is not God accepting a person as good and not looking at their bad, because this completely fails to mention the righteousness of Christ which makes it all possible. The very word “imputation” means that God transfers Christ’s righteousness to us, and transfers our sins to Christ. In John 3:15 we are told that as Moses lifted up the serpent, even so must Jesus Christ be lifted up. That serpent pictured Christ, who became as sin for us (2nd Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus, Who knew no sin, became as sin; so that we who knew no righteousness, could be made the righteousness of God in Him. Amen. This is imputation.
It is a major theological blunder to remove the word “impute” from the Bible. The translators of the ERV got it VERY WRONG. If you understand the occult roots of the modern versions (*future blog), then you know why. It is difficult to translate the word “impute” because it is a concept, not able to be replaced with a word or two. This is why I would never remove this critically important word from the Bible. Let the people study as God commanded!!! It is time for arrogant pastors to stop playing God.

(I was recently invited to McDonalds by a shameful local assistant pastor of a 700-member Independent Baptist Church. They have a local radio station, which he hosts daily. They also have a religious school with 1,000 kids. They even have a Bible college to train pastors. The church sinfully uses the ERV, which consequently compels them to teach a false plan of Lordship Salvation. They might as well be Seventh-Day Adventists, which are also down the street the other way. The pastors are upset with me for telling the truth. That pastor lied to me, claiming that He wanted to talk about 63 Evangelist Phil Kidd sermons that I had given him. The truth was that they are playing God, trying to control people’s lives, trying to shut me up about exposing the modern corrupt Bible versions. That was the true reason he wanted to meet with me. He didn’t want me to tell anybody, anywhere, that all the modern versions are corrupt, because their church members use DOZENS of different Bible versions. I know I am correct to defend the Bible! Nothing is as important as the purity of God’s inspired Words. The claim that there are no perfect Bibles today is false. Do you mean to tell me that the omnipotent God of the universes is incapable of preserving His inspired Words as He so promised?
I mentioned to the wimpy Baptist pastor one corruption after another in today’s corrupt versions, but he said that he needed to go get his Greek. I said, which one? He was dumbfounded and didn’t have an answer. So he stooped to taking cheap shots at me from across the table at McDonalds. He got mad and retaliated by bringing up First Baptist Church in Church in Hammond, tearing them down. He criticized the former pastor by name. He personally attacked me, throwing gossip in my face. I told him kindly that he ought to be ashamed of himself, especially as a pastor who should know better. He asked if I had any friends left because of my beliefs. I told him that God was the only friend I need. This is today’s shameful reprobate pastors. When I mentioned how far gone our Baptist churches are becoming and told him about AWAB. He boasted of recently attending an AWAB meeting. I almost fell out of my chair in horror. I pray for God to open the heart and eyes of those wicked pastors down the street, before it’s too late. Judgment day is coming, when all men must give account of their teachings and works to the Lord. I fear that those apostate pastors are going to face the TERROR OF THE LORD (2nd Corinthians 5:9-11).)
The word “IMPUTETH” in Romans 4:6 means something very different than what the ERV reads. The truth is that by faith God credits a man with Christ’s righteousness. That is what is missing from the ERV… CHRIST’S RIGHTEOUSNESS (or HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, Matthew 6:33). The ERV merely says that God accepts a man as good. That is not imputation. In the divine act of imputation, Christ’s righteousness is passed (transferred) by God the Father to our account, by which God declares us good. This only happens by faith. Imputation happens at the moment of salvation, and never has to be repeated. Once we are declared righteous in God’s eyes through faith in Christ Jesus, we are eternally secure and forever saved.
The words “counted” and “imputeth” are the same Greek word, so they mean the same thing in these two verses (Romans 4:5-6). The KJB says that a man’s faith is counted for righteousness. We are told that God imputeth righteousness to a man without works (labor to earn Heaven). Since we all have NO self-righteousness of our own to offer or impress God (Isaiah 64:6), the only way we can be saved is by obtaining Christ’s righteousness. This is possible only through faith in the Gospel.
The Bible-butchers should have left the word IMPUTETH alone. It is a beautiful word. How lazy can people get? Entire books have been written about this one important theological term. In Romans 4:6, the ERV has rendered the word “IMPUTETH” as “God accepts them as good without looking at what they have done”, which utterly fails to inform the reader why God accepts them as good. It is only because of Christ’s suffering on the cross that we are able by faith to be declared righteous. It is not that God accepts us as good; but rather, He accepts us on the basis of Christ’s righteousness which has been credited (imputed) to us by faith.
The ERV caters to false religions which require doing good works to be saved. Whereas the KJB says that God substitutes a man’s faith in place of righteousness, so that works are not necessary; the ERV changes this passage to mean that by faith we are right with God. That says something totally different. The ERV has eliminated the truth that WORKS ARE NOT NEEDED for salvation! Thus, the ERV also caters to the heretics who teach the Lordship Salvation, who require forsaking bad works to be saved, and stay saved.
Whether we are required to do good works, or avoid doing bad works, either way it constitutes human effort for salvation. Jesus taught in John 6:28-29 that the only “work” accepted by God for salvation is to BELIEVE ON JESUS CHRIST.
Most false religions and all Lordship Salvationists avoid the Biblical doctrine of imputation. In their “Way Of The Master Evidence Bible”, Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron comment on thousands of Scripture passages, but have nothing to say about Romans 4:5-6 on imputation. In the nearly 1,000 word index in the back section of the book, the word “impute” is not mentioned at all. Any Bible teacher worth a dime is very familiar with the vital doctrine of imputation. But since this doctrine doesn’t fit Mr. Comfort’s satanic plan of Lordship Salvation to be saved. The awesome doctrine of imputation that God put in the Holy King James Bible exposes all false prophets. You see, we are saved by HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Notice that we are to seek HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and not OUR own self-righteousness.
Romans 4:5-6 in the KJB teaches that God imputes (credits) Christ’s righteousness to us, without works of self-righteousness, because we don’t have any to offer (Isaiah 64:6). However, the ERV says God accepts us as good without looking at what we have done wrong. This is not imputation. The KJB doesn’t say that God doesn’t look at our wrong; but rather, it says that our salvation is WITHOUT WORKS!!! When the KJB mentions that God imputes righteousness to a man WITHOUT WORKS, it refers to the DEAD WORKS of trying to merit and earn Heaven. Since eternal life is a totally free gift from God, we don’t need any works of our own to be saved, neither doing good or forsaking bad. You cannot do GOOD WORKS to be saved. Nor are you required to stop doing BAD WORKS to be saved. This is false religion. These are all DEAD WORKS. Since Jesus Christ has provided all that is necessary for our salvation, all we need to do to be saved is BELIEVE ON HIM (John 6:28-29).

The Deity Of Christ And MODERN VERSIONS

The Deity of Jesus Christ has always been a strong belief of true Christianity. Likewise, those “churches”, groups, or organizations who do not recognize the Deity of Jesus Christ are easily seen to not be true Christians but rather false religions. The contention regarding the Deity of Christ is certainly nothing new. Ever since the days of Jesus there has been a great dispute as to whether He was God or not. As you know many times the Pharisees took up stones to stone Him because He made the claim that He was God (John 10: 24-33). The Pharisees of His day rejected His claim, so too have many throughout history even up to our present day.
Gnosticism, a pre-Christian pagan religion, is one such group that denies the Deity of Jesus. After the death of Christ, however, Gnosticism began to infiltrate the church (around 85 to 90 AD). Dr. Thomas Holland writing in his Introduction to the Epistle of 1 John makes the following comments, “Gnostics believed in the duel nature of all things. They claimed that whatever is spiritual is good, and what is physical is evil. Since God is a Spirit, He is good and could not have created the physical universe, which they considered evil. They also believed God created other gods (called “aeons”) who created the physical universe.
One such Gnostic, Cerinthus, took the teachings of pagan Gnosticism and mixed them with Christianity. He taught that Jesus was born of Joseph and Mary and became the “Christ” thirty years later at the time of his baptism. Therefore, according to this form of Gnosticism, Jesus Christ had a dual nature. He was both Jesus (physical) and the “Christ” (spiritual). At the crucifixion, so taught Cerinthus, the “Christ” departed leaving only the human Jesus to die. He claimed there was no resurrection of the physical body of Jesus. Cerinthus also proclaimed that “Christ” was the aeon (a lesser god) who made the earth…. Much of Cerinthus’ false doctrine can still be seen in the modern teachings of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Most, if not all, Christians recognize the Jehovah’s Witnesses as a false religion. They also acknowledge that the New World Translation, the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Bible, is a corrupt work. What they don’t know is that the modern translation they are using is a close parallel to the New World Translation (NWT). Since we know that the Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the Deity of Christ and have altered their Bible to correspond with their belief. I thought it necessary to take a look at some of the most important scriptures dealing with the Deity of Christ to see just how the modern translations compare with the NWT and with the King James Version (KJV). Obviously, we won’t be able to cover every verse due to time and space but we will cover as many as possible. Due to the amount of verses we will be looking at I will attempt to keep my comments to as little as possible.
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We will begin examining the belief that Joseph and Mary was His father and mother. Luke 2:33 reads as follows:
New International Version (NIV)- “The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
New American Standard Bible (NASB)- “And His father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him.
New World Translation (NWT)- “And ITS father and mother continued wondering at the things being spoken about it.
King James Version
(KJV)- “And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
Notice how the NIV, NASB, and NWT all agree in calling Joseph Jesus’ “father”. The KJV rightly states “Joseph” instead of “father” knowing that Joseph was not Jesus’ Father. Let’s look at one more example: Luke 2:43
NIV– “After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.
NASB– “and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it,
NWT– “and completed the days. But when they wer returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, and his parents did not notice it.
KJV– “And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
Again, we see that the NIV and NASB agree with the NWT. And again the KJV is careful to call him “Joseph”. Think this is insignificant? Remember the beliefs of the Gnostics and the Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW’s). Any small change is important when it fosters heresy. But believe me it only gets worse from here.
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Remember the Gnostic/JW’s belief that the “Christ” did not die on the cross? They believe that the “Christ” (the spiritual) left, leaving only “Jesus” (the physical) to die on the cross. Let’s take a look at a verse that pertains to this exact issue. Luke 23:42
NIV– “Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
NASB– “And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”
NWT– “And he went on to say: “Jesus, remember me when you get into your kingdom.””
KJV– “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Again, notice the NIV, NASB, and NWT are all in agreement in having the malefactor call Him “Jesus” (the physical) , his earthly name. This adds to the belief that the “Christ” (the spiritual) had left. However, the KJV rightly records the malefactor as saying “Lord” (the spiritual) thus refuting the belief that “Christ” had left before the crucifixion. Again, this may seem like a small thing to you but it carries a lot of weight doctrinally.
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All are familiar with the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego in the fiery furnace. Let’s take a quick look at how our Bibles translate Daniel 3:25:
NIV– “He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.
NASB– “He said, “Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!“”
NWT– “He was answering and saying: “Look! I am beholding four able-bodied men walking about free in the midst of the fire, and there is no hurt to them, and the appearance of the fourth one is resembling a son of the gods.””
KJV– “He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
I don’t think this one needs a whole lot of commentary. I believe you can see the absurdity of the NIV, NASB, and NWT translation of “a son of the gods”. Again, the KJV upholds the integrity of “the Son of God.
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Another attack on the Sonship of Jesus can be found in Acts 3:13, 4:27, and 4:30. For the article we will only look at Acts 3:13:
NIV– “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus.
NASB– “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus,…”
NWT– “The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our forefathers, has glorified his Servant, Jesus,
KJV– “The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his SON Jesus;
Again, the NIV and the NASV stand shoulder to shoulder with the NWT. Now Jesus is no longer a “SON” but rather a “servant.”
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For our next example we want to look at Romans 14:10b&12. Remember we are talking about how the modern versions take away from the Deity of Christ as found in scripture. Romans 14:10b&12 reads as follows:
NIV– “…For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
NASB– “…For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
NWT– “…For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God; 12 So, then, each of us will render an account for himself to God.
KJV– “…for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Here the change is very subtle but has great implications. As you see in the NIV, NASB, and NWT they each say we will stand before “God’s judgment seat” and then we will give an account to “God.” However, the KJV renders it quite different. The KJV says we will stand before the “judgment seat of Christ” and then we will give an account to “God”. Here is a very clear statement by the KJV that Christ is indeed God. Again the NIV and the NASB agree with the NWT in making the change from “Christ” to “God” in Romans 14:10 thus in these verses they deny the Deity of Christ.
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Now we want to look at Philippians 2:6. This is a very familiar verse that should be well-known to most. Pay special attention to the wording of each Bible. (emphasis mine)
NIV– “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
NASB– “ who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
NWT– “who, although he was existing in God’s form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God.
KJV– “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Did Jesus consider Himself equal with God or not? Both cannot be correct! Here the NIV, NASB, and NWT all agree, however, they are in direct opposition to what the KJV says. The NIV, NASB, and NWT clearly contradict the teaching of the Trinity and negates much of the teaching of past church history. It is easy to see how and why the NWT does so but what about the NIV and NASB? Again we see that the NIV and the NASB side with the Jehovah’s Witnesses Bible in detracting from the Deity of Christ.
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Next we want to look at what perhaps is the greatest statement in scripture declaring that Jesus is “God.” Nothing could be more clearer about the Deity of Christ than I Timothy 3:16. Let’s see how the various translations handle this verse.
NIV– “Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body,…”
NASB– “By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh,…
NWT– “Indeed, the sacred secret of this godly devotion is admittedly great: ‘He was made manifest in flesh,
KJV– “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh,
Here it is easy to see why the Jehovah’s Witnesses translated this verse as they did since they completely reject that Jesus was “God manifest in the flesh”. It is quite shameful that the NIV and the NASB have followed along with this corrupt work in changing “God” to “He”. Of course “He” appeared in a body, Paul appeared in a body, you appeared in a body, and I appeared in a body. The NIV and the NASB have completely changed the essence of this verse by translating it as “He”. Despite the overwhelming manuscript evidence the NIV and the NASB alter their text to read “He”. Dean Burgon, perhaps the greatest scholar ever, had this to say, “The reading adopted by the revisors, is not found in more than two copies, is not supported by a single version, and is not clearly advocated by a single Father.

(*I am not going to cover all the evidence for the reading “God”, as found in the KJV, in this blog. I will, however, devote another whole blog to I Tim. 3:16. In it we can look at the reading “God” in much greater detail.
Veritaslib3rat)
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Perhaps one of the most favorite verses of the modern version propionate is I John 5:7. I John 5:7 is one of the clearest verses on the Trinity in the entire Bible. Here we see clearly that Jesus and God are one. I John 5:7 reads as follows:
NIV– “For there are three that testify:
NASBFor there are three that testify:
NWT– “For there are three witness bearers,
KJV– “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (emphasis mine)
Here you can see that the NIV and the NASB are again in agreement with the NWT. They each omit the wonderful phrase “in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” which plainly speaks of Jesus’ Deity. Again we can see that the NIV and NASB have sided with the NWT in denying the Deity of Christ. There is so much controversy regarding I John 5:7 I will discuss this verse in greater detail in another essay.
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(*I know this was another rather lengthy blog but I felt it was necessary considering the subject we were dealing with. The Deity of Christ is of vital importance to the Christian and we must be sure that the Bible we are using upholds the Deity of Christ in every point. As the writer said at the beginning this is by no means all the verses where the modern versions take away from the Deity of Christ. I could have easily listed many more but I believe the ones listed at least make you aware of the problem in modern versions. The argument is often made that the modern versions don’t completely deny the Deity of Christ. To this I will agree. There are still some verses in the modern versions that attest to the Deity of Christ. However, as you have seen, it is a whole lot harder to prove the Deity of Christ in the modern versions than it is in the KJV.
The question must also be asked, “what will they alter in the versions that are yet to be translated?” If they have went this far out of the way to water down the Deity of Christ one would have to wonder when they will eventually do away with any reference to the Deity of Christ. As I have shown you the KJV is far superior in presenting and preserving the Deity of Christ. As Christians we must reject any translation that deals treacherously with the Deity of Christ. It is our job to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” If we will do this honestly we will cling to the Bible that without question bolsters the Deity of Christ. And that Bible is the King James Version. THE END.
Veritaslib3rat)
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‘Easy-To-Read Version’ (ERV) Changes Plan Of Salvation

2nd Corinthians 2:17, “For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God:
but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

Unless you believe that there are TWO different plans of salvation, you can only conclude that those foolish pastors and religious teachers are unsaved who require forsaking BAD WORKS to be saved. Whether requiring a person to do GOOD WORKS (like Roman Catholics do), or requiring a person to stop doing BAD WORKS (like John MacArthur, Paul Washer, Ray Comfort and Billy Graham do), to be saved, BOTH require DEAD WORKS.
The Holy Bible has a built-in dictionary, which if you use will keep you from going astray. I speak concerning the trustworthy “Textus Receptus” Greek and the “King James Bible” which is translated from it. In sharp contrast, ALL modern Bible versions (which are translated from the Alexandrian manuscripts – an entirely different Greek text) are corrupt and THE BUILT-IN DICTIONARY IS GONE!!! I will prove it to you right now.
I plead with you to hear me out, please! I wish I could grab every pastor and shake some sense into him, because satan is destroying the churches by changing the Holy Bible. A big building and a large congregation mean absolutely nothing if the Word of God has been corrupted!!! If I had my way, I’d fire every pastor and assistant pastor who are so woefully ignorant, indifferent and/or cowardly that they support the modern corrupt versions. THERE ARE NO GOOD MODERN BIBLE VERSIONS that come from the Alexandrian manuscripts prepared by Brooke Westcott and Fenton Hort in 1881!

Let’s consider the following Scripture, which is one of the most debated Scripture passages in the Word of God. Acts 20:21, “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
God only knows how many sincere Bible students have misinterpreted this Scripture to mean “turning from sinful living” to be saved. However, if we cross-reference the King James Bible and look at Hebrews 6:1, we find the correct interpretation of Acts 20:21
KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB)Hebrews 6:1, “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.
Repentance is from DEAD WORKS, that is, trying to keep the law to earn Heaven. If you look at the Textus Receptus Greek for the phrase “DEAD WORKS”, you will discover that “dead” is the Greek word nekros, which means exactly what it says; “dead.” The word “works” here in Hebrews 6:1 is the Greek word ergon, which means “to work, toil”. Clearly, there is no mention of forsaking a sinful lifestyle to be saved, which would constitute human effort necessary for salvation. This is not to say that we have God’s permission to sin as Christians, God forbid (Romans 3:31; Hebrews 12:6-8; 2nd Corinthians 5:9-11).
Thus, Hebrews 6:1 in the King James Bible defines “repentance” for salvation as changing our mind from trying to do dead works to get to Heaven, to trusting upon Christ’s sacrifice upon the cross for our sins and His resurrection three days later. Literally, the Bible is teaching us to change our mind from trusting in our own human effort, to trusting in God’s righteousness through faith in Christ.

Ungodly ERV Changes Plan of Salvation By Corrupting Hebrews 6:1
Now my friends, you are about to read the ungodly, wicked, blasphemous, PERversion, rendered in the “Easy-To-Read Version” (ERV) of the Bible . . .

EASY-TO-READ VERSION (ERV) — “So we should be finished with the beginning lessons about Christ. We should not have to keep going back to where we started. We began our new life by turning away from the evil we did in the past and by believing in God.
[emphasis added]

Here again is Hebrews 6:1 in the beloved, correct, King James Bible . . .

KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) — Hebrews 6:1, “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.
[emphasis added]

Do you see how the new corrupt Bible versions are horribly changing theology in the churches? The King James Bible teaches that we must repent from our DEAD WORKS to be saved; but the ERV teaches that we must stop living a life of deliberate sin (evil) to be saved. The Alexandrian Greek is of the devil, teaching a works-based plan of salvation. Salvation is NOT by works (Romans 3:20; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:5-6).

The doctrine of the imputed righteousness of God (*more about this in a later blog) silences all the critics.
A baby believer won’t see the major theological differences between the ERV verses the KJB, but I tell you that there are THOUSANDS!!! They’ve butchered the Words of God!!! Hebrews 6:1 in the ERV sinfully changes the entire plan of salvation, which now requires partial faith in Christ + human effort! No wonder our churches are so messed-up nowadays.
The really tragic thing is that many churches use the ERV piece of crap, using the lame excuse that BI-LINGUAL church members need an easier-to-read Bible. In reality, all the church has done is hand some easy-to-read satanic heresy to the victim. The doctrinal soundness of the Holy Scriptures is GONE, GONE, GONE in the ERV! The built-in dictionary is gone! God’s Word is special, it is unique, it cannot be watered-down and simplified without ruining its power. The doctrine of the imputed righteousness of God silences all the critics.
A baby believer won’t see the major theological differences between the ERV verses the KJB, but I tell you that there are THOUSANDS!!! They’ve butchered the Words of God!!! Hebrews 6:1 in the ERV sinfully changes the entire plan of salvation, which now requires partial faith in Christ + human effort! No wonder our churches are so messed-up nowadays.
The really tragic thing is that many churches use the ERV piece of crap, using the lame excuse that BI-LINGUAL church members need an easier-to-read Bible. In reality, all the church has done is hand some easy-to-read satanic heresy to the victim. The doctrinal soundness of the Holy Scriptures is GONE, GONE, GONE in the ERV! The built-in dictionary is gone! God’s Word is special, it is unique, it cannot be watered-down and simplified without ruining its power. I’m telling the truth, the Luciferian-worshipping occult want to bring spirituality into the churches and eliminate theology. It should be obvious to you that this is exactly what the modern corrupted Bible versions are doing. I’m telling the truth, the Luciferian-worshipping occult want to bring spirituality into the churches and eliminate theology. It should be obvious to you that this is exactly what the modern corrupted Bible versions are doing.
The reason why they need to do this is to infiltrate, corrupt and take control over the churches, so that they’ll all receive the Antichrist when he comes. If you think that could never happen, you are deceived already. The mystery religion which began in ancient Egypt (which is at the core of New Age) teaches to love God and your fellow mankind, which means rejecting Christianity and the King James Bible, because they are [they say] bigoted, hateful and prejudiced. Of course, Luciferians promote a phony type of ecumenical love, which sinfully embraces unrepentant homosexuals, unbelievers and all apostate religious faiths.
I believe that when the Lord appears at the Rapture to catch away the saints, 97% of the churches will be unaffected (because they are not saved). Lordship Salvation is a false plan of salvation, just as Seventh-Day Adventists, Greek Orthodox, Episcopalians, Church of Christ and Lutherans teach a false plan of salvation. Whether you add water baptism or forsaking sinful living to be saved, it is a false plan of works salvation. Biblical salvation is based solely upon what Christ did for us, and not what we can do for Him. Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Jesus Christ’s best put to your account through receiving Him by faith. God will not save anyone who is trying to be saved, He will only save those who are trusting to be saved.

What About Ephesians 2:1?
We read in Ephesians 2:1, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” Doesn’t this mean that we have to forsake sinful living to be saved? That’s not what the Holy Bible means. Remember, repentance in the original Greek is defined as a change of mind, not a change of lifestyle. Whereas John 3:20 teaches that unrepentant sinners refuse to come to Christ to be saved, “lest their deeds should be refuted”; Romans 3:19 says that God’s law was given so that, “all the world may become guilty before God.” Hence, when you change your mind about sin and unbelief, acknowledging that you are an unsaved guilty sinner in the eyes of a holy God, and believe the Gospel, you are saved. Faith and repentance happen together, at the same time (simultaneously). It is false doctrine to say that a person must repent first and then believe. Being born-again is not a manmade process, it is a miraculous new birth from God above.
Please understand that repentance is more than merely admitting one’s guilt of sin, it is seeing yourself as a guilty sinner for breaking a holy God’s commandments. Pastor Hyles eloquently states…

Repentance is not some little silly, ‘I’m sorry.’ Repentance is not simply a fear of God. Repentance is not a monk fasting and afflicting his body in a monastery. Repentance is not remorse because of sin’s consequences. Repentance is not penance performed before the pope as you kiss his toe… Repentance is not being sorry for what I’ve done wrong. It is not confessing one’s sins to a priest. It is not just conviction of sin. It is not the signing of a pledge of abstinence. Repentance is that thing when you come before God and see yourself as you are, and see Him as He is, and say with Isaiah ‘Woe is me, for I am unclean!’ —Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001), a quote from the timeless MP3 sermon, THE GOODNESS OF GOD LEADETH TO REPENTANCE (scroll down and you’ll find it)!
That is a tremendous quote! Amen! So when we read about repenting from “DEAD WORKS” in Hebrews 6:1, it absolutely does NOT mean that ceasing from sinful bad habits is required for salvation (because that would be self-righteous works); but rather, it means we have changed our mind concerning DEAD WORKS (GOOD and BAD works alike) that were hindering us from coming to Christ to be saved. We don’t get saved by changing our life, which is what the new corrupt Bible versions require. This is discipleship, not salvation. We get saved by BELIEVING the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, receiving Christ’s sacrifice on the cross as full-payment for our sins and believing that He arose from the dead the third day (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). The only role that dealing with sin has in salvation is to renounce it, so that it is no longer a hindrance to keep you from coming to Christ to be saved (John 3:20).

ERV Changes Plan of Salvation By Corrupting Mark 1:15
The Greek word for “repent” in Mark 1:15 in the King James Bible is metanoeo, which means, “to think differently”. It is a change of mind. It DOESN’T mean to “change your hearts and lives” which is what the corrupt ERV says!!! . . .
KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) — Mark 1:15, “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. [emphasis added]

EASY-TO-READ VERSION (ERV) — Mark 1:15, “He said,The right time is now here. God’s kingdom is very near. Change your hearts and lives, and believe the Good News! [emphasis added]
That is wrong, wrong, wrong! You don’t have to change your own life as a requirement to be saved. Rather, it is the indwelling Holy Spirit that comes into a person at the time of salvation that changes one’s heart and life, over time as they grow in grace by nurturing on the milk of the Word (1st Peter 2:2). Initially, getting saved does not change a person one bit, except that now you have the Spirit of Christ living inside your body (Romans 8:9; 1st Corinthians 3:16-17; 1st John 4:4). It is the Lord’s Holy Spirit working in us that changes our life, but this is not a requirement to be saved. You see, the ERV is teaching doctrines of devils, requiring people to change their own life (which is human effort) as a requirement to be saved. This is reformation, which does not bring regeneration (the new birth).
Again we plainly witness, that the Luciferian groups which have provided the Greek manuscripts for today’s versions, are pushing an agenda of including human effort for salvation. You must understand that there is a progression at work in the Bible-corrupting movement. This is why the NIV 2011 changed its content 38.8% as compared to the NIV 1984. The “bible” corrupting gang won’t ever be finished changing the Bible (KJV) until the Antichrist appears. If the Lord tarries His return, we are going to see further assassination of the Word of God.
We’ll see more key passages concerning salvation changed, until the simplicity that is in Christ will be totally lost in the confusion. This was satan’s plan from the start.
A church whose congregation brings dozens of different Bibles with them to church each Sunday is effectively indicting their shameful pastor as a wicked man who doesn’t place much value upon the accuracy, purity and integrity of God’s Holy Word. It is obvious to me, and it should be very obvious to you, from exposing these doctrinally corrupted passages of Scripture concerning the meaning of repentance, why the heresy of Lordship Salvation is so prevalent in most of our churches today. It is wickedness and apostasy in the churches!!!

ERV Corrupts 1st John 3:9, Perverts Plan of Salvation
ERV Completely Removes Acts 8:37, Eliminating Jesus’ Deity
They just ripped the verse out, it’s totally GONE! Here is what the precious King James Bible says in Acts 8:37 . . .
KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) — Acts 8:37, “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
EASY-TO-READ VERSION (ERV) — ACTS 8:37, REMOVED
The modern Bible are all corrupt. The so-called “scholars” who support the modern versions are also corrupt. Dr. James Strong and fellow American Standard Version (ASV) committee members, and Strong’s Unitarian friend, Henry Thayer, all denied the deity of Christ in hundreds of places in their works. These were all evil men, who loved the praise of men more than the praise of God (John 12:42-43). Don’t believe the lie on Wikipedia concerning “bible translations” that there is no one Bible. God only wrote ONE BOOK!

ERV Changes Plan of Salvation By Corrupting Acts 2:38
Again, the Greek word for “repent” in Acts 2:38 in the King James Bible is metanoeo, which means, “to think differently”. It is a change of mind. It DOESN’T mean to “change your hearts and lives”, which is what the corrupt ERV says!!! According to the demonic ERV, God will not save anyone who doesn’t change their life . . .
KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) — Acts 2:38,  “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. [emphasis added]

EASY-TO-READ VERSION (ERV) — Acts 2:38, “Peter said to them, “Change your hearts and lives and be baptized, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ. Then God will forgive your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. [emphasis added]

The average person these days is helpless, because they are not theologians and so they trust their pastor.
The trustworthy King James Bible teaches in Acts 2:38 to “think differently and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ.” It does not say to “change your hearts and lives” to be saved. The notion that repentance means to change your own life as a requirement to be saved is satanic teaching. No wonder our churches think heretics like Paul Washer and John MacArthur are men of God. The new corrupt Bible versions are indoctrinating people with a false plan of salvation.
Also, notice carefully that Acts 2:38 doesn’t say to be “baptized into water”. This is not speaking about water baptism. The Bible commands us to be baptized “in the name of Jesus Christ” I’ll give you further Scriptural evidence from Luke 3:16, “John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.” John the Baptist told that people that he was merely baptizing them with water, but it was the coming blessed Lamb of God (Jesus Christ), Who would baptize them with the indwelling Holy Spirit. Amen!!!
John the Baptist was sent by God the Father to PREPARE the people to receive the Lamb of God. John 1:29, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.Matthew 11:10, “For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.” John didn’t come preaching a different plan of salvation than Christ; but rather, told the people that salvation could only be found in Jesus Christ. So in Acts 2:38, Peter was preaching at Pentecost and told the people to change their minds (not lives) and be immersed in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.
It is very important for every Bible student to understand that you never lift any particular Scripture out of context by itself for establish a doctrine; but rather, you always compare Scripture with Scripture, examining the whole of Scripture, and when the whole agrees with any suggested doctrine for a particular Bible passage, then you know you’ve found THE TRUTH.
For example: Jesus proclaimed in Mark 16:16, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Taken by itself, we might conclude that water baptism is required for salvation. However, let’s look at 1st Corinthians 1:16-19, “And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” The Apostle Paul said that other than the house of Stephanas, he was not aware of anyone whom he had water baptized.
Paul then boldly states that Christ did NOT send him to water baptize, BUT TO PREACH THE GOSPEL. And then in the next verse we learn that it is THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS (the Gospel – Romans 1:16; 1st Corinthians 15:1-4) is the power of God unto salvation. Clearly, water baptism is not necessary for salvation, otherwise Paul would have baptized everyone. So we see here the importance of cross-examination, by comparing Scripture with Scripture, to find the correct interpretation of the Holy Bible.

ERV Changes Plan of Salvation By Corrupting Romans 10:9-10
Let’s examine another passage of Scripture in the pathetic ERV that changes the plan of salvation . . .
KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) — Romans 10:9-10, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. [emphasis added]
EASY-TO-READ VERSION (ERV) — Romans 10:9-10, “If you openly say, ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from death, you will be saved. Yes, we believe in Jesus deep in our hearts, and so we are made right with God. And we openly say that we believe in him, and so we are saved. [emphasis added]
There is a drastic difference between confessing “the Lord Jesus” verses openly saying, “Jesus is Lord”! Nowhere in the Holy Bible are we taught to recognize Jesus as our “Lord” to be saved (*even satan and demons know Jesus is Lord). You simply trust Jesus as your Savior and then He automatically becomes your Lord. Whether you obey Him or not as a disciple is an entirely separate matter. This is why the disobedient saved man in 1st Corinthians 3:15 was “saved; yet so, as by fire.” He barely made it, singed with the flames of Hell. This Christian man lived a wasted life, and so he received no rewards from the Lord at the Judgment Seat Of Christ. Clearly, he didn’t confess Jesus to anyone. Nor did he honor Christ as his Lord during his earthly life. 1st Timothy 4:10 says that Jesus is the “Saviour” of all men, not their Lord.
Many foolish Bible students attempt to use Saul’s conversion (Paul) as a benchmark for all conversions, which is very wrong. Saul had been running from God, wasting the Church, hunting down Christians to murder them. So when the Lord appeared to him on the road to Damascus in Acts 9:1-5, Saul was under much Holy Spirit conviction and finally broke. It was Saul’s unique Pharisaical upbringing and religious background that prompted him to have the spectacular conversion experience that he did, but this is far from the normal way that people get saved. Most people just quietly receive Christ as their Savior, with no spectacular experience.
Furthermore, the KJB simply teaches that we confess with our mouth because we are saved. It would be wrong to add confession with the mouth as a requirement for salvation, when literally hundreds of other passages of Scripture tell us how to be saved, and not one of them mentions confessing with the mouth to be saved. Clearly, Romans 10:9-10 do NOT teach that a person must confess “Jesus is Lord” to be saved. This is a horrible PERversion of the Word of God. The ERV is satanic!
Again, the chief rulers in John 12:42 believed on the Lord to be saved, but they DID NOT CONFESS HIM for fear of being kicked out of the synagogue by the wicked Pharisees. The Bible says that these chief rulers, who were saved, loved the praise of men more than the praise of God (John 12:43). The Scriptures are filled with worldly believers who dropped the ball for God. In Romans 12:1, the Apostle Paul is pleading with the Christians at Rome to present their bodies a living sacrifice to serve God.
Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Obviously they hadn’t surrender their will to the Lord at the time of salvation. They hadn’t made a commitment to live for Christ.

The Rich Young Ruler Wanted To Work His Way Into Heaven
This was the problem of the rich young ruler in Luke 18:18-23. The young man asked Jesus, “Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus perceived that he was self-righteous, and so He told him to keep the Ten Commandments. The young man boasted of his own goodness, saying that he had kept all of God’s commandments. Jesus pointed out that he was covetous and hadn’t perfectly kept God’s law. The Lord told him to go sell his possessions and give the money to the poor. The young man went away very sad, because he was wealthy.
You need to understand that Jesus was not giving that young man a plan of salvation; but rather, He was using the law the way that it was intended to be used, which is as a measuring stick to show men that no matter how hard they try, no one can live a perfect life to merit their way into Heaven. Romans 3:19, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Hence, when a person realizes that they cannot get to Heaven their own way (DEAD WORKS), because they now understand that they are a guilty sinner in God’s holy eyes, and they BELIEVE the Gospel (good news) of Christ’s death on the cross, burial and bodily resurrection three days later, they are immediately and forever saved.
Reprobate, unsaved, false prophet, Billy Graham totally misinterprets Luke 18:18-23, errantly teaching that the rich young ruler didn’t get saved because he “counted the cost” and wasn’t willing to “PAY THE PRICE” of turning from sinful ways to be saved. That’s the religious garbage that Mr. Graham teaches. The following quote is from Graham’s website . . .
Many people come to Christ without first counting the cost. The cost includes repentance, the forsaking of sin, and a continual, daily, open acknowledgment of Christ in your life.
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That is a bunch of lies!
The Bible says many of the chief rulers “BELIEVED ON HIM” in John 12:42, but they “DID NOT CONFESS HIM” because of the Pharisees (John 12:43). This Bible passage exposes Billy Graham as a liar! You don’t have to count the cost to be saved, nor do you have to forsake sins, nor do you have to daily confess Christ. Graham’s satanic plan of salvation is based upon DEAD WORKS, which appeals greatly to unsaved Roman Catholics. Nothing of what Graham says is a part of God’s plan of salvation.
Dr. Ray Stanford Refutes The Heresy Of LORDSHIP SALVATION
Please note that Evangelist Ray Comfort and Pastor John MacArthur make the same theological blunder of assuming that the rich young ruler didn’t get saved, because he wasn’t willing to forsake his sins. Nothing could be further from the truth of God’s Word.

ERV Changes John 20:17 To Speak Utter Nonsense
I’m so sick of hearing stubborn pastors and assistant pastors defend the modern corrupted “bible” versions, claiming that most people cannot understand the King James Bible and need something easier to read. Consider the following comparison between the KJB and the ERV, and you will see how stupid their claims really are . . .
KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) — John 20:17, “Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. [emphasis added]
EASY-TO-READ VERSION (ERV) — John 20:17, “Jesus said to her,You don’t need to hold on to me! I have not yet gone back up to the Father. But go to my followers and tell them this: ‘I am going back to my Father and your Father. I am going back to my God and your God.’” [emphasis added]
What in the world does the ERV mean? It is completely retarded? Why would Jesus tell Mary Magdalene that she doesn’t need to hold on to Him, because He hasn’t yet gone back to the Father? SHAME ON THOSE WICKED PASTORS WHO PROMOTE THIS CRAP AS EASIER-TO-READ!!! The ERV, as are all modern PERversions, is so retarded that it doesn’t matter how easy it is to read, because the comprehension rate is down close to 50%. So much for a pastor who is a “professor.” Ha, let me tell some more jokes!
Now the King James Bible says Jesus told Mary not to touch Him, because He hadn’t ascended to the Father yet. Hebrews 9:12 and 24 teach us that Jesus “BY HIS OWN BLOOD” entered into the heavenly Holy Place on our behalf, to sprinkle His precious blood upon the Mercy Seat (Hebrews 12:24) in the presence of the Father. If Mary had touched Jesus, she would have corrupted the blood sacrifice. Now that makes perfect theological sense, because that’s the truth.
If you are using the ERV (or any modern corrupt version), you must now make a decision to either get right with God and stop using it, or continue in your apostate condition, because you just don’t care about the purity of the Word of God. The only Bible for me is the precious KING JAMES BIBLE!!! Thank you dear Lord God for your awesome holy, inspired, inerrant, infallible, preserved, Words!!!

You Need To Be Born-Again if You Have Been Deceived By Lordship Salvation
I am fully convinced that all Lordship Salvation pastors and assistant pastors are not saved. My friend, if you believe that ceasing from a sinful lifestyle was required for you to be saved, then YOU ARE NOT SAVED!!! There’s a very fine line between salvation and damnation, between faith and foolishness, between truth and religion. Do you think it is a mere coincidence that all of the corrupt Alexandrian Bible versions have changed the plan of salvation from one of completely resting in Christ alone, to one of turning away from an evil lifestyle to be saved? Not a chance in a trillion! Literally, all of the modern corrupted Bible versions, including the satanic ERV, line up with the satanic plan of salvation of Roman Catholics, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh-Day Adventists and other demonic religious cults.
When a pastor is indifferent toward these two very different Gospels, I cannot help but conclude that they are merely religious and have never truly been born-again. Perhaps this is why such churches never hear any preaching from their pastors about the need for the power of the Holy Spirit, and to pray for the power of the Holy Spirit. Since those pastors are merely religious and do not have the Spirit of God indwelling them, they cannot teach what they do not possess.
If you consider the important Scripture passages relating to salvation which we’ve examined in this article, that have been totally changed and horribly corrupted, we now have A VERY DIFFERENT PLAN OF SALVATION than the simplicity that is found in Christ in the King James Bible (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4). According to the ERV you must change your heart and your life in order to be saved. You must openly say, ‘Jesus is Lord‘, like some type of superstitious ritual. You must turn away from any evil things that you are doing in your life, or else you cannot be saved. This is the satanic plan of damnation in the ERV.
In sharp contrast, you don’t have to stop doing evil things to be saved. Biblically, according to John 3:20, a person WON’T come to Jesus to be saved if they are doing evil things. That is what the Bible teaches. So the problem takes care of itself. Do you know why? It is because Biblical repentance is a change of mind.
When a person who has been doing evil things comes to the realization (under the convicting power of the Holy Spirit) that they are a guilty sinner in God’s holy eyes, and that person places their trust in the sacrificial death of Christ on the cross for their sins, His burial and bodily resurrection three days later, that sinner is immediately and forever saved securely. Whether they stop committing those evils in their life is an entirely different matter, which has nothing to do with salvation. This is simply because eternal life is a free gift (Ephesians 2:8-9). You simply TAKE a gift. Nothing is required to receive a gift. It is free. Salvation is received, it is not achieved.
The fact that this person came to Christ for salvation evidences that they now have a new attitude toward their sins, seeing them self as guilty in God’s eyes. This does NOT mean that the person is ready nor willing to forsake those sins. God will chastise and scourge each believer who chooses to continue in sin. This is how it works my friend. But we must never change the plan of salvation in an attempt to force people to forsake their sins. This is a false plan of salvation. This is the basis of the Lordship Salvation heresy.
The truth is that you first get saved by simply trusting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Then, as a new believer, God will impress upon your heart to be crucified with Him, and raise up to walk in newness of life (as evidenced in Romans 12:1). Everybody is different. Some believers never grow to the point of dying to self, others do. Albeit, the right thing to do if someone professes faith (apart from works) in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to give them the benefit of the doubt that they are saved. There are so many factors involved. For a wonderful MP3 sermon on the subject, please listen to Dr. Jack Hyles’ classic sermon, “STEPS IN SANCTIFICATION (OR; THE ROOT OF ALL HERESY).” [scroll down until you reach the sermons]
I could easily show you hundreds more passages from the ERV where they’ve changed the plan of salvation into a lie. Our pastors are mostly to blame, because they are the shepherds over their flocks. If a nation’s pastors and assistant pastors are woefully blinded and/or indifferent to these great evils, then our churches are doomed. If you believe the lie of Lordship Salvation, you have never been saved at all. There is only one plan of salvation taught in the Bible, and that is to simply believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Do You Love the Truth?
2nd Thessalonians 2:10 tells us the reason why the masses of this world will be deceived and follow after the Antichrist when he comes… “BECAUSE THEY RECEIVED NOT THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED”!!! If they would love the truth, they will believe the Gospel, and so they also will meet Jesus on the clouds. Instead, they will be left behind, and follow the Antichrist! Many of those masses of people left behind will be THE CHURCHES. All of the Lordship Salvation churches will be left behind, because “THEY RECEIVED NOT THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED”!!! Go ahead, don’t listen to me—trust in your changed life, forsaking evil ways and confessing Christ. All my best with that! The satanic new “bible” versions are fueling the heresy of Lordship Salvation. I am telling you the truth my friends, will you heed the warning?
It is so simply and easy to be saved that most people walk right past the narrow gate. “…few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). They’re looking for a big fancy door into a big fancy religion. They’re looking for a religious door that makes them feel spiritual. They’re looking for a door with an entrance policy, who won’t let you in unless you’re clean-shaven, sober, moral and intend to live a clean life if they let you in. They’re looking for a door with flashing neon lights, something spectacular. None of these doors lead to life. The only door into Heaven is Jesus, a little pathway, which is obscured by the all the other attractive gates, religious entrances, big doors and bright paths with their owners clamoring for their attention, shouting “Enter here!”, “No, over here, come in here!” Little do most people realize that satan owns all those buildings! All except one, that little humble path, Jesus!
I often feel lonely standing for the truth, when hardly anyone stands. Most pastors, churches and “bible” colleges, Christians today don’t have any interest in debating which Bible is God’s Word. So they just support all of the “bibles”, not exposing or criticizing any of them.
The reason why they lack that passion is because they lack faith. If we truly believe Psalms 138:2, that God magnifies His Word above all His name, then we would care. I CARE! The Bible is very important. Even the slightest subtle changes alter the meaning of a passage of Scripture considerably. Woe unto today’s pastors who don’t care, just going along to get along!
I picture nearly all of today’s churches as being aboard a big ship. On the side of the ship it reads, “Mainstream Evangelicalism”! There are hundreds of “bible” versions aboard the ship. There are dozens of different plans of salvation taught by evangelicals like John MacArthur, Rick Warren, Chip Ingram, Ray Comfort, William Lane Craig, Paul Washer, Billy Graham and others onboard. Everybody aboard the ship is going along to get along. Nobody exposes or criticizes each other. Everybody is comfortable, enjoying all the splendors of the luxury ship. They all draw near to God with their mouths, and honor God with their lips, but their heart is far from Him, teaching manmade doctrines. This ship’s captain is Lucifer! Anything goes on Lucifer’s ship. It doesn’t matter which Bible version you use. It doesn’t matter which plan of salvation that you choose to believe. Everybody is taken care of and prospering.
Have you been deceived? What satanic imposter are you holding in your hand at church on Sunday? Boy, of ever there was a lie, it’s the following translation from the ERV. Notice how they deceitfully changed the Word of God to exonerate themselves. They are corrupting God’s Word, which is what 2nd Corinthians 2:17 warns against in the KJB. So the ERV changed it to “selling God’s Word for profit” instead! The ERV company, World Bible Translation Center (WBTC) is in trouble with God for corrupting His Word.

It’s not a sin to sell God’s Word, it’s a sin to corrupt it, whether you sell it or not . . .
KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) — 2nd Corinthians 2:17, “For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

EASY-TO-READ VERSION (ERV) — 2nd Corinthians 2:17, “Certainly not those who are out there selling God’s message for a profit! But we don’t do that. With Christ’s help we speak God’s truth honestly, knowing that we must answer to him. [emphasis added]
Just as there is a Biblical curse upon every false Gospel, so also is there a curse upon anyone who changes the Word of God, and the foolish pastors who uses such corrupted Bible versions are cursing their congregation, and bringing God’s curse upon them as well.
Acts 15:1, “And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, 
Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.

THE REASON FOR THE EVIL SPIRITS’ ATTACK

From: Collected Works of Watchman Nee, The (Set 1) Vol. 14: The Spiritual Man (3),

by Watchman Nee

Why are the believers’ minds so attacked by evil spirits? One answer is that the believers themselves afford evil spirits (also called demons) an opportunity to attack in their minds. We should realize that it is possible for the believers’ minds to suffer the demons’ attacks. This is proven by the experiences of many believers. The place the demons most often attack is the mind because the mind and evil spirits have a special rapport. The attacks of evil spirits on the believers’ minds produce the aforementioned phenomena. Parts or the whole of man’s mind have already isolated themselves from man’s sovereign rule and fallen into the hands of evil spirits. As a result, evil spirits are able to think and stop as they wish and ignore the believers’ own will. Although the mind still resides in the body, its sovereignty belongs to someone else. Even though the believers may oppose it, nothing will avail. In whatever aspect the believers give place to evil spirits, that aspect will not thereafter obey man’s own will. Instead, it will obey another will. When the believers give any ground in their minds to evil spirits, they have lost their sovereignty over their own minds. To put it in another way, if the mind of a believer has lost its sovereignty and is no longer able to rule over itself, the mind is already occupied by evil spirits. If evil spirits have not attacked the believer’s mind, his will should be able to rule over everything; he can think when he wants to think and stop when he wants to stop. He will not encounter any difficulty.
The minds of the believers are attacked by evil spirits because the believers have given place to evil spirits in their minds. Believers are prone to give more place in the mind to evil spirits because the mind is related to evil spirits in such a special way. These places become leverage in the believers’ minds upon which evil spirits freely work. We should remember that man’s mind is of man; if evil spirits do not have man’s consent, they cannot use his mind. If man does not volunteer—intentionally or unintentionally—to hand over the mind to evil spirits, they cannot infringe on man’s freedom. This does not mean that evil spirits will never tempt us in the mind (such will not happen in this life). But it means that when we exercise our will to oppose them, they will immediately stop. The problem today is that even though many believers exercise their own will to resist, temptations still do not stop. This should not happen; it is a proof of the work of evil spirits because it is done in disregard of man’s will.
After a believer has indeed yielded to evil spirits, his mind will inevitably be filled with the works of evil spirits. Evil spirits will work on him according to the ground he has given them. Since he has given ground to evil spirits in his mind, they can do whatever they want in his mind. The most important principle in the work of evil spirits is that one has to give ground for them to work. They can only work when they have the ground. Without the ground, they have no way to work. The amount of their work is determined by the amount of ground they receive. Whenever believers give ground in their minds to evil spirits, the evil spirits will work in the believers’ minds. There are six kinds of ground that believers can give to evil spirits. Let us consider each one of them briefly.
A. THE UNRENEWED MIND

The flesh is always the place where evil spirits work. If the mind is not renewed, even if a person is regenerated in his spirit, evil spirits will still have a chance to work. Even though the minds of many believers were turned for a moment at the time of their repentance, it does not mean that their eyes, which have been blinded by Satan, were completely enlightened. Perhaps many areas are still “veiled.” Because these dark places were the working ground for evil spirits in past days, the fact that they are diminished today does not mean that they are altogether annihilated. Evil spirits still occupy these areas, from which they also direct their operations. It is very common to see evil spirits occupying the minds of men through sin. This happens before they are saved or even after they are saved. Even though some changes have taken place, the old ground has not been uncovered or removed. Therefore, evil spirits still occupy them as their base of operations.
Evil spirits are very careful in covering up their works. If a believer is fleshly, they will generate many thoughts through his mind which are similar to his character and condition. They will make him believe that these are his own thoughts and that they are natural. If such a person is seeking for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they will counterfeit the work of the Holy Spirit and give him many supernatural revelations, convincing him that these are from God. Because evil spirits know that this kind of unrenewed mind is the best ground for their work, they obstruct the believer in many ways, causing him to become ignorant and not pursue the renewing of his mind. This is the most frequent ground given to evil spirits. But if there is only this kind of ground given, without the passivity spoken of below, the mind and memory will still not be weakened too severely.
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