Why Buy Swordsearcher?


Why did I buy Swordsearcher? I already own Logos. I already own Accordance. I own Quickverse. I own WordSearch.

I have Bible Analyzer, King James Pure Bible Search, E-Sword, and theWord. I had Davar on my computer until I took it off. Bible by Olive Tree, and Xiphos.

So, why did I spend $60 to buy Swordsearcher?

The issue is fairly simple. I wanted a premium Bible software written by a Fundamentalist, a Bible Believer. Brandon Staggs doesn’t write a great deal on his blog about Fundamentalism – he doesn’t even speak on King James Only-ism. The only public stand he takes on the issue is a single comment on the frequently asked questions for Swordsearcher.

But the fact remains, it’s a Fundamentalist program written for Fundamentalists by a Fundamentalist.

Logos is written by Faithlife, an exceptionally Ecumenical program written by Evangelicals. Most of the tutorials and materials they have are theological liberals who deny the sufficiency, inerrancy and inspiration of the Bible. The fact the founder of Faithlife has no qualms about offering that shows that this is probably his viewpoint as well – a New Calvinist theological liberal mindset that makes Karl Barth look like a Fundamentalist. If you’d like to fix this, a letter writing campaign to get me installed as Resident Fundamentalist would go a long way!

Accordance would be my other option for premium software, but they too have a theological liberal mindset. The materials they offer reflect this, although not as bad as over at Faithlife.

Word search is… in need of a massive overhaul, and the mindset there is Southern Baptist. Not too bad, but still they use words like “Church” when they mean “Kingdom”, and obviously consider Catholics as Christians (as does Logos and Accordance). I have a lot of time invested into Word search, but I switched to Logos a few years back from Word search and I’m not looking back.

But mostly (and some of my old readers will understand this), I did it to protect myself. If you sit in the midst of scorners, you will end up scorning too. It’s possible I could end up reading the NASB and quoting John Calvin, and wondering endlessly whatever happened to “Q”. It’s far more possible I could sprout wings and lay eggs, but still, it’s a possibility.

So I wanted a Bible program that I could use 50% of the time that would protect me, and help me to stay Fundamentalist, and stay true to the Bible.

And of course, I wanted to make sure that I had software where the text of the King James Bible remained unaltered. Recently, the ESV on all my other software was updated without my permission (and since I don’t read it, I didn’t much care). If they could do that to the ESV without my say-so, then they can alter the Bible also.

Keep this in mind when choosing your Bible program. If worst comes to worst, I’ve also got a defunct Bible program that will be getting ZERO updates – Quickverse. Once upon a time, it was the gold standard of Bible programs – and Findex ran it into the ground.

Conclusion

I would recommend to all of my readers who are looking into buying premium Bible software and $60 is a stretch to buy it, consider Swordsearcher. It’s actually a fantastic piece of Bible software, very usable and configurable. There’s just one package for $60. Add ons are all third party, and of course, David Cloud offers for $30 an add on package for Swordsearcher –  the “Way of Life Encyclopedia” and “Things Hard to Be Understood”, a work I’d love to see expanded into a 5 volume set!

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The Trojan Horse of Christianity Pt. 3


In Christianity, the last refuge of Scoundrels is Bible colleges.

No kidding, I’ve written to a Christian University that had just fired most of their teachers, and offered to take one of the teaching positions. It would have meant moving to Massachusetts, but hey, I’d have done it.

No answer.

Well, you know, that’s why you’ve got the problems you do. Christian colleges shouldn’t be looking at credentials, they should be looking to see what you believe first and foremost.

THEN they should look at credentials.

Christian Universities, colleges and Seminaries should “Chop at the top”. Find everyone who refuses to sign the most detailed statement of faith whatsoever. Fire them. Don’t give them 30 days to find a new position. They quite simply have no place in Christian schools.

It should be a yes or no answer. “Do you believe the Bible is perfect, without error, inerrant, inspired, and preserved, utterly sufficient for faith and practice?”

The answer must be yes. Or you’re fired.

Now ask the question the other way. “Do you believe the Bible has errors or omissions?” If they say yes, you’re fired.

Put them on a twelve month probationary period.

If they say or write anything that questions or denies the word of God in that time, fire them.

One or two colleges have begun doing this.

This needs to be across the board.

If you’re a theological liberal making 120+K a year at a seminary, Christian college or Bible Institute, you need to lose your job today. You’ve committed fraud by lying about your beliefs. You’ve stolen a position that should be held by Bible believing Fundamentalists. Literally, you should probably be sued by the institution for recovery of your wages, because you appropriated them under false pretenses.

You can read that as “Fraud” if you’d like.

There is no “5 views of Biblical inerrancy” – there’s only two. You either believe it or you don’t.

Now start going through your student body. Begin asking them the same question. No kidding.

If they do not believe, give them the left foot of fellowship.

Christian schools are for Christians. If you’re not a Christian, then you are very, very welcome to attend elsewhere.

We encourage it.

Why?

Because any unsaved skeptic Johnny or whatever is going to spread his unsaved skepticism to the other students. Good kids from Christian homes, who are very probably some day going to finally get saved are being led astray right before it happens and turned into Atheists by theological liberal professors and wolf in sheeps’ clothing unsaved kids who’ve been turned to atheism and an actively evil outlook by their parents’ hypocrisy. Don’t be surprised that I say that – every Christian backslides at some point. Every Christian parent tries their best, but sometimes sin gets the better of you and you find yourself acting like you did before you got saved. Do that enough in front of your kids at the wrong times, and they now have labeled you a hypocrite.

That’s why you should be saying to your kids at a much earlier age, “Mommy and Daddy are saved – we’re children of God. But we all struggle with sin, and sometimes Mommy and Daddy do things we don’t mean to do, and don’t want to do.” Explain that two or three times to your kids, and they’ll understand that as they grow older.

This ends our series on the Trojan Horses of Christianity. For now.

But it doesn’t end our fight.

I can think of some Christian bloggers who should be being approached by Christian colleges about teaching there. Good grasp of Biblical doctrine, an urge to fight, and the ability to communicate.

Who would you rather have teaching your kids, Mr. “I translate clay tablets from Babylon but I don’t believe the Bible literally”? Or Mr. “I write a Christian blog, read through the Bible 22 times so far and believe the Bible literally?”

I can tell you who it should be.

Mr. Clay Tablets can move on to some secular college.

The Trojan Horse of Christianity Pt. 2


The second issue of the Trojan Horse of Christianity is Scholars.

We bow to scholars who are not saved.

My edition of Logos (Logos Bronze) came with writings by Kirsopp Lake, who is a theological liberal.

Let’s deal with this. I asked my readers to tackle a post on Faithlife TV (the video reports produced by Logos) where Michael Heiser gave a straw man definition of Theological Liberalism, and defended it. Nobody was able to, so I’ll have to finally answer it, over a year later.

If you do not believe the Bible literally, you’re not saved. There may be degrees of ‘understanding’ and ‘belief’. But it won’t matter at all in the lake of Fire whether you believed everything else, but denied the Deity of Jesus Christ. Different degrees of belief and understanding are meaningless. You believe the Bible or you do not. And that’s how God sees it. Try reading Ezekiel some time and see how God views those who question Him or call Him a liar.

Scholars try to write long tomes to try to justify their lack of belief. They went so far as to pay another Theological Liberal to try to find the original text of the Bible in Egypt, so they could hopefully justify their disbelief in Jesus Christ.

Never mind they HAD copies of the original texts – they were so firmly convinced that the Bible in their hands was in error, because it condemned them.

So they paid Count Tischendorf to go to Egypt and other parts of the Middle East, and search for the missing texts.

He didn’t find anything. Everything he was finding was agreeing with the King James.

Until – miraculously a week before the money ran out – he found a scroll in a wastebasket, ready to be burned, that said something different finally from the King James. Many of the verses that supported the deity of Christ were edited or removed. So he championed it, returned to Germany to raise more money, He returned triumphantly, bought the manuscript, brought it to Europe, and basked in newfound fame and glory.

Until the man who forged it spoke up and admitted to forging it when he was much younger.

Constantinus Simonides admitted to writing Codex Sinaiticus.

He admitted it. He confessed it.

So Tischendorf waited for the controversy to die down, and then began touting his discovery all over again.

That’s one of the two documents that form the basis of your modern Bible. Forged by a man who denied Christ, and discovered by a man who denied Christ, and championed by the men who denied Christ.

The modern Bibles are the Trojan Horse that heretics have hidden inside, to emerge and destroy Bible believing Christianity. I’ve heard people say “well, that’s not in the original manuscripts”, so they can deny it. The average Christian claims to believe in the deity of Christ, but has trouble finding verses to support it, because they’ve all been edited or removed from the modern versions.

This is how doubt creeps in. When you believe something because you know it’s true, but you can’t find the support. And there’s a LOT of people out there making fun of the King James Bible – including Charles Swindoll – so now you feel foolish looking it up in a Bible where it’s EASY to find proof of the deity of Christ.

Scholars say something, so you believe it.

What Christians aren’t being told is this – the whole textual Criticism thing was dealt a fatal blow in the books “The Fundamentals.”

Like Tischendorf, they waited for the furor to die down, then began to repeat themselves as if it never happened.

It’s all been dealt with – yet they keep spreading their poisons as if they were fact.

I don’t care if you can translate Aramaic – if you do not agree with the Bible, if you deny the Bible or claim to have “…different levels or shades of Biblical understanding” – you need to be fired and find a job doing anything else.

If they are unwilling to fire you, you should resign.

The Trojan Horse of Christianity Pt. 1


Christianity has been betrayed from within.

By people pretending to be Christian.

We’re afraid to call it what it is, but it doesn’t change things. False teachers abound. We accept blindly false teachers, Seventh Day Adventists, Roman Catholics and Mormons, because our Christian leaders vouchsafe them.

I will tell you instead we’ve been betrayed.

The Trojan horse, as you remember, is  a fable about soldiers hiding inside the statue of a horse, left at the gates of Troy. The Trojans took the horse inside the city, and when they all were asleep, the Greeks jumped out of the horse, opened the gates, and let the Greek army in, who slew the city.

I can’t think of a more apropos description of what’s happened in Christianity today.

  • We never censured Billy Graham for cooperating with theological liberals and Roman Catholics, so now we accept them.
  • We never censured Chuck Swindoll for his oft-repeated statements against Fundamentalism, so now most Christians are manipulated in their opinions. And many of these Christians think of themselves as Fundamentalists!
  • We never struck down books by Karl Barth, so his poison still infects, saps, and kills tissues within the body of Christianity.
  • We never cried foul about Rick Warren and the huge danger he presents within Christianity today.
  • Our Christian book stores refused to take out Rob Bell’s books after it became apparent he was a false teacher, and denied Hell. When you deny hell and espouse Universalism, then you’re calling Jesus Christ a liar. And I’d like to stay far away from you at the Great White Throne judgment. The excuse of the book stores is, “Well, we don’t carry that book, because it’s unBiblical.” Yes, and so is his Nooma videos and his “Velvet Elvis”. But they make money still. The book stores will continue to sell Velvet Elvis as long as it makes them money, whether it’s unBiblical or not. And it is most definitely unBiblical.
  • We accept C. S. Lewis as Christian, and somehow never see his Universalist heresies written in his writings. Our eyes pass over the pages, somehow not seeing where he states, plain as day, that he doubts the veracity of the doctrine of Christ’s substitutional atonement. That doctrine is FOUNDATIONAL to the Christian faith.
  • We accept the idea that Christianity can be practiced in different ways – after all, Methodists do things differently from Presbyterians who do things different from Episcopalians, who do things similar to Roman Catholics, and Seventh Day Adventists do things oddly, and much different from us, and why, a Mormon ran for President as a Republican and spoke about God, so he must be a Christian!

The reality is, there’s only one right way to do a Baptism. It’s by immersion. There’s only one right meaning. It’s to show obedience in an outward sign. If you say, “Well, my denomination does things differently, and here’s why….” I can tell you why.

You’re wrong.

Things that are not how the Bible teaches it is error. If you know it to be error, but do it anyway, it’s heresy.

Go ahead. Tweet that or Facebook that or… whatever you call that.

If it’s a serious enough denial of the Christian faith, it’s apostasy.

There’s only one right way to be saved – salvation by grace through faith. If your denomination teaches that any practices of Christianity impart additional grace, you’re a heretic, an apostate. That Denomination is teaching lies straight from the pit of Hell. You’re denying the Cross of Christ. You’re saying His sacrifice is insufficient.

And I’ve read this in Presbyterian web sites.

There’s only one meaning of the Lord’s supper – it is in remembrance of the Lord, a memorial.

Nothing mystic happens to the bread and wine. Doesn’t matter how high you lift it, what words you say, what gestures you do, whether or not you ring a bell or not. It’s bread. It’s grape juice. It’s not somehow the mystic transformation or transubstantiation of the bread into flesh, or the substance of flesh. It’s bread. We do this to remind ourselves of the price paid for salvation.

“My denomination believes differently.”

Then your denomination has it wrong.

“There should be room at the table for denominational differences.”

Do we understand that our understanding of some parts of Christianity are not graded on a curve?

Your view of Jesus Christ is pass/fail. If you believe anything other than He is God in human flesh, eternally co-existing with the father, then – fail.
If you believe in anything other than salvation by faith through grace – fail.

Failure in that area of the test leaves one writhing in unending torment forever.

If you believe anything other than salvation being a recognition that you are a sinner condemned to Hell and cannot save yourself, and that you must repent and call upon Jesus Christ to save you – fail.

Fail in this case is a synonym for “hell”. Because that’s your final destination..

That’s the Trojan Horse of Christianity. We’ve seen too many false Christians and did not immediately reject them. Billy Graham should have lost his fame, his support, and Christians should have rejected his ministry by 1950, when he began to embrace the worst theological liberals and heretics, and turn his back upon Fundamentalists.

Christians should have recognized years ago that Chuck Swindoll is opposed to those who literally believe the Bible, which brings up questions. By the way, has anyone noticed Swindoll literally has nothing to say, and says it well and prolifically?

I’ve literally heard him pass off a sermon illustration as a true story he got from reading Readers’ Digest. I’ve read entire books by him that pass from one sermon illustration to another, without actually saying something! Don’t believe me? Tell me what his call to action is. When you write a non-fiction Christian book, you inform, then request a call to action. Tell me what Swindoll’s call to action is. Go ahead.

See what I mean? He has nothing to say, lots of it, and says it well. Because apparently nobody else seems to notice he has nothing to say!

How about this quote? In light of what I’ve said about the Bible and having it right or wrong, read this – “There are too many shades of theological opinion in a large denomination to lump them all off as liberal, neo-orthodox, conservative, fundamentalist, or what have you!”

No. You either have it right, or you have it damnably wrong.

And the speaker is Billy Graham. Here’s the question. I’ll answer it the right way, myself.

“Do you think that churches such as The United Church of Canada and the great liberal churches of the United States that are active in the ecumenical movement and whose ministers study and respect the work of Paul Tillich and other great modern teachers are ‘apostate’?”

I don’t know what you mean – I don’t know about the United Church of Canada. I don’t know Paul Tillich. I do know theological liberals, and they are indeed apostate, if they were even saved to begin with – and the Bible teaches that if you apostate, you never were saved.

If you do not believe the Bible literally, you’re hell bound for all eternity, with no way to avoid it. There’s nothing you can do to stop it.

But the Jesus Christ of the Bible, God in human flesh, one third of the Trinity provided a way. If you believe these things, and you believe Jesus Christ is eternally God and able to save you, then repent, pray forgiveness from Him, and trust Him to save you.

And you shall be saved.

Common Misconceptions About Fundamentalism


One of the biggest reasons most Christians are not Fundamentalists is they’ve been fed too much rhetoric over the years by theological liberals who are trying to keep their jobs. If most Christians read their Bibles and believed them, then there’d be quite a few famous Christian teachers who’d be out of a job.

One of my favorite teachers has slipped in his firm belief in the Bible being inspired, and it was a horrible blow to me. I noticed that his statement of faith had nothing about an inerrant, inspired Bible, and I emailed him and told him so. There was no response, and his statement of faith is unchanged. That can only mean that he no longer believes the Bible to be the word of God. I’ve had to stop going to his website. So, let me explain what Fundamentalism really is, how to get there, and WHY you should get there.

Fundamentalism is a belief that the Bible is complete and without error in whole or part, written by God – and a desire to conform our lives to it.

There you go.

“But I believe that!”

If you believe that, you’re a Fundamentalist. But here’s where I’m going to get you – every Christian insists they believe in the Bible, but there’s a disconnect. When you read something in there you don’t like, a lot of you justify your lack of belief by saying, “Well, that part’s not in the original manuscripts.” Or, “Well, that’s not for today.” “That was just Paul.”

If you’ve said that, you do not believe the Bible is without error in whole and part, inspired and preserved, the word of God.

You’re fairly close to being what the Bible describes as an “unbeliever.”

“WHAT???”

It’s true. You either believe the Bible is correct, inerrant, inspired, written by God and preserved – or you don’t. One of the biggest inconsistencies among Messianics that firmly drive me nuts is that often they hold themselves to be the guardians of the word of God, yet a majority of them do not believe the canon is sealed, do not believe the Bible is without error, and do not believe it is preserved.

Fundamentalists believe with perfect faith there is no errors. No “this was not in the oldest and best manuscripts” – we even challenge that whenever we hear it, because most of us have done the research, and found the oldest and best manuscripts to be not so old, and heavily edited – therefore unreliable.

We especially get suspicious when we look at the verses that are always in question – any verse supporting the doctrine of Jesus Christ being pre-existent, Jesus Christ being God in human flesh, any evidence for the Trinity, any evidence for the resurrection. Every reference to prayer and fasting is reduced to “prayer”. Funny that THESE should always be the ones in question.

Most of the references to the shed blood of Jesus Christ is removed from the “oldest and best” manuscripts. Some of the experts believe Vaticanus and Sinaiticus were written by Origen, an Arianist Gnostic who interpreted the Bible allegorically, and did not believe Jesus Christ is God in human flesh. You won’t be meeting Origen in heaven, I’m sure.

I personally do not believe Origen wrote Sinaiticus – because Sinaiticus was written by Constantinus Simonides in the early 19th century. It was a forgery. I do agree it was either Origen or Eusebius who wrote Vaticanus – or possibly Origen wrote it, and Eusebius was the first of many editors (unlike the Textus Receptus, which wasn’t edited).

So one of the “Oldest and best” manuscripts is a clumsy forgery, and the other was written by a Christ-denying heretic who did not believe the Bible literally, and simply took out of the manuscript what he didn’t like.

Most of what you’ve learned about the Bible was written by heretics who don’t believe it. Textual critics, who denied Christ, wrote all of the incomprehensible rules about the Bible – not the ones you’ve heard, but the ones saying “The Bible is to be treated like any other book.” That’s the first commandment of Textual Critics. That statement should shock you.

Everything changes when you believe the Bible has no errors. I have to say it that way, because so many people say with a straight face that “The Bible is inerrant” but later on you hear them say “Well, that was added in by a pious Scribe”. If they can say both with a straight face, they’re lying about one or the other.

When they tell you that none of the disputed verses concern any of the cardinal truths and doctrines of Christianity, they’re lying.

When they tell you that the disputed verses run to only a handful, they’re lying. The total number of verses in Revelation are less than the number of disputed verses. They literally amount to 1 and 2 Peter, the Epistles of John plus Jude.

That’s… um… a lot.

Your Bible has no errors.

Your Bible has no mistakes.

Every word is there for a reason.

Every verse in the King James Bible was present in the original manuscripts.

Paul did not add things because they were cultural.

Paul wrote things because God told him to.

There are no errors, no mistakes, no contradictions.

Once you grasp on to the fact that when you hold the King James Bible you’re holding the word of God in your hand, your entire outlook changes.

The changes in my Christian life were immense after that.

Once you realize that God said, “Pray without ceasing”, and not just nice words written by some guy named Paul, you begin to think – “Gee, I should pray without ceasing!”

You’re going to forget to do it, but see – your attitude has gone from “Paul says…” to “God says” or “It is written in the Bible…”. That places a LOT more authority on that. That’s why Andy Stanley is an unbelieving heretic. He says we need to stop saying “The Bible says” and instead say, “Paul writes in Romans…”

That’s only because Andy Stanley is a Barthian heretic and unbeliever.

When you grasp this mindset, that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, authoritative word of God and our only rule of faith and practice… everything changes.

You begin to look at people you always thought were Fundamentalists – and with a shock you realize that either they don’t believe or are misguided.

And then you begin to notice the Bible says authoritatively, “Come out of her, and touch not the unclean thing” when talking about the world.

You notice that you are commanded to be “Not unequally yoked”, and suddenly you realize that verse isn’t talking just about marriage. You notice the verse in Romans 16 where it tells you to mark and avoid false teachers.

And you think, “God must have a reason to tell us that.”

Now you’re a Fundamentalist.

It’s that simple. That’s really all it is. You believe the Bible, and try to conform your life to it.

The things that people don’t like about Fundamentalism are Fundamentalist because that’s what the Bible commands! Should you associate with people who’s idea of salvation is works?

The Bible says no.

Should you associate with people who’s idea of salvation is to be sprinkled with water as a baby?

The Bible says no.

Fundamentalists see things as black and white because that’s how the Bible presents it. You’re saved or you’re not. Your doctrine is right or it’s not. If your doctrine is wrong a little bit, it’s still wrong. Just delete the “little bit” part, because you can’t find that concept in the Bible.

“We need to have dialog with people that have a different faith tradition!”

No, the people with a different faith tradition have the same Bible you do. They know that salvation requires repentance. They know that salvation is a spiritual, one time event and that it’s forever. They know that baptism is by bodily immersion. They know that being sprinkled with water as an infant is not salvation.

So they’re wrong. They teach error. Timothy was told to keep his doctrine without spot.

There’s nothing in the Bible about dialog with people who labor in error. The Bible calls it false teaching.

We’re told to mark them and avoid them. We’re told to rebuke a heretic once or twice, then avoid.

Don’t like it? Your argument then is with God. And then that reveals a spiritual condition that needs to be addressed.

The reason so few are Fundamentalist is because so few are saved. Are there Evangelicals who are truly saved? Yes, but you can’t be a Fundamentalist for very long in an Evangelical church.

Believe the Bible, and conform your life to it. It’s that simple.

Why I couldn’t Sign the Online Petition for Inerrancy


A few years ago, I ran across the statement of Inerrancy on  the internet… somewhere. I can’t remember exactly where.

But the statement was a very short statement of “I believe the Bible is inspired, inerrant and complete in the original manuscripts…”

I couldn’t sign. I emailed them and explained why. I don’t have a copy of it because it was a form submission. So I’ll re-write it, add to it so there’s no doubt, and leave it here for all Christians to see.

“Dear sirs,
I am a champion of Biblical Inerrancy. I firmly believe that the Bible has no errors, is perfect, inerrant, inspired of God. I would love to sign your online petition, but I cannot.

You see, your current statement – although well thought out – contains a loophole that will allow any heretic, theological liberal or Bible denier to be able to sign it in good conscience and not mean it at all.

Your document claims that the Bible is inspired only in the original Manuscripts. Since we no longer have those autographs (the original manuscripts), your document is tantamount to saying exactly what the theological liberals are saying!

I can’t in good conscience sign something that claims the Bible I have in my hands is not preserved or without error. Inerrancy either means the Bible we have is without error, or it does not.

We can’t have it both ways.

My Bible is God breathed. My Bible is perfect. My Bible is without error. My Bible is inspired by God. My Bible is inerrant. I agree with the Chicago statement on Inerrancy, with the exception of Article X – because my Bible is perfect, given by God, perfect in every way, preserved, like silver refined in fire seven times (Psalm 12), and not limited only to the original Autographs.

My Bible that I hold in my hands is God’s word. Flawless. Preserved miraculously by God’s protective power. The churches of God have ALWAYS possessed God’s word. They never lost it, do not need it rediscovered or re-invented by Godless skeptics masquerading as “Scholars.”

Scholars like Metzger, Aland, Griesbach, Wellhausen, Martini, Bengel and Tischendorf we do not need. Scholars like D. A. Waite, Edward Hills, John William Burgon, and Philip Mauro are indeed what we need instead.

My Bible is translated from God’s manuscripts of the Textus Receptus, and not flawed Greek manuscripts written by heretics, Gnostics and Arianistic Christ deniers like Codex Vaticanus, or unsaved Bible forgers like Codex Sinaiticus. My Bible is translated from God’s preserved Masoretic Ben Chayyim Hebrew text, and not from a flawed Hebrew Manuscript invalid under Jewish Halakhic law like the Ben Asher manuscript.

My Bible exalts Jesus Christ as the Eternal Son of God, Immanuel, Alpha and Omega, the Word of God, eternally God, the lamb of God slain before the foundation of the World, Messiah, Son of Man, Son of David, nailed to a tree to suffer for me, bleed for me, and die in my place, rising on the third day, Alive forevermore. In my Bible that I hold in my hands, Jesus Christ did not think it robbery to be equal to God. In the Bible I hold in my hands, He is the middle person of the Trinity, The Father the Word and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one. In my Bible that I hold in my hands, the Ethiopian Eunuch confessed to Philip that he believed that Jesus Christ is the son of God.

My Bible that I hold in my hands needs no correction. It needs no editing. It needs no revision.

My Bible is perfect. My Bible is the very word of God, and IS the words of God.

And anyone who cannot state that, or sign a declaration saying that, should be fired from every Bible college, seminary, Christian University and college, Sunday School, pulpit and church.

Theological liberals are not Christians. A Christian is saved. A Christian believes their Bible is literal and true. A theological modernist is not a Christian. A Theological progressive is not a Christian. They are not saved. They are hell bound unless they repent and cry out to God, on their faces, begging for mercy, begging for Jesus Christ to save their souls, repent, and get saved. If they do not, an eternity of suffering in a literal hell with literal eternal fire awaits them, consigned to outer darkness, and weeping and gnashing of teeth.

We should not need statements of inerrancy. But presented with one properly worded, a Christian should not hesitate to sign it.

By signing your document as it is worded, I am stating I do not believe the Bible in my hands is perfect, inspired, the very word and words of God, without error, inerrant. I cannot sign something like that.”

“Philip C. Dean”

There never was an answer.

The King James Bible issue explained (for people who don’t know)


King James BibleIn light of Phil Stringer’s speech to the King James organizations last year (which I finally just listened to!) I thought I’d explain the whole King James issue.

One person who reads my blog wrote on their own blog, “I don’t mind the King James issue, but I hate the people who defend it.” And to a certain extent, I can’t blame them for thinking this way. Presumably that means me as well, but hey… a lot of us do deserve the comments. I’ll explain.

For starters, no one person speaks for the King James only movement. There’s a lot of people who speak for the issue. And there’s several that most of us frankly wish, would shut up.

I don’t own any writings, ebooks or audio recordings by Gail Riplinger. She’s written some things that I’ve seen quoted that I agree with… and she’s written many things that I do not agree with.

She’s said many mean-spirited things… and honestly, some wild-eyed things that make us KJV defenders all look like idiots. I own – and use – a Strong’s concordance. From what I’ve seen quoted in it, the “Toxic” book sounds like, well, lunacy. She’s done a poor job of research, and makes the same mistake a lot of evangelical Christians do as well.

Briefly, if I get a book published by Tyndale, I’d probably be bouncing like an idiot. “I got published! Yes!!!” I’d send my manuscript off, check my proofs carefully, and very possibly, if the editor was feeling generous, I might even get to okay the book cover.

It does not mean I’m having any secret meetings with any of the other Tyndale publishers. Let’s just hypothesize that James White also landed a publishing deal with Tyndale. It doesn’t mean we’re getting together and having coffee. It also doesn’t mean he and I are plotting to edit (HORRORS!) or destroy the King James Bible.

Gail Riplinger does make those kinds of leaps of logic. But so do a lot of evangelical Christians I’ve seen books by. Many of the people who investigate the Illuminati, new world order, etc make those very same leaps of logic. I guess it’s okay for Texe Marrs to do it, but not a King James only person?

Let me briefly distance myself from another King James defender I wish would shut up. Or at least tone it down. Peter Ruckman. The man’s a cult leader. He makes some very strange statements, is very bigoted, and no doubt would dismiss me as a “jackass” and a “kike”. Yes, he does talk like that. My seminary president visited his church once, and testified that yes, Ruckman says the “N” word from the pulpit. Racism really is not helping the cause of the King James Bible any.

Those kind of people really do the King James world a disservice. NO, I don’t stand on street corners with a megaphone shouting, “You’re going to hell! You’re going to Hell!” Peter S. Ruckman’s church does that, from what Marc Monte says.

Okay, there you go. I know I’m rough. I know I speak very strongly. But then again, I’ve read the Bible a lot, and Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Joel, and many others did so as well. I get so absolutely fed up with people – heretics, really – question the bible, deny the Bible, make up their own doctrine, and steer my Christian brethren on a sleepwalking road back to Rome. So, I tend to speak very harshly about such people.

So, let me explain the King James issue. I know you’re not James White. I know you’re not Ron Rhodes. I know you’re not John Ankerberg. These people all speak against the King James issue, and in reality,most of the people who speak against the King James Issue have never studied it.

When you see us slam the opponents of the King James issue, pause and consider this – we’re defending our beliefs. And many of the people that oppose us often have agendas. And many of them hold to secret heresies they won’t admit to. That’s very often the people we’re mentally imagining when we write these articles.

The first thing you should be aware of is… who is on these Bible translating committees? Check these people out. Read about the names of these people. Oh, wow… hey, James White is on the translating committee of some modern translations – that means financially he’s got a stake in attacking the ing James Only movement!

What about Virginia Mollenkot? What are her beliefs about Bible inerrancy, God, the inspiration and preservation of Scripture?

What about Cardinal Carlo Martini? The Jesuit? What agenda does he have?

What about some of these other names? Kurt Aland. Matthew Black, Bruce Metzger, Allen Wikgren? what do these people believe? What are their statements of faith? Should these people be deciding how to translate the Greek texts into English? Some words such as Uranos can mean heaven or sky. Do you want someone who does not believe in heaven translating your Bible?

Let me ask a question – and again, I understand that many of you have simply never been educated in the Bible issue.

1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV)

Okay, we all understand, agree, and are aware the Bible says that in the last times heretics will arise.

1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. 2 Peter 2:1-3 (KJV)

Even the most trusting evangelical Christian begins to suspect this may not be a person in the congregation, but also pastors as well.

If Satan was going to weaken Christians and lead them astray, where’s the best places to get his tools? His wolves? In the pulpits.

And translating your Bibles

Are you aware that Kurt Aland, of the Nestle’-Aland Greek Texts, is a heretic? He does not even accept that the 66 books we have in our Bible belong there. And he’s open to other books being put in, and probably even some of ours being taken out. There’s quotes from Aland about that very subject. Read them.

And keep in mind, he’s the man responsible for the Greek texts used by the Bible societies.

Scared yet? You should be.

Because the truth is that all the modern texts come from codex sinaiticus – a Greek text that a known manuscript forger confessed to forging over 100 years ago… – and from a copy of Codex Vaticanus. Not the original, but a copy. Vaticanus is exhibited at the Vatican library, but if it looks like you’re reading it or translating it, it’s yanked away and placed back in the back rooms.

Neither of these books are complete. Sinaiticus has several apocryphal texts and pseudopigraphal texts in it. Does that mean we should be accepting these books as canon?

Sinaiticus is written in the wrong Greek, Attic Greek, not in Koine greek – this places it either in the wrong era (100 BC) or… as a clumsy forgery. And remember, Constantinus Simonides (a known Bible and manuscript forger) had already admitted to forging it early in his career. Even he admitted it was a clumsy forgery!

Here’s the issue. Vaticanus does not have some books. Sinaiticus does not have some books. They disagree with each other in tens of thousands of places.
If I were to translate the New Testament from these texts, I’d have years of heartache about it, trying to decide which of the texts are correct. Do I choose the verse that is missing half the words, or do I choose the one that has left out some words? One verse is missing in one text the name of God, the other is missing the name of Christ. Almost every reference to fasting is removed from one of the manuscripts.

And both of them disagree GREATLY with over 5200 other Greek Texts, that all the Christian churches had been using since the times of the Apostles.

Now, those 5200 agree. There’s some minor copying errors between them, and a few misspelled words – but aside from that, they all agree. You can go from one to the other of those 5,200 manuscripts and find that they all pretty much say exactly the same thing word for word.

So, which would you choose? The copy of Vaticanus and the possibly forged, incomplete Greek text that disagrees with Vaticanus in 10,000 places? Or the 5,200 other manuscripts?

You and I would find this one a no-brainer. Go with 2 flawed manuscripts, or go with the 5,200 ones that agree? I think we’d all turn to the really big pile. The work would actually go faster. You don’t have to decide which version to go with! You just simply read them, and when you come to a repeated word or a space that looks like a word was misspelled or left out, you consult another. You could do it with three or four manuscripts.

Or, you could use one of the manuscripts that’s already been compiled by men who’ve done just that! The compilation often bears the same name as the same family of texts, the Textus-Receptus.

But what do Nestle and Aland choose? Or Wescott and Hort? What did they ALL choose for the modern translations? Why, the forged manuscript and the copy provided by the Vatican.

Huh. The… very choice you’d expect men who deny the deity of Jesus Christ, the inspiration, preservation and canon of the Bible to make.

It’s the only conclusion I can come to. The protests of James White and John Ankerberg cannot sweep away that fact. They’re choosing texts that are flawed, incomplete, and possibly forged.

By an amazing coincidence, these Greek texts neglect almost every reference to fasting. They omit many references to the Blood of Jesus Christ. There’s a few Charismatics who follow this blog. They’d be shocked to find that out!

And many of the verses deliberately change many of the verses that affirm the deity of Christ. Would you trust the manuscripts that affirm many times that Jesus Christ is God, that ye must be born again, that Christ rose from the dead? Or do you want the ones that omit these references?

this is the King james only issue. This is the issue at hand. And Christians who love the Bible, once they become aware of it and begin looking up the translations of various verses, all become convinced of the issue. And they get fighting mad!

I’m furious we have allowed men like Bruce Metzger who denies openly the deity of Jesus Christ and calls Genesis “a fable” to translate our Bibles. We allow Unitarians to suggest wordings they can live with. After all , the thought of Hell makes Unitarians uncomfortable! If they deny the existence of Hell, and give it names like “tartarus” “gehenna” and “hades”, they can sleep a little easier at night.

Because they deny that Jesus Christ is God. And if you believe that, you are not saved. And if you’re not saved, where will you go when you die?

If you’d like, I can list verse after verse after verse that will scare you and will make you put away your other Bibles. And even get you to the point that you will start calling the Modern Bible Versions… well, you’ll start adding the prefix “per” to “version.”

I’m betting that if you can stay a follower of my often-too blunt blog for more than a week, you must be a committed Christian with a love for Christ and His Bible. And if that’s the case, you need to look into this issue. Because a lot is at stake.