Reclaiming Christianity II


My cats are really misbehaving right now, and I’ve got a wicked sinus headache, so I hope yesterday’s article made sense.

Do you know what a shell game is? That’s a game that you used to see at carnivals. A man would have three walnut shells, and place a pea under one. He’d slide the shells around and repeat the whole time, “where is the pea? Which one has it?” He’d stop. you’d pick. He’d lift the shell.

No pea. He was lying, because he scooped the pea up in his fingers before he started moving the shells. The dialog he used distracted you.

Here’s a firm statement to grasp onto.

The Greek new testament the churches of Jesus Christ have always used is the Textus Receptus.

The Hebrew text the churches have always used is the Ben Chayyim Masoretic text.

I used to be able to say just, “Masoretic text”, but literally the Theological liberals have taken ANOTHER text, the Ben Asher text (which is not Masoretic) – and have renamed it the Masoretic text.

The churches of Jesus Christ have always used the Hebrew old testament. Blanket statement.

Theological liberals try to play shell games by substituting a different majority text (one of the nicknames of the Textus Receptus) and a different Masoretic text.

That’s called lying. “Is this the car I test drove?” “Uh… SUUUUURRE!” “It looks different… I don’t remember it making that noise…” “No, no, that’s the same one!”

That’s lying. To offer up a false text instead of the text we’re supposed to be using is called lying.

Then here’s the other part of the shell game.

They don’t use either.

They use another text. They prefer the Vulgate Latin for the Old Testament, and the Septuagint (which interestingly enough, may be only a myth – because we know a heretic named Origen wrote his own New Testament text, and bundled it in with his own parallel texts in Greek called the Hexepla, because it has six columns… well, guess how many columns the “Septuagint” has?).

And when they look at the Septuagint and are “unsure” (meaning they don’t like the answer in front of them), they consult the Vulgate, or the Syrian Peshitta (an Aramaic paraphrase of the Bible).

It’s kind of like most of you probably know the story of Codex Sinaiticus, as the story is presented to you. It’s a modern forgery, but they seem to neglect that part.

Then what they never tell you is that the modern Bibles ONLY USE SINAITICUS when Vaticanus is missing that verse, chapter, or book (both codexes are missing words, verses, chapters, and entire books).

so why do they make such a big deal about Sinaiticus? When they almost never use it?

Shell game. They’re lying.

So, here’s how you settle the Bible issue. Your Bible MUST BE TRANSLATED FROM TEXTS THE CHURCHES HAVE ALWAYS USED! The Ben Chayyim Hebrew and the Textus Receptus.

That narrows it to one. The King James.

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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!

The Effectual Bible Student #12


This is the last one!

If you were too busy and didn’t bother to watch these, go back… These are some of the most important videos you’ll ever watch – how to study the Bible from someone who is an expert in Bible study. I’ve graduated Seminary with a high GPA, and I can honestly tell you I learned some things watching this series!

Effectual Bible Student, Part 12 – Bible Study Software from Way of Life Literature on Vimeo.

The Effectual Bible Student #10


Effectual Bible Student, Part 10 – Rules for Interpretation (cont), Bible Study Tools from Way of Life Literature on Vimeo.