There’s a lot on the Bible, isn’t there?
This should show you the absolute importance the Bible should hold in the life of a Christian.
Next is conforming your mind to that of the Bible. I hear all kinds of people say “So and so’s a Chrisitan”, and then I look them up, and they believe something the opposite of the Bible. For instance, Billy Graham believes that any person who is a devout Hindu will go to heaven. John 14:6 says the only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ.
Bily Graham says that Hell is a timeout, a dungeon someplace where people sit there, separated from God, and very sad. Luke 16 says that Hell is torment, agony, and flames that never stop burning.
Billy Graham has not comformed his mind to the Bible, but the Bible to his mind. I could say the same thing for many, many Christians.
So if you’re one of those Evangelicals who say “I believe everyone who REALLY LOVES GOD will go to Heaven…” the question is… what does the Bible say?
Or, “My truth may not be your truth….”
It’s the same answer for both. John 14:6. If you believe contrary to what the Bible teaches, then you’ll have to explain yourself to God someday. It is your responsibility to conform your beliefs to the teachings of the Bible. Failure to do this will have devastating effects on your Christian walk.
Leaving that, let’s move on to the big Bible doctrine, and I think this may be the last one we deal with for now on the Bible!
I wrote recently about the Inspiration of the Bible. Both of these doctrnies literally require one another.
And here’s an important fact, you need to understand. Every false teacher and wolf in sheep’s clothing al will claim to believe in the inerrancy and inspiration of the Bible…
…and they’re lying when they say it.
Learn to recognize when someone makes the disclaimer they believe the Bible is without error in the original manuscripts… they’re lying. Because there is no original manuscript containing all 66 books of the Bible. The original text of Genesis was long since dust before Matthew was even written down. However, if we understand that copies of the Bible are inspired and inerrant… then our understanding is more aligned with how God means it.
Some will go so far as to say they believe in the preservation of the Bible… and they’re lying.
Many false teachers interpret the words differently than do Christians. I’ve told recently the illustration of a new Bible College president’s attempt to fix an utterly worthless statement of faith to something far more Biblical…
…and the entire teaching staff of the college rebelled.
Warning sign. It meant clear house. It meant “fire people”.
So, he took the new statement of faith to one staff member, who read it and scoffed. “I can make that mean anything I want it to mean!” She said arrogantly.
“You’re fired.” He answered.
“I have tenure! you can’t fire me, I have a contract!” She told him triumphantly.
“I can make that contract mean anything I want it to mean.” He answered.
Quite literally, if I were given a scholarship to Liberty or to Fuller, or even Regent, I’d probably be expelled in a month.
Because I believe, and many of them do not.
Bible preservation is tied to several Bible verses…
“Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, Lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” (Proverbs 30:5–6, KJV)
“The words of the LORD are pure words: As silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, Thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” (Psalm 12:6–7, KJV)
“Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” (Mark 13:31, KJV)
“For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:18–19, KJV)
The fact there is going to be a judgment tels us that the standard by which things are judged – the Bible – must remain on Earth and in use by the churches.
Until recently, this has been understood to mean the Syrian family of texts (known today as the Textus Receptus or Majority Text), which is the Bible in Greek.
It has also meant the Old Testament in Hebrew, called the Masoretic Ben Chayyim Hebrew text. These two texts have been in use by Christians since 30AD until this very minute.
Complicated, right? Not really. Remember the New Testament was written in Koine Greek (the Greek of that day and age), and the Old Testament in Hebrew. The names are just what scholars have taken to identifying these families of manuscripts as.
There are specific rules about Hebrew Bibles. If one letter is wrong, one letter alone… the entire scroll would have to be buried in a Geniza, a place where old manuscripts and manuscripts with errors are left. Under Jewish law, any manuscript other than the Ben Chayyim Masoretic text is to be buried and not used.
All of this is about to get very important. And some things I told you were important… we’re about to tie all together.
Theological liberals do not believe in the inerrancy of the Bible. They work to “recover” the original words of the Bible.
You can’t say that, and literally believe Mark 13, Matthew 5, Psalm 12 and a host of other verses all strongly warning not to tamper with God’s word at the risk of your immortal soul.
So, the theological liberals dismiss for reasons unexplained the Textus Receptus and the Ben Chayyim text, simply because they don’t like it. They came up with complicated rules like “The shorter reading is to be preferred.”
Remember when I said the most common error in copying is seeing a repetition of a word and omitting the words in between? A flawed manuscript is shorter.
And when someone dislikes a Bible verse and removes it, the reading would be shorter.
They invented rules like “More clear readings must give way to the less clear.”
That’s the exact opposite of the rules of hermeneutics we learned yesterday.
They came up with the rule that “the most common error is adding to the text by pious scribes, and so those readings are to be omitted.”
But that’s the opposite of the truth.
What do you call the opposite of the truth?
You’re being lied to by so-called scholars.
Am I scaring you? I’m not the only one saying this. There was a book published at the turn of the 20th Century called “The Fundamentals” by R. A. Torrey. Volume One of the 5 book set dealt with these lies in detail. Literally, everything I’m saying in this article can be found in that book. And that book was the work of over 20 concerned Christian men. So, no worries… I’m not the only one saying this. Most of Christianity seemed incensed about this subject in 1880. Today, well…. I’m in a minority.
There’s no need to “discover” the words of God – we’ve had them all along!!! Literally, real Christians have lived, prayed, worshiped, read, and died for these texts that have been in use by the churches since the original manuscripts written by the apostles. We have over 5,000 manuscripts of the Textus Receptus family, all agreeing almost word for word, letter for letter.
But the scholars prefer two manuscripts, not the 5,000… They prefer Vaticanus (called B for short) and Sinaiticus (called Aleph for short).
Aleph is written in Attic Greek, the wrong language for the time of Jesus Christ. Attic Greek had given way to Koine Greek two centuries before that. It would be like me writing a book today in Middle English or Old English, languages that bear little or no resemblance to the English of today. They would be almost impossible to understand.
Sinaiticus, also called Aleph, was found in a trash bin about to be burned in a monastery, filled with monks… and one room chock full of the skulls of monks who’d lived there before. Huh.
We’re told most of our Bibles come from Sinaiticus/Aleph. You’re being lied to. The readings that come from Sinaiticus are actually only the ones missing from the other text….
Vaticanus. Vaticanus has been edited in some places 6 times throughout the centuries. The current guess is that it was written by Origen, a heretic who was a Gnostic and didn’t believe in the deity of Christ. Another theory is that it was written by Eusebius, Origen’s pupil, and suffered from the same theological heresies. A lesser known theory is that this is the last remaining manuscript of Pope Sixtus and his Sixtus Bible.
Sinaitiicus is constantly praised as being the “oldest manuscript in existence.” People used to dealing with old manuscripts should know better… it looks barely two centuries old. And right about two centuries ago, when Tischendorf found Sinaiticus, a man came forward and confessed to writing it. And he even claimed it was a clumsy forgery, and he was embarrassed by it.
Did they investigate it? No, they waited for the news to blow over, and Tischendorf began hawking his discovery all over again. Even thought someone, Constantinus Simonides admitted he’d written it only 12 years or so before.
So, scholars are placing all their effort onto an admitted forgery and a manuscript written by a heretic.
If you believe in Bible Preservation, as described in Matthew and Mark, it makes no sense whatsoever for the preservation to have entire words blotted out, pumiced off the manuscript, overwritten, crossed out, and entire books of the Bible not present in either manuscript.
It makes no sense.
But if you believe those verses, then it makes sense to use the manuscripts Christians have always used, for 2,000 years.
“Does it really matter?”
Yes, it does.
“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3, KJV)
“All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” (John 1:3, NASB95)
“came into being” versus “made”. It’s a 79% difference between the verses.
“By Him” versus “Through him”. One shows Jesus Christ as the creator of the Universe, the other one shows him as some passive portal through which God’s power passed to make everything. In other words, not God.
“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:” (Philippians 2:6, KJV)
“who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,” (Philippians 2:6, NASB95)
They don’t say the same thing. Jesus Christ did not think it robbery to be equal with God. Yet two modern Bibles say that he didn’t regard equality with God to be a thing he should grasp!
“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.” (1 Timothy 3:16, KJV)
“By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.” (1 Timothy 3:16, NASB95)
Tell me if those two verses say the same thing! “God was manifest in the flesh” versus “He was revealed in the flesh”.
“Received into Glory” suggests that Jesus Christ came from Heaven and was returning to the throne in Heaven, but “taken up in glory” just means he went to heaven.
To avoid these kinds of heresies, these denials of Christ, you need to use a Translation made ONLY from the Textus Receptus and the Masoretic Ben Chayyim Hebrew text.
That means one translation. And I think you spotted what it was.
The King James.
When you read anti-King James web sites, they always dwell on Benjamin Wilkerson, A seventh day adventist. And strangely, none of them ever talk about the origins and history of Aleph and B.
Because if they did, you’d get rid of your NASB, your ESV, your NIV…
And just use the King James.
They know all this, and they’re not telling you. Telling you a deliberate falsehood is lying.
Omitting to tell you the truth is lying.