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By John Henry

March 1, 2010


INTRODUCTION:

There is a campaign to push the new bible versions off on the people. During the past 100 years there has been an average of over one new versions produced each year. These have been almost exclusively from texts corrupted by proven heretics.

The Word of God has been transmitted down through the centuries in many languages, but primarily in four: Hebrew, Koine Greek, Latin / Old Italic, and English. For the past 400 years the English Authorized Version (AV) or King James Bible has dominated all others. This in spite of a new version coming on the scene every year. This along with the great revivals and souls saved through it is a sign of God's blessing upon it! A wise man said of the AV, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

God made the Church the repository of His Word and charged us that we "... should earnestly contend for THE FAITH which was once delivered unto the saints." (Jude 3; cf. Eph. 4:5). Many Baptist churches have become lax and cannot see the need to carry out their responsibilities in this regard. This article and the chart below is provided in an effort to help remind any who will listen.

GOD'S PROMISE AND COMMISSION TO THE CHURCH:

"Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come. He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are Mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine, and shall shew it unto you." (John 16:13-15)

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to OBSERVE ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER I HAVE COMMANDED you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:19-20)

"... behave thyself in the house of God, which is THE CHURCH of the living God, the pillar and ground of THE TRUTH." (1 Timothy 3:15)

The Church is "the pillar and ground" of the Word of God. The definitions of pillar and ground are as follows:
1. PILLAR: Greek: "stulos" (Strong's Greek #4769): a column, prop or support. English: a support; a column; One who occupies a central or responsible position.
2. GROUND: Greek: "hedraioma" (Strong's Greek #1477): a stay, prop, brace, support. English: A foundation; Serving as a foundation for belief; To provide a justification; To instruct in fundamentals; To devote oneself to study or work; To strengthen or sustain mentally or spiritually; Earth (Biblically symbolic of people. Gen. 2:7; 1 Cor 15:47-49).

The Church as "the pillar and ground of the Truth" sets forth not only the idea of position, but also of responsibility. The Lord Jesus charged the Church in the Great Commission to "OBSERVE all things whatsoever [He] commanded" (Matt. 28:20). The word "observe" here is translated from the Greek word "tereo" (Strong's Greek #5083) which is most often translated "keep" and is also translated "preserved" and "hold fast." Earlier in the same chapter "tereo" is translated "keepers" where it says, "And for fear of him [an angel] the keepers [i.e. guards] did shake, and became as dead men" (Matt. 28:4). Our English word "observe" is from the Latin "observo" meaning "to keep or hold." It is clear that the Church is first and foremost to watch over, guard, and keep "all things whatsoever [Jesus] commanded" (i.e. the whole Word of God), and then to follow what it says.

John 14:15, 21, 23-24: "If ye love Me, KEEP my commandments. ... He that hath My commandments, and KEEPETH them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him. ... If a man love Me, he will KEEP my words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him. He that loveth Me not KEEPETH not My sayings: and the Word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father's which sent Me."

John 15:10, 20: "If ye KEEP My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have KEPT My Father's commandments, and abide in His love. ... Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have KEPT My saying, they will KEEP yours also."

John 17:6: "I have manifested Thy name unto the men which Thou gavest Me out of the world: Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have KEPT Thy Word."

1 John 2:3-5: "And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we KEEP His commandments. He that saith, I know Him, and KEEPETH not His commandments, is a liar, and the Truth is not in him. But whoso KEEPETH His Word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him."

1 John 3:22, 24: "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we KEEP His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. ... And he that KEEPETH His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us."

1 John 5:2-3: "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and KEEP His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we KEEP His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous."

Revelation 1:3: "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and KEEP those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand."

Revelation 3:8: "I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast KEPT My Word, and hast not denied My name."

Revelation 3:10: "Because thou hast KEPT the Word of My patience, I also will KEEP thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth."

Revelation 12:17: "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which KEEP the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."

Revelation 14:12: "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that KEEP the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."

Revelation 22:7, 18-19: "Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that KEEPETH the sayings of the prophecy of this book. ... For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."

It is a clear and indisputable fact that "the Spirit of truth" guided the apostles, the charter members of the Church, into "all Truth" (John 16:13) and that they completed the Scriptures (1 Cor. 13:8-10; Rev. 22:18; Jude 3). Likewise the local churches through the guidance of "the Spirit of truth" attested to the inspiration of the apostles writings and collected them together. Then the churches through the guidance of "the Spirit of truth" insured the Bible's pure transmission into many languages through the ages. They KEPT the Word of God through persecutions and in times of peace and will continue to do so till the Rapture and the end of this Church Age. The Lord Jesus commanded that the Church "OBSERVE" (keep, guard) His Word and promised, "... lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen" (Matt. 28:20).

For the past 2000 years attention to the KEEPING of the Word of God has kept Baptists in line with God's will and has brought us back when we have strayed into doctrinal errors (John 16:13, 17:17). But Baptists today are ignoring the command to observe all things in great numbers and have fallen for corrupted versions of the Scriptures. This disregarding of the Word of God has resulted in apostasy and damnable heresies.

SATANIC ATTACK ON THE CHURCH BY CORRUPTING THE BIBLE:

"Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, YEA, HATH GOD SAID, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, YE SHALL NOT SURELY DIE: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and YE SHALL BE AS GODS, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:1-5)

"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. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom THE WAY OF TRUTH SHALL BE EVIL SPOKEN OF. 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)

"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; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron." (1 Timothy 4:1-2)

"As newborn babes, desire the SINCERE MILK OF THE WORD, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious." (1 Peter 2:2-3)

"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." (2 Corinthians 2:17)

1 Peter 2:2 and 2 Corinthians 2:17 use the words "sincere" and "corrupt." The word "sincere" is defined by Webster's 1828 Dictionary as "pure," "unmixed," etc. and the 1993 American Heritage Dictionary defines it as "genuine," "true," "pure," "unadulterated," etc. The word "corrupt" on the other hand is defined by Webster as "to pervert; to falsify; to infect with errors; as, to corrupt the sacred text." And the American Heritage defines it as "containing errors or alterations, as a text; tainted; to change the original form." Therefore, it is clear from 1 Peter 2:2 and 2 Corinthians 2:17 that there is a true and pure text of the Word of God, and likewise there is a perverted corrupt text line also.

That word "corrupt" in 2 Corinthians 2:17 is translated from the Greek word "kapeleuo" (Strong's Greek #2585). It means to adulterate in order to make an unfair profit in the process. Its root word is "kapelos" (a huckster). This is exactly what is going on with production of a new translation each year for the past 100 years. It's all about money! Like drug pushers the publishers and translators adulterate the Word of God for sale.

This should be no surprise to Bible students, because Satan himself is the master huckster. The Prophet Ezekiel speaks of that "anointed cherub" who was "created" "perfect," but fell due to his "iniquity" (Ezek. 28:14-15). Ezekiel records, "By the multitude of thy MERCHANDISE they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. ... Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy TRAFFICK; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee." (Ezek. 28:16, 18) Satan began his trafficking in heresy by casting doubt on God's Word in the very beginning with Eve. God had told Adam, "... Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (Gen. 2:16-17), but Satan came to Eve saying, "YEA, HATH GOD SAID, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" (Gen. 3:1) twisting and casting doubt on God's Word. Then he outright called God a liar with evil motives, and promised her that she could be like God. He told her, "YE SHALL NOT SURELY DIE: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and YE SHALL BE AS GODS, knowing good and evil" (Gen. 3:4-5). The Apostle Paul speaking to the Corinthians of Eve's gullibility said, "... I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so YOUR MINDS SHOULD BE CORRUPTED from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. ... 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." (2 Cor. 11:2-4, 13-15) Here it should be noted that minds are corrupted with corrupt words. In Paul's day too satanic hucksters were in the process of corrupting the Word of God for he said, "many ... corrupt the Word of God" (2 Cor. 2:17). The Apostle Peter also warned of "... false teachers ... bring[ing] in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord ... And through covetousness shall they with FEIGNED [falsified, counterfeit] WORDS make MERCHANDISE of you ..." (2 Pet 2:1-3). Can there be any doubt that Satan is in the business of corrupting and casting doubt on the Word of God?

Irenaeus (115-202 AD), Pastor of Lugdunum in Gaul (now Lyons), gives us some history behind Gnosticism which was the first satanic attack against Biblical doctrine. Irenaeus was the disciple of Polycarp (70-156 AD), Pastor of the Church in Smyrna, who was taught by the Apostle John. It was John who wrote his First Epistle against Gnostic corrupters (i.e. 1 John 1:5, 2:23, 4:3 5:7) whose teachings are similar to Rosicrucianism and our many faceted modern New Age Movement. Irenaeus tells us that Simon the sorcerer (Acts 8:9-13, 18-24) was regarded as the father of Gnosticism. The people of Samaria called Simon "the great power of God" (Acts 8:10; cf. Mark 14:62; Luke 22:69). John was present in Samaria when Peter rebuked Simon for trying to buy the power of the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:14-24). According to Irenaeus Simon the sorcerer's faith was feigned and he used incantations, love-potions, charms, exorcisms, and was in contact with beings called "Paredri" (familiars) and "Oniropompi" (dream-senders) [Against Heresies 1.23]. Hippolytus (170-236 AD), Pastor of the Church in Portus near Rome, records that Simon allegorized the scriptures in order to support his false teachings, especially Genesis [Refutation of all Heresies 6.5-10]. Irenaeus also tells us that Gnosticism received its doctrines from pagan Greek philosophers like Pythagoras, Homer, Plato, Aristotle, and others [Against Heresies 3:3]. Some of the major heresies of Gnosticism include:

1. There are 30 gods (Aeons) outside of time and space (Pleroma). [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 1.1-3] (Isaiah 45:5, 46:9)
2. The goddess Sophia created a tyrant creator angel, Demiurge (The God of the Old Testament), who was not aware of the Aeons and thought he was the only God. Demiurge created man but Sophia gave him spirit. [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 1.5] (Psalms 34:8, 100:5, 135:3, 145:9)
3. Sophia sent the serpent (an angel) into the garden of Eden to free Adam and Eve. By eating of the tree Adam and Eve were set free through true knowledge (gnosis). However, Demiurge raped Eve many times and she gave birth to other evil creator angels (serpent seed doctrine). [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 1.30] (John 8:44; Revelation 12:9)
4. Some people are predestined to hell, while others are saved by doing enough good works. Other people have spirits sent forth from Sophia predestinating them to salvation regardless if they act good or evil. So the most "perfect" of them addict themselves to evil deeds and are in a habit of defiling the women they convert. [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 1.6-7, 4.37] (2 Peter 3:9; Romans 3:19-20; Ephesians 2:8-9; Luke 13:5; John 14:6; Acts 4:12)
5. All matter is evil and not capable of salvation. It will eventually be destroyed. [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 1.7, 23] (Luke 24:39; Philippians 3:21; 2 Peter 3:12-13; Revelation 21:1)
6. Mantras to effect nature (as in Hinduism and Kabbalah). [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 1.14-15] (Deuteronomy 18:10-12)
7. Perfect knowledge is obtained by baptism, spiritual marriage and last rites (sacramentalism). [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 1.21] (Titus 3:5; Galatians 2:16)
8. At death some souls enter an intermediate state to be purged of the animal nature (purgatory) before going into the Pleroma (full divine powers). [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 2.29] (John 19:30; Hebrews 10:10)
9. Reincarnation. [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 2:33] (Hebrews 9:27)
10. Christ descended upon Jesus at his baptism and left before Jesus went before Pilate (adoptionism). Sophia wouldn't allow Christ to suffer. [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 1.7] (1 John 5:7; John 1:14; Matthew 1:23; Micah 5:2)

Justin Martyr (100-165 AD) was born about the time John, the last apostle, died. Justin saw Jesus, "the Word" or Logos (John 1:1, 14; 1 John 1:1, 5:7; Revelation 19:13) as a separate being from God and subordinate to Him. Justin wrote, "There is ... another God and Lord [the Word] subject to the Maker of all things [the Father] ... above whom [the Father] there is no other God. ... He [the Word] who is said to have appeared to Abraham, and to Jacob, and to Moses, and who is called God, is distinct from Him [the Father] who made all things ..." (Dialogue with Trypho, 56). Justin speaks of the Logos as "another God ... distinct from [the Maker of all things]," but the Word of God declares:

1 John 5:7: "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and THESE THREE ARE ONE."

Deuteronomy 6:4: "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our GOD IS ONE LORD."

Hebrews 1:1-3: "God ... hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; WHO BEING THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS GLORY, AND THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF HIS PERSON, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high."

Philippians 2:5-7: "Christ Jesus ..., BEING IN THE FORM OF GOD, THOUGHT IT NOT ROBBERY TO BE EQUAL WITH GOD: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men."

1 Timothy 2:5: "For there is ONE GOD, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."

The Scriptural explanation of the Holy Trinity is demonstrated by the fact that God created man in His own image. The Bible records that "... God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. ... So God created man in his own image" (Gen. 1:26-27). Part of God's image includes being a tri-unity, and since man is in His image, man is likewise a tri-unity of "... spirit and soul and body ..." as stated by the Apostle Paul (1 Thess. 5:23). A man has three parts, but is one person. God too has three parts, but is one God. The Hebrew word "Elohiym" translated "God" is plural and must be at least three. Furthermore, notice the great Old Testament definition of who Jehovah is, "The LORD our God is one LORD" (Deut. 6:4). The word LORD here is translated from the Hebrew word "יהוה" (Jehovah meaning The Great I AM; The Eternally Existing One), and that word "God" again is from "Elohiym." Therefore, the passage can be interpreted, "Jehovah our Trinity is ONE Great I AM."

Tatian (120-180 AD) was one of Justin Martyr's disciples and like Justin, he embraced Gnosticism. Irenaeus condemned three errors in Tatian's teaching: "He invented certain invisible 'aeons' [gods] like those of the Valentinians; he denounced marriage as 'corruption and fornication' .... he denied the salvation of Adam." Tatian wrote a synthesis or "harmony" of the Four Gospel called the "Diatessaron" (through the four) around 170 AD. While the Diatessaron agrees with the Old Latin and the Syriac Peshitta, it omitted about a quarter of the text of the Gospels (including Matthew 1:1-17, 18:4; Mark 1:1, 6:53, 15:25; Luke 1:1-4, 3:23-38, 7:6-7, 24:12; John 1:6, 2:12-13, John 7:53-8:11). Like Justin, Tatian's doctrine of Jesus Christ was totally heretical. He said, "... the Logos descended to Jesus and was mingled with his soul; the Logos dwelt in him as in a temple." According to Tatian the means of creation was the "dynamis logike (the power in words). At first there proceeded from God the Logos who produced the world by creating matter from which the whole creation sprang.

Tatian's false doctrines of Christ, and of "dynamis logike" or word power ring of the heresies of the modern Word of Faith Movement. Kenneth Hagin (1917-2003) has been dubbed the father of this "Christian" movement, but its first proponent was actually Essek William Kenyon (1867-1948). Kenyon was a Free Will Baptist preacher who got involved with the New Age teachings of the New Thought movement which came to prominence in the late 19th century. New Thought emphasizes the metaphysical beliefs of positive thinking, creative visualization, healing, the Law of Attraction (thoughts influence chance), esoteric energy (all things are interconnected) and other Hindu and occult teachings. Kenyon mixed some of these diabolically opposed doctrines with Christianity. Numerous New Age cults were spawned by the New Thought movement, the largest being Unity School of Christianity or Unity Church. Hagin's hybrid theology was heavily influenced by Kenyon's teachings. Hagin preached a four-part formula for receiving God's promises: "Say it; Do it; Receive it; Tell it." Hagin said, "Often you create your own negative situations yourself with wrong thinking, wrong believing, and wrong speaking. So start believing according to God's Word. Then begin making positive confessions of faith and victory over your life. ... You will never receive anything from God beyond the words you speak. ... If you don't like what you have in life, then begin to change the way you are thinking, believing, and speaking. Instead of speaking according to natural circumstances out of your head, learn to speak God's Word from your spirit. Begin to confess God's promises of life and health and victory into your situation. Then you can begin to enjoy God's abundant life as you have what you say!" Many preachers and teachers have been influenced by Hagin's New Age teaching. Some of the most recognized include Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, Frederick K. C. Price, Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer, Jerry Savelle. Like Justin and Tatian the Word of Faith teachers blaspheme the Lord Jesus Christ. Listen to their heresy:   Frederick Price said, "Jesus was on the earth just a man, not the son of God." (Tape #RP 19, May 1993)     Benny Hinn wrote, "Had the Holy Spirit not been with Jesus, He would have sinned. That's right, it was the Holy Spirit that was the power that kept Him pure. He was not only sent from heaven, but He was called the Son of Man -- and as such He was capable of sinning. ... Without the Holy Ghost, Jesus would have never have made it." (Good Morning, Holy Spirit, Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1990, 135-36)   Wait, it gets worse!   Kenneth Copeland, in relating what Christ supposedly told him, says, "don't be disturbed when people accuse you of thinking you are God ... the more you get to be like me, the more they are going to think that way of you. They crucified me for claiming that I was God. But I didn't claim I was God. I just claimed I walked with Him and that He was with me" ("Take Time to Pray," Believer's Voice of Victory, #15, 2 February 1987, p. 9).   Copeland also said, "You don't have a god in you, you are one." ("The Force Of Love" tape # 02-0028)   He further says, "When I read in the Bible where [Jesus] says, 'I Am,' I just smile and say, 'Yes, I Am, too!'" ("Believer's Voice of Victory" broadcast on TBN, recorded 7/9/87)   Kenneth Hagin himself said, "You are as much the incarnation of God as Jesus Christ was" (The Word of Faith, December 1980, p. 14).

1 John 2:18-23: "Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But YE HAVE AN UNCTION FROM THE HOLY ONE, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. WHO IS A LIAR BUT HE THAT DENIETH THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also."

1 John 4:1-3: "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that JESUS CHRIST IS COME IN THE FLESH is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that JESUS CHRIST IS COME IN THE FLESH is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

2 John 7-11: "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that JESUS CHRIST IS COME IN THE FLESH. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST, hath not God. He that abideth in THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.."

An antichrist can be one who is against Christ, or one who puts himself in the place of Christ. The latter is a major doctrine of the New Age Movement, namely that we can obtain Christ consciousness. The true Christ, however, came in the flesh (John 1:1, 14). He did not become Christ or obtain Christ consciousness, but was already Christ when He stepped out of eternity past to enter Mary's womb (Luke 1:30-35; cf. Isaiah 9:6-7), when he was born (Matt. 1:21-23; cf. Isaiah 7:14), and all His life, and He continues to be THE ONE AND ONLY CHRIST, now! "Hereby know ye the Spirit of God ..." (1 John 4:2)   Remember, the Lord Jesus told us that "... the Spirit of truth ... will guide you into all truth: for He shall ... glorify Me ..." (John 16:13-14).

Clement of Alexandria (150-215 AD) was a disciple of Tatian and was likewise a Gnostic. It is wise to keep in mind Luke 6:40 here, "The disciple is not above his master: but everyone that is perfect shall be as his master." Clement founded a Theological School in Alexandria, Egypt. He followed Platonism, and taught reincarnation, there is no heaven or hell, no blood atonement of Christ, and no infallible Bible. By far Clement's most famous student was Origenes Adamantius commonly known as Origen.

Origenes Adamantius (184-254 AD) is the arch-heretic of the ages, and the hero of Bible correctors and Catholicism alike. He was the disciple of Clement, and became the leader of the school in Alexandria after him. He is best known for his editing a six version, six column Old Testament called the Hexapla. Origen followed the Greek philosophy of Plato, Pythagoras and Plotinus. He corrupted the Word of God with the teachings of the philosophers. Origen interpreted Scripture allegorically rather than literally. Origen said, "The Scriptures are of little use to those who understand them as they are written." He questioned the authenticity of Paul's epistles, and said they were full of contradictions. He was obviously not a safe guide in textual criticism, and likewise in Theology. Origen's doctrinal heresies included:

 1.  Christ, the Logos, was a created being. The Logos came only as an example and to instruct.
 2.  Sin is merely the lack of pure knowledge (gnosis).
 3.  No blood atonement.
 4.  No return of Christ to the earth.
 5.  No new birth.
 6.  No resurrection.
 7.  No Heaven or Hell.
 8.  Baby baptism.
 9.  Baptismal regeneration.
10. Soul sleep.
11. The soul existed from eternity before it inhabited a body.
12. Reincarnation. The soul passes through successive stages of incarnations.
13. Karma. After death the soul migrates to higher or lower life forms according to deeds done in the body.
14. The final state of the soul is pure intelligence, and then the process starts over again.
15. Universalism, that is all, even the devil and demons, will be restored.
16. A hierarchy of priests with high priests.
17. Transubstantiation. The change of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ in the Catholic Eucharist.
18. Purgatory. The process of purification or temporary punishment of the souls.
19. Man is able by imitating God in good works to become like God.
20. Stars and planets have souls like men.

Eusebius of Caesarea (263-339 AD) did not know Origen personally, but had a collection of eight-hundred of his writings. Eusebius reported that Origen following Matthew 19:12 literally, castrated himself. He was an avid student of Origen's doctrinal views. Like Origen, he believed God is the cause of all beings, but so limited the Son that he expressly distinguishes him from the Father as a ray is distinct from the sun. Origen's view of Christ that taught the subordination of the Son to the Father was the root of Arianism. Eusebius defended this heresy that was developed by Arius (256-336 AD).

Constantine (272-337 AD) became Emperor of Rome in 312 AD, and a little later supposedly became a Christian. He immediately put the church under the state, and began the amalgamation of Paganism and Christianity. In 331 AD Constantine ordered 50 copies of the Bible for his State Church. He choose his faviorate Theologian, Eusebius, to direct the task. In publishing the Bibles ordered by the Emperor, Eusebius used Origen's manuscripts. Eusebius edited Origen's Classical Greek New Testament, and the 5th column of his Hexapla for the Old Testament. These hybrid Gnostic and Christian texts were perfect for the first "Christian" Pontifex Maximus, and his world church. Two survivors of Constantine's 50 bibles are the Vatican and Sinai manuscripts or Codex Vaticanus (B) and Codex Sinaiticus (Aleph).

Fast forward 1,500 years to two arch-heretics after the order of Origen and Eusebius named Westcott and Hort. By this time the King James Bible had been the unopposed preferred Bible of the English speaking people for 270 years. It was the Bible of the founding of the United States on Christian principles. It produced the first (1730-1755) and second (1790-1840) great awakenings and the revivals of Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), George Whitefield (1714-1770), Peter Cartwright (1785-1872) Charles Finney (1792-1875) and many Baptist preachers. In these spiritual awakenings lost Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Methodists, Baptists, and others alike came to Christ Jesus for salvation, black, red and white alike. The King James Bible produced a nation of spiritually free people and became the base for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations of the world. For this reason God blessed America and made her the most prosperous nation in the history of the world. In spite of Westcott and Hort's efforts the King James Bible continues to be the most read Bible in history.

Brooke Foss Westcott (1825-1901) and Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828-1892) were both educated in Theology at Trinity College, Cambridge, Westcott entering in 1844 and Hort in 1846. They became lifelong friends there. They were under the influence of a Jesuits campaign to re-Romanize England. They were known to have resented the pre-eminence of the King James Bible and its underlying Antiochian or Received Greek Text, and were responsible for replacing the pure Antiochian with the corrupt Alexandrian Text of the Roman Catholic Church. They were deluded into believing that the Alexandrian Text was older and therefore better. Hort spoke of the "the villainous [and] ... vile Textus Receptus leaning entirely on late MSS; it is a blessing there are such early ones." It apparently did not enter their minds that the Receptus was based on the great majority of MSS and the Alexandrian was at the time based on just two MSS, because the majority was received by Bible believers and the minority was rejected, the majority was worn out in use and the minority cast aside in disuse as unworthy. Both Westcott and Hort had a son they named, Arthur, and each son wrote a two volume biography of their father (The Life and Letters of Brooke Foss Westcott, Vol. I & Vol. II; and The Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort, Vol. I & Vol. II). In these Volumes both Westcott and Hort speak fondly of Origen, and both were involved in the occult. Hort's son wrote, "In June [of 1851 John Anthony Hort] joined the mysterious Company of the Apostles. ... He was mainly responsible for the wording of an oath which binds members to a conspiracy of silence. ... Two other societies ... were started ... both of which Hort seems to have been the moving spirit ... [T]he other called by its members 'The Ghostly Guild.' The object was to collect and classify authenticated instances of what are now called 'psychical phenomena.' ... [T]he 'Bogie Club' as scoffers called it, aroused a certain amount of derision, and even some alarm; it was apparently born too soon." (Vol. I, pp. 170-172) Similarly Westcott's son records that he wrote, "The interest and importance of a serious and earnest inquiry into the nature of the phenomena which are vaguely called 'supernatural' will scarcely be questioned." [Ghostly Circular, January, 1852] Concerning this his son states: "His devotion with ardour is indicated in a 'Ghostly Circular' authorized by him. ... My father ceased to interest himself in these matters not altogether, I believe, from want of faith in what, for lack of a better name one must call Spiritualism, but because he was seriously convinced that such investigations led to no good. But there are many others who believe it possible that the beings of the unseen world may manifest themselves to us in extraordinary ways, and also are unable otherwise to explain in many facts the evidence for which cannot be impeached." (Vol. I, pp. 118-119) Their sons' biographies also expose other heretical beliefs of Westcott and Hort, some of which are quoted below.

Some of Brooke Foss Westcott's beliefs in his own words:

On Infallibility of Scripture:
"For I too 'must disclaim settling for infallibility.' In the front of my convictions all I hold is the more I learn, the more I am convinced that fresh doubts come from my own ignorance, and that at present I find the presumption in favor of the absolute truth -- I reject the word infallibility -- of Holy Scripture overwhelming." (Letter to F.J.A. Hort, May 5, 1860) (Vol. I, p. 207)

On Mariolotry:
"After leaving the monastery, we shaped our course to a little oratory which we discovered on the summit of a neighboring hill ... Fortunately we found the door open. It is very small, with one kneeling place; and behind a screen was a 'Pieta' the size of life [i.e., a Virgin and dead Christ] ... Had I been alone I could have knelt there for hours." (Letter to His Fiance, 2nd Sunday after Epiphany, 1847) (Vol. I, p. 81)

On Heaven:
"No doubt the language of the rubric is unguarded, but it saves us from the error of connecting the presence of Christ's glorified humanity with place: heaven is a state and not a place." (Letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, June 14, 1886) (Vol. II, p. 49)

The Genesis Creation Account:
"No one now, I suppose holds that the first three chapters of Genesis, for example, give a literal history -- I could never understand how any one reading them with open eyes could think they did -- yet they disclose to us a gospel." (Letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, March 4, 1890) (Vol. II, p. 69)

Socialism:
"The Christian Law, then is the embodiment of the truth for action, in forms answering to the conditions of society from age to age. The embodiment takes place slowly and can never be complete. It is impossible for us to rest indolently in conclusions of the past. In each generation the obligation is laid on Christians to bring new problems of conduct into the divine light and to find their solution under the teaching of the Spirit." (Address at Manchester to the Christian Social Union, November, 1895) (Vol. II, p. 197)

Some of Fenton John Anthony Hort's beliefs in his own words:

On The Substitutionary Atonement of Christ:
"Thus there is the question of Substituted Punishment, which, as it seems to me, is quite distinct from the Atonement and reconciliation of the person of sinning man and God. I can at most times thankfully contemplate the fact of God's forgiveness (in the strict sense of the word; that is, removal of estrangement from the offender, irrespective of the non-enforcement of penalties) and His delight in humanity as restored through its Head; but surely this has little to do with the principle that every offence must receive its just recompense. The Father may forgive the child, and yet cannot justly exempt him from the punishment of disobedience:    'Amen!' says the evangelical, 'the penalty must be paid somehow by somebody. The penalty is tortures to all eternity for each man. Christ, in virtue of the infinity which He derived from His Godhead, was able on earth to suffer tortures to be suffered by all mankind; God must have the tortures to satisfy His justice, but was not particular as to who was to suffer them, -- was quite unwilling to accept Christ's sufferings in lieu of mankind's suffering.'    O that Coleridge, while showing how the notion of a fictitious substituted righteousness, of a transferable stock of good actions, obscured the truth of man's restoration in the Man who perfectly acted out the idea of man, had expounded the truth (for such, I am sure, there must be) that underlies the corresponding heresy (as it appears to me) of a fictitious substituted penalty! ... Nor, as far as I can recollect, have you anywhere written explicitly upon this point; even on the corresponding subject of vicarious righteousness, I know only of two pages ... and they have not been able to make me feel assured that the language of imputation is strictly true, however sanctioned by St. Paul's example. The fact is, I do not see how God's justice can be satisfied without every man's suffering in his own person the full penalty for his sins." (Letter to the Rev. F. D. Maurice, November 16, 1849) (Vol. I, pp. 119, 120.)
"Perhaps we may be too hasty in assuming an absolute necessity of absolutely proportional suffering. I confess I have no repugnance to the primitive doctrine of a ransom paid to Satan though neither am I prepared to give full assent to it. But I can see no other possible form in which the doctrine of a ransom is at all tenable; anything is better than the notion of a ransom paid to the Father." (Letter to B.F. Westcott, August 16, 1860) (Vol. I, p. 428)
"I entirely agree--correcting one word--with what you there say on the Atonement, having for many years believed that 'the absolute union of the Christian (or rather, of man) with Christ Himself' is the spiritual truth of which the popular doctrine of substitution is an immoral and material counterfeit. But I doubt whether that answers the question as to the nature of the satisfaction. Certainly nothing can be more unscriptural than the modern limiting of Christ's bearing our sins and sufferings to His death; but indeed that is only one aspect of an almost universal heresy." (Letter to B.F. Westcott, October 15, 1860) (Vol. I, p. 430)
"But it does not seem to me any disparagement to the sufferings and death of the Cross to believe that they were the acting out and the manifestation of an eternal sacrifice, even as we believe that the sonship proceeding from the miraculous birth of the Virgin Mary was the acting out and manifestation of the eternal sonship. -- So also the uniqueness of the great Sacrifice seems to me not to consist in its being a substitute which makes all other sacrifices useless and unmeaning, but in its giving them the power and meaning which of themselves they could not have. ... He (Mr. Maurice) may have dwelt too exclusively on that idea of sacrifice which is suggested by Hebrews x. 5 - 10, and he may have failed to make clear that Sacrifice is not the only way of conceiving Atonement ..." (Letter to the Bishop of Ely, November 12, 1871) (Vol. II, p. 158)

On Roman Catholicism:
"... almost all Anglican statements are a mixture in various proportions of the true and the Romish view ... the pure Romish view seems to me nearer, and more likely to lead to, the truth than the Evangelical." (Letter to Mr. John Ellerton, July 6, 1848) (Vol. I, p. 76)
"I am very far from pretending to understand completely the ever renewed vitality of Mariolotry. But is not much accounted for, on the evil side, by the natural reverence of the religious instinct to idolatry and creature worship and aversion to the Most High; and on the good side, by a right reaction from the inhuman and semi-diabolical character with which God in invested in all modern orthodoxies -- Zeus and Prometheus over again? In Protestant countries the fearful notion 'Christ the believer's God' is the result." (Letter to B.F. Westcott, October 12, 1865) (Vol. II, pp. 49, 50)
"I have been persuaded for many years that Mary-worship and "Jesus" worship have very much in common in their causes and results ... we condemn all secondary human mediators as injurious to the One, and shut our eyes to the indestructible fact of existing human mediation which is to be found everywhere. But this last error can hardly be expelled till Protestants unlearn the crazy horror of the idea of priesthood." (Letter to B.F. Westcott, October 17, 1865) (Vol. II, pp. 50, 51)

Evolution:
"... I do not see why the inconceivableness of a beginning is any argument against any theory of development. The contrary theory is simply a harsh and contradictory attempt to conceive a beginning. That we are in doubt about the early history of organic life arises not from an impotence of conception, but from the mere fact that we were not there to see what, if it were taking place now, we certainly could see. The beginning of an individual is precisely as inconceivable as the beginning of a species. ... It certainly startles me to find you saying that you have seen no facts which support such as view as Darwin's. ... But it seems to me the most probable manner of development, and the reflexions suggested by his book drove me to the conclusion that some kind of development must be supposed." (Letter to Westcott, October 15, 1850) (Vol. I, pp. 430, 431)
"But the book which has most engaged me is Darwin. Whatever may be thought of it, it is a book that one is proud to be contemporary with. I must work out and examine the argument more in detail, but at present my feeling is strong that the theory is unanswerable. If so, it opens up a new period in -- I know not what." (Letter to Rev. John Ellerton, April 3, 1860) (Vol. I, p 416)

The Trinity:
"No rational being doubts the need of a revised Bible; and the popular practical objections are worthless. Yet I have an increasing feeling in favor of delay. Of course, no revision can be final, and it would be absurd to wait for perfection. But the criticism of both Testaments in text and interpretation alike, appears to me to be just now in that chaotic state (in Germany hardly if at all less than in England), that the results of immediate revision would be peculiarly unsatisfactory ... I John 5:7 might be got rid of in a month; and if that were done, I should prefer to wait a few years." (Letter to Rev. J.L. Davies, May 14, 1870) (Vol. II, p. 128)

Bible Revision:
"One result of our talk I may as well tell you. He [Westcott] and I are going to edit a Greek text of the New Testament some two or three years hence, if possible. Lachmann and Tischendorf will supply rich materials, but not nearly enough; and we hope to do a good deal with Oriental versions. Our object is to supply clergymen generally, schools, etc., with a portable Greek text which shall not be disfigured with Byzantine corruptions." (Letter to Rev. John Ellerton, April 19, 1853) (Vol. I, p. 250)
"It is quite impossible to judge the value of what appear to be trifling alterations merely by reading them one after another. Taken together, they have often important bearings which few would think of at first ... The difference between a picture say of Raffaelle and a feeble copy of it is made up of a number of trivial differences ... We have successfully resisted being warned off dangerous ground, where the needs of revision required that it should not be shirked ... It is, one can hardly doubt, the beginning of a new period in Church history. So far the angry objectors have reason for their astonishment." (Letter to a Friend, July 7, 1870) (Vol. II, pp. 138, 139)

Authority of Scripture:
"Further I agree with them [authors of Essays and Reviews] in condemning many leading specific doctrines of the popular theology. ... The positive doctrines even of the Evangelicals seem to me perverted rather than untrue. There are, I fear still more serious differences between us on the subject of authority and especially the authority of the Bible. ... If this primary objection were removed, and I could feel our differences to be only of degree, I should still hesitate to take part in the proposed scheme. It is surely likely to bring on a crisis; and that I cannot think desirable on any account. The errors and prejudices, which we agree in wishing to remove, can surely be more wholesomely and also more effectually reached by individual efforts of an indirect kind than by combined open assault. At present very many orthodox but rational men are being unawares acted upon by influences which will assuredly bear good fruit in due time if is allowed to go on quietly; but I fear that a premature crisis would frighten back many into the merest traditionalism." (Letter to Rev. Dr. Rowland Williams, October 21, 1858) (Vol. I, p. 400)

Inerrancy of Scripture:
"But I am not able to go as far as you in asserting the infallibility of a canonical writing. I may see a certain fitness and probability in such a view, but I cannot set up an a priori assumption against the (supposed) results of criticism." (Letter to B.F. Westcott, May 2, 1860) (Vol. I, p. 422)

Greek Philosophy:
"My chief impression is a strong feeling of incapacity to criticize, partly from want of knowledge, and still more from not having fully thought out cardinal questions, such as the relation of "philosophy" and "faith" e.g., you seem to me to make [Greek] philosophy worthless for those who have received the Christian revelation. To me, though in a hazy way, it seems full of precious truth of which I find nothing, and should be very much astonished and perplexed to find anything, in revelation ... Without condemning anything you have said on the Stoics, I yet feel you have not done them justice. The spiritual need which supported, if it did not originate, their doctrine is, I think, profoundly interesting, above all in the present day." (Letter to B.F. Westcott, December 4, 1861) (Vol. I, p. 449)

The Divinity of Man:
"It is of course true that we can only know God through human forms, but then I think the whole Bible echoes the language of Genesis 1:27 and so assures us that human forms are divine forms." (Letter to B.F. Westcott, August 14, 1860) (Vol. I, p. 427)

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20)

If you want to trust your bible to proven heretics like Simon the sorcerer, Justin Martyr, Tatian, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Eusebius, Westcott and Hort then knock your self out, but as for me and my house, we will trust the Lord. We will trust the Lord who set up His church to carefully hand the Scriptures down to us, decade by decade, century by century for two millennia now. And the Church of which I speak, of course, is not the Roman Catholic System that Constantine established in its embryonic form in his day and which evolved into the monstrosity we see today.

SATAN'S CORRUPT TEXT LINE:

"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." (2 Corinthians 2:17)

"And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction." (2 Peter 3:15-16)

"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." (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

WESTCOTT & HORT'S CORRUPTIONS FROM MATTHEW TO REVELATION:

Revelation 22:19: "And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."

Matthew
1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
8:29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?
9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
13:51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.
15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
16:3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
16:20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
20:7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.
20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
20:22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
28:9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
Mark
1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
1:31 And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.
2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
6:11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
6:16 But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead.
7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
7:16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
9:42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
9:44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
9:46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
9:49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
11:10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
14:68 But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew.
15:28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.

16:9-20

              

Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
(typically marginalized or set in brackets. Footnotes in NIV are patently false.)
Luke
1:28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
4:41 And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.
7:31 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?
9:54-56 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
11:2-4 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
11:29 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.
17:36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
21:4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.
22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
22:64 And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?
23:17 (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)
23:38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
23:42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
24:6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
24:40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
John
1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
1:27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
4:42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
5:3-4 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
6:69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
16:16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.
17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
Acts
2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
7:30 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.
7:37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.
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.
9:5-6 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
10:6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.
16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
20:25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
23:9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.
24:6-8 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law. But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands, Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him.
24:15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
28:16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.
28:29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.
Romans
1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
15:29 And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
16:24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
1 Corinthians
1:14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
10:28 But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof:
11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
16:22-23 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
2 Corinthians
4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
11:31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
Galatians
1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
3:17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
6:17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
Ephesians
3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Philippians
3:16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
Colossians
1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
1 Thessalonians
1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
3:11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.
3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
2 Thessalonians
1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
1 Timothy
1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
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.
4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
2 Timothy
1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
4:22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.
Titus
1:4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Philemon
1:6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
1:12 Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:
Hebrews
1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
2:7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
7:21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)
10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
10:34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
11:11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
1 Peter
1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
5:10-11 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
2 Peter
2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
1 John
1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
2:7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
5:7-8 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Jude
1:25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Revelation
1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
2:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
5:14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
11:17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
14:5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
16:17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
Chart by Pastor Hugo W.K. Sch´┐Żnhaar of Toronto Baptist Church, Toronto, Canada

ARE THE OLDEST MANUSCRIPTS WE HAVE TODAY THE BEST?

How important are early Greek manuscripts? How do we know we have the Perfect Law of Liberty? Can we consider translations as the Word of God, or preserved ancient manuscripts (MSS), or were only the original autographs God's Word? Is the Bible complete?

A primary tenet of "scholars" and non-church Bible publishers (such as Bible societies and foundations) in determining the correct MSS to used in translating is that the MSS be the oldest. These "scholars" and orginizations set themselves up as the authority in Bible translation, but have no scriptural authority whatsoever. They frequently place doubt casting footnotes under the texts like:

1. "The two most reliable early manuscripts do not have Mark 16:9-20." (New International Version, copyright by New York International Bible Society, 1978. These "two most reliable early manuscripts" are Codex Vaticanus [325 AD] and Codex Sinaiticus [340 AD] which are based on Origen's corruptions. These are the MSS used by Westcott and Hort.)

2. "John 7:53 to 8:11 is not found in the older manuscripts ..." (Amplified Bible, copyright by Lockman Foundation, 1954. The "older manuscripts" that this footnote speaks of also have their basis in Origen's corruptions which were put forward by Westcott and Hort.)

3. "Many ancient manuscripts omit verse 37 wholly or in part." (Concerning Acts 8:37. Living Bible, copyright by Tyndale House Publishers, 1971. These "ancient manuscripts" are also from the family of MSS originally corrupted by Origen.)

4. "It is generally agreed that v. 7 has no real authority, and has been inserted." (Concerning 1 John 5:7. Scofield Reference Bible, Copyright by Oxford University Press, 1945. 1 John 5:7 was expunged from the Greek by the Gnostic Origen, but it has thousands of witnesses in Old Latin preserved from as early as 157 AD, and it is cited by Tertullian [200 AD], Cyprian [250 AD], Priscillian [350 AD], Athanasius [350 AD], Council of Carthage [415 AD], plus it is found in the following MSS and codices: Speculum [550 AD], Wianburgensis [750 AD], Greek minuscule ms 88 [1150 AD], Waldensian Bibles [1200-1400 AD], Greek ms 61 [1500 AD]).

According to Norman Geisler and William Nix in their book General Introduction to the Bible (p. 406), the earliest portion of Scripture we have is called p52 (John Rylands Fragment). This fragment was found in Egypt, and it contains portions of John 18:31-33, 37-38. It is a piece of fragment 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches and dates from around 117-138 AD, although a fellow named Adolf Deissmann argues that it may be even earlier.

This may be the oldest Greek manuscript. But it is important to consider the oldest translations that were accurately translated from very early Greek MSS. The oldest translations follow the Received Text (TR) of the KJV:

1. The Old Latin Vulgate (AD 157) was used by the Waldenese in N. Italy. Shortly afterwards the French Waldenese received their Gallic Bible (AD 177). The Reformers held that the Waldenese church was formed around AD 120. They gave much blood to protect the True Bible. (Which Bible, p. 208; The Bible Version Manual, p. 19; Defending the King James Bible, p. 45)

2. The Syriac Version (The Peshitta) of AD 150. Called the "Queen of Versions" because of it's beauty and simplicity. There are 177 of these MSS, most in the British Museum. (The Bible Version Manual, p. 19) This was the translation used by the church at Antioch. It is the Word of God.

God promised to preserve the original letters of Scripture down to the smallest stroke of the pen (Matt 5:18), but He also said, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable..." (2 Tim 3:16) If the original was "given by inspiration of God" does not common since dictate that the final ancestor would retain that inspiration. Notice in the verse it says, "IS [not was] given by inspiration", and that it says, "ALL Scripture". That would indicate that every correctly translated word is "given by inspiration of God". So we have the inspired Word of God both in the originally given languages (Hebrew and Greek), and we have it in many other different languages also.

After the Rylands Fragment (p52) the next earliest collection of NT papyri is in the Beatty Museum near Dublin p45, p46, p47. It was written around 250 AD and contains most of the NT. p45 is made up of pieces of 30 leaves of a papyrus codex: 2 from Matt.,2 from John, 6 from Mark, 7 from Luke, and 13 from Acts. The original codex consisted of some 220 leaves. The type of text in Mark is nearer to the Caesarean family. This collection is Alexandrian and Western text-types.

Kurk Aland, however, says, "...the fact [is] that the oldest manuscript does not necessarily have the best text. P47 is, for example, by far the oldest of the manuscripts containing the full or almost full text of the Apocalypse, but it is certainly not the best." (Which Bible, p. 27) It is a myth that the oldest MSS are best. I can see the logic in thinking the oldest is best, because it is closer to the original autograph. However, this logic does not hold up when we take the early Bible corrupters into account. The most notorious corrupters were Origen (Alexandrian Text) and Eusebius (Western Text).

Principals to note:

1.The oldest manuscripts are not necessarily carefully written.
2.The oldest manuscripts were subject to the greatest corruption.
3.The oldest manuscripts are in perpetual disagreement with each other.
4.The oldest manuscripts extant are not necessarily copied from oldest manuscript master.

The next earliest is called the Bodmer Papyri p66, p72, p75 and dates around 200 AD and is a mixture of Alexandrian and Western text-types.

Here again oldest is not best:

P66 contains portions of the Gospel of John. It has:

* 200 nonsense readings
* 216 careless readings
* 269 corrections
* 482 singular readings
* 54 leaps forward, 22 backwards

Pickering notes it has "Roughly two mistakes per verse."

P75 contains portions of Luke and John. It has:

* 275 singular readings
* 57 careless readings
* 27 leaps forward, 10 backwards
Pickering notes, "...scarcely a good copy."
(New Age Bible Versions, pg 582)

The next earliest are Uncial codices Codex Vaticanus 325-350 AD.; Codex Sinaiticus 340 AD.; Codex Alexandrinus 450 AD.; Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus 345 AD.; Codex Bezae 450 or 550 AD.

A Uncial Codice is a capital letter Classical Greek manuscript. The best manuscripts were the lower case (cursives) Koine Greek of the common people. The Koine Greek MSS are the ones that are in 99% agreement: the Received Text (TR). The original autographs were Koine, not Classical.

Codex Sinaititus (Aleph) (4th Century) "From the number of errors, one cannot affirm that it is very carefully written. The whole manuscript is disfigured by corrections, a few by the original scribe, very many by an ancient and elegant hand of the 6th Century whose emendations are of great importance, some again by a hand a little later, for the greatest number by a scholar of the 7th Century who often cancels the changes by the 6th Century amender, others by as many as eight (8) different later writers. " (Scrivener, Pg 93, Vol. I.)

Codex Vaticanus (B) (4th Century) "One marked feature is the great number of omissions which induced Dr. Dobbin to speak of it as an abbreviated text of the New Testament. He calculates that whole words or clauses are left out no less than 2556 times." (Scrivener, Pg 120, Volume I.)

Codex Bezae Graeco-Latinus (D) (5th or 6th Century) "The manuscript has been corrected, first by the original penman and later by 8 or 9 different revisors." And again: "No known manuscript contains so many bold and extensive interpolations (600 in ACTS alone) countenanced, where they are not absolutely unsupported, chiefly by the Old Latin and Curetonian Syriac Version." (Scrivener, Pgs 128,130, Volume I.)

AN OLD TESTAMENT ATTEMPT TO DESTROY A PORTION OF SCRIPTURE:

An attempt to destroy Scripture occurred in the days of the Prophet Jeremiah when Jehoiakin, the King of Judah, burned the Word of God by the mouth of Jeremiah. The episode is recorded in Jemeriah 36:

"And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that this word came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day. It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin. Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and BARUCH WROTE FROM THE MOUTH OF JEREMIAH ALL THE WORDS OF THE LORD, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book." (Jeremiah 36:1-4)

"And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem. THEN READ BARUCH IN THE BOOK THE WORDS OF JEREMIAH IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the higher court, at the entry of the new gate of the LORD'S house, IN THE EARS OF ALL THE PEOPLE. When Michaiah ... had heard out of the book all the words of the LORD, Then he went down into the king's house, ... and, lo, all the princes sat there, even Elishama the scribe, and Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, and Elnathan the son of Achbor, and Gemariah the son of Shaphan, and Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all the princes. Then Michaiah declared unto them all the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the book in the ears of the people. ... And they asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now, How didst thou write all these words at his mouth? Then Baruch answered them, He pronounced all these words unto me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in the book. Then said the princes unto Baruch, Go, hide thee, thou and Jeremiah; and let no man know where ye be. (Jeremiah 36:9-13, 17-19)

"And they went in to the king into the court, but they laid up the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the ears of the king. So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll: and he took it out of Elishama the scribe's chamber. And Jehudi read it in the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the princes which stood beside the king. Now the king sat in the winterhouse in the ninth month: and there was a fire on the hearth burning before him. And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until ALL THE ROLL WAS CONSUMED IN THE FIRE that was on the hearth. Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words. Nevertheless Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had made intercession to the king that he would not burn the roll: but he would not hear them." (Jeremiah 36:20-25)

"THEN THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME TO JEREMIAH, AFTER THAT THE KING HAD BURNED THE ROLL, AND THE WORDS WHICH BARUCH WROTE AT THE MOUTH OF JEREMIAH, SAYING, TAKE THEE AGAIN ANOTHER ROLL, AND WRITE IN IT ALL THE FORMER WORDS THAT WERE IN THE FIRST ROLL, WHICH JEHOIAKIM THE KING OF JUDAH HATH BURNED. And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, Thus saith the LORD; Thou hast burned this roll, saying, Why hast thou written therein, saying, The king of Babylon shall certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from thence man and beast? Therefore thus saith the LORD of Jehoiakim king of Judah; He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David: and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost. And I will punish him and his seed and his servants for their iniquity; and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the evil that I have pronounced against them; but they hearkened not. THEN TOOK JEREMIAH ANOTHER ROLL, AND GAVE IT TO BARUCH THE SCRIBE, THE SON OF NERIAH; WHO WROTE THEREIN FROM THE MOUTH OF JEREMIAH ALL THE WORDS OF THE BOOK WHICH JEHOIAKIM KING OF JUDAH HAD BURNED IN THE FIRE: and there were added besides unto them many like words." (Jeremiah 36:27-32)

GOD'S PURE TEXT LINE:

GOD HAS OVERSEEN THE PRESERVATION OF HIS WORD AS HE PROMISED:

"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)

"As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever." (Isaiah 59:21)

"The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations." (Psalm 33:11)

"For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations." (Psalm 100:5)

"The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness." (Psalm 111:7-8)

"O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For ... the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD." (Psalm 117:1-2)

"Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever. ... Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever." (Psalm 119:152, 160)

"The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever." (Isaiah 40:8)

"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." (Matthew 5:18)

"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." (Matthew 24:35)

"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)

"Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. ... What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it." (Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32)

"Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God which liveth and abideth forever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you." (1 Peter 1:23-25)

"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take THE WATER OF LIFE [God's Word - Eph. 5:26]  freely. For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." (Revelation 22:17-19)

"The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor." (Proverbs 22:12)

"For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven." (Psalm 119:89)

"Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." (1 John 5:6-12; cf Ephesians 5:26)

TRANSLATION OF GOD'S WORD CARRY WITH THEM DERIVITIVE INSPIRATION OF THE ORIGINAL:

Just as in the days of the apostles with the supernatural gift of the ability of speaking in languages never studied, likewise the "the interpretation of tongues" (1 Corinthians 12:10) was also given for edification . In the same way God supernaturally guided in the translation of His Holy Word into Old Latin and other languages and in these last days in to English. The Apostle Paul wrote:

"I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying." (1 Corinthians 14:5)

"Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.   10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:   11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.   12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.   13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.   14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.   15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:   16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.   17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.   18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it." (Isaiah 28:9-18; cf Acts 2:4-11, 3:19; Matthew 27:22-25; 1 Peter 2:6-8)

The primary purpose of the Word of God is to disannulled man's covenant with death and hell through faith in Jesus Christ, "a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation" (Isaiah 28:16). On the day of the Feast of Pentecost God spake by unlearned believers from Galalee "with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people" (Isaiah 28:11). Fifty days after the resurrection of the Lord Jesus on Pentecost "... Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven ... were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? ..., [W]e do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God." (Acts 2:5-7, 11) These Galilaeans were the Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ who were given special ability to speak in languages they had never learned in order to tell those who could not speak Hebrew the Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. They all perached in various languages and 3,000 received Christ wand were baptized that day.

In similar manner God gives His Word through translation into other languages, overseeing the work to insure 100% accuracy in verbal equivalence.

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3:15-17)

The English word "inspiration" is found only once in each of the two testaments. In the Old Testament it is in Job 32:8 where says,  "But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding."  The Hebrew word used in Job 32:8 is "neshawmaw" (Strong's Hebrew #5397) and it is found 24 times in the Old Testament.  It is translated most often as breath 14 times, but also as breathe 2 times, breathed 2 times, blast 2 times, spirit 2 times, souls 1 time, and inspiration 1 time.  The first use of "neshawmaw" is in Genesis 2:7:

"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."

A few other examples of the use of "neshawmaw" are:

"All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died." (Genesis 7:22)

"All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils." (Job 27:3)

"The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life." (Job 33:4)

"The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly." (Proverbs 20:27

"... he that spread forth the earth ... he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein." (Isaiah 42:5)

A study of the Old Testament word "neshawmaw" reveals that a primary and basic meaning is the impartation of life.

In the New Testament the Greek word "pneo" (Strong's Greek #4154) is equivalent to the Old Testament "neshawmaw."  An example of the use of "pneo" is found in John 3 where the Lord Jesus was teaching on being "born again."  The Lord said:

"... Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth [pneo] where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." (John 3:5-8)

The word "water" in John 3:5 above is symbolic for the Word of God (cf. Ephesians 5:26; Isaiah 55:10-11; John 15:3, 17:17; Psalm 119:9). Both water and wind (air) are essential for physical life. Likewise the Word of God and the Holy Spirit are essential for spiritual life.

God breathed life into the words of the Scriptures, and life begets life. "God formed [Adam] ... and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life ..." Adam then begat sons and daughters. Likewise God breathed life into the words of Scripture and they literally beget born again people.

"Of his own will begat he us with the Word of Truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures." (James 1:18)

"Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." (1 Peter 1:23)

Now the phrase, "given by inspiration of God" in 2 Timothy 3:16 comes from the Greek compound word, "theopneustos" (Strong's Greek #2315). It comes from the word "theo" meaning "God" (Strong's Greek #2316), and "pneo" (Strong's Greek #4154; cf. #1720) which means to breathe, to blow.  "Pneo" is the equivalent of "neshawmaw" that we saw in John 3:8, and is also the root word for "pneuma" which means "spirit" (Strong's Greek #4151).

In similar manner to the way physical life begets physical life and the way we are born again through Holy Scripture and the Holy Spirit, likewise the words of the Scriptures pass on their life when they go from language to language.  The original "breath of life" from God or "inspiration" continues in copies and translations that are true to the original words of the Scriptures.  The King James Bible is such a true translation.  It received it's life from the Hebrew, Greek, Latin and other manuscripts that God provided for the translators.

Some would have us believe that translations are not "given [bestowed, dispensed] by inspiration of God" is "given life by God."  My question to that is, If it was not "given by inspiration of God," then how did we get it? And if it is not inspired (living), then is it not expired (dead)? We contend that translations of faithful copies of God's Word are also "given by inspiration of God" and are likewise profitable! We contend that every book, chapter, and word of Scripture was "GIVEN" by derivative inspiration from God and that He superintended in the translation.

"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will." (Proverbs 21:1)

The King James Bible was translated when the English language was at it's peak.  It was translated by 57 of the most highly qualified translators ever assembled in History, most of them believers.  The providence of God was in every facet of it's translation. The King James Bible has withstood the test of time and the attacks by apostates, liberals and Bible correctors.  It has produced more spiritual fruit in souls saved, spiritual understanding and obedience in just 400 years than perhaps all other inspired Scriptures put together.

Now let's break down 2 Timothy 3:16 where it says,  "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God ..."  First the Greek word for "all" (Strong's Greek #3956) elsewhere in the New Testament is translated, "[the] whole," "every [part]," and "all manner of."  Secondly the Greek word for "Scripture" (Strong's Greek #1124) means "writing" (i.e. written words).  Thus, "All [every part, and all manner of] Scripture [God's written words] is given by inspiration of God [is given life, product, not process, by God] ..."  The Spirit of God, the life of God, is in the words of all Scripture (i.e. translations also).  It is the living Scriptures that give life to the lost.  The Lord Jesus Christ said:

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my Word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." (John 5:24)

"It is the spirit that quickeneth [gives life]; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (John 6:63)

"This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me. ... I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me." (Psalms 119:50, 93)

"For the Word of God is quick [alive], and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)

The King James Bible is not twice inspired or re-inspired, but it rather received it's inspiration or life from the inspired manuscripts it was translated from.

"... [T]he Word of God ... liveth and abideth for ever." (1 Peter 1:23)

Without the inspiration of God there can be no salvation. For without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe ..." (Hebrews 11:6) and "... faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17)

It is the inspiration of our King James Bible that makes it "profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16), and has "throughly furnished unto all good works." So let us continue "holding forth the Word of life ..." (Philippians 2:16)

And remember, it was never the "holy men of God" who "were moved by the Holy Ghost" (2 Peter 1:21) and who wrote the Bible that were inspired, but rather it is the words from God that they recorded that are inspired (2 Timothy 3:16).

TESTIMONY OF EARLY GENERATIONS OF CHRISTIANS AFTER THE APOSTLES:

The Apostles, and early pastors and their churches were keeping watch for Bible corruptions from the beginning of the New Testament after it's completion and before. They were obeying the part of the Great Commission that says, "Teaching them to OBSERVE [keep, guard, preserve] ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER I [Jesus Christ] HAVE COMMANDED ..." (Matthew 28:20)

Polycarp (69 - 155 AD) was pastor of the church of Smyrna Asia Minor for many years. Irenaeus states that Polycarp was a disciple of the Apostle John. In writing to the Philippian church (115 AD), he makes about fifty clear quotations from many of the New Testament books. He said "Whoever perverts the saying ... of the Lord that one is the firstborn of Satan."

Dionysius (died 176 AD) was the Pastor of the Church at Corinth. He complained that his own letters had been tampered with, and worse yet, the Holy Scriptures also.

Irenaeus (130 - 200 AD) was born in Smyrna, and was discipled by the aged Polycarp. He laboured for some years in Lyons (Gaul) and became its bishop in 177. He accused heretics of corrupting the Scriptures. His major work "Against Heretics" (l85 AD) are about equal in volume to all the writings of the preceding church fathers put together. Irenaeus quotes the last twelve verses of Mark which Bible corrupters omit. Irenaeus quotes from every New Testament book except Philemon and III John. Thus the dimensions of the New Testament canon recognized by Irenaeus are very close to what we hold today.  Irenaeus said, "The doctrines of the apostles had been handed down by the succession of bishops being guarded and preserved, without any forging of the Scriptures, allowing neither additions nor curtailment."

Tertullian (160 - 221 AD), of Carthage in North Africa, accused heretics of corrupting the Scriptures in order to gain support for their special views. Distinctive Received Text quotations can be found in his writings. He says of his right to the New Testament Scriptures "I hold sure title deeds from the original owners themselves ... I am the heir of the apostles. Just as they carefully prepared their will and testament, and committed to a trust ... even so I hold it."  Around the year 208, Tertullian urged the heretics to - "Run over [to] the apostolic churches, in which the very thrones of the apostles are still preeminent in their places, in which their own authentic writings are read. Achaia is very near you, in which you find Corinth. Since you are not far from Macedonian you have Philip ... and the Thessalonians. Since you are able to cross to Asia, you get Ephesus. Since, moreover, you are close upon Italy, you have Rome, from which there comes even into our own hands the very authority of the apostle themselves."  It seems that Tertullian is claiming that Paul's Autographs were still being read in his day (208 AD), but at the very least, he must mean they were using, faithful copies.  Tertullian also refers to 1 John 5:7.

Hippolytus (170 - 236 AD) was Pastor of the Church in Portus near Roman.  He was the disciple of Irenaeus. Received Text readings predominate in his writings. [15]

"Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." (Revelation 3:10)

CONCLUSION:

"Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained." (John 20:21-23)

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him." (John 13:16)

"Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also." (John 15:20)

"They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error." (1 John 4:5-6)

Today we have a continually evolving bible coming closer and closer to the New Age Religion of ancient Gnosticism and Roman Catholicism, the two horns of the second beast of Revelation 13.

In the early 1920's Foster Bailey (1888-1977) and his wife Alice Bailey (1880-1949) founded Lucifer Publishing (name later changed to Lucis Trust). Alice states, "The Christian church in its many branches can serve as a St. John the Baptist, as a voice crying in the wilderness, and as a nucleus through which world illumination may be accomplished. ... The church must show a wide tolerance, and teach no revolutionary doctrines or cling to any reactionary ideas." [16] She wanted Christendom to shut up and assist in bring about the acceptance of the New Age concepts of self-realization, illumination and the Golden Age of Aquarius. The ultimate goal is the destruction of Biblical Christianity. Roman Catholicism is clearly on board with Bailey's agenda. The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) documents states:

"... In Hinduism men explore the divine mystery and express it both in the limitless riches of myth and the accurately defined insights of philosophy. They seek release from the trials of the present life by ascetical practices, profound meditation and recourse to God in confidence and love. Buddhism in its various forms testifies to the essential inadequacy of this changing world. It proposes a way of life by which man can, with confidence and trust, attain a state of perfect liberation and reach supreme illumination either through their own efforts or by the aid of divine help. ... The Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions. "

Jesuit priest William Johnston explains how it happened, "... Overnight the Catholic Church which had been a Western institution exporting its wares to the East became a world community. Asian and African bishops and theologians assembled in Rome and, with their European and American confreres, acknowledged that the Spirit of God is at work in all peoples and in all religions. Since then, most theologians recognize non-Christian religions as valid ways."

The Gnostic nature of Catholicism is seen not only from its history, but also in the fact that it adapts to and assimilates pagan and eastern religions so easily. For example to the right we see Pope John Paul II receiving the Mark of the Hindu goddess Durga, the consort of the god Shiva. By the time this photo was taken, however, the pope had already been involved in several pagan rituals on his 1986 trip to India. Three days prior to the taking this photo in Madras, India on February 5, 1986, the Pope had also taken the Mark of Shiva on his forehead. It is the red mark seen on the foreheads of so many Hindus signifying their devotion to Shiva. Here we see the two horns of the second beast on Revelation 13. The horns signifying seats of power. The powers being Catholicism and the New Age movement. The Vatican's goal of ecumenicalism is seen in her efforts to unite all the religions under her wing.

On October 27, 1986 and again on January 24, 2002 Pope John Paul II hosted first 160 and then 200 shamans, animists, imams, witch doctors, patriarchs, monks and rabbis from around the world for a prayer summit at Assisi, Italy. The world's religious leaders including the Dalai Lama (considered by many Buddhists to be a god), Islamic Mullahs from nine countries, Hindus, Zoroastrians, native American shamans, African animists, Jews, Catholics and Protestants assembled together to pray for world peace. Pope John Paul II declared, "We will stand side by side asking God to give us peace." Pope John Paul II has demonstrated broad ecumenical support by publicly hosting these religious leaders from all over the world, and has also done so in many books, seminars, on the Internet and by official sanction. Popedom has set an ecumenical agenda, which the world loves and accepts.

With New Age and ecumenical beliefs being advocated not only by Roman Catholics, but also by "Evangelicals," like Billy Graham, Rick Warren, Kenneth Copeland, Paul Crouch and Joel Osteen, it appears that the desired goal of a one world religion is closer to being achieved. The New Age aspiration to establish a one world religion lead by a "Christ Leader" is being met by the Pope and his Church. All of this ought not to surprise any believer, for the Bible has warned us of the end time Apostate Church system and her daughter harlots (Rev. 17). Christians cannot remain silent in the face of this apostasy. A further watering down of God's Word will continue to accommodate the unbelievers of the various New Age and other religions.

"Beloved, ... ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." (Jude 3)

"We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 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. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 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 1:19 - 2:3)





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4. Our Authorized Bible Vindicated - Wilkinson
5. Two Lines Of Bible Manuscripts
6. Westcott and Hort - Samuel Gipp
7. Westcott and Hort: From their own Mouths
8. Westcott and Hort's Beliefs
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10. Arthur Westcott, The Life and Letters of Brooke Foss Westcott, MacMillan and Co., London, 1903, Vol I
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12. Arthur Fenton Hort, The Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort, MacMillan and Co., London, 1896, Vol I
13. Arthur Fenton Hort, The Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort, MacMillan and Co., London, 1896, Vol II
14. Gnosticism - Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1911 Edition
15. Forever Settled: A Survey of the Documents and History of the Bible: Part Three: The Witness of Early Church Fathers to the Received Text
16. Alice Bailey, The Externalization of the Hierarchy, New York, NY: Lucis Pub. Co., 1957, pp. 510, 511.
17. The Mystic Plague, Catholicism sets a Spiritualist Agenda by Richard Bennett.
18. Le Roux, Abbe Daniel, Peter, Lovest Thou Me?, Instauratio Press, Australia; 1989, pp. 155, 156
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