Lies of the Versions

By Jim MacIntosh

In April of 1891, just a year before he went home to be with his Lord, C.H. Spurgeon addressed the graduating students of Baptist College. Here is a brief bit of what he told those students concerning attacks on the Scriptures:

"In reading books of the new order, though no palpable falsehood may appear, you are conscious of a twist being given you, and of a sinking in the tone of your spirit; therefore be on your guard. Our warfare is with men who are giving up the atoning sacrifice, denying the inspiration of Holy Scripture and casting slurs upon justification by faith.....the truth of God versus the inventions of men. ...In fact, the "wine on the lees well refined" was so mixed with the muddy water of human speculation, that it was no longer wine at all.

Yet, surely there is a remnant of faithful ones, and these will be stirred to action and will cry mightily unto God that the plague may be stayed. The gospel is too precious for us to be indifferent to its adulteration. By the love we bear to the Lord Jesus we are bound to defend the treasure with which he has put us in trust.

We live in perilous times: we are passing through a most eventful period; the Christian world is convulsed; there is a mighty upheaval of the old foundations of faith; a great overhauling of old teaching. The Bible is made to speak today in a language which to our fathers would be an unknown tongue."

Did you notice that line in the second paragraph? Read it again: By the love we bear to the Lord Jesus we are bound to defend the treasure with which he has put us in trust. It is in that spirit of love to the Lord Jesus, and with love to the fellow saints that I prepare this document.

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How important is it that we have and use the Bible that God gave to us when holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost? The great reformer Martin Luther believed it to be important when he said:

"No greater mischief can happen to a Christian people than to have God's Word taken from them or falsified, so that they no longer have it pure and clear. God grant that we and our descendants be not witnesses of such a calamity. Let us not lose the Bible, but with diligence, in fear and invocation of God, read and preach it."

The Bible is God's Word, His revelation to us of all that He wants us to know. Nothing is more important than knowing what God wants us to know. So it is critical that we have the Word of God as God intends that we should have it. It is also important to the devil to try to deprive us of what God wants us to know. As the father of lies, the devil hates the truth, and will do all that he can to distort and pervert the truth, as he did to our first parents. The devil has always despised the Word of God and has done all he could through the centuries to attack it. And he has not stopped. His greatest weapon against the Word of God is the same one he has always used: lies!

The following words are extremely important:

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Not all of the Bibles among us today contain all Scripture, although those who endorse them say they do. That is not the only lie being told by supporters of some of the Bibles that are finding their way into the hands of the Lord's people. Many Christians are repeating these lies, although they are doing so in ignorance, believing what they have been told by people they trust. And many of those they trust have also been deceived.

What are these lies? This composition looks at eight of them; there are others.

The Lies of the Versions

Lie 1: The Overzealous Additions
Lie 2: The Oldest and the Best
Lie 3: The Careless KJV Translators
Lie 4: The King James Version Revisions
Lie 5: The Spiritual Character of the Modern Translators
Lie 6: The Unchanged Doctrine in the Modern Versions
Lie 7: The Need for Modern Language
Lie 8: The Archaic Pronouns
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