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The Inconsistency of the New Bible Versions

The new Bible versions have the Holy Spirit saying some stupid and inconsistent things.  The Holy Spirit is perfect, righteous and true.  His word that He gave to the holy men of God is also true and perfect.  The average Christian today doesn’t really understand that.  When they run into a passage in their version that says something that is not true, they glance over it like it really doesn’t matter that what they are reading is inconsistent with the true, righteous, perfect word of God.

When a modern Christian reads John 3:16 in their new version, they don’t realize that, in basic English, their version of John 3:16 is not true.  John 3:16 in the new versions say that Jesus is God’s one and only Son.  That is not true.  Jesus is NOT God’s one and only Son.  I’ll give you one verse and some references to show that isn’t true.  John 1:12 says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to those that believe on his name.”  The other verses include Job 1:6, 38:7; Hosea 1:10; 1 John 3:2; Romans 8:19; Philippians 2:15; etc.  When we get saved, we become a son of God.  Jesus is the only begotten Son of God.  This is the difference the new versions ignore.

So we’re going to take a look at some verses in the new versions that show the basic problems that were somehow overlooked by the new version translators, and are surely overlooked by scholars and modern Christians.  We’ll show why the King James version (the AV) is correct, logical, true and righteous, and the other versions are not.

**Ephesians 5:1

New King James
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
NLT
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.
ESV
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
God’s Word
Imitate God, since you are the children he loves.

Now, before you see what the King James version says, stop right here and read over that verse real close in the new versions, and see if you can tell what the problem is.

KJV
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children.

2 Corinthians 11:14 says, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”  Satan is an imitator of God.  He imitates God in many ways, to deceive people and to get people on the wrong track.  But satan is NOT a follower of God.  Do you see the difference?  A person or even devils can imitate God and fool people.  The new versions want you to be like satan and imitate God.  The KJV wants you to be a follower of God.

**1 John 4:19

TNIV
We love because he first loved us.
NASB
We love, because He first loved us.
NLT
We love each other because he loved us first.
ESV
We love because he first loved us.
God’s Word
We love because God loved us first.

These new versions tell us to just “love.”  Love what?  Love who?  At least the NLT is honest enough to put “we love each other” so we would know exactly what the new versions mean.  They put our love for each other, and for other things, above our love for God.  They exalt the second commandment over the first (see Mark 12:31). 

KJV
We love him, because He first loved us.

This verse tells us the reason we love God – because God first loved us by dying for us.  That is why we love Him.  The new versions take out our love for God and replace it with our love for each other.  Our love should be for Jesus first, and then we will be able to love others with the love God gives us.

**Luke 2:10,14

TNIV
But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
NASB
But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people.
NLT
but the angel reassured them. Don’t be afraid! he said. I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.
ESV
And the angel said to them, Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

Notice this verse, even in the new versions, says that the good news is for all people.  But do they really believe this?  The following verses in the new versions show that they really don’t mean the good news is for “all people,” but just certain people who please God.

**Luke 2:14

TNIV
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.
NASB
Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.
NLT
Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.
ESV
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!
God’s Word
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those who have his good will!

KJV
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

In the King James version, the good news is for all people, not just certain people who God favors.  The AV is consistent.  When God says His good news is for all people, He means it.  God’s word is truth, and when it says the good news is for all people, it will show that truth in all verses.

**1 Samuel 17:47

TNIV
it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves.
NLT
the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear.
ESV
the Lord saves not with sword and spear.
NASB
the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear.
God’s Word
the Lord can save without sword or spear.

These verses are basically correct.

KJV
the Lord saveth not with sword and spear.

These versions are correct when they say the Lord does not save with sword and spear. But that’s about as close as they get to being correct.  Goliath had a sword, a spear and a shield.  But only in the KJV.  Did you know in the new versions Goliath had 2 spears?  Well, actually they say he had a spear and a javelin, which are basically the same thing.  When God wanted to use the word “javelin” He had no problem using it (see the next chapter in 1 Samuel – 18:10-11).  God is not inconsistent, so His word won’t be inconsistent.  The translators of the KJV knew that the Lord saves with sword and spear.  They knew that the Greek word that the new versions translate as “javelin” can also be translated as “shield.”  They prayed and fasted and realized Goliath had a shield but not two spears.  In the context, sword and spear will appear when speaking of Goliath.  The Lord does not save with sword and spear and javelin.  The new versions are inconsistent.

TNIV
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
ESV
Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
NLT
David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
NCV
But David said to him, “You come to me using a sword and two spears. But I come to you in the name of the Lord All-Powerful, the God of the armies of Israel! You have spoken against him.
(at least this version is honest – it says Goliath had two spears)

The KJV is consistent.  It tells the truth

KJV
Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

**Exodus 25:17

TNIV
Make an atonement cover of pure gold.
NLT
Then make the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—from pure gold.
CEV
Cover the lid of the chest with pure gold.
GNT
Make a lid of pure gold.
The Message
Now make a lid of pure gold for the Chest, an Atonement-Cover.

In the new versions, the Mercy Seat is just called a lid or a cover.

KJV
And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold.

We don’t go to God because of His lid or His cover.  We go to God for His mercy, which endureth forever (see Psalm 136, etc).  God has mercy on His people, and the mercy seat is a great name for the place we go when we need mercy.  Jesus has taken the place of the mercy seat, so now we go to Him for mercy that lasts forever.  Hebrews 10:19 says, “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.” 

The new versions have taken mercy out of the blood, because that is where the blood for cleansing is placed.  In so doing, the new versions have taken the mercy out of Jesus’ blood.  Ephesians 2:4 says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us…”  The mercy seat says so much more than just a lid or a cover.

The translators of the new versions rely too much on manuscripts and not enough on the Holy Spirit.  The King James translators knew that God’s word does not contradict itself in any way, shape or form.  Thus, when they got to a verse like 2 Samuel 21:19, they knew it couldn’t contradict 1 Chronicles 20:5.  They prayed and fasted and let the Holy Spirit be the guide.  The translators of the new versions could care less whether God’s word contradicts itself or not.  They go completely by the few manuscripts that they worship, instead of leaning on the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  So when they got to 2 Samuel 21:19, they left it like it was in the manuscripts, even though it contradicts 1 Chronicles 20:5 and 1 Samuel 17:51. 

God bless.

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*NLT – New Living Translation
*TNIV – Today’s New International Version
*NASB – New American Standard Version
*ESV – English Standard Version
*AV – Authorized Version (KJV)
*NCV – New Century Version
*CEV – Contemporary English Version
*GNT – Good News Translation

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Scripture and the Prosperity Gospel

Many of today’s Churches are teaching the prosperity gospel – that God wants you to be rich and have an abundance of material possessions. This is a false gospel that feeds on the poor and the hopeful. The poor and the hopeful are the ones wishing to have a life where they have all the possessions they want. They are being taught that being poor is a sin. They don’t realize they’re being taught that covetousness is good, and because of their ignorance of the Bible, and their fleshly desire to have more, they feast on what the prosperity preachers are feeding them.

The Bible tells a different story. In Revelation, Jesus calls the poor church rich, and the rich church poor.
Rev. 2:9, “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.”
Rev. 3:17, “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”
Proverbs 13:7, “There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.”

The prosperity preachers say that poverty is a curse. They lie. Jesus told the church in Smyrna that they were rich, but it says they were in poverty. In Mark 12:43, Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury.” To Jesus, the poor widow gave more than all the other people who gave, yet she only had two mites. God doesn’t look at a person’s money to determine if a person is rich. In God’s Kingdom, those in poverty are rich. In God’s Kingdom, riches have to do with faith, works, love, knowledge of God’s word, charity, etc. 2 Cor. 8:2, “How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.”
Here Paul says that the Corinthian church was in deep poverty, but was rich in liberality. They gave even when they were in poverty, because even though they were in poverty their heart was rich toward God.

Psalm 37:16 says, “A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.”
Proverbs 16:8, “Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.”
The few riches that a righteous poor person has is better, and is more, than all the riches of the wicked. So if, in God’s eyes, a poor righteous person has more than millions of dollars, why would that poor righteous person want something that means nothing to God? Only those who follow after riches and possessions, and who seek gain from others through false preaching, would think that riches and wealth and money are important.

James 2:5, “Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?”
The poor are the ones who have faith. Rich people don’t need faith. They have money. If a wealthy person’s car broke down, do you think they would immediately cry out to God to help them? Not likely. They would get on their cell phone and call a wrecker to come take their car to the shop. Then they would rent a car to get them around while their car was in the shop.
But if a poor person’s car broke down, they would immediately cry out to God for help. They wouldn’t have the money to take their car to the shop, and surely wouldn’t have money to rent a car. They would have nowhere else to turn but to God.

But doesn’t Jesus say in John 10:10, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”? Yes, but Jesus also defines life in Luke 12:15, “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” God’s definition of life does not consist of material things that a person possesses. When Jesus said He came that we might have life, He wasn’t talking about material possessions. A true Christian life has abundance even in poverty.

The Bible has nothing positive to say about financial riches.
Proverbs 22:1, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”
Proverbs 23:4, “Labour not to be rich”
Psalm 62:10, “if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.”
Luke 1:53, “He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.”

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The prosperity preachers don’t realize that the Bible has nothing good to say about prospering materially or financially.
Daniel uses the word “prosper” four times in describing the anti-Christ. (Daniel 8:24,25,11:27,36)
Psalm 73:12 says, “Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.”
The anti-Christ will prosper. So will the ungodly.
3 John 2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
So how does a soul prosper? When John wished above all things that we may prosper, he wasn’t talking about finances or material possessions. It was about prospering as a soul prospers. Gil’s Commentary on 3rd John says this about verse 2: The soul, when all its iniquities are forgiven, may be said to prosper, when having a spiritual appetite for the Gospel, the sincere milk of the word, it feeds upon it, is nourished by it, and grows thereby; when it is in the lively exercise of faith, hope, and love; when spiritual knowledge is increased, or it grows in grace, and in the knowledge of Christ Jesus; when the inward man is renewed day by day with fresh strength; and when it enjoys communion with God, has the light of his countenance, and the joys of his salvation; and when it is fruitful in every good work.

The prosperity preachers talk about increase, but their covetousness equates increase with money and finances. They don’t realize the Bible speaks of increase as a good thing only when it DOESN’T include money.
Colossians 1:10, “increasing in the knowledge of God.”
Colossians 2:19, “increaseth with the increase of God.”
Luke 17:5, “Increase our faith.”
1 Thessalonians 3:12, “the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another”
Isaiah 29:19, “The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord.”

When the Bible speaks of an increase in financial and material wealth, it speaks of it negatively.
Ecclesiastes 5:10-11, “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?”

The Bible has much to say about the false prosperity teachers.
Jeremiah 14:14 says, “Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.”

The prosperity preachers teach lies to the people, and the people, having itching ears and a covetous heart, love to hear them.
Jeremiah 5:31, “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so.”
Jeremiah 8:10, “for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.”

It is a good thing to help the poor and the hopeful. But it is a wicked thing to teach them that financial prosperity is what God desires for them. God bless.

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