3 If the foundations be
destroyed, what can the righteous do?
I've seen the Christian foundation deathly eroded in the
church today. I'm not referring to the object of our faith, but to the
"more sure word of prophecy":
19 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
The Bible! Naturally this would be the object of Satan's
focus, for as the Psalmist warned, saints are helpless if that which
they stand upon is destroyed. I'm not saying we cannot stand if we
aren't able to have a copy of the Bible, but we cannot stand if we've
had our faith destroyed so we can't trust what we're reading. Today,
through the many footnotes different translators or publishers have
added in the margins of our Bibles, our faith has been eroded. For
volume's sake, I will limit myself to the New Testament. We read our
New Testaments through and through. Each time we do, we notice the side
marginal information telling us "ancient manuscripts do not contain
this passage". After a few times through, we have those spots memorized
and think we have become a lot more knowledgeable. Little do we realize
we've been duped by a very successful tactic of the enemy. We also hear
messages or read other books that tell of various renderings of the
passages that create a sense of distrust for the reliability of God's
word. Since we have our confidence destroyed by this devilish
undermining, we are unable to have faith in standing authoritatively on
God's word. After all, we can't help but think, "How do I know if that
is what was really said?" Our faith is destroyed and so needlessly. God
has taken care to preserve His word for us with amazing accuracy and
reliability! Stop and think,
wouldn't a loving Father take special interest to see His very book to
us was kept reliably for His children? Do you doubt He was willing or
capable of protecting His own word for us?
Quote With Confidence!
I would like to start a look at this fact with a word
directly from that reliable scripture:
16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the
promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one,
And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Notice the difference Paul is relying upon for the whole
power of his argument. The whole basis is on the fact he's sure the
singular word was originally used and not the plural. In the Hebrew,
this was one letter difference. Paul is also relying on a manuscript
that would have originally been written as far in the past to him as
the New Testament is to us. Paul had no doubt he could trust the word
that God had preserved for him to that degree!
18 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.
We have another statement
of confidence from Jesus:
Take special note that Jesus was specifically referring to
the writing of the books. The jot and the tittle were printed
lettering. The jot was the smallest letter and the tittle was a simple
cross line mark. Jesus could also have inserted the warning at this
point of the manuscripts not being absolutely trustworthy anymore. He
would have known! Instead we find the very opposite is declared.
We don't find any quote
of the Old Testament in the New Testament casting doubt upon what they
were quoting. It was always quoted with confidence in its accuracy. If
such couldn't be trusted, wouldn't there have arisen even one statement
of challenge? Such implications are to be found everywhere today
amongst Christian preachers. Take heed, the implications of God's
providential protection of His word are loud and clear!
What You're Reading!
I get a sick gut feeling when I see people carrying around
their copies of The Living Bible as if they were real Bibles. They're
not! There are people totally
ignorant of the fact The Living Bible (TLB) they read regularly is
something akin to a commentary. It's one man's opinion as to what
verses in the Bible mean to him. That is what a paraphrase is.
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere
milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Now consider this verse:
1 Peter 2:2
This is powerfully put together. The "milk of the word" is
the Bible. For a healthy baby, we can swap the mother's real milk for
formula and the baby won't notice too much. The nutritional
consequences are still to be felt however. As Christians, we can
substitute God's real given food for something that poses itself as a
good substitute. At what consequence? Peter makes the call for the "sincere milk". I looked
up the meaning of that word translated as sincere in this passage, it
was defined as, "unadulterated". Mixing the pure with the impure is
adulteration. Mixing men's opinions with God's word and relying upon
that as the food is adulteration of that "sincere milk".
Take a quick look at a warning in Revelation:
18 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: 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.
Paraphrases do this and so do many versions. In a less
obvious way, editions with notes in the margins telling us not to trust
some section of reliable scripture are also taking away from God's word. Reader's Digest came out with its own
shortened version of the Bible. I looked up these verses in Revelation.
Guess what, they took them out.
6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he
reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
Another pertinent passage:
This word addition is done to God's words through various
means to manipulate people into accepting certain lines of
interpretation. Young Christians will pick up these Bibles and read
them. They're often unaware the actual word of God never even said what
was added. They think God's word says what they read and so with that
adulterated milk they now have a faulty moral foundation established.
It has put a false calcium, as it were, into the bony frame that will
have to have special work done later to remove that false calcium and
replace it with true healthy stuff.
First let's see
the pertinent passage from:
I'm going to pick on one
particular hot doctrine of this age and walk a journey in the Bible
corruptions we see. This is an
example my wife actually encountered with one lady. She was ignorantly
using The Living Bible as her Bible. She didn't know it wasn't really a
Bible. She founded her faulty understanding of women preachers on that
corrupted "Bible". She had no idea it was wrong for women to be pastors
because of what she read in The Living Bible.
The King James Version:
11 Let the woman
learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to
teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in
1 Timothy 2:11,12
The Living Bible:
11 Women should
listen and learn quietly and humbly. 12 I never let women teach men or
lord it over them. Let them be silent in your church
1 Timothy 2:11,12
The New Testament -
An Expanded Translation - Wuest:
11 Let a woman be
learning in silence with every subjection. Moreover, I do not permit a
woman to be a teacher [in an official position exercising authority
over the man in matters of Church doctrine or discipline], neither to
exercise authority over a man, but to be in silence,
There's much I could comment on, but I'll endeavor to be
brief. Notice the addition in The Living Bible of being silent in the
church meetings. The original manuscripts don't contain anything like
this. The passage in the KJV, which follows the original manuscripts,
allows you to see the silence called for regards all applications of
women teaching men and usurping authority over them. Not just in church
meetings, which The Living Bible helps lead to that conclusion.
The Wuest Expansion
specifically puts into the passage specifical limits to Wuest's
personal view. A young Christian reads something like that and places
confidence in his translation abilities, not discerning that the
addition isn't a biblical limitation. They fail to realize the original
text never carried that meaning in the actual words used. These are
dangerous distortions that are taking place through too many Bibles.
The Mathematical Testimony
There are so many items to be discussed on this issue. It
would take volumes to cover this critical area of our faith. Areas such
as different sources of old Bible manuscripts, early translations made
of the New Testament books such as the Peshita and the Syrian
translations, the "Early Church Fathers" quotations of the verses they
were talking about. (Which quotations amount to all but 11 verses of
the entire New Testament.) Early church service books. The spread of
the manuscripts and their harmony being in such diversant parts of the
world at that time. Even the grossly corrupted manuscripts shed light
as to where such distortions were taking place and the nature of such
Beyond the ancient
aspects, there are the modern issues of methods of translation. The
effects and spirit of the significant textual critics that have shaped
the way we see Bible manuscripts today such as Westcott and Hort, Dean
John W. Burgon and the two main textual lines being the Nestle-Aland
Text and the Majority Text or Textus Receptus.
Passing these for
now, I want to consider one rather rarely known glory God put in His
word that's still found there. The New Testament is written in Greek.
The Greek alphabet also served as their numerals. Which would be like
our "A" is 1 and "B" is 2, etc. That means the entire New Testament is
a mathematical picture. For example, the name of Jesus in Greek is the
sum of 888. We see the number of the name calling for wisdom to
discern in Revelation 13:18. The number of the beast being 666.
Different subjects come out as different mathematical basic numbers,
such as those discussing "law" work out with various multiples of the
number for law. When issues cross such as law and grace, you find
characteristics such as the number for grace being a multiple with the
number for law. Even passages such as that found in John 21:6-11, where
it tells us the exact number of fish caught being 153, shows God's
protection. That particular passage is filled with multiplications of
153 throughout the different sentences. If you changed a single word.
The mathematical picture would show serious fractures. Repeated errors
would totally collapse the mathematical picture.
imagery shows God's hand in the writing, for no man could naturally
talk sensibly and be speaking mathematically consistent equations as he
jumped through different issues. This is beyond man, even with
computers as yet! It also gives us scientific evidence to rest our
faith in of the proof of God's providential preservation of His Word.
Now seriously, don't you think a God who could write such a marvelous
mathematical/language book, could also preserve His word for us? I have