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Christian Symbol?

Is the FIsh a “Christian” symbol?
Better Google: ‘Egyptian fish god” and perhaps STOP using it.

No automatic alt text available.Are crosses Christian symbols?

(1.) 97.9% of the time the people wearing across are NOT a Christian.

(2.) The cross was NEVER intended to be a religious symbol.

(3.) If you Dad or your son got the electric chair would you wear an electric chair around your neck to remember them?

(4.) The cross is a symbol that predates Christ. The symbol is associated with Tammuz from the Babylonian Religion. (Babylonian Mystery Religion, p. 51) or https://www.ebay.com/itm/132516209521

From Babylon, the cross spread to other nations and was associated with paganism long before Jesus’ crucifixion in A.D. 31

(5.) a. It was a shameful instrument of death (Hebrews 12:2).
b. While the apostles preached “the cross [stauros]” as part of the history of Christ’s ministry for our sakes (1 Corinthians 1:17-18), it was not something they idolized

(6.) What does the Bible teach about wearing any religious symbol?

No automatic alt text available.Under the Old Covenant that God made with ancient Israel, God instructed them to wear reminders of their faith upon their hands (Deuteronomy 6:8; 11:18). In fulfillment of this command, phylacteries, small leather boxes containing scriptural passages, were traditionally worn by Jewish men during their morning weekday prayers. However, many did this to “appear” religious to those around them. (Matthew 23:5)

(7.) During His New Testament ministry, Jesus taught His followers to display their spirituality through their actions and deeds (Matthew 5:16). Under the New Covenant, ushered in by Christ, God’s laws are to be written on our hearts—that is, in our minds (Hebrews 8:10; 10:16).

Image may contain: 1 person, closeupIf you would like to learn more about the history of the cross and how this pagan symbol entered Christianity, read chapters 6 and 7 of Ralph Woodrow’s book, Babylon Mystery Religion. These two chapters are respectively titled “Is the Cross a Christian Symbol?” and “Constantine and the Cross.”

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(https://www.ebay.com/itm/132516209521) and I will include the digital copies of the Books:

1. Babylon Mystery Religion
2. A Woman Rides The Beast

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Image may contain: 1 person, closeup* I have no way of knowing if the persons depicted in the attached photos are saved or not. The point is wearing a cross does not make you saved. The bigger the cross does not make you more saved any more than wearing more than one cross. Christians need to be careful about the symbols the idolize and glorify.

The NKJV has a satanic symbol as it’s logo! That is an essay for another day.

Beware of talisman and symbols./ St. Christipher cannot protect you any more than my grandfather can…and they are both dead! Jesus is alive…you want a symbol? Look to Jesus the author and finisher of your faith!

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WAKE UP!!!!

Image may contain: sky, plant, tree and outdoorEVERY SINGLE DAY IN AMERICA 11 CHURCHES CLOSE FOREVER!!!!

Christian Colleges and Christian Universities are closing too!

This is long…you won’t care. You will laugh and mock me and say, “I’m on a highway to Hell and its gonna be fun because that’s where all my friends are.”

The RAPTURE of the CHURCH — it is said to be the GREATEST EVEN THAT THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN IS COMING SOON!

I believe that if we do not get our acts together the rapture may come with a bang and end with a fizzle. “Narrow is the gate and few find the way.” We have a lot to talk about. Don’t just sit there and assume your salvation is secure.

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Matthew 24:12

The time is near and the scariest part is this…

Jesus said, “… Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8

Jesus asks when He returns will there be anything for Him to return too…sin will abound and the love of many shall wax cold.

Jesus also Prophesied that the there would be a great falling away. 11 CHURCHES CLOSING EVERY SINGLE DAY IN AMERICA! Christian colleges and Christian Universities closing.

No automatic alt text available.And for those of you that were hoping to skip the tribulation…I’m sorry you and I will have a front row seat! (READ YOUR BIBLE 1 Thessalonian 4, Matthew 24, Daniel 6,7 and 9 and Revelation 7)…We do not get to skip the Tribulation! The wrath of God??? That one is up to you!!!

And if you think that things are hard now…Just read

Jeremiah 12:5, “If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?”

Jerimiah says, “If the foot soldiers wore you out…what are you going to do when the horses come?”

There will be sin on every corner…you will be constantly tempted..walk down any street and pornography and sin will abound. How are you going to endure to the end?

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Matthew 24:13

Christian…you only need to make it to the Day of Christ (Not to be confused with the Day of the Lord.). Can you do it?

Philippians 2:2-5, ” Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”

Image may contain: sky and outdoorPhilippians 1:6-7 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.”

v.10 “That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.”

v. 11 “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”

v.20-24 20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.

23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

2 Corinthians 2:16, “To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?”

This world is showing signs of the coming age. It’s time brothers and sisters…it’s time to finally get your donkey off the couch and fulfill the great commission! Matthew 28:19–20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8

Jesus’ final command as He ascended into the clouds returning to the right hand of the Father says, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

Look at the attached photos…as one church closes after another…today 11 churches close…tomorrow another 11…I see why Jesus proclaimed, “Will I find FAITH on the earth when I return?”!!!!!!!!!!

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LOOPHOLE CHRISTIAN

“Today I was looking around Facebook.  Mostly at Christian pages.  People were asking all kinds of questions like,

“Can I still be a Christian and drink alcohol?”

“Is it really cheating if all we are doing is sexting on our phones?”

“Do Christians smoke?”

“I think Christians can smoke weed because its natural and Jesus made.”

“I’m a Christian and I have dated my girlfriend for a year. I think it is wrong that my state banned same sex marriage, its nobodies business who I love.”

What was more interesting is there was no shortage of opinions. There was one thread that had 96 replies. 96! And not a single one said, “the Bible says…” And these opinions varied wide and far.

Yesterday somneone asked me, “if someone commits suicide would they go to Heaven?”  Since this is a very important issue, I will pause now to attempt an answer.

Do Christians who kill themselves go to Heaven or Hell? This is a difficult question to answer, not because the answer is difficult, but because Christians who are looking for the answer are probably contemplating suicide.  If this is you, I want to warn you that it is not God’s will that you commit suicide.

Many argue that suicide is murder and that there is no time to repent.   Maybe maybe not.  However, the God that I know says that He wishes that none would perish…no not one. 2 Peter 3:9

So, the short answer is, “I don’t know.”  And, this is a question that no one can answer with any sort of certainty.  I do know that committing suicide is one of the most selfish things that you can do to those that you love.  In fact, I would say committing adultery and committing suicide…it’s a toss up which is more selfish.  If you commit suicide…you leave those that love you behind, missing you, hurting and wondering if you are in Heaven or Hell.  I would even argue that you might miss Heaven, not for the murder but for being so selfish.

Suicide dulls you pain but for a moment and then one way or another you are in front of Jesus.  And I am going to tell you this, and hear me good.  There is absolutly no way, even if only s slim chance that killing myself would send me to Hell that I want to miss out on hearing these words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”  Matthew 25:21

The words that scare me, “…I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”  Matthew 7:21-23, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.   Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

NOTHING…and I mean NOTHING will keep me from the Joy of the Lord.   Also, Matthew 24:13, “ But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” 

Mark 13:13, “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

Hebrews 3:14, “For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;”

I NEVER, EVER want to hear the words, “…I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”  Matthew 7:21-23.

So, will killing yourseld send you to Hell?  I have no idea.  And maybe this is why the Bible is so silent on the issue…I am just not taking that chance.  I do not care how bad it gets on earth.

Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”, Genesis 9:6

Therefore, according to the Bible, the only One who has the right to decide when we die is the Creator Himself.  The Bible also says God has ordained the days of our lives.  So, suicide specifically violates the will of God in a person’s life.

I’m talking to Christians now.

I have always used this analogy when describing our Christian walk.

Your salvation is a road…sometimes the road is straight…sometimes there are twists and turns.

Sometimes the road seems all uphill…but then there are days the road is all down hill and you feel a breeze on your face.

Some days you cannot wait for tomorrow as your road is all filled with bumps and pot holes.  And the days we look forward to are the days when our road is smooth and easy going.

But make no mistake on your right is a feel dark abyss that leads straight to Hell. But on your left is a big beautiful green meadow with trees, flowers and sunshine…a light breeze and a perfect 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

On the left…you know the beautiful meadow…that’s Heaven…and you can see it, you can feel its warmth but you can’t even stick your toe in…that day will have to wait.

But on the right…that cliff is deep and wide and leads to an everlasting life of torment.

I don’t want to live my life so far from Heaven that I cannot see it, be encouraged by it, motivated by it…feel the love and power from God…

Because as I go through my life down my road of salvation (sanctification to be precise)…I’m gonna stumble, I promise you that.   And when I stumble I want to be in the Father’s arms, where I have protection.  Where He can lift me up.  Because if I have found so many loopholes or even one that has me so close to the edge of the cliff and when, not if, WHEN I fall…I am going straight to Hell and I will not be able to turn back.  Philippians 4:13 tells me that “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”  How in the heck am I going to to rely on the strength of Christ when I am so far from Him that I can see Him, maybe…but I cannot touch Him.  We are playing games if we think one beer won’t matter, a little pornography won’t matter, reading a bible like the NIV, ESV, NASB, NLT, et al with all their denial of Jesus, Jehovah, the Trinity, Hell, etc. It will be fine…we are going to be surprised!

Not everyone that calls Him Lord Lord will see Heaven: Matthew 7:21-23, 1 John 2:3, Luke 9:35, Revelation 22:14

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.   Matthew 7:21-23

And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.”  1 John 2:3

And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.”   Luke 9:35

Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Revelation 22:14

Out of all those Scriptures the one verse that keeps rining in my ear is, “…I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:23b

It’s one thing that we know Him.  In fact, I know alot of people.  I know Paul, I know Peter, I know Thomas and James…I know Arnold Swartzenegger, I know President Trump, I even know General Stonewall Jackson.  But, do you know what I have in common with all of those men?  Iknow them…but NONE of them know me.  You may know Jesus, I am willing to bet a lot of people know Him.  But, does HE KNOW YOU?  It is not enough for us to know Jesus…moreover…does HE KNOW US!   Think about that a minuite.

“But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.”   Luke 13:27

Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.Psalm 6:8

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”  Matthew 25:41

When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:”  Luke 13:25

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”  2 Timothy 2:19

But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?”  Galations 4:9

Why are ye looking for LOOPHOLES?   Do ye not know the difference between right and wrong.   If you don’t  know the difference between right and wrong, there is help for thou: James 1:5 tells us to ask God for Wisdom.

WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO RISK SPENDING YOUR EVERLASTING IN HELL? 

Psalm 1:6, “For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

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ESV don’t know who killed Goliath!

In the ESV:

2 Samuel 21:19 says Elhanan killed Goliath
1 Samuel 17:50 says David killed Goliath.

Every Sunday School kid knows David killed Goliath. The King James Bible gets it right.

At least 30 modern bibles including the ESV gets it wrong.  The Ironic thing is virtually every English Bible prior to 1611 does not have this contradiction.

There are thousands of other contradictions and errors in these so-called modern translations.

The NIV and most modern translations deny the TRINITY (Father, the Word & Holy Ghost)

See 1 John 5:7 in your Bible. King James gets it right.

Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20; and Colossians 2:9

All 3 contain the word “Godhead” in the King James Bible…”Godhead” is missing in modern translations that stamp out 1 John 5:7

They are erasing Jesus…they are erasing the Trinity.

Was Mary a virgin?

Isaiah 7:14 In the King James Bible says so.

In the modern bibles virgin is replaced with young woman or handmaiden. No virgin birth….no miracle…no Jesus.

Some put it in a footnote.  If God said it…it needs to be in the text…by adding to a footnote they add doubt.  This is why I hate footnotes.  Many times they will say, “or” and then show the footnote.  Remember, if it says “or” you can ignore.  King James hated footnotes too.  He said that the Word of God can stand on its own.  Many publishers are adding footnotes to the King James Bibles.  Just remember, if it says OR you can IGNORE.

The errors and contradictions in these new Bibles are not just  2 or 3 verses…they occur in 100s and even 1000s.

My God inspired His Word. He promised to preserve it. And He is smart enough to make one Bible…in English that is His words.

There are about 300 modern bibles…all say something different…they can’t all be right.  Now, can they?

Is God confused? Can He not figure out what He wants to say?

How many errors or contradictions must be in a bible before it is no longer God’s Word?

There were three main manuscripts that were used to translate these 300 modern translations.  Two out of the three of these manuscripts have been proven fakes (see Is the World’s oldest Bible a fake?  https://www.ebay.com/itm/132515946947)

I trust the Authorized Version.  You can trust just ONE Bible.  The one that has stood the test of time for over 400 years without a single textual change.  These modern bibles go through a textual change every 5 to 10 years.  The NIV84, NIV2011, NIrV and the TNIV are a totally different bible.  n 2011, an updated version of the NIV was released. The update modified and dropped some of the gender-neutral language of the TNIV (such as going back to using “mankind” and “man” instead of “human beings” and “people”), along with other changes.

1984 NIV

2005 TNIV

2011 NIV

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Blessed are those who do not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but who delight in the law of the LORD and meditate on his law day and night. They are like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.

Summary

Graph summarizing changes between NIV 2011, tNIV, and 1984

Whole Bible

The first three rows show the number of verses and percentage of verses where the NIV2011 and NIV1984 are the same, when the NIV2011 kept the tNIV rendering, and when the NIV2011 has something completely new.

The last two rows compare the total number of words that are the same and how many were changed (the average of added and removed). Puncation is not included in this count.

NIV2011 verse same as 1984 18,666 60.02%
NIV2011 verse same as tNIV 9,726 31.27%
NIV2011 rejected tNIV, reverted to NIV1984 269 .86%
NIV2011 verse verse is new 2,440 7.85%
NIV2011 words same as 1984 356,610 91.37%
NIV2011 changed words 33,666 8.63%
NIV2011 removed words 32,863
NIV2011 added words 34,469

Book by Book

The first three columns show the number of verses and percentage of verses where the NIV2011 and NIV1984 are the same, when the NIV2011 kept the tNIV rendering, and when the NIV2011 has something completely new.

The last two columns compare the total number of words that are the same and how many were changed (the average of added and removed). Puncutation is not included in this count.

Section NIV2011 verse same as 1984 NIV2011 verse same as tNIV NIV2011 verse is new NIV2011 words same as 1984 NIV2011 words changed from 1984
Total 18,666 60.02% 9,726 31.27% 2,440 7.85% 356,610 91.37% 33,666 8.63%
Genesis 1,163 75.86% 294 19.18% 73 4.76% 10,847 93.26% 784 6.74%
Exodus 868 71.56% 287 23.66% 56 4.62% 10,235 92.06% 883 7.94%
Leviticus 392 45.63% 405 47.15% 61 7.1% 14,052 88.89% 1,757 11.11%
Numbers 823 63.9% 420 32.61% 40 3.11% 13,951 91.51% 1,295 8.49%
Deuteronomy 623 64.96% 248 25.86% 81 8.45% 11,155 93.27% 806 6.73%
Joshua 416 63.22% 193 29.33% 45 6.84% 7,369 89.7% 847 10.3%
Judges 336 54.37% 217 35.11% 60 9.71% 9,062 91.79% 811 8.21%
Ruth 36 42.35% 30 35.29% 19 22.35% 1,658 92.5% 135 7.5%
1 Samuel 502 61.98% 269 33.21% 34 4.2% 10,939 93.41% 772 6.59%
2 Samuel 421 60.58% 236 33.96% 33 4.75% 9,688 93.62% 661 6.38%
1 Kings 583 71.45% 197 24.14% 31 3.8% 7,893 93.52% 547 6.48%
2 Kings 494 68.71% 206 28.65% 16 2.23% 8,476 94.39% 504 5.61%
1 Chronicles 696 73.89% 210 22.29% 34 3.61% 6,740 94.27% 410 5.73%
2 Chronicles 555 67.52% 229 27.86% 35 4.26% 9,716 94.4% 577 5.6%
Ezra 195 69.64% 68 24.29% 16 5.71% 2,712 94.96% 144 5.04%
Nehemiah 265 65.27% 114 28.08% 25 6.16% 4,737 94.98% 251 5.02%
Esther 114 68.26% 49 29.34% 4 2.4% 2,129 93.32% 153 6.68%
Job 694 64.86% 290 27.1% 68 6.36% 7,046 88.8% 889 11.2%
Psalm 1,162 47.22% 1,086 44.13% 176 7.15% 25,234 88.34% 3,331 11.66%
Proverbs 311 33.99% 490 53.55% 103 11.26% 9,859 81.72% 2,206 18.28%
Ecclesiastes 108 48.65% 81 36.49% 33 14.86% 2,932 86.52% 457 13.48%
Song of Songs 48 41.03% 67 57.26% 2 1.71% 1,903 94.23% 117 5.77%
Isaiah 744 57.59% 389 30.11% 142 10.99% 18,366 92.83% 1,419 7.17%
Jeremiah 847 62.1% 328 24.05% 135 9.9% 19,167 94.23% 1,174 5.77%
Lamentations 91 59.09% 49 31.82% 10 6.49% 1,847 94.86% 100 5.14%
Ezekiel 811 63.71% 325 25.53% 130 10.21% 16,131 91.95% 1,413 8.05%
Daniel 234 65.55% 108 30.25% 14 3.92% 4,690 93.77% 312 6.23%
Hosea 115 58.38% 59 29.95% 22 11.17% 2,468 91.71% 223 8.29%
Joel 46 63.01% 22 30.14% 5 6.85% 925 92.55% 75 7.45%
Amos 63 43.15% 38 26.03% 32 21.92% 2,765 93.24% 201 6.76%
Obadiah 12 57.14% 5 23.81% 3 14.29% 338 94.41% 20 5.59%
Jonah 20 41.67% 16 33.33% 11 22.92% 822 87.87% 114 12.13%
Micah 51 48.57% 26 24.76% 27 25.71% 1,787 91.64% 163 8.36%
Nahum 28 59.57% 17 36.17% 2 4.26% 605 92.86% 47 7.14%
Habakkuk 25 44.64% 26 46.43% 5 8.93% 942 94.72% 53 5.28%
Zephaniah 11 20.75% 34 64.15% 6 11.32% 1,400 89.46% 165 10.54%
Haggai 21 55.26% 12 31.58% 4 10.53% 670 96.2% 27 3.8%
Zechariah 112 53.08% 71 33.65% 26 12.32% 3,215 91.69% 292 8.31%
Malachi 16 29.09% 34 61.82% 5 9.09% 1,411 89.33% 169 10.67%
Matthew 666 62.18% 269 25.12% 128 11.95% 11,374 91.86% 1,008 8.14%
Mark 471 69.47% 149 21.98% 56 8.26% 5,806 92.12% 497 7.88%
Luke 788 68.46% 282 24.5% 76 6.6% 10,070 92.19% 853 7.81%
John 493 56.09% 317 36.06% 66 7.51% 10,466 91.27% 1,002 8.73%
Acts 628 62.36% 303 30.09% 67 6.65% 10,413 91.59% 956 8.41%
Romans 187 43.19% 169 39.03% 74 17.09% 6,560 89.08% 805 10.92%
1 Corinthians 210 48.05% 172 39.36% 53 12.13% 5,618 86.94% 844 13.06%
2 Corinthians 147 57.2% 86 33.46% 21 8.17% 3,138 91.15% 305 8.85%
Galatians 46 30.87% 53 35.57% 48 32.21% 2,507 88.01% 342 11.99%
Ephesians 99 63.87% 43 27.74% 12 7.74% 1,308 89.93% 147 10.07%
Philippians 47 45.19% 50 48.08% 7 6.73% 1,334 87.5% 191 12.5%
Colossians 54 56.84% 29 30.53% 12 12.63% 1,076 87.69% 151 12.31%
1 Thessalonians 36 40.45% 43 48.31% 9 10.11% 1,173 89.17% 143 10.83%
2 Thessalonians 27 57.45% 16 34.04% 4 8.51% 489 85.56% 83 14.44%
1 Timothy 68 60.18% 39 34.51% 6 5.31% 1,109 87.98% 152 12.02%
2 Timothy 51 61.45% 26 31.33% 6 7.23% 793 90.99% 79 9.01%
Titus 26 56.52% 18 39.13% 2 4.35% 423 88.77% 54 11.23%
Philemon 14 56% 10 40% 1 4% 239 86.13% 39 13.87%
Hebrews 155 51.16% 120 39.6% 28 9.24% 4,083 90.51% 428 9.49%
James 40 37.04% 43 39.81% 23 21.3% 1,620 88.4% 213 11.6%
1 Peter 48 45.71% 41 39.05% 16 15.24% 1,559 89.65% 180 10.35%
2 Peter 28 45.9% 30 49.18% 3 4.92% 913 89.86% 103 10.14%
1 John 52 49.52% 34 32.38% 18 17.14% 1,389 88.84% 175 11.16%
2 John 7 53.85% 5 38.46% 1 7.69% 126 90.32% 14 9.68%
3 John 8 57.14% 2 14.29% 4 28.57% 148 86.3% 24 13.7%
Jude 8 32% 14 56% 3 12% 498 90.05% 55 9.95%
Revelation 210 52.11% 118 29.28% 72 17.87% 6,496 92.34% 539 7.66%

Please see the NIV2011 executive summary and the translator’s notes (PDF).

Follow the link below; it has verse by verse changes.

Robert Slowley’s comparison (includes several great summaries of changes verses and words, including gender issues)

NIV 2010/2011 changes (by John Dyer)

The ESV had revisions done in 2001, 2007, 2011, and 2016.   The 2007 revision changed about 500 words.  The 2011 revision involved aboout 275 verses and less than 500 words.  They also announced the 2007was being phased out.  For the revision of 2016 Crossway announced the “ESV Permanent Text Edition”, where multiple words and verses were changed.  They claimed this would be the last revision.

Isn’t nice to know that the King James has not been “phased out.”  The ESV had so many changes and it was so different than the previous revisions they had no choice but to get rid of the old ones.  But weren’t there changes in the King James Editions; the 1611, 1762 and the 1769?  There were.  But not like you might expect from seeing the changes in the NIV, ESV, et al.   I will cover this in another article.   But for now…here are a handle of what the anti-KJB folks call significant changes:

* 1 Corinthians 12:28 – “helpes in gouernmets” vs. “helps, governments”
* Joshua 3:11 – “Arke of the Couenant, euen the Lord” vs. “ark of the covenant of the Lord”
* 2 Kings 11:10 – “in the Temple” vs. “in the temple of the LORD”
* Isaiah 49:13 – “for God” vs. “for the LORD”
* Jeremiah 31:14 – “with goodnesse” vs. “with my goodness”
* Jeremiah 51:30 – “burnt their dwelling places” vs. “burned her dwellingplaces”
* Ezekiel 6:8 – “that he may” vs. “that ye may”
* Ezekiel 24:5 – “let him seethe” vs. “let them seethe”
* Ezekiel 24:7 – “powred it vpon the ground” vs. “poured it not upon the ground”
* Ezekiel 48:8 – “which they shall” vs. “which ye shall”
* Daniel 3:15 – “a fierie furnace” vs. “a burning fiery furnace”
* Matthew 14:9 – “the othes sake” vs. “the oath’s sake”
* 1 Corinthians 15:6 – “And that” vs. “After that”
* 1 John 5:12 – “the Sonne, hath” vs. “the Son of God hath”

Yep…those are what they call SIGNIFICANT CHANGES.  goodnesse becomes goodness.  Arke of the Couenat becomes ark of the covenant. heples becomes help.

In 1769 Dr. Benjamin Blayney completed his revision of the King James Bible and using Dr. Samuel Johnson’s first edition 1755 printing of the Johnson Dictionary the English language “came of age.” Spelling, punctuation, and grammar became standardized making it possible to teach succeeding generations the fledgling languages’ establishment as a great spoken and written language in the world of communication, commerce and education. I think we can see the 1755 Dr. Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary at work in the above examples of “SIGNIFICANT CHANGES”.  More to come…

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WILL HE FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH?

Rev. Kevin Airrington
February 10, 2018

The most fascinating, almost haunting thing for me that Jesus ever said is this: “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8) I have literally lost sleep thinking about this verse.

“The Son of man” is what Jesus called Himself on earth. The phrase literally means “Dude”. So, in essence, He is saying, “When this Dude comes…”

Absolutely awesome, Jesus, gotta love Him!

If He is omnipotent and omniscient, and He is, then why would He ask a question like that? It’s almost like the feeling is that it’s going to get so bad on earth before His return that He asks this question of whether or not there’ll even be faith left on the earth at His return to warn us. Warn us of the Hell we will need to put us with and warn us of how easy it is for us to backslide and to always…ALWAYS stay in check.

Jesus asks, “Won’t God answer His own elect who cry to Him daily?” (if you are a Christian you are His elect) prayer…Christians must more than ever pray! Pray without ceasing. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

In Matthew 24:12, where Jesus was speaking about the time just before His return, He said, “And because iniquity (sin) shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Boundless iniquity and a growing lack of love throughout the earth.

Then in II Thessalonians 2:3 Paul said about the second coming of the Lord, “that day shall not come except there come a falling away first.”

A falling away from faith in God throughout the earth. Maybe you haven’t fallen away or you live in a community where faith is still vibrant. But on a national and international scale, faith in God has declined dramatically in the last century or so, especially throughout the nations of the Western world.

My goodness, you would think the writers of the Bible got on Google and read today’s newspaper!

The Bible says the Antichrist will have “scattered the power of the holy people” (Daniel 12:7), just before the return of Jesus.

Maybe that’s why Jesus asked that question, “When the Son of man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” It’s going to be the toughest time in the history of the world for the people of faith.

Will Jesus find faith on earth? The answer seems to be yes. However, weeping and gnashing of teeth…wide is the gate that leads to destruction…for many, He will not find faith. This is a fallen world….just watch the news!

Isaiah 5:20, “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!” Again, watch the news…wow!

God help us all to hold on to our crowns and to keep the faith unto the end, whatever that will be for each of us.

May God bless you and yours.

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NKJV /MEV Marijauna Bible

The NKJV/MEV too be sure the New King James Version and /or the Modern English Version (‘updated’ NKJV) is not a King James. They marketed it like that in order to SELL more bibles.

Here are my problems with this version…First, as is the photo I posted from the back of my KJB /NKJV Parallel Bible it says that the NKJV is the perfect transition bible to the modern bibles. I call it the “Marijuana bible” LOL…although, I think we know more today and Marijuana is not necessarily a transition drug to all. It is true that like the KJB the NKJV uses the Textus Receptus (5309 manuscripts from Antioch)…however, it also uses the Critical Text (44 corrupt texts out of Alexandria). The KJ translators had the CT available to them but they discarded them.

Now here are some real PROBLEMS I have with the NKJV.

The NKJV IGNORES the Receptus over 1,200 times.

 

 

 

 

The NKJV

22 omissions of “hell”,
23 omissions of “blood”,

44 omissions of “repent”,
50 omissions of “heaven”,
51 omissions of “God”,
66 omissions of “Lord”.

NKJV omits the word “new testament” entirely
NKJV omits the word “damnation” entirely
NKJV omits the word “devils” entirely

NKJV omits the word “JEHOVAH” 100% of the time!

The NKJV makes a very serious doctrinal error when dealing with the word “JEHOVAH” in Exodus 6:3. They change the word “JEHOVAH” to “LORD” thus making the Bible contradict itself. Even the corrupt “New World Translation” (Jehovah’s Witnesses Bible) has a better rendering of this passage.  LOL and they use the same manuscripts.

So what does Exodus 6:3 say? Please read carefully – “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.” (KJV)

Now please note what the NKJV says – “I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name, LORD, I was not known to them.” (NKJV)

If you will take a concordance and go back to Genesis 1 and go through to Exodus 6:3 you will notice that the word “LORD” is mentioned 242 times.

Did anyone before Exodus know God by the name of “LORD” before Exodus 6:3. The answer is a resounding, YES! Don’t just sit there, look it up for yourself.

So to eliminate the word “JEHOVAH” is not only poor scholarship but also perverts and damages the text making it contradictory. It is a key passage that shows God as He reveals Himself BY ANOTHER NAME to mankind. Someone on the translation committee evidently does not like the name, “JEHOVAH.”

DOCTRINAL PROBLEMS

DEALING WITH SALVATION

The NKJV confuses people about salvation. In Hebrews 10:14 it replaces “are sanctified” with “ARE BEING SANCTIFIED“, and it replaces “are saved” with “ARE BEING SAVED.

In I Corinthians 1:18 and II Corinthians 2:15. The words “may believe” have been replaced with “MAY CONTINUE TO BELIEVE” in I John 5:13.

The old straight and “narrow” way of Matthew 7:14 has become the “DIFFICULT” way in the NKJV.

In II Corinthians 10:5 the KJV reads “casting down imaginations”, but the NKJV reads “CASTING DOWN ARGUMENTS“. The word “thought”, which occurs later in the verse, matches “imaginations”, not “arguments”. This change weakens the verse.

The KJV tells us to reject a “heretick” after the second admonition in Titus 3:10. The NKJV tells us to reject a “ DIVISIVE MAN“. How nice! Now the Alexandrians and Ecumenicals have justification for rejecting anyone they wish to label as “divisive men”.

According to the NKJV, no one would stoop so low as to “corrupt” God’s word. No, they just “PEDDLE” it (II Cor. 2:17). The reading matches the Alexandrian versions.

The KJV correctly says, “For we are not as many, which corrupt the Word of God …. “But the NKJV, NASV, NIV and RSV, change “corrupt” to “peddling.” Is there any great difference between peddling (selling, or making a gain of) the Word of God and corrupting (adulterating) it?

The NKJV gives us no command to “study” God’s word in II Timothy 2:15.

2 TIMOTHY 2:15

KJV reads, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God.” NKJV and NASV change “study” to “be diligent.” NIV and RSV change “study” to “DO YOUR BEST.”

 

MATTHEW 7:14

KJV – “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life…”

NKJV – “Because narrow is the gate and DIFFICULT is the way which leads to life,”

Is the way unto eternal life difficult? No, that is false teaching. The way unto eternal life is “strait,” as the KJV says, meaning “constricted, restricted, distressed, narrow, restrained.”

 

MATTHEW 20:20

KJV – “Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him…”

NKJV – “Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, KNEELING DOWN…”

This is a wicked change. To kneel is obviously not the same as worship. “Worship” was in Tyndale’s translation of 1526. It was in the Matthew’s Bible of 1537. It was the Geneva of 1537. It was in the Authorized Version of 1611. Even the English Revised version of 1881 and the American Standard Version of 1901 retained the word “worship.” It was the modernistic Revised Standard Version of 1952 which changed to “kneeling.” Now the NKJV editors follow this same wicked error.

 

HEBREWS 3:16

KJV – “For some, when they had heard did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.”

NKJV – “For who having heard rebelled? Indeed, WAS IT NOT ALL who came out of Egypt led by Moses?”

Was it ALL or not all of them?  The NKJV make this verse to say something directly contrary to the KJV and to the Old Testament. The Bible plainly says that not all of the Israelites rebelled against God, but the NKJV creates a contradiction.

The NKJV also lines up with the (NWT) Jehovah’s Witness Perversion in dealing with the above.

DANIEL 3:25 The fourth person who was in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, was identified as “the Son of God.” The same identification is given in the text of the NKJV but a footnote reads “or, a son of the gods,” and both NIV and NASV actually have the latter reading in their texts.  I hate footnotes…it leaves DOUBT as to what God really said!

The NKJV is supposedly easier to read and understand but its impurities actually make it doubly deceptive and dangerous.  The New King James Version / Modern English Version is a counterfeit my friend.

EASIER?  HARDER!

And by changing thee’s and thou’s they actually change the meaning of the text.  Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). He also said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matt. 24:35). Since Christ is concerned about every word, we should also be concerned about every word!

Let me help…and you will never be confused by thee and thou again.  ?  If it starts with T it is singular.  If it starts with Y it is plural…see EASY!

Archaic words?  Yes!  But the NKJV has them too as does every bible.   Many of the words are EASIER in the KJB than the NKJV.

Please decide what God is saying to Moses:

“And the LORD said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?” (Exodus 16:28, NKJV)

It looks like God is saying, “Moses, you are continuing to refuse to keep My commandments and My laws.” But look carefully at the accurate King James:

“And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?”

Now we understand! It was the people, not Moses, that God was upset with. “Ye” and “you” mean more than one person. “Thee,” “thou,” “thy,” “thine,” “doeth,” “hast,” etc., only mean one person. How do we know? The “y” is plural. The “t” is singular. Isn’t that easy? Now you know what Jesus meant when He said to Nicodemus, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).

What Jesus said was, “Nicodemus, marvel not that I said unto thee, all of you need to be born again.” This is very important. Not only Nicodemus needed to be saved. But everybody, including him, needed to be born again. That’s why Jesus used the plural.

 

NKJV Demotes Jesus Christ
NKJV KJV
Luke 13:8 Sir Lord
Matthew 18:26 before him saying, Master and worshipped him saying, Lord
Matthew 20:20 kneeling down worshipping him
Matthew 26:64 right hand of the Power right hand of power
Genesis 22:8 God will provide for himself the lamb God will provide himself a lamb
John 8:35 a son the Son
Colossians 2:2 the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ (Trinity)
Matthew 8:19 et al. Teacher Master
Matthew 19:16 Good Teacher Good Master
Matthew 22:16 Teacher Master
Matthew 23:8 One is your Teacher, the Christ one is your Master, even Christ
Matthew 23:10 And do not be called teachers, for One is your Teacher, the Christ Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ

 

NKJV Copies Jehovah Witness Version
NKJV KJV
Demotes Jesus Christ
Acts 3:13 His Servant Jesus his Son Jesus
Acts 3:26 His Servant Jesus his Son Jesus
Acts 4:27 holy Servant Jesus holy child Jesus
Acts 4:30 holy Servant Jesus holy child Jesus
Colossians 1:15 the firstborn over all creation the firstborn of every creature
Mark 2:15 OMITTED Jesus
Hebrews 4:8 Joshua Jesus
Acts 7:45 Joshua Jesus
2 Thessalonians 3:5 patience of Christ patient waiting for Christ
Demotes Trinity
Acts 17:29 Divine Nature Godhead
Philippians 4:20 our God and Father God and our Father
Revelation 1:6 his God and Father God and his Father
Colossians 3:17 God the Father through Him God and the Father by him
John 14:16 Helper Comforter
John 14:26 Helper Comforter
John 15:26 Helper Comforter
John 16:7 Helper Comforter
Works/Progressive Salvation
1 Corinthians 11:1 Imitate Christ followers…of Christ
Romans 3:3 faithfulness faith
Romans 11:30 disobedient not believed
Romans 11:32 disobedient unbelief
1 Corinthians 1:18 are being saved are saved
2 Corinthians 2:15 are being saved are saved
Ephesians 2:8 have been saved are…saved

 

NKJV Supports New Age Ideas
NKJV KJV
Works Salvation
Matthew 7:14 difficult is the way narrow is the way
Galatians 5:22 faithfulness faith
1 John 5:13 may continue to believe may believe
Ecclesiastes 5:20 God keeps him busy God answereth him
Progressive Ages
Matthew 12:32 age to come world to come
Matthew 13:39 et al. end of the age end of the world
Acts 15:18 from eternity from the beginning of the world
1 Corinthians 15:45 Adam became a living being Adam was made a living soul
Pantheism, Androgyny, Gender Equity
Luke 7:19, 20 the Coming One he that should come
Matthew 11:3 the Coming One he that should come
John 7:18 et al. the One he, his
John 4:24 God is spirit God is a spirit
2 Corinthians 2:10 presence person
Genesis 2:18 helper comparable to him help meet for him
Self-Esteem (“The devil made me do it.”)
Philippians 3:21 lowly bodies vile bodies
1 John 5:19 whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one whole world lieth in wickedness
Luke 11:4 deliver us from the evil one deliver us from evil
Matthew 5:37 the evil one of evil
2 Corinthians 1:12 boast rejoicing
Religious Tolerance – One World Religion
Acts 24:14 sect heresy
Acts 17:22 very religious too superstitious
Psalms 19:1 nations heathen
Acts 8:9 astonished bewitched
Acts 25:19 religion superstition
2 Corinthians 10:5 casting down arguments casting down imaginations
Titus 3:10 Reject a divisive man an heretic…reject
Relative/Subjective Standards
Matthew 5:32 et al. sexual immorality fornication
1 Corinthians 6:9 homosexual (catamites only) effeminate
omit all perverted persons sodomite
2 Timothy 3:17 complete perfect
New Age Name Game/Jargon
Matthew 23:10 et al. the Christ Christ
Psalms 109:6 omit Satan
Romans 6:24 et al. slave servant
omit 22x hades hell
omit 81x demon(s) devil(s)
Mark of the Beast
Revelation 13:16 et al. a mark on their hand a mark in their hand
1 Samuel 13:21 the charge…was a pim (positive identification microchip) they had a file…for the coulters

 

NKJV Uses Harder Words than KJV
NKJV Hard Word KJV Easy Word
2 Corinthians 3:12 we use great boldness of speech we use great plainness of speech
Amos 5:21 savor smell
2 Corinthians 5:2 habitation house
Ecclesiastes 2:3 gratify give
Isaiah 28:1, 4 verdant fat
Isaiah 34:6 overflowing fat
Isaiah 13:12 mortal man
Deuteronomy 28:50 elderly old
Judges 19:29 limb bones
Job 2:10 adversity evil
1 Samuel 16:14 distressing evil
Jeremiah 19:3 catastrophe evil
2 Kings 22:16 calamity evil
Ecclesiastes 12:1 difficult evil
Ecclesiastes 8:5 harmful evil
Ezekiel 5:16 terrible evil

HARD WORDS FOUND IN THE NKJV

Abase, abashed, abode, adhere, admonish, adversity, aground, algum, alienate, alighting, allays, allotment, alloy, aloof, alms, amend, amiss, annihilated, anise, antitype, arbitrate, apprehended, archives, armlets, ascertain, asps, attire, austere, backbite, banishment, baths [not to get clean,] bdellium, befalls, beggarly, begetting, behemoth, belial, beseech, betrothal, beveled, birthstools, bittern, bleat, booty, borne, breach, brandished, bray, bristling, buffet, buckler, bulrush, burnished, butress, calamus, caldron, capital, carcasses, carnally, carrion, cassia, caulkers, centurion, chalcedony, chalkstones, chaste, chasten, chrysolite, chrysoprase, circumspect, cistern, citadel, citron, clamor, cleft, cloven, commission, commonwealth [not shared money,] compound, concede, compulsory, conciliation, concubine, congealed, contemptuously, confederacy, contingents, corban, coriander, countenance, couriers  covert, crags, crescents, crest, cropped, cubit, custodian [not the one who cleans the school halls,] curds, dainties, dandled, daubed, dappled, dayspring, denarii, deposed, deride, despoiled, diadem, diffuses, dilapidation, dispensation, disrepute, dissipation, diviner, docile, dragnet,  dregs, drachmas, dropsy, dross, dryshod, eczema, edict, edification, elaborate, embellish, emitted, enigma, enmity, entrails, envoy, eventide, epistle, ephod, exorcise, expiration, faction, fallow, famish, fare, fatlings, feigned festal, fetched, fidelity, figurehead, filly, flanges, foreskin, fostered, fowlers, fuller furlongs, gad, garland, garrison, gaunt, gecko, graven, Hellenists, hew, homers, hoopoe, immutability, indignant, insolence, insubordination, intervene, itinerant, jackdaw, jeopardy, jubilation, kors, laden, lamentations, laud, lusty, mail [not a letter,] mammon, matrix [other than the movie,] mattock, mercenaries, mina [not a type of bird,] mite [not a bed bug,] moorings, nativity, offal, offscouring, omnipotent, oracle, pangs, papyrus [not a fruit,] paramours, parapet, penitents, perdition, phylacteries, pilfering, pillage, pims, pins [not like needles or bowling- has to do with a chariot,] pinions [not a type of nut,] plaited [not dishes,] platitudes, potentate, potsherd, poultice, Praetorium, prattler, principality, prodigal, proconsul, prognosticators, propitiation, pslatery, prow, pulverize, pyre, quadrans, quiver, rampart  ravenous, ravished, raze [not to lift up,] reconciliation, recount, rend, renown, reprisal, retinue, rifled [does not have to do with guns,] rivulets, rogue, salute [ does not have to do with the army,] satiate, satraps, scruples, sepulcher, shamefaced, shards, Sheol, shod, shuttle [not a type of bus or spaceship,] siegeworks, sistrums [not an affectionate term for your sisters,] skiff, soothsayer, spelt straits, superfluous, supplanted, tamarisk, tares, tarries, temperate, terebinth, terrestrial, tetrarch, throng, timbrel, tittle, tresses, usury, vagabond, vassal, vehement, vermilion, verdure, verity, vestments, waifs, wane, wanton, warp, wend, wield, winebibber, woof, wrought.

 

None of the translators of the NKJV  believed that either text was the Divinely preserved Word of God.

 

THE NKJV / MEV IS A DANGEROUS, COUNTERFEIT! 

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If Jesus is God, then why did He pray to Himself in the Garden of Gethsemane?

Recently on Facebook, a gentleman asked me this question.

His question, who was Jesus praying to?  Very good question… I liked it. And far after you and I are gone scholars will debate this. So…here is what I know.

Since the Bible affirms that Jesus is God, it is often perplexing to note that Jesus addresses God in prayer.  The answer is found in an understanding of the Trinity; 1 John 5:7, Romans 1:20, Acts 17:29, Colossians 2:29 (by the way, you will only find that teaching in the King James Bible).  Jesus is the second person of the Trinity.  We also know from John 1 that God (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us.  Jesus was fully God and fully human.  In His human form He was separated from the Trinity…and therefore needed to pray to God the Father (1st Person of the Trinity). 

Jesus is completely human, but He also has a divine nature.

GOD
He is worshiped (Matthew 2:2, 11; 14:33; 28:9)
He is prayed to (Acts 7:59; 1 Cor. 1:2)
He was called God (John 20:28; Heb. 1:8)
He was called Son of God (Mark 1:1)
He is sinless (1 Peter 2:22; Heb. 4:15)
He knew all things (John 21:17)
He gives eternal life (John 10:28; 17:2)
The fullness of deity dwells in Him (Colossians. 2:9)

MAN
He worshiped the Father (John 17)
He prayed to the Father (John 17:1)
He was called man (Mark 15:39; John 19:5).
He was called Son of Man (In the Greek it is like saying, Hey Dude) (John 9:35-37)
He was tempted (Matthew 4:1)
He grew in wisdom (Luke 2:52)
He died (Romans 5:8)  — HE WAS RESURRECTED!
He has a body of flesh and bones (Luke 24:39)

As a man, Jesus needed to pray.  When He was praying, he was not praying to Himself but to God the Father.

I hope this is helpful my friend. May God bless you as you…as WE try and understand His message to us.

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Haven’t there been several revisions of the King James Bible since 1611?


ANSWER:  No. There have been several editions but no revisions.

EXPLANATION: One of the last ditch defenses of a badly shaken critic of the Authorized version 1611 is the “revision hoax. They run to this seeming fortress in an attempt to stave off ultimate defeat by their opponents who overwhelm their feeble arguments with historical facts, manuscript evidence and too obvious workings of the Holy Spirit.  Once inside, they turn self-confidently to their foes and ask with a smug look, “Which King James do you use, the 1611 or the 1629 or perhaps

Once inside, they turn self-confidently to their foes and ask with a smug look, “Which King James do you use, the 1611 or the 1629 or perhaps the 1769?”   I have been asked this by MANY Pastors, however, I have done my homework and they don’t get away with this with me.  The shock of this attack and the momentary confusion that results usually allows them time to make good their escape, but not with me and it shouldn’t be with you either!

Unfortunately, upon entering their castle and closing the door behind them they find that their fortress has been systematically torn down, brick by brick, by a man named Dr. David F. Reagan.

Dr. Reagan pastors the Antioch Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He has written a devastating expose on the early editions of the King James Bible entitled, “The King James Version of 1611–the Myth of Early Revisions.”

Dr. Reagan has done an excellent job of destroying the last stronghold of Bible critics.  I see neither a way nor a reason to try to improve on his finding. So I have secured his permission to reproduce his pamphlet in its entirety:


THE KING JAMES VERSION OF 1611
THE MYTH OF EARLY REVISIONS
Introduction

Men have been “handling the word of God deceitfully” (II Cor. 4:2) ever since the devil first taught Eve how. From Cain to Balaam, from Jehudi to the scribes and Pharisees, from the Dark Age theologians to present-day scholars, the living words of the Almighty God have been prime targets for man’s corrupting hand. The attacks on the Word of God are threefold: addition, subtraction, and substitution. From Adam’s day to the computer age, the strategies have remained the same. There is nothing new under the sun.

One attack which is receiving quite a bit of attention these days is a direct attack on the Word of God as preserved in the English language: the King James Version of 1611. The attack referred to is the myth which claims that since the King James Version has already been revised four times, there should be and can be no valid objection to other revisions. This myth was used by the English Revisers of 1881 and has been revived in recent years by Fundamentalist scholars hoping to sell their latest translation. This book is given as an answer to this attack. The purpose of the material is not to convince those who would deny this preservation but to strengthen the faith of those who already believe in a preserved English Bible.

One major question often arises in any attack such as this. How far should we go in answering the critics? If we were to attempt to answer every shallow objection to the infallibility of the English Bible, we would never be able to accomplish anything else. Sanity must prevail somewhere. As always, the answer is in God’s Word. Proverbs 26:4-5 states: Answer not a food according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

Obviously, there are times when a foolish query should be ignored and times when it should be met with an answer. If to answer the attack will make you look as foolish as the attacker, then the best answer is to ignore the question. For instance, if you are told that the Bible cannot be infallible because so-and-so believes that it is, and he is divorced, then you may safely assume that silence is the best answer. On the other hand, there are often questions and problems that, if true, would be serious. To ignore these issues would be to leave the Bible attacker wise in his own conceit. I believe that the question of revisions to the King James Version of 1611 is a question of the second class. If the King James Version has undergone four major revisions of its text, then to oppose further revisions on the basis of an established English text would truly be faulty. For this reason, this attack should and must be answered. Can the argument be answered? Certainly! That is the purpose of this book.

I–THE PRINTING CONDITIONS OF 1611
If God did preserve His Word in the English language through the Authorized Version of 1611 (and He did), then where is our authority for the infallible wording? Is it in the notes of the translators? Or is it to be found in the proof copy sent to the printers? If so, then our authority is lost because these papers are lost. But, you say, the authority is in the first copy which came off the printing press. Alas, that copy has also certainly perished. In fact, if the printing of the English Bible followed the pattern of most printing jobs, the first copy was probably discarded because of bad quality. That leaves us with existing copies of the first printing. They are the ones often pointed out as the standard by which all other King James Bibles are to be compared. But are they? Can those early printers of the first edition not be allowed to make printing errors? We need to establish one thing from the outset. The authority for our preserved English text is not found in any human work. The authority for our preserved and infallible English text is in God! Printers may foul up at times and humans will still make plenty of errors, but God in His power and mercy will preserve His text despite the weaknesses of fallible man. Now, let us look at the pressures on a printer in the year of 1611.

Although the printing press had been invented in 1450 by Johann Gutenburg in Germany (161 years before the 1611 printing), the equipment used by the printer had changed very little. Printing was still very slow and difficult. All type was set by hand, one piece at a time (that’s one piece at a time through the whole Bible), and errors were an expected part of any completed book. Because of this difficulty and also because the 1611 printers had no earlier editions from which to profit, the very first edition of the King James version had a number of printing errors. As shall later be demonstrated, these were not the sort of textual alterations which are freely made in modern bibles. They were simple, obvious printing errors of the sort that can still be found at times in recent editions even with all of the advantages of modern printing. These errors do not render a Bible useless, but they should be corrected in later editions.

The two original printings of the Authorized Version demonstrate the difficulty of printing in 1611 without making mistakes. Both editions were printed in Oxford. Both were printed in the same year: 1611. The same printers did both jobs. Most likely, both editions were printed on the same printing press. Yet, in a strict comparison of the two editions, approximately 100 textual differences can be found. In the same vein the King James critics can find only about 400 alleged textual alterations in the King James Version after 375 years of printing and four so-called revisions! Something is rotten in Scholarsville! The time has come to examine these “revisions.”

II–THE FOUR SO-CALLED REVISIONS OF THE 1611 KJV
Much of the information in this section is taken from a book by F.H.A. Scrivener called The Authorized Edition of the English Bible (1611), Its Subsequent Reprints and Modern Representatives. The book is as pedantic as its title indicates. The interesting point is that Scrivener, who published this book in 1884, was a member of the Revision Committee of 1881. He was not a King James Bible believer, and therefore his material is not biased toward the Authorized Version. In the section of Scrivener’s book dealing with the KJV “revisions,” one initial detail is striking. The first two so-called major revisions of the King James Bible occurred within 27 years of the original printing. (The language must have been changing very rapidly in those days.) The 1629 edition of the Bible printed in Cambridge is said to have been the first revision. A revision it was not, but simply a careful correction of earlier printing errors. Not only was this edition completed just eighteen years after the translation, but two of the men who participated in this printing, Dr. Samuel Ward and John Bois, had worked on the original translation of the King James Version. Who better to correct early errors than two who had worked on the original translation! Only nine years later and in Cambridge again, another edition came out which is supposed to have been the second major revision. Both Ward and Bois were still alive, but it is not known if they participated at this time. But even Scrivener, who as you remember worked on the English Revised Version of 1881, admitted that the Cambridge printers had simply reinstated words and clauses overlooked by the 1611 printers and amended manifest errors. According to a study which will be detailed later, 72% of the approximately 400 textual corrections in the KJV were completed by the time of the 1638 Cambridge edition, only 27 years after the original printing!

Just as the first two so-called revisions were actually two stages of one process–the purification of early printing errors–so the last two so-called revisions were two stages in another process–the standardization of the spelling. These two editions were only seven years apart (1762 and 1769) with the second one completing what the first had started. But when the scholars are numbering revisions, two sounds better than one. Very few textual corrections were necessary at this time. The thousands of alleged changes are spelling changes made to match the established correct forms. These spelling changes will be discussed later. Suffice it to say at this time that the tale of four major revisions is truly a fraud and a myth. But you say, there are still changes whether they be few or many. What are you going to do with the changes that are still there? Let us now examine the character of these changes.

III–THE SO-CALLED THOUSANDS OF CHANGES
Suppose someone were to take you to a museum to see an original copy of the King James Version. You come to the glass case where the Bible is displayed and look down at the opened Bible through the glass. Although you are not allowed to flip through its pages, you can readily tell that there are some very different things about this Bible from the one you own. You can hardly read its words, and those you can make out are spelled in odd and strange ways. Like others before you, you leave with the impression that the King James Version has undergone a multitude of changes since its original printing in 1611. But beware, you have just been taken by a very clever ploy. The differences you saw are not what they seem to be. Let’s examine the evidence.

Printing Changes

For proper examination, the changes can be divided into three kinds: printing changes, spelling changes, and textual changes. Printing changes will be considered first. The type style used in 1611 by the KJV translators was the Gothic Type Style. The type style you are reading right now and are familiar with is Roman Type. Gothic Type is sometimes called Germanic because it originated in Germany. Remember, that is where printing was invented. The Gothic letters were formed to resemble the hand-drawn manuscript lettering of the Middle Ages. At first, it was the only style in use. The Roman Type Style was invented fairly early, but many years passed before it became the predominant style in most European countries. Gothic continued to be used in Germany until recent years. In 1611 in England, Roman Type was already very popular and would soon supersede the Gothic. However, the original printers chose the Gothic Style for the KJV because it was considered to be more beautiful and eloquent than the Roman. But the change to Roman Type was not long in coming. In 1612, the first King James Version using Roman Type was printed. Within a few years, all the Bibles printed used the Roman Type Style.

Please realize that a change in type style no more alters the text of the Bible than a change in format or type size does. However, the modern reader who has not become familiar with Gothic can find it very difficult to understand. Besides some general change in form, several specific letter changes need to be observed. For instance, the Gothic “s” looks like the Roman “s” when used as a capital letter or at the end of a word. But when it is used as a lower case “s” at the beginning or in the middle of a word, the letter looks like our “f.” Therefore, also becomes alfo and set becomes fet. Another variation is found in the German “v” and “u.” The Gothic “v” looks like a Roman “u” while the Gothic “u” looks like a Roman “v.” This explains why our “w” is called a double-u and not a double-v. Sound confusing? It is until you get used to it. In the 1611 edition, love is loue, us is vs, and ever is euer. But remember, these are not even spelling changes. They are simply type style changes. In another instance, the Gothic “j” looks like our “i.” So Jesus becomes Iefus (notice the middle “s” changed to “f”) and joy becomes ioy. Even the Gothic “d” had the stem leaning back over the circle in a shape resembling that of the Greek Delta. These changes account for a large percentage of the “thousands” of changes in the KJV, yet they do no harm whatsoever to the text. They are nothing more than a smokescreen set up by the attackers of our English Bible.

Spelling Changes

Another kind of change found in the history of the Authorized Version are changes of orthography or spelling. Most histories date the beginning of Modern English around the year 1500. Therefore, by 1611 the grammatical structure and basic vocabulary of present-day English had long been established. However, the spelling did not stabilize at the same time. In the 1600s spelling was according to whim. There was no such thing as correct spelling. No standards had been established. An author often spelled the same word several different ways, often in the same book and sometimes on the same page. And these were the educated people. Some of you reading this today would have found the 1600s a spelling paradise. Not until the eighteenth century did the spelling begin to take a stable form. Therefore, in the last half of the eighteenth century, the spelling of the King James Version of 1611 was standardized.

What kind of spelling variations can you expect to find between your present edition and the 1611 printing? Although every spelling difference cannot be categorized, several characteristics are very common. Additional “e”‘s were often found at the end of the words such as feare, darke, and beare. Also, double vowels were much more common than they are today. You would find mee, bee, and mooued instead of me, be, and moved. Double consonants were also much more common. What would ranne, euill, and ftarres be according to present- day spelling? See if you can figure them out. The present-day spellings would be ran, evil, and stars. These typographical and spelling changes account for almost all of the so-called thousands of changes in the King James Bible. None of them alter the text in any way. Therefore they cannot be honestly compared with thousands of true textual changes which are blatantly made in the modern versions.

Textual Changes

Almost all of the alleged changes have been accounted for. We now come to the question of actual textual differences between our present editions and that of 1611. There are some differences between the two, but they are not the changes of a revision. They are instead the correction of early printing errors. That this is a fact may be seen in three things: (1) the character of the changes, (2) the frequency of the changes throughout the Bible, and (3) the time the changes were made. First, let us look at the character of the changes made from the time of the first printing of the Authorized English Bible. The changes from the 1611 edition that are admittedly textual are obviously printing errors because of the nature of these changes. They are not textual changes made to alter the reading. In the first printing, words were sometimes inverted. Sometimes a plural was written as singular or vice versa. At times a word was miswritten for one that was similar. A few times a word or even a phrase was omitted. The omissions were obvious and did not have the doctrinal implications of those found in modern translations. In fact, there is really no comparison between the corrections made in the King James text and those proposed by the scholars of today.

F.H.A. Scrivener, in the appendix of his book, lists the variations between the 1611 edition of the KJV and later printings. A sampling of these corrections is given below. In order to be objective, the samples give the first textual correction on consecutive left-hand pages of Scrivener’s book. The 1611 reading is given first; then the present reading; and finally, the date the correction was first made.

1 this thing–this thing also (1638)

2 shalt have remained–ye shall have remained (1762)

3 Achzib, nor Helbath, nor Aphik–of Achzib, nor of Helbath, nor of Aphik (1762)

4 requite good–requite me good (1629)

5 this book of the Covenant–the book of this covenant (1629)

6 chief rulers–chief ruler (1629)

7 And Parbar–At Parbar (1638)

8 For this cause–And for this cause (1638)

9 For the king had appointed–for so the king had appointed (1629)

10 Seek good–seek God (1617)

11 The cormorant–But the cormorant (1629)

12 returned–turned (1769)

13 a fiery furnace–a burning fiery furnace (1638)

14 The crowned–Thy crowned (1629)

15 thy right doeth–thy right hand doeth (1613)

16 the wayes side–the way side (1743)

17 which was a Jew–which was a Jewess (1629)

18 the city–the city of the Damascenes (1629)

19 now and ever–both now and ever (1638)

20 which was of our father’s–which was our fathers (1616)

Before your eyes are 5% of the textual changes made in the King James Version in 375 years. Even if they were not corrections of previous errors, they would be of no comparison to modern alterations. But they are corrections of printing errors, and therefore no comparison is at all possible. Look at the list for yourself and you will find only one that has serious doctrinal implications. In fact, in an examination of Scrivener’s entire appendix, it is the only variation found by this author that could be accused of being doctrinal. I am referring to Psalm 69:32 where the 1611 edition has “seek good” when the Bible should have read “seek God.” Yet, even with this error, two points demonstrate that this was indeed a printing error. First, the similarity of the words “good” and “God” in spelling shows how easily a weary typesetter could misread the proof and put the wrong word in the text. Second, this error was so obvious that it was caught and corrected in the year 1617, only six years after the original printing and well before the first so-called revision. The myth that there are several major revisions to the 1611 KJV should be getting clearer. But there is more.

Not only does the character of the changes show them to be printing errors, so does their frequency. Fundamentalist scholars refer to the thousands of revisions made to the 1611 as if they were on a par with the recent bible versions. They are not. The overwhelming majority of them are either type style or spelling changes. The few which do remain are clearly corrections of printing errors made because of the tediousness involved in the early printing process. The sample list given above will demonstrate just how careful Scrivener was in listing all the variations. Yet, even with this great care, only approximately 400 variations are named between the 1611 edition and modern copies. Remember that there were 100 variations between the first two Oxford editions which were both printed in 1611. Since there are almost 1200 chapters in the Bible, the average variation per chapter (after 375 years) is one third, i.e., one correction per every three chapters. These are changes such as “chief rulers” to “chief ruler” and “And Parbar” to “At Parbar.” But there is yet one more evidence that these variations are simply corrected printing errors: the early date at which they were corrected.

The character and frequency of the textual changes clearly separate them from modern alterations. But the time the changes were made settles the issue absolutely. The great majority of the 400 corrections were made within a few years of the original printing. Take, for example, our earlier sampling. Of the twenty corrections listed, one was made in 1613, one in 1616, one in 1617, eight in 1629, five in 1638, one in 1743, two in 1762, and one in 1769. That means that 16 out of 20 corrections, or 80%, were made within twenty-seven years of the 1611 printing. That is hardly the long drawn out series of revisions the scholars would have you to believe. In another study made by examining every other page of Scrivener’s appendix in detail, 72% of the textual corrections were made by 1638. There is no “revision” issue.

The character of the textual changes is that of obvious errors. The frequency of the textual changes is sparse, occurring only once per three chapters. The chronology of the textual changes is early with about three fourths of them occurring within twenty-seven years of the first printing. All of these details establish the fact that there were no true revisions in the sense of updating the language or correcting translation errors. There were only editions which corrected early typographical errors. Our source of authority for the exact wording of the 1611 Authorized Version is not in the existing copies of the first printing. Our source of authority for the exact wording of our English Bible is in the preserving power of Almighty God. Just as God did not leave us the original autographs to fight and squabble over, so He did not see fit to leave us the proof copy of the translation. Our authority is in the hand of God as always. You can praise the Lord for that!

IV–CHANGES IN THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES
An in-depth study of the changes made in the book of Ecclesiastes would help to illustrate the principles stated above. The author is grateful to Dr. David Reese of Millbrook, Alabama, for his work in this area. By comparing a 1611 reprint of the original edition put out by Thomas Nelson & Sons with recent printing of the King James Version, Dr. Reese was able to locate four variations in the book of Ecclesiastes. The reference is given first; then the text of the Thomas Nelson 1611 reprint. This is followed by the reading of the present editions of the 1611 KJV and the date the change was made:

1 1:5 the place–his place (1638)

2 2:16 shall be–shall all be (1629)

3 8:17 out, yea further–out, yet he shall not find it; yea farther (1629)

4 11:17 thing is it–thing it is (?)

Several things should be noted about these changes. The last variation (“thing is it” to “thing it is”) is not mentioned by Scrivener who was a very careful and accurate scholar. Therefore, this change may be a misprint in the Thomas Nelson reprint. That would be interesting. The corrected omission in chapter eight is one of the longest corrections of the original printing. But notice that it was corrected in 1629. The frequency of printing errors is average (four errors in twelve chapters). But the most outstanding fact is that the entire book of Ecclesiastes reads exactly like our present editions without even printing errors by the year 1638. That’s more than 350 years ago. By that time, the Bible was being printed in Roman type. Therefore, all (and I mean all) that has changed in 350 years in the book of Ecclesiastes is that the spelling has been standardized! As stated before, the main purpose of the 1629 and 1638 Cambridge editions was the correction of earlier printing errors. And the main purpose of the 1762 and 1769 editions was the standardization of spelling.

V–THE SO-CALLED JUSTIFICATION FOR OTHER REVISIONS
Maybe now you see that the King James Version of 1611 has not been revised but only corrected. But why does it make that much difference? Although there are several reasons why this issue is important, the most pressing one is that fundamentalist scholars are using this myth of past revisions to justify their own tampering with the text. The editors of the New King James Version have probably been the worst in recent years to use this propaganda ploy. In the preface of the New King James they have stated, “For nearly four hundred years, and throughout several revisions of its English form, the King James Bible has been deeply revered among the English- speaking peoples of the world.” In the midst of their flowery rhetoric, they strongly imply that their edition is only a continuation of the revisions that have been going on for the past 375 years. This implication, which has been stated directly by others, could not be more false. To prove this point, we will go back to the book of Ecclesiastes.

An examination of the first chapter in Ecclesiastes in the New King James Version reveals approximately 50 changes from our present edition. In order to be fair, spelling changes (cometh to comes; labour to labor, etc.) were not included in this count. That means there are probably about 600 alterations in the book of Ecclesiastes and approximately 60,000 changes in the entire Bible. If you accuse me of including every recognizable change, you are correct. But I am only counting the sort of changes which were identified in analyzing the 1611 King James. That’s only fair. Still, the number of changes is especially baffling for a version which claims to be an updating in the same vein as earlier revisions. According to the fundamentalist scholar, the New King James is only a fifth in a series of revisions. Then pray tell me how four “revisions” and 375 years brought only 400 changes while the fifth revision brought about 60,000 additional changes? That means that the fifth revision made 150 times more changes than the total number of changes in the first four! That’s preposterous!

Not only is the frequency of the changes unbelievable, but the character of the alterations is serious. Although many of the alterations seem harmless enough at first glance, many are much more serious. The editors of the New King James Version were sly enough not to alter the most serious blunders of the modern bibles. Yet, they were not afraid to change the reading in those places that are unfamiliar to the average fundamentalist. In these areas, the New King James Version is dangerous. Below are some of the more harmful alterations made in the book of Ecclesiastes. The reference is given first; then the reading as found in the King James Version; and last, the reading as found in the New King James Version.

1:13 sore travail; grievous task

1:14 vexation of spirit; grasping for the wind

1:16 my heart had great experience of wisdom; My heart has understood great wisdom

2:3 to give myself unto; to gratify my flesh with

2:3 acquainting; guiding

2:21 equity; skill

3:10 the travail, which God hath given; the God-given task

3:11 the world; eternity

3:18 that might manifest them; God tests them

3:18 they themselves are beasts; they themselves are like beasts

3:22 portion; heritage

4:4 right work; skillful work

5:1 Keep thy foot; Walk prudently

5:6 the angel; the messenger of God

5:8 he that is higher than the highest; high official

5:20 God answereth him; God keeps him busy

6:3 untimely birth; stillborn child

7:29 inventions; schemes

8:1 boldness; sternness

8:10 the place of the holy; the place of holiness

10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour; Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment

10:10 If the iron be blunt; If the ax is dull

10:10 wisdom is profitable to direct; wisdom brings success

12:9 gave good heed; pondered

12:11 the masters of assemblies; scholars

This is only a sampling of the changes in the book, but notice what is done. Equity, which is a trait of godliness, becomes skill (2:21). The world becomes eternity (3:11). Man without God is no longer a beast but just like a beast (3:18). The clear reference to deity in Ecclesiastes 5:8 (“he that is higher than the highest”) is successfully removed (“higher official”). But since success is what wisdom is supposed to bring us (10:10), this must be progress. At least God is keeping the scholars busy (5:20). Probably the most revealing of the above mentioned changes is the last one listed where “the masters of assemblies” become “scholars.” According to the New King James, “the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd.” The masters of assemblies are replaced by the scholars who become the source of the Shepherd’s words. That is what these scholars would like us to think, but it is not true.

In conclusion, the New King James is not a revision in the vein of former revisions of the King James Version. It is instead an entirely new translation. As stated in the introduction, the purpose of this book is not to convince those who use the other versions. The purpose of this book is to expose a fallacious argument that has been circulating in fundamentalist circles for what it is: an overblown myth. That is, the myth that the New King James Version and others like it are nothing more than a continuation of revisions which have periodically been made to the King James Version since 1611. There is one problem with this theory. There are no such revisions.

The King James Bible of 1611 has not undergone four (or any) major revisions. Therefore, the New King James Version is not a continuation of what has gone on before. It should in fact be called the Thomas Nelson Version. They hold the copyright. The King James Version we have today has not been revised but purified. We still have no reason to doubt that the Bible we hold in our hands is the very word of God preserved for us in the English language. The authority for its veracity lies not in the first printing of the King James Version in 1611, or in the character of King James I, or in the scholarship of the 1611 translators, or in the literary accomplishments of Elizabethan England, or even in the Greek Received Text. Our authority for the infallible words of the English Bible lies in the power and promise of God to preserve His Word! God has the power. We have His Word.


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Changes in the King James Version

In 1769 the Oxford University Press published an edition of the King James Version in which many small changes were made.  These changes were of five kinds:

1. Greater and more regular use of italics;

2. minor changes in the text;

3. the adoption of modern spelling;

4. changes in the marginal notes and references; and,

5. correction of printers’ errors.

This edition soon came to be known as “The Oxford Standard” edition, because it was widely accepted as a standard text by commentators and other publishers.  The editions of the King James version published in our century generally reproduce this Oxford edition of 1769, with or without the marginal notes.  The following information is given so that the reader may gain an accurate impression of how far the modern editions differ from the original King James Version of 1611.

§ 1. ITALICIZED WORDS OR PHRASES

The King James Version was originally printed in the type style known as “black letter,” which has the following appearance:

The booke of the generation of Iesus Christ

Words of the translation which were supplied to make the sense clear, but which were not represented in the Greek text used by the translators, were often set in small “roman” type:

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled.

In later editions, the ordinary text was set in roman type, with the supplied words in italics:

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled.

This typographical feature was not employed very consistently in the 1611 edition; in many places, the supplied words are not indicated as one might expect. This inconsistency was probably the fault of the printer’s compositors, who very often modified even the spelling of words in order to lengthen or shorten a line of type.

The editors of the 1769 Oxford edition undertook, therefore, to regularize the use of italics by italicizing all words of the translation which did not have a counterpart in the text of Stephens 1550. Consequently, modern editions of the King James version are much more heavily italicized than the original: In Matthew, the 1611 edition uses roman type 69 times, whereas the more exact 1769 edition uses italics 384 times. The reader should be aware of the fact that the King James version is not, strictly speaking, a translation of Estienne 1550; and so in some cases, the modern italics are misleading if used as an indication of the readings upon which the version is based. For example, in Mark 8:14 the modern editions italicize the words the disciples because they are not in Estienne, but it is evident that here the King James translators were following, as usual, the text of Beza 1598, where the words hoi mathetai are found. The following is a complete list of such cases.

Abbreviations:
S – Stephens 1550
B – Beza 1598
E – Elzevir 1624
C – Complutensian Polyglot 1522
Er – Erasmus 1527
Vul – Clementine Vulgate 1592
Tyn – Tyndale 1535
Gen – Genevan Bible 1560
Bish – Bishops Bible 1568
Mark 8:14 Modern editions italicize the disciples, in accordance with S E. But the text of 1611 was probably based upon B.
Mark 9:42 Modern editions italicize these, in accordance with S B E. But the text of 1611 was probably based upon C Vul.
John 8:6 Modern editions italicize as though he heard them not at end of verse, in accordance with S B E. But the text of 1611 was probably based upon C S1546 S1549 and the Bishops’ Bible.
Acts 1:4 Modern editions italicize them after assembled together with, in accordance with S E. But the text of 1611 was probably based upon B.
Acts 26:3 Modern editions italicize because I know, in accordance with S E. But the text of 1611 was probably based upon B.
Acts 26:18 Modern editions italicize and before to turn, in accordance with S E. But the text of 1611 was probably based upon B.
1 Cor 14:10 Modern editions print the words of them in ordinary type, in accordance with S B E. But the text of 1611 had them in italics, in accordance with Vul.
Heb 12:24 Modern editions italicize that of before Abel, in accordance with S B E. But the text of 1611 was probably based upon Er.
1 John 3:16 Modern editions italicize of God after love, in accordance with S E. But the text of 1611 was probably based upon C B.
Rev 11:14 Modern editions italicize and before behold, in accordance with S. But the text of 1611 was probably based upon B Vul.
Rev 19:18 Modern editions italicize both before free, in accordance with S B E. But the text of 1611 was probably based upon C.

§ 2. MINOR ALTERATIONS OF THE TEXT

The following list includes all changes to the text of 1611 which do not involve the correction of obvious errors of the press (examples of which are given in § 5 below), or changes of spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. Most of these changes were made with reference to the text of Estienne 1550, and with a view to greater clarity or accuracy. The changes marked with an asterisk “*” are all those which are considered improper or unnecessary by F.H.A. Scrivener, an eminent authority on the text of the KJV, in his book, The Authorized Edition of the English Bible (1611), its subsequent Reprints and Modern Representatives. (Cambridge: University Press, 1884).

* Mat 3:12 Add he before will burn up. Rejected by Scrivener.
Mat 6:3 Add hand after right. Approved by Scrivener.
* Mat 9:34 Omit the before devils.
* Mat 12:23 Add not before this the son.
* Mat 13:6 Read had no root instead of had not root.
Mat 16:16 Add the before Christ.
Mat 16:19 Add and before whatsoever thou shalt loose.
Mat 26:75 Read word instead of words.
Mat 27:22 Read Pilate saith instead of Pilate said.
* Mat 27:52 Add the before saints.
Mark 2:4 Add the before press.
Mark 5:6 Read he ran instead of he came.
* Mark 6:7 Read he called instead of he calleth.
* Mark 6:53 Read Gennesaret instead of Genesareth. 1611 followed another source. 1769: S B E. 1611: Er Vul.
Mark 10:18 Read [there is] none good but one instead of there is no man good, but one.
Mark 11:8 Read branches off the trees instead of branches of the trees.
Luke 1:3 Add all before things.
Luke 1:74 Read hand instead of hands.
Luke 3:21 Omit and before it came to pass.
* Luke 8:8 Add had before said.
* Luke 11:16 Read others instead of other.
Luke 17:34 Add and before the other shall be left.
* Luke 18:9 Read others instead of other.
Luke 19:9 Read a son of Abraham instead of the son of Abraham.
Luke 20:12 Read sent a third instead of sent the third.
Luke 23:19 Read cast into prison instead of cast in prison.
John 5:18 Transpose not only because he to because he not only.
John 7:16 Add and said after Jesus answered them.
John 8:30 Read these words instead of those words.
John 11:3 Read his sisters instead of his sister.
* John 11:34 Read They said unto him instead of They say unto him.
John 12:22 Read tell Jesus instead of told Jesus.
John 15:20 Read than his lord instead of than the Lord.
* John 16:25 Add but before the time. 1611 followed another source. 1769: S B E. 1611: Er Vul.
John 21:17 Read He saith unto him instead of he said unto him.
Acts 2:22 Add and before wonders.
* Acts 5:34 Add the before law.
Acts 7:35 Read by the hand instead of by the hands.
Acts 8:32 Read his shearer instead of the shearer.
* Acts 10:9 Add top after upon the house.
* Acts 18:5 Add the before spirit.
* Acts 19:19 Transpose also of them to of them also.
* Acts 24:14 Add in before the prophets.
Acts 24:24 Read Jewess instead of Jew.
Acts 27:18 Read And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next [day] instead of And being exceedingly tossed with a tempest the next day.
Rom 3:24 Read Christ Jesus instead of Jesus Christ.
Rom 4:12 Add who before also walk.
Rom 6:12 Transpose reign therefore to therefore reign.
* Rom 7:2 Read law of her husband instead of law of the husband.
Rom 7:13 Transpose Was that then to Was then that.
Rom 11:28 Read for your sakes instead of for your sake.
Rom 12:2 Read and acceptable instead of that acceptable.
Rom 14:6 Read regardeth the day instead of regardeth a day.
Rom 14:10 Add for before we shall all stand.
* 1 Cor 4:9 Read appointed to death instead of approved to death.
1 Cor 7:32 Read things that belong instead of things that belongeth.
1 Cor 10:28 Add for before the earth is.
1 Cor 12:28 Read helps, governments instead of helps in governments.
* 1 Cor 13:2 Read have not charity instead of have no charity.
* 1 Cor 14:15 Add I before will pray.
* 1 Cor 14:18 Read than ye all instead of than you all.
1 Cor 14:23 Read one place instead of some place.
1 Cor 15:6 Read After that instead of And that.
1 Cor 15:41 Read and another glory of the moon instead of another of the moon.
1 Cor 15:48 Add also before that are earthy.
1 Cor 16:22 Read anathema, Maranatha instead of Anathema Maranatha.
* 2 Cor 5:1 Read made with hands instead of made with hand.
2 Cor 5:2 Read groan, earnestly desiring instead of groan earnestly, desiring.
2 Cor 5:20 Omit that before be ye reconciled.
2 Cor 8:21 Add also before in the sight.
2 Cor 9:5 Add and before not.
2 Cor 9:5 Add as before of covetousness.
2 Cor 9:6 Add also after reap twice.
2 Cor 11:26 Read journeyings instead of journeying.
2 Cor 11:32 Add of the Damascenes after the city.
* Gal Title Add the Apostle before to the Galatians. 1611 followed another source. 1769: E. 1611: S.
Gal 3:13 Add a before tree.
* Gal 5:15 Add that after take heed.
* Eph 1:9 Read hath purposed instead of had purposed.
Eph 4:24 Read the new man instead of that new man.
* Eph 6:24 Add Amen at end of verse. 1611 followed another source. 1769: S E. 1611: Vul.
Phil 4:6 Read requests instead of request.
2 Th 2:14 Read our Lord Jesus Christ instead of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Tim 1:4 Add godly before edifying.
* 1 Tim 2:9 Read shamefacedness instead of shamefastness.
2 Tim 1:7 Add and before of love.
* 2 Tim 1:12 Omit I before am persuaded.
2 Tim 2:19 Read this seal instead of the seal.
2 Tim 4:8 Add all before them also.
2 Tim 4:13 Add and the books after bring [with thee].
Heb 3:10 Read their heart instead of their hearts.
Heb 8:8 Add with before the house of Judah.
Heb 11:23 Add were before not afraid.
Heb 12:1 Omit unto before the race.
James 5:2 Add are before motheaten.
1 Pet 2:1 Add all before evil speakings.
1 Pet 2:5 Read sacrifices instead of sacrifice.
1 Pet 2:6 Add also after Wherefore.
* 1 Pet 5:10 Read called us unto instead of called us into.
1 John 2:16 Add and before the lust of the eyes.
* 1 John 3:17 Read have need instead of hath need.
1 John 5:12 Add of God after hath not the Son.
Jude 1:25 Add both before now and ever.
Rev 1:4 Add which are before in Asia.
Rev 1:11 Add unto before Philadelphia.
Rev 5:13 Add and before honour.
Rev 5:13 Add and before glory.
Rev 12:14 Read fly instead of flee.
Rev 13:6 Read them that dwell instead of them that dwelt.
* Rev 17:4 Read precious stones instead of precious stone.
* Rev 22:2 Read on either side instead of of either side.

§ 3. MODERNIZED SPELLING, CAPITALIZATION, AND PUNCTUATION

The following lists show every instance of altered spelling, capitalization, and punctuation from the first chapter of Matthew.

Spelling

It will be noticed below that fourteen is spelled two different ways in the 1611 edition: This is because early printers employed various spellings according to the requirements of space, i.e., they would lengthen or shorten the words orthographically in order to present the text in neatly justified columns. The ampersand (&) was frequently used instead of the word and for the same reason. Another graphic abbreviation sometimes used is the form ye (properly pronounced, the) instead of a fully written the.

begate/begat     dreame/dream hee/he sleepe/sleep
bin/been feare/fear knewe/knew sonne/son
booke/book foorth/forth publique/publick tooke/took
borne/born foureteene/fourteen shee/she untill/until
childe/child fourteene/fourteen sinnes/sins &/and

Capitalization

The use of capital letters in the 1611 edition was somewhat irregular, but in general, it may be observed that, in addition to proper nouns, common nouns referring to important persons were often capitalized, after the custom of the times. Pronouns referring to persons of the Trinity were not capitalized. Because each verse of the translation was printed as one paragraph, the first word of every verse was also capitalized. Below are listed all changes from the first chapter of Matthew.

1611 1769
Angel of the Lord angel of the Lord
holy Ghost Holy Ghost
his Name Jesus his name JESUS
Behold, a Virgin Behold, a virgin

Punctuation

The 1611 edition was more heavily punctuated than our modern editions, as is generally true for older books; but it appears that sometimes the punctuation was influenced by mere considerations of space, as in the second example below.

1611 So all the generations from Abraham to David, are fourteene …
1769 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen …
1611 Then Joseph her husband being a just man, and not willing …
1769 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing …
1611 That which is conceived in her, is of the holy Ghost
1769 That which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost

§ 4. MARGINAL CHANGES IN THE OXFORD EDITION OF 1769

In the first edition of the King James Vversion, marginal notes indicating various renderings or readings appeared in 775 places in the New Testament. Of these notes, 34 evidently referred to various readings of the Greek manuscripts. They appear in the following places: Mat 1:11, 7:14, 24:31, 26:26; Mark 7:3, 9:16; Luke 2:38, 10:22, 17:36; John 18:13; Acts 13:18, 25:6; Rom. 5:17, 7:6, 8:11; 1 Cor. 15:31; Gal. 4:15, 4:17; Eph. 6:9; 1 Tim. 6:5; Heb. 4:2, 9:2; James 2:18; 1 Pet. 1:4, 2:21; 2 Pet. 2:2, 2:11, 2:18; 2 John 1:8; Rev. 3:14, 6:8, 13:1, 13:5, 17:5.

The editors of the 1769 edition left all of the original marginal readings and renderings unchanged but added 87 more notes, of which 17 referred to various readings of the Greek manuscripts. The following is a list of all notes added to Matthew.

1:20 Gr. begotten.
1:21 That is, Saviour.
5:22 That is, Vain fellow.
6:1 Or, righteousness.
10:10 Gr. a staff.
10:25 Gr. Beelzebul.
12:24 Gr. Beelzebul.
14:6 Gr. in the midst.
16:22 Gr. Pity thyself.
21:19 Gr. one fig tree.
22:26 Gr. seven.
23:23 Gr. anethon, dill.
24:33 Or, he.
28:19 Or, make disciples, or, Christians of all nations.

Below are listed all of the alternatives added to the margin in 1769 which evidently refer to various readings of the Greek text.

Mat 6:1. Read righteousness instead of alms. 1769 margin: Vul. Text: S B E.
Mat 10:10. Read a staff instead of staves. 1769 margin: S B E. Text: C S1546 S1549.
Luke 22:42. Read willing to remove instead of willing, remove. 1769 margin: S B E. Text: unknown.
John 7:50. Read to him instead of to Jesus. 1769 margin: S B E. Text: Tyndale.
Acts 7:44. Read who spake instead of speaking. 1769 margin: S B E. Text: Vulgate.
Acts 8:13. Transpose miracles and signs to signs and miracles. 1769 margin: S B E. Text: unknown.
Acts 8:13. Add great before miracles. 1769 margin: S B E. Text: unknown.
2 Cor 10:10. Read saith he instead of say they. 1769 margin: S. Text: B Vul.
Heb 10:2. Omit not and render For then they would have ceased to be offered. Because. 1769 margin: B E Vul. Text: S.
Heb 10:17. Add Then he said at beginning of verse. 1769 margin: no editors. The note evidently refers to the reading of the recently discovered Harclean Syriac version. Text: S B E.
James 4:2. Read ye envy instead of ye kill. 1769 margin: Er. Text: S B E.
2 Pet 1:1. Read Simeon Peter instead of Simon Peter. 1769 margin: S B E. Text: C Vul.
2 Pet 1:1. Read righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus instead of righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus. 1769 margin: S. Text: unknown (B E read of our God and our Saviour Jesus).
2 John 1:3. Read shall be with instead of be with. 1769 margin: S B E. Text: Vulgate.
2 John 1:12. Read your joy instead of our joy. 1769 margin: Vul. Text: S E B.
Rev 15:3. Read nations instead of saints. 1769 margin: C. Text: S B E.
Rev. 15:3. Read ages instead of saints. 1769 margin: Vul. Text: S B E.
Rev 21:7. Read these things instead of all things. 1769 margin: C Vul. Text: S B E.
Rev 22:19. Read from the tree of life instead of out of the book of life. 1769 margin: C Vul. Text: S B E.

MARGINAL REFERENCES TO THE APOCRYHA DELETED

The total number of references to the Apocrypha in the margins of the Old and New Testaments of the King James version as printed in 1611 is 113. Of this number, 102 are in the Old Testament, and 11 in the New. The New Testament passages with references to the Apocrypha are as follows:

Mat 6:7 Ecclesiasticus 7:14
Mat 23:37 2 Esdras 1:30
Mat 27:43 Wisdom 2:15-16
Luke 6:31 Tobit 4:15
Luke 14:13 Tobit 4:7
John 10:22 1 Maccabees 4:59
Rom 9:21 Wisdom 15:7
Rom 11:34 Wisdom 9:13
2 Cor 9:7 Ecclesiasticus 35:9
Heb 1:3 Wisdom 7:26
Heb 11:35 2 Maccabees 7:7

§ 5. ORIGINAL ERRORS OF THE PRESS CORRECTED

The following changes are all from Matthew.

4:25 great great great
5:47 do you do ye
8:25 awoke, saying awoke him, saying
21:20 away? away!
26:34 might night

§ 6. BIBLIOGRAPHY

For the student who wishes to learn more concerning the history of the King James version, the following books will be of interest.

Geddes MacGregor, A Literary History of the Bible from the Middle Ages to the Present Day. Abingdon Press: Nashville, 1968. An excellent layman’s history of the English versions up to 1961. The original KJV prefix, The Translators to the Reader, is given in an appendix.

The Holy Bible, an Exact Reprint Page for Page of the Authorized Version Published in the Year MDCXI. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1833. Reprinted by Thomas Nelson in 1993 as The Holy Bible, 1611 Edition. This is an edition of the King James version which exactly reproduces the spelling, punctuation, marginal notes, and chapter headings of the first edition. An exhaustive collation with the printing of 1613 was prefixed to the Oxford edition, but left out of the Nelson reprint. The following paragraph from Scrivener, The Authorized Edition of the Bible, p. 35, describes the interesting circumstances surrounding the publication of this reprint. “For many years which followed the publication of the edition of 1769, even after its glaring imperfections had become in some measure known, the King’s Printer and the two English universities continued to reproduce what was in substance Dr Blayney’s work, when the public attention was claimed in 1831 by Mr Curtis of Islington, who complained that all modern reprints of Holy Scripture departed widely from the original edition of 1611, to the great deterioration of our Vernacular Translation [The Existing Monopoly an inadequate protection of the Authorized Version of the Scripture, &c. By Thomas Curtis, London, 1833, 8vo]. It is needless to revive the controversy that ensued, in which the case of the priveleged presses was successfully maintained by Dr Cardwell in behalf of Oxford, by Dr Turton for Cambridge, in the pamphlets which have been already cited in this section [Oxford Bibles, 1833. By Edward Cardwell; and Text of the English Bible Considered, 2nd edition, 1833. By T. Turton]. The consequent publication of the standard text in the Oxford reprint of 1833, which we have found so useful, virtually settled the whole debate, by shewing to the general reader the obvious impossibility of returning to the Bible of 1611, with all the defects which those who superintended the press had been engaged, for more than two centuries, in reducing to a more consistent and presentable shape.”

F.H.A. Scrivener, The Cambridge Paragraph Bible. Cambridge: University Press, 1873. This book is a critical edition of the Authorized Version.

F.H.A. Scrivener, The Authorized Edition of the English Bible (1611), its subsequent Reprints and modern Representatives. Cambridge: University Press, 1884. This is the definitive work on the textual sources and history of the Authorized Version.

Luther Weigle, ed., The New Testament Octapla: Eight English Versions of the New Testament in the Tyndale-King James Tradition. New York: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1962. Full parallel texts of Tyndale 1535, Great Bible 1540, Geneva Bible 1562, Bishops’ Bible 1568, Rheims 1582, King James version (represented by Scrivener’s edition of 1873), American Standard Version 1901, Revised Standard Version 1960.

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GET OUT OF THE STORM

Rev. Kevin Airrington
August 27, 2017

How to know if your “brother” or “sister” is saved or not.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.”, Matthew 7:21

Image result for depart from meI believe that there is probably no other Scripture in the entire 66 books of the Bible that is as tragic as this one.

The whole truth of the matter is that there will be people, a good many people, that stand before the Lord, assuming they are about to enter into the Glory of the Lord, the long-awaited reward…HEAVEN. Only these poor tragic souls will be told they’re on their way to hell. This is just reality folks. I am so sorry to tell you this. Can you imagine a worst possible illusion that you can have, one BIG mistake about your everlasting destiny? Can you imagine, for a moment with me, in that moment to be mistaken about your salvation?

I’m often asked the question, “Are Roman Catholics Christians (Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Buddhist, pick one)?” And I will turn it around and ask, “Do you think protestants are just naturally Christians?” What about this one, “Are evangelicals necessarily Christians?” “But more important than any of these questions; Are you a Christian?” Now, believe they will not want to embarrass themselves any more than they have and they will always say, “Yes, yes I am a Christian.”

This tragedy would make a Shakespearean play tragedy of tragedies blush! Sadly, it will occur and it does occur and it will continue to occur that someone would sit in church and end up saying, “But, Lord, but, Lord,” only to hear, “Depart from Me, you workers of iniquity, I never knew you.”
Don’t you know my friend that, Christianity is filled with people in all kinds of religious activities. The church programs, etc. Just think of all the Christian organizations, there’s no end to them. With all of this confusion, with every shingle on every counselors door, every church building and crisis center will say, “Christian or Jesus”, how can weu tell if someone is a Christian? Is it really that important to know if so and so is really saved.

Wouldn’t a better question to ask is if you are saved? Yes, that is a great question. Please see my essay, “How to Know You Are a Christian: Ten Ways To Keep The Devil From Barking.”

For now, how can we tell if someone is a Christian? Because he or she says they are? Because their Pastor says they are? Maybe they have one of them REALLY BIG BIBLES. Or maybe they own Jones & Smith Christian Counseling. Or maybe their Band is a Christian Rock Band called, I AM A ROCK!

Well, let’s get into it and see if we can figure this out.

Jesus tells us that there are two ways to know if someone is saved, that is, if they are going to Heaven when they die. This is important, I will explain why later.

1) They have LOVE FOR EACH OTHER. John 13:35, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

2) BY THEIR FRUIT (what fruit? I’ll tell you in a second.) Matthew 7:16, “Ye shall know them by their fruits.”
What FRUIT? The Fruits of the Spirit (big S…Holy Spirit) ….are these 9 thing evident in their lives?

FRUIT (beneficial results):

Related imageLOVE (Love is the greatest gift God can give. This love is not a feeling, but a choice. It is the choice to be kind, to sacrifice, to consider another’s needs greater than one’s own (Philippians 2:3). Agape is used in all of the “hard” love verses in the New Testament. God’s children are the conduits of His love, as they are empowered by the Holy Spirit.)

JOY (Joy is the natural reaction to the work of God, whether promised or fulfilled. we have joy because of God’s grace. The next step in the progression is to allow our joy to become an action as we express it, although sometimes joy can be so great it is inexpressible (1 Peter 1:8). Possessing joy is a choice. We choose whether to value God’s presence, promises, and work in our lives. When we yield to the Spirit, He opens our eyes to God’s grace around us and fills us with joy (Romans 15:13). Joy is not to be found in a fallen world; it is only fellowship with God that can make our joy complete (1 John 1:4). )

PEACE (God’s methods of warfare are not what we expected. Instead of a battle, He sent us the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus’ goal in coming to earth was more than simply to cease hostilities; He came to bring about a full and abiding relationship of restoration and love. The cost of this peace was His life (Isaiah 53:5). Just as we cannot force another to be at peace with us, even Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross did not ensure that we would accept His terms of peace. The Spirit-filled Christian has a peace that is abundant, available in every situation, and unlike anything that the world has to offer (John 14:27). The alternative to being filled with the Spirit and His peace is to be filled with alarm, filled with doubt, filled with foreboding, or filled with dread. How much better to let the Spirit have control and perform His work of growing fruit to the glory of God!)

LONGSUFFERING (Having patience in spite of your troubles. Patience comes from a position of power. A person may have the ability to take revenge or cause trouble, but patience brings self-restraint and careful thinking. Losing patience is a sign of weakness. The opposite of patience is agitation, discouragement, and a desire for revenge. God does not want His children to live in agitation but in peace (John 14:27). He wants to dispel discouragement and replace it with hope and praise (Psalm 42:5). We are not to avenge ourselves; rather, we are to love others (Romans 12:19; Leviticus 19:18).)
Gentleness (Might restrained. Humility and grace, to be gentle is to recognize that God’s ways and thoughts are high above our own. we will correct others with easiness instead of arguing in resentment and anger, knowing that their salvation is far more important than our pride. Quick to forgive.)

GOODNESS (virtue and holiness in action, desire to be a blessing, uprightness of heart and life. It results in a life characterized by deeds motivated by righteousness and a desire to be a blessing. It’s a moral characteristic of a Spirit-filled person. Giving to the poor, providing for one’s children, visiting the sick, volunteering to clean up after a storm, and praying for an enemy. Expressions of goodness are as varied as the Spirit is creative.)

FAITH (strong belief in God, complete trust in God. Faithfulness is believing that God is Who He says He is and continuing in that belief despite the vagaries of life. Functionally, that means we trust what God says in the Bible, and not necessarily what the world or our own eyes tell us. We trust He will work out everything for good. We trust He will work His will in us. And we trust that our situation on earth is nothing compared to our future reward in heaven. We are called to live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).)

MEEKNESS (Meekness is a valuable and important fruit and requires much study. Putting God first in all things. Meekness loves to learn. And it counts the corrective blows of a friend as precious (Proverbs 27:6). Meekness begins when we put our trust in God. Then, because we trust him, we commit our way to him. We roll onto him our anxieties, our frustrations, our plans, our relationships, our jobs, our health. James says, in this quiet confidence we are slow to speak and quick to listen (James 1:19). We become reasonable and open to correction (James 3:17). James calls this the “meekness of wisdom” (James 3:13). Meekness is so important that it is the third characteristic Jesus mentions in His foundational teaching, the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). Obviously, the world’s ideal of the perfect man is very different from His. The meek are among those so favored that they will share in Jesus’ inheritance of the earth. Three people in the Bible are specifically described as being meek: Jesus (Mt 11:29)

Image result for praying man(Mt 21:5), Paul (2 Cor 10:1), and Moses (Num 12:3). Each of these men was amongst the most persecuted men in the Bible. MEEKNESS IS A SIGN TO AN UNBELIEVING WORLD THAT CHRIST IS IN US. Meekness does indeed require much study.
In Matthew 11:29, Jesus links meekness with lowliness: “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle [meek, KJV] and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Ephesians 4:1-3 states:
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness [meekness, KJV], with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

The King James version is correct, as the Greek text uses prautes. “Gentle” and “gentleness” are incorrect because in this context they are only an aspect of the meekness we should express in our dealings with others.

Godly meekness cannot be divorced from its association with gentleness. However, this gentleness is not usually seen in the situations where the Bible’s writers use meekness. Notice II Corinthians 10:1: “Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.” Here, meekness appears with gentleness, as though a similarity exists alongside a specific difference.

This does not mean the meek will take everything “lying down.” Notice Moses, who as we have seen, was the meekest man of his time. He did not hesitate to order the execution of about three thousand of the idolaters who worshipped the Golden Calf while he was with God on the mountain (Exodus 32:25-28). Against evil, this meek man was as stern as steel.

A meek person will feel the wrong done against him and feel it bitterly. But because he is not thinking of himself, his meekness does not allow his spirit to give vent to a hateful, savage and vindictive anger that seeks to “get even.” He will instead be full of pity for the damaged character, attitudes and blindness of the perpetrator. From the stake, Jesus uttered, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34).

A Valuable Fruit

This much misunderstood and maligned virtue is the antidote for most of the nervous anxiety that is greatly intensifying the normal day-to-day stresses of life. God commands us in Zephaniah 2:3:

Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility [meekness, KJV]. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.
How valuable is that blessing?

There is more:
The poor [meek, KJV] shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever! (Psalm 22:26)

Further, “The Lord lifts up the humble (meek, KJV); He casts the wicked down to the ground” (Psalm 147:6).

Finally:
The humble [meek, KJV] also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 29:19).

This is not a virtue to ignore because carnal men consider it weakness. It may appear to them as weakness, but the spiritual reality is that it is great strength, an attribute of Almighty God and a fruit of His Spirit we greatly need.)

Temperance (abstinence from alcoholic drink, or self-control, self-restraint in all things. Temperance is the ability to control oneself. It involves moderation, constraint, and the ability to say “no” to our baser desires and fleshly lusts. Believers need self-control because the outside world and internal forces still attack (Romans 7:21-25). Like a vulnerable city, we must have defenses. A wall around an ancient city was designed to keep out the enemy.)

I BELIEVE THAT GOD DIDN’T JUST PUT WORDS IN HIS WORD TO FILL UP SPACE. EACH WORD, UNLIKE MY RAMBLINSG 😊, EACH WORD HAS SPECIFIC MEANING AND VALUE. Jesus taught us how to separate the sheep from the goats…the sinner bound for hell and the Christian saved by Grace on his way to Glory because of Christ’s finished work upon the cross.
Why is it so important that Jesus made sure we knew how to tell if someone was a Christian? I believe that answer is simple and to the point.

Ephesians 4:14, “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”

In order to protect us. It is one thing to be a Christian and yet and entirely different thing to say we are a Christian. If someone says they are a Christian…and they preach a gospel…and they are not saved, you will be blown to and fro…confused with the knowledge of the true gospel. Remember, GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION, 1 Corinthians 14:33, BUT THE AUTHOR OF PEACE.

Colossians 2:8, Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

I have seen the face of mental illness. I have seen what it is like when people are unable to hear God because their minds are broken and cannot seem to connect to God even when they want to connect to God. And I know whatever gets your mind gets you. So one of the most important things we need to learn and teach others is how to guard, strengthen, and renew our minds, because the battle for sin always starts in the mind.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

It is important to know God’s Word, be in prayer. The Bible says that if any man lack wisdom to ask for it. James 1:5 We must know we are saved and we must have confidence in our salvation. See my essay, “How to Know You Are a Christian: Ten Ways To Keep The Devil From Barking.”

Even though they are in church many people are uncertain of their salvation. Some denominations teach that you can lose your salvation. Some Christians believe they can lose their salvation. Some teach and others believe you can’t lose your salvation. Which is it and if it be so, how to keep from losing your salvation.

Image result for How can you be sure that you are a Christian?How can you be sure that you are a Christian? Here are 10 true Christian values that will keep the devil from barking and you can rest assured that you have the Holy Spirit inside of you, working in you, which provide solid, biblical evidence that you are a Christian and that you can know that you are saved. On the other hand, we may prove that even though you think you are saved, that you are not, even though you truly desire to be saved.

Let’s get to the truth and at the end I promise that either way, if you want to be saved, you will be and you will have confidence that you are. On the other hand, if you read my thesis and decide, nahhh, I’m fine, who cares, you will not be saved and you will know why. Why in the world would you want to read my poorly written essay if you had no desire to be saved? 😊

See you next time, may God bless you and yours,

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