The subject of bible translations has given rise to many heated debates among believers. The two main camps are composed of those who believe that the AKJV bible is the only pure translation of God's Word in English, and those who believe that modern bibles are acceptable and make the Bible easier to understand.
I believe that the AKJV bible is the only version ordained of God for the propagation of the Gospel to those who know English.
This belief however is now considered by many Christians to be unhealthy and cult-like. Years ago, I was concerned that for some the Old English style of the AKJV made understanding God's Word rather arduous. I personally found that certain passages were hard to grasp because I wasn't sure exactly what was meant and so I consulted various translations hoping to gain a clearer understanding of these passages. During this exercise I found the Holy Spirit warning me that something was seriously wrong . I discerned spirits, not of God, attached to various versions.
Some of the bibles were little more than horrid caricatures of the Holy Bible, the AKJV, that the Lord had revealed to me as being blessed of Him.
When reading the AKJV I found that I was being strengthened and at times the power and glory of God poured forth from the pages so intensely that my whole being was transformed in the Lord's presence. Not so with the various versions that I had consulted. The spiritual effect upon me as I read the newer translations can be likened to eating something tainted and suffering a strange form of nausea. I was certainly perplexed, especially in cases where the renditions appeared to be sound.
I nevertheless continued to search out modern versions hoping and praying that the Lord had ordained a Bible in modern English. In a few instances I thought that I had discovered such yet no confirmation was given me of the Holy Spirit. My excitement soon dissipated when I discovered that certain key passages were entirely omitted in these bibles.
It became plain to me that the men who produced these new versions had not received permission from the Lord and as a consequence Satan had meddled in the work producing bibles that contained subtle deviations from the truth. The motive behind those involved in producing new texts (excepting in some cases translators producing Bibles in foreign languages) is most often a monetary one (the love of money) and definitely not something inspired of the Holy Spirit. That means that Satan will have his input, one way or the other, even when there is no deliberate attempt to deceive.
As I continued researching the subject I soon discovered that these 'Johnny come lately' translations were based on seriously flawed and very old manuscript corruptions of the Bible. (Very early on Gnostic cults had created their own bibles to compete with the true Bible.)
The two men involved in reviving the Gnostic texts used primarily in the preparation of the later translations were not true Christians at all. Neither of them, (Westcott and Hort) were born again nor did they claim to be. They expressed contempt for evangelical Christians and considered them to be something the world could do without. Both were heavily involved in the occult.
The Nineteenth Century Occult Revival
The Legacy of Westcott and Hort
Hort published many letters he had received through automatic writing. (Demonic communications received and written down while in a trance state.) He along with Westcott established a club called "The Ghostly Guild", a fellowship of intellectuals investigating the paranormal. (Conducting seances.) They did their best to keep a low profile realizing that most Christians would reject their new Greek texts if they knew of their involvement in the occult, a practice expressly forbidden in the Bible. Note: A common theme now found in the testimonies of many modern mystics is their claims to have had contact with the 'departed'; Which would of course include all accounts of having had personal contact with Mary, Moses, Peter, Paul, or for that matter any saint (real or imagined) who lived on the earth in days gone by. A central tenet of occult spiritism maintains that man should seek council from the 'departed', but God's Word expressly forbids that practice in that demons commonly disguise themselves as the deceased in order to deceive. Catholics who have ignored God's warnings in these matters have actually ended up worshipping demons who appeared to them disguised as 'Mary'.
The Jesuit order has been trying for centuries to replace Protestant bibles with corrupted Gnostic copies approved of by the Papacy so it is most interesting to discover that both Westcott and Hort were closet Catholics - at least according to their expressed beliefs. (The following contains excerpts from the book " WHICH BIBLE?" by David Otis Fuller DD.) ( pages 278 & 279)
Westcott writes to his fiancée after visiting a monastery in France and discovering a little oratory on a hill.- "Fortunately we found the door open. It is very small, with one kneeling-place; and behind a screen was a 'Pieta' the size of life [ie. A Virgin and dead Christ] . . . Had I been alone I could have knelt there for hours.
-Hort writes to Westcott, October 17, 1865: "I have been persuaded for many years that Mary-worship and 'Jesus'-worship have very much in common in their causes and results."
-Hort writes to Westcott: "But this last error can hardly be expelled till Protestants unlearn the crazy horror of the idea of priesthood."
Both men had little more than disdain for the true Gospel. This is not surprising given their preference for the Catholic Church and their involvement in the occult. The book mentioned above contains a vast amount of information and reveals that many men hostile to the Gospel have been involved in creating bogus bibles. A recent book called "New Age Bible Versions" by Gail Riplinger reveals in detail the alterations made in these new age bibles and explains the purpose Satan had in inspiring the changes.
(In brief) A counterfeit Christianity, based on contact with seducing spirits, is being created using false bibles, false prophets and false teachers. Its purpose; to create a falling away from the true faith. This falling away is also prophesied in God's Word.
Examination of Modern
New Testament Text Criticism
Theory and Methods
Many of the corrupt changes in these adulterated bibles support the false doctrines being spread by certain evangelists, especially those involved with Masonry. ( Freemasonry is the modern equivalent to the Gnostic cults that were common in the early days of the Church.) The core belief of Gnosticism is the doctrine that man can become a God. Many of you will recognize this blasphemy from Satan's deception of Eve; "ye shall be as gods". It is therefore not surprising to find doctrines preached claiming that man has within him a vast untapped source of power. Man in his attempt to tap into this mysterious power is actually practicing occultism. Demons operate under many disguises; ie. ascended masters, aliens, spirit guides, departed saints, the subconscious mind, angels of God, and even God. Some Christians claim that the spirit of man contains hidden power resources that if used by the unsaved would constitute a forbidden practice yet they claim it is permissible for believers to do so. This is just a new twist on the same lie.
The only power that believers need is the power of the Holy Spirit that we receive by asking and keep by allowing ourselves to be led of the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth.
It is by means of the Holy Spirit that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. Those who refuse to stand by the truth of God's Word may claim to love others, but that is little more than a self delusion. God is love. We love by obeying God. If you refuse to be obedient to the Gospel it is because Satan is seeking to usurp God's rule in your life. However, if you choose to place your faith in the Lord, to do His will, Satan is defeated. And that is not because of the power of your will, but because God in His mercy will empower you by His Spirit to overcome.
A Christian would have to be extremely naive to think that Satan wouldn't try his best to replace the Bible, the true Word of God, the very foundation of the true Christian faith, with something of his own design. I seriously suggest that you turn this whole issue over to Jesus. Set aside the bible you are currently using - if not a AKJV, obtain one, (You can still find them in the Christian bookstores.)(Avoid copies containing notes by false teachers.) and faithfully read several chapters a day for a week. If at the end of the week you are not convinced by the new vitality in your spiritual walk it's probably because you are not doing what it says. If you had in the past set aside your AKJV - let me ask you a question. Did you seek permission from the Lord? Or, did you rely entirely on your own understanding?
TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL THINE HEART
AND LEAN NOT TO THINE OWN UNDERSTANDING
To make such an important decision in regard to changing bibles just because you found one easier to read is extremely presumptuous and as I have explained above, extremely dangerous. Imagine Satan's delight to war against believers wielding plastic swords stamped, "Made in the Pit". Since there are powerful demonic forces at work to keep believers caught in this web of deceit I suggest that you spend an appropriate number of hours in prayer to Jesus on this most critical issue.
Prayer for the child of God reading this.
Dear Father, in Jesus precious name, I request that You stay the power of any spirit of evil holding Your child in bondage to a corruption of Your Word. Thank You. Glory to Jesus. Amen.
Westcott & Hort's Magic Marker Binge
An Understandable History of the Bible
Those Nasty Thees and Thous
NIV calls Satan, "JESUS"
The NIV Problem Chart
666 Mark & NKJV
Chick Publications Library
on Bible Versions
HOLY BIBLES vs CULT BIBLES
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