Below, in italics: This is the "executive summary", or mission statement, as it were, for the most recent New International Version (NIV).
The Committee on Bible Translation (CBT) has completed their work to update the New International Version of the Bible. The CBT was formed in 1965 to create a modern English Bible translation from the oldest and best-available biblical manuscripts.
If you continually change something, the fact that you based it on something that is supposedly "oldest" means that older thing becomes irrelevant pretty quickly.
That means you are necessarily basing newer somethings on what was already altered and "improved." You cannot produce good fruit from a rotten tree.
I've got more respect for a State university professor who says there's no Word of God, than I have for a man who'll hide behind the sacred desk and change God's blessed Book.
--Pastor Jack Hyles
The NIV rapidly became the world’s most read modern English Bible with more than 400 million copies in print. Since the most recent NIV update in 1984, the CBT has continued to meet every year in accordance with the NIV charter, which demands constant monitoring of developments in Biblical scholarship and English usage and the reflection of these developments in periodic updates to the text.
The NIV scripture perverts are admitting they do not care for the truth of God's words. Their aim is to cater to the world, not to the believer who esteems the words more than his necessary food.
Some professed believers actually think this is okay. They think that the Bible should change with the times, like everything else. Why would any Christian with true discernment say such a thing? The world hates Christ (Jn. 7.7) and changing the Bible is a clear attack. But many churchgoers simply shrug this off. The New Testament talks about spiritual blindness. This blindness does not only affect unbelievers, but Christians who are deceived and spiritually lazy.
Christian, reading those executive summary words should spark something in you. Is there a protective reflex in you to love what belongs to God, and not want it polluted? Do you even believe the Bible you are reading? Do you believe that the Bible is infallible, pure, perfect, and inspired?
Is the Lord smarter than men and women? Do you believe that there is even such a thing as "God's Word" and that it is between the covers of a King James Bible? If you answered no to any of those questions, you might be wasting your life in church. Because you might not even believe what you claim. Modern Bible versions can and do hinder spiritual growth. The water is pure. Check out Pastor Jack Hyles' awesome sermon, "Get your stinkin' feet out of my drinking water." mp3
Proverb 30:5-6, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”
The committee represents the very best in evangelical biblical scholarship with its members drawn from various denominations and from some of the finest academic institutions in the world.
"The very best" would include people who respect and care for God's words... rather than thinking they are as intelligent as our Lord, and moving to clarify what He said. "The very best", in God's eyes, are those who believe Him and obey His commandments. Like this one:
Jeremiah 26:2, “...all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word.”
, John 7:8-10:
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
One thing we can be sure of: Jesus is no liar.
We're using this series to reveal the differences between the King James Bible and other versions.
King James or NIV: Psalm 9:17
The word "hell" occurs 31 times in the Old Testament in the King James Bible. In the Old Testament of the NIV it isn't there at all.
Again: The word "hell" is NOT in the Old Testament of the NIV.
PSALM 9:17 in the King James reads, "The wicked shall be turned into HELL. . ."
The NIV reads, "The wicked return to the GRAVE. . ." or to the "realm of the dead."
By removing "hell" the NIV perverts Psalm 9:17. Remember that one definition of 'pervert', the verb, is 'to twist.'
In the New Testament the NIV removes "hell" 9 times. Most churches claim to use this version because it is easier to understand with clearer language for the layman. The truth is that the NIV is less offensive to the sinner, and therefore more profitable for the church that chooses to use it.
But the word the NIV uses to replace hell is Hades. Five times in the New Testament, Hades is substituted (Matt 16:18, Rev 1:18, 6:8, 20:13,14). One evangelist wrote:
Everybody knows what HELL is! Do you know what HADES is? Hades is not always a place of torment or terror. The Assyrian Hades is an abode of blessedness with silver skies called "Happy Fields". In the satanic New Age Movement, Hades is an intermediate state of purification. Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary defines HADES: "the underground abode of the dead in Greek MYTHOLOGY". The NIV perverts your Bible into MYTHOLOGY!
Remember that God promises His words are pure, and perfect... and we are not to add nor take away from them. Brothers and sisters in Christ, do we believe that? or do we believe the world? The NIV is widely accepted, and the Bible tells us that when the world approves of someone or something, it is an abomination.
Psalm 12:6 --"The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times." AMEN.
*with thanks to Terry Watkins.
All these words are missing in the NIV and NIRV versions...
...Sodomite, regeneration, mercyseat, Calvary, remission, Jehovah, immutable, omnipotent, Comforter, Holy Ghost, Messiah, quickened, infallible, fornication, trucebreakers, winebibbers, carnal, slothful, unthankful, effeminate, backbiting, vanity, lasciviousness, whoredom, devils, Lucifer, damnation, brimstone, and the bottomless pit.
King James Bible or NIV: Philippians 2:6
Met a man who laughed at the gospel of Jesus Christ. He said, "Men have a desire to make themselves better than they really are. They want to worship something higher. I don't see any difference between religions."
The man is correct in a way, because everyone worships something. There truly are no atheists. A so-called atheist is really
saying, he rejects the God presented to him, but he has chosen another god. Environment, animals, sports, film and television, career, education, collecting... anything that has our hearts more than the Lord is our god, our idol.
However, the born again individual knows that he is not anything, without God. He understands that Jesus Christ is higher than the highest.
That's the difference between saved, true religion, and what the world recognizes (on a carnal, natural level) as "religion." Go from Mormonism to Hinduism to Catholicism to any other form you wish; all of them put works as a requirement to pleasing God, or at least do not recognize the fulness of the Godhead in Jesus.
The Christian who is using a King James Bible as his standard knows that it only takes faith in what Jesus did for us on the cross. This is a basic New Testament principle that many modern Christians have never been taught. Why? The Christian's spiritual sensibility is so polluted by secular media, films and television that they don't know what the Bible actually says.
When we do read the Bible, it's important that we are reading God's Word... not man's editing of that Word. The New International Version committees have continually twisted the Holy Bible, not to make it easier to understand, but to appeal to many. The NIV edits Philippians 2:6:
King James Bible: "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
New International Version: "Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,"
Verse 5 makes it clear that this Scripture is speaking about Jesus Christ, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:" The NIV goes 180 degrees the opposite direction of the truth by saying that Jesus couldn't grasp equality with God.
The Bible teaches that Jesus is not only equal with God, but Jesus is Almighty God. In fact, Jesus self-proclaimed Himself as Almighty God in Revelation 1:8, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."
King James Bible v. NIV: Micah 5:2
Did Jesus Christ ever begin? No, of course not, He has always been. Jesus is God, and has no origin (Hebrews 7:3). If He did, then He wouldn’t be God. So if the NIV says that Jesus had an origin, you know it’s blasphemy! In Micah 5:2, God the Father is prophesying the birth of His Son in a particular town, Bethlehem. Here is the King James reading of Micah, chapter 5:
There is a difference between “everlasting” (no beginning and no end) and “ancient times” (merely a long long time ago).
Our friend Webster, defines “pervert” as 1. to cause to turn aside or away from what is good or true… 2. to twist the meaning or sense of: misinterpret (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, 1977, p.856).
There are many such perversions and ‘twists’ in the NIV. Because men and women are born leaning away from what God wants (conceived in inquity, as Psalms tells us), we are naturally going to be attracted to the lie, to ANYthing antichristian. That’s why the version is so popular among the body of Christ… among those who are truly saved yet deceived, and those who claim Christianity as a label, a title, rather than a true lifestyle.
God is calling you out of the world. He wants you to know the truth… this is a huge subject, and we will return to it sooner, Lord willing… We love you and we would not have the believer deceived. Take care.