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God's Sword Of Division Or Plastic Swords?, Weak Shepherds Ecumenism And The Dalai Lama, Human Family Or God's Family?, Children By Adoption, One True Gospel - One Common Version, Constitutions Bibles And Hymnals, Spiritual Anarchy, 100's Of Counterfeits, Doctrinal Unity Through One Version, Why The KJV?, Elizabethan English And Foreign Languages, Crime Of Perverted American English, America's Hell Generation, Readability Of The KJV, My Daughter's Example, Parental Responsibility, Baby Hueys, Spiritually Divorced From His Word, Evil Television Set, Spiritual Truth For The Worthy
Just as the ancient armies of Babylon sieged Jerusalem, cut off her vital supplies, and then plucked out the eyes of King Zedekiah once victory had been won, Satan has also laid siege against many Christians, cut off their supply of real spiritual nourishment, exchanged their most prized weapon for a poor counterfeit, and spiritually blinded them as they read those modern treacherous tomes. Many Christians are aware of the fact that God's Word is likened to a sharp spiritual sword. From the words of Jesus, as well as from the writings of John and Paul, we can see that using this sword is supposed to sharply cut people to the heart, and force them to take a stand; either for the truth of God's Word, or else against it. Consider the following verses which clearly support this view:
"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me."
Matthew 10:34-37, KJV
"Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet. Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? So there was a division among the people because of him."
John 7:40-43, KJV
"But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both."
Acts 23:6-8, KJV
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:"
Ephesians 6:17, KJV
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Hebrews 4:12, KJV
"And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God . . . And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh."
Revelation 19:15, 21, KJV
Sadly, as we have now seen, many Christians no longer possess this vital weapon in their spiritual arsenal; and that includes the Christian leadership. They have foolishly traded it in for a cheap, plastic, toy sword. A real sword is sharp, and heavy. It requires time, and proper training, in order to learn to use it skillfully, and with accuracy. But in this day and age of junk food, designer jeans, and digital noise which is still called music, many Christians have also foolishly decided that a spiritually lighter, "designer version" of the Bible, designed for their own deception, is better than the heavyweight version, which still contains the whole truth of God's Word, and which convicts not only their own hearts, but the hearts of others as well. God's Word is clearly supposed to divide the sheep from the goats. It is supposed to divide the chaff from the real wheat. It is even supposed to divide families. Is this what we see in the world of modern Christianity today? For those who have remained faithful to the Lord, and who have not surrendered the true Word of God, yes; but as for those who have compromised their faith, and replaced their heavy iron sword with a plastic one, definitely not!
As we saw in part one, these weak, pitiful, modern, false shepherds of the Lord's flocks, have become so spiritually debilitated because of their unwise abandonment of God's true spiritual nourishment; and they have become so utterly defenseless because they have forsaken the true Sword of the Spirit, that rather than lift up the standard, and fight against the enemy, in their spiritual blindness, they have chosen to join hands with him. Forget what Jesus said about His Father's Word causing division. This is a new age which requires a new gospel of reconciliation with our enemies. Our doctrinal differences aren't really that great they claim. They don't really matter as long as we love each other they claim. Let's all hop on board the ecumenical wagon and show more compassion, and more understanding towards each other. Do you honestly believe that Christians are the only ones saying this? Well, guess again! Following is a quote taken directly from a website which promotes Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth Dalai Lama:
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"My message is the practice of compassion, love, and kindness. Compassion can be put into practice if one recognizes the fact that every human being is a member of humanity and the human family regardless of differences in religion, culture, color, and creed. Deep down there is no difference."
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On the surface, this seems to be a wonderful statement; and if you are short-sighted enough, you just might be willing to accept it; but if you are a true child of God, you can see that it really wreaks of secular humanism, globalism, compromise and deception. Yes, it is true that we are all a part of the human family; and it is also true that deep within, we all long for the same things. In that regard, there is no difference between us; but exactly how far are we supposed to take this man's statement ". . . there is no difference"? Are we supposed to take it to the point where we compromise our sacred Christian beliefs, and sacrifice our doctrinal purity, in order to become one with the world, and one with the false religions of the world?
Contrary to what Christ and His Apostles taught us, some of our Christian leaders certainly seem to think so. They have betrayed their brothers and sisters in the Lord! They have forgotten that through the Blood of Jesus Christ, we have been adopted into a much more important spiritual family; that of course being the Household of God Himself; and we are a part of the greatest nation upon this Earth, and the only one that God recognizes; the worldwide invisible nation of the born again Children of God; and you can only become a part of God's Family, and God's Nation, if you accept Jesus Christ! That leaves out Muslims, Buddhists, and anyone else who rejects the Precious Blood of the Lamb of God! The proof is clearly found in His Word; His real Word, as we see by the following verses:
"Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,"
Ephesians 1:5, KJV
"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;"
Ephesians 2:19, KJV
"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."
Romans 8:15, KJV
"Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof."
Matthew 21:43, KJV
"And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you."
Luke 17:20-21, KJV
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:"
1 Peter 2:9, KJV
So once again, let me say that these Christian shepherds are like blindfolded little children who are playing with their plastic swords; all the while thinking that they must be brandishing some awesome weapon; while the enemy laughs in their faces, as he moves the little sword away with his hand, and says "Would you like to come and meditate with me again little brother Christian?".
Yes, there is supposed to be unity; but it is not unity with our enemies! As we saw earlier in this series, up until the latter half of the First Century, there was a clear unity in Spirit and in purpose amongst the Early Christians. They believed in one Godhead, one Jesus Christ, one Plan of Salvation, and one Gospel; which they preached by word of mouth, from town to town, and from village to village. It was kept pure by those who had sat at Jesus' feet, as well as by those who had been trained directly by the Apostles. The true doctrine of the faith was carefully guarded and preserved, and anyone who dared to say or teach otherwise, was apparently excommunicated from fellowship. This is made perfectly clear to us by the verses I shared in part one of this series. There was no room for compromise!
If there was only one true Gospel two thousand years ago, there should only be one true Gospel today as well; yet this is definitely not the case. We Christians live in a world of doctrinal confusion; and as I have already made clear, it is definitely not of God! Please ask yourself; how can we possibly begin to be in spiritual and doctrinal unity like the First Century Church, as Jesus and Paul desired, if we can't even quote and study from the very same Bible? Is it really that difficult to see that having so many different versions of Bibles on the market today is a divisive tactic of Satan? Not in my mind! Through this clever tactic, Satan has attacked the very foundation which binds our Christian family together; and that is a common, and agreed upon, inspired Word of God; one Gospel, and not hundreds of them!
We can no more use more than one valid English translation of the Bible, than a congress or parliament can rely upon more than one valid constitution to write the laws for its country. Such a body would rarely agree upon anything due to so many different interpretations of the law being used by that body; and that country would soon fall into total anarchy and confusion; and eventually be overrun by its enemies. Or consider if you were at a sports event, and just before it was about to begin, everyone stood up to sing your national anthem. Suddenly, the arena is filled with the ugliest sound you ever did hear, as twenty thousand people started singing different versions of the same song, because some people got the bright idea that they didn't like a few words, so they decided to change them; or maybe they felt the tune needed to be modernized a little to fit the time period, so they changed just a few notes, and increased the tempo. After all, changing just a few words, or a few notes, won't make that much of a difference, will it? It's still the same song isn't it? It reminds me of some of these upbeat, modern versions of traditional Christian hymns. How disgusting! They have violated the sanctity of the songs, and made them absolutely worldly!
From another perspective, for those of you who are churchgoers, or who attend some form of fellowship, wouldn't it be rather odd, and cause a great deal of confusion, if your priest, pastor, minister or shepherd asked his congregation to turn to a certain verse in the Bible, and to read it aloud in unison; and all of a sudden, to everyone's great surprise, the church or fellowship was filled with absolute confusion as everyone tried to read the same verse from twenty different versions of the Bible? Or what if your chorus leader, or inspiration leader, said, "Okay, everyone, please turn in your hymnals to hymn number fifty". So everyone obediently turns to hymn number fifty in their particular hymnal, and again the church or fellowship is filled with absolute confusion, because everyone is using a different version of the hymnal book.
Just as trying to use more than one valid constitution to establish a certain country's laws and political policies would eventually lead to chaos, confusion and anarchy, due to so many different interpretations and understandings of those multiple constitutions, because we have allowed and encouraged more than one valid English translation of the Bible in the world today, it has also resulted in worldwide spiritual anarchy, total doctrinal confusion and disunity within the Christian body. Yes, each individual part, that is, each particular church or fellowship, may have a degree of unity because they use the same Bible, but beyond that level, there is definitely very little unity in the worldwide Body of Christ today. No one can deny this.
Amazing as it may seem, some time ago, I recall reading a certain article which claimed that there are now over seven hundred and fifty different translations of the English Bible in circulation. There is one for the housewife, and one for the working husband, and one for the college student, and one for the little girl in kindergarten, and one for this, and one for that, and the list goes on and on. Imagine if you will, if seven hundred and fifty different versions of the Gospel of John had been distributed during the First Century. Where would the Church be today? Would there even be a Church? Do you not see the danger in this? Can you not sense how Satan has had a heyday with the Lord's children, by dividing and weakening both us, and God's Word, through his subtle tactics? Do you not realize that that black tome sitting on your desktop with the title inscribed, "Holy Bible", might actually be Satan's secret weapon, his counterfeit, and not the real thing?
As I have now made abundantly clear, what I find so alarming about this situation, is that I know that some of you who are reading this message, are in fact shepherds yourselves over some of the Lord's flocks, in teaching positions, etc. Despite this grave responsibility which has been placed upon your shoulders, you seem to be of the opinion that having so many English translations of the Bible is alright. Brethren, Satan is out to defeat God's people; and one way in which he is accomplishing his goal, is by weakening, perverting and polluting the very spiritual Rock which forms the foundation of our faith; God's Holy Word; and yet some of you leaders find nothing wrong with this! Your lack of spiritual discernment amazes me!
Now, before I continue, allow me to make an important point. I believe that I have a realistic view of the situation. As such, please do not think that I am suggesting that if every English-speaking Christian in the world were to suddenly start using the very same version of the Bible, all of our doctrinal and unity problems would just fade away overnight. Such a thought would be ludicrous; however, what I will say, is that if such a thing were possible, it would at least be the beginning of the solution. Why? Because doctrine is in part determined by what is printed in black and white. If we are all reading the same thing in black and white, then it seems to me that we might be more inclined to come to the same conclusions regarding our understanding of a particular verse or group of verses. It might take a while, but our chances of success are much higher if we are at least using the same version; don't you agree? For example, two people can immediately begin to understand each other a lot better if they are both speaking the same language, than if one is speaking English, while the other is speaking French. Our main problem is that we can't even agree upon a common language; that is to say, one common version of the Bible.
At this point in our discussion, the obvious question is, "Alright Bill; so which one do you use?". As the title of this series denotes, I use only the Authorized King James Version of the Bible; commonly referred to as the KJV, or as the AKJV. I have been using it alone since 1971, and have no intentions of switching to the NKJV, or to any other modern version. Why have I chosen to remain with the KJV all of these years? While some of you might be led to think that it is just a matter of habit, or tradition, this is not the case whatsoever. While I was raised a Catholic, and thus read the Catholic Bible and Catholic catechisms as a young boy, when I became a teenager, I switched to the more modern "Good News For Modern Man", which did not help my situation very much. When I began to use the KJV in 1971, as with most people, I imagine that I may have found the language used a little odd. I honestly cannot remember, as it was so long ago; but I grew to like and accept it.
Now, years later, I realize that I made a wise choice to remain with the KJV. What I have learned through personal study, is that the devout men of God who performed the 1611 translation for King James, were brilliant scholars, and very educated in the Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic languages. Not only that, but they had access to the very same Textus Receptus, which is available to scholars and translators today; and I am referring to the real one, and not to the fake, corrupt one which appeared later; nor to the fake documents which were invented by the Roman Catholic Church; such as the Vaticanus text which was reportedly found in a garbage dump, nor to some of the corrupted texts which I believe were found at Alexandria. What I have also learned is that any authentic parchments or scrolls which have been discovered since that time, have only served to verify the accuracy of the King James Version of the Bible, and not to detract from it. Most importantly however, I personally sense the power of God in the KJV Bible. It is alive with Power, Spirit and Truth. It speaks out to me like no other version does. In my opinion, the others are dry and Spiritless. The KJV moves me! It excites me!
Even if you choose to ignore my personal feelings regarding the KJV Bible, and just want to look at the historical facts, this still leads me to ask you, that is, if you use another version other than the KJV, why is there even a need for another version? What is wrong with the KJV? It has passed the test of time. Millions of souls have been won to Christ by it over the past almost four centuries. It has been soundly proven to be a very accurate translation of the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts; or perhaps it would be more correct to say, of the copies of the originals, being as the originals penned by the Old Testament Prophets, and the New Testament Apostles, are long gone as far as we know.
Of course, I am fully aware of the fact that one of the most common arguments which is sometimes used to try to discredit the validity of using the Authorized King James Version of the Bible in our modern day, is that we are almost living in the 21st century; and thus, the language of the KJV has become outdated. In other words, some of the critics of the KJV Bible claim that it is too difficult for modern people to understand due to its Elizabethan English. One person who wrote to me recently, even went so far as to compare the English used in the KJV to a foreign language! I find such a thought to be absolutely ludicrous! Let's be honest here. If a young English-speaking person can go to school, and over a period of a few short years, learn a foreign language like Spanish, French, German or Italian, which has completely different word and sentence structure, how can anyone even dare to suggest that that same capable person will find difficulty in understanding a form of English which only has a few slight variations from his own? Thus, in my view, this argument is baseless; unless of course we are dealing with a country which is full of absolute morons! Are we?
Now, I'll tell you what is a foreign language. It is the perverted and polluted English which is spoken throughout the United States of America on city streets, in the public school system, and on millions of television sets across the land! It seems that in our modern, "enlightened" country, one is not very American unless he knows how to cuss in every other word of his sentence! He's not very "macho" as they say. It is the very same proud, belligerent spirit which pervades oppressive, and aggressive, American foreign policy; and the world is beginning to hate it!
Now, in my view, it isn't that the English in the KJV Bible is really that outdated; as most of it is not. In fact, it has been kept pure from lingual pollution for literally hundreds of years. While I have no facts to substantiate this claim, I would dare say that all of this resistance to using the KJV Bible originates in the USA, and nowhere else. I will explain why I believe this in just a moment. You see, the real problem is the corruption of American English; and more importantly, it is the physical, mental and spiritual corruption of the American citizen himself, who has become so spiritually callous, and hardened of heart due to his easy, affluent, materialistic lifestyle, that he cannot even begin to understand the wonderful, spiritual truths which are plainly stated in the KJV Bible. As the Apostle Paul wrote so long ago:
"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
1 Corinthians 2:14, KJV
To be quite frank with you the reader, from my many online experiences with young American teenagers, I have to say that, next to the antichrist Jews themselves, some of these kids are the most antichrist people I have ever met in my entire life! Their total lack of reverential fear of God, and their utter disrespect for His Holy Word, the Bible, absolutely amazes and astounds me! I am not exaggerating! They are a generation of the children of hell! My young daughter can fully testify to this fact, because she often observes the language that they use, and the messages that they post on our server. The filthy, sexually-explicit, perverted language some of them use in reference to our God, and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is nothing short of disgusting! These are children who are supposedly raised in so-called "Christian America"! Well, I know exactly where the problem lies; and I talk all about it in my revelatory article "The Plight Of The Children". I do hope that you will find the time to read it.
But let us return for a moment to the scholastic aspect of the KJV Bible. I have read commentaries which state that when compared with some of the other more modern versions, the KJV scores much higher in scholastic reading and grammar tests. In fact, if I recall correctly, it is at the fifth grade reading level. In other words, a fifth grade American student can easily read the KJV Bible, and grasp most of its meaning if he applies himself to the task. I will even take this a step further; and I hope that it will embarrass those of you who oppose and fight against the KJV Bible with your unfounded claims. My daughter is of elementary school age. She is just a normal child. While she sometimes likes to think otherwise, in a scholastic sense, she is above average in some areas, but by no means exceptional. She could be the child next door. Not only does she use the KJV Bible, and understand a great deal of it, and know many of its stories and parables, and have quite a few of its verses memorized, but she also knows how to use the electronic Hebrew and Greek lexicons, and her dictionary, which sits between us on our work table, between our computers, so that we can share it together.
Now, if this precious little child of the Lord can take the initiative and do that, because she hungers for the full truth of God's Word, why can't some of you adults do the very same thing? Furthermore, why can't you take the time to explain things to your children when there is something in the Bible which they don't understand, instead of relying upon Sunday school teachers, and watered-down, comic book style versions of the Bible to do the job for you, and a pitiful one at that? Do you see where the finger is pointing now? Might it be as I have said in my article, "Are You Just A Baby Huey?", that some of you are spiritually "Baby Hueys" yourselves, who must have everything easily spoon-fed to you? Might it be that easy American life, and too many hours of television has softened the brains of many American adults and children? Considering the poor grammar, and the myriad of misspelled words I see in many UseNet newsgroups, etc., I don't doubt this for a moment.
Consider this sobering question: Just as over the past three decades, as a part of the spirit of so-called "women's lib", many American women have gone from breast-feeding to the unnatural use of the milk bottle, and have decided that they now have the right to abort their God-given babies, might it be that in a spiritual sense, America has done the exact same thing? Have many Americans divorced themselves from the pure unadulterated Word of God as found in the KJV Bible, and foolishly accepted some seven hundred and fifty cheap, counterfeit, and less nutritional brands, which are full of all kinds of corruption which pollute the mind and spirit with false doctrines and half-truths? As the Apostle Peter wrote:
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:"
1 Peter 2:2, KJV
Furthermore, might it be that many American parents have taught these same bad spiritual habits to their children, so that their children are not even willing to attempt to read and understand the beautiful language that is found in the KJV Bible? After all, playing video games on the television set is much more fun, and it doesn't convict one's heart to do good. In fact, it continually teaches evil, violence, anti-God science, and unnatural, perverted and unrestrained sex! The television set is the very broadcaster of Satan's evil voice which has invaded many American homes across the land; and I daresay, in many other countries of the world as well! It has become the universal electronic babysitter!
In one of His most famous sermons of all times, the Lord Jesus Christ spoke the following words of truth to those sincere Disciples who followed Him that day up the steep trail to the top of a mountain:
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."
Matthew 7:7-8, KJV
Have people in our modern day become too spiritually lazy to seek out the truth of God's Word? Have you become too lazy to seek out the truth of God's Word? Didn't Jesus even speak in Parables, so that only those who were truly spiritually hungry would seek out the truth from Him? In the thirteenth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, we find the following account:
"And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand."
Matthew 13:10-13, KJV
Didn't Jesus even travel to secluded mountaintops where only the rugged and the worthy followed Him in order to hear Him preach, while the weaker sheep and the half-hearts stayed in the valleys below? As I have pointed out before, due in part to the false impression many people have been given by Hollywood movies, it is commonly believed that thousands of people heard Jesus preach the Sermon on the Mount; but that is not the case. We are clearly told in the Scriptures, that only His Disciples followed our Lord to the mountaintop that day, while the vast multitudes did not rejoin Him, until after He had returned from the mountain three chapters later; so apparently they must have remained behind, because they were not willing to make the difficult trek up the mountainside. Following is clear Scriptural proof of this:
"And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:"
Matthew 5:1, KJV
"When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him."
Matthew 8:1, KJV
Clearly then, it is only those who truly hunger after the Words of Life, those who make a sincere, honest effort to hear, read and study them, who shall indeed be filled. It is for this reason, that in echoing the Lord's own words, the Apostle Paul wrote:
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15, KJV
In the final installment of this series, we will take a look at such topics as the example of the Bereans, TV dinners and American Christianity, modern NCRAP versions, Godly Guidance or footnotes, serious omissions in the NCRAP versions, the subtle attack on Jesus' unique status, the motivations of modern Bible publishers, the "anti-Semitism" in the KJV, the Jewish controllers, Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, respect for God's Word, the Divine Inspiration of God's Word, some tough questions, God's last warning, and my closing remarks. I trust that you will join me.
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