I have been doing a comparison between the texts of the King James 1611 version of the bible (KJV) and the New International Version (NIV). It was an unpleasant surprise to discover that a keyword search for the word “doctrine” produced 55 results in the KJV but a mere seven results in the NIV. The same situation is found with other popular modern versions of the bible when compared against the KJV eg. New King James Version (NKJV), New American Standard Bible (NASB), English Standard Version (ESV), The Message. What is often being substituted in place of “doctrine” in the modern versions is the more ambiguous word “teachings.” What is going on here?
Examining key passages in the KJV compared to the NIV reveals a sad and frightening corruption of the original text. It is sad because it is the moral equivalent of defacing a loved one’s last will and testament; frightening, because it makes hell a far more likely possibility for the souls who read (and believe) the alterations. Consider the example below:
Mark 10:24 KJV
Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
Mark 20:24 NIV
Jesus said again, Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
The KJV is saying that it is hard for people who trust in riches (instead of in Jesus) to be saved while the NIV states that salvation is a difficult matter regardless. As Jack Chick’s website comments, this “tilts the meaning of this entire passage away from the free gift of salvation toward (hard) works” – one step closer to the false doctrine of Roman Catholicism, which believes in salvation by a combination of faith, works and sacraments.
1 John 4:3 KJV
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is the spirit of antichrist.
1 John 4:3 NIV
But every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
Notice that the NIV leaves out “Christ is come in the flesh.” This very translation makes those translators guilty of being of the spirit of antichrist.
Acts 8:37 KJV
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
NIV leaves out the entire verse.
Galatians 6:17 KJV
From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
Galatians 6:17 NIV
Finally, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
NIV leaves out “Lord”, which is a lack of respect and submission to His authority. This makes it far less likely that readers will surrender their lives to His Lordship, which is what He requires us to do if we are to be saved. You cannot receive Jesus as your Saviour without also receiving Him as Lord (Philippians 2:9-12).
Romans 11:6 KJV
And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
Romans 11:6 NIV
And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
The NIV leaves out “But if by works, then it is no longer grace; if it were, work would no longer be work” from the main text and includes it as a footnote. The reference to “some manuscripts” having included this phrase in the main part of the text (but not all) serves to cast doubt upon its legitimacy as part of the Word of God. It’s a short step from this to leaving it out of the Bible altogether. Casting doubt on the veracity of this phrase is significant because it moves the theology closer to the deadly doctrine of Roman Catholicism, which believes in salvation by a combination of faith, works and sacraments, rather than by grace through faith.
1 Corinthians 11:24 KJV
Take eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: do this in remembrance of me.
1 Corinthians 11:24 NIV
This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.
The NIV leaves out the words “take eat” and “broken”. This is the core of communion and its meaning is changed by the NIV, again shifting this bible’s doctrine one step closer to Romanism. Roman Catholics don’t break bread during communion, nor do they view it as merely symbolic of the body of the Lord Jesus during His sacrifice on the cross. Instead, they consume what they say is the very body, soul, and blood of Christ transformed into their wafer, a practice which is both cannibalistic and idolatrous.
Colossians 1:14 KJV
In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:14 NIV
In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
The NIV leaves out “through His blood.” So, what is the source or means of our redemption? Where is the blood? Does not Hebrews 9:22 say, “without shedding of blood is no remission” (forgiveness)? The Lord secured our salvation because, as He was both God and man, His shed blood was the perfect sacrifice (Hebrews 9:11-14). And this sacrifice was required by the demands of a holy God for justice in dealing once and for all with the problem of sin.
1 Peter 4:1 KJV
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
1 Peter 4:1 NIV
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.
The NIV leaves out the words “for us,” the very reason Christ suffered and went to the Cross. This verse in the NIV implies that Christ suffered for His own sins, and we know that He was without sin (John 8:46).
As you can see from the above examples, the doctrine of the KJV has been corrupted in the NIV, in ways that lead us away from the truth of God’s free gift of salvation to sinners.
What did the Lord Jesus say about doctrine? He withstood His first temptation from the devil by stating that we are to live by every word of God. As it is written:
Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
To underscore the importance of this teaching for us, the Lord repeated it in Luke 4:4.
So every word in the Bible counts and must be abided by. Yet it is clear that what is happening today is a falling away from the truth of God’s words, as Paul predicted would happen in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 at the end of the age:
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
Paul also warned that the time would come when people “would not endure sound doctrine” but would instead turn away from the truth and embrace the teachings of demons (2 Timothy 4:3). This again is a feature of the lawlessness and apostasy of the end of the age.
In the book of Revelation, the Word of God warns us about the consequences of adding to, or taking away from, the Holy Scriptures:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
It is instructive to consider that several people who worked on modern translations of the bible were silenced, losing their power of speech, as per the articles below:
Was this God’s judgement falling on them, in the hope of leading them to repentance? As it is written:
Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.
(1 Timothy 5:24)
The modern versions of the bible are corrupt and are moving, with ever increasing pace as each new edition is published, towards embracing an old enemy of the true church, the spirit of Popery (Roman Catholicism). This spirit is truly Anti-Christ. It does not want you to believe in the real Lord Jesus nor to put your faith in Him as your personal Lord and Savior, and it most certainly does not want you to serve Him and obey Him. Its aim is to get you to believe in a historical Jesus, whom you do not put your faith in and trust for forgiveness of your sins, and without bowing your life and heart to worship and serve Him as Lord. Be warned because if it succeeds it will keep you from Heaven and will help send you to Hell for all eternity.
Thank you to the following website for the text comparisons and analysis given in this article: