Should we trust modern bible versions?

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.

Other examples:

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.
(Matthew 4:4)

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.
(Revelation 22:19)

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:

http://www.av1611.org/voice2.html
http://www.av1611.org/voice1.html

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:
http://www.hissheep.org/kjv/a_comparison_of_the_kjv_niv.html

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What does the Word of God teach about grace vs works?

My notes based on the Word of God (please kindly compare back to your own prayerful readings of the Word):

God offers eternal life as a free gift, but only through faith in His Son Jesus, who bore our sins for us and who alone is perfectly righteous in the Father’s eyes. We can stand on Judgement Day only due to this faith in the Lord Jesus’ work for us on the Cross:

Isaiah 53:5
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Jesus was the perfect sacrifice, the Father’s “lamb of God”:

John 1:29
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

God provided for Himself a perfect, holy Lamb to take away our sins, similar to how He provided Abraham with a ram so Abraham didn’t have to sacrifice his own son Isaac in the Old Testament.

The following text is taken from “The Journal of Bible Accuracy” website, http://www.jba.gr/Grace-and-works.htm. I’ve included it here because it helped open the eyes of my understanding to how grace relates to works in salvation of someone’s soul. I was previously a little confused about this:

The word “grace” used in Bible is a translation of the Greek word “charis” . “Charis” means “free undeserved favor”. In the Bible, it means “God’s unmerited favor”. It is very important to have a correct understanding of the word “grace” as all too often people confuse grace with works. However, grace and works are entirely different things. Romans 4:4 tells us:

“Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation.”

In this passage the word “gift” is the word “charis” in the Greek text, which as we have learned means grace. What this passage tells us is that when someone works for something, that which he receives back is a reward for his work. This reward therefore is not given to him by grace, as a gift, because he worked for it, and thus he deserves it. In the same way, when the Word of God says that something has been given to us by grace it means that it has been given to us as a gift, as something for which we didn’t qualify and for which we didn’t work. It is clear therefore that something either will be earned by works or will be given by grace. It cannot be both by works and by grace at the same time. Difficulties in understanding and accepting this fact have caused many Christians, instead of enjoying what they already have by grace and then utilize it to build their fellowship with God, to try to achieve by works what they already have.

Another passage which shows clearly that grace and works are entirely different things is Romans 11:6. There we read:

“And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were [i.e. by works], grace would no longer be grace.”

Once again, this passage explains to us what we have already seen: if something is gained by works then it could not be by grace since otherwise “grace would no longer be grace”!!! How clear and pure is the Word of God. Many of us when we go to the Word of God, we think that what we read has to mean something different than what is said! We need to understand that the Word of God means what it says and says what it means. It is our refusal to accept the Word of God that has produced all these strange ideas that gift means wage and grace means works. We go to the Word of God with the preconceived idea that we must do something to achieve a right position before God and when we see that the Word of God says that this right position has been granted to us by grace, through the accomplishments of the Lord Jesus Christ, on the condition of our faith, then we worry what is wrong with the Word. Rather, we should and must ask what is wrong with our preconceived ideas. When you go to the Word of God you must leave out any preconceived ideas you may have about it. You must go with the intention to fit your ideas to the Bible and not the Bible to your preconceived ideas. With regard to the topic of salvation and righteousness, and seeing the confusion that abounds about it, it is no wonder that God paid such special attention to tell us that when He says grace He means grace and not works!

Now does this mean that God does not want us to do good works? Of course not! In fact He has created us for good works and He has already prepared them for us (Ephesians 2:10). However, what I want to point out here is that we start as righteous and saved, and as we grow in our fellowship with the Lord, the works come as the fruit of that fellowship. These are not works that we have predetermined to do for God but works that “GOD has prepared” (Ephesians 2:10) for us. It is important to understand how you start. If you start doing good works in order to achieve a good position before God then you have missed the point. You will always end up with condemnation because you are trying to achieve righteousness by works, which is impossible. However, if you know that, because of the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and your faith in Him, you start as righteous and saved and that all these were granted to you as gifts (by grace), when you believed, then you can go ahead and do the works that God has prepared for you. These works are then not the means of your relationship with God but the fruit of that relationship. And God does want us to bring forth much fruit for Him. As the Lord said in John 15:8:

“Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be my disciples.”

Ephesians 2:8-10 summarizes the relationship of grace and works very well:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Though we are not saved by works, we are created in Christ Jesus for good works, that God has prepared for us to walk in them. To say it differently, though works do not precede our salvation, they should definitely follow it! We, as professing Christians, are indeed expected to live and walk as Christians, doing what the Word of God says and walking in the good works that God has prepared for us.

To conclude therefore: salvation is by grace through faith. It is not of works! On the other hand the fact that we once believed is not the end. We should move ahead and seek to find and do what God has prepared for us, bringing forth fruit for our Lord. As He said “every tree is known by each own fruit” (Luke 6:44). James goes even further saying “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26). The fruit of our life proves therefore whether our faith is a true living faith or a dead faith (just a confession made sometime, somewhere). To say it differently: are you saved? If yes, then walk as saved! Ephesians 5:8, 10-11 encourages us:

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light …. finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.”

Tassos Kioulachoglou