THE WORD OF GOD AND THE
SOURCE OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE
The King James Bible
and its source, the Textus Receptus.
The "contemporary" translations
are based upon heresy documents, i.e.
Vaticanus B, Sinaiticus
אּ, etc. which
are of Gnostic origin, which are the preferred source for the
Nestle, Aland Greek texts, which,
unfortunately, are the preferred Greek texts studied by ministers in
Seminary. Because of their entrenched ignorance (concerning
the source of their study) and
their pride in 'their' knowledge of the Greek (despite the heresy of
the Greek source),
'enlightened' Christians will defend these heresy texts by
discrediting and attacking any who expose the error of their way,
preventing others from knowing the truth, refusing to seek out and
know the truth themselves. These heresy documents introduce
confusion into the church, forcing the church leadership away from
the preaching and teaching of sound doctrine and into the dialoguing
of men's opinions (thus into 'growing' the church on human
'feelings,' thoughts, and reasoning).
Faith does not come by hearing mans opinion of God's word (there is no certainty, conviction, contrition, or conversion in opinions), but rather faith comes by hearing God's word itself being preached and taught. It is important you know (you are certain) that what you are hearing, reading, studying, preaching, and teaching is God's word. "Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the God." Jesus quoting Deuteronomy 8:3
What eventually became entitled the Textus Receptus or the "received text" (1633) was first presented by Erasmus (Novum Instrumentum omne, 1516). It was compiled from several manuscripts from the 'Majority text,' i.e. the Byzantine (Syrian) text, which were a large number of manuscripts and fragments originally protected by the eastern church from the western church's (Roman Catholics church's) efforts to destroy them, and therefore were not accessible to the western world until after the 1453 conquest of Constantinople by the Ottoman Empire. By Christians fleeing from the east into the west, these guarded manuscripts were eventually accessible to western scholars. The significance of these manuscripts is that they are able to be compiled as one Greek source from which to be translated from, which brought preaching and teaching the Word of God "as is" back into the church, the Catholic sources being many varied sources (with major confliction in doctrine between them) which brought dialogue (men's opinions) into the "church."
Today there is a major move to
confuse the Protestant Church and bring it back under Roman Catholic rule (the
"ecumenical" movement). By discrediting the use of the Textus Receptus
as God's Word, examining (and thus negating) the Word of God in the "light" of Gnostic
text, the Protestant Church is being seduced, deceived, and
manipulated, drawn away from the preaching and teaching of sound
doctrine and into the dialoguing of mans opinions (through
The Alexandrian and Origen text (Gnostic texts) are the basis for almost all contemporary translations. Oregenes Adamantius 185-245 AD, was a Greek, Egyptian-born Gnostic writer, teacher, & mystic, who, with his contingent of scribes, synthesized philosophical teachings into the scriptures (which no longer made them God's word but rather the opinions of men, needing enlightened men thereon to interpret them, i.e. the same as some "expert" lawyer rewriting your will so that he can "interpret" (re-interpret) what you meant, to others, done for his financial gain and prestige, i.e. so that others would turn to him for advice, i.e. direction). These Gnostic texts, with their humanistic, philosophical base, have opened the churches and seminaries up to humanistic reasoning (higher criticism or vain speculations) and dialogue, with the opinions of men in control of the meaning of God and His Word. Almost all translations today carry this error (heresy).
Most Christians who detected the error of the "Church Growth Movement," the emergent church, etc. were using translations from the Textus Receptus (King James, Geneva, Tyndale, Luther, etc. bibles) They discerned the compromise, i.e. the structural change of the word of God, and the resulting humanism being practiced within the "contemporary" church, by their having been raised in Churches using translations from the Textus Receptus. The use of contemporary translations (based upon the Alexandrian text and Origen and his distorted Gnostic writings resulting in Vaticanus B, Sinaiticus אּ, Codex X, MSS, etc., which are the basis for new testament Greek textual study and translations today, i.e. Nestle, Aland, Metzger), has pulled the church into basing 'truth' upon the opinions of men, i.e. apostasy.
Any criticism, by those who hold to the "contemporary" translations, i.e. criticism against the warning of heresy which I am presenting in this article (regarding the contemporary translations and their source) leads back to the heresy sources, which is a cyclical route used by those in the Gnostic camp (whether they know what they are doing or "know not what they are doing") in an effort to 'rescue' or cut off any escape from the works of heresy. Though many may come to know the Lord while under the "contemporary" texts, they can not grow deep in their knowledge of the Word of God, their faith in 'the Word of God' coming into question (questioning its infallibility) if they persist in study, conflict and confusion (deliberately designed by those who wrote the heresy texts) will lead them away from faith in the Word of God to faith in the opinions of men concerning the Word of God, their own opinions and the opinions of others replacing belief (negating fundamentalism). Instead of having confidence in God and His Word they will place their confidence in man and his 'wisdom,' substituting dialogue for preaching and teaching, opinions for belief, that which is below for that which is above, sensuousness for righteousness, sight for faith.
" And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." John 8:23, 24
"Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James 1:16, 17
This discrediting of the Textus Receptus, rejecting it in preference to heretical text, is a common practice used in seminaries, in their effort to humanize the church, making it more accessible (acceptable) by the world, synthesizing it to "that which is below," i.e. the "purpose" of Gnostic writers. "That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above, corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing." (The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, translated by Dennis W. Hauck.) "The Hermetic tradition was both moderate and flexible, offering a tolerant philosophical religion, a religion of the (omnipresent) mind, a purified perception of God, the cosmos, and the self, and much positive encouragement for the spiritual seeker, all of which the student could take anywhere." (Tobias Churton The Golden Builders: Alchemists, Rosicrucians, and the First Freemasons.) Humanizing the word of God, by the use of heretical text, in an effort to "keep it up with the times," makes it easier to "grow the church," keeping it in harmony with a "rapidly changing world." Those who justify and practice the compromising of God's Word are no longer men of God, although they may hold the 'title' and position, since they have turned to the praises of men and have rejected the praises of God.
Most "biblical scholars," who falsify the history of the
Textus Receptus, base
their information upon the errors they learned from seminaries or secular
institutions which teach a liberal message (some of which may call
themselves "conservative"). They produce
confusion regarding the source, therefore cause doubt, and loss of faith in the
Word of God. The excuses are many, but the outcome is the same—the
loss of love for the Word of God, replaced with the love of men's opinions (thus
they no longer fear God but now fear man, i.e. as the scribes and
Pharisees of Jesus days, they love the praises of men rather than the
praise of God).
They believe in intellectual assent—"I'm
educated in the Greek texts (i.e. the Gnostic based Nestle, Aland,
Metzger Greek texts) and therefore since you use the
King James or Geneva bible, you are therefore out of touch with the
times, you need group therapy (human compassion, wisdom, and
understanding) to help you discover what God's 'purpose' for your life
"Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual." 1 Corinthians 2:13 Scholasticism goes in the direction of "man's wisdom," especially when a person is not humble before God, and does not fear him, not willing to bring "into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5. If you fear God, you gain understanding from His Word. "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever." Psalms 111:10 If you do not fear God, you can foolishly change His Word to make it fit with your understanding (you can feel better about yourself and be less offensive to others, getting more people in a "group hug" that way). "For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe." 1 Corinthians 1:21
For a better understanding of the
differences between the Textus Receptus and the Gnostic based
Nestle, Aland, Metzger Greek texts, listen to the following audios by James Borchert:
Part 1 and
Part 2. If you can not play them directly, save them to file and
play them later.
Although I use the King James Bible, I am not "King James Only," although I have many friends who are. I am Textus Receptus only (which condemns me to ignorance, irrationality, and irrelevance according to most 'enlightened' minds). There are also the Tyndale, Geneva, Bishops and other translations from the Textus Receptus, which differ in there translating (with reasons to support their differences). See, for example, a critique of King James Bible by some Tyndale readers, i.e. George Davis and Michael Clark (explaining why Tyndale used the word congregation instead of church in his translation of the Greek word εκκλησια, meaning "called out ones"—"So what had Tyndale done in his translation that was so heretical? According to David Daniell, Tyndale had translated the Greek word for 'elder' as 'elder' instead of 'priest', he had translated the Greek word for 'congregation' as 'congregation' instead of 'church', the Greek word for 'repentance' as 'repentance' instead of 'penance' etc. Why were such differences important to the church? The Roman Church has priests, not elders. A congregation implies a locally autonomous group of believers guided by the Holy Spirit and not a hierarchical unified church subject to a Pope. The Roman Church is built on penance and indulgences to the priest and Church, not repentance to, and forgiveness from God. In trying to faithfully render the Greek into English, Tyndale's translation exposed the errors of the church to the people which quickly brought the wrath of the church down on him." Michael Scheifler, William Tyndale - Heretical Blasphemer?). A history of the differing translations from the Textus Receptus (favoring the Authorized King James bible) is explained in another article by Steve Houck. There are many others who, starting out sounding as thought they are supportive of the Textus Receptus, will instead attempt to deceive you, using cyclical reasoning, to taking you back to the heresy sources and therefore take you into confusion, so be discerning.
“The ideas of the Enlightenment taught man that he could trust his own reason as a guide to establishing valid ethical norms and that he could rely on himself, needing neither revelation nor that authority of the church in order to know good and evil.” (Stephen Eric Bronner Of Critical Theory and Its Theorists) ["Revelation" is the Word of God, and "that authority of the church," is Christ, the head of the church.]
A good starting point, to the understanding of the importance of the Textus Receptus and the battle over its use, is to read the book Which Version is the Bible? by Floyd Nolen Jones (to order: www.christianbook.com/which-version-is-the-bible/floyd-jones) Although this book is under intense attack by the "Enlightened Christian 'scholars' and 'ministers' and booksellers" (you will understand why when or if you reading his book), I highly recommend it for what information it provides regarding textual criticism (it is not hard reading and does a good job covering the core of the problem, i.e. why and how liberals took over the translating of the Bible and the tricks of their trade).
Although the "enlightened" may 'seem to rule' the day, bringing as many as they can under their rule (through seduction, deceit, and manipulation), when they stand before God, they and their opinions won't matter, i.e. they might change God's Word to please themselves and the rest of mankind here-and-now, but they won't change God's mind there-and-then, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;" Romans 1:18. To humanize (contemporize) God's Word, for the approval of man, is to deceive yourself and others and bastardize yourself before God. Don't kid yourself, your intent is to make God's word (which is spiritual—eternal and therefore can not be changed), "easier" for man to understand (which is temporal—temporary and ever changing), so that more $$$ and respect of men can come your way. With your love of your 'wisdom,' you want more souls to come into your kingdom—temporal, masquerading yourself as sent by God for His kingdom sake—eternal. "I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied." Jeremiah 23:21 "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in they name have cast our devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:22, 23 To change the Word of God, so that the world can join the Church (so that it can be the bride of Christ), is to do what a whore does, make it easy. The true bride of Christ is not a prostitute, selling herself to the world, even "in Jesus name." She is spotless and without wrinkle. "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." James 4:4
Those who 'push' the contemporary translations (translated from the Gnostic documents, i.e. Vaticanus B, Sinaiticus אּ, Codex X, MSS, etc) have made the church "a friend of the world" and an "enemy of God." I have yet to meet, in all my travels across this land, a minister of the "contemporary" church who truly fears God and loves His Word. Since they fear the opinions of men and love their own words, i.e. their sensuous and perceptive words which "drive" (are the force behind) the "purpose" of the "church," they gain their understanding, not from God and His Word, but from their own dialectical praxis with the world. In the pride of their position and their intellect, they have cut God's head off and, by polls, surveys, feasibility studies, and consensus, put man's head (their head) in His place. "And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16:5 "Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished." Proverbs 16:5
© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2009