One Message, Really?

“With so much discussion about the need for unity in the church, one would think that more people would recognize the value of the A.V. to this end, but instead one hears only of using “the Bible of your choice,” which tends to lead to fragmentation in any group study, rather than to unity. The results of having an abundance of modern versions to choose from are anything but constructive. According to an article in the New York Times, within the past twenty years “several hundred versions of the Bible, catering to every niche of reader” has resulted in a glut in the market, “too many Bibles for too few faithful” [”The Bible, a Perennial, Runs into Sales Resistance,” New York Times (October 28, 1996)]. The obvious problem of conflicting translations is illustrated by the many books that follow in the wake of the many translations, which attempt to clarify why there are so many translations! A few recent titles are, “Why So Many Bibles?”, 1968; “What Bible Can You Trust?”, 1974; “Which Bible?”, 1975; “So Many Versions?”, 1975; and others” (T Letis).

“I’d like to talk to you about two controversial things: prophecy and women’s clothing. What is prophecy? At its base, prophecy is speaking the words of God to people. The prophet Ezekiel related these words in Ezekiel 2:3-5: “And he [God] said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. For they are impudent children and stiff-hearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD. And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.” So, a prophet is a person who gives a message from God. What kind of message is it? Verse 4, “…Thus saith the Lord GOD.” Not, “This is the general meaning of what God said,” or “This is a cultural substitute for what God actually meant,” or “Thus saith my Bible college professor,” but “This IS what the Lord actually said.” The prophets were confident because they were right. They weren’t speaking for themselves, but for God. Did you know that the Bible says if everyone prophesied, it would actually be a good thing? In 1 Corinthians 14:24-25, God spoke through Paul: “But if all prophecy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.” Why would he fall on his face and worship God? Why would he report that God is in you of a truth? Because you all spoke the words of God! That means you all spoke the same things! Think about your church. Can you honestly say that if someone unlearned in the Bible or an unbeliever comes in, that all could take their Bibles and show the same truths about that person’s life? But if you had God’s words, you could do that, couldn’t you? But, really, if you had the NIV, ESV, NLT, New King James, all I can say is, “Good luck with that.”

Check out a controversial pair of verses: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) Let’s go back to verse 9. The 1984 NIV says that the last two are: “…nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders…” It’s in the 1984 NIV, but there’s a huge change in the 2011 NIV! Watch carefully. In the 2011 it says, “ …nor men who have sex with men.” That’s MSM in the abbreviation. What happened? Check out the footnote: It says, “The words men who have sex with men translate two Greek words that refer to the passive and active participants in homosexual acts.” By a strange coincidence, those words, the MSM, are also the very words used by the Centers for Disease Control. It even has its own Wikipedia page. The ESV says “… nor men who practice homosexuality,” But it has a similar note. So do the Common English Bible, the newest change to the Holman Christian Standard (yes, they keep changing it), and the NET Bible. The NLT has a different perspective. It says: “…or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality,” And the New King James goes in a different direction. It says, “…nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,” Confused yet? Believe it or not, a number of Bible versions actually agree with the King James word “effeminate,” including Westcott and Hort’s ASV and ERV, the New American Standard, the Noyes, Rotherham, Webster, Revised Webster and Young’s Literal. They hadn’t changed it yet, you see. What is effeminate, anyway? Webster’s 1828 dictionary says it exactly: “Having the qualities of the female sex; soft or delicate to an unmanly degree; tender; womanish; voluptuous.” Think about it. It goes way further than male prostitute, submissive homosexual or MSM. It means a guy who acts like a girl, a man who acts like a woman. It’s a man who is unmanly.

That covers a lot more ground, doesn’t it? So, if you go to a church and the male worship leader is dressed in a soft shirt with a woman’s sweater and women’s tight pants —that’s not homosexual, but it is effeminate. If a guy puts on a dress and high heels, that’s effeminate, too. If a guy acts like a girl, taking on a girl’s mannerisms, that may not be homosexual, but it is effeminate. And God says that should not be, especially in Christians. Homosexuality is way further down the line from effeminate, but God won’t allow either in His people, according to His preserved words. You see, many people, they’re like Lot. They set their tent so close to the Devil’s land, like Sodom, that they have to engage in a property dispute. But God says: “Don’t even go there.” Now if everyone in your church had the KJV, there would be no excuse. Don’t look like a woman, men. Don’t look like a girl, boys. One message. And if someone was convicted by these holy words, this one message, think about it. 1 Corinthians 14:24-25 could actually come true, in a sense: “But if all prophecy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:” Why? Because they have the same words. “And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.” My Bible says one message: This is God’s words, written in English. And you will only have one message if you will trust God’s holy words in English, the King James Bible. It will take out all the guesswork! You will be as confident as a prophet and be able to say, “Thus saith the Lord!” Because you will be right.”

©️ DW Daniels: “51 Reasons Why the King James” Chick Publications.

Unity, one voice, thus saith the Lord? Where, in which Church, I ask you? With so many versions of the Bible and all conflicting with one another and forever changing, how can they claim to be God’s word? To quote again the above author, “My Bible says one message: This is God’s words, written in English. And you will only have one message if you will trust God’s holy words in English, the King James Bible. It will take out all the guesswork! You will be as confident as a prophet and be able to say, “Thus saith the Lord!” Because you will be right” (DW Daniels). The Reformation not only gave us the freedom to worship God according to his will, but it also gave us a very good, accurate Bible. It has served the Church well for nearly four hundred years. Through those years the Church has spoken with one voice, one message and with authority because she was sure what she had was the very word of God. That is no longer the case. In fact, confusion abounds. We claim that our God is not the author of confusion and when it comes to this issue of Bible versions, Islam laughs in our faces. Not only does disunity abound but confusion also. Which one is the word of God? How can they all be the word of God when they all say something different? They cannot be. God is not the author of confusion. Bible Societies and Publishers are the authors of the confusion.

Is the Church in a better, healthier condition for all this multiplication of Bible versions? Does she speak with a greater degree of authority now we’ve modernised everything but the tiles on the roofs of their buildings? I suggest she has never had such a lack of authority, never been in such a state of declension as she is at present. Many, many congregations are awash with unbelief. Long ago, we left something behind, perhaps it was the word of God?

(James R Hamilton, June 2019)
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