Chapter One: Purity and Preservation

Nearly 2,000 years ago, the Apostle Paul clearly identified Christianity’s degeneration (I Timothy 3:1-5). Its effectiveness would decline in direct proportion to people’s receiving the word of God as the word of men!

According to the above passage, the word of God no longer effectually works in those who consider the Bible to be simply the word of men. Unfortunately, this group now includes most graduates of seminaries who attended school to learn the Bible but finished fully convinced the Bible is no longer self-sufficient. The Bible contains several promises concerning the actual words of God, but none seems any greater than the one found in Psalm twelve.

Pure Words Preserved

God pledges the supernatural preservation of His words. The passage in Psalm 12 begins by describing the words of the Lord as pure words. According to Webster’s Dictionary, for these words to indeed be pure, they must be free from moral defilement and without spot!

(KJB) Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Verse six reveals the extent of the purity of God’s word, likening it to that of purified silver. Nevertheless, many so-called Bible scholars refuse to accept the purity of the words of God. If people choose to disbelieve God’s promises, He will not force Himself upon them (I Corinthians 14:38). Instead, He has promised to show Himself pure only to those who are pure (Psalm 18:25-26).

God attaches His solemn promise to these pure words. He promises to providentially keep and preserve His pure words from this generation for ever.

(KJB) Psalm 12:7 Thou shalt keep them (the pure words of the preceding verse), O LORD, thou shalt preserve them (the pure words of the preceding verse) from this generation for ever.

God promises to keep and preserve His very w-o-r-d-s. This promise includes generations living in 20th and 21st centuries. As the centuries have elapsed, God has not somehow become impotent to preserve His word just because man has turned his back on God and become a god unto himself.

These important truths concerning God’s word and His promise to preserve His words are removed to varying extents in every modern translation. This study primarily focuses on the most widely marketed modern version, the New International Version (NIV). As a means of introduction, compare what the King James Bible (KJB) says concerning God’s promise of providential preservation to the corresponding words found in the New International Version.

(NIV) Psalm 12:6 And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.

According to the NIV, the words of the Lord are no longer pure. What does the Bible say about purity? “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled” (Titus 1:15). Instead, the NIV says the words of God are simply flawless. Furthermore, the NIV makes no reference to God’s solemn promise to preserve His words generationally. Note also that the NIV changes the entire context of the passage in the next verse.

(NIV) Psalm 12:7 O LORD, you will keep us safe and protect us from such people forever.

Although the change in context is easily identified, read the verses together to be sure you do not miss this extraordinary alteration.

(NIV) Psalm 12:6 And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times. 7 O LORD, you will keep us safe and protect us from such people forever.

The NIV changes the very context of this passage from the words of the LORD in verse six to people in verse seven. The revisers’ objective is easy to recognize. The Christian cannot be allowed to know God’s promise to preserve His word for every generation. Otherwise, the entire premise of man’s supposed need for their “newer and better” revisions would lack justification.

If these contemporary translations were to reveal God’s promise to preserve His words, would these truths impact the lucrative bible market? If Christians could know from reading a modern version that God promised to preserve His word, they could recognize their individual responsibility to find the pure, preserved word of God today.

The NASV

Recent inquiries concerning the changes in the New American Standard Version (NASV) have prompted the author to address the NASV in this opening chapter and again in chapter 13.  These two discussions of the NASV are alone sufficient to establish the translation as just another corrupt modern version. Most of the corrupted NIV passages used for comparison throughout this book are also corrupted in the NASV.  In fact, in many cases, the NASV perverts the truth even further.

(NASV) Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times. 7 You, O LORD, will keep them; You will preserve him from this generation.

Read that again! You will keep them? You will preserve him? The NASV makes even less sense than the NIV! Take note that the 1995 updated NASV changes the pronouns in verse seven from “You” to “Thou.” An interesting adjustment to say the least!

Live by Every Word of God

Not only did God promise to provide every generation with His word; He also instructed man to live by every word of God. Man cannot live by every word “if” the Lord has failed to preserve every one of His words for us. Does God command and demand the impossible?

(KJB) Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

God promises to preserve His word for every generation and commands man to live by every word of God. Once again, the modern version revisers seem unwilling to allow the child of God to know or believe these simple truths. Otherwise, the primary rationale for the existence of these versions would be null and void.

(NIV) Luke 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.’”

According to the NIV, the Lord Jesus Christ did not say that man is to live by every word of God! Does God require this or doesn’t He? Did the Lord say this or didn’t He? One can imagine that Satan hated to hear these words leveled against him during the first century AD as he tempted the Lord. Even at that time, he probably began plotting how he would one day rip the words right out of the Lord’s mouth in His word. According to the Bible, Satan’s scribes were busy even before the completion of the New Testament (II Corinthians 2:17). Now, the bible revisers of the 20th century have simply picked up where these corrupters of old left off. What about the NASV?

(NASV) Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE.’”

The updated NASV, previously mentioned, includes the phrase about living by every word of God, after having omitted it for the previous 35 years (1960-1995). Consistency is certainly not one of the hallmarks of these modern versions.

Greek Textual Variations

Since God promised to preserve His word, where is it today? One book truly stands alone, and all the other versions find it necessary to compare their particular version with that one book—the King James Bible. Why do they all seem to be in collusion against this one book? Has someone convinced them that they must try to dethrone the King before they have any chance to succeed with their respective revisions?

Every modern version originates from, or is significantly influenced by, a set of manuscripts different from the texts from which the King James Bible primarily originated. For example, the New Testament of the KJB comes primarily from the Textus Receptus(Received Text), whereas the modern versions emanate from the corrupt Westcott and Hort Greek Text and the equally corrupt Nestle’s Greek Text.

Pure Fruit from Corrupt Roots?

When the root is corrupt, so is the fruit. Pure fruit can come only from a pure tree (Matthew 7:15-20). That is the way God made His word, and that is the way He preserved it. However, Satan has always had his “garden variety” fruit tree (Genesis 3:4-5). The Bible gives clear warning concerning the necessity of determining the type of tree from which a fruit originates (Matthew 7:20).

In the following chapters, this book compares the fruit produced by the Textus Receptus-derived King James Bible with the fruits of the modern versions. Each of these modern versions is significantly influenced by the Westcott and Hort/Nestle’s/United Bible Society texts. The primary purpose of this book is not to explore the manuscript evidence in order to keep things simple.

Although one chapter delves into this area, many fine works exist which provide sufficient evidence for the accuracy of our King James Bible. (See Bibliography for a list of such works.) Surely, a reasonable person will agree that there is something sinister about any book claiming to be a bible that attacks the virgin birth, the blood atonement, salvation by grace, and the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. All of the modern versions do just these things and many more. Thankfully, as we shall see, the King James Bible preserves, protects, and presents these sacred truths, as well as all other truths God intended for us.

Incorruptible Word

God describes His word with such penetrating terminology. For example, the following passage states that a person is born again by the incorruptible word of God. Therefore, by definition, the true word of God is not corruptible!

(KJB) I Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

No matter the opinion of the so-called Bible scholars, God does not lie. His word is not corruptible. The modern translations cannot allow anyone to know this truth. Their basis for “updating” God’s word would be destroyed if they kept these simple truths intact. Nevertheless, beginning in the first century, Satan has made repeated attempts to alter the New Testament and has spent far longer corrupting the Old. Of course, Satan uses man as the pawn.

The Apostle Paul makes this point in the following verse. “For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God…” (II Corinthians 2:17)Once corruption enters the text it is no longer collectively God’s word. Paul even warns of counterfeit letters circulating (II Thessalonians 2:2). So much for the claim of the oldest manuscripts being the best simply based upon their age! Even in the first century, scribes were intentionally influencing others by inserting their own beliefs into copies of the manuscripts. Who do you think it is who does not want man to know that God’s true word is incorruptible?

(NIV) I Peter 1:23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

It can be certain that the NIV translators do not think this truth important. No longer is one taught the truth concerning God’s promise to preserve His incorruptible word. The NIV merely says it is imperishable, as does its predecessor the NASV.

(NASV) I Peter 1:23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

The self-proclaimed scholars of today seem to have no problem with these alterations. James White is a prime example of a Bible “scholar” who believes that the oldest manuscripts are the best simply because of their supposed antiquity. He states: “Most scholars today (in opposition to the KJV Only advocates) would see the Alexandrian text-type as representing an earlier, and hence more accurate, form of text than the Byzantine text-type.”[1] Of course, he has swallowed Satan’s plan completely.

All of the modern versions elevate the “older, more reliable” manuscripts (from Alexandria, Egypt) over those used to produce the King James Bible. What are the promises of God concerning His word? Six truths from the King James Bible concerning God’s word are as follows:

1. God promises that His word will stand forever.

Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

2. God promises that His word can make you clean.

John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

3. God promises blessings to those who hear and keep His word.

Luke 11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

4. God promises the blessings only to those who accept His word as authoritative.

I Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

This application is not limited to an Old Testament king. It applies to the New Testament Christian as well. If a Christian avoids suffering persecution by rejecting God’s word, that decision causes dire consequences (II Timothy 2:12)?

5. God promises that if we continue in His word, we will know the truth and the truth will make us free.

(KJB) John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Failing to compare this change would be tantamount to negligence. First of all, the NIV changes “word” to “teachings,” detracting from the authority of the entire word of God. This changes the emphasis from the Author of the word to the teacher of the teaching.

(NIV) John 8:31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

The NIV further changes “make you free” to “set you free.” Make is more active than the passive word set. God’s word doesn’t just release us to freedom; it empowers us to experience true God-given freedom. When a person gives up his KJB, he gives up some of his freedom to be all God wants him and enables him to be.

6. God promises that He will judge us with the same word by which we are to live.

John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

If you don’t receive God’s words, you have rejected Him. What basis will God use to judge man and hold him accountable? The only justifiable basis is His holy, written word provided for man to follow. God magnifies His word above all else.

Personality Trait

An attack against the word of God is an attack against the very person of God. Proverbs clearly establishes and reveals the personality of the word of God.

 

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

God personifies His word, relating it to His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 1:14). God provides man with His pure word and expects man to live by it today. God has provided man with every word of God enabling man to fulfill God’s will of living by EVERY WORD OF GOD.

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

The Bible does not say we are to live by every word that “proceeded” (past tense) out of the mouth of God. It uses the word “proceedeth.” The use of the present verb tense reveals that the word is alive (I Peter 1:23). It is not that we are adding to God’s word, but that it is adding to us.

God’s Word: Alive and Magnified

The word of God is not something that stopped once the “originals” were penned. Second Timothy conveys the same thought: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…” (II Timothy 3:16).

God’s word is the most powerful element in the universe. God says it is quick, powerful, sharp, piercing, and able to discern a person’s thoughts and intentions. Oh, how powerful it is!

Hebrews 4:12 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.

Most self-proclaimed scholars agree that God gave man His perfect word in the “originals.” With the importance God places on His word, the conclusion that some have drawn makes no sense. Their actions imply that God allowed His word to be lost through the centuries. If His word has in fact disappeared, one must conclude that God has permitted His piercing, dividing, and discerning sword to be replaced with a sword lacking power to pierce or destroy the enemy. This sounds more like a butter knife! However, the Lord has magnified His word above even His own name. This would include the precious name of Jesus. Name here signifies His reputation and character.

Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

He has magnified His word above His name. Why would He do this? Think about it. A man’s name is only as good as His word. If a man’s word lacks integrity, His name and character are certainly tarnished. This holds true concerning the Creator, too. God’s name is only as good as His word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Only a good name can display integrity and honor.

Faith: The Key Element

God is powerful. His word is powerful. It is therefore logical that Satan would dedicate his most potent resources toward destroying a Christian’s faith in the word of God. He is very busy working to accomplish this end! Satan knows that if he can destroy a person’s faith in the word of God, he can make that word unprofitable in the individual’s life. Read for yourself:

 

Hebrews 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

Has your faith been destroyed? If so, think back to when and how this destruction took place. Unfortunately, many preachers have lost their faith during their seminary training. In turn, many others sitting under the preaching of these seminary graduates lose theirs too. Do you remember how you lost yours? Regardless of the pathway taken, if your faith has been destroyed, Satan has gained his primary goal.

God rebuked the Jews for their lack of faith (Deuteronomy 32:20). We are told that the Old Testament examples are given to us to help us avoid repeating Israel’s sins. They are given to us for examples and ensamples (I Corinthians 10:6, 11). Many Christians are ignorant of God’s word and its applications. This is especially true of those who have been busy perverting God’s word—the modern version producers.

Old Testament Guide

The 23rd chapter of Jeremiah shows God’s disgust with those responsible for the perversion of His word. When the prophets prophesied falsely, attributing their lies to the Almighty, the reader senses the Lord’s anger and disgust. Finally, we see Him rebuking the prophets for stealing His words from their neighbors.

(KJB) Jeremiah 23:30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.

How does someone steal God’s words from another person? The context of the passage shows that they were passing off their own words as the very words of God. Modern version editors are likewise guilty of the same thing. Consider the NIV reading that again casts doubt upon whether the words were God’s or simply supposedly from Him!

(NIV) Jeremiah 23:30 “Therefore,” declares the LORD, “I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me.

It seems reasonable for God to rebuke the prophets for stealing His words from their neighbors. However, the NIV says that God was upset because the prophets were stealing words that were SUPPOSEDLY from Him. Does it seem logical that the Lord would be rebuking these prophets for stealing words that were not really His at all?

One Book Stands Alone is written for all those interested in re-establishing or further strengthening their faith in God’s word. Simple verse-to-verse comparisons allow you to easily see the pattern of corruption in the modern versions. Topical chapters in this book highlight the modern versions’ clear attacks on specific truths and doctrines of God. May your faith be strengthened, restored, or established in God’s word. Pray that you will magnify His word and give it the prominence God expects and surely deserves.

The next two chapters deal with the attack upon the doctrine of the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Claiming deity for Jesus Christ simply means that Jesus Christ is God. Cults like the Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that He is not God. Modern versions follow suit with their perversion of this most important of doctrines.

 

[1] White, The King James Only Controversy, op. cit., p.43.