The Bible is the Most Priceless Possession of the Human Race
"How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!" —Psalm 139:17
By David J. Stewart
There is No greater wealth in all the world than the Word of God. The Bible is the mind of God in print. This is why we are commanded in Philippians 2:5... "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." A believer cannot have the mind of Christ without the Word of God.
The Bible states in 1st Peter 1:23, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." We are "born-again" by the Word of God, i.e., the Seed which, when watered by one's faith, causes the Holy Spirit of God to breath new life into that soul (Romans 8:11).
Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that the integrity of the Word of God be preserved. And God has done just that, in fulfillment of His promise in Psalm 12:6-7, which states... "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt PRESERVE them from this generation for ever." The Hebrew word for "preserve" in Psalm 12:7 is natsar, and means "to guard from danger, to protect, to watch, to be kept close." Hence, God has promised to maintain the purity and reliability of His Word forever.
The New International Version is from Hell
Tragically, most pastors today have turned aside from the truth, and are now using the corrupt New International Version (from this point on referred to as the "NIV"). The NIV removes the name above every other name, Jesus, in 38 places. The word "begotten" has been stricken from John 3:16. The word "Godhead" has been removed completely. Even the word "Calvary" is gone. The word "sodomite" is completely gone, as are the words: fornication, trucebreakers, winebibbers, carnal, slothful, unthankful, effeminate, backbiting, vanity, lasciviousness, whoredom, devils, Lucifer, damnation, brimstone, regeneration, mercyseat, remission, Jehovah, immutable, omnipotent, Comforter, Holy Ghost, Messiah, quickened, infallible, propitiation, and the bottomless pit. I'm not kidding, go check for yourself! All these words in the King James Bible (which I refer to as the "KJB") have been stricken from the New International Version. We ought to call it the H.I.V., because it's more deadly than the AIDS virus. The NIV changes or removes 64,000 words from the King James Bible. This is a direct attack on the Bible by wicked and arrogant men.
Westcott and Hort Went to Hell
In Psalm 12:6-7 God promised to "preserve" His Word and He has beautifully done so in the King James Bible. All modern bibles are corrupt, following the malicious tampering of heretics Westcott and Hort. Even the Interlinear Greek New Testament used by the Jehovah's Witnesses states inside the front cover that it is based upon the Greek of Westcott and Hort. So if you're using an NIV, you've got the SAME garbage as the New World Translation used by the Jehovah's Witness cult. The New King James Bible also adheres to the Greek of Westcott and Hort. Look at the different MODERN bibles, and compare, and you'll find all the same changes and perversions in them are the same. Take a look at Philippians 2:6 and you'll quickly discover the shocking truth. Satan has successfully infiltrated our churches today with false bibles, which consequently has led to many false doctrines.
Should it be surprising that John MacArthur denies the efficacy of Jesus' literal physical blood, in view of his support and use of the NIV? Not at all. Should it be surprising that the NIV crowd unanimously holds to a false Postribulation Rapture position, in view of their support and use of the NIV? Not at all. The NIV is corrupt! Should it be surprising that homosexuals support the NIV because it completely removed the word "sodomite." Not at all. The NIV is a watered-down, sinfully compromised, perverted publication. The NIV is unholy, as were it's forefathers, Brooke Foss Westcott (1825-1901) and Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828-1892).
The New International Version Teaches the "Lordship Salvation" Heresy
The NIV teaches the damnable heresy of Lordship Salvation. The NIV has produced an generation of Lordship Salvationists who foolishly believe that a person cannot be saved without making Jesus Lord. Here's Romans 10:9 from the King James Bible,
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
Now here's Romans 10:9 from the perverted NIV...
"That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
Listen friend, you don't make Jesus Lord... HE IS LORD!
The Bible never requires us to make Jesus our "Lord" to be saved, only trust Him as our Savior (John 14:6). Peter shows clear evidence of this when he professed, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God" in Matthew 16:16. Peter never confessed "Jesus is Lord." Rather, Peter received Jesus as the Messiah. Genesis 15:6 simply states that Abraham, "...believed in the LORD; and he (God) counted it to him for righteousness." Romans 4:5 plainly states, "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." It is our faith upon Jesus as our Savior, because of the precious blood that He shed for our sins at Calvary, that saves us (1st Peter 1:18,19). Making Christ the Lord of our life is a matter of consecration; NOT Salvation. If one had to make Jesus the Lord of their life to be saved, then Lot, Samson, and Solomon would all be in Hell today. What about Ananias and Sapphira? What about the carnal Believers at Corinth?
Defend the Word of God if You Love It
I defend the Word of God because I love It, and because it's the responsibility of every born-again Christian to do so. If Christians don't defend the Bible, then who will? I am leery of anyone who claims to be a Christian who makes light of the doctrinal integrity of the Scriptures. Jesus said in John 5:39... SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES!!! Well, you can't search the Scriptures if they've been tampered with and twisted around. The NIV is a work of destruction.
The fact that the NIV removes the word "begotten" from John 3:16 is enough reason for me to burn every NIV I can get my hands on. God has many adopted sons; but only one BEGOTTEN Son, Jesus Christ. The NIV teaches that God gave His only Son in John 3:16. This is a lie according to Galatians 4:5... "To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." Every believer is an adopted child of God. God has many sons; but only one begotten Son. The word "begotten" denotes deity, which is exactly why the NIV committee removed it. This is why the word "Godhead" was completely removed from the NIV. This is why 1st Timothy 3:16 was changed from "God was manifest in the flesh" in the KJB to a mere "He was revealed in a body" in the NIV.
The Word of God is Powerful
There is no greater power in the universe than the Word of God. We read in Hebrews 4:12-13, "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. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." Only the Bible can show a man who he really is, and remedy him.
When Chicago mass-murderer John Wayne Gacy died, pathologists removed and dissected his brain to search for physical abnormalities. To no surprise, they found none. They were looking in the wrong place, for we read in Jeremiah 17:9... "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" Mr. Gacy had an evil heart (i.e., man's subconscience). Hebrews 4:12 tells us that ONLY the Word of God can discern the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Modern psychologists and psychiatrists are scrambling to solve the mystery of malicious human-nature; but they refuse to acknowledge the sin-nature of man. The only sure remedy is Jesus Christ, and the new-life which He brings into one's heart (2nd Corinthians 5:17). Only the Bible can show a man who he really is, and truly remedy him.
The Bible is the Most Priceless Possession of the Human Race
The Bible is precious! God's Words are as applicable today as they were thousands of years ago. It is tragic that so many people reject the Bible as God's Word. Regardless... it doesn't change a thing. "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled" (Matthew 5:18). Let the world mock and ridicule the Word of God, because it won't change the Truth. God will be vindicated.
The Word of God is Precious because It is a Book of PROMISES... "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and PRECIOUS PROMISES: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." The Power of God rests in the Promises of God. For example: Romans 10:13 promises that "whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord [Jesus] shall be saved." God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). The Bible contains over 7,000 promises from God. In a generation when so many people are breaking their marriage vows, and other promises, it is wonderful to know that God has given us so many precious promises in the Scriptures.
"The Bible, composed by many authors, over a period of many centuries, yet ONE BOOK, is, in itself, the outstanding Miracle of the Ages, bearing aloft its own evidence of its Superhuman Origin."
SOURCE: Halley’s Bible Handbook, by Henry H. Halley; pg. 23; 1965 Edition
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