The following is extracted from William Tyndale’s 1534 New Testament1

It is posted so that rabid Calvinists can read it and get bent trying to warp it into “unconditional, sovereign election.” I am not worried as the language will stand. Though the language and grammar are very plain that the predestination pertains to what the born-again believer will be AFTER they are saved, those holding Calvinist/Reformed doctrine are always intellectually dishonest enough to throw out the rules of English grammar and sentence structure, and contort the passage into saying “predestined to salvation.

How do I know? I have dealt with several Calvinists, with the last “conversation” abruptly ending after about 6 months. During this time I found him to be more dishonest and unstable than most who hold Calvinist doctrine (he is a “charismatic Calvinist” (Extreme emotionalism plus hateful doctrine — what a combination!)), but right along the same lines as the rest of them. He used the same intellectually disingenuous arguments, and pulled the same shenanigans they all pull. He acted utterly superior, condescending, arrogant, bullying, and lied through his teeth, contradicting himself several times. When called on it, he changed subjects, bullied, and brought up questions that had nothing to do with the current discussion, and tried to seize control of the discussion. In short, typical Calvinist/Reformed behavior.

If you have been so abused by a Calvinist, you could drop a comment. I will gladly post it. The wickedness of Calvinist doctrine and the behavior it engenders needs to be seriously exposed.

With that, I leave you to the most excellent William Tyndale, the father of modern English and originator of the lineage of Bibles which culminated in the King James Version of the Holy Scriptures.

Ephesians, Chapter One:

Blessed be God the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which hath blessed us with all manner of spiritual blessing in heavenly things by Christ, according as he had chosen us in him, before the foundation of the world was laid, that we should be saints, and without blame before him, through love. And ordained us before through Jesus Christ to be heirs unto himself, according to the pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace wherewith he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

By whom we have redemption through his blood even the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace, which grace he shed on us abundantly in all wisdom, and perceivance. And hath opened unto us the mystery of his will according to his pleasure, and purposed the same in himself to have it declared when the time were full come, that all things, both the things which are in heaven, and also the things which are in earth, should be gathered together, even in Christ: that is to say, in him in whom we are made heirs, and were thereto predestinate according to the purpose of him which worketh all things after the purpose of his own will: that we which before believed in Christ should be unto the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:3-12, William Tyndale’s New Testament
  1. Modern Spelling Edition, edited by David Daniell, Yale University Press, 1989, ISBN 0-300-04419-4, pg. 282 []
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  • 23 May 2010 at 11:48

    Calvinism and the King James Bible

    I do not at all believe that a person has to see or believe the truth of the sovereignty of God in electing His particular people from before the foundation of the world unto salvation through the blood of the Lamb of God in order to be saved. But as a King James Bible believer I find it highly ironic that so many of my KJB brethren (though not all by any means) are so dead set against the doctrines of the free and sovereign grace of God. Many of then hate these doctrines and label them as heresy. Yet most of them are totally unaware of the simple fact that the vast majority of the King James Bible translators themselves held tenaciously to these very same doctrines they hate so much.

    Though they are but men, here is a partial list of some very well known Christians who also believed and preached these same doctrines of sovereign grace. The majority of the King James Bible translators, William Carey – the father of the modern missionary movement(1761-1834), Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1842), John Bunyan- who wrote Pilgrim’s Progress (1628-1688), C. H. Spurgeon – the prince of preachers (1834-1892), George Whitfield – famous evangelist (1714-1770), John Newton – who wrote Amazing Grace (1722-1807), John Milton of Paradise Lost fame (1608-1674), William Cowper – who wrote There is a Fountain (1731-1800), Augustus Toplady – who wrote Rock of Ages, Cleft for me (1740-1778), Horatious Bonar – author of many hymns (1808-1889), Isaac Watts – hymn writer (1674-1748), Martin Luther (1483-1546), John Knox (1505-1572), John Wycliffe – first translated the Bible into English (1320-1384), Theodore Beza – compiler of the Greek New Testament that underlies the King James Bible (1519-1605), Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556), William Tyndale – of the Tyndale New Testament, forerunner of the KJB, Hugh Latimaer (1485-1555), Nicholas Ridley (1500-1555), John Huss (1369-1415), John Foxe of Foxes Book of Martyrs (1517-1587), Stephen Charnock (1628-1680), John Owen (1616-1683), David Brainerd – missionary to the American Indians (1718 – 1747), Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) Matthew Henry who wrote the famous commentary that bears his name (1662-1714), Robert Haldane (1764-1842), Jonathon Edwards who was used mightily during the Great Awakening revivals in America (1703-1758), Augustus H. Strong, former president of Rochester Theological Seminary (1836-1921), Charles Hodge (1797-1878), A. A. Hodge (1823-1886), B. B. Warfield (1851-1921), B. H. Carroll, founder and first president of the Southwestern Baptist Seminary,(1843-1914) J.P. Boyce, founder and first president of Southern Baptist Seminary:, John Gresham Machen (1881-1937). Louis Berkhof (1873-1957) , Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981), Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984), R. C. Sproul, J.I. Packer, Dr. Ken Matto (KJB believer), and Ian Paisley- who also is a strong King James Bible believer.

    Now, let’s examine some of the places in the modern versions where they are muddying the waters or even perverting some of these precious truths.

    I Timothy 2:3-5

    “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who WILL HAVE all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

    Much of modern Christianity pictures God as a grandfatherly figure wishing so badly that his errant creatures would heed his pleadings and decide of their own free will to choose to believe and cast their vote for God. For those of us who have been granted by our gracious Lord to see the great truths of election and sovereign grace, we should be greatly concerned to see how many of these truths have been diluted in the new bible versions.

    Comparing scripture with scripture we see that the phrase “all men” refers to both Jews and Gentiles. It means all categories of men, not all men without exception. The Arminian view always proves too much. There were multitudes of men who were already lost and in hell when Christ died. So does “all men” include those who had perished in their sins before Christ came to this earth?

    In the Old Testament God chose only the nation of Israel to be his people. “For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.” Deut. 14:2. But now the Messiah has come to be the Saviour of His people which are taken out out every nation, tribe, kindred and tongue. “God did visit the Gentiles to take out of them a people for his name.” Acts 15:14.

    Even in the Old Testament times a Gentile could come to Israel and learn of the true God. Notice carefully the expression used in Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the temple in I Kings 8:41-43: “Morover concerning A STRANGER, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name’s sake; (For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when HE shall come and pray toward this house; Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that THE STRANGER calleth to thee for; that ALL PEOPLE of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people of Israel.”

    Observe that this prayer refers to one Gentile who comes to pray to the true God. “All people of the earth” therefore does not mean every individual but all men without distinction of nationality, be they a Jew or a Gentile. Again in Isaiah 56: 6, 7 it says: “Also the sons of the stranger (Gentiles) that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD…Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer…for mine house shall be called an house of prayer FOR ALL PEOPLE.” Obviously this does not mean every individual without exception will join himself to the LORD, but all without distinction of nationality.

    When the apostle Paul relates his conversion experience we can see how this same thought is expressed. In Acts 9:15 the Lord tells Ananias concerning Paul: “But the Lord said, Go thy way; for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.” Yet in Acts 22:14, 15 Paul himself tells us that Ananias came to him: “And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shoudest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. For thou shalt be his witness unto ALL MEN of what thou hast seen and heard.” Do you see it? All men = the Gentiles, kings and the children of Israel. All men without distinction of nationality or social standing. Obviously Paul did not speak to Noah’s sons, the Cherokee indians, Genghis Khan or Bill Gates.

    At the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the devout Simeon came by the Spirit into the temple, took up the babe in his arms and said: “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of ALL PEOPLE; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” Obviously not every individual Gentile or Jew would be lightened by this salvation, but the Messiah will save all people without distinction of nationality, not all people without exception.

    This is why Paul continues in 1 Timothy with these significant words. In verses 6 and 7 he says: “Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.” Why does he say he is not lying but telling the truth that he was a preacher and teacher of the Gentiles? Because now in the New Testament dispensation Christ, the Jewish Messiah, is gathering from the heathen Gentiles a people for his name and together the elect Jews and the elect Gentiles are what make up the “all men”.

    This is a consistent, biblically defined use of the term “all men” or “all people”. The “all men” is not the problem with the modern versions, but the NKJV, NIV, ESV and NASB have all translated the verb “to will” in such a way as to create a direct contradiction with several other verses and contribute to the pathetic god image so common today.

    The King James Bible, as well as Wycliffe 1395, Tyndale 1525, Coverdale 1535, Bishop’s Bible 1568, the Geneva Bible 1599, even Wesley’s 1755 translation, Young’s, Rotherham’s 1902 Emphasized Bible, Webster’s 1833 translation, the Revised Version, the Third Millenium Bible and the 21st century KJV all correctly translate God “WILL HAVE all men to be saved”, or “wills” all men to be saved. The verb is thelo and, when used of God, it means to will to do something. And since He rules over all, what He wills He does.

    The NKJV, ESV and NASB say God “DESIRES all men to be saved ” while the NIV, ISV, Holman Standard say he “WANTS all men to be saved”. This rendering contradicts the passages where this same verb or noun form is used in referrence to God.

    He “worketh all things after the counsel of HIS OWN WILL” Ephesians 1:11; “For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth WHOM HE WILL” John 5:21; and in Romans 9:16 – 18 we read: “So then it is NOT of him that WILLETH, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. Therefore hath he mercy on whom HE WILL have mercy, and whom HE WILL he hardeneth.” Again with a different word but with the same thought is James 1:18 “OF HIS OWN WILL begat he us with the word of truth.”

    The new versions portray a schizophrenic god who, on the one hand desires or wants to save everybody, and yet a God Who in fact saves whom He wills.

    Respecter of Persons

    There is a subtle twisting of God’s inspired words taking place in many modern versions in how they are rendering the phrase “respecteth not persons”. This is so subtle, that I believe most Christians have not noticed it. The change in meaning produced by versions like the NKJV, NIV, ESV and NASB unfortunately fits in with so much of modern, popular theology, that many would actually consider it to be an improvement over the King James reading. It fits the philosophy of the natural mind of man.

    The concept that “God has created all men equal” does not come from the Holy Bible. God obviously has not created all men equal, nor does He deal with every single individual or nation in what seems to us to be a fair and impartial manner. Many have become so influenced in their thinking by the reasoning of the world, that they cannot discern this obvious truth.

    God has created, formed and made each of us. Yet He has not given to all equal intelligence, good looks, physical skills, nor spiritual gifts. “He divideth to every man severally as He will.” Exodus 4:11 tells us “And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?”.

    Not all are born in a country which even has the word of God in its culture, or where it would be openly taught and encouraged. Psalm 147:19,20 “He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.” Some are born in abject poverty, disease and ignorance, while others are blessed with abundant crops, education and families that care for them. “The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.” Proverbs 22:2.

    The phrase “to accept the persons of men” or “to respect persons” does not mean, as the modern versions have translated it, “to show partiality” or “to show favoritism”. One of the chief arguments of the Arminian side against the doctrine of election is: “God does not show partiality or favoritism, so election cannot be true.” The new bibles are reinforcing this fallacious argument.

    “Not to show partiality” is to treat all men equally; and God does not treat every individual equally, as His word clearly testifies. Daniel Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines “respecter of persons” as ‘a person who regards the external circumstances of others in his judgment, and suffers his opinions to be biased by them’. God’s dealings with a man are not based on outward appearance, position, rank, wealth or nationality. Rather, His own sovereign purpose and the good pleasure of His will are the only deciding factors.

    We are told in Deuteronomy 7:6-8 “For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people: for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you”. Deuteronomy 10: 14-17 “Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’S thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is. Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.” Verse 17 “For the LORD thy God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which REGARDETH NOT PERSONS, nor taketh reward.” Here both election and “not regarding persons” are used in the same context.

    God says He chose ONLY the fathers (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) and their seed to be His people, and not the others. That He “REGARDETH NOT PERSONS” means that He does this, not on the basis of their nationality, nor their good moral character (for they were a stiffnecked and rebellious people), but because is was His good pleasure to do so. Other Bibles that agree with the KJB here are Wycliffe, Coverdale, Bishop’s Bible, Geneva Bible, the Revised Version, the ASV of 1901, Rotherham’s 1902, the JPS 1917 Jewish Bible, the 1936 Hebrew-English, Youngs, Darbys, the Spanish versions and Websters Bible. However the NKJV, NIV and NASB have “shows no partiality”. If God chose Israel to be His people, and not the others, is not this showing partiality?

    Deut. 14:1,2 “Ye are the children of the LORD your God…and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.” Why did not God choose the other nations to be his children and to know his laws? Isn’t this showing partiality or favoritism?

    One verse among the hundreds that have been messed up by the NKJV, NIV, ESV, Holman and NASB is 2 Samuel 14:14. Here Joab saw that king David’s heart was toward his son Absalom. So Joab sends a wise woman to speak to the king. In verse 14 she says: “For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again: NEITHER DOTH GOD RESPECT ANY PERSON: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.” In other words, we all must die, whether rich, poor, Jew, Gentile, man or woman, king or servant; God does not look at our social station and on this basis exclude some from death.

    Agreeing with the King James reading here are the 1917 Hebrew English, Young’s, the Geneva Bible, Websters Bible, the KJV 21, Third Millenium Bible, and the Spanish Sagradas Escrituras. But many bibles, including the NKJV, NIV, ESV, Holman and NASB have the ridiculous reading of “YET GOD DOES NOT TAKE AWAY LIFE”, instead of “neither doth God respect any person”. This is a lie and a contradiction. In this very book in chapter 12:15 “the LORD struck the child” of David and Bathsheeba and it died. In I Sam. 2:6 we are told “The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up”, and in Deuteronomy 32:39 God says “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.”

    It is not that the Hebrew will not allow the meaning found in the KJB, that the NKJV, NIV, ESV, Holman and NASB have so badly mistranslated 2 Samuel 14:14. They all likewise have translated these same words in other places as they stand in the KJB and others.

    The phrase “no respecter of persons” is found six times in the New Testament, and every time the modern versions have distorted the true meaning. Romans 2:11, Ephesians 6:9, Colossians 3:25, James 2:1 and 9, and Acts 10:34. In each case it has to do with not receiving the face, outward position, nationality or social rank of another. But God does not treat all people the same, nor are we told to do so either. We are to withdraw from some, avoid, exclude, reject, seperate from, and not cast our pearls before others. Most importantly, God Himself chose His elect people in Christ before the foundation of the world and “of the SAME LUMP” makes one vessel unto honour and another unto dishonour – Romans 9:21. This is definitely showing partiality, but it is not respecting persons.

    Romans 2:11 says “For there is no respect of persons with God.” So also read the ASV, Geneva, Revised Version, Spanish “acepción de personas”, Lamsa, Webster’s, 21st Century KJB, TMB, and the KJB II of Green. Young’s says there is no “acceptance of faces”. But the NKJV, NASB say “no partiality” and the NIV says “not show favoritism”. The Worldwide English N.T. says: “God does not love some people more than others”. Yet this very book declares in Romans 9 “For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of him that calleth…Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated…I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy…So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy…Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.”

    Please consider the true meaning of the phrase “no respecter of persons” and contrast it with the modern rendering. I hope you will see that it is not the same at all. Only the KJB contains the whole truth of the counsel of God.

    Faith is a gift from God.

    Faith or belief is a gift from God. Faith is not something we can produce on our own. God has to give it to us. Those who are not His sheep do not believe because they are not His sheep. John 10:26. Jesus said to the Pharisees “But ye believe not, BECAUSE ye are not my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”

    The reason you and I believe the gospel is because God Himself gives us faith. Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, according as GOD HATH DEALT TO EVERY MAN THE MEASURE OF FAITH.”

    The “every man” in the context is the “every man among you” or those who are already Christians. Not everyone has faith. 2 Thessalonians 3:2 “for all men have not faith” and obviously there are unbelievers.

    Phil. 1:29 “For unto you IT IS GIVEN in the behalf of Christ, not only TO BELIEVE ON HIM, but also to suffer for his sake.”

    Eph. 2:8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES, IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD.”

    Eph. 1:19 “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward that believe, according to the working of his mighty power” Tyndale and Geneva Bibles note that Faith is the work of God only, even as the raising up of Christ. The same power that raised up Christ, is the power of God that causes us to believe the gospel. This truth has been obscured in the NASB and NIV. They both add words not found in any Greek text and change the meaning of the passage.

    The NASB says: ” and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. THESE ARE in accordance with the working of the strength of His might…”

    The NIV has: “and his incomparably great power for us who believe. THAT POWER is like the working of his mighty strength…”

    Scripture speaks of “the faith of God’s elect” Titus 1:1

    We are told that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith – Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.”

    Acts 3:16 “yea, the faith which is by him (not just ‘in’ him, but BY Him) hath given him this perfect soundness ”

    Acts 18:27 “he helped them much which had believed THROUGH GRACE.” It wasn’t just that they believed “in” grace, by it was ‘through grace’ that they believed.

    Acts 14:27 “they rehearsed all that God had done among them, and how He had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.” If God doesn’t open the door, there is no faith.

    Acts 16:14 “Lydia…whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of by Paul”

    Acts 15:9 “and put no difference between us (believing Jews) and them (believing Gentiles) purifying their hearts by faith.” God purified their hearts by faith, not ‘because of’ faith. God did it and He did it by faith which He himself gave them. It was not “their part”.

    Acts 13:48 “and AS MANY AS WERE ORDAINED TO ETERNAL LIFE BELIEVED.” Their having been ordained to eternal life preceeded their believing. The reason they believed is because God had ordained them to faith in the gospel.

    1 Peter 1:21 “Who by Him believe in God that raised him up from the dead” Again, it is BY HIM that we believe in God.

    2 Peter 1:1 “to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”.

    They obtained this faith, they did not have it to begin with and then did their part to exercise it.

    1 Cor. 12:9 “For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom… to another faith by the same Spirit.”

    Gal. 5:22 one of the parts of the fruit of the Spirit is faith. The Spirit produces FAITH, and this is the reading found in such Bibles as Bishops’ Bible, the Geneva bible, Young’s, Lamsa, Wycliffe, Bible in Basic English, Green’s ‘literal’, and even the Holman Standard 2003, but versions like the NKJV, NIV, RSV, ESV, and NASB have changed this to ‘faithfulness’.

    1 Cor. 3:5-6 “Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” You can preach and teach gospel truths, but unless God Himself gives the increase and causes the seed to sprout and grow, there is no belief and no life.

    The NASB & NIV have both changed the meaning of this section, added words not in any text, and don’t even agree with each other.The NASB says: “through whom you believed, even as the Lord GAVE OPPORTUNITY to each one.” This fallacious reading pictures God as giving the opportunity to believe, but apparently it is up to us to choose to take advantage of it or not. This fits in perfectly with today’s Arminian theology.

    The NIV, on the other hand, differs from them all and says: “only servants, through whom you believed —as the Lord HAS ASSIGNED TO EACH HIS TASK.” The NIV’s focus is not on the act of faith as coming from God, but rather on the task God gave to Paul and Apollos.

    The Faith OF Jesus Christ

    One of the many serious changes being made in the modern bible versions is how they are altering the phrase “the faith OF Christ”. Many times the phrase “by the faith OF Jesus Christ” has been changed to “by faith IN Jesus Christ”. See for example Romans 3:22; Galatians 2:16, 20; 3:22; Ephesians 3:12; Phillipians 3:9; James 2:1; Revelation 2:13; and 14:12.

    Romans 3:22 “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith OF Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference.” John Gill comments on this verse saying: “Here it is said to be “by faith of Jesus Christ”; not by that faith which Christ himself had as man, but by that faith, OF WHICH HE IS THE AUTHOR and object.”

    Galatians 2:16, 20 – “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith OF Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith OF Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” …”and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith OF the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

    Here the NKJV, NIV and NASB have all changed this to “faith IN Jesus Christ”, thus changing the truth that this faith comes from Jesus Christ and instead implying that it comes from ourselves.

    This is not a question of Greek texts differing, because they all say the same thing, dia pisteos iesou xristou, the genitive of possession or source. We speak of the birth of Christ, the death of Christ, the resurrection of Jesus, the body of Jesus, the cross of Christ, the riches of Christ, the kingdom of Christ, the glory of Christ, and many other things using the same grammatical construction, but suddenly the NKJV, NAS, NIV, and most modern bibles now have “through faith IN Jesus Christ.”

    The older Bibles – Wycliffe 1395, Tyndale 1525, Coverdale 1535, the Bishops’ Bible 1568, the Geneva Bible 1599, the Douay-Rheims 1609, Douay 1950, Wesley’s N.T. 1755, Darby, Young’s, Webster’s 1833 translation all read as the King James Bible, and so do the Third Millenium Bible 1998 and the KJV 21st Century 1994.

    However beginning with the Revised Version of 1881 and then by the ASV of 1901, they changed about half of these references to “the faith OF Jesus Christ” to faith IN Jesus Christ. For example, the first place we find mention of “the faith OF Jesus Christ” is Romans 3:22. The ASV changes this to read: “even the righteousness of God through faith IN Jesus Christ”, but then it footnotes “or, OF”. The ASV continues to change most of the verses that correctly read “the faith OF Jesus Christ”, except in James 2:1 where it still has “the faith OF our Lord Jesus Christ”, and in Revelation 2:13 “hast not denied MY faith”, and 14:12 “keep the commandments of God, and the faith OF Jesus”. From then on all the references have progressively been changed in the RSV, NRSV, NKJV, NASB and NIV to now read “the faith IN Christ” or even “OUR faith IN Christ”.

    Revelation 2:13 – “I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and HAST NOT DENIED MY FAITH, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

    All Greek texts read this way – “hast not denied MY FAITH” -ouk erenesw ten pistin mou. The simple meaning is that the faith of Jesus is the objective truth of Who He is and what He did for His people on the cross to redeem us from sin and hell. It has nothing to do with our own personal faith.

    John Gill comments: “these held fast the name of Christ, or the Gospel, and denied not, but confessed the doctrine of faith in the worst of times. They had the truths of the Gospel in their possession, which were dear and valuable to them; and whereas there was danger of losing them, they held them fast, with great courage, magnanimity, and strength, though the greater number was against them, and they were attended with reproach and persecution.”

    Barnes’ Notes on the N.T. briefly says: “And hast not denied my faith. That is, hast not denied my religion.”

    Agreeing with the King James reading of “not denied MY Faith” are Wycliffe, Tyndale, Coverdale, Bishops’, the Geneva Bible, the RV, ASV, NASB, NKJV, Wesley, Youngs, Darby, Hebrew Names Version, Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible, Lamsa’a translation of the Syriac, Douay, the RSV and the brand new ESV.

    However the NIV reads like no Greek text on this earth saying: “You did not renounce YOUR FAITH IN ME.” This would mean their own personal faith rather than the essential, objective truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Now going along with the NIV is the previous NRSV of 1989, the Holman Standard and the NET versions.

    Notice that the RSV read like the KJB, then the NRSV was the first to change the Greek text to “YOUR faith in me”, but then the newer ESV has once again gone back to the KJB reading of “not denied MY faith”.

    Revelation 14:12 – “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and THE FAITH OF JESUS.”

    The whole idea here is that those who keep, guard and preserve the words of God and the truth contained in “the faith” of Jesus (the objective truth of Who He is, and what He did), shall overcome at the last against the false religion of antichrist and those who worship his image.

    Again, all Greek texts read “the faith OF Jesus” (ten pistin Iesou), and so too do the following Bible translations: Wycliffe 1395, Tyndale 1525, Coverdale 1535, Bishops’ Bible 1568, the Geneva Bible 1599 (here are they that keepe the commaundements of God, and the fayth of Iesus.), Wesley’s 1755 N.T., Weymouth 1912, the Revised Version 1881, ASV 1901, RSV 1952, NRSV 1989, NKJV, Darby, Young’s, Rotherham’s Emphasized bible1902, Lamsa’s translation of the Syriac, the Spanish Reina Valera, and the 21st Century KJV 1994.

    However the NIV reads: “who obey God’s commandments and REMAIN FAITHFUL TO Jesus.” – i.e. You better obey him faithfully or you will be lost.

    The NASB and the ESV miss the mark too with: “who keep the commandments of God and THEIR faith IN Jesus.” – i.e. Keep on believing with your personal faith. Notice this time that the previous RSV, NRSV agree with the KJB, but now the ESV has changed the meaning of the verse by making up their own interpretation.

    Holman Standard has: “who keep the commandments of God and the faith in Jesus.”

    ISV – Now the new ISV is coming out and it has put a whole new twist on the meaning of the verse with: “who keep the commandments of God and hold on to the FAITHFULNESS OF Jesus.”

    Deuteronomy 32:5

    Tremendous error and contradiction have been introduced into this section of Scripture by the NKJV, NIV and NAS “bibles”. This is part of the song of Moses which says in verses 3-5: “I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect; for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”

    The next verse is where the lies of the modern versions enter. The true Holy Bible says: “They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation. Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?”

    If you look at the context, in the previous chapter God told Moses that the people would enter the promised land and would go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land and turn to other gods. God knew this before He brought them into the land, so their entering the land did not depend on their foreseen obedience to the law, but rather because of the covenant of grace made with Abraham.

    They are still His children whom He bought (verse 6) , His people and inheritance (verse 9) and verse 19 still refers to them as “his sons and daughters”. They are His children even though disobedient, just as your child is still your child no matter what he does.

    God’s children did corrupt themselves with strange gods, and the spot or blemish they received belonged to the idolatrous practices of other people, but they are still His children, bought by God and belonging to Him as the rest of the chapter shows.

    Now look at the NKJV in verse 5. “They have corrupted themselves: They are NOT His children, Because of their blemish.” The NAS is similar with its: “They are NOT His children because of their defect”. Both these versions tell us they are not His children, and then in the very next verse tell us they are His children because He is their Father and He bought them!

    The NIV is even worse with its: “to their shame they are NO LONGER his children”. This teaches that one can be a child of God and then lose it and no longer be His child, yet verse 6 and 19 still refer to them as His children!

    These are obvious false doctrines and contradictions. Other versions that agree with the KJB in verse 5 as teaching they are still His children are Darby, Youngs, Spanish, Italian Diodati, Hebrew-English of 1917, Daniel Webster’s 1833 translation, the Third Millenium Bible and even the NRSV of 1989.

    Psalms 110:3

    “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power.”

    This verse is often used to support the truth that it is God who worketh in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Phillipians 2:13. This is also the reading of the RV, ASV, Darby, Amplified, Hebrew Names Version, Webster’s, Spanish Reina Valera, TMB, and the KJV 21.

    However the NIV says: “Your TROOPS will be willing on your day of BATTLE.” The NKJV has: “Your people will be volunteers in the day of your power” while the NASB reads: “Your people will volunteer freely in the day of your power.”

    1 Peter 1:22

    “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth THROUGH THE SPIRIT unto unfeigned love of the brethren…” This is a textual issue, but the phrase that shows we obey the truth through the Spirit of God is found in the vast majority of all Greek manuscripts. Bibles that contain the words “through the Spirit” are Tyndale, Coverdale, Bishops’, Geneva, Wesley, Youngs, Spanish Reina Valera, Hebrew Names Version, and the NKJV to name a few. However versions like the NASB, RSV, ESV, Holman, and NIV are based on very different Greek manuscripts and they all omit these inspired words from Scripture.

    1 Peter 2:25

    “For ye were as sheep going astray; but ARE NOW RETURNED unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.” The verb here ARE RETURNED is passive, not active. If we say the books are returned, we mean someone else brought the books back; the books didn’t return themselves.

    The RV, ASV, Tyndale, Geneva, Hebrew Names Version, World English Bible, Third Millenium Bible,and the KJV 21 all correctly translate this as “are now returned” unto the Shepherd. Even the Douay-Rheims says: “but are now converted to the Shepherd”. This is not only grammatically but theologically correct. It is Christ our Shepherd who brings us back to Himself. The Lord Jesus said in John 10:16 “And other sheep I HAVE, which are not of this fold: them also I MUST BRING, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.”

    The NKJV, NIV and NASB all make it sound as though we had returned on our own. They say: “you HAVE RETURNED TO the Shepherd”.

    1 Corinthians 4:7

    “For who MAKETH THEE TO DIFFER FROM ANOTHER? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?”

    This precious verse teaches the distinguishing grace of God. We are no better than the non-elect. God makes of the same lump one vessel unto honour and another unto dishonour. All is of grace and we can boast in nothing found in ourselves.

    The reading or meaning is the same in the RV, ASV, NKJV, Young’s, Darby, even the NIV and others. However instead of “Who maketh thee to differ from another” the NASB says: “For who REGARDS YOU AS SUPERIOR?”. How would you even answer this question in the NASB? Does God regard you as superior? Is there something special in you that is not found in another? It doesn’t even make sense.

    Psalms 78:36

    “Nevertheless they DID FLATTER him (God) with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.”

    Psalm 78 rehearses the repeated sins of God’s people and His continued faithfullness and mercy to them. We can flatter God by saying nice things about Him, yet walk contrary to His ways. This is called hypocrisy. The reading is the same in the RV, ASV, NKJV, RSV, NRSV, Geneva Bible, NIV and many others – they did flatter God. However the NASB actually says: “But they DECEIVED HIM with their mouth.” Can the all knowing, sovereign God be deceived by mortal man? Does the NASB portray the true God of the Bible, one that can be deceived?

    Numbers 23:21

    In the book of Numbers chapters 22 – 24, the false prophet Balaam had been called by Balak the king of Moab to curse Israel. God allowed Balaam to go with Balak, but rather than cursing the people of God, Balaam was compelled to bless them instead.

    In Numbers 23:19-21 we read these beautiful truths: “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.”

    The next verse, 21, expresses a great truth in the KJB, but this is where the error of the new versions occurs. Verse 21: “He hath NOT BEHELD INIQUITY in Jacob, NEITHER HATH HE SEEN PERVERSENESS in Israel: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them”.

    God has always dealt with His people according to the everlasting covenant of grace revealed to Abraham and his spiritual seed, confirmed to them and fulfilled in Christ.

    Galatians 3:12-29. “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” God had redeemed His people out of Egypt (Exodus 6:6) and forgiven their sins, even though they were a stiffnecked people ( Numbers 14: 19, 20).

    Just as God sees us as blameless, holy, and without spot (Ephesians 1:4; I Corinthians 1:8), not because of our own obedience or righteousness, but because we are covered with the righteousness of Christ, so too, were His people in the wilderness. This is a very important aspect of the doctrines of grace.

    But see how this truth has been lost in the NASB, RSV, ESV, Holman and the NIV. The NASB says: “He has not observed MISFORTUNE in Jacob; Nor has He seen TROUBLE in Israel.” The NIV has: “No misfortune is seen in Jacob, no misery observed in Israel.” There had been plenty of misery and misfortune in Israel, but God is speaking a blessing through Balaam upon His redeemed people and stating how He sees them because they are His own peculiar people. “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.” Romans 8:33. This great comforting truth in Numbers 23:21 is lost in the NASB and NIV .

    I do not believe any other English bible contains all of God’s perfect, preserved, inspired words except the King James Bible. Frequently, the new version proponents like to gang up on the KJB, as though it were the only Bible to read a certain way.

    Other versions which agree with the KJB here are the Hebrew into English versions of 1917, 1936, put out by the Hebrew Publication Company and the Jewish Publication Society of America, the Revised Version 1881, the ASV of 1901, Geneva Bible, Young’s translation, Darby, the NKJV, Amplified, KJV 21, TMB, World English Bible, Hebrew Names Version, the modern Complete Jewish Bible, the Updated Bible version 2003, Bible in Basic English 1960, Webster’s translation, New Century Version and the Spanish Reina Valera of 1602 and 1960.

    There is a huge battle going on in these days of falling away from the faith. The authority and truth of God’s inerrant, perfect words and the doctrines of grace are under direct attack. Only in the King James Bible are all of God’s perfect words of truth found today.

    Will Kinney

    • 08 Jul 2010 at 22:22

      Mr. Kinney,
      You stated:

      “Though they are but men, here is a partial list of some very well known Christians who also believed and preached these same doctrines of sovereign grace. The majority of the King James Bible translators, William Carey – the father of the modern missionary movement(1761-1834), Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1842), John Bunyan- who wrote Pilgrim’s Progress (1628-1688), C. H. Spurgeon – the prince of preachers (1834-1892), George Whitfield – famous evangelist (1714-1770), John Newton – who wrote Amazing Grace (1722-1807), John Milton of Paradise Lost fame (1608-1674), William Cowper – who wrote There is a Fountain (1731-1800), Augustus Toplady – who wrote Rock of Ages, Cleft for me (1740-1778), Horatious Bonar – author of many hymns (1808-1889), Isaac Watts – hymn writer (1674-1748), Martin Luther (1483-1546), John Knox (1505-1572), John Wycliffe – first translated the Bible into English (1320-1384), Theodore Beza – compiler of the Greek New Testament that underlies the King James Bible (1519-1605), Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556), William Tyndale – of the Tyndale New Testament, forerunner of the KJB, Hugh Latimaer (1485-1555), Nicholas Ridley (1500-1555), John Huss (1369-1415), John Foxe of Foxes Book of Martyrs (1517-1587), Stephen Charnock (1628-1680), John Owen (1616-1683), David Brainerd – missionary to the American Indians (1718 – 1747), Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) Matthew Henry who wrote the famous commentary that bears his name (1662-1714), Robert Haldane (1764-1842), Jonathon Edwards who was used mightily during the Great Awakening revivals in America (1703-1758), Augustus H. Strong, former president of Rochester Theological Seminary (1836-1921), Charles Hodge (1797-1878), A. A. Hodge (1823-1886), B. B. Warfield (1851-1921), B. H. Carroll, founder and first president of the Southwestern Baptist Seminary,(1843-1914) J.P. Boyce, founder and first president of Southern Baptist Seminary:, John Gresham Machen (1881-1937). Louis Berkhof (1873-1957) , Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981), Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984), R. C. Sproul, J.I. Packer, Dr. Ken Matto (KJB believer), and Ian Paisley- who also is a strong King James Bible believer.”

      So what? I wasn’t aware that the LORD determined the validity of His doctrines by who believed them and who didn’t. I always thought the Bible taught that it was irrelevant what anyone else believed, that an individual stood or fell based solely upon what that individual believed. This being the case, who gives a rip what the men you listed believed, no one else but they stand or fall on what they believe. Neither are the doctrines of the LORD validated or invalidated by their beliefs.

      By the way, I am not done. I simply have very little time. I will say this though, your reasoning is quite circular.

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