Why I Choose the King James Bible

Some time ago I posted some discrepancies between the King James and some of our modern translations. I will not bore my readers with the formidable number of differences. Instead I will re-cite the admonitions of God given in four different places of scripture (most of which are repeated in the newer translations) not to add to, diminish, or change His word. I have also included verses and passages that, to me, empasize the need to have one standard rather than a smorgasbord of choices.

This is not intended to be a criticism of anyone who uses other translations, nor is it meant to turn into a debate. Rather, it is meant to be food for thought for those who may be considering which Bible to choose.

Deut. 4:2: Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Deut. 12: 32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Ps. 12:6–The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Ps. 119:89– For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

Ps. 119:160–Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

Ps. 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.

Prov. 30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Matt. 5:17-19 — “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  18 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.  19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”        If not one jot or tittle will pass away, then it follows that there would only be one correct version for His people, in whatever language they speak. One jot, one tittle=the smallest letter and a mark which distinguished two letters in the Hebrew words of the Old Testament. Thus, even the letters are divinely inspired.

Rev. 22:18, 19–For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

Rev 22:19  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Ps. 12:6, 7–“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 approved method of the present carnival of unbelief is not to reject the Bible altogether, but to raise doubts as to portions of it , . . .” Charles Haddon Spurgeon

The fall of mankind began with this question: “Yea hath God said. . .?”

The battle is for the word of God. Modern “translators” use the excuse that the King James was not based on the original manuscripts. The argument that the manuscripts used to translate the KJV were in terrible condition, some of which supposedly were found in trash receptacles, is precisely what makes them more reliable. When something gets used frequently, such as ancient scrolls, the frequent handling of them would deteriorate the papyrus on which they were written. When they get so worn as to be difficult to read, new copies would have been copiously, meticulously copied by scribes in order to preserve them. Those in turn would also become deteriorated from frequent usage.  When modern translators prefer the manuscripts (scrolls) that are in better condition they are using scrolls/manuscripts that had been put aside as unreliable.

There are other varied excuses for changing it too. I am really tired of hearing people say that the KJV is too hard to understand. It is written on a fifth grade reading level. More likely we are in a society that wants everything spoon fed to them so they don’t have to think about what they are reading. There isn’t enough time to think. We’re too busy. Too busy to learn about how to walk with our Creator? What if He didn’t have time for us?

When people feel that they have to explain a passage of scripture using the Greek and Hebrew they are 1)trying to correct the word of God, and 2) they are not using the ancient languages, but rather the languages as they have evolved since the original.

Perhaps the skeptics of the KJV will say that I am naïve in my belief. They may think what they choose. They will anyway. But when God says He values His word above His name (Ps. 138:2), I assume He knows how to preserve that word to all generations. My God is not bound by time, ethnicity, nor circumstance.

Ps. 119:89–“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”  So, which word would that be? We need to realize that the Bible is not a book of fairytales, or history written by man’s whim.

The Psalms are filled with verses about keeping not just God’s commandments, but His statutes. In order to know what they are we must have them, and have them correctly. If we study all of the different versions and the changes (some very subtle) we will see how the very meanings have been altered.

God is not an idiot. He created all languages and understands every nuance of every meaning, right down to the intent of the heart of the person who changed the word, and thus the meaning. There must be a standard; else any religion, philosophy, or theosophy will do. If there is no standard then God is a liar and unable to preserve His word as He intended it. How then can we know His mind and His thoughts if we are unsure of His word?

The Bible is not a book of great ideas and morals. It is the very words of God, down to the last jot and tittle.

Is. 59:21–“As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever. ”

Did you catch that? This is God, the Mighty God, Jehovah, the Great I AM speaking. These words are not just for Isaiah. They are for all of God’s children. We are told in Deut. 6:7 and 11:19 to teach God’s word, every word, to our children and our grandchildren, and our great grandchildren as we go for a walk with them, as we play with them, as we read to them, and as they prepare for bed, to all future generations. This is not an option. It is a command yet not listed in the Ten Commandments of Ex. 20.

Which words should we teach? All of them from the Authorized King James Version (for English speaking people). There has been a growing movement among educated people to teach their children language, reading, math, and culture from a very early age. If a child is able to learn these things from the cradle, because they have become the norm for that child, the child will also learn scripture from a very early age because it is part of the child’s routine. Any parent can do this. Scripture is available to all of us in so many different venues. There is no reason for any parent not to be able to teach their children scripture. We have blogs, websites, social media, Dollar Tree, Walmart, Amazon, brick and mortar bookstores. If a person can’t afford a Bible, any pastor worth his salt would be glad to give a Bible to a parent who wants to educate their child in the precepts of God.

Jesus said In Matt. 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. Not just the Ten Commandments, but EVERY word. In order to obey this command we must have EVERY word. It’s not a smorgasbord where we get to pick and choose that which is palatable and ignore that which is uncomfortable. If we want a close FELLOWSHIP with the Lord, we must value His word as He wrote/inspired/dictated it.

When Jesus quoted scripture (Matt.4:4) He didn’t have the original manuscripts but He had a copy that matched the passage He quoted from the O.T. As in the case of His quote from Deut. 8:3. He added the word “word,” which was in italics in Deuteronomy, meaning it was not in the original. Yet Jesus knew the correct word because He is the Living Word. Only He has the right to add or diminish because He is God. (see Is. 53). He quoted the verse correctly without the original (written nearly 2,000 years before His incarnation.)

The Authorized King James Version has a built-in dictionary. In most passages it defines itself (except where archaic measurements are used and a few Old English words whose meanings can be derived from reading the context of the passage. Please don’t think I am some scholarly person trying to sound like I have all of the answers. I am of average intelligence, but I take God at His word. I believe He is able to preserve His word in one form for eternity. If we have to keep changing it then there is no standard, and it just becomes some publisher’s idea of what that scholar or group of scholars who put it together, thinks it SHOULD mean. Are we greater than God that we can tell Him what His word should say? I would be sorely afraid of God’s judgment should that be my attitude.

One final note: The King James uses words like throughly, which many newer versions have translated to thoroughly. They are not the same thing. Going through a door is not the same as seeing through the door. When something is done throughly, it is done from the inside out. When something is done thoroughly, it is done from the outside in. Through is avenue; thorough is the complete transaction.

When scripture says we live by the faith of the Son of God, is not the same as having faith in the Son of God. The former is the practice of living by God’s faith which has been imputed to believers. The latter is believing in God the Son. If you look in a dictionary you will find that these two prepositions do not have the same meaning. God’s faith (the faith that created the words that He used to create the universe) is given TO believers. It is His faith at work in us. We then exercise that faith to believe IN the Lord Jesus Christ, and His death, burial and resurrection.

All of our modern non-KJV Bibles change these, to the current mode of conversation. God understands language and chose the right words in the first place. He expects His children to “study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim. 2:15.

 

Does It Matter Which Bible I Use?

This is a post I have been meaning to do for a long time. Due to my broken foot, and just recently getting back to feeling like doing something other than email and reading, I am finally getting around to it.

My intention for this post is not to cram anything down anyone’s throat. It is not my intention to make it seem that only a few select people have the truth. My purpose is to offer food for thought. 2Corinthians 13:11  Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

Eph 4:1  I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
Eph 4:2  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Eph 4:3  Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Eph 4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
Eph 4:5  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Eph 4:6  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

There are four places in scripture where God has said not to add to or take away from His word. They are: Deut. 4:2; Deut. 12:32; Prov. 30:5, 6; and Rev. 22:18, 19. Yet, as we will see below, that is exactly what has happened in our “new” Bibles. Also, please note that in most places, scripture is self-explanatory in the KJV. God will use two words that mean the same thing to make the meaning clear.

These are some examples of things that have been changed from the King James Authorized Version to modern translations:

Genesis 27:39 KJV “And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;”

ESV “And Isaac his father answered and said Your dwelling will be away from the earth’s richness, away from the dew of heaven.” In the KJV Isaac is giving his son, Esau, a blessing followed by a curse in verse 40. If you read the rest of the book you read where Esau also prospered.

2 Samuel 21:19 KJV “And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.”

ASV ESV “And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehmite, killed or struck Goliath. . .” I Samuel 17:43-50 shows that David killed Goliath. (KJV)

Psalm 10:4, 5 KJV “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. v 5-His ways are always grievous; thy judgments (God’s judgments) are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.”(pride–he scoffs at them)

Verse 5 ASV & ESV:”His ways are are firm at all times, or prosper at all times; or his ways always succeed.” This verse is still talking about the wicked.

Proverbs 18:24 KJV “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

ASV & ESV read:”He that makes many friends does it to his own destruction, or a man of many companions may come to ruin.”

Proverbs 25:23 KJV reads “The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.”

ASV & ESV: “The north wind bringeth forth rain: So doth a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.” And “The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.”

Prov. 26:22 KJV “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.”

ASV–The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts.  ESV–The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.   Wounds are harmful, painful, not delicious like dainty morsels.

This is a small sampling. I will do several segments to finish this for those who are interested in the comparisons. I will later include  NIV differences. When I acquire one I will include those as well. For those who may be offended at this, I am sorry that you are offended. That is not my intention. I believe it is necessary to have all pertinent information in order to make a well-informed decision. Everyone has a right to their own belief and their own decisions, including me.

 

 

 

 

A Broken-hearted Father

Isaiah 1:1-31

Isa 1:1  The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

Isa 1:2  Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.

Isa 1:3  The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

Isa 1:4  Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.

Isa 1:5  Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

Isa 1:6  From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment. (The famines, increasing devastation from storms, the droughts that plaque some areas of our land, are because God’s people are not being the salt and light He commanded us to be: see Matthew 5:15; Mark 4:21; Mark 16:15 (doesn’t say go show; says go tell); Luke 11:33. 

Isa 1:7  Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. (because His people, His children, those who are called by His name, are not walking in obedience to Him)

Isa 1:8  And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. (Daughter of Zion means the apple of God’s eye, the His favorite child)

Isa 1:9  Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.

Isa 1:10  Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

Isa 1:11  To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

Isa 1:12  When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?

Isa 1:13  Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.

Isa 1:14  Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.

Isa 1:15  And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

Isa 1:16  Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

Isa 1:17  Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

Isa 1:18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Isa 1:19  If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

Isa 1:20  But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Isa 1:21  How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

Isa 1:22  Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:

Isa 1:23  Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

Isa 1:24  Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies:

Isa 1:25  And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:

Isa 1:26  And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.

Isa 1:27  Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

Isa 1:28  And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.

Isa 1:29  For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.

Isa 1:30  For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.

Isa 1:31  And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

 Although this was written to the Jews, God’s original chosen people (and still chosen today), this also applies to those of us who claim to be His followers.

God has poured out His blessings upon us. He has heard our prayers, given us every good thing the earth has to offer, given us eternal life, sanctified (set apart for His good purpose) us, cleansed us, forgiven our sins, and how do we treat Him? How do we treat His word?

We live like the world. We compromise, whether out of fear of repercussions, or out of not wanting to give offense, it offends God. We treat His word like a smorgasbord from which we can pick and choose which verses, phrases, commands to live by, and which ones to ignore. Thus the world sees us as hypocrites, people with a shallow religion, a religion with no substance.

 If we want God to hear our prayers, if we want His blessings on our nation, then we need to get back to calling right right and wrong wrong. We are NOT to do this in criticism and judgment, but in love and compassion. That doesn’t mean compromise. It means being a good example to the world around us. We need to show them God’s love but also His holiness.

 Some people will be offended. No one likes being told that they are wrong. People were offended at Jesus too. But if you are not willing to be rejected for His sake, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said, “He that is not with me is against me.” (Matthew 12:30, Luke 11:23). We will either stand for Jesus here, or we will stand against Him and suffer like all unbelievers.

 Warning: Please DO NOT take this as license to harm anyone who is not a believer. Jesus never attacked or condemned the unbelievers. His chastisement (punishment, anger, etc.) was against the religious leaders who made a big show of being better than everyone else. We believers in the triune Godhead are not better. We are just like the unbelievers, but we are saved by God’s grace and mercy, trying to learn to live by His standards so that others will see His love, grace, mercy, and compassion in us and want it for themselves. We need to be salt and light. Live a life that makes others hunger and thirst for what they see in us. Our country will stand or fall, not because of those who don’t believe, but because those of us who do are not being the examples we need to be. Let’s stop listening to the ear-tickling preachers and get down to some teaching and preaching that makes us want to be more like Jesus. Let’s stop breaking God’s heart.

10 Misconceptions About Being A Christian

1)      I’m an American

2)      I was raised in a Christian home

3)      My dad/uncle/grandfather was a preacher

4)      I’ve gone to church all my life

5)      I’m a good person

6)      I’ve never committed a crime

7)      I read the Bible and pray

8)      I don’t hurt people

9)      Someone told me I’m a Christian

10)   I was born a Christian

I have heard every one of these statements from various people. None of them are what makes anyone a Christian.

Someone recently made the comment: “I’m no sinner. We’re not bad people.” Anyone who watches the news knows there are bad people in the world. If you aren’t perfect you’re a sinner. There is only one perfect person who ever lived: Jesus the Christ, the only BEGOTTEN Son of God.

John 3:16–For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:17–For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 3:18–He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:19–And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

John 3:20–For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

John 3:21–But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

These are words that Jesus himself spoke.  He was fully God and fully man. These are copied from the King James Version of the Bible. We have many Bibles today, and all of them are supposed to be easier to understand. But if you compare them to the King James you find that most of the time, where the words are changed, the meaning is also changed. There has to be a standard. I would highly encourage anyone who truly wants to follow God to study how all of these versions came about. I have done so and have concluded that the King James is God’s preserved inerrant word for English-speaking people.

Isa_64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Think about this: how can any mere mortal be good enough for a holy, righteous, perfect God? How many good deeds would it take to deserve the cruelty that Jesus the Christ suffered WILLINGLY for our sakes?

The apostle Paul called himself the chiefest of sinners. I don’t know about you, but I know my faith and my walk with the Lord are not even close to his.

Rom 3:10—As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Rom 3:11—There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

Rom 3:12—They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Rom 3:13—Their throat is an open sepulchre (grave); with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

Rom 3:14—Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

Rom 3:15—Their feet are swift to shed blood:

Rom 3:16—Destruction and misery are in their ways:

Rom 3:17—And the way of peace have they not known:

Rom 3:18—There is no fear of God before their eyes.

The above verses are what we were before we recognized that we were sinners and asked Jesus to forgive us and change us. Even if we’ve only done some of these things (at least in thought, if not deed), we are still guilty. Jesus took OUR punishment, yours and mine, on a cruel cross, after being beaten with a cat-o-nine-tails until he looked like 100 pounds of ground hamburger meat, had his beard plucked out by the handful, was spat on, punched or slapped in the face while blindfolded, had a wreath of 2-inch thorns thrust on his head, and finally nailed to a cross. He didn’t have to go through all of that. And on top of that, while he was on that cross, his Father turned his back, because God is so pure, righteous and holy that He can’t look at sin. Jesus didn’t just carry our sins. Scripture says he BECAME sin for us. It was the first time Jesus was ever spiritually separated from his Father. It was the first and only time he addressed his Father as God when he cried out, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

Rom. 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Does a sovereign God have the right to decide what’s right and what’s wrong? Guess what? No mere human is going to tell God what He can or cannot do. If you don’t think He’s being fair, your opinion isn’t going to change anything with God

Rom 10:9—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.

Rom 10:10—For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Rom 10:13—For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Rom 10:14—How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

Rom 10:15—And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

The only way to be saved is to accept the fact that you are a sinner, (that means agree with God that this is a fact), ask God to forgive you of your sins, and invite Him to take control of your life. It must be done with a sincere heart, in humility. After all, you are addressing the Supreme Being: then find a church that is friendly and preaches from the King James Bible (so you get the truth, without omissions), attend Sunday School (yes, adults need teaching too), and read your Bible every day. I usually recommend starting with the gospel of John. There are 31 chapters in Proverbs: one for every day of the month. As you read and listen, ask God the Holy Spirit to teach you and help you understand. The more you read, the more you understand. Don’t try to absorb too much at once. Start with just a few verses a day. Then think about them as you go through the day, pondering what those verses mean to you, and how they apply to you. This is how you grow in the Lord.  Have a great day.

Thought I had posted this last week, but apparently there was a snafu.

Does God Change With The Times?

John 1:1-5, 14 prove Christ’s deity, that he was God in the flesh. Don’t try to understand how that can be, just accept that God said it and that settles it. Some things are too high for our finite minds. Jesus was with God in the beginning (Gen. 1:26-28). He left the splendor of heaven to be born as an infant, suffer childhood ailments, rejection, heartache, bullying, etc. for our sakes. He chose to allow himself to suffer as we do so he could identify with our sufferings.  And we, in our prideful audacity, think we have the right to change His word, even though in at least four different places in the Bible, God tells us not to alter His word.

The Bible is not a buffet from which we can choose what to believe and what to throw out or ignore. God’s standards don’t change with the times or circumstances.

God is the supreme intelligence. He knows how to use words. He says what He means and He means what He says. The Old Testament is the history of the Jewish people and the nation of Israel in respect to their relationship with God. It is filled with prophecies of the coming of Christ, the Messiah (which means anointed deliverer). It has been given to us to show us God’s character. It also gives us the Ten Commandments (not suggestions), which show us God’s righteous standard. It also shows us how unable we are to keep them. It shows us that we need God’s help and intervention in order to live a life that pleases Him. We need a relationship with God, which only comes through faith and trust in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross of Calvary.

God’s rules (statutes, commandments) are not arbitrary. They were engraved by His mighty hand in stone tablets.

But when we treat His word like a smorgasbord, picking and choosing what we want to believe and what to dismiss, we incur His wrath. We lose His blessings. We lose His fellowship. God’s word is full of promises and blessings for those who choose to live by His rules. Both Old and New Testaments show us the consequences for ignoring His rules and trying to have fellowship with Him by our own means, we exalt ourselves above Him. That’s what Satan did before he got kicked out of heaven. He tried to dethrone God. It didn’t work for him and it won’t work for us.

Malachi 3:6 says, “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”

Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”

A God who stays the same, who doesn’t change, is a God we can trust. He is not arbitrary. He is steadfast, immovable. If it was wrong yesterday, it’s still wrong today. If it was right yesterday, it’s still right today.

God warns us repeatedly not to change His word, yet we have, many times over with all of the new “versions” of the Bible. I refuse to glorify them by calling them Bibles. They are Satan’s imitations of God’s word, designed to create confusion and controversy.

Rev. 22:18, 19 says, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

Deuteronomy 4:2 says, “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”

Deuteronomy 12:32 says, “What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.”

Proverbs 24:21,22 says, “My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?”

Proverbs 30:5, 6 says, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”

So what are God’s standards? What they are not is situation ethics!

I Corinthians 6:18 says, “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” Fornication is any sexual activity outside the bonds of marriage. Adultery refers to sex with someone to whom you are not married, even though you are married to someone.

Colossians chapter 3 gives us a list of things Christians are not to participate in, or have as part of their character. If you are a Christian and have not had these teachings before, be patient with yourself. Ask God to help you overcome the things that pertain to you, and ask Him to tell you or show you what He wants to work on first.

I Corinthians 7:10-16 talks about God’s attitude toward divorce.

I Corinthians 13:1-8a is often called the love chapter, but the KJV uses the word charity, which is a stronger word. Love can fade, become stale, or get buried under hurt and bitterness. Charity is unselfish, completely others-oriented, sacrificial denying of self for the benefit of others. Charity never fails, and can only be implemented by the Holy Spirit living in us. We only get the Holy Spirit when we ask Jesus to forgive us our sins and invite Him to take over our lives.

Ephesians chapter 4 gives us a lot of information about how to have a good relationship with God.

Here is an important note: You cannot earn your way to heaven. You cannot do enough good things, be charitable enough, volunteer enough to get into God’s good graces. The only way to have a relationship with God is to accept His free gift of salvation through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8, 9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. “ If you could earn it, then it isn’t a free gift. The only thing you have to do to have a relationship with God is accept Jesus’s sacrifice for you. Everything else, every good deed you do, if you do it for the Lord, comes in response to your love for Him, because He first loved you.

What happens if you mess up? What if you commit adultery after you’re saved? Or if you get mad and cuss somebody out? What if you take God’s name in vain? (That doesn’t just mean saying it like a curse word; it means saying “God” or “Jesus” or any form of Jesus’s name as if it is just another word, with no purpose or meaning.)You tell God you’re sorry, ask Him to forgive you, and ask Him to help you change. You need to apologize to whoever heard you say those things, and the person you said them to, and explain that you are a new or baby Christian, still trying to change your old habits.

What if I’m in a situation where I have to live with someone of the opposite gender and we’re not married?

The answer is: Ask the Lord to show you some alternatives. Could you live with a relative, a friend of the same gender? What if you love that person but living together is more economical than marriage? Phil. 4:19 says, “My God shall supply all of your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Trust God and do what is right. He has never broken a promise to anyone. You need to be in constant prayer in order to learn to trust Him, but when you read the verse out loud it encourages your faith and sets things in motion that you have no control over: God does. When do things our own way we rob ourselves of God’s blessing because it means we are not trusting Him.

I strongly suggest reading one chapter of Proverbs every day and begin reading the gospel of John (the fourth book in the New Testament). If you don’t have a Bible, ask a pastor if he can get one for you. I know some of the language in the King James is archaic (very old) and we don’t talk that way today, but if you take the time to think about each sentence in segments or phrases, it will become easier to understand. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand.  That’s His job. Remember to thank the Lord for His blessings, and thank the Holy Spirit for helping you.

Next segment on Monday afternoon.

 

10 Misconceptions About Being A Christian

1)      I’m an American

2)      I was raised in a Christian home

3)      My dad/uncle/grandfather was a preacher

4)      I’ve gone to church all my life

5)      I’m a good person

6)      I’ve never committed a crime

7)      I read the Bible and pray

8)      I don’t hurt people

9)      Someone told me I’m a Christian

10)   I was born a Christian

I have heard every one of these statements from various people. None of them are what makes anyone a Christian.

Someone recently made the comment: “I’m no sinner. We’re not bad people.” Anyone who watches the news knows there are bad people in the world. If you aren’t perfect you’re a sinner. There is only one perfect person who ever lived: Jesus the Christ, the only BEGOTTEN Son of God.

John 3:16–For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:17–For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 3:18–He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:19–And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

John 3:20–For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

John 3:21–But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

These are words that Jesus himself spoke.  He was fully God and fully man. These are copied from the King James Version of the Bible. We have many Bibles today, and all of them are supposed to be easier to understand. But if you compare them to the King James you find that most of the time, where the words are changed, the meaning is also changed. There has to be a standard. I would highly encourage anyone who truly wants to follow God to study how all of these versions came about. I have done so and have concluded that the King James is God’s preserved inerrant word for English-speaking people.

Isa_64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Think about this: how can any mere mortal be good enough for a holy, righteous, perfect God? How many good deeds would it take to deserve the cruelty that Jesus the Christ suffered WILLINGLY for our sakes?

The apostle Paul called himself the chiefest of sinners. I don’t know about you, but I know my faith and my walk with the Lord are not even close to his.

Rom 3:10—As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Rom 3:11—There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

Rom 3:12—They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Rom 3:13—Their throat is an open sepulchre (grave); with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

Rom 3:14—Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

Rom 3:15—Their feet are swift to shed blood:

Rom 3:16—Destruction and misery are in their ways:

Rom 3:17—And the way of peace have they not known:

Rom 3:18—There is no fear of God before their eyes.

The above verses are what we were before we recognized that we were sinners and asked Jesus to forgive us and change us. Even if we’ve only done some of these things (at least in thought, if not deed), we are still guilty. Jesus took OUR punishment, yours and mine, on a cruel cross, after being beaten with a cat-o-nine-tails until he looked like 100 pounds of ground hamburger meat, had his beard plucked out by the handful, was spat on, punched or slapped in the face while blindfolded, had a wreath of 2-inch thorns thrust on his head, and finally nailed to a cross. He didn’t have to go through all of that. And on top of that, while he was on that cross, his Father turned his back, because God is so pure, righteous and holy that He can’t look at sin. Jesus didn’t just carry our sins. Scripture says he BECAME sin for us. It was the first time Jesus was ever spiritually separated from his Father. It was the first and only time he addressed his Father as God when he cried out, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

Rom. 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Does a sovereign God have the right to decide what’s right and what’s wrong? Guess what? No mere human is going to tell God what He can or cannot do. If you don’t think He’s being fair, your opinion isn’t going to change anything with God

Rom 10:9—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.

Rom 10:10—For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Rom 10:13—For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Rom 10:14—How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

Rom 10:15—And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

The only way to be saved is to accept the fact that you are a sinner, (that means agree with God that this is a fact), ask God to forgive you of your sins, and invite Him to take control of your life. It must be done with a sincere heart, in humility. After all, you are addressing the Supreme Being: then find a church that is friendly and preaches from the King James Bible (so you get the truth, without omissions), attend Sunday School (yes, adults need teaching too), and read your Bible every day. I usually recommend starting with the gospel of John. There are 31 chapters in Proverbs: one for every day of the month. As you read and listen, ask God the Holy Spirit to teach you and help you understand. The more you read, the more you understand. Don’t try to absorb too much at once. Start with just a few verses a day. Then think about them as you go through the day, pondering what those verses mean to you, and how they apply to you. This is how you grow in the Lord.  Have a great day. More tomorrow.

 

My Testimony–Part 1 Marriage

The basics: My husband grew up in a Christian home, always in church, until they went to Africa for two and half years, where he went to British Boarding School. He didn’t know God then, only knew about Him. His parents were in the upper middle class economically.

I was not raised in church. My family was poor, especially after my dad had to retire from the the shipyard at age 47 due to emphysema. I knew very little about God. Never heard the gospel until I was 23 years old, thanks to my husband’s younger sister.

So we weren’t Christians when we got married (Christian means follower of Jesus Christ: it’s not a denomination or a religion; it’s a relationship with our Lord and Savior.).

I had a terrible temper and I had zero self-confidence. My husband joined the military to provide a living for our growing family. I was pregnant when we got married.

His first assignment was a weather cutter ship that stayed out to sea for thirty to forty days at a time. It would then come into port for seven days, two of which had to be spent aboard ship: 48 hours. I was young, clingy, naive, and I missed my husband.

I was a master at complaining and criticizing. But he was gone most of the time and didn’t hear much of it. We were okay. His next duty station was a small boat station and most of his friends were single guys. He didn’t want to spend much time with me and, since I had no driver’s license I had no way to go anywhere. I was stuck at home taking care of our son and babysitting other people’s kids. But we were sort of okay.

His re-enlistment bonus would have been a year of isolated duty in Alaska. He didn’t re-enlist. While he was waiting to be out-processed he sent our son and me home to his parents’ house to wait for him. He called every day, and they would give him a date when he could leave the base, then cancel it because the paperwork got lost. Meanwhile, my sister-in–law was working on me to “get saved.” I didn’t know what that meant but she took me to a Billy Graham movie and I saw my own attitudes and self-loathing in the main character’s life. An invitation was given at the end for people to come forward and ask Jesus to be their Lord and Savior. I did and I have never been sorry. Unfortunately, that was not the end of my troubles. I was sabotaging my marriage without knowing it.

A few days after I got saved I was really concerned for my husband. He was really getting depressed. I prayed that night before I went to bed and asked God to show me when my husband was coming home so I could have his favorite meal prepared. That night I dreamed I received a telegram that said my husband would be home on Friday. The telegram wasn’t signed but I knew who sent it. The next morning I asked my mother-in-law to stop by the grocery store and pick up the necessary ingredients for me to fix his favorite meal. She did. My husband walked in the door late that night. Our son was in bed; his parents were out at various meetings. I had him all to myself and his supper was ready.

He didn’t go to church with me at first, but I was always so excited to go to church, and so eager to go back, he was sure I had a boyfriend there. One Sunday he decided to go with me to see who it was. He got saved that day and we were baptized together the following Sunday. A young man in the church immediately approached my husband after the service and offered to have Bible study with us once a week. It was great except that my enthusiasm kept my husband from participating. I kept jumping in with questions. The men didn’t stop me and it never occurred to me that I was being self-centered and getting in the way of my husband’s learning.

He tried to get a job in the civilian world but nothing seemed to pan out. He was getting frustrated and left me for a while. I took our son and went home to my parents. I got a job during the Christmas season, praying all the while that God would bring my husband back to me. I was going to church and reading my Bible, learning a lot about God.

Part 2 Tomorrow.