The Importance Of The Battle Over The Purity Of God's Word
By David J. Stewart | October 2018
John 7:43, “So there was a division among the people because of him.”
“We're in a battle for the Word
of God, that's the big battle!”
—BATTLE OF THE AGES (an MP3 sermon by Dr. Jack Hyles, “The King James Bible crowd is going to come out on top!”)
Jesus caused division wherever He went. Luke 12:51, “Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division.” The truth divides! Jesus said in Luke 12:52-54 that families would turn against each other over the truth. Sadly, I am counted as an enemy by some fellow professed Christians, simply because I have stood for THE TRUTH! I make no apologies!
The following excellent writings are chapter 27 and 28 from Dr. Professor Peter Ruckman's helpful book called, “The Alexandrian Cult Series.” Professor Ruckman was a brilliant writer—a Bible preacher who exemplified the true fighting spirit of fundamentalism, who faithfully contended for the Christian faith, and honored the name of Jesus. At a glance it may appear that Dr. Ruckman merely had some personal gripes against Bob Jones University; however, if you have spiritual maturity and insight, then you fully understand the magnitude of this matter! The issue is over the purity of God's Word!
The Devil must absolutely love Bob Jones University and their graduates, and like-minded carnal believers across America, who make light of the tampering with God's Word, and the never-ending rash of new Bible versions that continue to flood into the churches! At the very core of ecumenism is a heart of apathy and shameful indifference! Sadly, this type of go-along-to-get-along mentality is part of our sinful human nature. It requires a close walk with God to become a caring person, but all you have to do to not care is nothing! I thank God that I have been saved for 39 years, since I was 12 years old. I have learned during my life, that the hallmark quality of being a Christian who is right with God is a genuine concern for truth, others and God.
Please give me your heart dear reader. One very important thing that I labor, hope and pray for regularly in my ministry, is for professed Christians to simply CARE about the purity of the Word of God. There is nothing in the universe more important than the Holy Bible! In fact, the Bible is so important that God elevates His Word above His own name. Psalms 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.” The reason why is obvious, because God's character is attached to the credibility of His Word. If God's words are unreliable, then so also is God unreliable! For anyone to make light of the Bible issue debate, and call the fight against the publishing of hundreds of different English Bible versions “a needless division” among Christians, is the epitome of sinful indifference and willful ignorance! Sadly, that indictment includes Dr. John R. Rice, Bob Jones University, and others who sinfully support the tampering with God's Word.
And please don't miss this truth dear reader—The changes that appear in today's Bible versions often DO NOT APPEAR IN ANY ANCIENT HEBREW, CHALDEAN or GREEK TEXT! That is correct! In other words, modern-day translators are so wicked at times, that they just publish whatever they want, not translating anything! That's not even a bad paraphrase! That's lying! One of my favorite Bible scholars, Pastor Max D. Younce, exposes this evil in his helpful Bible study series on the King James Bible, particularly part 4B. I hope you will listen to this study. It will put you on the edge of your seat if you've never heard this! Thank God for faithful preachers like Dr. Younce, who are loyal to God and truth, and not to men. The great need of the hour today is preaching preachers! Too many pastors today are not preachers at all, who don't take a stand for anything. Such pastors are often more like businessmen than preachers, doing great harm to the churches! We need porcupine preachers today, so that people will get the point!
“God have mercy on a preacher that the world don't hate!”
(a helpful quote from the precious sermon by Pastor Danny Castle, “Fight It Or Feed It!” | MP3)
I love the following passage of Scripture, which is my testimony and encourages me. Psalms 119:139-142, “My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words. Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts. Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.” Hallelujah! I have a zeal for THE TRUTH. As we just read, God's Word is THE TRUTH. I love the inspired King James Bible because it is VERY PURE!!! Bob Jones College and their graduates have forgotten God's words, which you will learn about in the awesome writings to follow, by Professor Peter S. Ruckman!!! I am small and despised, just a humble redeemed sinner with a website, YET DO NOT I FORGET THY PRECEPTS!!! The inspiration and purity of God's Word matters! Thank God for the inspired and incorruptible King James Bible! Shame on Bob Jones University and every other religious institution in America that makes light of the verbal inspiration of the Holy Bible. If anyone is causing unnecessary divisions among Christians, it is the Bob Jones crowd and their dozens of Bible versions!!!
And as you will read in a moment, Dr. John R. Rice (1895-1980), despite the great man that he was, got it completely wrong concerning the Alexandrian texts and the modern Bible versions. Dr. Rice foolishly endorsed the corrupt Alexandrian perversions, dismissing the issue as causing “needless divisions” in the Body of Christ. Nothing could be further from the truth! The ongoing debate over the purity and inspiration of the Word of God is anything but trivial, needless and unnecessary! It is horrible that Dr. Rice didn't see this sore evil back in his day. Satan is shrewd, a clever liar, and very subtle. So subtle in fact that the Devil has the ability to deceive good men, without them even realizing that they've been deceived! As much as I admire Dr. John R. Rice, he was deceived by Satan concerning the Word of God! Brother Rice was an outspoken preacher, whose sharp opinions carried much weight and influence with tens of thousands of people in churches everywhere. Dr. Rice, very tragically, made light of the purity of God's Word, by endorsing the corrupt Alexandrian Bible translations. Dr. Rice endorsed Westcott and Hort! It is abundantly clear from reading the writings of both Dr. Peter S. Ruckman (1921-1916) and Dr. John R. Rice (1895-1980) that these good men were lock-horned in an ongoing battle over the purity of God's Word.
The bottom line is that Dr. Rice sinfully supported the Alexandrian Bible perversions, but Dr. Ruckman rightly rejected and exposed them! Therefore, I without hesitation must side with Dr. Peter Ruckman, because he was 100% correct in his battle for the inspired Word of God! The Alexandrian manuscripts are of the Devil! Granted, I do not agree with several of Dr. Ruckman's false teachings; such as, that Old Testament saints were saved by faith through works, nor do I agree with Dr. Ruckman's claims of double-inspiration (i.e., that the King James Bible translators were also inspired). I do not believe that the King James Bible translators were inspired, but since they were already working with inspired texts (which became known as the Textus Receptus), the King James Bible is 100% inspired by God (i.e., God breathed). I am not loyal to man or institutions, but to God and truth. Dr. Rice is a great man, but he pulled on the same rope as the Devil when he endorsed Satan's counterfeit Bibles. Many of the critics of Bible inspiration today are quoting Dr. Rice as a secondary authority, but men ought never be our authority on any doctrinal matters. The modern versions are horribly corrupt!
“'The Battle Of The Ages' is seed verses seed, God's seed verses Satan's seed, God's Word verses Satan's word; but Satan's word is always a changing or paraphrasing of God's Word. So we have a battle going on between incorruptible seed and corruptible seed, or EVERY WORD of God verses the thought inspiration and other translations or versions, if you please!”
SOURCE: BATTLE OF THE AGES (MP3 by Dr. Jack Hyles, “The King James Bible crowd is going to come out on top!”)
Exposing Modern Bible Versions Is A Worthy Fight!
The worst thing about America's churches today is indifference. God deliver us from indifferent pastors and yuppie-type Bob Jones University graduates, who scoff at Dr. Jack Hyles and faithful Christians like me and Pastor Al Lacy, who rightly denounce the modern corrupt versions based upon the Alexandrian manuscripts. Respectfully, John R. Rice was so naive that he sanctioned the work of occultists' Brooke Westcott and Fenton Hort, two unsaved Anglican ministers who corrupted God's Word. I won't defend any preacher who promotes evil! It is very disturbing to me that Dr. John Rice didn't see a problem with the Alexandrian texts, which all attack key passages concerning Jesus' deity, Godhead, preeminence, worship and person. For example: In every place in the Word of God where we read that someone “worshipped” Jesus, the Alexandrian text changes it to a mere “knelt” or “bowed.” Well, you can kneel before a king without worshipping him!
James Bible is the One they pick-on in religion classes. That's another proof
it's the right One by the way. You can tell a lot about something by its enemies and critics.”
—Pastor Danny Castle, a quote from the needful sermon, Procrastination: The Devil's Best Trick.
Furthermore, in the introduction to the Satanic New International Version (NIV), the incompetent translators admit that to prevent sectarian bias, they invited several dozen different religious denominations to meet together, to base their new translation upon the input from these groups. This was done to maximize the marketability of their new “international” perversion. It is wickedness of the worse sort!!! God's Word is not subject to man's agendas, prejudices and preferences. That is Satan's Bible!
It is clear to me that Brother Rice was succumbing in the latter years of his (otherwise faithful) ministry to the ecumenical movement. I do not question Dr. Rice's sincerity, but the Devil often uses men's sincerity to blind them! It is not my place to judge the motives behind Dr. Rice's endorsement of the perverse modern versions, but it doesn't matter, because he did! This matter is not a difficult one to spiritually discern if you truly love the Lord Jesus Christ, because the modern versions are blatantly corrupt. The very fact that the Jehovah's Witnesses religious cult endorse the Alexandrian texts speaks volumes!!! Acts 8:37 has been completely removed in the modern versions, which now teaches the heresy of Baptismal Regeneration. Look how messed up the modern versions are! I could go on for hours refuting the modern perversions! Yet, when you try to warn the average independent Baptist pastor today, they couldn't care less! It is apostasy! I am talking about Bob Jones University alumni, who flippantly make light of the verbal inspiration of God's Word, and see no problem with the Alexandrian texts!
In fairness to Brother Rice, he went to Heaven in 1980, four years before the Satanic NIV 1984 edition was released, which opened the eyes of many fundamentalist preachers. It must be noted that in the early years of his ministry, even Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001) was partial toward the modern versions, evidenced in his book, “Let's Study The Revelation,” in which he repeatedly corrects the King James Bible. Over Brother Hyles' dead body would he have done that in 1994, when he preached the beautiful sermon, “The Battle Of The Ages!” Dr. Hyles at some point around the time Dr. Rice died, strengthened his position on the Holy Bible and proclaimed that he was King James Bible only. I praise God with all my heart for Brother Hyles' right decision! God only authored ONE BOOK, not hundreds! The man with two watches cannot know what time it is, and neither can the man with two Bibles know what God's Word is! Satan deceived Eve by subtly changing the Word of God into a lie, by just changing a few words. Even the slightest changes to God's Word can have a profound impact upon the intended meaning. The battle over the accuracy of God's Word is anything but a “needless division”!
And now, without any further delay, here are the truthful and much needed words of Dr. Peter Ruckman...
“Three ‘Godly’ Apostates”
By now our readers should have a solid grounding in the history of the Alexandrian Cult. We have covered enough material so that we can begin to dig into the actual mechanics of the Cult as it seeks to propagate false Bibles, false information on manuscript evidence, and lies about those who remain loyal to the Scriptures.
Since loyalty to the Bible will undercut many of their salaries and institutions, they look upon the genuine Bible believer as a dangerous heretic and an enemy with which to be reckoned by any means, fair or foul. This accounts for the mass of innuendos, rumors, and outright slander that proceeds from the mouths of teachers to pupils in the classroom, where they cannot be checked or recorded. It is here that the dirty work is done exactly as the NEA carries out “blackboard” power for the Communist Party in the public school system.
While professing that the matters we are discussing are too inconsequential” (a “hobby horse”) with which to take up time, the Cult members are taking up hours in their classrooms, every week, implanting doubt in the student’s mind about the Bible and those who believe it.
When Bob Jones Jr. writes in Faith for the Family that the greatest issue in our day is the “Word of God,” he does it just to make you think that he believes the Bible. He doesn’t believe anything of the kind, even when he professes to. If you don’t believe it, write him.
When a Cult member says “Word of God” (as we have seen and documented for twenty articles), he never refers to any Book on the face of this earth. The Bible believer reads such articles and nods his head and says, “Good, I see that this Fundamentalist still knows that the main issue is the fidelity and authority of the word of God.” He doesn’t mean anything of the kind. He means what any unsaved Liberal means when he talks about the “resurrection of the Christ.” An apostate is a man who professes something that he does not believe.
An apostate was never anything else and never shall be. He will use the terms you use and trust that you will think he means what you mean when you use the terms, when he doesn’t mean a word of it for five seconds (see documented evidence in articles five to fifteen on J. Vernon McGee, Oswald J. Smith, John R. Rice, Cliff Robinson, Afman, Custer, Walvoord, Weniger, Archer, Bob Jones III, and ten “Fundamental” colleges and institutes).
Now that we know this and have read it in black and white on more than one hundred occasions, let us dig a little deeper.
“The oldest Greek manuscript that has been found (p 52), dated about A.D. 125, belongs to the Alexandrian text. These oldest manuscripts are the most accurate because they are closest to the originals which the apostles wrote. The student of the Greek Testament may have serene confidence that the printed edition of the Greek New Testament has the reading of the original in the vast majority of verses.
“We have no sympathy with any version of the Bible that is not faithful to the Greek text. We believe that the text of Westcott and Hort, based upon these Alexandrian manuscripts, is as a whole superior to the text (AV, 1611) based upon manuscripts of the Middle Ages.”
Who is this? Is this Dean Weigle who used this exact line of reasoning in setting up the New Testament text for the RSV? No. Is this Dodd, the English Liberal who chose the Alexandrian text for the same reason when he wrote the New English Bible? No. “Button, button, who’s got the button,” Could it be Kenneth Taylor who used this exact argument for his “Living Bible” New Testament text? No. Oh, who could this be?
Why, it is the head of the Bible department at Bob Jones University (Sept. 11, 1976), whose buddies printed Faith for the Family which said that the perversions of the Scripture are “The Living Bible,” “The Revised Standard Version,” and the “New English Bible”!
And this is “scholarship?” This is Orthodoxy? Orthodox what?
To understand this wild scene (and it would put Star Wars and Jaws out of business), let us go to two of the greatest Bible-perverting “Fundamentalists” that ever were led of Satan to attack the Holy Spirit: Messrs. Westcott and Hort.
This time, instead of documenting their hallucinations (the conflate readings, the Lucian recension, the intrinsic evidence, the “ring of genuineness,” etc.) let us simply listen to them as they try to “explain” their Mickey Mouse method of replacing the AV with the Jesuit Rheims New Testament of 1582. (The hallucinations are documented in The Revision Revised by Burgon, Which Bible by David Otis Fuller, The King James Bible Defended by Edward Hills, and any of the works by Hodges, Pickering, Wilkerson, or Philipots.)
Here we go!
“A careful comparison of the accessory attestation (?) of readings supported by Aleph and B together, by B against Aleph, and by Aleph against B, respectively, render it morally certain (?) that the ancestries of B and Aleph diverged from a point near the autographs (?) and never came into contact subsequently (?) so that the coincidence of Aleph and B marks these portions of text in which two primitive and entirely separate lines of transmission had not come to differ from each other through independent corruption in the one or the other (?) accordingly with certain limited classes of exceptions the readings of Aleph and B combined may safely be accepted as genuine (?) in the absence of specially strong internal evidence (?) to the contrary and can never be safely rejected altogether (?).”
“Documentary evidence in its simplest form consists in the relative authority (ah yes, baby!) of individual documents; that is, in the relative antecedent probability (?) that the reading attested by them is the true reading. That is what is meant when it is said in popular language that ‘good manuscripts’ should be trusted. (?) The only adequate criterion of authority for an individual document apart from its affinity to other documents is the character of the text (?) as ascertained by the fullest possible comparison of its different readings; the variations in which internal evidence is of such exceptional clearness (?) as to be provisionally decisive (?) being taken as tests of the general characteristics (?) of the text throughout, and thus shewing how far it is likely (?) to have preserved genuine readings in the more numerous variations in which internal evidence is more or less ambiguous.” (?)
Now, do you know what that was?
Well, we have a word for it, in the Service, that I could not repeat.
This is a professional huckster giving you the shaft to sell you a bum product, and the only way he can do it is talk all around it till you think he has said something when all he has said is “I am going to tell you how to get rid of the Authorized Version.”
I have placed a question mark everywhere that Westcott and Hort refused to talk straight or refused to present or discuss evidence. Reading Hort is exactly like reading MacRae, Newman, Neal, Custer, Afman, Robinson, or any other Cult member: one stream of continuous opinions without a fact behind them.
Accessory attestations?? Did he list any? No. Does he know of any? Probably not. Why write “accessory”? Is he implying that any reading that agrees with Aleph and B is connected with it (as an “accessory”)? Why this would mean that you could prove all AV readings were “late” by the simple expedient of saying that every verse in Sinaiticus and Vaticanus that matched the AV reading could claim every manuscript used for the AV reading as its own.
You dirty, old, filthy-mouthed, lying hypocrite.
“Morally certain??” Come, come doctor, this is not the time for preaching the Sermon on the Mount. You are supposed to be dealing with documented evidence. It may be “morally certain” that Westcott and Hort were lost and in Hell right now, but none of you bigots would believe that without evidence, would you? Of course not. All right then, let’s can all this rot about “morally certain” when you have immorally refused to list anything that would prove anything was certain, let along “morally” certain.
“A point near the original autographs??” But you didn’t list any evidence. Not one reading. Not one manuscript. Not one word from any set of manuscripts. Not one case that could prove (or even suggest) anything of the kind. We are not dealing with “scientific methods of manuscript evidence,” we are dealing with two clowns.
In this issue, we shall examine (briefly, let us pray) the correspondence of John R. Rice as he sought to shake the faith of two Christians in the authority of their Bibles. (See letter in Appendix.) It is understood of course (see lengthy documentation in Articles Four through Fifteen) that when Rice and the Alexandrian Cult say “Bible,” they mean two to four different things depending upon who they are trying to deceive. When we say “Bible,” we mean a Book you have in your hand.
The article that was printed in order to split the Body of Christ on issues of authority appeared in the so-called Sword of the Lord (June 9, 1978). As all Cult members, Rice accuses Bible believers of being troublemakers and splitting the Body of Christ over “nonessential issues.” This is SOP with the Cult, for they have, for nineteen centuries, split the local churches and divided Christians among themselves by recommending more than one final authority (see lengthy documentation in Articles One through Fifteen).
Readers of the following will also observe that while gently professing not to have anything “personal” in his differences with “Dr. Ruckman,” Rice is somewhat of a foulmouthed gossip. This is also SOP. What appears in Cult correspondence against Bible believers is rarely printed publicly. That is, the divisive, underhanded, dirty work is done “under the table.”
In a letter to a sixteen-year-old young man in Detroit (June 22, 1978), John R. Rice defends his attacks on the authority of the AV text by saying:
“Let me suggest that I probably know the King James Version better than you do and love it more than you do. You are not sensible. You are not even honest. You have been misled … to criticize others who love the Lord better and have proved it more than you have, love the Bible better than you and know it better than you do.
“You talk about the American Standard Version. You don’t know anything about it. Now, why don’t you get to loving the Bible and believe it and work at it instead of slandering others? You see, you are not honest; you are not sensible. You don’t even tell the truth.
What do you suppose could cause a “good, godly, dedicated Fundamentalist” to rip into a Bible-believing young man like that? Simple: the young man who wrote to Rice asked him where the word of God was, did anyone have a copy, and how did you preach it if you didn’t have it?
Naturally, Rice didn’t answer one question.
While telling the young man to believe and love “the Bible,” he was careful not to tell the young man what the “Bible” was. Rice hasn’t got a copy of “the Bible.” If you don’t believe it, ask him.
Shall we see how a “good, godly, dedicated, soulwinning, premillennial Fundamentalist” handles an older man when he is trying to destroy his faith in “the Bible”? This one is to Mr. Fred Chitwood, of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Mr. Chitwood had the audacity to write to Rice and ask him why “Ruckman” was included with Thieme and Armstrong on page 25 of his silly book called Our God Breathed Book. (Rice never saw it, read it, preached it, checked it, or knew anyone who did; how then did he write a book about it?) The page and a half of return mail dated June 1, 1978, never even attempted to answer the question. Cult members never deal with facts; they deal with innuendos and implications and call facts “slander” if the facts overthrow their falsehoods.
Johnny writes: “I am a little shocked that you should even inquire and not know any reason why you should avoid the influence of Dr. Ruckman. You have heard his tapes, you have been in his class, you have read his books, you listen to him each Sunday morning, so I understand that the damage is already done.” (What “damage” is it that Chitwood would believe the words of the AV over Rice’s word—Is this “damage”?)
“You see no special harm in his violent language … the divisive nature of his ministry.” (Matthew 23 perhaps? Titus 1 perhaps? John 7:43, “So there was a division among the people because of him?”)
Then Brother Rice proceeds to indict Brother Ruckman on three counts. The Scriptural reasons he gives for including Ruckman with Thieme and Armstrong are not that Ruckman teaches anything wrong; the reasons Rice gives are Jude 8-9; 2 Peter 2:10-11; and Acts 23:3-5!
That is the quality of Rice’s “scholarship.” That is the quality of the scholarship of any Cult member trying to find a way out of the mess into which he has gotten himself. All Rice could say was that Brother Ruckman was a railer against “high priests” (Acts 23) and “dignities” (2 Pet. 2), and therefore, you shouldn’t eat with him (1 Cor. 5:11). I don’t recall that Thieme or Armstrong ever “railed” on anyone! Strange classification!
Then to get rid of Chitwood’s faith in our stand on the AV completely, Rice tunes up the cello and comes out with this professional sob story.
“Now, if you are an honest man, you must be distressed by the split of Dr. Ruckman’s church, by trouble in his home, and by his slanderous accusation against godly men … But if Dr. Ruckman had a good Christian tongue and used moderate Christian language (Matt. 23 perhaps? Titus 1 perhaps? Jer. 23 perhaps?), then he would not be causing trouble everywhere he goes, as he does.”
So much for Johnny. Thh-h-h-h-here’s Johnny!!
Now, to set the record straight with facts instead of the old, sidewinding, double-tongued, crooked “good Christian” language of Dr. Rice:
1. We have finished a $120,000 church building to seat 650 people, and there is so much shouting in the song services down here sometimes you can’t hear yourself sing.
2. All ten of my children are saved and attending church. They all believe the Book. They all tithe, and two of them are considering full-time service. My wife is a soul winner.
3. Rice didn’t give one piece of concrete evidence for one single “slanderous accusation” and didn’t give one piece of evidence for one single case of “causing trouble everywhere he goes.”
Rice is a foul-mouthed gossip where “Ruckman” is as issue.
No slanderous accusations have been made. There are scores of meetings we hold every year where there is no “trouble” but the trouble that the Holy Spirit and the word of God bring when either are in evidence or in power. Rice is a liar when he attacks “Ruckman’s” ministry.
He will not lie about some things, but when it comes to opposing those who believe the Book and oppose the Alexandrian Cult, he will take his side with the Cult and write slanderous letters that deal with gossip. The letter cited above is printed in this issue in full. You notice that it begins with “There is no personal matter between me and Dr. Ruckman.”
If this is the case, we would suggest he deal with facts and not rumors about the personal life of a man he knows nothing about except by second-hand innuendo and slander. Rice has never been in my home or my church or my school, and I stopped subscribing to his paper five years after I was saved (that is in 1954). He has no business talking about the personal lives of preachers about whom he knows nothing, and his appeal to his readers to be “honest” is just about as funny as you can get without putting on a Halloween suit.
“Rice and the Bean Bag of the Lord”
It is now time to close shop on the Cult and devote our remaining articles to undoing the damage that they have done to 70,000-100,000 ministerial students in the last seventy years; that is, from here on our column will be devoted to solving the invented problems which these arrogant egotists have invented to destroy your faith in the Reformation text of the English-speaking people.
In closing, we should present the last will and testament of John R. Rice, an outstanding Cultist, whose leadership of apostate Fundamentalists has been consistent throughout the years. Rice would always lie about matters of Biblical authority, he would always recommend more than one authority; he would always reserve the right to correct the Bible wherever he felt like it; and he would not hesitate to implant doubt into the mind of any young minister in regards to the accuracy of the Authorized Text. He, therefore, is an outstanding example of the arrogant egotist disguised as a “dear, sweet, godly, good man.” Herewith follows Rice’s own words from the Sword of the Lord (Friday, June 9, 1978).
“You need not bother too much about the Received Text and the Textus Receptus … the truth is that the differences between the King James Version and the American Standard Version are so minor, so incidental, so infrequent, it is very foolish to make a big fight over the difference. The ASV is sometimes more accurate, and I check it frequently.”
In addition to this, Brother Rice (most modern destructive critics of the AV text are saved) tells us that “nobody” should teach that there is a perfect translation because God didn’t promise that “specifically,” and that the King James Bible has to be subject to errors because the Bible doesn’t guarantee that anybody who copies it will do it exactly right or “translate it perfect.”
This is the Creed of the Cult. This is how to step into the pulpit as a destructive critic of Biblical authority and save face by using “good words and fair speeches” for belly purposes (Rom. 16:18). The reason why we call such men professional liars is that they gain their income (their livelihood) by lying about Biblical authority. We do not say that they will lie about the “fundamentals of the faith” or about their income bracket. We said they will lie—and lie every time—when positing an opinion on Biblical authority.
The context of Rice’s remarks (see above) is the authority of the Authorized English text. Make no mistake about it. Before you believe the party line (propagated by Rice and others) that people who make such statements are “unchristian” or “railers,” you had better spend some time with an Oxford dictionary. These men make their living by posing as authorities on the Bible; they maintain their living by recommending more than one authority so that they (or their friends in the Cult) can be the final authority. And we have documented this now to the tune of twenty-seven articles running over 300,000 words. There is no doubt in the mind of an honest reader (I did not say “good, godly, dedicated, Christian gentleman”) about the tune and pitch of Rice’s lying.
1. The differences are not “minor.” (We will document.)
2. The differences are not “incidental.” (We will document.)
3. The differences are not “infrequent.” (We will document.)
That is, three straight lies in a row to destroy your faith in the authority of the AV and place it in the Jesuit text of 1582 (ASV, 1901) are not to be taken lightly by any man who professes to be “straight,” let alone “saved.”
The “Christian” attitude towards such deliberate lying is found in Matthew 23; John 8; and Titus 1. It is not found in 1 Corinthians 13 and Ephesians 4.
Before documenting the professional liar, let us notice the “sick thinking” that accompanies any attack on the authority of God.
Rice has told us that because God has not “specifically promised” that there would be a perfect translation, no one should say that there is. Again, he has told us that since the Bible (whatever that is!!) doesn’t guarantee that anybody can copy it perfectly, nobody did.
Observe how “rational” this type of criticism is when it is laid out where you can see it.
1. Nobody should teach that there is an imperfect translation because God never said specifically that there would be an imperfect translation.
Why does Rice then say that all of them are?
2. Nobody should teach that the original manuscripts were perfect because God never said “original manuscripts” in any translation or version including the “originals.”
3. Nobody should teach that the ASV is more accurate (see Rice’s letter) because God did not specifically say that any ASV would even be a “Bible,” let alone an accurate one.
Notice the mess Rice got himself into when he began to lie to get subscriptions. He got so “ultra-scriptural” that he moved in with the Campbellites and Hyper-dispensationalists who insist on a verse for everything—light bulbs, nursery, printing press, dormitories, washroom, parking lot, prayer altar, pulpit, church building, etc. Because God did not specifically say something no more gives you the right to say that nobody (see Rice’s bigoted dogmatism) can say it than it gives you the right to go to church Sunday morning. There is no Sunday morning specifically in the Scripture, and there is no church building specifically in the Scripture.
When Rice offered $500 for Scripture on tithing to the local church, he talked like a Campbellite with rocks for brains. Nowhere in any Bible did God tell you to give one dime to a newspaper publisher who made a living attacking the AV text. Let’s see you find that verse! I’ll “up” Johnny: $500,000,000 to any man who can find a verse of Scripture telling you to send a dime to a man who recommends a competing authority that differs with the word of God in 31,000 to 36,000 places (ASV and NASV).
1. “The differences are so minor”: Luke 2:33 attacks the Virgin Birth; Luke 23, Acts 9:5, 6; 8:37 and 16:31 alter four passages where a sinner is saved by GRACE; the Roman Catholic readings are adopted on Mark 8:36, Luke 4:4, 8, John 3:13, Revelation 22:14; blood redemption is attacked in Colossians 1:14; science is covered up in 1 Timothy 6:20; the RSV readings of the NCCC are adopted in Romans 1:18, 21; a warning to a Christian walking after the flesh is torn out in Romans 8:1; the Deity of Christ is attacked in 1 Timothy 3:16; the physical ascension of Christ is attacked in Luke 24:51-52; the proofs for the resurrection is watered down in Acts 1:3; the Deity of Christ is watered down in Acts 20:28; and Galatians 5:4 and 3:1, Hebrews 11:6, 2 Corinthians 2:17 and 10:4 are perverted. “Minor” aye, Doc? Minor, like your opinions?
2. The differences are so incidental. Incidental, aye, Doc? Incidental means “occasional, without purpose or intent.” The Greek text of the ASV is the Catholic text (1881) smuggled into the committee of the RV on purpose by two men who put it together on purpose (Westcott and Hort) when they knew it differed from the Greek text of the AV in 4,700-5,000 places.
Incidental, aye, Doc? “Sword of the WHO?”, Doc? Christ is the truth, is He, Johnny? And His word is truth (John 17:17)—is it, Johnny? And you would say that 5,000 corrections on the God-given text are “incidental,” would you, Johnny? (Documentation: Which Bible?, Fuller; Believing Bible Study, Hills; The Identity of the New Testament Text, Pickering; The Revision Revised, Burgon; True or False, Fuller; and the Preface to the RV by the translators, which I have here on my desk.)
3. “The differences are so infrequent” : 4,700 to 5,000 in the New Testament and 20,000 to 25,000 in the Old Testament are “infrequent,” are they, Johnny? And you a “good, godly, premillennial Fundamentalist!” Is that what we are to believe? Here is a man who is so anxious to destroy your faith in Biblical authority that he would recommend two texts that vary more in the Gospel of Luke than Stephanus, Beza, Erasmus, and Elzevir (editions for the Receptus) varied in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, and Romans, and then say the differences are “infrequent.”
The Alexandrian Cult is a cult of professional liars.
When they speak of Biblical authority they will lie every time and will not give it to you straight one time—not once.
When Rice says that he “checks” the ASV frequently, he blankly admits that he is familiar with it. Frequent “checks” could not fail to inform a normal man what the content of a translation is, especially if that man sets himself up as so great an authority that he can correct the book by which he was saved and called to preach, the Book that sustained him in the ministry all of his life.
Such blatant, arrogant, dogmatic egotism is not to be overlooked by an “honest man.” We will not overlook it.
If he “frequently” consulted the Roman Catholic ASV of 1901 (see The Christian’s Handbook of Manuscript Evidence, 1970), he knew the difference between that apostate text of the Dark Ages (ibid.) and the AV were:
3. MULTIPLE Rice simply LIED three times in a row to sell a newspaper.
Hearst and Luce never did it any differently though they were lost sinners.
With this little sample (Sword, Friday, June 9, 1978), we shall close our documented account of professional lying carried on by the Cult members who profess to believe in the “verbal, plenary inspiration of our God-breathed telephone book.”
1. They all question what God said (Gen. 3:1).
2. They all recommend a conflicting authority (Gen. 3:2-4).
3. They will lie (Gen. 3:2-4) as quickly as take a breath of air in order to elevate scholarship to the final seat of authority.
When Jerry Falwell builds his new university, the Cult will come in on the opening day of class, seize all chairs of higher learning, and start the work downhill into apostasy the first week of classes. How will they do it? By doing exactly what we said they will do, and we have documented it now for 300,000 words. They will do what we tell them to do because we have an infallible authority, and we can predict what they will do whether they admit it or not. They will recommend two or more authorities so the school will be the final authority.
We give them no alternatives.
They will do what we tell them to do. (And if a Cult member reads this, he will take the last paragraph out of context to prove “egotism.” He will not deal with one documented fact given above.)
All Cultists think alike.
When they read a documented article dealing with facts, all they can find is “unchristian attitude,” “railing accusations,” “coarse and vulgar language,” and “arrogance.” They cannot find the truth (2 Tim. 3:7). “The truth” is not their “bag.” Their bag is lying.
Beginning with our next issue, we shall devote our entire time in this column to a discussion of “Problem Texts.” We have said enough about the modern, apostate Fundamentalist to identify him clearly wherever he speaks about Biblical authority. In other matters he may pass by “unidentified,” but in matters of authority, we have our speckled cat spotted.
We will not “sleep” while the enemy plants “tares.” The “mystery of iniquity” is just as much at work in the Laodicean age as any age. We need to know how he works, why he works, and above all, when he starts to go to work.
Readers of this column now know by an objective examination of factual, documented statements made by the members of the Cult. They will never be refuted by any member of the Cult, for they can’t be. All the Cult can do is proselyte sympathy from young Christians and get them to think that “friendship,” “fellowship,” “cooperation,” “love,” and “understanding” are more important than the absolute authority of God Almighty.
Every liberal in the NCCC handles things exactly that way.
It doesn't take a theologian to figure out that it would be totally meaningless for God to give His incorruptible (1st Peter 1:23), very pure words (Psalms 119:140), to holy men of old (2nd Peter 1:21), and then allow those very pure words to deteriorate into hundreds of English translations, based upon differing Hebrew and Greek texts, leaving us today at the mercy of intellectuals and manmade scholarship! Since the religious scholars all disagree, and the Bible versions all disagree, we've got a big confusing mess in the churches today! 1st Corinthians 14:33a teaches, “For God is not the author of confusion.” So are you dumb enough to believe anyone who tries to sell you, the lie, that it is normal to have a dozen Bible “versions” on your bookshelf? Please tell me you are not that foolish! Most church are that foolish. Kindly, Harvest Baptist Church on Guam is a cesspool of Bible versions and perversions, where confusion is the norm. Acts 19:32, “Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.” One Bible says Jesus became angry at a leper, the next Bible says Jesus had compassion. Bob Jones' Bible department doesn't see a big problem with that! I sure do! How about you?
inspired Words of God are in the King James Bible!”
—Dr. Jack Hyles (an awesome quote —Dr. Jack Hyles (THE REAL BATTLE!”)
Thank God for the 'Sword of The Lord' Today!
Also, I would like to add that the Sword of The Lord today (founded in 1934 by Dr. John R. Rice), under the faithful leadership of Dr. Shelton Smith, is worthy of your support. They are gratefully King James Bible only. Humbly, I fully support the Sword Of The Lord and will as long as they are King James Bible only! I commend Dr. Smith and the board of directors, for taking the Sword Of The Lord in a direction away from the errant former position held by Dr. Rice, who favored the Alexandrian texts. I firmly believe that Dr. Rice up in Heaven is very proud of the direction the Sword has moved, toward right and away from error. And again, Brother Rice went to Heaven in 1980, four years before the fundamentalist world was shocked when Zondervan published the 1984 NIV, so he hadn't woken up yet.
I speak respectfully, for Dr. Rice was a very great man, whom I am not worthy to shine his shoes. Albeit, if a man is wrong, he is wrong. I agree with Dr. Rice on nearly everything. I personally believe in an Old Earth. I never held a Young Earth position, but I was neutral my whole life, until I read the books of Pastor Max D. Younce. Dr. Rice teaches a Young Earth position. Dr. Rice's successor, Dr. Curtis Hutson (1934-1995) held an Old Earth position, as I do. So this is one area of doctrinal disagreement between me and Dr. Rice, but it is a minor issue. However, it is a major issue concerning the Word of God! I strongly disagree with Dr. Rice that the Alexandrian texts are acceptable. Even Wikipedia documents that the godfather of the Alexandrian texts, Origen, denied Jesus' deity.
—Dr. Jack Hyles (a great quote from the classic sermon, “A Friend At Midnight.”)
For what it is worth, I am proud of the folks at the Sword Of The Lord. I would like to think, even if in some small way, that my website ministry has helped promote the Lord's work by promoting the Sword of The Lord. We help each other in the Lord, fellow laborers.
God pity any immature or deceived believer, who doesn't think that the accuracy of God's Word is worth protecting. The fact that the modern Bible versions keep changing, gradually getting worse and worse, further away from the doctrine of Christ, and more secularized, is 100% proof that Satan is behind them. How bad does it have to get before the churches wake up? Even the secular world sees the danger of ever-changing Bible versions. Why can't churches and their pastors? Go figure! Even the communist government of Cuba last year rejected a shipment of 17,000 New International Version Bibles. The Cuban officials knew that the NIV is corrupted! They admirably insisted that only the inspired King James Bible be allowed into their country. Praise God for communists who are smarter than America's dumb pastors! You couldn't make this stuff up! I'm going to go watch some episodes of The Outer Limits for a dose of sanity! I mean, when communists in Cuba have more spiritual discernment than churches and pastors in America do, we've lost our way! Go Cuba!
What is wrong with America's knuckleheaded pastors and Bob Jones University? Why cannot they see the plain truth? Their hearts have been hardened by the sin of going along with peers. That is why abortion is no longer preached against. That is why the unpopular subject of Hell is hardly ever mentioned in pulpits. And that is why the corrupt Bible versions are tolerated and embraced. Hebrews 3:13, “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” I am doing my best by God's grace, to exhort my brethren of the dangers of the Alexandrian Bible perversions, but their hearts are hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. They've tolerated evil for so long, that it no longer appears evil, and their hearts have been deceived by the Devil. I tell you again, my dear reader, Satan is behind all of the modern English Bible versions! Thank God for the trustworthy and inspired KING JAMES BIBLE!!!!!!!
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Someone recently wrote to me and said they feel like quitting their ministry. They asked me if I ever feel that way. Are you kidding? I feel like quitting often, just walking away and never coming back; but I am compelled to do what I do because there is a cause! Despite my constant neck pain, the truth must be preached! Despite my loneliness day and night, somebody needs to care about the truth! I mean, if I don't do it, who will? If I don't stand for the King James Bible, who will? If not here, where? If not now, when? If I don't contend for the faith, who will? If I don't preach the Gospel, who will? If I stop preaching, somebody won't get saved! Nehemiah 6:3b, “I am doing a great work.”
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