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Perfect Preservation: Part 4 – Conclusion

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There are groups of dedicated believers who teach that a translation, specifically the King James Version, is Inspired. Yet, the Bible does not teach that Inspiration applies to a Translation. Of all the good that should be said of the King James Bible, and so much can, it was not Inspired.

However, I believe no other Translation is as accurate as the King James. I also love it and am grateful for the amazing process that God used to give it to the English-speaking peoples. And there is no other Translation that I would recommend for a person to read.

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Perfect Preservation: Part 3 – Thoughts or Words?

 

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If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)

The church must be warned about the teaching of Thought Preservation.

This is an error that has been consistently pushed within both Evangelical and Fundamental universities which rejects the doctrine of the word-for-word preservation of scripture.

This thinking promotes the belief that perfect, word-for-word inspiration took place in the originals (the autographs); while also claiming that those same, exact words were lost in the copies.

It also promotes the idea that only God’s thoughts were preserved in the copies! Some say that the “essence of truth” has been preserved — but not the words.

Which means, that the Lord was only concerned with Preserving His actual written words, and punctuation in the originals.

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Perfect Preservation: Part 2 – The Promise

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The critical aspect of this Preservation process is that it was promised by God. All through the Old and New Testaments God promised to keep and preserve His words. Not just some of them but every word.

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Perfect Preservation: Part 1 – Foundation

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It is necessary to speak again about a very critical issue.

We absolutely must understand how God gave us His words.

If we don’t clearly understand this, we will not be able to identify what is God’s word and what is not. Which leaves us at the whim of every popular “scholar” telling us that the words we have believed are not correct; or that they do not mean (in the original language) what we think they mean.

Nor will we be able defend the gospel as men continually challenge the accuracy and authority of God’s words — destroying the foundation of our faith.

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Removing the Only Begotten Son

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“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)

The foundation is the word of God. The word of God is comprised of God’s specific, written, inerrant words.

Consider the importance of God’s specific words. “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” (John 14:23) He continually talks about the keeping of His words. Many think this is just about His commandments or His teachings or His general ideas.

But the Bible is consistently specific about the importance of the actual words that have been written. As if specific words were the indispensable foundation blocks of His teachings.

The modern Evangelical church really doesn’t believe this. Oh, they say they do. But not really. They think it is the teachings or principles that are the foundation as opposed to the words themselves. Or the “essence of the word” that is important.

Whatever the heck “essence” means.

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Bible Preservation: Part 2 The Written Language of Eden

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I have listened to many sermons and studied many articles and books about Old and New Testament textual history.

One of the things that continually puzzles me is why many supposed experts believe that written biblical texts were not created until the time of Moses. That, until then, the words of God were only passed by word of mouth for the thousands of years since Adam.

How does that make any sense?

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Bible Preservation: The Old Testament

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In the synagogue, Jesus stood up and read from the book of Isaiah saying,                                           “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,                                                                                                                                    To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”                                                                                                                              (Luke 4: 14-30)

A few things to note here:

  1. Jesus read from the written words of God.
  2. He accepted these as the correct words of God.
  3. He demonstrated that these words were the pure, accurate, specific words passed down from the pen of Isaiah.
  4. He demonstrated His confidence in the way that the words of God were presented and maintained.
  5. He believed in the perfect preservation of the Old Testament.

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The Fallacy of Biblical Criticism Pt 2: Back to Basics

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Since writing The Fallacy of Biblical Criticism: Part 1, I’ve given a great deal of thought to how to proceed on this issue.

My concern is not with the foundation of my belief but with how to honestly approach this so that the reader gains more than my own personal cheerleading effort to promote the Textus Receptus and the KJV.

In order to justify the time you invest when reading these articles.

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The Fallacy of Biblical Criticism: Part 1

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In relation to Bible version selection, the popular wisdom that Christians follow is based on readability, understandability, style and preference. Accuracy seems to be an afterthought.

If it’s given any thought at all.

It is just assumed by most Christians that, if a version exists, it has gone through some form of rigorous testing and approval by the scholarly powers that be. Because, how could any version be accepted without an extreme and exhaustive level of scrutiny?

After all, why would the Christian magazines carry ads selling a version.? Why would Christian universities and seminaries push a version? Why would famous authors, professors, preachers, evangelists and pastors push a version that they have not investigated in depth?

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