I’ve been warning people about some of these passages for many years, while others I just discovered today while putting together Westcott and Hort Magic Marker Binge! Would you take a magic marker to your Bible and cross out words from passages? Do you read the NIV?
The more I study what the NIV and similar translations really are the more I realize how greatly we’re being jacked!
They’re destroying God’s Word and the pastors continue to teach the people from a book that was translated from a Greek text which was intentionally altered by a horde of those practicing textual science.
And the seminaries still require that future pastors learn Greek which will do them hardly any good because they’re reading these intentionally altered Greek texts (UBS and Nestle Aland) that the NIV was based upon. Learning Greek for seminarians is often just a knowledge-puffs-up exercise. Too many graduate armed and dangerous, proudly carrying their little, altered Greek ‘Bibles’ around. But most weren’t taught that their Greek ‘Bible’ were intentionally altered:
” . . . Origen, an early textual critic . . . said, that ‘the Scriptures are of little use to those who understand them as they are written‘ . . . . given the opportunity, many like Origen will actually alter the manuscripts to make them say what they understand them to mean…. Justin Martyr, Valentinus, Clement of Alexandria, Marcion, Tatian, and a horde of others practiced their ‘textual science’ by operating on manuscripts, or by writing their own ‘versions’ . . . .
” . . . Today there are more than 5,000 manuscripts and lectionaries in Greek as witnesses to the New Testament text. And 95% of them witness to the Received Text readings [contained in Green’s Interlinear and the King James Version]. Partly due to the fact that ancient manuscripts containing the Received Text were worn out by use, while the Alexandrian textbase manuscripts were preserved by the dry conditions of Egypt, some have sought to discredit the Received Text because they say it is not ancient. But now that manuscript portions from the second century are being unearthed, it is found that many of the readings of the Received Text which had been tagged scornfully as ‘late readings’ by nearly unanimous consent of the ‘textual scientists’ are appearing in these [newly found] manuscripts. Readings which were before called late and spurious have been found in these early-date manuscripts . . . . Yet strangely, in textual criticism classes, such discoveries are swept under the rug, not reported to the class.” (source)
From what I’ve seen, most pastors don’t need to learn Greek [many seminarians and otherwise would-be seminarians shudder at the thought]. That’s what the Greek scholars are for, and they’ve written down their findings in plain English. What’s most important is that pastors read an English translation from the reliable, non-intentionally altered Greek manuscript, the Received Text/Textus Receptus.
Here is some of the proof of what’s been done. I’m using the World English Bible text (WEB — Textus Receptus based) to show how the NIV has literally butchered the word of God, so now the ‘church’ is wobbling, hardly standing at all.
We need some POWER behind us — the real word of God!
What’s crossed out here is what the NIV guts. And in some cases I put in brackets what the NIV replaces the truth with.
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If I had been reading the NIV “Bless those who curse you” wouldn’t have been written on the side of my NOHATE car for the last 15 years.
Matthew 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies,
bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you,
Sometimes I wonder what the Greek scribes were thinking when they left out important directives like this one. Perhaps the man who was paying the scribes way married someone who was unbiblically divorced.
Matthew 19:9 I tell you that whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery;
and he who marries her when she is divorced commits adultery.”
The Devil loves this one. He doesn’t want any of us praying perfectly against demons in tongues. This would seriously mess up his operation. Can’t have that.
These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new languages; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will in no way hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
This is probably the worst NIV deletion. I explain this in Who-Goes-To-Heaven Scriptures — Narrow is the Way | Who are the Children of God? If the NIV hadn’t done this, perhaps I wouldn’t have had to write my doctrine correcting essay. This one takes the cake, as it is sending millions to hell, thinking they are going to heaven. Disgusting! Pastors need to use real Bibles from now on! It’s their own demise, not just those they are misleading.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,
who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
I just found this omission today. It’s interesting that Rupert Murdoch now owns Zondervan who publishes the NIV, and his Fox News is the biggest warmongering newscast. A lot of ‘Christians’ who probably watch Fox News and read the NIV thought the Iraq war was a type of evangelism. But those of us who read the real Bible at least should have known better. It was clear to me.
Romans 10:15 And how will they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Good News
of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”
I’ve had specific discussions on this site about whether or not Galatians teaches us to obey. Perhaps I was the only one reading a real Bible. This is sad, but you can see why Greek scholars would want to throw out verses that make them uncomfortable.
Galatians 3:1 Foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you
not to obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was openly set forth among you as crucified?
This is huge! Don’t use an NIV when discussing Jesus’ deity with a Jehovah’s Witness. This scripture alone should convince anyone that Jesus is God.
1 Timothy 3:16 Without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great:
God was revealed in the flesh [He appeared in a body], justified in the spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, and received up in glory.
I discovered this one a few months ago. The Greek scholar who altered this one must not have prayed in tongues. And it’s likely that everyone on the NIV translation team weren’t tongues prayers either. Praying in the Holy Spirit builds yourself up in holiness faith!
Jude 20 (WEB) But you, beloved, keep building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.
Jude 20 (NIV) But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.
One of Satan’s slickest tricks is to deceive people into thinking that God isn’t 100% wise. Satan prefers we worship the creation instead of the Creator.
Jude 25 to God our Savior,
who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.
I’ve been harping about this forgiving-and-the-NIV subject for decades. Try to teach the importance of forgiving out of the NIV.
Forgiving our brother 77 times is good enough? It’s definitely a reachable number — unlike 490 times.
And the “jailers” don’t sound like demons to me. “Tormentors” certainly do though. If we don’t forgive everyone from our hearts the tormentors have a right to torment us. God allows this so we get so disgusted with living in torment so we learn to always walk in love towards even our enemies when they curse us, hate us and mistreat us (the phrases the NIV left out, above).
It’s hard to even know what real Christianity is when we read the NIV. And we won’t learn enough about how Satan’s kingdom really works so we can learn how to be free. Many NIV readers don’t even realize that they have demons directly affecting them. The NIV puts people in the dark. Here is what they’ve done to parts of Matthew 18 and Ephesians 4:
21 Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I don’t tell you until seven times, but, until
seventy times seven [seventy seven times].
23 Therefore the Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who wanted to reconcile accounts with his servants. 24 When he had begun to reconcile, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But because he couldn’t pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, with his wife, his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down and kneeled before him, saying, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will repay you all!’ 27 The lord of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. 28 “But that servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, who owed him one hundred denarii, and he grabbed him, and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ 29 “So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will repay you!’ 30 He would not, but went and cast him into prison, until he should pay back that which was due. 31 So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were exceedingly sorry, and came and told to their lord all that was done. 32 Then his lord called him in, and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt, because you begged me. 33 Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, even as I had mercy on you?’ 34 His lord was angry, and delivered him to the
tormentors [turned him over to the jailers to be tortured], until he should pay all that was due to him. 35 So my heavenly Father will also do to you, if you don’t each forgive your brother from your hearts for his misdeeds.”
And “a foothold” in Eph. 4, what’s that! The Greek word here is topos, which means “place,” like in topography. There is nothing in the text that indicates the Devil just gets a little foothold if we stay angry. The demons go right in, because we’ve given place to them. We’ve given them the right to torment us because we disobeyed God by not forgiving everyone from our hearts.
This is how lust demons work too. No lust, no lust demons. Whereas, lust just a little bit and they have the right to enter and drive lust from then on until we repent — cold turkey. 100% repentance, 0% lust = 0 lust demons — lust freedom!
Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, putting away falsehood, speak truth each one with his neighbor. For we are members of one
another [body]. 26 “Be angry, and don’t sin.” Don’t let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 neither give place to the devil [do not give the devil a foothold].
This is my NIV Bible, by the way, given to me in 1974. I really loved this ‘Bible.’ It was so easy to read, and I became a Christian reading it during my senior year in high school. In it, I found Hebrews 10:26.
But if I hadn’t parted ship, once I learned how dangerous this translation really is I probably wouldn’t even have a blog right now. [And I dread to think of where I’d be now had they altered Hebrews 10:26 also. That was my theme song in high school. I was trying to tell everyone what I had found.]
I wallowed in the NASB for awhile, which isn’t much better. It’s also missing Romans 8:1b, etc.. It’s junk; though, it was a Cambridge, extra heavy black leather, wide margin, weighed-2-pounds masterpiece — so I thought.
It took me awhile to fully wake up. I hope this helps others wake up too.
To Be Free!
Most modern NT ‘Bibles’ are based on an Egyptian text rejected by Christendom 1500 years ago — that removed the second half of Romans 8:1 – “Now there is NO CONDEMNATION to them which are IN CHRIST JESUS, ***WHO don’t WALK according to the flesh, but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT***”
Who-Goes-To-Heaven Scriptures — Narrow is the Way | Who are the Children of God? — I discuss what Romans 8 really says here