"Beware of any group or individual that changes essential doctrine."
-Josh McDowell, "Understanding the Cults" as quoted in "New Age Bible Versions" by Gail Riplinger.
I am going to take a moment to examine what is commonly called the Lord's Prayer to show you NIV readers and readers of any other modern version just how corrupted it is. We find the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4. Here is some very interesting information on the Lord's Prayer. Some hundred years after Jesus, a man named Marcion took the New Testament and nearly destroyed it. He threw out all the gospels but Luke and kept only Paul's letters and all that he did keep he altered to fit his false views of God and Christ Jesus.
The church leader Irenaeus wrote this of Marcion (a contemporary of his):
"Wherefore also Marcion and his followers have betaken themselves to mutilating the scriptures, not acknowledging some books at all; and curtailing the gospel according to Luke; and the epistles of Paul, they assert that these alone are authentic, which they themselves shortened."
Marcion was a Gnostic and viewed Jesus neither as King or Messiah! Here are the words that Marcion removed when he altered the Lord's Prayer: (I will put them in all caps)
Luke 11:2-4 KJV
"When ye pray, say, OUR Father WHICH ART IN HEAVEN, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, AS IN HEAVEN, SO IN EARTH. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL."
Now, do you wonder if the Marcion-corrupted Lord's Prayer is in your NIV? Here it is word-for-word:
"Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation."
I find it interesting that the NIV's Lord's Prayer in Matthew matches the KJV.
We as born again believers stand firm in the fact that God is in heaven, right? (I really hope everyone reading this said yes!) Let's look at a few verses:
John 3:13 KJV
And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man WHICH IS IN HEAVEN.
Here's the NIV:
No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven-the Son of Man.
First of all, notice how the NIV turns "he" into "the one"? This is a New Age reference and a Satanic attack on God and Jesus to diminish their person. Secondly, the "m" in Son of Man is capitalized in the modern versions, which puts unnecessary emphasis on his humanity. And finally, the KJV tells us that not only was Jesus standing before Nicodemus as God in human flesh, but that he was also up in heaven as God the Father at the same exact time, but the NIV removes this fact!
Several modern versions like the NASB, the NIV and others make numerous attempts to alter the masculine "he" or "him" in reference to Jesus or God into the One or the One and Only or even "it" on more than one occasion:
The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.
This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
Look at Revelation 1:18 in the NIV:
I am the Living One...
Here is the KJV:
I am he that liveth...
Let's see how the NIV treats one of the Bible's most beloved verses in John 3:16.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only BEGOTTEN Son...
For God so loved the world that he gave his ONE and ONLY Son...
Okay, did you see what was wrong with that NIV version of 3:16? The word "begotten" was removed and is so removed in all modern versions. If you believe that the NIV is the true accurate translation that theologians hoist it up to be, you would be following a lie! Born again believers (men and women) become children or sons of God. And to remove the word begotten, which is a variant of beget and means to bring forth or give birth to goes to give evidence of the virgin birth.
Just look at John 1:14 for more proof.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)...
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father...
Also notice that John uses the word "only" immediately before the word "begotten" in his direct reference to Jesus to prove beyond any doubt that Jesus was the only person given birth to by supernatural miracle from God through a human woman.
Now look at how confusing the NIV makes John 1:18:
No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known.
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
Jesus revealed God to us who is in heaven in the KJV, but only God revealed himself in the NIV.
Does everyone know that Jesus is the Creator of the universe or do you think he was just a conduit or a vessel for God's power? Let's see what John 1:3 says about this.
All things were made BY him...
THROUGH him all things were made...
Either Jesus made all things himself or he didn't. I realize I may be jumping around a lot concerning the various doctrinal issues, so just hang tight okay. Listen to this quote from lesbian feminist NIV contributor Virginia Mollenkott:
"To refer to God Herself seems to me a humanly just way of referring to the One who is neither male nor female."
It is too bad that the NIV couldn't be more consistent with the harmony of the gospels concerning doctrinal issues. In the King James Version of Matthew 1:25 and Luke 2:7 God tells us that Jesus was Mary's FIRSTBORN child, a son. But the NIV does not! In fact, Matthew 1:25 only says, "she gave birth to a son." But the NIV's Luke 2:7 says, "...and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son." Having the word "firstborn" in the verse like it rightly appears in the KJV goes to show that he DID have brothers AND sisters, unlike what the Catholic Church teaches that Mary was a perpetual virgin.
Since when did God's Word proclaim homosexuals by any definition to be anything other than evil? Apparently the NIV makes a clear distinction. Look at 1 Corinthians
6:9 as an example:
Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor HOMOSEXUAL OFFENDERS...will inherit the kingdom of God.
Did you catch that? You should have, seeing as how I capitalized the words. The NIV is trying to say that one can be a homosexual, but NOT a homosexual offender (lawbreaker) and inherit the kingdom of God! This is heresy and lends credence to the Gay Christian movement that is quickly growing in rank and doing its best to undermine the Bible's teaching on homosexuality.
One article I have features 102 verses from the NIV that refuses to contain the "Lord Jesus Christ" or "Jesus Christ our Lord" in the same verse where they rightly appear in the KJV. It chops Jesus' title up so that all you get is Lord Jesus or Jesus Christ or Christ or only Jesus' name. Here is the web site address for you to check out yourself:
The NIV completely removes the one word God used to define the status of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost as one...Godhead! What God calls the Godhead, man has come to call the Trinity. I believe I will use Godhead thank you very much! Here are the KJV verses where Godhead appears:
The NIV reduces the Godhead to merely a divine nature or the "Deity" in the Colossians verse. Let's see what else the NIV says about Jesus being God in the flesh. Go to 1 Timothy 3:16.
Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body...
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh...
There are several things to notice here. Something can be said to be "beyond all question" and not controversial. The KJV casts NO doubt or controversy behind the fact that God in all his fullness "was manifest in the flesh." And notice how the NIV twists the word "great" around to seem as though the mystery of godliness is unobtainable or too much to grasp or understand. Meanwhile the KJV sounds more exalting of the mystery of godliness.
The other thing to note from that verse is that we learn correctly from the KJV that it was God himself who came down from heaven, wrapped himself in flesh, blood and bone for 9 months and was born in the form of Jesus. Meanwhile the NIV merely says "He" appeared in a body. Well whoopy, everyone has appeared in a body! But saying that it was God himself really says it all!
What does the NIV Bible say about our redemption in Jesus' blood? Take a look:
In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
In whom we have redemption THROUGH HIS BLOOD, even the forgiveness of sins.
Was the truth of God "changed" or "exchanged?" Look at Romans 1:25:
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie.
Who changed the truth of God INTO a lie.
Picture it this way: when you "exchange" something, you have to take it somewhere and tell the person, "I no longer want what I have and would rather have something else." But if you "change" something, it means you have to keep it in your possession, then alter it in some way to make it appear distorted or corrupted from its original form.
The NIV teaches the doctrine of Lordship Salvation. Look at Romans 10:9 from the NIV Bible:
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
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.
First off, Paul was simply applying Jesus' title as Lord in the sentence, but the NIV twists it around to teach that one must verbally proclaim "Jesus is Lord" in order to be saved. This is heresy! Never at any time in God's Word are we commanded to express Jesus as our Lord for salvation, but instead we are merely to believe on him as our Saviour.
Does your modern Bible have Acts 8:37 in it? Go ahead, check and see, I'll give you a second. Okay, your second is up. I'll tell you right now that it is NOT! The NIV jumps from verse 36 to 38 and puts verse 37 at the bottom of the page as a footnote. So here as found in the KJV and 1599 Geneva Bible is what you are missing:
"And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
This is a vital verse to have in the Bible to show that those who were confronted with the gospel and believed it and then confessed their belief that "Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
Now I know what some NIV readers are saying, "Hey, these aren't so bad, I don't see what is so wrong with any of these changes to God's Word. I can live with this." Oh really? You can live with portions of verses or whole verses being removed? You can live with words being changed, which changes the verse's meaning? Well, when you stand before Jesus and he asks you why you didn't pay closer attention to articles like this, you won't have any excuses!
Let's check out a verse on the issue of unbelief vs. little faith. Go to Matthew 17:20 where we find Jesus telling the disciples why they could not cast out a devil.
Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your UNBELIEF...
He replied, "Because you have so LITTLE FAITH."
So, which Jesus is lying and which is telling the truth? The very definition of unbelief is NO belief at all, but little faith means you have some, but not very much of it! Let me point out one of those pesky verses that the NIV omits for the sake of its readers, to spare them of the revelation of the Godhead. Go to where 1 John 5:7-8 SHOULD be in your NIV. Please pay CLOSE attention to this one, okay!
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. (v8)And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
(V7)For there are three that testify: (v8)the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
Okay, by my count, the NIV removed 17 words from verse 7 alone! And of those words, the key ones are "in heaven; the Father, the Word...the Holy Ghost...three ARE ONE." The removal of verse 7 goes back to when Westcott and Hort did their 'New' Greek New Testament in 1881. Because of the Westcott and Hort-corrupted Greek text, certain religions use it to claim that there is no doctrine to support the Godhead like the Jehovah's Witnesses, starting with their human founder, Charles Taze Russell who said this about the Godhead:
"There is no authority in the Word of God for the doctrine of the Trinity of the Godhead."
Mormon doctrine states this, "This cannot rationally be construed to mean that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are one in substance and in person. There are three Gods...united in purpose."
Apostate Christian Jimmy Swaggart said this, "Many people conclude that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all one. You can think of God...as 3 different persons...their oneness pertaining strictly to their being one in purpose." (from Gail Riplinger's New Age Bible Versions, as cited from "The Agony of Deceit" page 43)
Even one NIV editor admitted, "It is the strongest statement in the KJV on the Trinity."
For some reason, the NIV's Ephesians 3:9 removes the fact that Jesus is God and as such is the Creator of all things by stating thusly:
...for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.
...from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things BY JESUS CHRIST.
The use of the word "ages" is a direct New Age movement reference, for they see the progression of the world through a series of ages. Then the NIV removes "by Jesus Christ" for the ultimate insult.
Now let's take a look at what the NIV says about simply believing in Jesus for salvation.
Go to John 6:47 in your NIV to see if you need to believe in Jesus or not:
I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.
Verily, verily (Truly, truly) I say unto you, He that believeth ON ME hath everlasting life.
The KJV tells us WHO to believe in where as the NIV does not (although it does in a few other verses), so why not all verses? Let's see if the NIV is ashamed of the gospel of Christ now. Go to Romans 1:16 to see.
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God...
For I am not ashamed of the gospel OF CHRIST: for it is the power of God...
What gospel is the NIV not ashamed of I wonder? I realize this article is going on a bit long so I will point out one more verse for you to look at and then I am going to provide you with a list of web sites to check for further research.
Go to John 9:35 and see how the NIV changes Son of God to Son of Man.
Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
Now we know that Jesus is the Son of man, a prophetic title, but more importantly, he is the Son of God, a huge title of Jesus' person and relation to God.
I'm going to now begin to wrap this up with some quotes by various people I think you will find interesting and then list web sites for more research.
"It's narrow or unloving when we insist that Jesus is the only way."-Campus Pastor at
University of Wisconsin
"The Christ has taken many forms and has been known by different names."-Rodney Romney, Baptist Minister
"I don't like Christianity's emphasis on the cross...it's so morbid."-Disciple of Sai Baba
"Each morning I center myself to touch the God light I believe is IN ALL of us."-Oprah Winfrey
"Genesis is a myth."-Pope John Paul's emissary.
"Hell is 'figurative'. The devil and fallen angels will exit hell and return to
heaven."-Origen, 2nd century Gnostic Christian
"Christ...used for some three years the human body of Jesus."-Esoteric Christianity
"Jesus was an historical person, but the Christ is an eternal transpersonal condition."-A Course in Miracles
"He only became Messiah and Son at Jordan...as Jesus entered the new age and covenant by being baptized in the Spirit in Jordan."-James D.G. Dunn, Baptism in the Holy Ghost
Last but not least, here are two more verses for you to examine. Every spirit that does NOT confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh is of the devil, plain and simple! First look at the King James Bible's version of 1 John 4:3:
And every spirit that confesseth NOT that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is NOT of God.
Here is the NIV:
...but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.
See the difference there? You can acknowledge lots of things and people but not put any faith or belief in it. But when you confess something, it shows you have put some faith or trust in it. And the NIV does not "acknowledge" that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. Now do you know the difference between kneeled down or bowed down and the opposite, which would be worshipped or worshipping? I don't think the NIV does. I counted using my handy Strong's KJV Concordance, where I found that there are 12 times where Jesus is worshipped or where people are worshipping him. Kneeling just means to rest on a knee and bowing down means to hunch over at the waist, dipping your head down. Of those 12 times, the NIV only keeps 6 intact, while the rest are neutered to just kneeling or bowing. There is no excuse to weaken the true meaning from the KJV.
Okay, finally, here is the list of web sites for everyone to check out for further Bible corruption research:
(First though I want to supply you with a site where you can print off an online version of a book called "The King James Bible Companion-Over 500 Archaic Words Defined")
www.jesus-is-savior.com/Bible/geneva_bible.htm (This wonderful English Bible came before the KJV Bible in 1599 and is the one the Puritans came to America with. It equals the KJV in purity and preservation.)
There is so much more that could be said about this subject, but I'll end this article here for now. I did want to add one more verse for everyone to check out. Go to Revelation 1:8 if you have anything other than KJV Bible and look and see if the words are red or black. Here is what the verse says in the KJV:
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending.
Well, are the words in your Bible red or black? If they are red, that of course means it is Jesus speaking. But if they are black it means God is speaking. This is all part of the modern versions' scheme to separate Jesus from God and spread their vile doctrine to show that Jesus is not God in the flesh! It is all work of devils! Yeah, that's right, I said it! Here is a list (small at that) of modern versions that do and do not have this verse in red:
Holman Christian Standard Bible-black