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NIV FURTHER EXPOSED AS CORRUPT

                                                    By Gray Clark

 

“But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:33).

 

          Jesus is speaking to His disciples, telling them it is not wise to deny Him.  Since Jesus is the Word (John 1:1), to deny the Word is to deny Jesus Christ. One way to deny the Word is by making changes to it that are outside historic-proven track record of the King James Bible (KJB) and the family of Bibles from which it came.  These changes affect biblical truth whereby the KJB and NIV often have no agreement in words, phrases, and passages.  Here is an example from 2 Corinthians 3:12.

KJB: “Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech.”

NIV:  “Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.

“Plainness of speech” and “very bold” do not express the

same thought.

 

          Further Scripture about not denying God and His Word might help to set the mind to follow this study to the conclusion that best fits the evidence.  That is the witness of NIV:  it is counterfeit, a work of men.  Here is another important verse for this discussion: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:  because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee…I will also forget thy children” (Hosea 4:6).  Knowledge” refers to the knowledge of God’s Law and of God.  For example, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,” and this knowledge is “…wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7).  Further, knowledge is this:  “My son if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart unto understanding; if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasure; then thou shalt understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:1-5).  Today, there is little knowledge of God and His law in the churches of America, and government is divorcing itself as quickly as possible of God’s laws. Children (the millennial generation) are lost, just as Hosea 4:6 predicted would happen when we reject God and His Law. The NIV has made its contribution to the decline of Christianity in the churches. 

 

          One could ask, “What is the Word?”  The answer is simple: the Bible, defined as the inerrant, Holy Spirit-inspired Scriptures. That God’s Word is inerrant is supported by these verses: “…unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35); “And ye have not his word abiding in you…search the scriptures…” (John 5:38-39); “…they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily…” (Acts 17:11).  But what Scriptures? The NIV is not Scripture, because it is errant.  Why is it errant?  Because it is the work of man, not the Holy Spirit.  The KJB is Scripture because it is inerrant, meaning inspired by the Holy Spirit. To deny the Word of God is to deny God, or Jesus Christ.  It is imperative to know what the Word of God is and is not.  It is the King James Bible, not the New International Bible (NIV) or any other modern translation beginning with the first one, The English Revised Version (1885). Reducing the NIV to a work of man is strong language.  But what other conclusion could we possibly reach, when sixteen verses are deleted from it, as well as other major changes as pointed out in the previous article on the NIV in the summer 2015 Watchman.

 

          Additional evidence shall be supplied now to show that the NIV is not the Word of God, for it is not inspired by the Holy Spirit.  Consider this example, “For this cause, also thank we God without ceasing, because when ye received the word of God…ye received it not as the word of men…” (1 Thes. 2:13).  Also, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” (II Timothy 3:16).  By the way, inspiration, according to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary means “The infusion of ideas into the mind by the Holy Spirit…” In plain language, the Holy Spirit guided the writers of the Bible. This will be proven true of the KJB, but not of the NIV, which is man-inspired.  See it this way:  the Greek, Roman, Christian, and secular philosophers have recorded many good thoughts that agree with the Bible.  Does that does make their works Scripture?  No. Many verses and concepts in the NIV agree with the KJB, but that does not make the NIV Scripture.  Rather, it is overloaded with corrupt statements, PC changes, and deleted verses that reveal its true origin as that of a work of men in the hands of Satan. The NIV cannot be partly right and partly wrong and still be the Word of God; it must be inerrant if it is God’s Word. Only God could bring forth a Bible that is inerrant.  Since the NIV is not inerrant, it is not Holy Spirit inspired.  If it is not Holy Spirit inspired, it is man inspired, thus rendering it completely less than Scripture. 

 

          A common complaint against the KJB is that it is hard to read. The NIV was to correct this by making a modern version in today’s easy-to-read language. Was this goal accomplished?  The reason given for an NIV translation goes something like this: the most important factor for a new translation is that, over the nearly four hundred years since the KJV was translated, the English language has changed to the point where many people have trouble understanding it. For example, few people today would know what "and anon (quickly) with joy receiveth" (Matt 13:20) or "I trow (believe, think, trust) not" (Luke 17:9) means unless they were reared reading the KJV.  Is the NIV easier to read, more understandable, than the KJV?  In this author’s opinion, the answer is no. Work done by Flesch-Kincaid (F-K), who designs readability tests, suggests the NIV failed to meet its goal. D. A. Waite, Jr., reports on studies done by F-K:  “According to the Flesch-Kincaid formula 74% of the books (in the KJV) are on or below the sixth grade level, and 94% are on or below the seventh grade level…And the (Flesch Reading Ease) rated 97% of the KJV books are fairly Easy or Easy! These were all first place statistics.” The ease of reading the KJB will be further validated by this next statistic.

 

        Let the people speak. “The King James Version is more likely to be the Bible read during the week than is the NIV by a 5:1 ratio” (Barna Research Group). This is rather shocking. The NIV sells more but is read less at home.  The people are sharper than the clergy and publishers who endorse the NIV.

          According to The Language of the King James Bible by Gail Riplinger: Readability statistics generated from Grammatik and Word for Windows show why the KJV is 5th grade reading level, while the NKJV and NASB are 6th grade, and the NIV is 8th grade reading level!”

The KJV averages:

  • less syllables per word
  • less letters per word, and
  • less words per sentence.
  • It has a smaller percentage of long words, and a
  • greater percentage of short words than the NKJV, NIV, NASB and NRSV.

According to readability statistics generated by Pro-Scribe, the KJV is easier to read than USA Today, People magazine, and most children's books.

 

        This record proves the NIV did not meet their goal of providing an easy to read Bible using current words to aid understanding. The KJB beats the NIV for readability. So, was there a hidden goal by the NIV translators to latterly destroy God’s word by offering a counterfeit? It would seem so.

         The source of the following statement has been lost, but it would seem the thinking is widespread. This minister is really blinded. The bottom line is that it really does not make much difference which of the major Bible translations you use. It is true that, because of the vast increase in our understanding of ancient languages and the number of manuscripts upon which to base translation, there are some differences between the KJV and the modern translations. For the most part, these differences are minor.” Reader, this is flat out not true. The changes are major.

          “When choosing a translation, as long as you are considering a major translation, you do not have to worry if it really is the Word of God. The only real concern is whether or not this is a Bible you will read and study. For if you don’t bother to read and study the Bible, then the accuracy of the translation is of little importance.” Does this last paragraph really need any refuting?

          The method of translating modern Bibles is called dynamic equivalence. This is a movement away from a word-for-word translation, such as that used by the KJB translators to a thought-for-thought translation. Dynamic equivalency is a focus upon the thought or truth behind the words. Is this something like “mind reading.”  The reader will see, if he does not already see it from the summer Watchman article on the NIV, how much dynamic equivalency is a failure.  Remember II Corinthians 3:12 from earlier in this article? This is dynamic equivalency in action. The KJB and the NIV of II Corinthians do not teach the same message. 

KJB: “Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech.”

NIV: “Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.

“Plainness of speech” and “very bold” do not express the

same thought.

          The NIV in its latest revision of 2011 contains gender-neutral language. This language is not found in the KJB. This language is an attempt by man to change what the Holy Spirit originally brought forth in the KJV. In some cases, you will need to pay close attention to gender-neutral changes. To highlight the change, underling is used.  Also note that often the number agreement in the KJV is changed in the NIV. This gender-neutral language is one of many proofs that the NIV is errant, or corrupt. A sampling follows:

Gender-Neutral Language, 2011 NIV

John 6:44

KJV: “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

NIV: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up in the last day.”

Psalm 8:4

KJV: “what is man, that thou are mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?

NIV: “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?”

Genesis 4:26

KJV: “…then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.”

NIV: “At that time people began to call on the name of the LORD.”

Psalm 1:1

KJB: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly.”

 NIV: “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked.”

Psalm 23:4

KJB: “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…”

NIV: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil…”

Proverbs 27:17

KJB: “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”

NIV: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

Malachi 4:6

KJB: “And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children…”

NIV: “He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children…”

Matthew 4:19

KJB: “And he saith unto them, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

NIV: “‘Come, follow me,’ said Jesus, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’”

Romans 16:1

KJB: “I COMMAND unto you Phoe-be our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cen-she-ae.”

 
NIV: “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae.”

Romans 16:14

KJB: “Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them.” (Note all are men’s names.)

NIV: “Greet Asyneritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the other brothers and sisters with him.”

Hebrews 12:7

KJB: “If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?”

NIV: “Endure hardship as disciples; God is treating you as his children.”

1 John 3:16

KJB: “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”

NIV: “…And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

          The reader might enjoy this quiz. It will help to further see how much a failure dynamic equivalency is.

Answer the following questions using the NIV that is provided for convenience. Hint: do not feel bad, for you will not pass this test using the NIV. This quiz is published by Chick Publications and is edited for this article.

  1. Fill in the missing words in Matthew 5:44. “Love your enemies, ________ them that curse you, _____________ to them that hate you, and pray for them which ______________and persecute you.”

            Matthew 5:44 (NIV): “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

          KJB: “Love your enemies, bless that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

 

  1. What was Pilate’s first Name?

          Matthew 27:2 (NIV): “So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor.”

          KJB: “And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.”

 

  1. State what the prophet said.

          Matthew 27:35 (NIV): “When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”

          KJB: “And they crucified him and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, they parted my garments among them and upon my vesture did they cast lots”

  1. Jesus gave the apostles power to cast out demons and to ________________.

          Mark 3:15 (NIV): “And to have authority to drive out demons.”

          KJB: “and to have power to heal sickness, and to cast out devils.”

  1. What was John? (teacher, prophet, carpenter, etc.) What was his title?

          Luke 7:28 (NIV): “I tell you, among those born of women there is not one greater then John: yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

          KJB: “For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

6) What did the disciples not know?

          Luke 9:55 (NIV): “But Jesus turned and rebuked them.”

          KJB: “But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.”

 

7) What did the Son of man come to do and not to do?

          Luke 9:56 (NIV): “Then he and his disciples went to another village.”

          KJB: “For the son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them, And they went to another village.”

 

8) How many apostles were with Jesus?

          Luke 22:14 (NIV): “When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table.”

          KJB: “And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.”

 

9) In what three languages was the superscription written?

          Luke 23:38 (NIV): “There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

          KJB: “And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

 

10) What did they give Jesus to eat with his fish?

        Luke 24:42 (NIV): “They gave him a piece of broiled fish.”

          KJB: “And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of a honeycomb.”

 

11) What time of day did Nicodemus come to Jesus?

          John 7:50 (NIV): “Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked.”

          KJB: “Nicodemus saith unto them (He that came to Jesus by night, being one of them).”

 

12) What was Paul’s attitude, and what did he ask Jesus?

          Acts 9:6 (NIV): “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

          KJB: “And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise and go into the city, and it shall be told what thou must do.”

 

13) Who are the three persons of the Trinity?      

          1 John 5:7 (NIV): “For there are three that testify.”

          KJB: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

 

14) What did Jesus Say to Himself?

          Revelation 1:11 (NIV): “which said: Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

          KJB: “Saying, I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last…”

        By testimony of the NIV, it is not the Word of God. It is not even a clever counterfeit. The KJV is the true, inerrant word of God.  Remember this: “Cease my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge” (Proverbs 19:27). “Prove all things: hold fast that which is good.”  Which Bible is your choice? NIV or KJB?

 

 

 

 

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