This a.m. the Lord led me to do some Bible translation/version research. I found the following:
"Virginia Mullenkott served as a consultant on the NIV translating committee, together with the deceased Marten H. Woudstra (a homosexual), and therefore it is no wonder that the word "sodomite" is not found in the NIV."
In research, I read that, according to Virginia Mullenkott, she was not an open lesbian when she worked with the NIV. Currently, she is an open lesbian.
I googled Virginia Mullenkott and found on http://www.wikipedia.com/:
"...She is...an active member of Christian Lesbians OUT. She served as a stylistic consultant for the New International Version of the Bible. Mullenkott is an open lesbian..."
Chairman of the NIV Old Testament translation committee, Dr. Marten H. Woudstra (deceased), was a homosexual.
On home page, on top left of screen, click on "King James Bible Page" - once there, on right of screen, click on "Bible Version Comparison Charts."
The charts are:
1. Westcott and Horts Magic Marker Binge
2. Various contradictions and omissions
3. Bible versions and the preeminence of Christ
On home page, on left of screen, a bit past the half mark down the screen, click on "The Bible" - from there scroll down to "New International Version (NIV)" and notice such headings as:
- NIV publisher (Zondervan) is owned by people who publish The Satanic Bible.
- Which Bible verses did the NIV delete? (The Jehovah's Witness "Bible" deletes the EXACT same ones. All of them)
- NIV perverts even the tone of the word of GOD (e-mail from a former NIV reader)
- NIV Old Testament Chairman, Dr. Marten Woudstra, a Sodomite Homosexual
- Former NIV reader says NIV alienates the Father and the Son
(The former NIV reader stated, "Sure, I got saved by the NIV, but it made Jesus a little bit distant from the Father.")
Also, on that subject http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/ page, there are other Bible translation headings.
I am not a gullible person who believes all that I read or hear. As our Lord's Spirit leads, it is wise to seek the Lord, pray, read, hear, and seek the Lord, and pray some more. Only our Lord can lead us to the fullness of truth.
Before proceeding here, I need to clarify that I am not urging anyone to change the version of the Bible that you read unless, of course, you seek the Lord, and He instructs you to do so. These are my experiences which I felt led of the Lord to share.
As were many other Christians, I was raised with the original King James Bible. Also later, as did other Christians, I began to read other Bible versions. A few years ago, The Amplified Bible is the one that I mostly used until one day the Lord spoke to me and told me to mostly use the original King James Bible. I began to do so.
After some weeks, I noticed that I had become more potent and powerful in the Lord. I did not attribute that to the change in Bible versions until I moved to Florida and met a pastor who uses an original King James Bible. I asked him why he read that version. He responded that it was the most potent and powerful version. That is when I knew that that was why I had become more potent and powerful in the Lord. Of course, I know that obedience to the content is vital.
Also, the original King James Bible is easier to memorize and it has more rhythm. I have a relative who mostly uses the New King James Bible but when she reads the Psalms, for rhythmic reasons, she reads them in the original King James Bible.
Some people express that they cannot understand/follow the archaic language in the original King James Bible. A few years ago I read where a five year old child testified of her preference for the original King James Bible. Whatever I do not understand in the original King James Bible, I pray for the Lord to help me to know. In fact, daily before I open my Bible I pray for understanding - trusting that the Lord will illuminate what He needs to when and how He desires.
One Christian friend of mine (I'll call her Debbie) was advised by another Christian to stop reading the NIV version. I did not know that when I shared with Debbie how the Lord had led me away from the NIV and the Amplified versions. She mentioned to me that I was the second Christian who had mentioned to her doubts about the NIV. Another Christian friend of mine (I'll call her Kate) stated that her pastor uses the New King James Version and that she used that version to follow him. I shared with Kate what the Lord informed me, and asked her if she was more concerned about following what her pastor used or what our Lord instructed. I did not advise Debbie or Kate to forsake their versions. I asked them to seek the Lord about it.
Well, weeks later Debbie stated that she had started solely reading the original King James Bible. She mentioned that one day a non-Christian client asked her what had happened to her because she sounded more confident in tone. The only thing that Debbie could attribute her change to was that she now solely read the original King James Bible. A non-Christian noticed that Debbie had become more potent in tone.
As for Kate - first I must state that Kate is very firm about seeking the Lord. When we advise and inform one another, we both crave "Where is that in the Bible" and while we listen to one another, we firmly adhere to seeking the Lord in prayer for final words. Weeks after we had the Bible version conversation, Kate informed me that one day she was in a Christian bookstore and her hand was "drawn" to select from the shelf an original King James Bible. She knew that it was the Lord who led her to purchase it. Later, she too expressed to me the potency of it versus the New King James Bible. She further stated that though her pastor uses the New King James she has no problems following him using the original King James Bible.
I read where other Christians stated that the development of all of these Bible versions is profit driven. Also, that Satan waters down content in some of the versions because he knows that to omit certain words and scriptures means less potency and power for those who read the diluted versions. Another pastor mentioned how people have all of these Bible versions and don't read and obey any of them. Some of this information caused me to think. Years ago, most Christians used the only Bible version that was primarily available - the original King James Bible. My take is that biblically they had less to choose from but in many cases, they were/are stronger Christians than some are today.
I was led to do some research relative to some of the different versions available. What I discovered was that it is true that some other versions omit entire scriptures, and also they omit and/or change wording that is in the original King James. Some have argued that even the original King James Version is not original Bible text. That is likely true but of the other versions that I have read, the original King James is the best of the English versions that are available.
There is a very convincing comparison chart on the Internet that shows some glaring differences in various version content. After reading that chart, I am more convinced about how the Lord led me relative to primary usage of the original King James. I must add that, on rare occasions, as led by the Lord, I do refer to the Amplified, and my study Bible for commentary purposes.
Ref - The commentary in Bibles:
I was heavily into reading commentaries until - again -
when I moved to Florida, a pastor stated to be mindful about accepting commentaries as gospel truth. And when I moved back to D.C. and took a Bible course, the teachers stressed to receive from the Holy Spirit before reading commentaries. And lastly, a fellow blogger, who was once an atheist expressed that commentaries are not necessarily gospel truth. Now I refer to Bible commentaries only as led by the Lord, which is rarely.
- Am I saying that to be a potent Christian, you must read the original King James Bible? No, these are my experiences and the experiences of people that I know. Full obedience to GOD to the best of our knowledge is the answer for spiritual fulfillment.
- When I watch Christian programming, I do have a preference for the bishops and pastors who use the original King James Bible. One pastor, reads first from the original King James Bible and then he reads the same passage(s) from the Amplified Bible. Of course, my spirit needs to bear witness that they are true people of GOD. We know that Satan knows the Bible but does not obey it therefore our spirits do not bear witness to any holy anointed power from him for he does not possess any form of holy power.
- At church, I read from the original King James Bible no matter what version is used by the pastor(s) or guest speaker(s).
- I am an editor and recently edited a book by a Christian who uses the NIV. I did not urge her to use the original King James Bible because that is not my role as an editor.
- Without love, we are nothing - regardless of our Bible usage - whatever the version(s).
In sum, I strongly urge that you seek the Lord as to whether to change the usage of your Bible version(s).
Thank you for your indulgence.
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