I was talking to a dear Catholic friend a few days ago, who is a church history scholar, expressing to him part of how the once-saved-always-saved and “it’s hard to lose one’s salvation” deception is happening in the evangelical church today. It’s largely fueled by greatest hits verses, of which the current favorite seems to be the gutted version of Romans 8:1, in which the second part has been removed: “ who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
K-LOVE is now running an ad, pushing this deception across America, 24/7, saying:
“Now, there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”
“God has set you free from shame.”
But this is only when we obey, which is why willfully sinning ‘Christians’ still feel shame and condemnation, because according to what Paul really said, we’re only “in Christ Jesus” when we don’t walk after the flesh but according to the Spirit. And verses 2-17 also show this. But most pastors and K-LOVE prefer to preach 8:1a by itself, instead — deceiving the people.
I explain why the NIV and many other modern versions took out 8:1b in the links, below. Basically, most modern versions rely upon the corrupted Egyptian manuscripts (where scribes often intentionally altered the texts), instead of continuing to quote the more reliable Syrian texts, which the King James and some others rely upon.
The Devil knew he couldn’t add verses to the text, which would be too obvious, so he removed hundreds, based upon the manipulative research done by Westcott and Hort.
My Catholic friend assured me that the Catholic Bible did not remove Romans 8:1b. So I thought I’d check. Here are the results.
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
The Catholic Bibles
1 Hence, now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
2 For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed you from the law of sin and death.
1 Thus, condemnation will never come to those who are in Christ Jesus,
2 because the law of the Spirit which gives life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.
1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.
1 There is now therefore no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh.
2 For the law of the spirit of life, in Christ Jesus, hath delivered me from the law of sin and of death.
A.W. Tozer: There is ‘one sure way to escape the delusions of religion’ and be true Christians: “Receive Christ as Lord of our lives and begin to obey Him in everything. Submit to the truth and let it search us. Submit and obey…”
All of my The Catholic Deception posts (10 posts per page; latest appear first)