Don McClain: ‘Once Saved Always Saved’ Is Not Taught In The Bible — “God is holy, cannot fellowship with sin”

1:01:00 “God cannot fellowship with sin. If I turn away from the Lord in sin and reject His call to come back to Him and receive His forgiveness, God cannot forgive me.”

1:02:50 “Romans 11:22 says ‘behold the goodness and the severity of God.’ We underestimate both.”

“God is holy, cannot fellowship with sin.”

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Parable of the Sower Destroys OSAS — 2 Fell: “believe for a while then *fall away*” | “becomes unfruitful”

These are a just a few of the 80 passages in the New Testament that refute OSAS, “once saved, always saved” — Jesus’ parable of the sower, found in Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20 and Luke 8:4-15.

Jesus gives us four categories:
#1 Seeds sown on the path with no soil — never started growing
#2 Seeds sown on the rocky ground with little soil — “sprang up” then died without moisture
#3 Seeds sown on soil with thorns — “thorns grew with it, and choked it”
#4 Seeds sown on the good soil — produced much fruit

Of the four groups, those in the second and third categories were seeds that were growing, were born-again but then fell away from where they once were, losing their salvation.

Category #2
Jesus specifically said: “Those on the rock… believe for a while, then fall away (Luke 8:13).

Category #3
And those that grew with” thorns were “choked” by them and “became unfruitful” (Mt. 13:22), of whom Jesus emphatically states will be cut off, thrown into the fire and burned: Continue reading “Parable of the Sower Destroys OSAS — 2 Fell: “believe for a while then *fall away*” | “becomes unfruitful””

Did Paul write the Book of Hebrews?

Who wrote the Book of Hebrews? Who was the author of Hebrews?

… The letter closes with the words “Grace be with you all” (Hebrews 13:25), which is the same closing found in each of Paul’s known letters (see Romans 16:20; 1 Corinthians 16:23; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Galatians 6:18; Ephesians 6:24; Philippians 4:23; Colossians 4:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:28; 2 Thessalonians 3:18; 1 Timothy 6:21; 2 Timothy 4:22; Titus 3:15; and Philemon 25). However, it should be noted that Peter (1 Peter 5:14; 2 Peter 3:18) used similar—though not identical—closings. It is also possible that it was simply customary to close letters like this with the words “Grace be with you all” during this time period.

Church tradition teaches that Paul wrote the book of Hebrews, and until the 1800s, that issue was closed. However, though a vast majority of Christians—both and scholars and the laity—still believe Paul wrote the book, there are some tempting reasons to think otherwise. Continue reading “Did Paul write the Book of Hebrews?”

Wes Hall: ‘God’s promises are not guarantees’ — God will not do our part

The bride makes herself ready.

5:45 The word God gave Wes for this meeting: “My promises are not guarantees.”

Hebrew 6:11-12 We desire that each one of you may show the same diligence to the fullness of hope even to the end, that you won’t be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and perseverance inherited the promises.

“You can have a promise from God and never see its fulfillment because of your own inaction and your own lack of faith and perseverance related to the promises.”

“Are you ready to enter into the fulfillment and make the changes that are necessary to lay hold of the promises.”

33 “Are we responding to Him with quick obedience?”

“He will not do it all. You cannot do His part. He will not do your part.”

“The reason we cultivate that fellowship with the Holy Spirit is so we can obey Him. …even if it is difficult. We cannot have the fullness of power unless we have surrendered our lives fully to His leadership in every area of our lives.”

“Look at your own life, and say ‘Lord, where am I resisting Your leadership?’ … It’s so easy to point at others. … I want to live in nearness to You. I want to walk under the leadership of the Holy Spirit that I might walk in the power as Jesus walked in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

“Don’t despise the day of small beginnings. … Use what He gave you. Step out in the day of small things, and He will multiply it as you step out and release it to others.”

“He will not do your part. We cannot do His.”

Laying Hold Of The Promises Of God | Wes Hall

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“We live in a society that hates TRUTH”: Holy Spirit wants to lead us into ‘all TRUTH’ or Satan the Father of LIES

God’s Truth or Satan’s Lies

Thought provoking, important message, but hindered because the TRUTH about who goes to heaven has been replaced with Satan’s LIE, OSAS, that born-again Christians cannot lose their salvation. But God says “all liars” go to the lake of fire, born-again or not, Rev. 21. See also: Who-Goes-To-Heaven Scriptures — Narrow is the Way… Continue reading ““We live in a society that hates TRUTH”: Holy Spirit wants to lead us into ‘all TRUTH’ or Satan the Father of LIES”

Paul: Praying in Tongues is “Speaking to God, Not People” — “no one understands,” “he speaks mysteries,” “edifies himself” — in languages of “men or angels”

Tragically, many pastors today are falsely rejecting God’s precious gift of praying in tongues because they say it’s not exactly like what happened in Acts 2, when many foreigners were in Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and could hear the newly Spirit-filled Christians speaking in their own languages. “So this is always the way it’s supposed to happen or it’s not Biblical tongues,” pastors say.

Paul explains God’s gift of praying in tongues to God privately – to be free:

1 Cor. 13:1 If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don’t have love….

1 Cor. 14:1 Follow after love and earnestly desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For he who speaks in another language speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands; but in the Spirit he speaks mysteriesBut he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification, exhortation, and consolation. He who speaks in another language edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the assembly. Now I desire to have you all speak with other languages [everyone could pray in tongues], but rather that you would prophesy [during public church services]. For he is greater who prophesies than he who speaks with other languages, unless he interprets, that the assembly may be built up.
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John Michael Talbot: People refuse to pray in tongues because they’re ‘educated’ — “If you say ‘I’ll do anything except…'”

Paul says in 1 Cor. 13 that speaking in tongues is speaking either an earthly or heavenly language:

“If I speak with the languages of men and of angels….”

Talbot mentions xenoalia, xenoglossy and glossolalia, explained here: Continue reading “John Michael Talbot: People refuse to pray in tongues because they’re ‘educated’ — “If you say ‘I’ll do anything except…’””

Greatest Revival Essential Keys on Unite Church Wall 2020

On December 27, 2020, we were given the opportunity to write on the unfinished main auditorium’s walls and floors. The roof collapsed in 2012. About 25 feet from here, what my Bible school teachers Jerry Wilkinson and Frank Gularte had written more than 40 years ago is still there.

I wrote this blueprint for revival so it would happen this year, having been trying since the ’80s. The response has been total silence. So now I’ll post it here exactly 1 year later.

NOTE: “No condemnation” in Romans 8 requires walking according to the Spirit, like Paul: “I also practice always having a conscience void of offense toward God and *men*.” (Acts 24:16)

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Is Loving God “Works”?

Blessed is a person who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love him. – James 1:12

Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him. – John 14:23

Related: (video) David Pawson: Reconciling PAUL and JAMES on ‘WORKS’ — Paul was defending Gentiles from JEWISH works-of-the-*law* LEGALISM; James was defending Jews from Gentile LICENSE TO SIN • When Paul says ‘WORKS’ he means works of the *law*, but James means *actions* • “Faith without actions cannot save you” • FAITH + ACTIONS = SAVING FAITH!

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COVIDITY: “People are driven by a *spirit of fear*” SOLUTION: Love one another in ‘perfect love,’ casting out fear

THE PROBLEM

“We see in places like 2 Timothy 3 how in the last days, perilous times will come. Clearly, we’re living in such times today. People are driven, unfortunately by a spirit of fear. When I wrote my last book, Unmasking the Future, which came before masking up. We are on the road to de-mask-us.”
– Caspar McCloud, Sunday Message 9/26/21 at 37:30

THE SOLUTION

1 John 4

Beloved, let’s love one another, for love is of God…. 12 ..If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love has been perfected in us.

16 ..God is love, and he who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. 17 In this, love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, even so we are in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. He who fears is not made perfect in love.

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NOTE: Most pastors have been teaching this backwards, saying believing in God’s perfect love casts out fear,” while this entire text is about us loving others. Continue reading “COVIDITY: “People are driven by a *spirit of fear*” SOLUTION: Love one another in ‘perfect love,’ casting out fear”

God’s Ephesians-4 Goal: No False Doctrine – “Unity of Faith … Speaking TRUTH in Love”

OSAS, “once saved, always saved” and Luther’s “only believe” needs to be routed out for real Christianity to actually happen “that the world will know” (Jesus’ prayer in John 17) — abiding in Christ together. “The truth will set us free!”

God’s stated goal in Ephesians 4:11-16

11 He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, shepherds and teachers12 for the perfecting of the saints, to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ14 that we may no longer be children, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error15 but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him who is the head, Christ16 from whom all the body, being fitted and knit together through that which every joint supplies, according to the working in measure of each individual part, makes the body increase to the building up of itself in love.

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Different Levels of Punishment in Hell – 7 New Testament Statements

A verses-only version of my 2013 article: 

Different Levels of Punishment in Hell: Hell HEAVY to Hell LIGHT — “That servant who knew his lord’s will and didn’t prepare, nor did what he wanted, will be beaten with many stripes, but he who didn’t know, and did things worthy of stripes, will be beaten with few stripes,” and even lighter than that?

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The False Doctrine Of Annihilationism – Bill Wiese, Author of “23 Minutes In Hell”

Related: Jesus Mentions Hell and Destruction in 46 Verses! — We don’t need to know Greek to be able to clearly see hell is real and eternal. We better beware and tell others too!

Annihilationism is contrary to clear Biblical teachings. Some people want to soften God’s judgments, and compromise God’s Word in order to seem more socially acceptable but Jesus warned about hell in 46 verses.

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Lust Freedom: “WALK BY THE SPIRIT and you won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh” – Gal. 5:16

Gal. 5:14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in this: “You shall LOVE your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you don’t consume one another. 16 But I say, WALK BY THE SPIRIT, and you won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, that you may not do the things that you desire. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious, which are: [four ways of describing lust] adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies, 21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you, even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things WILL NOT INHERIT the Kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 THOSE WHO BELONG TO CHRIST have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let’s also walk by the Spirit. …

6:7 Don’t be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap. 8 For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap CORRUPTION. But he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap ETERNAL LIFE.

How People Read the Bible

This is especially common with those who teach “once saved, always saved” — ignoring key points that refute OSAS which are sometimes right next to the verse or parts of verses they cherry pick — lying by omission. For example:

Jesus in John 10. Verse 27 (phrases in all-caps) is usually not mentioned at all:

“MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, and I know them, and THEY FOLLOW ME: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” – John 10:27-29

Romans 8:1A is another OSAS greatest hit example. Completely ignored are the key points in which Paul says right after, clarifying what “in Christ Jesus” means, so there should be no doubt:

The “who shall separate us” promise in Romans 8:35 and “no condemnation” statement in verse 1 only applies to those who actually are “in Christ” based upon what Paul says in three different ways in verses 1-17:

Verse 1b: “who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”

Verse 4b: “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Verse 13: “For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

Verse 14: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God.”

Verse 17b: “joint-heirs with Christ; if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him.” Continue reading “How People Read the Bible”

Paul commended the Corinthians for doing Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount: putting up with fools gladly, even slaps in the face!

Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:

19 You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise! 20 In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or puts on airs or slaps you in the face. 21 To my shame I admit that we were too weak for that!

Jesus in Matthew 5:

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I tell you, don’t resist him who is evil; but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 If anyone sues you to take away your coat, let him have your cloak also. 41 Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks you, and don’t turn away him who desires to borrow from you. Continue reading “Paul commended the Corinthians for doing Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount: putting up with fools gladly, even slaps in the face!”

Dana Key warned about “once saved, always saved” license to sin in 1982

“They’re preaching across the country a kind of salvation that sounds like a fire insurance policy to me, where you sign up. You come down and sign a card, or whatever you do. And then you can go out and live like hell if you want to until Jesus comes, because ‘everything is going to be okay.’ God is going to judge sin. He doesn’t want Christians to live in sin. It’s a mockery.” – Dana Key in 1982

18. Dana’s Message (DeGarmo & Key: Live at the Rainbow Music Hall) [1982]

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George: “Our Material Possessions are Worthless”

Wise words here, very well said!

I would add that the love of money being “the *root* of all evil,” the “root” is likely a demonic stronghold, real demon(s) driving this serious sin. To be free requires complete repentance. “Submit to God; resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.” The same is true with lust, which is demon driven.

We must be free so we have clear consciences before God and men, like Paul always practiced (Acts 24:16); otherwise, we’re not real, going-to-heaven, overcoming, full-of-light Christians.

Eternal Call

 

Once Saved Always Saved? He went to outer darkness hell for unfaithful Christians

Related: Who-Goes-To-Heaven Scriptures — Narrow is the Way | Who are the Children of God? — “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”

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((( HOW ))) Cheap Grace Gospels DECEIVE you

EXCELLENT! I’ve been studying this lately: Peter warned in 2 Peter how slick preachers were twisting Paul’s words even back then, “UTTERING GREAT SWELLING WORDS OF EMPTINESS, they ENTICE THE LUSTS of the flesh, by licentiousness, those who are indeed escaping [born-again Christians] from those who live in error; promising them liberty, while they themselves are bondservants of corruption; for a man is brought into bondage by whoever overcomes him” (2 Peter 2:18-19).

2 Peter 3:14-18:

Therefore, beloved, seeing that you look for these things, BE DILIGENT to be found in peace, without defect and blameless in his sight. Regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; even as our beloved brother PAUL also, according to the wisdom given to him, WROTE TO YOU, as also in all of his letters, speaking in them of these things. In those, there are SOME THINGS that are HARD TO UNDERSTAND, WHICH THE ignorant and UNSETTLED TWIST, as they also do to the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. YOU therefore, beloved, knowing these things beforehand, BEWARE, lest being carried away with the error of the wicked, you FALL from your own steadfastness. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Also, most pastors today preach mostly from Paul’s letters. An estimate I heard recently is 90% from Paul, who wrote some things that are hard to understand, whose words are easy to twist, Peter stated — while Peter is hardly ever quoted. Even Jesus’ words are twisted. Most often, John 10:28-29 is quoted without verse 27. And “Jesus didn’t really mean we’re in danger of hell” if we look at a woman to lust after her, for example.

Paul predicted OSAS and “only believe”:

“For The TIME WILL COME when THEY WILL NOT LISTEN to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves TEACHERS AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS; and will TURN AWAY THEIR EARS FROM THE TRUTH, and turn aside to *FABLES*” (2 Tim. 4:3-4)

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Broussard: Paul’s promise in Romans 8:38-39 — Our sin can separate us; these external things cannot if we’re walking in Love

Karlo Broussard is a Catholic theologian. *Some* of their ideas are more Biblical than what’s mainstream among Protestants.

NOTE/DISCLAIMER: I am NOT promoting Catholicism by posting this. I strongly reject praying to Mary and people who may be in heaven who can’t hear us to know how to pray for us. Adoring Mary and praying repetitive prayers to her in the Rosary borders on blasphemy. Also, Mary was not born sinless, like Jesus. This one really bothers me: the Catholic church (CC) teaches that Christians should NOT be like the Bereans, who Paul considered “more noble” because they eagerly received what Paul said and studied the Bible daily to make sure what Paul told them was true. The CC teaches that they are the true church, and their leaders and tradition decides what is true and not true. They believe their tradition and what the Pope says can trump what the Bible says. I completely reject that, and that there even is a pope. And Peter was NOT the first pope. James was the leader in Jerusalem, and was an apostle, not a pope. The CC didn’t start until centuries later. Priests (mediators) and calling them “Father” is also not Biblical. In the new covenant, Jesus is our only Priest. They teach that purgatory is a fact that people can depend on, instead of making sure we’re right with God and people now so we’ll have clear consciences, “no condemnation” before God when we die; though, some Catholic teachers do emphasize being right with God and people now so we’ll have saving grace when we die, which I applaud! Another dangerous doctrine: like the Lutherans, they believe infant baptism saves them, instead of “believe and be baptized,” which infants cannot do, but Catholics believe they can forfeit their salvation, unlike Lutherans, who are taught that their infant baptism seals their salvation, which is responsible for sending billions to hell, as is the Protestant teaching of “once saved, always saved” because we said the born-again prayer. We must actually abide in Christ to be “in Christ.” I am encouraged in seeing more and more Catholics being closer to what the New Testament actually says about who goes to heaven, especially my friend, David Anders, who hosts a show on EWTN called “Called to Communion.” However, I’m deeply disheartened by serious false teaching still taught and practiced by the Catholic church.

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This is what I’ve often said regarding Paul’s “what can separate us” passage at the end of Romans 8:

The “who shall separate us” promise in Romans 8:35 and “no condemnation” statement in verse 1 only applies to those who actually are “in Christ” based upon what Paul says in three different ways in verses 1-17:

Verse 1b: “who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”

Verse 4b: “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Verse 13: “For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

Verse 14: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God.”

Verse 17b: “joint-heirs with Christ; if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him.”

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I say salvation is guaranteed for those who have “no condemnation” because we actually abide in Christ, not walking to the flesh but according to the Spirit. As long as we stay in this condition, nothing can take our salvation away from us, Paul’s promise near the end of Romans 8.

Broussard’s emphasizes here is that Paul’s list of things that can’t take our salvation away in Romans 8:38-39 are all external. Our own willful and unrepentant sin is not in this list. We can forfeit our salvation if we don’t walk in Love. Continue reading “Broussard: Paul’s promise in Romans 8:38-39 — Our sin can separate us; these external things cannot if we’re walking in Love”

Vegetarianism: Telling people we can’t eat meat a doctrine of demons?

Paul clearly says in 1 Timothy 4:

1 But the Spirit says expressly that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 through the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron, 3 forbidding marriage and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with thanksgiving. 5 For it is sanctified through the word of God and prayer. Continue reading “Vegetarianism: Telling people we can’t eat meat a doctrine of demons?”

Peter Helland & Mario Sims: Slave/Master Relationship — Many today don’t want to obey Christ | Many then actually were slaves

Sobering!

Peter Helland and Pastor Mario Sims discuss doulos, the Greek word for “slave”. They discuss why Mario named his church Doulos Chapel. And they discuss the reality that Jesus, Himself, took on the form of a slave and became obedient unto death, even death on the cross. And then they discuss the Slave/Master relationship, whether this relationship is a sinful and forbidden relationship in the Scriptures as most Americans believe it is or whether it is a relationship that God permits under certain circumstances. They look into 1 Timothy, chapter 6, the first few verses, which summarizes the New Testament teaching on the Master/Servant relationship. The purpose of the show is to reveal how drastically wrong our culture is regarding this extremely important Doctrine.

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‘Hebrew Roots’ Busted! Christianity is Not ‘Judaism Plus Jesus’ — “By calling this covenant ‘new’ he has made the first one obsolete” (Heb. 8:13)

“But now we have been *discharged from the law*, having died to that in which we were held; so that *we serve in newness of the spirit*, and not in oldness of the letter” (Rom. 7:6).

“If you are LED BY THE SPIRIT, you are not under the law” (Galatians 5:18).

The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God” (Hebrews 7:18-19).

“By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete…” (Hebrews 8:13).

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Ten things you need to know about the King James Bible — James intentionally altered texts

Ten things you need to know about the King James Bible

by [Nick Page]

Amidst all the literary luvvies gushing over the quality of the prose and the RADA trained voices reading it in Radio 4 speak a few salient facts aren’t getting much attention. So here are ten things you ought to know about the KJV. They are taken from God’s Dangerous Book – a book on the history of the Bible…. But here’s the shorter version:

Ten things you need to know about the King James Bible

1. It was widely ignored on publication. Far from being an instant classic, The King James, or Authorised Version, was widely ignored on first publication  for one very good reason: hardly anyone wanted it in the first place.

2. It was never intended as a means of giving the Bible to the people: it was intended as a way of stopping them using the Bible they already had.
 The people already had a great English translation  – the Geneva version. James I hated that because he thought its footnotes were seditious. So he specifically commanded that the new version should be done without footnotes.

3.  It was a revision not a new translation. James ordered that it be based on the text of the Bishops’ Bible of 1568. James instructed that the new version was to be ‘as little altered as the truth of the original [i.e. the Bishop’s Bible] will permit’.

4. It was a politically motivated translation. James also instructed that ‘the old ecclesiastical words to be kept, viz. the word Church not to be translated Congregation.’ James insisted that ekklesia be translated as church and that the word ‘bishop’ be used instead of ‘elder’. So you get verses like Acts 1.20, where the Geneva Bible has Continue reading “Ten things you need to know about the King James Bible — James intentionally altered texts”