There have been deliberate changes made to many modern Bible translations. These versions have eliminated important words, phrases, and in some cases, entire verses from the Bible. The late Dr. Chuck Missler, a brilliant Bible teacher, stated that there are 8,413 changes. These changes and deletions began during the Apostles day with the Gnostics. Ask yourself; why are many of the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith being deleted in so many versions? The King James Version remains the most accurate translation, and for this reason the one we prefer to read and use most.
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To be clear, we are not saying you cannot use any other Bible version besides the KJV. Other Bible versions can bring clarity to a verse, and may be easier to read. The majority of the scripture is the true word of God. However, we should always compare these versions to the KJV, and rely on it for final accuracy and authority.
The KJV came from the writings out of Antioch, where the apostles writings were centered. There are at least 5,300 ancient manuscripts the KJV is based on. They date from as early as 35 to 80 A.D, which is much earlier that the two manuscripts that the modern versions rely on.
The other modern Bible translations come out of Alexandria, Egypt. The two most relied upon manuscripts for the modern versions were the Codex Vaticanus and the Codex Siniaticus, written from 325 to 350 A.D. These two writings were influenced heavily by the Gnostics. The Gnostics did not believe in the deity of Jesus Christ. They did not believe He was born of a virgin, that He came in physical form, and that He lived a sinless life, along with other heresies.
Dr. Chuck Missler quotes Irenaeus (an apologist, author, and brilliant theologian) who wrote 5 books in 165 AD refuting the Gnostics. He said, “Wherefore they and their followers have betaken themselves to mutilating the Scriptures which they themselves have shortened.”
The following are just twenty of the verses that have been altered or deleted by these modern versions:
1. Ephesians 3:9 “who created all things by Jesus Christ.” By Jesus Christ is missing in 44 versions of the fifty I checked. The Gnostics didn’t believe Jesus created all things, and they were strong influencers of the two primary early manuscripts that our modern Bibles are based on.
2. Matthew 18:11“For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.” This verse is missing in 35 versions. The WYC reads, “For man’s Son came to save that thing that perished.”
3. Mark 11:26 “But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” The entire verse is missing in 26 versions. Eliminating this verse eliminates the need to forgive others
4. Colossians 1:14 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” Through His blood is missing in 44 versions.
In Acts chapter 8, all of verse 37 is missing. Read verse 36 to establish the context:
5. Acts 8:36-37, “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, ‘See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?’”
(37) “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 verse is completely omitted in 39 versions.
See how important verse 37 is! Believing in Jesus is a requirement before being baptized. This refutes the practice of infant baptism.
These next two verses are missing in 32 versions:
6. Luke 9:55-56 “But He turned and rebuked them, and said, ‘You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them’.”
7. John 5:4 “For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.” The verse is missing in 33 versions.
8. Luke 4:4, “And Jesus answered him saying, ‘It is written that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God’.” But by every word of God is omitted in 17 versions. This was the point of the verse.
9. Mark 9:44 “Where their worm dies not and the fire is not quenched.” The entire verse is missing in 18 versions. That eliminates the eternality of hell.
10. 1 John 5:7-8 “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.”
Part of these verses do not appear in 19 versions. Here is how those 19 versions read:
- Or there are three that testify. (ESV)
- And the Spirit is the witness, because the Spirit is the truth. (RSV)
11. Luke 2:33 “and Joseph and his mother.” This is the KJV.
They wrote, and his father and his mother in 42 versions. You see, they tried to make Joseph his father. The Father of Jesus is God, not Joseph. This is their attempt to eliminate the virgin birth.
12. Acts 2:30 “He would raise up Christ to sit on his throne”(KJV). The word “Christ” is omitted and replaced in 42 versions with these phrases:
- One of his descendants upon his throne. (RSV)
- Someone from his own family would sit on David’s throne as king. (ERV)
- That of the fruit of his loins he would set one upon his throne. (ASV)
A total of 42 versions changed the word Christ to descendants, or from his own family. The point of the verse is to name Christ himself, not just a descendant.
13. John 6:47 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” The words, on me are omitted in at least 16 versions. On me is the requirement.
14. Luke 4:8 “And Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.’”Get thee behind me Satan is missing in 32 versions.
15. Mark 2:17 “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” To repentance is eliminated in 40 versions.
The following verses are missing in 41 versions:
16. Acts 9:5-6 “it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he, trembling and astonished said, ‘Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?’ And the Lord said unto him.”
Matthew 23:14 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites For ye devour widows’ houses and, for a pretense, make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.” This verse is missing in 17 versions.
18. 1 Corinthians 10:28 “For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” Missing in 47 versions.
19. Mark 9:29 “And he said unto them, this kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” The words and fasting have been deleted in 37 versions.
The next verses are the Lord’s Prayer. 42 versions leave out the word Our (in Our Father) and eliminate the next phrase, which art in heaven. Why are those words eliminated?
The Lord’s prayer in the KJV reads as such:
20. Matthew 6:9-13 “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”
Here is the Message Bible version:
“Our Father in heaven, reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best—as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.”
The Lord’s Prayer in the KJV does not say, to reveal who God is, it says to hallow, or honor his name. It doesn’t say for God to set the world right, it says for us to pray that his kingdom will come to the earth, and that his will would be done on earth, as it is in heaven. It doesn’t say for him to keep us alive by giving us 3 meals a day. It says for us to ask for our daily bread. It doesn’t say for God to keep us forgiven, and to keep us forgiving others. It says for us to forgive others, so that we can be forgiven. It doesn’t say to keep us safe from ourselves, and the devil. It says to keep us from temptation, and to deliver us from evil. It doesn’t say that God can do anything he wants, because he can’t override man’s free will. It doesn’t say he is ablaze in beauty. It says God is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever.
People used to memorize scripture. It was easier because most people used the KJV. Today, with so many versions, people are not memorizing verses.God said His word would forever be preserved.
Psalm 12:6-7 “The words of the Lord are pure words…You shall keep them, O Lord, You shall preserve them from this generation forever.”
The KJV is still the most preserved of all the versions. This is why it is under attack even from within the body of Christ in these last days. We encourage you to stay primarily with the King James Versions Bible where you will glean from its accuracy, its completeness, and its majesty.
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