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   In Defense of Traditional Bible Texts

"The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever."
. . . Psalm 12:6-7 . . .


(The Cancer Destroying our Nations, Churches and Homes)

Presented at The 27th Annual Meeting of

The Dean Burgon Society

On July 14-15, 2004


Toronto Baptist Church

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hosted by

Dr. Gary LaMore & Pastor Huge Schonhaar

Presented by

Dr. Robert J. Barnett, Pastor

Calvary Baptist Church and Academy

6504 West M-72

Grayling, Michigan 49738

It is a privilege to be back once again with our friends of the faith in Canada for our Dean Burgon Society's 27th Anniversary. We thank our hosts Dr. Gary La More and Pastor Huge Schonhaar and their families for your gracious invitation to be with you here at Toronto Baptist Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

It is also a privilege to be on the platform with our faithful DBS Founder and President, Dr. D. A. Waite. Dr. Waite as our resident scholar in Bible Defense, we would be inconsistent if we did not ask you this time-honored question: Dr. Waite, over your many years of studying each book, chapter, verse and word in the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek scriptures underlying the translation of the Authorized 1611 King James Bible, have you ever found any translation errors or mistakes in our 1769 Cambridge edition of the King James Bible?

The title of this message came to mind during an evaluation and summation of John Shelby Spong's latest book entitled, "The Sins of Scripture - Exposing the Bible's texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love." Since he had already written a book titled, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism" his apparent reason for wanted to rescue the Bible from Fundamentalism becomes clear, to destroy Bible Christianity. You remember a few years ago I planned to speak on Lloyd Geering's book entitled, "Christianity without God," and Bishop John Shelby Spong's book "A New Christianity for a New World." But the Lord changed my directions. So also again, after summarizing Spong's new book, The Sins of Scripture - Exposing the Bible's texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love," the Lord gave a new direction for this message.

God warned us about the coming of Antichrist at the end of this age in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2. He warned us against deception by his person : "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." ().

God warned us against deception by the work of Antichrist in 2 Thessalonians 2:9, 10a: "9Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10aAnd with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish...."

God warned us against deception by the word or lie of Antichrist in 2 Thessalonians 2:10b-12: 10a"....because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." .

The context in which we quote the above scriptures is in light of the warning of 1 John 2:18: "18Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time." The growing hatred of God and His Word in this generation was best foretold and explained by our Lord in John 7:7: "7The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil." God and His Word are being hated and attacked as never before today because the world hates a Holy God and His righteous truth. The world hates God's Holy Truth for exposing the growing evil nature of their sins. Our position and practice as Christians in this 21st Century must be to love, believe and enjoy the person, work, and word of our Lord Jesus Christ in a world filled with growing hatred against God, the Bible, and Christians.

Since the joy and blessing of our 4th of July celebration, God has led me to concentrate upon some of God's great blessings upon both the United States of America and Canada. The Preamble to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Canada's Constitution begins with these words, "Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law:" Under Guarantee of Rights and Freedoms, and under Fundamental Freedoms we read "2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: (a) freedom of conscience and religion. (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication. (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and (d) freedom of association." We share the truth that God has given us our freedoms.

Under "Equality before and under law and equal protection and benefit of law" we read, "15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability." We share the truth that God has created us equal under law. This Scriptural truth was forcefully expressed in Lex, Rex, or The Law and the Prince written by Samuel Rutherford, Professor of Divinity in the University of St. Andrews, October 7, 1644. The divine right of law under God replaced the divine right of kings declaring all equal under law.

The meaning of the founding of Canada upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law," may be better understood by reading the ceremonies at the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953. The question of the archbishop: "Will you solemnly promise and swear to govern the Peoples of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon, and of your Possessions and other Territories to any of them belonging or pertaining, according to their respective laws and customs? The Queen replied: "I solemnly promise so to do."

Again the archbishop asked: "Will you to the utmost of your power maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel? Will you to the utmost of your power maintain in the United Kingdom the Protestant Reformed Religion established by law?" The Queen responded: "The things which I have here promised, I will perform, and keep. So help me God. "

At the presenting of the Bible to the Queen the Archbishop said, "Our gracious Queen: to keep your Majesty ever mindful of the law and the Gospel of God as the Rule for the whole life and government of Christian Princes, we present you with this Book, the most valuable thing that this world affords. Here is Wisdom; This is the royal Law; These are the lively Oracles of God." We credit David Cloud's quote of Denis Gibson identifying this Bible as the Authorized King James Bible.. " At her coronation, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II received a copy of the Authorized Version of the Bible (K.J.V. 1611) which was presented to her with these words, 'Here is Wisdom; here is the Royal Law; here are the Lively Oracles of God.' This is our firm belief and confidence: Here is the Word of God."

It is no wonder that in the official lyrics of Canada's national anthem "O Canada" are the words, "God keep our land glorious and free!" Now let us read again these words: "Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law:" How can anyone claim to hold to the supremacy of God while denying the sovereign rule of His law or will revealed in His Holy Scriptures?

But today, there are hate sins being committed against the sovereign God and His law upon which both Canada and the United States of America were founded. There are hate sins being committed against the authorized King James Bible which should still be considered "...the law and the Gospel of God as the Rule for the whole life and government..." This Bible should still be honored in Canada as, "...the most valuable thing that this world affords. Here is Wisdom; This is the royal Law; These are the lively Oracles of God."

On these shores of North America another British colony was formed into a nation on July 4, 1776 influenced by the same God and the same Bible. As President Coolidge once said, "America was born in a revival of religion." Thomas Jefferson of Virginia was singled out by a committee of 5 to draft the original Declaration of Independence. He was known as a walking library of freedom documents. He was strongly influenced by the Virginia Declaration of Rights, John Locke's Second Treatise of Government and Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England. The writings of both Locke and Blackstone were based upon and filled with Bible quotes to establish their authority.

Two years earlier in summarizing the Rights of British America, in August 1774 Jefferson had written, "The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them." Thomas Jefferson shared the universal nature of this document in a letter to Samuel Adams Wells on May 12, 1821: "The Declaration of Independence... [is the] declaratory charter of our rights, and the rights of man."

Thomas Jefferson gave us insight into the object of the Declaration in a letter to Henry Lee dated May 8, 1825: "This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take. Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion."

Thomas Jefferson warned us to guard our documents: "It is the duty of every good citizen to use all the opportunities which occur to him, for preserving documents relating to the history of our country." The most valuable of our historical documents in England, Canada, the United States of America and all other English speaking countries remains the authorized King James Bible.

Thomas Jefferson also reminded us of the intent of how government documents should be interpreted: "Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense.  Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure." The same sense applies to the Bible. God gave us the words he meant to give, and God's words still express the truth God intended us to know.

The U.S. Declaration of Independence honors our creator God:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

President Woodrow Wilson once said, "A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about." Every coin in these United States bears a bust of one of our heroes and these famous words: "LIBERTY - IN GOD WE TRUST." Our national roots rest upon the Bible. The national roots of Canada rest upon a sovereign God and His word: "Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law:"

Faith in our Creator God insures us that our Right-to-Life is based squarely upon the divine image of God in every human being. All human beings know the deity and power of their creator-God from creation. (). "Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse." God sets all humans apart from animals. () "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." Every human being has received intuitive knowledge of God's laws within, as even our conscience bears witness. (). "Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another." These are self-evident truths every human being knows, because God says so

God alone has the right to take human life. He granted government this authority to punish sins against His image in man. "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man." (). God limited the taking of human life to capital punishment, just wars, and self-defense. This is God's authority for establishing human government from the very beginning. As we are told of God in Acts 17:26: "26And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation." This verse reminds us we are all descendants of Adam and Eve, and God is still sovereign over the affairs of every nation on earth. God always gives us the government we deserve. That is a good reason to pray for God's mercy at every election.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. "

All life comes from the living God not naturalistic evolution. Plant life, animal life, human life, eternal life - all life come from our creator God. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." (). "26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." ().

Frederic Bastiat, French statesmen over a 100 years ago, gave a brilliant summary of these human rights from God in his book, The Law: "Life, faculties, production in other words, individuality, liberty, property - this is man. And in spite of the cunning of artful political leaders, these three gifts from God precede all human legislation, and are superior to it. Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place." Bastiat went on to say: "What, then, is law? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense. Each of us has a natural right - from God - to defend his person, his liberty, and his property." We concur 100% with Bastiat that life, liberty, property, and self-defense are gifts from God, but we also believe God's law is first and superior to all other law including human legislation. No civil law ever written is superior to the Ten Commandments written by the finger of God. ()

As James Madison, known as the father of the U.S. Constitution said, "We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." Today, the authority of the Ten Commandments is under vicious attack in the United States, Canada and every other English speaking country. I believe the primary reason for these vicious attacks is a growing disrespect for the accuracy and authority of God's words in the authorized King James Bible.

From the Jefferson Memorial on the south banks of Washington's Tidal Basin, Thomas Jefferson still speaks: "God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are a gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever." Lord Devlin, famous British jurist once said, "A sense of right and wrong is necessary for the life of a community. Without it the society will destroy itself. History shows that the loosening of moral bonds is the first stage of disintegration."

"Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof. " These words of Holy Scripture from Leviticus 25:10 were inscribed upon the liberty bell as it rang out on July 4, 1776. It proclaimed to all the world that our liberty came from God alone, and not from government. We dare not surrender one word of our Bible, the book of liberty. As Benjamin Franklin said in 1759: "They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Private ownership of property is an unalienable right from God because He is the creator of all property, and we are merely His stewards. (). ownership of property- is inherent in the creation mandate of Genesis 1:28: "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." God's gift and division of the land of Israel to the Jews by family teaches private ownership of property. (Joshua). The teaching of the parable of the talents by Jesus in Matthew 25:14-30 endorses and promotes private ownership of property and economic capitalism.

Property came from God, not government, and socialist legislation to redistribute wealth is legal plunder of private property. Once this stealing begins we start with socialism where the few plunder the many. Then it moves to Communism where everybody plunders everybody. Or else we return to the unalienable right of private ownership of property where nobody plunders anybody. This leaves us all free to pursue, happiness with our life and liberty. "The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence." --John Adams

As James Madison warned us: "A just security to property is not afforded by that government, under which unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species." The Holy Scriptures remind us: "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people." ( ) "Blessed [is] the nation whose God [is] the LORD; [and] the people [whom] he hath chosen for his own inheritance." ()

Edmund Burke once said "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." We desperately need a spiritual revival exalting the person, work, and word of our God. Our Lord Jesus Christ gives us the key to the pursuit of Happiness: "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (). forefathers put God first, and God blessed them with material abundance. "Happy is that people whose God is the Lord." ().

Brothers and sisters in Christ may we defend, exalt, and proclaim this authorized King James Bible to still be: ...the most valuable thing that this world affords. Here is Wisdom; This is the royal Law; These are the lively Oracles of God." The past, present and future foundations for our nations, churches and families rest firmly upon the accuracy and authority of God's Holy Scripture.

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