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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 Issue, The Preservation of Scripture

H. D. Williams, M.D.
 
Assistant Editor, DBS News

  • History of the Issue

The modern issue concerning the preservation of Scripture is not so modern. The issue has been present since the Garden of Eden when the serpent questioned the Words of God. (Genesis 3:1, 4). The in-depth study of the theological issues concerning preservation, inerrancy, inspiration, and infallibility of Scripture begins to reveal several interesting findings. The issue is not really those topics. The problem boils down to some other very fundamental questions that are not unique because they are addressed in the Scriptures over and over again. The fundamental questions become obvious as an individual reads dozens of books concerning the theological matters listed above.

  • Ad Hominem

Not surprisingly, the most important book is not those listed at the end of this article and other books on your list, but it turns out to be The Bible. Some authors have recognized this important fact, but many others have not. If someone reads many of the books listed below (not all of them), an important discovery stands out. Most authors begin with their argument, their position, their tradition, their textual criticism, their "scientific" method, their favorite manuscript(s), their favorite higher or lower textual critic, their thoughts, their way, their deductive reasoning, their university, their church, their denomination, their definitions, their argumentum ad hominem, their prima facie evidence, their favorite language, etc. and etc.

  • Bible vs. Opinion

The Bible calls "their" favorites "iniquity" when their opinion does not agree with the Scriptures. Anyone can understand the clear definition of iniquity given to us by our Lord in chapter 7 of Matthew.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. [Matthew 7:21-23]

This is one of the most frightening passages in all of the Scriptures. Therefore, it is imperative that we notice the definition of iniquity the Lord gave in this passage. Iniquity is defined in this passage as the opposite of those who "doeth the will of my Father" or, in other words, iniquity is self-will. We need to get the "their" or "our" will out of the way when dealing with issues pertaining to the Scriptures.

  • Position Examined

Therefore, the basic issue for all of us concerning the question of preservation of the Scripture becomes, "Have we or are we committing iniquity?" We must examine our position. If we say that we believe the Words of Scripture have been preserved, we must examine God's will, not our opinion, concerning the matter or we are committing iniquity. If we say that we do not believe all the Words of Scripture have been preserved, we must examine God's will, not our opinion concerning the matter or we are committing iniquity. We must get our "self" out of the way and let the Scripture speak. It truly is that simple.

Whether someone uses the Greek critical text of Westcott and Hort or the Greek received (Traditional) text, both texts address the question of preservation in so many places that an individual would be hard pressed on either side of the question to deny the meaning of the words. [However, there are many passages that are significantly affected by the change in words between the texts.]

For example, Matthew 4:4 is the same in both texts except the critical Greek text adds an article, "the," before "man.

Matthew 4:4

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

  • Jesus' Bibliology

This passage is a critical passage that needs to be clearly understood, because this is Jesus' Bibliology. Dr. Thomas Strouse, Dean of Emmanuel Baptist Seminary has explained this verse in a recently released work, Thou Shalt Keep Them on pages 35-39. He states that the verse,

"summarizes the Lord's Bibliology.

1) He affirmed the doctrine of the verbal, plenary inspiration of the autographa by stating the source of Scripture-"proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

2) He affirmed the authority of the written Scripture, and consequently its infallibility and inerrancy, by upholding it as a standard by which "man shall ...live."

3) He affirmed the avail- ability of Scripture since He declared His personal access and implied mankind's general access to God's Words - "by every word."

4) He affirmed the doctrine of the verbal plenary preservation of Scripture by the expression "It is written." The perfect tense...."

Another passage from dozens that express God's will, not man's will, is found in chapter 24 of Matthew. The critical text and the received (traditional) text are exactly the same.

  • "My Words"

Matthew 24:35

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

There is no exegesis of this verse needed. It plainly states "words shall not pass away." Therefore, if a particular route or path a Greek text took, which showed thousands of differences in words between a very few manuscripts, compared with a route or path, which showed few differences except for primarily spelling errors between thousands of manuscripts, which path do you believe demonstrates God's will?

Finally, we must ask again, "Are you in God's will?" If you are not and are proclaiming their argument, their position, their tradition, their textual criticism, their "scientific" method, their favorite manuscript(s), their favorite higher or lower textual critic, their thoughts, their way, their deductive reasoning, their university, their church, their denomination, their definitions, their argumentum ad hominem, their prima facie evidence, their favorite language, etc. and etc. instead of God's will, you have a problem based on:

Matthew 7:23

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

We love all because Christ did. We love you who read this presentation. We want you to love Christ and His Words and the Words of His Father and the Holy Spirit. We pray always for you to love the will of God re- corded in His precious preserved, inerrant, infallible, inspired Words.

  • Abiding Forever

1 Peter 1:22-25

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 24For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

Endnotes:

  • Books Considered

i. Consider Dean John William Buron's books such as The Causes of Corruption Of The Traditional Text, The Traditional Text Of The Holy Scriptures, The Revised Revision, Inspiration and Interpretation, and The Last Twelve Verses Of Mark; Dr. D. A. Waite's books Defending The King James Bible, and Heresies Of Westcott and Hort; F. F. Bruce's books The Canon Of Scripture, and Tradition Old And New; D. A. Carson's book The King James Version Debate; David W. Cloud's book For Love Of The Bible, The Battle For The King James Version And The Received Text From 1800 To Present; David Otis Fuller's books True or False?, and Which Bible?; Edward W. Glenny's book The Bible Version De- bate; Bruce M. Metzger's book The Text Of The New Testament, Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration; Jack A. Moorrman's books Forever Settled; Early Manuscripts and the Authorized Version, A Closer Look!; and When The KJV Departs >From The "Majority" Text, A New Twist In The Continuing Attack On The Authorized Version; Wilbur Pickering's books The Identity Of The New Testament Text; James Sightler's book Tabernacle Essays On Bible Translation; Kent Brandenburg et al's Thou Shalt Keep Them; and dozens of others and; The Father, Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit's book, THE BIBLE.

ii. D. A. Waite, Jr., M.A., M.L.A. The Doctored New Testament; Bible For To- day, Collingswood, N.J.; 2003 ($25); Dr. Jack Moorman, Modern Bibles--The Dark Secret, new reprint, 60 pages, $5.00

iii. Thou Shalt Keep Them, A Biblical Theology Of The Perfect Preservation Of Scripture; Kent Brandenburg, Editor, Pillar and Ground Publishing, El Sobrante, CA

iv. For confirmation of these facts see Revision Revised by Dean John Burgon available from the Dean Burgon Society and the Bible For Today. ($25.00)
 

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"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."
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