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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 Pillar and Ground of the Truth"

Pastor Doug Sherrill,
 
A Member of the DBS

  • Our Predecessors

We read much of the Waldensians, the Albigensians, the Lollards, the Paulicians, and many others in past history who were used of God to providentially preserve the very Words of God. Concerning the providential preservation of the Text Received among believers, Dr. Gary La More wrote on the subject of our Bible's Preservation as follows:

  • Bible Preservation

"The Holy Spirit providentially guided churches to preserve His Words during the manuscript period. First, faithful scribes produced many trustworthy copies of the original New Testament manuscripts. Second, these trustworthy copies were read and recopied by true believers down through the centuries. Third, untrustworthy copies were not so generally read or so frequently re- copied. Although they enjoyed some popularity for a time, yet in the long run they were laid aside and consigned to oblivion. Thus, as a result of this special providential guidance, the true text won out in the end, and today the believer may be sure that the text found in the vast majority of the Greek New Testament manuscripts, preserved by the God-guided usage of the Greek churches, is a trustworthy reproduction of the Divinely inspired original."

  • Our Responsibility

Scripture gives clear direction for the responsibility placed upon the local churches to preserve the text handed down through the priesthood of believers (1 Timothy 3:15; Rev. 3:8, 10; 1 Cor. 4:1-2). As we seek to understand the transmission of the preserved Words of God, may we find direction and exhortation concerning our duty. As those before us gave their lives for the Scriptures, may we commit our lives for this same cause.

  • The Goliath Critics

The critic of our day promotes himself as a Goliath of Gath. He is arrogant and proud. He finds his strength in numbers. His pride teaches him to flaunt his Philistine education. He defies those who stand with the small fundamental remnant. What must we do? "Is there not a cause?" (1 Samuel 17:29) We will not bow nor fall before the Giant. Those who deny the inspiration and the preservation of God's Words must know, "that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S." (1 Samuel 17:47)

  • Contend for the Faith

As we "exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." (Jude 3), may we apply the principles of Biblical preservation within our homes and our churches. What will it be like for our children should the rapture happen 20 years from now? Will they be able to purchase copies of the Word of God? Will they be able to take a stand for the Received Text? Paul told the Romans, "For whatsoever things were written afore- time were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope" (Romans 15:4). We, too, must learn from our predecessors and their faithfulness to the Scriptures. We have the Word of God today because faithful Christians obeyed the Lord and were used to preserve His Words. May we not fail the Lord and our children suffer the dreadful consequences.
 

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"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."
Matthew 24:3

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
Acts 4:12

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."

1 Corinthians 2:9

 
 
 
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