Would You Give a Child a Bible That Says This?

Would You Give a Child a Bible That Says This?

Picture of a Mother and Child Holding A Bible

“...Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!”

— Mark 10:24, Holman Christian Standard Bible, et al.

And leaves out:

  • “...for them that trust in riches...” (Mark 10:24).
  • “...Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted” (Luke 4:18).
  • “ Jesus Christ is come in the flesh...” (1 John 4:3).
  • “...for the Son of man came not to destroy men's lives but to save them...” (Luke 9:56).
  • “...If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest, and he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” (Acts 8:37).

And removes the following words many times:

heaven, hell, devil, God, holy, Lord, Jesus, Christ, pure, man, him, repent, blood, Jehovah, new testament, damnation, devils, Sodomites, fornication, sins, fasting, and master

Or changes our Lord to a gender-neutral god:

he, one on his descendants, man, and God to “the Coming One,” “the Christ,” or “the One” (who is “the One” — Buddha, Allah, Satan?)

Nearly fifteen years ago my research began on the new Bible versions underlying texts. Problems with memorization and differences in doctrines causing confusion, prompted this study.

This research proved invaluable during my tenure as a member of the Board of Trustees for Lifeway, an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, from 1999 to 2003.

Westcott and Hort Wrote the

Greek Text Underlying the New Versions

Hort said, “Think of that vile Textus Receptus [King James Version].”1 Hort also referred to evangelical Christians as “dangerous,” “perverted,” “unsound,” and “confused.” He was rabidly “evangelistic” about his “necromancy,” as the Bible calls it. Westcott's son writes of his father's lifelong “faith in what for lack of a better name, one must call Spiritualism....” Westcott determined that his public involvement in the Ghostly Guild “led to no good.”2 Is your Bible linked to the occult? Two members of the Ghost Club became Bishops [Benson and Westcott] and one a Professor of Divinity [Hort].3 Westcott and Hort were not only “Fathers” in the Anglican Church but, according to numerous historians and New Age researchers, appear to be among the “Fathers” of the modern channelling movement. Hort also said, “I am inclined to think that no such state as 'Eden' (I mean the popular notion) ever existed, and that Adam's fall in no degree differed from the fall of each of his descendants, asd Coleridge justly argues.”4 Do you believe as Westcott, when he wrote to the Archbishop of Canterbury on Old Testament criticism. “No one now, I suppose, holds that the first three chapters of Genesis, for example, give a literal history. I could never understand how any one reading them with open eyes could think they did.”5

Are you reading the NIV version, whose avowed lesbian stylist, Virginia Mollenkott, wrote books like Sensuous Spirituality, which echoes the New Age movement's hopes to replace the “he” of Christianity with the neuter “One” of Hinduism?

Does the version you are using refer to “the morning star” in Isaiah 14:12? The ultimate blasphemy occurs when the “morning star” takes Lucifer's place in Isaiah 14:12. Jesus Christ is the “morning star” and is identified as such in Revelation 2:28, 22:16, and 2 Peter 1:19.

The late E. W. Colwell, past president of the University of Chicago and the premier North American New Testament Greek scholar, confesses his “change of heart” concerning the reliability of readings in the new versions: “...scholars now believe that most errors were made deliberately ... for theological or dogmatic reasons.”6

Zane Hodges, professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis at Dallas Theological Seminary, refers to new versions as “...monstrously unscientific, if not dangerously obscurantist.”7

  1. Arthur Hort, Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort, Vol. 1 (London: McMillan and Co. Ltd., 1896, p. 214.
  2. Arthur Westcott, The Life and Letters of Brook Foss Westcott, Vol. 1 (London: McMillan and Co. Ltd., 1903), p. 119.
  3. James Webb, The Occult Underground (LaSalle, Illinois: Open Court Publishing Co, 1975), p. 155.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Ibid.
  6. E.W. Colwell, What Is the Best New Testament? (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1952), pp. 49, 53.
  7. Wilbur Pickering, The Identity of the New Testament Text (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1977; 2nd ed., 1980), p. 16-18.


  • Kenneth Barker, The NIV: The Making of a Contemporary Translation
  • Alex Jack, The New Age Dictionary
  • Lola Davis, Toward a World Religion for a New Age
  • Josh McDowell, Understanding the Cults
  • Philip W. Comfort, Early Manuscripts and Modern Translations of the New Testament
  • Louis Talbot, What's Wrong with Unity School of Christianity
  • Gail Riplinger, New Age Bible Versions, A.V. Publications, P.O. Box 280, Ararat, VA 24053, 1-800-435-4535

Anti-Semitism / Root Race Theory / New Age

New version architect Gerhard Kittel and Hitler worked together to promote the Root Race Theory to the last generation. Neither the King James Bible, nor any Greek manuscript contains the word “race.” Kittel was tried and convicted of war crimes.

Verse King James Bible HCSB, et al.
Acts 17:26 “And hath made of one blood all nations of men” omits one blood
1 Peter 2:98 generation race
Acts 7:19 kindred race
John 17:5 with thine own self in Your presence
2 Corinthians 20:10, et al. person presence

The term “the presence” is the third most used term to identify the god of the New Age after “the One” and “the Christ.”

Revelation 15:3 King of saints King of nations

If the world ends, the sinner has nothing to stand on; if the age ends, another age just begins (reincarnation) and there is no judgment.

Matthew 12:32; 28:20; Ephesians 1:21 world age
Acts 17:22 too superstitious extremely religious
Acts 17:29 the Godhead divine being, divine nature
Revelation 13:16; 14:1,9 in their right hand or in their foreheads on their right hand or on their foreheads

New versions often change “hell” to “hades,” “grave,” or “death” (some rock music calls hades a place to party forever) Matt. 11:23; 16:18; Acts 2:27, et al.

Are Edwin Palmer's Calvinistic Beliefs Influencing New Versions?

Edwin Palmer was the “coordinator of all work on the NIV” and “selected all of the personnel....” He wrote “to disprove the idea that man still has the ability to ask God's help for salvation.” He says that the view “that Christ loved the whole world equally and gave himself up for the world” is wrong.1

1 Thessalonians 1:4 KJV: “...knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.”

NKJV & HCSB: “...knowing your election, brothers loved by God.”

NASB: “...knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you...”

NIV: “For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you...”

Luke 2:14 KJV: “...peace, good will toward men.”

HCSB: “...peace on earth to people He favors!”

NASB: “...peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

NIV: “...peace to men in whom his favor rests.”

  1. Edwin Palmer, The Five Points of Calvinism (Spring Lake, Michigan: The Men's Society of the Christian Reformed Church, 1954), p. 18.

No Doctrine Changed?

A Better Rendering

Textus Receptus (KJV) Verse HCSB, et al.
“...she brought forth her firstborn son...” Matthew 1:25 “she gave birth to a son...” (implying Mary was a perpetual virgin)
“...peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14 “...peace on earth to people He favors!”
“...and Joseph and his mother...” Luke 2:33 “...his father and mother...”
“...but by every word of God.” Luke 4:4 omitted
“...get thee behind me Satan.” Luke 4:8 omitted
“...of his doctrine.” John 18:19 “...of his teaching.”

New versions replace “doctrine” with “teaching” in at least 30 places.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears...” (2 Tim. 4:3).

belief, unbelief, believed Romans 11:30-32 disobeyed, disobedience
“Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you...” 1 Corinthians 11:24 “This is my body which is for you...”
“for he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself” 1 Corinthians 11:29 “For whoever eats and drinks without recognizing the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself”
“And the nations of them which are saved...” Revelation 21:24 omitted

The New King James Version omits the word “Lord” 66 times, “God” 51 times, “heaven” 50 times, “repent” 44 times, “blood” 23 times, and “hell” 22 times. It omits “Jehovah,” “new testament,” “damnation,” and “devils ” entirely. It ignores the KJV Greek Textus Receptus over 1,200 times, and replaces the KJV Hebrew (ben Chayyim) with the corrupt Stuttgard edition (ben Asher) Old Testament.


verse The italicized words listed here have been deleted from the Holman Christian Standard, Today's New International Version, New World Translation, and most new versions. The listed verse is the King James Bible.
Matt. 19:17 “...there is none good but one, that is, God...”
Matt. 25:13 “...wherein the Son of man cometh...”
Matt. 27:35 “...prophecy fulfilled...”
Mark 6:11 Verily I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Mark 10:21 “...come, take up the cross, and follow me.”
Luke 9:56 “For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them.”
John 6:47 “... believeth on me hath everlasting life.”
John 8:59 “... going through the midst of them and so passed by.”
Acts 10:30; 1 Cor. 7:1; 2 Cor. 6:5; 11:27; Mark 9:29 “...fasting...” Why so many unanswered prayers? Could it be because prayer's powerful partner, fasting, is disappearing?
1 Cor. 10:28 “...for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.”
Gal. 6:15 “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision...”
Eph. 3:14 “... Father of our Lord Jesus Christ...”
Col. 1:14 “We have redemption through his blood...”
Col. 2:11 “...putting off the body of the sins of the flesh...”
1 Tim. 3:16 “God was manifest in the flesh...”
Heb. 1:3 “...purged our sins...”
1 John 4:3 Christ is come in the flesh...”
1 John 5:7 “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
Rev. 1:11 I am the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.”
Rev. 1:18 “...received by tradition from your fathers ...”
Rev. 11:17 “Lord God Almighty... art to come...”
Rev. 19:1 “Salvation, and glory...unto the Lord our God...”

The Magnified Word

There has been a remarkable recent discovery which made front page news in the London Times. The oldest remains of any New Testament manuscript were discovered. Using a high-magnification device and the epifluorescent confocal laser scanning technique, the small fragment was dated A.D. 66. Close examination shows that it contains the King James Bible's reading from Matthew 26:22, “hekastos auton” — “every one of them.”

It proves wrong the reading in the NIV, NASB, and all the new versions, which are based on the critical Greek text which reads “heis hekastos,” “each one” or “one after the other.” Dr. Carsten Thiede, author of Eyewitness to Jesus, remarked, “It is self-evident that this original reading, preferable on the grounds of internal criteria and now corroborated by the oldest papyrus of St. Matthew's Gospel, must replace the text in the two most widely used versions of the Greek New Testament, that of the United Bible Societies (at the present in its fourth edition) and the so-called Nestle-Aland, the Novum Testamentum Graece (now in its twenty-seventh revised edition). At the Munster Institute, which looks after this text, a rearguard action is being mounted, not surprisingly in view of its vested interest in the controversy. One of its staff members, Klaus Wachtel, recently published an article that refuses to acknowledge the change.... In any case, it is a form of intellectual resistance which cannot last; the facts are now beyond dispute.”(pp. 61-62)

The King James Bible and its underlying Greek Textus Receptus have had the correct reading all along. History repeats itself. When the other New Testament papyri were discovered, the Nestle-Aland twenty-sixth edition was forced to go back to the KJV readings approximately 500 times. New versions have not yet caught up.

The more we magnify the Lord and move closer to him, the more lovely and true he proves to be with us. As we move closer to this gem, the Word of God, and it is magnified (Ps. 138:2), studied (2 Tim. 3:16), meditated upon (Ps. 119:148), and glorified (2 Thess. 3:1), we are at once humbled and awestruck by the purity of its many facets.1

  1. Gail Riplinger, The Language of the King James Bible (Ararat, Virginia: AV Publications, 1998), preface.
We are questioning God's integrity if we do not believe that He keeps His promise to preserve His inspired Word through copies of the original manuscripts. Ps. 12:6-7 promises, “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 forever.” Be ever mindful also that Ps. 105:8 says, “He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.”

Demotes Jesus Christ

Verse King James Bible HCSB, et al.
Matthew 8:19, et al. Master teacher
Mark 2:15, et al. Jesus omitted
John 6:34, et al. Lord Sir
John 9:35-36, et al. Dost thou believe on the Son of God?...Who is he, Lord? Do you believe in the Son of Man?...Who is he, Sir?
Acts 3:13, 26 His Son Jesus His servant Jesus
Acts 4:27, 30 holy child Jesus Holy servant Jesus

Works Salvation

Romans 11:32; Hebrews 4:6, 11 et al. unbelief disobedience
1 Corinthians 1:18, et al. are saved are being saved

The Holman Christian Standard, Today's New International Version, and other new versions, omit these words many times: Lord, God, heaven, repent, blood, hell, devil, Jesus, he, damnation, man, and master. They add: “the Coming One” and “the One” (New Age).

Gender-Neutral and New Age

Verse King James Bible HCSB, et al.
Matthew 11:3; Luke 7:19-20, et al. he the coming one
John 7:18; 1 John 5:6, et al. he the One
Ephesians 1:23; Revelation 1:4; Hebrews 12:25, et al. him the One
John 6:44; Hebrews 12:14, et al. man, men one

This list is not all-encompassing. There are far too many references to list in this publication. The Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution opposing “the use of so-called gender-inclusive language” in Bible translation (SBC Bulletin 74 [June 17-19, 1977]:5). Also found in The Gender-Neutral Bible Controversy Muting the Masculinity of God's Words by Vern S. Poythress and Wayne A. Grudem, published by Broadman Holman, 2000, p. 22.

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”

— Jude 1:3

Underlying Texts

Pure Text Corrupt Greek Text
There are over 5,200 Greek manuscripts in existence. Over 99%agree with the Textus Receptus.
  • Greek Vulgate — traditional, or Byzantine, text
  • Peshitta — C. A.D. 150 — Syriac version
  • Old Latin Vulgate — A.D. 157 — 960f all ancient manuscripts now known as the Textus Receptus, or Received Text
  • Erasmus' Greek Bible — 1516
  • Luther's German Bible — 1522
  • Tyndale's English Bible — 1525
  • Stephen's Greek New Testament — 1550
  • Geneva Bible — 1560
  • King James Bible — Authorized Version — 1611
The derivative copyright law insists that: “To be copyrightable, a derivative work must be different enough from the original to be regarded as a 'new work' or must contain a substantial amount of new material. Making minor changes or additions of little substance to a preexisting work will not qualify the work as a new version for copyright purposes.” Therefore, all new Bible versions must change those simple one or two syllable Anglo-Saxon words to complex Latinized words. Consequently, the King James Bible reads at the fifth grade level and the NKJV reads at the sixth grade level. Because of this copyright law, there will never be an easier-to-read Bible than the King James Bible.
Dr. D. A. Waite, Th.D., Ph.D., says in The Defined King James Bible: “Satan hates the King James Bible. His diabolical genius conceived a dark scheme: the King James Bible must be replaced! False teachers will bring forth corrupted modern English versions with another message, preaching another Jesus... another spirit... another gospel.”
People will ask, “Why can't we just change thee, thou, and thine in the King James Bible to you and yours?” Because thee, thou, and thine are singular, whereas you, yours, and ye are plural. To change the wording to you and yours would change the meaning of what is written.
  • Alexandrian-type manuscripts — Origen was a Syncretist (one who combined paganism with Christianity) — A.D. 185-232
  • Constantine's version — A.D. 312 — fifty ecumenical Bibles patterned after Origen's Hexapla
  • Sinaiticus and Vaticanus manuscripts — C. A.D. 350 — these are the two manuscripts behind all modern versions
  • Latin Vulgate — C. A.D. 382-405 — This was the first translation of the Bible based on Hebrew and Greek manuscripts. Written by Jerome, it includes seven apocryphal books, and is still the official Roman Catholic Bible.
  • Douay — 1583 (Roman Catholic)
  • Westcott and Hort Greek New Testament — 1870
  • Revised Version — 1881
  • Nestles' Greek Text — 1898
  • American Standard Version — 1901
  • Revised Standard Version — 1940
  • New World Translation — 1950 (Jehovah Witness' version)
  • New American Standard — 1960
  • TEV (Good News for Modern Man), NEB, Amplified Bible, Living Bible, etc.
  • Jerusalem Bible — 1966 (Roman Catholic)
  • “Common” Bible — 1973
  • New King James Version — 1979
  • Today's New International Version
  • Holman Christian Standard New Testament — 2001
  • ... and many more

Holman Christian Standard brackets many familiar scriptures, thus casting doubt. Modern versions omit some verses, or only include them as footnotes.

This Is What the Greek and Hebrew Say?

All new versions have abandoned the traditional Old Testament Hebrew, ben Chayyim Masoretic Text, and follow Rudolf Kittel's (Gerhardt Kittel's father) Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (both Kittels were anti-Semitic). New versions follow Gerhardt Kittel's Greek Lexicon, which defined words based on Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, and other pagan sources.

Dr. Frank Logsdon, who contributed to the New American Standard Version, said on his tape “From NASV to KJV”: “We are in the end times, and there is a falling away... from truth... that is apostasy. The arch enemy of God and man would want to destroy this book. He tried to destroy the living word. The next best thing would be to destroy the written word... I must under God renounce every attachment to the New American Standard Version... I'm afraid I'm in trouble with the Lord.” He also said, “Upon investigation, I wrote...[to] Mr. Lockman [of the Lockman Foundation], explained that I was forced to renounce all attachment to the NASV... The deletions are absolutely frightening... There are so many... Are we so na?ve that we do not suspect Satanic deception in all of this? [T]he finest leaders that we have today... haven't gone into it [the new versions use of a corrupted Greek text] just as I hadn't gone into it... That's how easily one can be deceived... I'm going to talk to him [Dr. George Sweeting, then president of Moody Bible Institute] about these things...[Y]ou can say the Authorized Version [KJV] is absolutely correct. How correct? 100;orrect... If you must stand against everyone else, stand.”

Luke 11:2-4 — “The Lord's Prayer”

King James Bible Most New Versions
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by the name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Father, Your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone in debt to us. And do not bring us into temptation.

John 3:16

King James Bible Most New Versions
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God loved the world in this way: He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

“Only begotten” is the Greek word monogenes, which precisely means “only begotten,” not just “only” as some translators render it. God has many “sons” (John 1:12, Job 1:6), but Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son.

James 4:4

King James Bible Most New Versions
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God?


Do you realize the new versions use harder words than the King James Bible? The King James Bible reads at the fifth grade level. Here are just a few examples of some of the easier words the King James Bible uses in comparison with the new versions. Be aware that new editions of any new versions vary.

Verse Easy Word King James Bible Hard Word Most New Versions
Joshua 22:24 children descendants
1 Samuel 13:21 file pim
Nehemiah 3:7 throne residence
Job 2:10 evil adversity
Psalm 43:1 judge vindicate
Ezekiel 31:4 little rivers rivulets
Isaiah 28:1,4; 34:6 fat verdant, overflowing
Jeremiah 19:3 evil catastrophe
Lamentations 5:3 fatherless waif
Amos 5:21 smell savor
Matthew 5:22 fool moron
Mark 14:3 box flask
Luke 5:3 people multitudes, crowds
Luke 8:31 the deep the abyss
Luke 10:40 came approached
Luke 16:8 wiser more shrewd, astute
Luke 19:13 pounds minas
Luke 19:43 trench embankment
John 6:7 pennyworth danarii
John 18:1 brook ravine
John 18:28 judgment hall praetorium
Acts 21:38 murderers assassins
Acts 27:18 lighten the ship jettison the cargo
Romans 7:7 lust covetousness
Hebrews 4:15 touched sympathize
1 Peter 4:4 riot dissolute excess

J. Henry Thayer, author of The New Thayer's Greek Lexicon, was a Unitarian who denied the deity of Christ. Thayer was also the dominant member of the American Standard Version committee.

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Taken from the Tract “Would You Give a Child a Bible That Says This?” Copyright © 2008 Louis Stallings and Luan Stallings. Used By Kind Permission.