Tuesday, December 09, 2014
....and Modern versions therefore affect Theology
“We’ve moved into a new era of approaching the bible, controversial Christian author and speaker Brian Maclaren says. It’s an era that could see Christians abandon the idea that there is one “right” way of interpreting Scripture – an era he calls Bible 3.0” ̶ Berean Call website.
It is claimed this is because of the unprecedented access readers of the Bible have to a broad range of readings and interpretations of the Bible through the internet. This may be so but the sea change began much earlier with the introduction of modern versions in the 19th Century that were based on an altered Greek Text.
So we now have DIY Theology. J Stubbs provides an example of this in the Q & A column of the October 2013 issue of Believer’s Magazine, published by John Ritchie Ltd. He wrote:
Greek scholars tell us that there is but one article with the two words "hope" and "appearing". Thus they are clearly connected. Then they are separated by a conjunction which not infrequently is followed by a word or phrase explanatory of that which precedes it. In such cases, and this is one of them, it is equivalent to "namely". Acts 23.6 is a good example: "The hope and [namely the] resurrection of the dead". So in our verse we have one event and one person. The Rapture of course is the preliminary of this event, but in this verse we believe the "blessed hope" of the child of God is not the Rapture, but the appearing in glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in the two stages or phases of the Second Coming. Christ will come first to the air to catch up the Church (1 Thess 4.13-18) and then, after an interval of at least seven years, He will descend from heaven to the earth to restore Israel and set up His millennial reign (Rev 19.11-21). We are happy to see the second stage of the Lord's coming in Titus 2.13.
For him the Blessed Hope is not to be realised at the rapture, but will be fulfilled at the Lord’s return to earth. He is unable to justify this from Scripture so he tells his readers it is what he believes. That is, it is no more than an opinion, but with serious results.
If Mr Stubbs is correct then hope is still needed in heaven, after the Rapture. The Bright and Morning Star, historically believed to be the Lord’s appearance at the Rapture is not to be the main attraction for believers.This will come after a period spent in heaven.
Mr Stubbs probably believes himself to be on safe ground with his proposition because this is now the common view in evangelical circles. He declares the Blessed Hope is not to do with the Rapture. But we note He shall come to be glorified in His saints at his return to earth. 2Thess.1: 10
So the same idea is propounded by G McBride in Precious Seed .
‘the blessed hope ‘ and the ‘appearing of the glory’, JND, are best viewed as applying to the same event…. The thought is that when the Lord Jesus comes to earth again, there will be, in His person, a manifestation of glory.
So “Greek scholars tell us” but they are not named. Most we know to be apostate. What a pity Mr Stubbs does not turn to believing Greek scholars such as Tindale, John Bois, and every one of the AV translators.
Mr Stubbs knows all about Greek prepositions and conjunctions. If he is to be a credible commentator we need to know he has at the very least a 2 2 in the English Language.
There are no textual variations in Titus 2: 13. Any changes in versions are due therefore to interpretations of the same Greek text and a correct use of the English language. It must be understood that the translators of the Authorized Version were ALL masters of the English language. Most were multilingual.
In Titus 2: 13 the glorious appearing is changed to the appearing of the glory by the perverted Westcott and Hort in their depraved work, the Revised Version. Neither of these men were scholars.
A change of this nature robs us of what is fundamental to the faith.
When Mr Stubbs writes, “we believe” he does not tell us who “we” are. Who else holds to his heretical view? Why, just about all of apostate Christendom of course.
It was not always so.
Our modern men are out of kilter with the teachers who went before.
John Ritchie wrote:
His coming as Son of God to the air, is the proximate hope of the saints (1 Thessalonians 1:10). There is no predicted event which must occur, and no prophetic word that must be fulfilled, before the Lord's descent into the air, to call together His sleeping and His living people. His own word regarding this event, uttered from the throne above, is, "Surely I come quickly" (Revelation 22:20). No one can tell the day. Dates and numbers do not help us in the least regarding it. But the attitude of the saints is to be "Waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ " (1 Corinthians 1:7). "Looking for that blessed hope" (Titus 2:13). ̶ The Personal Return of the Lord Jesus
C H M wrote:
Finally, as if to complete the picture, he says, “when I come again.” He awakens in the heart by these last words, “the blessed hope” of seeing him again. What a lovely picture! And yet it is all a divine reality. It is the simple story of our blessed Jesus who, in His tender compassion, looked upon us in our low and utterly hopeless condition, left His eternal dwelling-place of light and love, took upon Himself the likeness of sinful flesh, was made of a woman, made under the law, lived a spotless life, and fulfilled a perfect ministry down here for 33 years, and finally died on the cross as a perfect atonement for sin so that God might be just and the Justifier of any poor, ungodly, convicted sinner that simply trusts in Jesus.
As for me, I continue to await the Rapture which is our Blessed Hope. Beware those who have abandoned the truths once held as precious. What a pity John Ritchie Ltd no longer believes John Ritchie.
Friday, December 05, 2014
I was sent this little verse in a letter received recently.
It is real poetry and not the doggerel you might read in Assembly Testimony, so I was quite impressed.
I considered that it was meant for me and that I should consider it carefully. I have done so and have read it several times.
Here it is:
The shuttles of His purpose move
To carry out His own design;
Seek not too soon to disapprove
His work, nor yet assign
Dark motives, when, with silent tread,
You view some sombre fold;
For lo, within each darker thread
There twines a thread of gold.
He knows the way you plod;
But leave the thread with God.
This verse is taken from the Canadian Home Journal, though my correspondent did not assign it to any source. In its context it relates to the spinner (working for the Lord), and is intended for encouragement to the soul who feels sometimes his work is in vain.
It gives me an opportunity to explain why I blog.
It is a superb means of communication with a global outreach. When one is totally ostracised and isolated by pseudo brethren, the world can still be reached.
The first step is to aim at being as professional as possible.
I put myself through a refresher course in the English Language.
I completed a self-taught Journalism course.
I studied law for journalists.
I read up on how to blog.
In my blogs I have no axe to grind. I have no chip on my shoulder. I do not hate “The Brethren”.
I believe Scripture must be obeyed. This includes contending earnestly for the faith,
It is no love to Christ, nor to my brethren, to smile sweetly and ignore the “dark threads”, blaming God for them.
Monday, December 01, 2014
Help for Mark Sweetnam
Revelation 1: 12 (see also Exodus 25: 31)
....I saw seven golden candlesticks
It is useful to note what John didn’t see. He did not see lamps. He did not see candles. He saw candlesticks. His attention was drawn to the seven sticks designed to support a light producing object.
It is Christ who shows light unto the people, and to the Gentiles. (Acts 26: 23) through His golden candlesticks.
Our AV translators knew when to use “candle” or “candlestick”, and when to use “lamp” . They never used “lampstand”. They consistently translated luchnos as candle or lamp as required, and luchnia as candlestick.
Therefore note the falsity of Darby’s translation, “I saw seven golden lamps”. Another mischievous rendering is found in The Message, “I saw a gold menorah with seven branches.”
Wick candles were in use in the first century AD throughout the Roman Empire. There is no reference to oil being used in Rev. 1: 12, either in fact or by implication.
The use of the word candlestick in the O.T. is in order also.
The Old English word candel is from the Latin candela and means a light or torch. It only later came to refer to a wax candle and is not limited to this meaning. If we are to update every word in the AV Bible we end up with such atrocities as The Message, NKJV, etc.
"They Stand For Ever"
"These are archaic words," complains the modern lout,
"They're fusty and old-fashioned so we'll chop the whole lot out
And fill in with our modem terms though sibylline and vague.
And boast we've got the blessing". (They're really struck with plague!)
It is a festering hatred for God's most holy word
That causes men to swoop on it like some polluted bird.
They snip and snatch and hack at it with venal-critic's pen.
But stands the word unscathed, (And doomed, nefarious men.)
8. "Luke 11:36"
"I do not like that candle-stick".
The textual critic said.
(It was shining far too brightly,
And t'was burning through his head!)
"So this we'll have in place of it,
-You'll see 'tis rather grand-
The candle must be taken out.
And placed upon a stand."
But still he was not satisfied,
As he began to tamp.
"This ancient wax must be cleaned out
And in must go a lamp!"
A lamp-stand now all glowing fresh.
By modem man approved
Could but highlight this solemn fact.
-The candle-stick's removed.
"I will come quickly and remove
thy candle-stick out of his place
except thou repent." (Rev.2:5)
And so the men who tamper with
The Scripture's shining light
Can but expect to find themselves
In darkness and in night.
(The candle hasn't changed at all,
But bumeth yet so bright.)