[2]
OVER 100,000 R.C.'s SAY MURDER THE ULSTER PROTESTANTS

The General Election results were very significant. Over 100,000 Roman Catholics voted for the I.R.A. front "apologists for murder" candidates. This is a most fearsome result and bodes ill for the Protestants of Northern Ireland. What exactly were these Roman Catholic voters saying?

ONE

That they were behind the murder campaign already inflicted on this Province and supported the I.R.A. in all those bloody and diabolical deeds and atrocities which they have already perpetrated.

TWO

That they gave their full support to all those hellish acts which the I.R.A. will carry out in the future - the killings, the bombings and the burnings. They were saying to the I.R.A., when you prime and plant the bomb remember over 100,000 Roman Catholics are behind you. When you pull the trigger and shoot a soldier, a policeman or a Protestant civilian, we, over 100,000 Roman Catholics, are right behind you. When you destroy by fire, factories, homes, schools and business premises, we are behind you. Go on keep at it, your support from us is assured.

THREE

Your campaign to carry out the genocide of the Ulster Protestant people we totally support. We back you in your crusade of sectarian murders. We are bringing up our young people in the same tradition of "kill all Protestants so that Ireland will be for the Irish alone, the Roman Catholic Irish." No matter what cries of condemnation arise from any quarter against your killings, remember over 100,000 of us back you to

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THIS IS APOSTASY

The following is from the International Herald Tribune, June 30th 1983. It screams for itself!

U.S. Church Calls Homosexuality No Bar to Becoming a Minister

PITTSBURGH - The United Church of Christ has accepted a report affirming that the homosexuality of any candidate for ordination should not be a ground for refusing to admit that person into the church's ministry.

The report, overwhelmingly accepted in a show of hands at the biennial General Synod, which was to close here Wednesday, says a person's "sexual orientation is not a moral issue, but that sexual behaviour does have moral significance."

In the debate the synod refused to consider another statement on Christian marriage and family life that said any sexual union outside marriage "denies God's created order."

Proponents of that resolution included more than 130 of the 6,400 parishes and a group called United Church People for Biblical Witness, formed in 1978 by those urging the denomination to turn toward more traditional views of sexuality and marriage.

The discussions in Pittsburgh have been typical of those going on in a number of denominations as Protestant churches attempt to address contemporary problems in sexual ethics. While many churches say the civil rights of homosexuals should be protected, no denomination has clearly stated that homosexual behaviour is fully acceptable.

Because the United Church of Christ stresses local autonomy with ministers holding membership in regional associations, it is difficult for the synod to set policy for the entire church. Nonetheless, the synod action could have the effect of eliminating homosexuality as a bar to the ministry of the church.

The report accepted here said the synod believed "present knowledge about the bases of sexual orientation and behaviour is incomplete," and adds, "The ethical issues surrounding the rightfulness or wrongfulness of various forms of sexual expression and embodiment are still being debated within the United Church of Christ."

The few delegates who challenged the report believe the statement on sexuality proves the church as strayed from classic Christianity. "It's a question of whether authority in the church is going to be 20th-century culture or the apostolic faith," said the Rev. Gerald Sanders of Hickory, North Carolina.

Mr. Sanders said this aspect of the debate called into question the authority of the Bible and was therefore "a struggle for the life of the church." [4]

Banana Wants Churches Revolutionized

Methodist Bishop Canaan Banana, President of Zimbabwe (Rhodesia), spoke at graduation services of the Baptist Theological Seminary near Gweru (Gwelo). He told the prospective preachers and their friends and relatives that "the Church must be revolutionised and must knock down the old edifice of a colonial Christianity . . . The church must evolve a new and compelling theology for the restoration of the ideal man. The wineskins in which the wine of the Gospel came to Africa are too foreign and outmoded to contain the new foment of total liberation. Churches are challenged to supplement and reinforce the progressive policies of the people's government."

Here we have Liberation Theology, of which Bishop Banana has been an outstanding advocate, evidenced also by his booklet, circulated at the Melbourne conference of the World Council of Churches, held in May of 1980. The booklet contained the updating of the Lord's Prayer by Banana:

"Our Father which art in the ghetto
Degraded is your name,
Thy servitude abounds,
Thy will is mocked,
As pie in the sky.
Teach us to demand
Our share of gold,
Forgive us our docility
As we demand our share of justice.
Lead us not into complicity,
Deliver us from our fears.
For ours is Thy sovereignty,
The power and the liberation,
Forever and ever Amen.
"

Banana was trained at the United Methodist's Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. In October of 1981, just one year ago, he was honoured as the featured speaker at the autumn meeting of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The World Council of Churches' magazine, Youth, December, 1979, printed an article by Banana entitled, "The Biblical Basis for Liberation Struggles." Dr. Carl McIntire said concerning the article, "Banana reflects what the modernism and liberalism of the Western world in the Methodist Church have given to him and his people. Here it is not the Christianity of the Western world but the false Christianity of the Western world that he has adopted. It is the use of Jesus Christ that is the most diabolical, though it all belongs to that category. To say that the Biblical [5] meaning of justice takes root in the people's liberation movement is to repudiate the Ten Commandments. All justice in the Bible is related to the Law of God, and the people's liberation movement is built upon the terrors of Marxism. Banana is most specific. He makes it clear that the WCC has been aiding the guerrillas. The excuse that the several millions of dollars given to the guerrillas were for medical or educational purposes does not justify itself, for to Banana it is to aid the struggling masses in their battle to bring in socialism. Thus he concludes, 'The WCC Programme To Combat Racism, for example, is a visible expression of Christian love'." (The Programme To Combat Racism is the WCC project that spent huge sums supporting the same Marxist guerrillas, in Africa and other places around the world, who were actually killing Christians and missionaries.)

Canaan Banana also preached in Wesley Chapel in London, England. There he declared: "The Christian Churches must join the revolutionary forces of the world because it is the historical process of liberation where God manifests Himself.


"When Christians join the people's struggle for self-determination, Christ will suddenly become alive because He will be seen in the true light as the Saviour of mankind. Revolutionary practice will then turn into the best theology textbook and then the churches will not fear socialism but be glad and grateful for being able to purify themselves." [6]

A Comment on Capital Punishment by C. H. Spurgeon

"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." 2 Corinthians v. 21.

Sometime ago an excellent lady sought an interview with me, with the object as she said, of enlisting my sympathy upon the question of "Anti-Capital Punishment." I heard the excellent reasons she urged against hanging men who had committed murder, and though they did not convince me, I did not seek to answer them. She proposed that when a man committed murder, he should be confined for life. My remark was, that a great many men who had been confined half their lives were not a bit the better for it, and as for her belief that they would necessarily be brought to repentance, I was afraid it was but a dream. "Ah," she said, good soul as she was, "that is because we have been all wrong about punishments. We punish people because we think they deserve to be punished. Now, we ought to show them," said she, "that we love them; that we only punish them to make them better." "Indeed, madam," I said, "I have heard that theory a great many times, and I have seen much fine writing upon the matter, but I am no believer in it. The design of punishment should be amendment, but the ground of punishment lies in the positive guilt of the offender. I believe that when a man does wrong, he ought to be punished for it, and that there is a guilt in sin which justly merits punishment." Oh no; she could not see that. Sin was a very wrong thing, but punishment was not a proper idea. She thought that people were treated too cruelly in prison, and that they ought to be taught that we love them. If they were treated kindly in prison, and tenderly dealt with, they would grow so much better, she was sure. With a view of interpreting her own theory, I said, "I suppose, then, you would give criminals all sorts of indulgences in prison. Some great vagabond who has committed burglary dozens of times - I suppose you would let him sit in an easy chair in the evening before a nice fire, and mix him a glass of spirits and water, and give him his pipe, and make him happy, to show him how much we love him." "Well, no," she would not give him the spirits, "but, still, all the rest would do him good." I though that was a delightful picture certainly. It seemed to me to be the most prolific method of cultivating rogues which ingenuity could invent. I imagine that you could grow any number of thieves in that way; for it would be a special means of propagating all manner of roguery and wickedness. These very delightful theories to such a simple mind as mine, were the source of much amusement, the idea of fondling villains, and treating their crimes as if they were the tumbles and falls of children, made me laugh heartily. I fancied I saw the government resigning its functions to these excellent persons and the grand results of their marvellously kind [7] experiments. The sword of the magistrate transformed into a gruel-spoon, and the jail become a sweet retreat for injured reputations.

Little however, did I think I should live to see this kind of stuff taught in pulpits. I had no idea that there would come out a divinity, which would bring down God's moral government from the solemn aspect in which Scripture reveals it, to a namby-pamby sentimentalism, which adores a Deity destitute of every masculine virtue. But we never know today what may occur tomorrow. We have lived to see a certain sort of men - thank God they are not Baptists - though I am sorry to say there are a great many Baptists who are beginning to follow in their trail - who seek to teach nowadays, that God is a universal Father, and that our ideas of His dealing with the impenitent as a Judge, and not as a Father, are remnants of antiquated error. Sin, according to these men, is a disorder rather than an offence, an error rather than a crime. Love is the only attribute they can discern, and the full-orbed Deity they have not known. Some of these men push their way very far into the bogs and mire of falsehood, until they inform us that eternal punishment is ridiculed as a dream.


WHAT A LOOK!
By C. H. Spurgeon

"And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?" Judges 6:14.

What a look was that which the Lord gave to Gideon! He looked him out of his discouragements into a holy bravery. If our look to the Lord saves us, what will not His look at us do? Lord, look on me this day, and nerve me for its duties and conflicts.

What a word was this which Jehovah spake to Gideon! "Go." He must not hesitate. He might have answered, "What, go in all this weakness!" But the Lord put that word out of court by saying, "Go in this thy might." The Lord had looked might into him, and he had now nothing to do but to use it, and save Israel by smiting the Midianites. It may be that the Lord has more to do by me that I ever dreamed of. If He has looked upon me He has made me strong. Let me by faith exercise the power with which He has entrusted me. He never bids me "idle away my time in this my might." Far from it. I must "go," because He strengthens me.

What a question is that which the Lord puts to me even as He put it to Gideon! "Have not I sent thee?" Yes, Lord, Thou hast sent me, and I will go in Thy strength. At Thy command I go, and, going, I am assured that Thou wilt conquer by me.

[8]
A Quart of "Hell's Flames" and a Quart of Damnation

The following is a true incident related by an elderly Christian woman residing in Northumberland: the person mentioned she actually knew. May it serve as a warning to the reader, for sometimes, even in the wondrous day of His Grace, God makes manifest His sore displeasure!

Four miners were card-playing on the Lord's Day in a frequented gambling-place by the roadside, mingling with their conversation the most awful blasphemy. After a time, when their interest in the game was on the wane, they left their gambling and adjourned to an adjoining inn to drink. Whilst there, one of them, John B........ called upon the attendant to supply him with a quart of "Hell flames!" and should she be unable to procure this, she was to bring a quart of "Damnation!" Alas! vain man; his impious words and blasphemous demands were not only heard by the occupants of the tap-room, but they also reached the ears of Almighty God, Who sometimes metes out immediate judgment against evil doers.

Not many hours afterwards, the profane mocker returned to his usual work down the pit, and whilst there was overtaken by a fearful accident, which resulted in his being so injured that the physicians who were summoned could neither afford him relief nor prolong his life; and his last words, ere he passed for ever the portal of time and entered eternity, were: "I am already suffering hell upon earth." The villagers declared that they believed it to be Heaven's judgment, and who shall say that they were wrong in their belief?

"Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." (Ecc. 8:2).

"As a tree falls so shall it lie;
As a man lives so shall he die;
As a man dies so shall he be,
All through the days of eternity."

A. Gardner. [9]

"THE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION OF THE BIBLE"
A sermon preached by Dr. Paisley at Martyrs Memorial Church

I want to read just a couple of passages from God's Word. We are not going to have a very lengthy reading because we are going to be following the Scriptures and we will be using the Word of God continually during this message. I would like to turn to Psalm 119, and at the verse 89, the Lamed section of the Psalm. As you know, the Psalm has 22 divisions, and you have those strange names in front of the divisions - Aleph, Beth, Gimel, Daleth, He, Vau, Zain, Cheth, Teth, Jod, Caph and so on. Do not be alarmed at those strange title headings, for those are the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and this Psalm is an alphabetical Psalm in that each section in the original Hebrew commences with the letter of that section. So if we were writing it in our language the A part would commence with the letter A, and the B part with the letter B, and the C part with the letter C.

In this Psalm every verse mentions the Word of God, or is a comment on the Word of God. So we will read at verse 89, "For ever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in Heaven." You should underline that Word, because, thank God, there is a settled Word of God. Oh, yes, the Devil would like to unsettle it and the false translators with their perversions would like to unsettle it, but God's Word is settled in Heaven. It cannot be changed, it cannot be in any way altered, it is settled. Verse 90, "Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: Thou hast established the earth, and it abideth." Of course the faithfulness refers to the Word, God's Word is God's Faithfulness - the faithful Word. Verse 91, "They continue this day according to Thine ordinances: for all are Thy servants. Unless Thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. I will never forget Thy precepts: for with them Thou hast quickened me. I am Thine, save me, for I have sought Thy precepts. The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider Thy testimonies. I have seen an end of all perfection: but Thy commandment is exceeding broad." (God shall stamp with His own Divine seal of approval this reading from the Infallible Book, Amen!)

Prayer: "Gracious Heavenly Father, we thank Thee now for Thy Precious, Unalterable Book, and we bless Thee that it stands for ever. Heaven and earth may pass away, but Thy Word shall never pass away. We pray that as we turn to it that our eyes may be enlightened, that our ears may be circumcised, that our hearts may be opened, that we will both see and perceive the Blessed Word of God. May sinners get the Word and the Word shall save them. May saints get the Word and the Word will sanctify them. Lord, open our eyes to behold wondrous things [10] out of Thy law. To this end I take the Promised Holy Ghost, the Blessed power of Pentecost to fill me to the uttermost, I take, thank God He undertakes for me, and the people of God said, Amen!"

I want to examine with you a recent publication of the whole of the Old and New Testaments called 'The New International Version of the Bible', or taking its initial letters, 'The N.I.V.' - 'The New International Version of the Scriptures'.

We live in a day when there has been a whole rash of translations, so-called, of the Word of God. First of all we had 'The Revised Standard Version', published through the arm of the World Council of Churches in the United States of America, and copyrighted by them under the title 'The National Council of Churches'. Then that Version had its counterparts in the British Isles in a Version known as the 'New English Bible'. It was sponsored by the British Council of Churches which, of course, is an arm of the World Council of Churches. Then we have 'The Living Bible' as if the Bible ever was dead, and we found them calling it 'The Living Bible'. Then we have 'The Good News Bible'. Then we had 'The Common Bible'. Then we had 'The Jerusalem Bible', and we have had a whole rash of translations of God's Word, falsely so-called, because they were not really translations but rather interpretations of God's Precious Word.

Now, of course, these particular translations that I have referred to, had a question mark upon them because people were already alerted to the apostasy of the World Council of Churches, and who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? So the believer who saw a book copyrighted by the World Council of Churches was immediately suspicious and rightly so. So people became aware of the unbelievers, infidels, modernists and apostates who sat upon the Boards of the Translating Committees and who covered the Word of God with their pernicious and vile blasphemies.

The label on an article is very important, and if you believe what is on the label and you purchase the commodity, if the label is wrong then you are in serious difficulty. If I bring to this pulpit a labelled bottle presenting a cough cure (and we are all troubled with coughs at the present time) you say, "Is that a good cough cure?" I say, "Yes, it is beautifully labelled, it is the best cough cure you could have." But if in that bottle there was poison, although the label said 'cough cure', if you took it you would certainly have your cough cured, but you would never breathe again. Yes, labels are important.

When I get a Bible that is labelled and the label tells me that this Bible is translated by translators (I quote) "united in, their commitment to the Authority and Infallibility of the Bible as God's Word in written form." When I read that on the label my defences are down, I'm not suspicious, I say, "Thank God there are people who believe in the Authority and Infallibility of God's Precious Word, and they are going to translate the Bible and as they are committed to the Word of God, I'm sure their translation will be in keeping with the great principles of the Divine [11] revelation." So God's people today are more likely to be deceived by 'The New International Version of the Scriptures' than they would be by 'The New English Bible', or 'The Revised Standard Version' or 'The Living Bible' or 'The Good News for Modern Man' or 'The Common Bible' which has upon it the imprimatur of the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. So this 'New International Version' is well labelled, Produced by men, we are told, who are committed to the Infallibility and Authority of God's Precious Word. But when we examine this Bible we find in a most subtle, underhand and Jesuitical manner that this perversion of Scripture lays its axe to the great fundamentals of the Christian faith in a far more subtle way than 'The New English Bible'; in a far more Jesuitical way than 'The Revised Standard Version'; in a far more deceptive manner than 'The Good News for Modern Man' or 'The Living Bible'. This Bible professedly produced by men committed to the Authority and Infallibility of Holy Scripture, this translation lays the Satanic axe to the stout oak of God's Holy and Precious Word.

Let me just by way of preface say something more. Any attack on the Word of God is Satanically originated. Could I repeat that. Any attack on the Word of God is Satanically originated. It is the Devil who attacks the Word of God, and he does it in three ways, and let me show you those three ways.

Turn to the Book of Genesis. Genesis chapter 3. (I trust you have your Bibles with you. If you haven't, sit up close to someone who has, and join the close Brethren for the afternoon, and if you cannot get a Bible or close to a person with a Bible, he that hath ears to hear let him hear, and brother you will hear all right when I get this loudspeaker turned up). In Genesis chapter 3 the Devil is first mentioned in the Bible. He comes on to the stage of Holy Scripture and what are his first recorded words? The first recorded words of the Devil, Genesis 3:1, "Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" The first time the Devil speaks in the Bible he questions God's Word. That is his first avenue of attack, to question the word of God. The second avenue of attack: "and the serpent said unto the woman (verse 4, Genesis chapter 3), Ye shall not surely die." Direct denial of God's Word. First, the questioning, then the denial of God's Word.

Now turn to the New Testament and you will find the Devil entering the New Testament and he is still attacking God's Word, and we find him speaking to the Lord Jesus in His temptation, and the Lord Jesus answers him and says to him, "It is written", and then the Devil in verse 6 says, "It is written", and he makes a quotation from the Psalm 91. But I want you to notice the difference between our Lord's quoting of Scripture and the Devil's quoting of Scripture. The Lord quotes the Scripture accurately, but the Devil quotes the Scripture inaccurately, he leaves out parts. He leaves out this important part, Psalm 91: 11, "To keep thee in all thy ways." The third avenue of attack is to change the Scriptures. So there is the questioning of the Scriptures, the denying of the Scriptures and the [12] changing of the Scriptures. The 'New International Version' - the 'N.I.B.' - both questions the Scriptures, denies the Scriptures and changes the Scriptures.

Now, of course, when one sees the rash of Bibles, and you go into a modern bookstore and you say, "I want a copy of the Scriptures". They say, "What one will you have, sir? Will you have the Revised Standard Version? Will you have the New English Bible? Will you have the Living Bible? Will you have the Good News Bible? Will you have the Jerusalem Bible? Will you have the Common Bible or will you have the New International Version Bible?" You would think that God had written over a dozen Bibles. God only wrote one Bible, and the 'New International Version' in its Foreword lets the cat out of the bag, and it says, "The Greek text used in translating the New Testament was an eclectic one." (Don't be afraid of that big word, just go to the Dictionary the same way as I did when I read that, and I discovered the meaning of eclectic is 'a bit from here and there'. In the opinion of the author the best bits of all, all put together). So they took these various manuscripts, false and true, and they took the best bits, in their opinion, and put them all together to make a basic text for their translation from the Greek into the English of the New Testament. But then they said that they took the choice of readings. (How did they know what bits to take, and what bits not to take?) They said they were "guided by the accepted principles of New Testament textual criticism". That covers a multitude of infidelity and sin, because we all know that modern textual criticism is not textual criticism at all but 'Higher Criticism' as it is called - the criticism of the Bible - the destruction of the Bible by the theories of men. Immediately after I read the Preface I was suspicious, my suspicions were aroused and rightly so. Of course there is one question that I ask of any book and especially of any translation, so-called, of the Word of God: "What think ye of Christ? Whose Son is He?" I just want to ask that question and find the answer that is given to it in this New International Version, because my time is limited, therefore our investigation into this matter has also been limited. We are going to limit ourselves to asking of this Version, "What think ye of Christ?"

Let me make it perfectly clear who Christ is, and I quote the definition that is given founded upon the Precious Word of God by the Westminster Confession of Faith in chapter 8 and section 2, "The Son of God, the second Person in the Trinity, being Very and Eternal God, of one substance and equal with the Father, did when the fulness of time was come, take upon Him man's nature with all the essential properties and common infirmities thereof, yet without sin. Being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost in the womb of the virgin Mary of her substance, so that two whole perfect and distinct natures, the Godhead and the Manhood were inseparably joined together in one Person without conversion, composition or confusion. Which Person is Very God and Very Man, yet One Christ the only Mediator between God and man." (if [13] you care to get a copy of the Confession of Faith you will find the Scriptural proofs upon which that great historic definition is based).

Now what does this New International Version think of Christ? Well, the first text you turn to is Genesis chapter 3 and verse 15. If there is any straying in that verse or any delusion of that verse, or any deviation from that verse, then the roads are going to divide. You know, you don't need a very big divide at the beginning. You see a road going that way and here is a road beside it and it is just going a little off the parallel, not very much, just a fraction of an inch: but as the road goes on the fraction of an inch becomes an inch, it becomes a foot, it becomes a yard, it becomes thousands of yards, it becomes a mile, it becomes thousands of miles, the deviation is great. So at the very beginning of this Bible there is the deviation. Take your Authorised Version and let us read that verse, Genesis chapter 3, verse 15: "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." The 'N.I.V.': "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers." Immediately the word 'seed' is dropped. That word 'seed' has a very strong predictive element in it. Christ is to be of the seed of David. He is also to be of the seed of Abraham. He is also to be of the seed of the woman, but the word 'seed' is dropped; 'offspring' is put in its place. Then the text goes on, "He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." Let me say that there immediately we have a deviation in regard to the extent of the great battle at Calvary. The Lord Jesus Christ was not merely struck at the Cross, He was bruised to the death at Calvary. But here we have in the 'N.I.V.' a dilution of the strength of the text. "It is very slight," you say, "Mr. Paisley, it is not very much of a dilution or a deviation." I grant you that, but it is the beginning, just a fraction, and then as we go through the Scripture we see that gap widens and widens and widens until in the New Testament this Version deletes the Precious Blood of Christ and denies the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is just the commencement of the way of deviation.

Let us go a little farther and let us come to Genesis chapter 49 and verse 10, and here we have another great Messianic prophecy, "The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be." In the 'N.I.V.' the text is changed completely and reads, "The sceptre will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his." The word 'Shiloh' is deleted. Old Dr. Munroe Gibson points out (and I quote): "There is, I cannot help thinking, something more than curiosity in the fact that if the Hebrew equivalents were given for the Greek word in the hymn that was sung by the angels over Bethlehem's plain, when the great Son of Judah was born there, a Prince and a Saviour, it might read thus, 'Judah in the highest, and on earth Shiloh, for Judah means Glory to God, and Shiloh means Peace." So here we have a further deviation from God's Precious and Infallible Word. [14]

Let us then turn to the prophecy of Micah, Micah 5 and verse 2. (We are well into the Old Testament now and so you can expect a far greater deviation). Micah chapter 5, verse 2: "But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, (I'm reading from the Authorised Version) though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee he shall come forth unto me that is to be ruler of Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." A tremendous proof text from Micah chapter 5:2 of the Eternality of the Lord Jesus Christ and of His Everlasting activities, whose going forth have been from of old, from everlasting."

Listen to the 'N.I.V.': "Thou Beth-lehem Ephratah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." Here we have a Satanic attack upon the Eternity of Christ, and the teaching that Christ originated in ancient times; that there was a time when the Son of God was not. This Scripture in the original has nothing to do with the origin of Christ, it has to do with the goings forth and the activities of Christ. But the 'N.I.V.' changes it and gives Christ an origin - that His origins were from of old, 'from ancient times that Jesus Christ one day originated.'

Let me say from this pulpit that Jesus Christ was before all worlds; that Jesus Christ was in the beginning, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made by Him," and Jesus Christ was not made. Jesus Christ forever was, He had no origination for He is God.

Let us turn back in the Bible, and you can see now the difference developing. Let us turn back to Psalm 45 and verse 11, and we read in the Authorised Version, "So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy LORD (notice the Word LORD is spelt in capitals) and worship thou Him." This, of course, is a text applying to the church - the bride of Christ. Who is the Lord of the church? None other than the Saviour. What does the church do? It worships Him.

When we turn to the 'N.I.V.' the text reads, "The king is enthralled by your beauty: honour him for he is your lord" (spelt with a small letter 'I'). This has a complete change of meaning. No longer is it the Lord of Glory. No longer does the church worship Him. The Scripture is diluted to mean just the honouring of a person by the honour that a wife would give to her husband.

Could I just quote to you what William Jennings Bryans said concerning Christ: "To those who try to measure Christ by the rules that apply to man, He is incomprehensible. Take Him out of the man class and put Him in the God class, and you can understand Him. He also can be measured by the work He came to perform. It was more than a man's task. No man aspiring to be a god could have done what He did. It required God condescending to be a man. When once His Divine Character is admitted we have an explanation that clears away all the perplexities. We can believe that He was conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the [15] Virgin Mary. We can believe that He opened the eyes of the blind when among men. We see Him today giving a spiritual vision of life to those who have known only the flesh and the pleasures that come through the flesh. We can believe that He wrought miracles when upon earth. We see Him so changing hearts today that they love things they used to hate and hate things they used to love. We can even believe that at His touch life was restored. He can do that now, He could have broken the bonds of the tomb." Hallelujah! What a Saviour! That is the Christ of God and that is the Son of God!

Let us turn to the New Testament and let us see what happens in the New Testament Scriptures in this particular 'New International Version'.

One of the great Scriptures concerning the Deity of Christ in the New Testament is in the ninth chapter of Romans, chapter 9 and verse 5. That verse reads in your Authorised Version of the Bible in clear strong language. Romans 9:5: "Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever, Amen." In the 'New International version': "Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God overall for ever, Praise, Amen." It is this very damaging footnote, "Read the human ancestry of Christ who is over all. God be forever praised." So they take from Christ His Deity in the footnote, and turn the last part of the text into a doxology and not a reference to the Character and Nature of the Blessed Son of God.

I would suggest to you that the first thing you do when you lift any Version of the Scriptures is to look at the text, Romans 9:5. For when a Version departs from the clear, unambiguous declaration that Christ is God over all, then in all other parts of that Version there will be a serious weakening of the Deity of the Son of God. So it is in the 'New International Version'.

Let us turn to John chapter 9 and verses 35, 36 and 37. The Lord Jesus Christ is the speaker here. "Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him He said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee." (John 9:35, 36, 37). Keep your eye on that text and listen to the 'New International Version': "Jesus heard that they had thrown him out; and when He found him He said, Do you believe in the Son of Man?" Just think about that, "Do you believe in the Son of God?", that is what Jesus said, but the 'New International Version' makes Him say, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" "Who is He, Sir?", the man asked, (according to the 'N.I.V.'). The man didn't say that at all, he said, "Who is He, Lord?" Think about it. Do you see the attack upon the full orbed Deity of Jesus Christ in this 'New International Version' of the Bible.

Come with me to John chapter 3 and verse 16. The verse that we all learned, the first verse of Scripture that ever crossed our lips possibly. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that [16] whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." 'Monogenes' - a Greek word, it means "only Begotten". Christ is the only begotten Son of God.

Do you know that this 'New International Version' refused to use that concerning Christ. The expression 'only begotten' is completely deleted from this Bible.

Turn to the second Psalm, where that expression is first found in the Bible, and in Psalm number 2, verse 7, we read, "I will declare the decree: The LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee." The Eternal begetting of Christ. There are relationships in the Godhead - the Father begat the Son, the Son is begotten of the Father, the Spirit of God proceeds from the Father and the Son. So we talk about the begetting of the Son, and the procession of the Spirit in Scriptural terms.

In the 'New International Version' so do they hate the expression "the only begotten Son of God" that they refuse in any Scripture to use it, and in that text they change it to read: "You are my Son, today I have become your Father", and the Words 'only begotten' are removed. That expression occurs also in John chapter 1 and verse 14, "And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." It occurs in verse 18 of the same chapter, "No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him." It occurs in John chapter 3 and verse 18, "He that believeth on Him is not condemned, but He that believeth not is condemned already, because He hath not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God." It occurs in 1 John 4 and verse 9, "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him." In every one of these Scriptures that is deleted, and it is made to read, "The one and only Son of God", and "only begotten" is taken completely out of this 'New International Version'. Why? Because of the Satanic strike at the full orbed Deity and the mysterious relationship of God the Father to God the Son in the Everlasting Trinity. Oh, this is where the attack is always made. Men cannot understand the Trinity so they attack it.

A Jehovah's Witness came to the door of a friend of mine, and he got very cross, he said to the man, "Explain the Trinity?" The man said, "It would be a quartet if I could explain it." "Can anyone by searching find out God? Can they find out the Almighty unto perfection?" saith the Book.

I would commend a little tape I made, a teaching tape on the Trinity. I trust you will get it, and that you will study the Word of God. What a doctrine is this great doctrine of the Trinity - this Everlasting Trinity!

There is one verse I would like to refer you to, for it is very important, it is that verse in John's Gospel chapter 1 and verse 18. (Just look at that for a moment) - and we read here in our Authorised Version these Words: [17] "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him." Listen to the 'New International Version': "No one has ever seen God but God the only Son who it is at the Father's side has made Him known." Jesus Christ is not only at the Father's side but He is in the bosom of the Father. Before He was in the bosom of the Virgin, thank God He was in the bosom of the Father. He is Everlastingly God. Here we have another weakening and taking away the wonderful expression 'the bosom of the Father'.

Let us move along a little more rapidly. Let us turn to 1 Corinthians chapter 15 and verse 47. A great text of Scripture concerning the Deity of Christ: "The first man is of the earth, earthy, the second Man is the Lord from heaven." That is a great expression, is it not? Listen to it in the 'N.I.V.': "The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven". 'The Lord' is left completely out. The Spirit of God calls Him 'The Lord from heaven', the 'N.I.V.' says simply, 'the second man from heaven.'

Another great proof text of the Deity is 1 Timothy chapter 3 and verse 16, "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." God was manifest in flesh. Listen to the 'N.I.V.', "Beyond all question the mystery of godliness is great: He (not God) appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen of angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory." So the Word 'God' is taken away, and 'he' is substituted in its place. Now the Lord Jesus Christ, being God, was worshipped when He was upon this earth.

Turn to Matthew chapter 8 and verse 2. He was worshipped because He was Lord of disease: "And behold there came a leper and worshipped Him saying, Lord, if Thou wilt thou canst make me clean. "The 'N.I.V.': "A man with leprosy came and knelt before Him and said, Lord, if you are willing you can make me clean." The Word 'worship' completely deleted. Christ was worshipped because He was Lord of death. Matthew 9 and verse 18: "While He spake these things unto them, behold there came a certain ruler and worshipped Him, saying, My daughter is even now dead, but come and lay Thy hand upon her and she shall live." The 'N.I.V.': "While He was saying this, a ruler come and knelt before Him and said . . ." The word 'worship' completed deleted. Christ was worshipped because He was Lord of Hell itself, and the demons were subject to Him. Mark chapter 5 verse 6: "But when he saw Jesus, afar off, he ran and worshipped Him." The 'N.I.V.': "When he saw Jesus from a distance he ran and fell upon his knees in front of Him." 'Worshipped' completely deleted.

Christ was worshipped because He was the Everlasting King. Matthew chapter 20 and verse 20: "Then came to Him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping Him, and desiring a certain thing of Him." The 'N.I.V.': "Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus [18] with her sons, and kneeling down asked a favour of Him." 'Worshipped' completely deleted.

Then we turn to Revelation chapter 5 and verse 14. Christ is worshipped because He sits upon the Everlasting Throne. Revelation 5:14: "And the four beasts said, Amen, and the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped Him that liveth for ever and ever." Listen to the 'N.I.V.': "The four living creatures said, Amen, and the elders fell down and worshipped." They wouldn't give worship to Christ the One Who liveth for ever and ever. I want to tell you that is the hatred of the Devil against the Blessed Son of God. Today I worship Him, He is Lord of disease. Today I worship Him, He is Lord of death. Today I worship Him, He is Lord of Hell. Today I worship Him, He is the Everlasting King. Today I worship Him for He liveth for ever and ever. King of kings, Lord of lords, the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth!

We have already discovered the subtlety of an attack upon the Virgin Birth in Genesis chapter 3 verse 15, and when we turn to Matthew's Gospel, chapter 1, we see the boldness of the attack upon Jesus Christ the Virgin Born Son of Mary. When we turn to Matthew chapter 1 and verse 25: "And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son". If Christ was not the firstborn son of Mary then Christ was not Virgin Born. The Holy Spirit is very careful, and in the Greek text there is that firstborn before the son, "and he called His Name Jesus."

What does Matthew 1 and 25 read in the 'N.I.V.': "But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son." Her 'firstborn son' is changed to 'a son', "and he gave Him the name Jesus."

Carrying on from that we turn to Luke chapter 2, and in Luke chapter 2, verse 33, we read: "And Joseph and His mother marvelled at those things which were spoken by Him." Notice how Joseph is not called His father, he has separated Joseph and His mother, but in the 'N.I.V.' that verse reads: "The child's father and mother marvelled at what was said about Him", making Joseph the father of Jesus Christ, striking at the Virgin Birth of Christ.

Let me give you three Scriptures briefly in which the N.I.V. strikes at the Death of the Lord Jesus Christ. The first you will find in Luke chapter 9 and verse 56: "For the Son of Man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village." Here is the reading in the 'N.I.V.': "And they went to another village." That whole statement, "For the Son of Man is not come to destroy men's lives but to save them" is completely taken away. What Scripture gives a better definition of the Death of Christ than that? "The Son of Man is come not to destroy but to save." With the penknife of infidelity these men who are supposed to believe in the Infallibility and Authority of Holy Scripture, cut it out striking at the Death of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians chapter 1, verse 14: "in Whom we have redemption through His Blood, even the forgiveness of sins." Here is the 'N.I.V.' translation: [19] "In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." The vital words, 'through His Blood' are deleted. "Through His Blood", striking at the Blood of Christ.

I Peter 4 and verse 1, a very important Scripture: "For as much then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind; for He that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin."

What does this perversion of Scripture do? The 'N.I.V.': "Therefore since Christ suffered in His body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because He who hath suffered in His body is done with sin." The all important words that bring out the full significance and meaning of His sufferings 'for us' is deleted. "He died for me" - the great doctrine of Substitution is pen-knifed by the 'N.I.V.' translators out of this text of Holy Scripture.

Then we come to the final attack in Matthew chapter 25 and verse 13: "Watch, therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man cometh." This is the conclusion of the parable of the ten virgins - the five that were ready and the five that were unready. "Watch, therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man cometh."

Here in this twenty-fifth chapter of Matthew's Gospel in the 'N.I.V.', verse 13, it says, "Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour." The words 'wherein the Son of Man cometh' are completely cut out of this Scripture - a plain Scripture revealing the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I have had only time to deal with the Lord Jesus Christ in this great study, but if we had time we could deal with the great doctrines of the Gospel, the doctrine of Propitiation, "He is the propitiation for our sins." What does that word mean? It means that He propitiated Deity, as the Shorter Catechism puts it so well, "He satisfied Divine Justice." That great work of propitiation is completely taken out of the 'New International Version'.

I think I have said enough to put up a warning flag and to warn you to stick to your mother's Bible; to your father's Bible; to the Bible that comes to us direct from the great Protestant Reformation. The Bible that John Wesley and Whitefield and Spurgeon and the great revival preachers of the past used. There is only one Book and of it we say "There is none like it, give it me". May we ever submit ourselves to the Word of the Living God settled in Heaven.

God bless you!

AMEN AND AMEN!

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the hilt. Let this stay your heart and nerve your arm, for the armed struggle against the Protestant people.

In the face of this onslaught and challenge, the Protestant people must not trust in princes nor in the sons of men in whom there is no help. Let them remember that whatever the Church of Rome and its hierarchy may seem to do now, it will in the end make its peace with the I.R.A. - just the same way as it has made its peace with the Communist dictatorship in Poland.

Let them also remember that for all its protestations the British Government will also make peace with the gunmen as it did in Rhodesia and elsewhere.

We must turn to God with all our hearts and cry unto Him for He alone can save us. Only by Divine intervention and Divine help can this Ulster of ours be saved from a terrible and awful downfall.

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