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A Better Translation Would Be…

Whenever you here a preacher or teacher say “a better translation would be” be very wary and alert for what follows.

At the point they proffer a better translation they are asking you to place your faith in them, their abilities, and what they think as opposed to the Holy Bible.

I have faith in the completed work. I find nothing lacking in the King James Version Holy Bible. Be alert! Be wary! 2 Timothy 4:3-4 KJV tells us 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; [4] And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

This is happening today as Sunday morning translators speak of “agape” love, which has come to mean the unconditional love of God. Don’t be led astray. Even John 3:16 requires that we believe. Salvation is conditioned on following the Word of God including baptism by immersion in water, striving not to sin, confession of our sins and turning from them. It is conditioned on loving our God, loving our neighbor, believing Jesus is the Christ and valuing his sacrifice. Christianity is fraught with conditions and God’s love is not unconditional. Yet many believe God’s love is unconditional and will be led astray to damnation thinking they can commit as many sins as they wish.The adage once saved always saved simply isn’t true. Jesus plainly said, if you love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

There is a hymn which closely mirrors my view of God’s Word. It is entitled Give Me the Bible written by Priscilla J. Owens and Edmund S. Lorenz. The lyrics that moves me the most are …precept and promise, law and love combining… . There are conditions to God’s love, but they are reasonable and with hope and with expectation.

Give me the Bible, holy message shining; Thy light shall guide me in the narrow way; Precept and promise, law and love combining, Till night shall vanish in eternal day.

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The Bethesda Test

​John 5:2-4 KJV Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. [3] In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. [4] For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

Tonight marks the second time a preacher on TBN, Trinity Broadcasting Network, referred to the healing pool as “urban myth”. It also marks and emphasizes the popular spread of doubt in the power of God. The Holy Bible clearly says in verse four what occurred. There was an angel. The angel troubled the waters. The first person in was healed.

What I see in Bethesda perhaps these preachers did not. It was a God-presented test to the many that lived in that time seeking Heavenly healing.

Who pushed whom?

Who waited to help their friend?

Who went early?

Who faithfully went day after day?

Who gave place to someone with a worse ailment?

Rather than discuss these relevant thought provoking questions at least two different television preachers actually doubt the scriptural account.

Apparently the Bethesda test is still trying hearts and minds today, just in a different way.

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Of Angels and Astronauts

​Matthew 6:10 KJV Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

These are some of the words to the Lord’s Prayer. I just realized today that for several years I’ve been saying this prayer incorrectly. The KJV does say “in earth” as opposed to “on earth”.

With God’s foresight the prayer covers souls in the earth, on the earth, and in the earth’s sphere. Indeed as I entitled this post, the Lords Prayer covers us walking the earth, angels, and astronauts. It is all inclusive; reminding all his followers we are not alone.

I will try to pray it correctly from now on. Matthew’s account of the Lord’s Prayer is my favorite version. What touches me is that I believe there are souls of men and angels under the earth’s surface and in it’s sphere that might be excluded otherwise.

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Is Modern Really Better?

In a recent discussion concerning the use of the KJV and my opinion that the seventy or so translators which worked on the KJV were chosen by God, a person stated that modern translations were better.

Why? Because the body of knowledge of old languages and the understanding of them is greater now. Even if you don’t by faith believe the KJV translators were chosen of God, is it reasonable to assume newer is better?

One could equally argue that the knowledge and quality of translations are better closer to the time of their actual use. The meanings of words can change meaning over time or be completely lost in almost any language.

By faith I believe the learned men chosen to translate the King James Version Holy Bible were chosen by God himself. The KJV is the best translation available and has withstood the test of time concerning accuracy and doctrine.

I use the Authorized King James Version Holy Bible. Although it contains modern spellings such as unto vs. vnto, it loses nothing compared to more modern translations which omit or rewrite entire versus to change the true doctrine of God. My Authorized KJV even italicizes words to indicate where English words were added for ease of reading and to better carry forth the original concept of the original language.

I advise all to use the KJV. Make your foundation fast and you won’t be swept away in the storms of modern translations and Sunday morning translators.

Whether you choose a more modern translation or the KJV you are putting your faith in the ability of the translator(s). If you’ve ever read the last few verses of Revelation you know how serious a matter it is to add or take away from God’s Word. I am convinced that the KJV translators were aware of this and took their positions quite seriously. Although my Bible does not include it, read the dedication page included in some versions. The KJV translators clearly loved the Lord and they loved their earthly lord, King James.

My faith I share with you. In the same way kings are appointed and removed, so did God choose and appoint the KJV translators under King James of Great Britain, France, and Ireland.

Revelation 22:18-19 KJV For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: [19] And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

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Saints Alive

In my opinion the Catholic Church’s requirements for sainthood are a bit bizarre.

I had heard it required three documented miracles to be awarded sainthood. A recent publication I read suggested that only two were necessary. Strangely the Catholic Church requirements though off the mark approach the truth.

The only requirement for sainthood is to be called, chosen, and faithful. Alive or dead we as Christians live to God. Based on my forty-five years of life – to be called, chosen, and faithful does indeed constitute three miracles. It takes God’s strength, sacrifice, and deliverance in us to be all three. 

Matthew 22:14 KJV For many are called, but few are chosen.

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I Hope You Dance

There is a country song by Lee Ann Womack with this title. It is a beautiful song. If you haven’t heard it, it’s probably available on YouTube.

Recently my local preacher gave a sermon saying that all dance is sexual and should be condemned and abstained from. I disagree, even though I’m not much of a dancer myself. When and if I am blessed with a wife, I hope to take ballroom dance classes with her.

So should one dance and is it biblical? I would say if your heart convicts you that it is wrong, don’t. What can make dancing sinful includes dress and style of dance. I remember learning square dancing in grade school p.e. To me there was nothing sexual or immoral about it.

Is it biblical? You won’t find much about dancing in the New Testament, but you will in the Old. Miriam, Moses sister danced in Exodus 15:20. In 2 Samuel 6:14 KJV it says, And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.  In Psalm 149:3 KJV Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. And in Psalm 150:4 KJV Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

If a person abstains from an activity such as dance or from using musical instruments in worship and accounts it as righteousness – who can say – maybe the Lord accounts it to that person as righteousness.

To me, however, it is an indication of poor discernment and faulty doctrine. The Lord himself when asked which commandments we should follow did not recite all ten commandments from Exodus 20, yet all ten are still valid. Laws can be memorized, but discernment comes with wisdom, time, and practice.

Hence, I hope you dance! And can in your own judgment learn what may constitute sinful or lascivious dance.