Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. . .
then cometh the devil, and TAKETH AWAY the word out of their hearts,
lest they should believe and be saved. (Luke 8:11-12)
Dont Mess With The Word Of God!
Humans have always had the tendency to alter the Word of God. In the garden of Eden the divine voice had asserted, "Thou shalt not eat of it," (Gen:2:17), the human voice added, "neither shall ye touch it." (Gen:3:3). The addition was the precursor of the fall. The curse of Rev. 22:18,19 for altering Gods word does not only apply to that one book, but applies to the whole of scripture. In verse 19 the threatening, "God shall take away his part out of the book of life." makes reference to the tree of life in Genesis, warning that the offender's name will be taken out of the book of life, as Adam was refused the tree of life.
Jeremiah had a terrible message for his people. To make sure that he didn't weaken and feel pity for his race, God, in words that could not be misunderstood, said to the prophet, "Diminish not a word" (Jeremiah 26:2). If God's message is diminished, its power is lessened. God's truth must be preserved in all its fullness if God's purposes are to be carried out.
Those Bible Correctors with Frogs in their Throats
Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar (Prov. 30:5,6)
Let the lying lips be put to silence. (Psalm 31:18)
When Dr. Hort was thirty four years of age his son described Horts state of health as follows; "There was no organic disease, but a thorough enfeeblement of brain and spine, from which came other secondary disorders connected with circulation." (Life & Letters, Vol. 1, p. 378)
God's curse is upon all those who alter His inspired word. It seems that those scribes who do not believe Gods Words, have been getting dealt with according to His word……
"And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak,… because thou believest not my words,…" Luke 1:20
The following is from New Age Bible Versions, G.A. Riplinger, pp. 446-449.
For more information on New Age Bible Versions by Gail Riplinger and other material contact:
A.V. PUBLICATIONS, P.O. Box 280, Ararat, VA 24053 * 1-800-435-4535
A peculiar phenomenon kept surfacing during my research into the life of these 'scribes'. God apparently 'cut off' their power to speak.
Regression: A third symptom which accompanies spirit possession in the bible is the inability to speak. It is called a 'dumb spirit' in Mark 9:17, 25 and Matthew 9:32,33, 12:22, 15:30,31. Those verses disclose the corresponding "frog" in the throat (Revelation 16:13) that accompanies unclean spirits of this kind.
[H]e was casting out a devil and it was dumb. . .when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake. . . Luke 11:14
The Living Bible: Taylor
The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things. Psalms 12:3
My note: I have personally interacted with Kenneth Taylor, and have observed this loss of ability to talk above a hoarse whisper. At that time, not knowing any better, I was actively involved in the marketing of the Living Bible, even holding my own against those who taught that the KJV is the Word of God. By the mid-eighties, I was convinced enough to leave the Living Bible organization, and to start preaching and teaching from the KJV only.
The popular press has made note of author, Kenneth Taylor's, loss of ability to talk. Time magazine, July 1972, states:
Mysteriously half way through the paraphrase Taylor lost his voice and still speaks in a hoarse whisper. A psychiatrist who examined him suggested that the voice failure was Taylor's psychological self-punishment for tampering with what he believed to be the Word of God.
New American Standard Version
Let the lying lips be put to silence. Psalm 31:18
Also silenced was Philip Schaff, collaborator on the New Greek Committee and director of the American Standard Version, which formed the foundation of the New American Standard and The Living Bible. Paralleling Taylor's pathology, Schaff's son finds the same "frog" in Philip Schaff's throat. Even as early as 1854, the warning was given, "his voice so affected that he could not speak in public so as to be heard." Finally by 1892. . .the power of articulated speech gone. (David S. Schaff, The Life of Phillip Schaff (New York: Charles Scribner's Son's, 1897), pp.171, 446)
A friend corresponds to Schaff, "It is with great sorrow that I have learned of the affliction which has befallen you." This malady followed his activity with Westcott and Hort on the RV committee and his American Standard Version. Still in 1893 his pathoses "deprived him of the power of speech." (Ibid., p.492)
'New' Greek Text: Tregelles
Schaff himself writes of S.P. Tregelles, author of a 'New' Greek Text which preceded and strongly influenced the Westcott and Hort revision. Of Tregelles Schaff writes, he was "scarcely able to speak audibly." (Ibid., p.246)
Westcott and Hort Greek Text:
(RV, NRSV, NIV, NASB, CEV, New Century Version, Good News for Modern Man, Jehovah Witness bible, The Book, The Everyday Bible, All Catholic bibles et al.)
Westcott's biographer cites that in 1858 "he was quite inaudible" (Life of Westcott, Vol. I, p. 198) and by 1870 "His voice reached few and was understood by still fewer." (Ibid., p.272)
The New Testament in Modern English: J.B. Phillips
[T]he forward tongue shall be cut off. Proverbs 10:31
J.B. Phillips tells in his own autobiography, "I was still doing a fair measure of speaking in schools and churches until the late summer of 1961. And then quite suddenly my speaking, writing and communication powers stopped. I was not in panic but I was certainly alarmed, and when a few weeks rest brought no improvement I cancelled all speaking engagements for the rest of the year (age 55)." The Price of Success, the title of his autobiography, is apropos. (J.B Phillips, The Price of Success (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1984), see pp. 163-196)
The speechless sphinx syndrome can even happen to a believer, as is did to Zacharias, because ". . . thou believest not my words" (Luke 1:20).
The following is from FLASHPOINT: A Newsletter Ministry of Texe Marrs, October 1995 (Vol. 95-10) pg.3. To receive the FLASHPOINT Newsletter and other materials by Texe Marrs contact:
LIVING TRUTH MINISTRIES, 1708 Patterson Road, Austin, TX 78733-6507 * 1-800-234-9673
NOTE: Dr. Samuel Gipp verified that the following incident occurred as reported.
Texe Marrs is a retired, Lt. Col. U.S. Air Force Intelligence, and provides informative information in his newsletters
You can call it pure justice, a sign from God, or whatever you want, but eyebrows were sure raised recently during the tapings for Christian TV's The John Ankerberg Show. Ankerberg, a bitter opponent of the King James Bible, had wanted to do a series of TV programs in which the heads of the new version translation committees — the NIV, RSV, NASV, NKJV, etc.— would debate King James Bible advocates.
Afraid that the King James people would get the upper hand and win the debate, Ankerberg attempted to "stack the deck." He invited five new version scholars but only three King James advocates. Since Ankerberg is himself a fervent promoter of the NIV and other false versions, that made the odds six to three. But the three King James men — Dr. Joseph Chambers, Dr. Samuel Gipp, and Dr. Thomas Strouse, weren't deterred by the odds. They accepted John Ankerberg's invitation anyway so that they could get out their vital and important message — that the King James Bible is the only trustworthy, accurate, scholarly, and whole Bible available in the world!
The John Ankerberg programs are taped in advance in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and then shown later to a national TV audience. For the Bible version debate, eight shows were taped. However, on one of these shows, Ankerberg and the new Bible version people were forced to call an abrupt halt right in the midst of the taping.
It happened when Ankerberg asked Dr. Don Wilkins, of the New American Standard Version translation committee, a key question. Is it true, asked Ankerberg, as Gail Riplinger reported in her bestselling book, New Age Bible Versions, that a number of the scholars who worked on the new translation committees lost their voice as punishment by God?
As the TV cameras captured the moment, Dr. Wilkins opened his mouth to answer— and nothing came out! No sound! Wilkins kept trying to clear his throat, but he couldn't respond. Ankerberg and the other new version scholars were visibly startled. Finally, an embarrassed and frightened Wilkins was able to screech out in a cracking, almost inaudible manner, "I… I've… lost… my voice!"
A shocked John Ankerberg ordered the cameras to stop and back up, whereupon Dr. Joseph Chambers, a King James only advocate, politely protested. "The cameras should record exactly what happened here," Chambers insisted.
But Ankerberg was hearing none of it. After a brief delay, the TV cameras began to roll again, after the amazing segment of Dr. Wilkins losing his voice had conveniently been excised!
But our miraculous God wasn't through yet. Ankerberg had taped eight programs in all, but after broadcasting only two of them, he pulled the others off the air and refused to continue the series. When we called his office to ask why, we were pointedly told that it was because the series was a financial flop. When the first two of the eight programs aired, people did not send in enough contributions. In other words, Ankerberg claims that the series wasn't making enough money!
I watched one of the two programs that did air, however, and I believe there is another, quite different reason why Ankerberg and the false new version folks decided to pull the remainder. At one point, the new version "scholars" were clearly frustrated when Dr. Chambers asked them why, an astounding 46 times in the NIV, the title of "Master" for our Lord Jesus had been changed to "teacher!" Obviously, there is a vast difference between one who is our Master and one who is a mere "teacher."
Such poignant episodes as this make me doubt Ankerberg's rationale as to why he quickly jerked the remaining programs from the broadcast schedule. If, as he claims, Ankerberg pulled the series because he wasn't bringing in enough money, what does that tell us about his "ministry?" Is John Ankerberg in it only for the money? Is filthy lucre the sole measure for the programs he airs or doesn't air?
Ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition
In Matt:5:19,20 Our Lord Jesus reproved the Pharisees who sought to alter the Word of God, to break the perfection of the law, and teach their own alterations or additions as if they were of God. "Thus have Ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition," he says. "teaching for doctrines the commandments of men" (Matt:15:6-9). The Pharisaic spirit renders it impossible to be obedient and loyal to God as the supreme Teacher. That such rebellion results in idolatry is proved by the state of the Roman Catholic community today.
God warned the Israelites that to question or alter His Word would result in their downfall, "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it" (Deut. 4:2). The nations that were advancing to conquer Israel had long ago forsaken their allegiance to God, and had fallen into idolatry. Deut:12:30,31 refers to this danger, and re-asserts the warning, "Thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it."