Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Clear Word




In 1994 the official Seventh-day Adventist publishing company, The Review and Herald Publishing Association, published a book by Jack J. Blanco, then chair of the religion department of Southern College, entitled The Clear Word Bible.4 After much outcry, primarily spurred by embarrassment, the word “Bible” was removed from the title. Under the new title, The Clear Word, the book is still published by the Review and Herald Publishing Association. Their website offers no fewer than sixteen “The Clear Word” products for sale. You can access those products by going to this website and clicking on “Bibles” on the left-hand column: https://www.reviewandherald.com/newproducts/product.pl?type=cat&cat=BIBL.


It seems odd that it would be listed under “Bibles” if they do not consider it to be a Bible. On a recent trip to the Adventist Book Center in Loma Linda, CA, I found The Clear Word at the head of the Bible aisle on a proprietary display by the Review and Herald Publishing Association that said “If you want the clearest understanding of the Bible, read The Clear Word.” It is used in SDA schools and textbooks, Sabbath School lesson Quarterlies and in sermons across the USA. Below is a facsimile of the front page, back page and table of contents page of the current edition. Nowhere in the book is the publisher mentioned, and nowhere in the book is it mentioned that it comes from Seventh-day Adventist sources.



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The primary difficulty with the book is that it substitutes the original meaning from the Bible for alternate meanings from the writings of Ellen White. One observer, David Newman, prior editor of Ministry (official journal for SDA pastors) had this to say in a list of his objections to the book, “Fourthly, the author has intertwined so much of Ellen White into his commentary that the general effect has been to canonize Ellen White. The author adds to Scripture in Genesis 2:25 by following Ellen White and saying that Adam and Eve were clothed with a garment of light. Daniel 8:14 is now clear that the judgment began after 2300 prophetic years.” http://www.sdanet.org/atissue/clearword/reservations.htm.

Here are examples of some of the distortions and changes that support Adventist doctrine and belief. If you are not familiar with Adventist doctrine you may not catch the nuance of why the meaning has been changed. Reasons for the changes will be discussed later. Below, you will find a quotation from the Bible followed by the same altered text from the "The Clear Word."

1) It was not with our fathers that the LORD made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today. Deut 5:3 (NIV)

It wasn’t only with our ancestors that He made a covenant, but with us and with all who are alive today. Deut 5:3 (CW)
2) Then Pharaoh said, "Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working." Ex 5:5 (NIV)

You’ve created enough problems by making them rest on your Sabbath. Ex 5:5 (CW) (Before the Sabbath is ever mentioned in the Bible)
3) There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly. Lev 23:3 (NIV)

There has always been the weekly Sabbath since God first blessed it. Lev 23:3 (CW)

4) He [the Lord] buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. Deut 34:6 (NIV)

The angels of the Lord buried him on top of the mountain in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor. But no one knows where his grave is, because soon after he was buried the Lord came down and raised him from the dead and took him to heaven. Deut 34:6 (CW)

5) And the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. Eccl 12:7 (NIV)

Your body will decay and return to dust, and the spark of life which God gave you will go back to Him. Eccl. 12:7 (CW)

6) "And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind." Isaiah 66:24 (NIV)

They will see the dead bodies of those who have rebelled against me lying outside the city. But just as worms don’t stop until they devour the dead and fire doesn’t stop until it destroys, so the fire of the Lord will destroy and consume the wicked. Isa 66:24 (CW)

7) But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell. Matt 5:22 (NIV)

To go a step further, if you treat someone with contempt because you think you’re better than he is, you’re in danger of losing eternal life. Matt 5:22 (CW)

8) He said to me, "It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated." Dan 8:14 (NIV)

He answered, “After two thousand, three hundred prophetic days (which represent actual year), God will restore the truth about the heavenly Sanctuary to its rightful place. Then the process of judgment will begin of which the yearly cleansing of the earthy Sanctuary was a type, and God will vindicate His people. Dan 8:14 (CW)

9) "Seventy 'sevens' are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy. Dan 9:24 (NIV)

Seventy weeks have been allotted to your people and to Jerusalem – each day representing a literal year. (These seventy weeks or four hundred and ninety years are the first part of the two thousand three hundred-year prophecy.) They have been given to your people to stop their rebelliousness, repent of their sins and accept God’s salvation as an atonement for their iniquity and bring in everlasting righteousness. Near the end of the seventy weeks, the Messiah will ratify the vision, anoint the heavenly sanctuary and begin His high priestly ministry. Dan 9:24 (CW)

10) "'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living." Matt 22:32 (NIV)

He said, "I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." In other words, He is not the god of death, but the God of life. He not only gives it, but extends it. Sarah is a case in point. She was too old to have a child, but by God’s power she did. Matt 22.32 (CW)

11) "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life." Matt 25:46 (NIV)

I have no choice but to end your lives, because in my kingdom everyone cares about everyone else. Matt 25:46 (CW)

12) "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.” Luke 16:19 (NIV)

“You keep telling people the story you put together about a rich man who dressed in fine clothes and lived luxuriously. Luke 16:19 (CW)

13) Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43 (NIV)

Jesus turned His head toward him and said, “I promise you today, when I return with the glory of my Father, I will take you home with me to paradise.” Luke 23:43 (CW)

14) Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was. 2 Cor 3:7 (NIV)

At Sinai God wrote the law on tables of stone. The giving of the commandments was accompanied by such glory that when Moses came down from the mountain, the Israelites couldn’t even look at him. 2 Cor 3:7 (CW)

15) Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 2 Cor 3:7-11 (NIV)

At Sinai God wrote the law on tables of stone. The giving of the commandments was accompanied by such glory that when Moses came down from the mountain, the Israelites couldn’t even look at him. But that glory had to pass away. When you think of the Holy Spirit writing the law on people’s hearts, isn’t that more glorious than God writing His law on tables of stone? If that system of religious services containing only promises of salvation was full of glory, how much more glorious is God’s offer of salvation today now that those Old Testament promises have been fulfilled and ratified by Jesus Christ! Because of the unspeakably glorious act of God in giving His Son to die for us, the Old Testament services are now at an end. 2 Cor 3:8-10 (CW)

16) But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 2 Cor 3:14-16 (NIV)

In one sense, the Israelites are wearing a veil over their faces today when they read the Old Testament and misapply what they read, because only in Christ can those Old Testament services be understood. Even when they read the writings of Moses every Sabbath, a veil of ignorance and misunderstanding continues to hang over their faces, keeping them in the dark. When they do open their hearts to the truth, as some of them have, and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ, that veil of misunderstanding falls off and the significance of the Old Testament services are seen for what they truly were. 2 Cor: 3:14-16 (CW)

17) Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 2 Cor 5:6 (NIV)

That’s why we can speak with such confidence, even though we’re still living in our mortal bodies and away from the Lord. Actually, we are not away from the Lord. He’s here with us, not by sight, but by faith. 2 Cor 5:6 (CW)

18) So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 2 Cor 5:9 (NIV)

But whether we are here or there isn’t the point. 2 Cor 5:9 (CW)

19) I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Phil 1:23-24 (NIV)


I would prefer to be sentenced to death and in the next moment of consciousness see Christ, which would be much better than staying here in this old world. On the other hand, it’s more important for me to stay here and continue helping you. Phil 1:23-24 (CW)


20) We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 1 Thess 4:14 (NIV)


Jesus died and rose again; therefore, those who died believing in Him will be raised to life by God just as Jesus was. 1 Thess 4:14 (CW)


21) The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming--not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Heb 10:1 (NIV)
There’s no doubt that the law of Moses with its sacrificial system pointed forward to something better. Heb 10:1 (CW)


22) For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; 2 Peter 2:4b (NIV)


If God didn’t spare the angels who had sinned but had to put them out of heaven to remain in darkness until they are judged… 2 Peter 2:4b (CW)


23) But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" Jude 1:9 (NIV)


In contrast to these ungodly men is the Lord Jesus, also called Michael the Archangel, for He is over the entire angelic host. When He was challenged by Satan about His intentions to resurrect Moses, he didn’t come at Satan with blistering attack nor did He condemn him with mockery. He simply said, “God rebuke you for claiming Moses’ body.” Jude 1:9 (CW)


24) Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. Rev 10:1 (NIV)


Then I saw a powerful Angel come down from heaven dressed in what appeared to be a dazzling white cloud with a brilliant rainbow arched over His head. His face shone as bright as the sun and His ankles and feet looked like pillars of fire. I knew that it was the Lord Jesus. Rev 10.1 (CW)


25) "Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land." So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll." Rev 10:8-9 (NIV)


“Go and take the little open scroll out of the hand of the mighty Angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” So I went up to the Son of God and asked Him if I could have the little scroll. Rev 10:8-9 (CW)


26) And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. Rev 12:7 (NIV)


This controversy between God and the dragon began years ago in heaven. God’s Son Michael and the loyal angels fought against the dragon and his angels. Rev 12:7 (CW)

27) And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name." Rev 14:11 (NIV)


The fire of God’s judgment will not rest until those who worship the sea beast and the animal and have the mark of its name are totally destroyed. Rev 14:11 (CW)

28) I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed. Rev 6:9-11 (NIV)


I looked and saw a sacrificial altar and under it were the bodies of those who had died for the Lord. They had faithfully proclaimed God’s word and had been killed because of their faith. Their bodies were crying out for justice, saying, “almighty God, we know that you’re faithful and true, but how much longer do we have to wait before you vindicate us and judge those who spilled our blood?” A voice said, “White robes of righteousness and victory wreaths have been set aside for each of you, but you must wait a little longer until the enemy’s cup of rebellion is full. A number of your brothers and fellow servants will yet be killed.” Rev 6:9-11 (CW)


29) By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Gen 2:2-3 (NIV)


Then on the seventh day of creation week God stopped to enjoy what he had made and to rest in the beauty of it all. So He blessed the seventh day and set it apart as a day of spiritual refreshment and joy, a memorial of creation. Gen 2:2-3 (CW)


It is imperative that the reader be familiar with the inside workings of Adventism to understand why the above modifications have been made to the Bible. The implications of the changes are only made apparent by some complex substitutions. They may look either pointless or harmless on the surface until one understands that the changes completely modify the original meanings of the texts. In some cases, more than one doctrine has been protected by the revisions. Because some readers of this paper may not be from an Adventist background, I will attempt to explain why these changes are necessary in order for the Bible to conform to the teachings and doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Each text will be referred to by number and grouped under the Adventist doctrines that are being supported by the revisions to the Bible.


1: Makes the old covenant still applicable in the era of the new covenant, therefore, the Sabbath is still in effect. Makes the text say the opposite of what the Bible says, namely that the old covenant was not made with anyone prior to Sinai.

2: Introduces the concept of the Sabbath before it is ever mentioned in the Bible and without allusion to it in the original text.

3: Suggests that the Sabbath was a part of creation when the original suggests that it was established at that time.

14: Removes the fading characteristic of the Ten Commandments and mentions only the glory that accompanied their establishment. It is necessary to preserve the Ten Commandments in order to continue to believe that the Sabbath is part of the Christian New Covenant.

15: The original calls the Ten Commandments a ministry of death and condemnation. That is completely deleted in the Clear Word and mention is only made of the glory. Again, the Ten Commandments must not be seen as a ministry of death or the Sabbath would be repealed.

16: Applies the text only to Jews and states that they hadn’t caught on that all of their laws pointed forward to Jesus. This text in the context of the whole passage is pointing out a better covenant than that containing the Ten Commandments (and by association, the Sabbath)

21: Takes away the truth that the old covenant law was temporary, a shadow. That Jesus remains as the reality. If the Sabbath is not a reality and its repetition cannot bring the approval of Jesus then it would be undermined.

29: This makes the seventh day a day of creation although scriputure clearly says that by the end of the sixth day creation was already completed. It suggests that God actually created the Sabbath rather than resting after creation had been accomplished.


Soul sleep:
4: This comes directly from the writings of Ellen White in which she fabricates the resurrection of Moses. This is mandatory if the doctrine of soul sleep is to be kept in tact. One cannot have Moses on the mount of transfiguration with Jesus if he is non-existent in soul sleep. Nowhere in the Bible does it even intimate that Moses was resurrected. In fact, the Bible makes that impossible.
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 1 Cor 15:20-23 (NIV)

“…that the Christ would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles." Acts 26:23 (NIV)

“And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” Col 1:18 (NIV)

5: In Adventist theology there is no human spirit. It is excluded by the doctrine of soul sleep. Spirit, when referring to humanity, is considered to be the animating breath of life, “the spark of life” breathed into a person to bring them to life and nothing more. Therefore, when a person dies it cannot be any sentient entity that returns to God, but a mere animating breath.

10: I actually hope this one makes you mad! The very idea of twisting scripture to that extent completely removes the possibility of innocence of intent. Jesus was telling the Sadducees, who also did not believe in human spirit, that they were way off base. In stating that he is the God of Abraham, et al, He was declaring that Abraham, et al, were alive (in 30 something AD), because He is not the God of the dead but of the living.

12: It takes away the fact that it was Jesus who told this story and lays the blame on the Jews. One cannot have Jesus teaching a lesson by using the heretical belief that when righteous people die they go directly to Heaven or Hades before the resurrection. Again, a change made to reflect the teaching of soul sleep.

13: The old comma trick. Since there were no punctuation marks in the original Greek, Adventists teach that the verse should not read, “I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” But instead it should read, “I say to you today, you will be with me in Paradise.” Blanco has gone the second mile and spelled it out. To maintain the teaching of soul sleep the thief could not have gone to Paradise that day, not until the resurrection.

17: This one is not hard to figure out. Blanco can’t fathom the glorious truth that when one dies the spirit leaves the body to be with the Lord. Christianity 101: in the body, away from the Lord; away from the body, with the Lord. What must go on in his conscience when he contemplates the distortions he has made to nullify the Word of God?

18: Scripture makes it clear that whether we are in the body or out of the body we make it a priority to be pleasing to the Lord. Blanco changes that to say that whether we are alive here on Earth or in Heaven after the resurrection we please the Lord. That’s an enormous difference.

19: Paul says he would rather leave the body to be with the Lord. What part of leave the body to be with the Lord does Blanco not understand? This is not rocket science. The Clear Word changes the clear teaching of Paul to say that he would rather die and be non-existent for 2,000 years than to stay and help the Church that he had raised up in Philippi. How much sense does that make?

20: Has anyone noticed that Paul didn’t say anything about the resurrection in this text? Where did that come from? He said that at the Second Coming Jesus would bring those who have died already with him from Heaven. Soul sleep does not allow for that scripture, so it had to go.

23: Another reference to Ellen White’s solution to having Moses at the Transfiguration. This interpretation in The Clear Word agrees perfectly with Adventist theology and is nowhere to be found in the Bible.


6: Changes the scripture's definition of Hell from being an ongoing conscious experience to extermination.

7: There is no Hell in Adventist theology. There is eternal life or there is extermination, annihilation. No matter that this scripture does not say anything about eternal life. It speaks of Hell. Again, inconvenient, so, Hell is annihilated.

11: In the original Greek the same word is used for eternal when referring to eternal punishment and eternal life. So, rather than dealing with this Blanco avoids the effort and changes the subject. He has God saying that He’s gonna kill ‘em. But it does leave a sticky question doesn’t it? If “eternal” in eternal life means eternal life, then what does “eternal” in eternal punishment mean?

22: Sent them to Hell, putting them in gloomy dungeons does not equate with putting the angels out of Heaven, does it? This is a good example of how an Adventist mind automatically will translate words in scripture into Adventist doctrine. The word “Hell” cannot mean “Hell” because “Hell” doesn’t exist. So if the word Hell is used by a Christian to mean Hell, an Adventist will translate that automatically to mean annihilation.

27: Again, eternal punishment versus annihilation.


23: This one is a shock to most non-Adventists. Ellen White teaches that Michael the Archangel is Jesus. Early in the development of the Adventist church the founders taught that Jesus was not divine. They considered Him to be less than God. It was during this time that Jesus became Michael the Archangel. Later, that teaching was changed and Jesus became divine, but His status as Michael the Archangel has never changed. I was taught this in school as are all Adventists today.

24: Here, Blanco is clearly reflecting the early writings of Ellen White in which she denied the divinity of Christ. His reference to Christ as a mighty angel is quite disconcerting in that it continues to cast a shadow over the clarity of understanding in Adventist theology regarding the nature of Christ.

25: Again, Christ is reduced to being an angel who is the Son of God, but less than God.

26: God’s son, Michael and the other loyal angels. This would be less reprehensible even if Christ were even referred to in the original Bible verse, but He is not.

8: OK, this might be Blanco’s crowning achievement. From this simple little Sentence he manages to extract the entire doctrine of the Investigative Judgment. No more comment needed.

9: The bulk of the verse has been doubled and the content fabricated directly from the writing of Ellen White. Scriptures 8 and 9 are the verses used to substantiate the doctrine of the Investigative Judgment. Blanco’s revision of, and addition to the texts is a good illustration of the lengths to which one must go in order to arrive at that endpoint.

Dr. Wayne A. Grudem, member of the Translation Oversight Committee of the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible, worked in concert with other acknowledged scholars such as Dr. Robert H. Mounce, Dr. William D. Mounce, and Dr. J. I. Packer. Dr. Grudem is Research Professor of Bible and Theology at Phoenix Seminary in Phoenix, Arizona. He recently took the time to read and critique The Clear Word and had the following comments:
"I do not think anyone should trust The Clear Word as a reliable translation of the Bible, or even as a useful paraphrase. It repeatedly distorts the teaching of the Bible. It removes significant content that is in the original Hebrew or Greek, and adds new ideas that are not found in the original texts. Verse after verse has been changed simply to support unusual Seventh-day Adventist doctrines, but these changes are not supported by reliable translations such as the KJV, NKJV, ESV, NASB, RSV, or NIV, or even by dynamic equivalence translations such as the New Living Translation or free paraphrases such as The Message. I was deeply troubled as I read various verses because it was clear that these verses were no longer the words of God only, but the words of God mixed in with many words of man, and ordinary readers of The Clear Word will not be able to tell the difference."

So here we see the difference between scholarship and doctrinally motivated biblical interpretation. You can find this quotation reproduced at this URL:
http://www.exadventist.com/Home/Articles/Grudem/tabid/503/Default.aspx

Most Seventh-day Adventist scholars would distance themselves from The Clear Word and would denounce it as inaccurate and slanted. However, what it teaches is in perfect harmony with the 28 Fundamental Doctrines of the Adventist Church. It is embarrassing to have such a transparent document that glaringly reveals all of the distortions of scripture necessary to arrive at the doctrines of the SDA church. It would be far preferable to be able to intellectualize or turn the teachings into metaphors than to expose the outright disregard of the Bible, epitomized by the church’s aberrant beliefs.

However, as mentioned before, this “Adventist bible” is published by the official publishing association of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, it is sold in the Bible section of the Adventist Book Centers and is used in Adventist schools and widely by Adventist people. If there is a problem with it, why doesn’t the church refuse to publish it? Because, it teaches what Adventism teaches.

Because of the undeniable and deliberate twisting of scripture represented by this book, I tremble for those responsible for its writing, use and distribution. Surely the words of the beloved disciple must stir something in their hearts when they read, “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.” Rev 22:18-19 (NIV)

If you have one of these books, please consider discarding it so that no one under your influence will be deceived by its words. If you have seen the contrast between the clear words of scripture and the teachings of Adventism, determine in your heart to get to the bottom of the differences. Ask the Holy Spirit to “lead you into all truth,” and He will be delighted to answer that prayer. You can be free of the dark shadows of the doctrine of the Investigative Judgment that have caused you to doubt your salvation today. I invite you to pray the prayer below and move into a new relationship of light and certainty in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Faith or Fear? Table of Contents

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This so called "bible" is actually very blinding to Adventists because most of them consider this to be a Bible translation. A church with about 1000 members in Loma Linda has this "bible" in their pews for all attendees to refer to when looking up a bible text. Brainwashing at its best.
-your lil girl with over-all bibs...that remains anonymous here....

Gently Broken said...

Thank you for your comment. Would you be willing to let me know which church has the Clear Word in the pews? The only churches I'm aware of in Loma Linda with that many members are the University Church (which I know doesn't have the CW) and the Hill Church. Azure Hills is in Grand Terrace, The Redlands SDA Church is in Redlands. I'd really be interested to know the answer to this. Most of the churches that consider themselves to be moe evangelical in the Loma Linda area have denounced the Clear Word. If you feel free to share please do. After all, you are doing so annonymously. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

This page almost made me throw up. I can remember being a young adult and asking my mother to buy me one of the new bibles they were promoting at church. I thank God that she said No and that she didn't want me using it either.

I'm just exploring the deceit and lies that have been taught to me and I'm still very raw. Thank you for posting CLEAR information. It is a blessing to me.

Gently Broken said...

You had a very wise mother. She also must have had a deep connection with Jesus and His Spirit to know that you should be protected from this heretical book. I'm so grateful that the Lord (thru your mother) protected you in that way.

It IS difficult to find out that something so central as our faith in God has been manipulated and tampered with by people we trusted. But the reality is that almost everyone has had that happen to them in one arena or another.

The precious fact is that Jesus takes that attack of the enemy and turns it to a powerful witness for truth. He lifts us out of the mud, wipes our faces then sets us loose on scores of others who need to know what we've learned in the struggle.

Just know that the very fact that you have seen light is all the proof you need to know that you are about to be unleashed on the enemy to set captives free. Yeah, Jesus! And Yeah you.

In expectant hope, Cherry