by Darrell C. Porter
Nothing demands the focus of man’s attention more than the Words of the Bible. This is the one and only Book filled with everything that pertains unto life and Godliness. The Holy Bible is the core focus of this ministry. Every bit of literature out of this ministry directly points to the Bible or emanates directly from it. There is no everlasting gain from any other literary source.
Contrary to the uninformed, the Bible is not a collection of men’s ideas. Its writers were guided by God’s own Spirit. Timothy wrote, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” 2 Timothy 3:16. Peter declared that “Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Peter 1:21. The apostle John stated, “The scripture cannot be broken.” John 10:35.
The Savor of the world quoted the Bible and stated that it was true.
Jesus said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God..” He also declared, “It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” He went on to say, “It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Matthew 4:4, 7, 10.
Jesus stood on the unbreakable written Words of God when He confronted the temptations of Satan. In fact, He often quoted Scripture as the authority for the Truth He taught. He upheld the written Word as the foundation of Truth (John 17:17).
Jesus further revealed that “all the Scriptures” of the Old Testament spoke of Him and what He came to do. The Scriptures were affirmed a natural, as well as supernatural, expression of His Father’s will. The Savior referenced the Old Testament as a witness to His divinity.
Both the Old and New testament books of the Bible belong together as one designation, “the Word of God.” As God’s Word the Bible bears God’s authority.
Notwithstanding, Bible readers should take heed that not all editions and printings of every modern translation are the same.
In light of this fact I came to research the origin of the various Bible translations, their original sources, content and spiritual impact on the readers. What I found was disturbing. I later put together results of much of my research in a book I compiled, entitled, “Past and Present-Day Attacks on the Holy Bible.” I was then invited to fly across the country and conduct a seminar on the subject.
The two-day seminar was entitled “Corruptions of the Word of God.” Overall, it amounted to an introduction to the broad & deep subject that addresses the many willful, man-made, corruptions in the Bible. Later, through my Ichthus Institute for Enrichment and Christian Development ministry, I conducted a three-hour seminar introduction on this same subject.
Now, the Scriptures themselves are pure and holy. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2Ti 3:16). “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them (i.e., words), O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever” (Ps 12:6,7). It is the willful attacks against those words that are profane. My seminars simply point out the historical and textual errors purposely placed into many of the modern translations. That the readers may know and select translations that are more reliable and truer to the original text, given to the Church by the Holy Spirit.