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Bonners Ferry Baptist Church

Holding Fast and Holding Forth the Word of God

“Easier to Understand?”

01/15/2022

“The King James Bible is too archaic to understand” says the deceiver. “You must choose a Bible that you can easily understand.” The sincere person asks “what about the verses that are omitted or translated entirely differently in the easier to understand versions?” “Oh yes, that is because of different views on texts and translation. No translation can perfectly convey what God said in the original languages” says the deceiver. “To have inerrancy you must study the original languages. The originals are inerrant and infallible, not translations.” The sincere person states “but I don’t understand the original languages”. The deceiver says “no problem, I do, just rely on me to tell you what God really said.” 

What started as “you need a Bible you can understand” ends with “God really kept his word hidden in a way that only a few can understand.”

This is nothing more than Gnosticism repackaged. Acting as though God has kept his Word hidden in the original languages while the tests of time have proven that he has preserved it for us plainly and perfectly in our King James Bible. I have no loyalty to old English (which the KJV is not), to King James, to any sect or fragment of IFB, etc, etc. I do know certainly that “God is light and in him is no darkness at all”. I do know that when you have to use deceitful methods to accomplish your goals you are not working on behalf of God, but rather on behalf of the devil (this applies to people on all sides of this issue).

I am grateful that when wicked men during the dark ages were seeking to keep God’s words buried in language that only a few could understand, God raised up men who were loyal to his Word, and through those men (many of whom died for their faith) preserved his words in our language.

Today, wicked men have become more skillful in their deception by claiming to be doing the same thing that good men did hundreds of years ago. They claim to be giving you a Bible that you can understand while teaching you the philosophy that God’s true words are lost in translation. Leaving you with a Bible that is “easier to read”, and no confidence that what you read in it is actually what God said.

I am grateful for a God who not only promised a preservation process (the fiery persecution of the dark ages), but who also gave us a pure product as a result of that process. Our King James Bible.

I am certain that the Bible doesn’t rise or fall on my, or any other man’s, ability to defend it. It is certain however, that I, as well as others, will rise or fall based upon what we do with the Bible. May we be loyal to the Word of God!

Virtue Before Knowledge

01/11/2022

If we are attentive we can observe a pattern in Scripture that is key to spiritual establishment and growth. This key is observed in 2Peter 1:5 where we are instructed to add to our faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge. The order is virtue before knowledge. This instruction is clarified by comparing it with Psalm 119:33-34 where the Psalmist prays “Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it [unto] the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with [my] whole heart.” Before asking to be taught the way of the LORD, he had already decided he would follow it. This is virtue. The Lord Jesus stated in John 7:17 “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or [whether] I speak of myself.” The knowledge of the divine origin, legitimacy, and authority of his word is only recognized by those who have first submitted their will to his. Romans 12:1-2 illustrates this principle and pattern yet again when we see that the transformation that takes place by the renewing of our minds is preceded by the presentation of our bodies as living sacrifices. If we are to be clear in our minds, we must first have consecrated hearts.

“The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding.” Proverbs 9:10

If we are attentive we can observe a pattern in Scripture that is key to spiritual establishment and growth. This key is observed in 2Peter 1:5 where we are instructed to add to our faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge. The order is virtue before knowledge. This instruction is clarified by comparing it with Psalm 119:33-34 where the Psalmist prays “Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it [unto] the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with [my] whole heart.” Before asking to be taught the way of the LORD, he had already decided he would follow it. This is virtue. The Lord Jesus stated in John 7:17 “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or [whether] I speak of myself.” The knowledge of the divine origin, legitimacy, and authority of his word is only recognized by those who have first submitted their will to his. Romans 12:1-2 illustrates this principle and pattern yet again when we see that the transformation that takes place by the renewing of our minds is preceded by the presentation of our bodies as living sacrifices. If we are to be clear in our minds, we must first have consecrated hearts.

“The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding.” Proverbs 9:10

Updated "Important Message for You"

Click on the following link to view the page entitled "What Will You Do With Jesus?"

https://bfbaptist.com/an-important-message-for-you