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Popery, Again?

{Please, go to YouTube and watch these films by Adullam Films — A Lamp In The Dark: The Untold History of the Bible;  Tares Among The Wheat;  Bridge To Babylon: Rome, Ecumenism and the Bible}

I went to Bible college a year and a half after I got saved. I was off to study the Word of God! All Bible major students had to take Greek. I’d learn to read the Word of God in the original language. What could be better?

When I bought my Greek New Testament and held it in my hands excitement washed over me. I opened it up to the information and introductory sections and started to read. But right away I was puzzled by a couple of things.

First. Thinking I was going to learn the original Greek, it confused me when I noticed the Greek NT we were to use was a revision of a previous edition (I can’t remember how many total revisions). My simple-minded reflexive thought was: How many more editions of the original Greek are there going to be? I knew I must be misunderstanding something?

Second. I noticed that one of the men involved in the edition of the Greek text we were to use was a Catholic priest. (I discovered many years later he was a Jesuit priest.) At the time, I knew next to nothing about Protestantism and even less about Catholicism. From what I had heard in chapel and in Bible classes, I surmised we were supposed to avoid the teachings of the Catholic church at all costs. I knew I must be misunderstanding something?

So, off I trotted to my Greek professor to have my confused thinking straightened out.

When I asked him about the number of previous versions, he assured me it was nothing to be concerned about. That didn’t make sense to me. I thought we were studying the original Greek. I asked if he thought there would be further editions. He was pretty sure there would be. That didn’t bring any comfort. It actually unsettled me very much. Up to that time, I thought we had been holding in our hands the very Word of God (KJV). I must be missing something, right? (Many years later, I discovered our Greek NT was not from the same manuscript family used for the KJV and all previous translations.)

Then I asked him about the Catholic priest that was involved. In my limited understanding, I thought the Reformation was pretty much an opposition to Catholicism. So, I asked, why was it OK to have a Catholic priest involved in the Greek NT that we were using at our college? This wasn’t the answer he gave, but summed up it could have been: “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” I was informed the priest was a scholar and that his personal beliefs would not have influenced the translation. Now, I’m feeling even more unsettled. I have to be missing something?

So there I was: a confused Greek student. I was being taught by a Greek professor that seemed nonplussed there would probably never be a final Greek NT text. And on top of that, I wasn’t to be worried an unsaved Catholic priest is telling us what the very words of God should be, could be, might be — until the next edition comes out. (There have been more revisions since.) Why was I felling like the ignoramus?

Was I crazy then (am I crazy now) to believe that an unsaved Catholic priest, void of the Holy Spirit, is not who we should be relying upon for our Bible? I mean, is this rocket science? I heard one man put it this way. — “Would you put a thief in charge of a bank? Would you put a fox in charge of the chickens? Would you put an unbeliever in charge of your Bible?” That makes sense to me.

But, here’s the thing: All translations, following the KJV, have jumped on the bandwagon-belief that the majority texts used for all versions up to the KJV are inferior to those used since the late 1800’s. Does that make any sense?

Something is very, very wrong.

The Counter Reformation is not dead. If anything, it is more alive than ever. Could it be that, through our lack of knowledge concerning the manuscript issues, we’re being used as pawns in the undoing of the Reformation? Do we not realize that the goal is to bring everything back under the authority of the Catholic church and the Pope?  And one way this is being achieved is through the confusion that multiple translations is causing.

I for one don’t want to abandon all that was accomplished through the sufferings and deaths of those who fought against the encroachment of what they referred to as “popery.” I implore you, I challenge you, to examine this issue for yourself. We need to wash our hands of all the Ecumenism that is so popular today.

We are supposed to “come out” — not go back in. We are not supposed to travel to the Vatican to meet with the Pope. As Ian Paisley has rightly said: “The Pope is the Vicar of Hell.” Why, pray tell, are we now cozying up to “popery”?

Brethren, something is terribly wrong. There are Satanic forces and influences at work.

Please consider and reflect upon what the Apostle Paul, under Divine inspiration, told us in 1 Corinthians 2:14 — “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

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Biblically Hebraic/Messianic Congregation of believers following Messiah Yeshua, keeping the Torah.