ecent headlines have been inundated with the shocking revelations concerning the sale and consumption of beef products known as "pink slime."
Parents, nutritionists, and whistleblowers are crying aloud and protesting the sale of "lean, finely textured beef" (LFTB), which are meat by-products that have been treated with ammonium hydroxide to cleanse scraps and connective tissue of pathogens such as E.coli and salmonella.
Not only is this being served in several fast food chains and public schools, but also in your local grocery store. Even though the American Meat Institute points out that the Food and Drug Administration as well as the USDA have deemed the mixture safe.
Inasmuch as we are what we eat, I for one am not persuaded that this is "wholesome and nutritious." In fact, once you discover the real ingredients of LFTB, you might deem it good for dog food, but not for humans.
There is nothing more vitally important than the Word of God to our salvation and spiritual growth. I see a parallel in what is being encouraged and endorsed, as a good version of the Bible in many churches today, as not fit for spiritual consumption.
Considering the "lean finely textured Word," LFTW that is being promoted as "wholesome and nutritious" for Christians today. But take a good look at the spiritual ingredients that you have been eating! Some people think that the newer versions of the Bible just removes the "thees and thous;" but that is not the case.
Please consider carefully the following list of "by-products." that are being offered as good for you, and then ask yourself, "Where's the beef?" I for one will just keep feeding on the good King James Version of the Bible.
Discrepancies of the NIV
Here are some facts:
In the New Testament alone, 17 entire verses have been excised. Also, considerable portions are removed from 147 more verses in the New Testament. The NIV contains 63,625 total words less than the King James Version. This is all the more shocking when we consider the fact that it used the translating style known as "dynamic equivalence" which is supposed to use multiple words to translate a single word from the original languages in many cases.
*In reading the New Testament, the NIV suggests that other considerable major portions of the texts of those already mentioned should be removed. This would include John 7:53 , 8:11 , Mark 16:9 - 20 , and Matthew 12:47.
*It demotes Jesus in numerous places. The name of Jesus is removed from 34 New Testament passages. Worship is taken from Jesus in Matthew 8:2 , 9:18 and 20:20 . He is changed from being God's child (incarnation) to God's servant in Acts 3:13 and 3:26.
*In addition to this, the doctrine of the virgin birth and Jesus' incarnation is attacked in Matthew 1:25 by removal of the word, "firstborn." Micah 5:2 changes the fact that He is from everlasting to ancient times, I Timothy 3:16 changes the fact that God was manifest in the flesh to the generic "He" was manifest in the flesh (even the Unitarian scholar, Vance Smith saw this as a major victory in the 1881 revised version). Luke 2:33 says that Joseph is Jesus's father.
*It promotes the "divine flesh" doctrine by removing the word "flesh" in Acts 2:30 , 1 John 4:3 , Hebrews 2:16 and 1 Corinthians 15:47 .
*The command to take up the cross is removed from Mark 10:21
It presents much confusion with blatant contradictions. Did you know there were 72 disciples sent out in Luke 10:1 and not 70? Did you know the altar of incense was in the Holiest of Holies according to Hebrews 9:3-4? In Mark 1:2 it says Isaiah quoted something that Malachi quoted in 3:1. It removes Lucifer from Isaiah 14:12 and makes it appear that we are waiting for Satan to arise in our hearts when compared with 2 Peter 1:19 and that Satan is Jesus in Revelation 22:16 . Did you know that the dragon stood on the seashore in Revelation 13:1 instead of John as in the KJV? In Revelation 13:1 an eagle flies across the sky instead of an angel
*The doctrine of holiness is attacked. in 2 Peter 1:21 , "holy men" is changed to just "men" In Matthew 25:31 "holy angels" is changed to just "angels. In other places, "holy is removed before the words "brethren," "prophets," "apostles," and "ghost."
*It removes the phrase, "through his blood" in reference to redemption by Jesus Christ in Colossians 1:14 .
*It strongly promotes the New Age movement by its rendering of Ephesians 4:6 , 4:24 , Revelation 21:24 and John 4:24 .
This is just the tip of the iceberg, yet still enough to make all those adding and taking away from it lost, as stated in Revelation 22:18-19 .
13 Reasons Not To Use The New King James Version As Your Primary Bible:
The New King James Version is a version "in progress." According to the Online Bible there have been thousands of changes since the 1982 addition of the NKJV. That is one reason why you cannot currently buy a NKJV exhaustive concordance, although one was available previously and may be on the market in the future. If the Bible is forever settled in heaven, and we are to trust it down to the jot, tittle, or letter, and if the very words of the Bible are inspired, how are we to trust a "translation in progress" as the definitive Word of God?
One argument for the NKJV is that the King James Version is archaic and dated in its language and that it needs to be made easier to understand. But, consider these changes:is using the word
"palanquin" in Song of Solomon 3:9 easier to understand than the King James "chariot of wood"?
Is the New King James "curds" more modern than "butter" in Deuteronomy 32:14?
How about "dissipation" (NKJV) instead of "riot" in KJV in Titus 1:6?
Is "pinions" easier to understand or the KJV word "feathers" in Job 39:13?
Does anyone you know call "pictures" (KJV) "sloops" (NKJV) as in Isaiah 2:16?
How about the NKJV use of "terebinth" instead of "oak," Isaiah 1:30,
Or consider these changes:
"verdant" instead of "fat," Isaiah 28:4,
"siegeworks" instead of "forts."
Can you define words found in the NKJV such as:
Independent studies have shown the NKJV is actually more difficult to read than the King James Version. For instance:
1. The NKJV alters Acts 2:38, inserting the word "let." It then reverses the words "every one" and "baptism." This allows everything after "repent" to be a suggestion instead of a commandment.
2. The NKJV changes Gennesis 22:8 from being a Oneness Scripture about God providing Himself a lamb prophetically into a clear delineation between God and the lamb in the verse.
3. The NKJV changes "narrow is the way" to "difficult is the way" in Matthew 7:14. Not only does this clearly change the meaning of the verse, but also contradicts Matthew 11:30, where Jesus says that His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
5. The NKJV changes Matthew 20:20 to read that James and John with their mother "kneeling down" instead of "worshipped," thereby removing worship from Jesus.
6. The NKJV eliminates a wall in the doctrine of separation in 1 Thessalonians. No longer is the very appearance of evil to be abstained from, only every form. Maybe this is why we have the punk rock now, etc.
7. The NKJV removes the sin of being effeminate in 1 Corinthians 6:9.
8. The NKJV removes the phrase "nevertheless I live" and "love of God" from 1 John 3:16.
9. It enhances the slide of denominationalism in Titus 3:10. The KJV says to reject a heretic (believer of false doctrine). The NKJV says to reject a divisive man (one who stands for Truth possibly with this divisive message). The Greek word is "heritikos" or heretic.
10. 1 Corinthians 1:21 is changed in the NKJV to say that instead of preaching being foolish, the message itself is foolish.
11. The NKJV removes a very strong argument against the divine flesh doctrine in Hebrews 2:16 and replaces it with an absurd statement of God not offering aid to Angels.
12. The NKJV says not to be called a teacher in Matthew 23:10 when a teacher is part of the ministry in Ephesians 4:11.
Again, this is only the tip of the iceberg . . .