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Battle Cry
"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" Gal. 4:16

Author: NIV Subtly Diminishes Character and Ministry of Jesus

Issue Date: March/April 2000

"We, today, are living at a time when the attacks upon Jesus Christ find no equal in history. He is forbidden entrance into our educational system, maligned, cursed and blasphemed by Hollywood; and seemingly fair game for every sick mind to vent its wildest imagination upon," says Chick Salliby in his book If the Foundations Be Destroyed.

Salliby points out that the modern Bible versions use a similar, but more insidious attack on Jesus that has gone unnoticed by the average evangelical Christian. They repeatedly remove wordings that strengthen our understanding of Jesus and His deity.

In almost every assault against Christianity, Jesus, Himself is the main target. One thing all cults do is present an unbiblical Christ. The modern versions appear to be moving in the same direction. In just over 100 pages, Salliby shows how the New International Version (NIV) weakens doctrines directly related to Jesus. For example, in Luke 9:56 and Matt 18:11, the NIV leaves out the entire sentence which declares Christ's purpose in coming to earth.

Christ's role as Creator is diminished in Eph 3:9 where the NIV neglects to specify that God created all things "by Jesus Christ." A cloud is drawn across the teaching of the virgin birth in Luke 2:33 where "Joseph and his mother" in the KJV is replaced with "The child's father and mother," in the NIV. (See also Luke 2:43.)

In Luke 2:49, which did Jesus really say, "I must be about my Father's business" (KJV), or "I had to be in my father's house" (NIV)? One of these statements has to be wrong. The NIV completely omits Matt 23:14 where Jesus pronounces woe on the hypocritical Pharisees who "devour widow's houses, and for a pretense make long prayers." Is this any surprise? The NIV (as well as all the other modern translations) are based on the Wescott and Hort Greek text using Roman Catholic manuscripts. Who else would be embarrassed by this verse except the Revelation 17 and 18 prostitute church which "hath glorified herself and lived deliciously" at the expense of the poor, then pronounces pious "Hail Marys" over them.

"It is a strange book that continually tears away at, rather than builds up, its main character," concludes Salliby. Over several generations of Bibles, a continual chipping away at the nature, character and ministry of Jesus could reduce Him to just another wise teacher and the Bible becomes just another ecumenical religious book acceptable to all religions. Thus, a Christianity based on such a gutted Bible could easily join the one world religious system of the end times.

Salliby's book lists hundreds of changes and outright omissions in the NIV which weaken our understanding of who Jesus is and what he came into the world to do.

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