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

Ever Wanted to ‘Kill Somebody’?

Issue Date: May/June 2008

How often have we wanted revenge and deserved a rebuke from the Lord? So wouldn’t it be helpful to know what Jesus said when He rebuked the disciples for wanting to “kill somebody?”

In Luke 9, we see the disciples wanting to call down fire from heaven on some hostile Samaritans. Jesus quickly vetoed the idea and told them why. If you have one of the modern bibles, the “why” may be missing. But with a KJV, His message is clear what we should do, instead, when we want to strike back in anger.

Let’s compare Luke 9:54-56 in the most popular modern version and the KJV:

NIVWhen the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they went to another village.

KJVAnd when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

Jesus made it clear that our job is to save the unbeliever, not kill him! We must fit into Christ’s agenda and try to woo them into the kingdom.

How sad that the modern Bible version that has become the most popular and used in major denominational literature has this defect. Most other new versions also omit this important teaching by Jesus Himself.

So, if you have one of these defective Bible versions, you need to trade it in for a complete one.

If you want more information, Chick Publications has several helpful books on this problem. Author Chick Salliby, in his book, If The Foundations Be Destroyed, lists over 150 places where the NIV has words missing or changed. Salliby asks, “What does the NIV have against Jesus?” He lists several dozen places where the NIV omits or changes names and titles of Jesus.

Salliby says that the NIV translators cannot carry all of the blame. They were working from defective manuscripts. Another author, David W. Daniels has written two books detailing the history of these polluted manuscripts: Answers To Your Bible Version Questions and Did the Catholic Church Give Us the Bible?

Daniels shows how the KJV is based on a mountain of preserved manuscripts kept free from corruption, while the few manuscripts behind the NIV and other modern versions come from a polluted stream.

When you look at the historical evidence, it is no mystery why the modern bibles are so chopped up.

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