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Is It Hard To Be Saved?

Mark 10:24 (KJV)
Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
Mark 10:24 (NIV)
Jesus said again, Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
Picture two pastors preaching a sermon from this same verse, one from the King James Bible (KJV) and the other from the New International Version (NIV). The KJV pastor will teach that you must place your faith in God, not in riches.

But the NIV pastor has nothing here to preach but that it is hard to get saved. Because the NIV cuts the heart out of this scripture, it tilts the meaning of this entire passage away from the free gift of salvation toward (hard) works.

If the NIV pastor is a true Christian, simply fooled by the advertising hype pushing the NIV, it is doubtful he will preach that being saved is hard. Because someone probably preached the truth to him from a KJV Bible when he was young, he will know, down deep in his heart, that this is simply not true. So he will abandon this verse and find another on which to preach. But as modern versions keep chipping away at the Scriptures, there will soon be nothing left.

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