From "The Answer Book" ©1989 Samuel C. Gipp. Reproduced by permission
QUESTION: Should we make an issue of Bible translations?
ANSWER: Only if you believe anything out of it.
EXPLANATION: Many Christians attempt to evade the issue
of whether of not there really is a perfect Bible (as they are told
from the pulpit) by piously hiding behind the statement, "I don't
make an issue of Bible translations."
It is perfectly acceptable to assume such a position as long as
you are consistent in your stand... or lack of it.
In other words, if the issue of a perfect Bible is a "non-issue"
with you, then to be consistent, neither should be ANY of the
1. The virgin birth of Jesus Christ. Isa 7:14
2. The deity of Jesus Christ. I John 5:5
3. The substitutionary death for sins made by Jesus Christ.
4. The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. I Cor 15:4
5. Salvation by grace alone without works. Eph 2:8, 9
6. The Pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ. I Thess 4
7. The existence of a literal Heaven. John 3:13
8. The existence of a literal Hell. Mark 9:42-44
9. The acceptance of Creation over the theory of evolution.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of convictions held by
those who call themselves "Fundamentalists." Yet every one is
taken from the Bible. How on earth can a thinking, rational
person make an issue or have a conviction on something that they
have taken out of the Bible, but see "no issue" concerning the
perfection of the Book on which they base their every issue? IF
the Bible has mistakes in it, then how can we be sure that it is
correct in those passages on which we base our convictions?
Some may say, "I accept the Bible where it is accurately
translated." Fine! THAT is the statement of faith of every
Mormon in the world! WHO is to judge just where the Bible is
No, it is impossible to make "any issue" over even one doctrine
from the Bible and claim not to make an "issue" over the Bible
Why then do people make such a statement? Basically, it is out
of fear of the consequences of such a stand. They are afraid of the
rejection of their friends, family, and fellow-workers.
How bold for the truth are you?