Excerpted from "The Answer Book" ©1989 Samuel C. Gipp. Reproduced by permission
QUESTION: Isn't the New Scofield Bible a King James
ANSWER: Not only is the New Scofield Bible NOT a King
James Bible, it is not even a "Scofield" Bible.
EXPLANATION: The first and most weighty reason why the
New Scofield Bible is not a Scofield Bible at all is shamefully
simple. Dr. C.I. Scofield did not edit it. Dr. Scofield died in
1921! Barring a very "selective" resurrection, it is impossible for a
man who died in 1921 to edit a book in 1967.
The publisher's justification for a new "edition" is that Dr.
Scofield, whose reference Bible was first published in 1909 added
material and published another edition in 1917. But it is an author's
preogative to alter his own works, but that certainly does not give
others, more than 45 years after his death, a blank check to make
alterations and then sign his name to it!
If we altered the ending of "Macbeth" we would be less than
honest to claim that the change met Shakespeare's approval.
Secondly, the editors exercised great liberty in changing
attributes of Dr. Scofield's reference work that Dr. Scofield
himself felt important enough to include in his work. In the
introduction to their doubly dishonest 1967 publication they admit
New Scofield: "Among the changes and improvements in this
edition are: important word changes in the text to help the reader;
a modified system of self-pronunciation; revision of many of the
introductions to the books of the Bible, including designation of the
author, theme, and date; more subheadings; clarification of some
footnotes, deletion of others, and the addition of many new notes;:
more marginal references; an entirely new chronology; a new
index; a concordance especially prepared for this edition; new
maps; and more legible type. Some of these features are explained
By their own words, they admit to altering Dr. Scofield's text
(the King James Bible), introduction of books of the Bible, notes,
marginal references, chronology and many other features.
Did Dr. Scofield give his approval to these changes? Not unless
one of the nine committee members had the witch of Endor
conjure him up as she had Samuel!
In fact, the publisher even admits that the changes made were
arbitrary choices of the revision committee.
"Each position taken represents the thinking or conviction of the
committee as a group."
What are the results of such shenanigans? One example will
suffice. Let us examine the footnote found in Acts 8:12 of the New
Scofield Bible concerning baptism.
"Baptism has, since the apostolic age, been practiced by every
major group in the Christian church and, in Protestant
communions, is recognized as one of two sacraments - the other
being the Lord's Supper. Since early in the Church's history three
different modes of baptism have been used: aspersion (sprinkling);
affusion (pouring); and immersion (dipping)."
Here we see that the nine revisors (NOT Dr. Scofield) believe
that there is a difference between the true Christian church and
Protestant "communion". Might I ask? When one group is defined
as "Protestant" what is the other group called?
Secondly, the nine apostate revisors (NOT Dr. Scofield) claim,
without scriptural proof that Christians baptize by pouring and
sprinkling as well as immersion.
Remember, the footnote is found in a S-C-O-F-I-E-L-D of
1967. A book which claims on its title page that a dead man (Dr.
Scofield) is one of its editors.
What does the footnote for Acts 8:12 in the REAL Scofield
Bible of 1917 which had a living Dr. Scofield as its editor say?
Nothing. There IS no such footnote!
That's right! The New "Scofield" bible has a "Scofield" note
added after the death of "Scofield" the editor which the REAL Dr.
Scofield never approved of and never had in a text anytime in his
I ask you, is this honest?
Proof that the New Scofield Bible isn't a King James Bible is
found on almost every page where the margin notes the twin Bible
reading as "KJV". The text of the New Scofield Bible is NOT a
King James Bible and it is NOT a Scofield Bible.
It might be noted that in recent years the size and shape of the
New Scofield Bible has been changed to more resemble the
Scofield Reference Bible. Many Christians who desire a true
Scofield Reference Bible have purchased a New Scofield Bible by
The "Bible" business is lucrative. Isn't it?