[The word Catholic means, “universal”.]
The below link is to the Trinity Foundation monthly newsletter, April, May 2019, Number 352, which reprints an article titled, “If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em”: The Jesuits and the United Bible Societies by Charles Scott-Pearson in The Reformer, a publication of the Protestant Alliance of Great Britain. This is a very well written article and is a very informative read:
These are my comments:
The Catholic Church (and the author of this article) seems to have overlooked the salient point, in that, though the Catholic Church post-facto (damage control, deceit) brags that it gave the world the Bible, due to the work of William Tyndale, they forget to note that they strangled Tyndale to death and then burned him at the stake...!!!!
It seems a bit disingenuous (or maybe it is just me) for the Catholic Church to claim responsibility for the accomplishments of an individual whom they MURDERED because they HATED HIM and who also did everything in their power to KEEP HIS TRANSLATION from the light of day, even buying up copies of the Bibles (if they could not “seize them”) and burning them...!
Although the CC has serious disagreement with “heretics” translating the Bible so that the common ignorant man can read and “misunderstand” it (yet now take credit for the work of that “heretic” whom they DEFROCKED)—yet they have no problem covering the sins of rapists and pedophiles... on a grand, international scale.
The only sin, therefore, it seems, is the sin against the Catholic Church. What it sanctions is sacrosanct and what it outlaws is anathema... what the Bible says is irrelevant and primarily “Bible stories” for children, and any matter that is doctrinal is alone reserved for official Catholic hierarchy, for only they can “understand” it... (due to mystical “secret initiation” and “Catholic decree” of “what it means”, not due to what the Biblical text actually says) because the CC employs an anti-intellectual “understanding”... devoid of logic and common sense and consistency, and “truth” is what the Catholic hierarchy declares to be “truth”—even if the Bible says the very opposite (you just don’t “understand” it—because you have not been “initiated” to understand how things work).
John Wycliffe, who translated the Bible a few centuries earlier into Middle English, escaped Martyrdom... but the Catholic Church was so “thrilled” with his translation work that they dug him up posthumously, burned his bones, and then scattered them in the local river which eventually dumped into the Thames and out to sea. They sure show pride in the translators’ accomplishments in a very odd way...!
Also, Dr. Gordon H. Clark shows quite capably that the “grading” of Bruce Metzger and the others on the Bible manuscript committee who “graded” the different manuscripts, had very little, at times, to do with the reliability of the texts, but their own prejudices in decreeing one version / reading as “preferred” over others, or “reliable” or “unreliable”. See the below Clark books, which I stock:
- Logical Criticisms of Textual Criticism, 60pp., 5.00 + P&H; which is also contained in his commentary on
- First and Second Thessalonians, 175pp., 12.00 + P&H.
Also, Clark keenly points out that many of the liberal language scholars, who wrote Hebrew and Greek lexicons and did Bible translation work were excellent scholars, and often their technically good and proper Biblical translation was actually possible BECAUSE they didn’t believe the text, but merely translated it based upon the language itself, even as they would have done had they been translating Greek or Roman mythology. However, this does not apply to their “interpretation / commentary” of the text itself.
Inquire for a list of Dr. Gordon H. Clark, Ph.D.’s other books (all of which are in stock), who was an eminent Greek scholar (among other languages) and the greatest philosopher, theologian, logician, possibly of all time (he shreds all secular philosophers, and Christian philosophers who are just as confused with humanism, behaviourism, Empiricism, secular Rationalism, etc.). I’ve read him nearly every day for 7 years... and when I complete reading all his books, I will read them again.
[I’m the tortoise in the “tortoise and the hare reading program”... but I keep at it. Until you’ve read Clark you have never truly thought; or at least not thought truly. His A Christian View of Men and Things would be a good one to start with. Inquire.]
This is a good short message from D. James Kennedy Ministries. It does not state who the author is, whether the late D. James Kennedy himself, or Frank Wright, or someone else:
These are my comments:
It should also be pointed out that the word "salvation / saved" in Scripture, like many other words (such as "gentile", "stranger", "all", "world", even "soul", etc.) must be treated, in a sense as pronouns, that is, generic words whose specific meaning can only be determined by context. At times the word "saved / salvation" does not refer to regeneration, justification, or sanctification, but a more mundane form of rescue / deliverance.
Regardless, this short message is good in that it gives glory and power to Whom it rightfully belongs as the Source of salvation, in all its nuances and works, from start to finish (and that source is not man exerting his own "will" power or goodness, which is nonexistent apart from God's Grace). Indeed, Sanctification is a process, a Work of Grace of the Holy Spirit as a believer walks in the Spirit going in the direction and manner in which the Spirit is going (and the very desire, ability to follow, and dynamics of following are likewise gifts from God); even as regeneration (new birth—fetuses don't "choose" to be conceived, nor do infants "choose" to be born—sheep don't choose their shepherd, the shepherd seeks out those who are his) and justification (the legal pronouncing of the condemned as "forgiven" and even further—"guiltless") are gifts of, from, and by God, which He planned, ordained, and carries out.
For more details, see my book,
[Does God Repent...? Can God Change His Mind...? [And an Utter Demolishment of the Humanistic Myth of Man’s “Free Will” and Arminianism], Balaicius, 506pp., 25.00 + P&H. Dovetails nicely with God and Evil and The Sovereignty of God.... Lively, profound, revealing, thought provoking, convincing thought, logic, Scripture. Exposes the subversion of true Christian faith in counter reformation re-introducing false theology of Origen and Pelagius and corruption of modern church by Jesuits and crypto-jews and terribly deceived humanists such as Schleiermacher, Kierkegaard, Spinoza, Barth, Schweitzer, Erasmus of Rotterdam, and many more, including undermining of Puritan church by Solomon Stoddard, and much more; also dissects the false theology from one chapter of two different books; one by Dr. Normal Geisler and one by Brother Andrew.]