The Bible Version Controversy: A Brief History of The War over God’s Eternal Written Word

This is a guest post by Ed Lane from Orlando Florida. A great piece from a former die-hard NIV user who woke up to the corruption of the modern versions, and is now taking a stand against them. Great job Ed! P.B.

by Ed Lane  @ Following Jesus Christ


 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” Psalm 12:6-7

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” Galatians 5:9

Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good.1 Thessalonians 5:21


I used to dismiss the King James Version of the English Bible entirely. I thought of it as a ridiculous and outdated translation – an anachronism at best…and then I studied the history of current English Bible translations in great detail, and realized that ALL of the new versions use corrupt and purposely adulterated Greek manuscripts, which water down the eternal word of the living God…every last one of them. That Greek your pastor often refers to in church? It flows from corrupt Greek manuscripts first edited by the gnostic, self-castrating “scholar” Origen (and a student of his work, Eusebius), who believed in purgatory, universalism, that all human souls have existed from eternity past, that satan (and demons) would eventually be redeemed, and that Jesus did not actually return to earth in the flesh after his resurrection.

The manuscripts Origen prepared and/or edited in Alexandria, Egypt in the 200’s, form the two primary Greek manuscripts (Codex Vaticanus, and Codex Siniaticus) used by Westcott & Hort, Nestles & Aland and the United Bible Society to make all of the modern English Bible versions. These manuscripts were more or less hidden from view from the late 300’s until the 1400’s (1800’s in the case of Siniaticus, when it was found in a trash bin at the St. Catherine’s monastery in Egypt)…hardly making them the word of the Lord preserved from generation to generation per Psalm 12 (see above).

Then, in the 1800’s Westcott & Hort, two clergy men and open occultists, whose own letters expose their love of seances and total disregard for Eden, Heaven, the flood and the cross, made their own Greek manuscript which cleverly deleted out and added in whatever they thought they could get away with, without causing a furor. Interestingly, they expected some push back on their changes even back then…but they heard nary a peep since it was, after all, easier to read….Again, all of this information is gleaned exclusively from their own correspondence published by their children after their deaths. That is the only way we know these facts about their unbiblical beliefs, reverence for the occult and motives for changing the scriptures…and we are all reading and teaching from their Bibles.

The first English translation to flow from the Westcott & Hort Greek was the Revised Version. Their Greek manuscript (with additional changes made by the Nestles and Åland committee and the UBS) underpins EVERY single new version. It is deeply, deeply corrupt, and if you see charts with the actual edits (additions and deletions), I can assure you that you will see through this brilliant plan to weaken God’s unchanging word, and turn eternal concepts into temporal ones (the famed Jeremiah 29:11 is but one example of a spiritual promise turned into a temporal one). I, personally, was both shocked and disgusted by the numerous substantive changes to my Bible, yet… I do concede that the modern versions are a teeny bit easier to read and understand. The translators (and satan) knew all too well that this generation would take ease of reading over the sharp double-edged sword of truth any day. I did for over 25 years.

The KJV detractors, and there are many since satan despises it, attempt to denigrate the 54 scholars who jointly worked on the KJV, with their subjective and pseudo-intellectual textual criticism. Many of those men were brilliant, with sterling , easily verifiable scholarly backgrounds (I have seen all of their CV’s)…men such as Lancelot Andrews, George Abbot, John Aglionby and the head of the OT committee, Dr.John Bois, who was reading and writing in Hebrew at age 6. All of the criticism of the KJV on intellectual grounds is pseudo-academic nonsense. The KJV is hated because it stands as the preserved word of God, starting in Antioch and then spreading all over the world, only to be gathered together by the brilliant catholic-defying scholar Erasmus in the 1500’s. Luther, Wycliffe, Tyndall, Coverdale, and many more used his Greek manuscript family, and since satan couldn’t burn all of the copies…he decided to change the Bible from the inside, using proud men, far too “enlightened” to believe many of the “superstitions” of God’s word. Noted occultist/ theosophist Helena Blavatsky (a favorite of Adolph Hitler, and publisher of the periodical “Lucifer”) and her disciple Alice Bailey, have openly discussed satan’s ultimate plan to infiltrate the church from the inside. The Bible was a perfect place to start.

I understand that the language of the KJV is old fashioned at times, and most seminarians and Bible college graduates will have a dismissive attitude towards it. Why? Because the vast majority of seminaries and Bible schools are part of the ecumenical, watered-down gospel machine (even Dallas Theological Seminary is waxing emergent). Yes…satan, the father of pride, works everywhere – but especially in academia. Men love to know better than other men because they went to this school or that school and studied under this professor or that one. Satan was and is counting on the pride of men to weaken God’s word by imparting to them limited, but “scholarly” knowledge, in order to proliferate his altered Greek manuscripts and thus, his modern Bible versions. The apostle Paul specifically noted that he was not unaware of satan’s clever schemes to deceive men. 2 Corinthians 2:11.

As for the new versions having older manuscripts…that is technically true in a general sense, because the Alexandrian manuscripts were written on higher quality papyri/vellum at their well-funded gnostic schools, and because they weren’t frequently handled for over a thousand years…since almost no one took them seriously outside of Vatican City until the 1800’s. The Antioch(KJV) manuscripts from the 200’s were true to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the apostles, yet were on lower quality paper, because the  early church wasn’t wealthy – and they were sent all over the world by foot and by ship. They were also worn down due to constant usage and thus, were recopied time and time again…unlike the gnostic manuscripts, which were hardly used at all. Despite those facts, the earliest New Testament manuscript surviving today is an Antiochan Syrian translation, called the Syrian Peshitto, which dates to circa 157 AD. So…even the “oldest manuscripts” argument, often used to support the corrupt Alexandrian Greek texts, fails.

Kurt Aland, co-author of several late editions of the Nestles & Aland Greek New Testament text, and a KJV detractor, admits that early copies of Textus Receptus (TR) manuscripts  are non-existant (besides the Syrian Peshitto) because they were intentionally destroyed by Rome during the brutal Diocletian persecution(303-311 AD), and due to unfavorable weather conditions in Asia Minor and Greece. Once the Roman persecution ended, there was, naturally, an explosion of new TR manuscripts prepared by actual Bible believing christians (versus the RCC), in order to make up for all of the copies which had been burned. This explains the sudden appearance of a multitude of TR manuscripts in the late 4th Century, and beyond.

Even KJV rejecting scholars agree that well over 95% of all ancient Greek manuscripts agree with the KJV, while less than 5% agree with the new versions (the last official count I have seen was 5,210 to 45). Any claim that the new versions are superior is patently false from both a spiritual and scholarly standpoint. Yes, they are easy to read, but they have many deep heresies intended to draw mankind away from many of the simple yet profound truths of God. As Jesus said to his Father in John 17, “Thy word is truth” – but not if his eternal word has been edited by wicked and deceitful heretics.

Much is at stake for this generation of Bible believers and for the church as a whole…much is at stake.


This is by far the most divisive topic I have ever written about because we all love our modern Bibles, and cannot possibly believe that so many people have it wrong. My beloved seminary professor is wrong?? My distinguished and learned pastor?? My youth group leader?? Yes…even him – or her. It took a trusted friend about 8 months to finally shake me out of my NIV 84 stupor with hard, raw evidence. Once I took the time to review the specific changes in the actual biblical text, and study manuscript history…I was done with all of my new versions forever (A few changed passages: The removal of the compassion of Jesus four times in Matthew, Jeremiah 29:11,Mark 10:24, Luke 4:4, Luke 9:55-56, John 7:8-10{is Jesus a liar??},Acts 8:37, Galatians 5:12, Colossians 1:14, Romans 8:1,1 John 5:7, and Revelation 1: 6, 8, 11, are just a few of the hundreds of doctrinal edits***). Sadly, I discovered that my dear NIV – even the one written back in 1984 – was the worst of the lot (the Message doesn’t count because it cannot seriously be called a Bible due to multiple ridiculous and even occultic changes). It was hard to read the KJV at first…but I prayed for help from the Holy Spirit of the living God…and now I can’t live without it.

I am not one of those people who believe that one can only be saved via the KJV Bible, or that the KJV is perfectly written. I simply believe that the KJV, which does agree with over 95% of all ancient Greek manuscripts, according to the most recent studies, is the preserved word of God for this English speaking generation(The Reina Valera is an excellent TR Spanish Bible)…while the other versions are dangerously watered down. The Greek manuscript that underpins the KJV – The Textus Receptus (also known as the TR, the Received Text, the Majority Text, or the Byzantine Text) – is the only legitimate Greek, flowing from the spirit-fed spring of the early believers in Antioch in the 200’s. Do the new versions have many things right? Of course. What satan does best is weave darkness and light together, so that the two cannot be distinguished. He has done a brilliant job with the new Bible versions…yet with an open heart and mind, along with a willingness to exchange comfort and familiarity for truth, his scheme can be defeated. I challenge everyone who reads this, to study the actual textual changes for themselves, in context, ignoring ad hominem attacks on those who have exposed this scheme…for there are many, and they are often nasty. John 15:18-19 warned us that if we were of Jesus Christ, the world would hate us…and nowhere is that more evident than in the battle for God’s eternal voice to mankind. The very truth of His preserved word to this and every succeeding generation is at stake.

Revelation 22:18-19

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.


***Please remember that if you look up the changed/corrupted verses in the Greek online, chances are very high that the only Greek you can find is the Westcott & Hort/Nestles & Aland Greek, which is where the changed verses originated. Unless you check the verses in a verifiable Textus Receptus (TR) Greek (and several people who have dedicated their lives to study this issue say that there are no true TR’s online) you are using the corrupt Westcott & Hort/Nestles & Aland Greek. Even some of the supposed online TR manuscripts have been intentionally altered, as has the new supposed TR Bible, The Modern English Version (and the New King James for that matter). Now why would anyone and try trick us into reading a Bible that we thought was based on the TR but really isn’t? As Paul said in a verse I cited above, we are not unaware of satan’s devices.

***Mark of the Beast Issue***

The ESV, NIV, NASB, etc. all say that the mark of the beast will be “on” your hand, like a scannable tattoo (See, Revelation 13:16). The KJV, however, says that the mark is “in” your right hand or forehead. “In” and “on” are not the same things, and thus, someone is lying to us. I believe that the ESV etc. will be used to try and prove to people that the implantable chip we will all be required to have, is not the mark…when actually it is. The smoke of the torment of those who are tricked into taking the mark…will ascend forever. Throw away your new versions and tell everyone you know to do the same. I wrote a brief article on this issue: The Mark of the Beast: a Warning


Additional Resources:

The Trinitarian Bible Society, Dr. Edward Hills, Dr. David Otis Fuller, Dr. Mickey Carter, Dr. Hayes Minnick, Dr. William Grady, Dr. D. A. Waite, David Cloud, Dr. Sam Gipp, Dr. Douglas D. Stauffer, Dr. Al Lacy, and Dean John William Burgon(1813-1888).

The Underground Christian Network has excellent podcasts on this issue, which can be found via a search inside your Iphone or smart phone’s podcast app., and I recommend Dr. David Otis Fuller’s book Which Bible?; Chick Publications, Look What’s Missing; Dr. Stauffer’s book One Book Stands Alone; Dr. Sam Gipp’s The Answer Book; Dr. Edward Hills’ The King James Version Defended; and Dr. William Grady’s Final Authority.

Quotations Proving that Westcott & Hort Were Not Christians

NIV Chart Showing Deletions and Changes

More NIV problems

ESV deletions and changes

King James vs. New King James…which is really no King James at all

David Cloud’s website also has helpful resources on this issue (including a well-researched downloadable book), as does D.A. Waite’s excellent scholarly book Burgon’s Warnings on Revisions of Textus Receptus and the King James Bible. The Burgon Society’s website is: Dean Burgon’s, The Revision Revised, is a brilliant critical, and often incisive analysis of Westcott & Hort’s Greek manuscript by one of their contemporaries.

Eternal Answers Ministry has some helpful information as well:; Some of the NIV’s problems are laid out on this site:

Many KJV questions are answered at the link below, which I found the night this article was published:

If you want to watch a long but thorough video on the changes in the new Bible versions, watch Gail Riplinger’s 2.5 hour, 80’s era presentation to the Prophecy Club on youtube:

Dr. Douglas D. Stauffer has several first-rate presentations on youtube on the NKJV and how it masquerades as a TR Bible – and on the NIV. Below is his EXCELLENT presentation on some of the NIV’s most glaring errors, especially those edited or omitted to conform to catholic doctrine:

And another video from Dr. Stauffer showing NIV changes which affect  New Testament doctrine of salvation:

Ecumenicism: Jesus Christ as He is in the Word is the Only Way to God

False Prophets and Teachers: Wolves Among Us

Catholicism and The Worship of Mary


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5 thoughts on “The Bible Version Controversy: A Brief History of The War over God’s Eternal Written Word”

  1. The Sylent knight here; Another feminine goddess is the Statue of liberty. Libertus is liber’s (ba-al) wife Astarte. She has many names, depending on kingdom. If you examine the old woodcuts, and coins you will notice that she is called Yahwey in Babylon. she also has a son who was ‘very’ effeminate. His name is Yeshuah. They are in no way related to JEHOVAH, or Jesus. “None other name under heaven, given among men whereby ye must be saved.
    The so called Tetragrammaton is a four letter name. Jehovah is seven letters, even in Hebrew. The Tetragrammaton is a name that is used extensively in the occult world. Amulets throughout the occult world carry the Tetragrammaton as the power behind the amulets. It is also called the ‘Power of 72.’ A man named Kershner of Holywood superstar, States that the Tetragrammaton is the most powerful word in the occult. In the dark ages believers were tortured while the papists were calling on the name of Tetragrammaton. The new age people think that if everyone calls on this Tetragrammaton that their Mytria would come as the Massiah. All people that refuse must be eliminated. ie Word people.
    Another name for this goddess is Alma Mater, Do any of us have a Degree from this goddess Alma Mater? Alma Mater means Virgin Mother in English. Do you wonder who this Virgin Mother is?
    On another note. Why do all of the perversions fight so hard against the Scripture. Yet they don’t seem to have a problem with each other. Sy


  2. As one ‘poster’ put it. This so called holy spirit that is feminine is the Kabalistic goddess Shekinah! Shekinah IS the Kazar jews spirit. ‘She’ is not JEHOVAH’S Holy Spirit! The only bride that God has, Is a building called NEW JERUSALEM. She is not a people as I used to believe. ( I couldn’t find this ‘people Bride of Christ’ in the Scripture.) It is only A HOLY CITY JERUSALEM. This ‘people bride of Christ’ is a papasy Idea. “None other name under heaven, given among men whereby ye must be saved


    1. Hi SK;
      Thanks for the comment and the visit.
      You are right about the Holy Spirit; but showing a bit of a lack of Bible knowledge with your statement about the Bride. The imagery of a Bride and Bridegroom is used numerous places in the Bible to speak of The Lord and his elect lady – his chosen ones. Please consider these passages: Revelation 19:5-9, 2Corinthinans 11:2, Matthew 22:2-14, etc..
      And if you study the references to New Jerusalem in Revelation and also Galatians 4 in the context that we are the temple/house of God you will see that New Jerusalem is in fact the Body of Christ.
      Blessings to you;
      Paul Benson


    1. Ali;
      I love researching our Hebrew roots and I am getting great edification in that regard. But it appears the ONMB may be a problem. I have done only a preliminary examination of the ONMB, but have already come across some very disturbing facts about the translation and also the doctrine of the Author. The version appears to have the tell-tale missing text of the other new versions (which points to the corrupt Westcott / Hort Revised Greek Text); but I am looking into it a little deeper. Some thing that really took me aback was a reply he gave to a question someone posted about his referring to the Holy Spirit as a she. It seems God(?) was appearing to this guy in his dreams as a woman. Here is the reply:

      Hi Zach,
      Thank you for a good question. There can be no mind-changing on this. The Ruach Hakodesh, Holy Spirit in Hebrew, is feminine. That cannot be changed, since it is established fact. She will always be feminine as in your dreams.

      Blessings, Bill

      I don’t know about you but I find that to be more than slightly troubling. God is not a woman. Sorry Mr. Morford, I think you jumped the rails on that one.


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