The One Question Quiz Every Believer Needs To Take!

Can YOU pass the One Question Quiz? Sadly, many believers cannot!

The Bride of Christ

by Paul Benson

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. Revelation 19:7

I would like to pose a question to you that years ago God himself posed to me. The answer to this question is so vital it is actually a matter of life or death! Yours as well as mine. And I am speaking of eternal life here as well as eternal death.

The reason this question is so important is that it epitomizes our need to properly understand the means by which we have access into the grace and favor of the wonderful yet fearful God who created us. Let me pose that most important question to you here and now:

Where did the Bride of Christ get her wedding gown?

___ A). The wedding dress was given to her.

___ B). She made her own wedding dress.

___ C). I’m sound asleep. (Please don’t bother me with questions which might disturb my religious slumber, and cause me to examine my spiritual condition.)

Over the years I have heard variations of all three opinions concerning this matter. What say you?

Where Did The Bride Get That Wedding Dress?

This might seem like an off the wall question to you, but I assure you it is of the utmost importance that you get this right. I hope you do!

And it does not help that when looking into this issue we find a battle raging in the opinions of man. In the theologies of man (and even in the various Bible versions!) there is a serious conflict in what is presented as to where she got that garment! Let me give you good example of this by showing how the modern versions read Revelation 19:8 compared to the Authorized Version (KJV). We’ll put the KJV first and then the ‘moderns’:

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. Revelation 19:7-8 KJV

Now compare this rendering:

It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Revelation 19:8 NASB

Please give the two examples above some close (and prayerful) examination. If you do not see a problem with this alteration of text that troubles you: well….. you should! And every one of these other versions presents that same horrible self-righteousness fostering perversion of the text.

And it was given unto her that she should array herself in fine linen, bright (and) pure: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Revelation 19:8 ASV

…Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints. NIV

…for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. NKJV

… (Fine linen represents the good deeds done by …) NLT

…for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. NRSV

… stands for the righteous acts of the holy ones. NWT

These modern versions are clearly presenting a totally different source for that dress than the King James does! One details the dress was granted her (a gift), and the others detail the garment as a product of her own efforts. One plainly says someone clothes her, and the others say she clothes herself. Why is this? This same discrepancy is evident in the preaching of the Gospel we hear today! Some are preaching one source of righteousness for the believer and some are preaching another. I think this issue deserves serious consideration. Do you not agree?

SIDE-NOTE:  About this time many would say ‘Well let me go to the Greek and see what the ‘original language’ said.’ Here is where MANY make a crucial error; because most certainly the Greek text they will refer to is based upon the very same corrupt Revised Greek Text the new versions were translated from! So of course it will agree with the discrepancies found in the modern versions. IT PRODUCED THEM!

People need to realize there are TWO divergent Greek Texts: The original ‘Texus Receptus’ and the ‘Revised Greek Text’ (a work fabricated in the late 1800’s). The Authorized (KJV) Version was translated from the Texus Receptus; the true representation of the large body of surviving manuscripts of Scripture in existence today. DO NOT trust the RGT or anything produced using it as a base text or reference!

Chris Pinto at Noise of Thunder Radio and his associates have done some tremendous materials (podcasts and DVD’s) which clearly show the history and corrupt nature of the RGT. I highly recommend their resources!

Where Do I Think That Garment Came From?

And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. Revelation 19:8 KJV

Here is how I answer this question. Let’s notice a couple of very important things about the Bride’s wedding garment from the text here of the KJV:

1). It was granted to her that she be clothed in this fine linen. A grant is not something you fabricate for yourself. A grant is a gift! The wedding garment was a gift.

2). The fine linen stands for the righteousness of saints. The wedding dress is a garment of righteousness that was given to the Bride. I really hope you get that (and that you Get It Right!)

Please take moment and give the following verse some thought:

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10

The verse clearly describes the believer as being clothed with the Righteousness of Christ. I believe my answer is in keeping with the overall plan of salvation portrayed from Genesis to Revelation. This garment that clothes the Bride finds typology in the Bible all the way from God shedding the blood of animals in the Garden to clothe his fallen mankind (now so aware of their nakedness); to Noah’s ark; to the blood on the doorpost in Egypt; to the priestly robes of Aaron; to that Robe of Righteousness prophesied by Isaiah; (and many other types) all finding fulfillment in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ on our behalf. This is the understanding that caused Paul to write:

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2Corinthians 5:21 KJV

And Paul wrote also to the Church at Rome in great detail about this free gift of righteousness which clothes the believer:

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. Roman 5:18

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: Romans 3:22 KJV

As believers the concept that our salvation is by grace through faith and not of self-righteous works should be very deeply ingrained in us all. Sadly, for some it is not; and they stray from the truths of the Scriptures and preach a gospel which presents righteousness by works rather than grace through faith. But the fact we are clothed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ through our faith in his shed blood, his death, burial and resurrection is quite clearly presented in the teachings of the Bible.

The Opposing View: She Made Her Own Dress

It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Revelation 19:8 NASB

She clothed herself in her righteous acts? Really?

Hello, false gospel!

This alteration of Scripture casts aside the gift of Christ’s Righteousness and instead this wedding garment of the Bride is comprised of the believers clothing themselves in their own good works. What a horrible perversion of the truth! That is not the way to salvation but the way to damnation!

FOOD 4 THOUGHT: This concept of the wedding garment being comprised of the righteous acts of the believer brings up a lot of questions in me. For one, what about the person who accepts Christ on their death bed with their dying breath (or the thief on the Cross)? Some have no opportunity to do any good deeds or acts of righteousness. Will they be naked at the wedding? Or those who did not get enough works in to build the entire dress; will they just have a half-shirt or maybe just a vest? Boy, this is going to be an embarrassing wedding for some folks?

Do you plan on standing before the Lord on that day proclaiming YOUR righteousness OR HIS? ‘Lord, look at my beautiful dress! Here’s that time I did this righteous act in your name. And Lord! Lord! here’s that time I did that good deed. Lord! Lord! did I not do many wonderful works in thy name?’ Come on people!

Is that going to be your profession on that day? What did Isaiah say about our own righteousness?

But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; Isaiah 64:6 KJV

Do you plan to stand before Jesus on that day clothed in the filthy rags of self-righteousness pointing out all of the good deeds you have done? Look at my wedding dress Jesus! See all of my righteous acts?

I hope that won’t describe you on that day. I hope you will be pointing out all that HE DID to make you righteous! Can you not see the perverseness of this alteration to the Bible? The beautiful way of truth has been altered into a gross soul damning counterfeit! Notice NKJV following the same error as the others; it’s also corrupted! Don’t be fooled by the name.

The Heart Of The Matter

This wedding dress is symbolic of our acceptability to the Lord! Yes, we certainly are called to good works. And yes, we will be greatly rewarded for those acts of righteousness. I personally believe there will be varying levels of God’s glory emanating from that garment evidencing varying levels of reward for the service of those believers as shown in the following verse:

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. Daniel 12:3

But anyone presenting any other means of attaining right-standing with God, other than by faith in the sacrifice of his Son, is out-right heresy. It is a terrible thing the way this passage in Revelation is perverted in these new versions; and it is not without serious effect to the belief system of the Body of Christ. The preaching of many today testifies to that very fact!

I have heard many preach in varying fashion on this notion of the righteous acts of the Saints *clothing them in a garment of acceptability to God. Most cults like the Jehovah Witness, Mormon, and even Islam are all ‘works based’ religion. But this is NOT the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a false gospel!

* And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season… 13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Revelation 6:11+13-14

Did these souls in Heaven fabricate a garment on Earth and take it with then to present before the Lord? No, it looks pretty clear they were given that Robe of Righteousness Isaiah had gotten a glimpse of!

Who Bought That Wedding Dress And For What Price?

I believe this oh-so-important dress was purchased by the Father of the Groom, and given to the Bride! And the price that was paid so this Bride could be gifted this garment of Righteousness was the very life of his only begotten Son!

Do we properly appraise the enormous price that was paid so we might be clothed in the Righteousness of Christ? Do we really comprehend what he endured that day? What kind of mistreatment would it have taken to fulfill these prophetic glimpses of that horrible day?

The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows. Psalms 129:3

As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: Isaiah 52:14

Considering the source of the wedding dress, and the unspeakable price which was paid for it, shouldn’t we see the casting aside of these truths and the promotion instead of self-righteous works to be an abominable act that greatly offends? I surely do! Let’s pose that question once again and see if we can get it right:

Where did the Bride of Christ get her wedding gown?

___ A). The wedding dress was given to her.

___ B). She made her own wedding dress.

So what is your answer to this One Question Quiz? I invite you to join me in rejecting the self-righteous Gospel that has so deeply infected modern Christianity (and also the modern Bible versions), and place a big fat X next to answer ___ A).

I also hope this article has helped some who question my stand against the new Bible versions to see why I have absolutely no confidence in any of them; and strongly caution believers against the use of them for study or ministry. In spite of what many claim, God had his hand on the work of translation that brought forth the Authorized Version (KJV). It was accurately translated from uncorrupted manuscripts. It is a faithful representation of the Word of God. The modern versions certainly are NOT!

Blessings to all who love our Christ; and the truth of his Holy Word;

Paul Benson

www.paulbenson.me

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

For a proper understanding of the changes to the modern Bibles you need to realize the Greek text they come from is not the same original text as the KJV. Brother Les Garrett has some great teachings on this that really shed light on the issue.

Search ‘YouTube Les Garrett’ for his videos

I offer two books I have written on the Bible version issue. They are available for free download AT THIS PAGE

Here is another article on this issue I think is an excellent treatment of the matter. Very informative, and lots of excellent links!

The Bible Version Controversy by Ed Lane

I welcome your input. If you would like to share comment or criticism please feel free to do so in the section below. Overly long comments may be edited for length. Also I will not post the false teachings of others.

Thank you for visiting my site.

Author: Paul Benson

My Website www.paulbenson.me My blog 'Let's Get It Right!' is at pbenson.me

8 thoughts on “The One Question Quiz Every Believer Needs To Take!”

  1. Right on Paul! Glad to find others with same beliefs on newer bible versions.
    One day we will find out how privileged and blessed we are as a people, when salvation is freely given with no strings attached, and finally understand what a “heart of thanksgiving” truly means!
    Excellent article.
    Many blessings….

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    1. Thanks Charles;
      How people see the alteration of God’s Word as a non-issue is beyond me. Especially when vital doctrines are affected.
      Blessings;
      Paul Benson

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  2. Hi Paul,
    The obvious answer is ‘A’. Jesus took the stripes by which we are healed! Jesus made our garments fine white linen with His Blood! HE is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We cannot ‘earn’ our wedding garments. They were granted to us by HIS suffering, death, burial and resurrection. Lest we forget, our righteous acts are like filthy rags. What kind of wedding garment would we have if left to our own devices? Surely, if we could earn our own, why would Jesus Christ have suffered?
    And I agree with you that the translations/versions are critical in understanding in that some completely change the meaning altogether. Even study bibles greatly differ in their explanations of passages. Another problem I see is that, at least these days, young people aren’t learning to read with understanding – they just read words rather than complete thoughts. Also, many attend churches where they’re not being fed, and that’s a whole other issue! Maybe ‘home churching’ is a better alternative to meatless diets of many of today’s churches. And too many are fast asleep, waiting for their great escape.
    Sorry if I went on a bit of a rant, Paul. The subject matter really gets me going. 🙂 Lost, sleeping or backslidden – I pray they hear the knock at the door.
    God bless you, brother. Thank you for your faithfulness in tirelessly ministering to His people.
    Linda
    (PS: This part of the message is for you – Since your article many months back about giants, I decided to try to dig a bit further into the subject and obtained a book by Dr. Michael Heiser titled ‘The Unseen Realm’. And also his new book ‘Reversing Hermon’. Both are excellent and it’s been on my heart to recommend them to you.)

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  3. Beautiful and brilliant truth, Paul, and so *absolutely* critical to “get it right!” Many, many blessings to you brother. Your work is extremely powerful. Praise God!

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  4. Do you then, believe in the eternal security of the believer…? Regardless of the fruitless life lived, or the rebellion demonstrated…

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