Inspiration Must Be Protected

There is a problem! Has anyone seen the original writings of Scripture? We have seen some early copies but I’m told we don’t have any of the actual original writings. Since that seems to be accurate, how do we make a case for the Bible to be inspired, in its original writings? The only thing that can assure us that we have accurate copies is the companion doctrine of Divine preservation. God has preserved extremely accurate copies. There has been a faithful line of transmission of copies right down through the ages. Here, however, is where the devil has been subtly at work. He has created counterfeit lines of transmission. Without getting too technical, many of our current translations and paraphrases are based on the counterfeit lines of transmission. These inferior copies are supposed to be better because they are closer to the originals. However, they were found in fairly good condition because the early church didn’t use them; they knew that there were problems with them. Instead, they made extremely careful copies of the originals. They made more very careful copies, as these copies would get worn out from much use. “Bottom line:” These faithfully accurate copies came down through to the Textus Receptus (Received Text) to our King James Version. The actual writings have been preserved in these faithful copies that were done so meticulously. God has preserved His Word! William Cowper, in, “The Spirit Breathes upon the Word,” reminds us, “The Spirit breathes upon the Word and brings the Truth to sight; precepts and promises afford a sanctifying Light.” Revelation 22:19 is a solemn warning, “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.” Selah! Why don’t we have a modern speech translation based solidly on the Textus Receptus? We have some who claim that but close analysis reveals serious discrepancies.   Ron

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