JESUS CHRIST TAUGHT that a person
must be born again. He referred to a
spiritual birth. Such spiritual regeneration
is necessary because man is born spiritually
dead, possessing a sin nature the Bible calls "the
flesh." The flesh's natural tendency is to rebel
against God, "Because THE CARNAL MIND is
enmity against God: for IT IS NOT SUBJECT TO
THE LAW OF GOD, neither indeed can be" (Rom.
8:7). (See also Gal. 5:1). Quite often, the flesh
will try to evade the commandments of God
by taking advantage of any
"loopholes" it can rationalize
from the Bible's wording.
Satan knows it . . .(Gen. 3:1).
The devil, the great tempter of
the flesh, knows all about the
flesh's tendency toward biased
and erroneous interpretation.
He's in favor of any ambiguity
that can be perceived as a
loophole. The Bible, referring to Satan, says,
"Now THE SERPENT WAS MORE SUBTLE than
any beast of the field which the LORD God had
made. And he said unto the woman [EVE], YEA,
HATH GOD SAID?"
From the beginning, the devil's strategy has
been to cast doubt on what God really meant.
He still uses the same subtle tactic--which
brings us to the New International Version (NIV)
of the Bible.
Many people use the NIV because it is
advertised as a translation that strives for "the
fidelity to the thought of the biblical writers."
However, the NIV's attempt to provide the
thought-behind-the-words has resulted in many
ambiguously worded verses. Verses that provide
potential loopholes for one's rebellious and
opportunistic flesh. In essence, the NIV is "soft"
on sin; just what the flesh ordered!
The NIV provides "Loopholes" . . .
Overall, the behavioral standards "required" by
the NIV are considerably lower than those
found in the King James Version. For example,
in Matthew 15:4, of the KJV, the Bible says,
"For GOD COMMANDED, saying, Honour thy
father and mother..."
There are no ambiguities in the word
"Commanded." The reader knows immediately
that God is not merely making a suggestion,
giving advice, nor asking a
favor. When God commands
something, He means,
unconditionally, DO IT!
The same verse in the NIV,
however, says, "For GOD
SAID, 'Honor your father and
mother . . .'
The word "Said" is ambiguous;
it can mean a suggestion, an
advice, or even a favor. Merely saying some-
thing can imply any degree of severity the reader
wants. The flesh will immediately take
advantage of the non-demanding nature of the
word "said," and lessen the sense of obligation.
The word "said" is, thus, a potential "loophole,"
for anyone not wanting to do what God
And, in case you think we're splitting hairs, the
KJV, in Gen. 2:16, says "God COMMANDED"
Eve not to eat of the tree, while in Gen. 3:1
Satan asked her, "yea, hath God SAID?"
Obviously, while tempting Eve, it served the
devil's purpose to change God's "command" to
"said." So why does the NIV make the same
change? Whose side is the NIV on, God's or the
Let's look at more "loopholes" . . .
more from the NIV's
ambiguous wording, the
Spirit or the flesh?
LET'S BEGIN with Proverbs 6:16-17 . .
God is often specific when naming sin; any ambiguities can
We find a somewhat similar loophole in Matthew 19:9:
2 Tim. 3:3 describes people in the last days as being . . .
1 Thessalonians 5:22 . . .
2 Thessalonians 3:6 . . .
Titus 1:7 describes the requirements of a pastor . . .
must be blameless--not overbearing, not quick-tempered,
1 Tim. 3:2-3 also describes the requirements of a pastor . . .
2 Timothy 2:15 . . .
1 Tim. 6:10 . . .
2 Cor. 10:5.
Luke 3:14. You can beat someone but don't rob them . . .
Mat. 5:44 in the NIV, gets us off the hook!
Titus 2:14 describes the true Christian . . .
The Bottom line . . .
Ask yourself: Who benefits more from the NIV's potential
IF you were to die today, are you 100% SURE
you would go to Heaven? The Bible says
YOU CAN BE SURE (1 John 5:13).
BUT FIRST, you must realize that what keeps you
from going to Heaven are your sins, because:
"...your iniquities [sins] have separated
between you and your God," Isaiah 59:2.
In fact, in God's eyes YOU ARE A SINNER: "For
all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23.
SECONDLY, you must realize that there is
NOTHING you can do to save yourself and earn
Heaven: "For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: Not of works, lest any
man should boast." (Eph. 2:8-9) Baptism, good
deeds, church membership, self-righteousness are
all examples of good works that cannot save you,
because, "Not by works of
righteousness which we have done, but
according to his mercy he [Christ] saved
us," Titus 3:5.
THE ONLY WAY you can get saved is through
Jesus Christ. He said: "I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me." (John 14:6) THAT'S
WHY: "...while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us." Romans 5:8-9
THEREFORE: You must REPENT (change your
mind); admit that you are a Hell deserving sinner
and can't save yourself. And call upon Christ, and
Him alone, to save you. "if thou shalt confess
with thy mouth the Lord Jesus [REPENT], and
shalt believe in thine heart [TRUST] that God
hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
saved." Romans 10:9
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