FRIEND, IT IS ONLY THROUGH GOD'S WORD, the Bible, that a person learns how
to get saved and go to Heaven when they die. Therefore, it is important that God's
Word be clear and concise, free of ambiguities. We can't very well trust our eternity-
bound souls to a Bible whose uncertainties can easily lead to misunderstandings.
Of course, the devil would love for us to misinterpret God's Word. The Bible, referring
to Satan, says, "Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field
which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman [EVE], Yea, hath God
said[?]" (Gen. 3:1). From the beginning, the devil has always tried to cast doubt on
God's Word; often, in a very subtle way. That's why the devil loves the confusion
created by all the different Bible versions on the market today. The most popular among
them is the New International Version, also known as the NIV.
If you use an NIV, perhaps you bought it because it is advertised as a translation that
strives for "the fidelity to the thought of the biblical writers." Perhaps you first tried to
read the King James Version (KJV), with its emphasis on "word-for-word translation,"
and felt it was difficult to understand. However, it's more important to know God's
exact words than the writer's "thoughts or intent." The NIV's attempt to provide the
thought-behind-the-words has led to verses whose wording is ambiguous and
misleading to the reader. As you will learn, such ambiguities subtly work in Satan's
For example . . .
In Heb. 4:6, the KJV states that many are trying to "work" their way into Heaven, and
thus have never entered "God's rest," because of their "unbelief" in the Gospel. They
don't believe that Christ died on the cross to pay for their sins. They don't trust in the
fact that their sin debt was paid in full by the shed blood of Christ. They refuse to
believe that God has already provided a Saviour for their lost, hell-bound souls. For
many, admitting that ONLY Christ can save them would insult their pride. Most would
rather try meriting Heaven through his/her own "goodness," even though the Bible
says, "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)
Now, the devil is aware of man's desire to boast. So, along comes the NIV, in Heb. 4:6,
and uses the word "DISOBEDIENCE" instead of "unbelief[.]" The word "disobedience"
insinuates a works salvation. For while belief means TRUSTING what God says (salvation
by faith), being obedient, to most, means DOING what God says (salvation by works).
The person who's already trying to earn his/her way into Heaven reads "disobedience"
and is subtly encouraged to "keep up the good work". Whereas "unbelief" forces him
to consider whether salvation is indeed by faith alone.
LET'S LOOK AT MORE EXAMPLES as we compare the NIV against the less ambiguous
King James Version (KJV). You will see how clearly defined, and "black and white" the
KJV is compared to the NIV. And as we examine these two Bibles, ask yourself:
Who benefits from the NIV's subtle and ambiguous wording, God or Satan? If it were YOUR SOUL on the line, which version would you rather trust, considering
the fact that God will judge you according to His exact Words? (John 12:48)
As a professing Christian, if you were leading someone to Christ, which Bible would
clearly define that salvation is by faith and not by works?
Which version would give that someone an excuse to trust in their good works?
Judge for yourself . . .
IN HEBREWS 3:18, WE FIND another instance in
In John 12:47, we find a similar, also subtle, substitution:
There are other subtle ways in which the NIV implies a works salvation.
Consider 2 Corinthians 11:3:
2 Timothy 2:12 . . .
In using "disown," the NIV
implies that you can lose your salvation if you don't endure. But if
you have to hold on to your own salvation, then Christ hasn't saved you all by
Himself, making you a co-Saviour--and that translates into a works salvation.
Hebrews 9:28 . . .
1 Peter 4:18 . . .
Ephesians 1:12 . . .
1 Corinthians 1:18 . . .
Matthew 7:21-23 . . .
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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