An Example of Craftiness

Here’s the ‘doctrinal statement’ of an alleged Bible-believing Baptist Church:

The Holy Scriptures

We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and that they compose the entire Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed; and therefore, are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning. The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official and only English-language translation used by ***** ****** Baptist Church. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21)

“Verbal” means words, not just thoughts or feelings. “Plenary” means all the words, not just some. “Inspiration” means words from the Holy Ghost. So far so good. But what exactly are they talking about? Where are these words to be found and read?

They say “Holy Scriptures” – but where? They say “Old and New Testament” – but where?

They say these unidentified documents “compose the entire Word of God” – with a capital “W”. The word “entire” would mean that God never said anything outside of those unidentified documents; and capital “W” would mean those documents are in fact Jesus Christ.

Why are they hyping their statement by avowing things that aren’t true? Why add superstitious puffery? God spoke all creation into existence and all the words he used have never been written down – nor were all the words of Jesus Christ that he spoke during his earthly ministry.  And certainly Jesus Christ was incarnate as a man, not a book. So their statement has obviously veered off into nonsense.

Could it be because this fist-pounding bravado just diverts attention from the fact that they have failed to actually identify what exactly they are talking about?!? Where precisely are, or were, the documents that they’ve called “Holy Scriptures” and “Old and New Testaments”??  That question is left unanswered.

They go on to say that these unidentified “Scriptures” are “inerrant, infallible” – a wonderful thing – that is, if anybody has access to such a document. And they are supposedly “God-breathed” also – which is how God kills people and burns them up according to 2 Samuel 22:16, Job 4:9, and Isaiah 30:33.

Of course, that’s not what they meant because they aren’t quoting from a King James Bible – they got the term “God-breathed” by altering the words in 2 Timothy 3:16 that actually read, “given by inspiration of God.”

“Breathed” is the expiration of air – but the Authorized Version uses the word inspiration. The only other place in the King James Bible where the word “inspiration” is found is in Job 32:8, “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.” So inspiration actually means God’s Spirit informing a man’s spirit with divine understanding – it’s a spiritual process of transmitting information.

“23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.” Proverbs 1:23

“12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.” Zechariah 7:12

“34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.” John 3:34

“63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63

“13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:13-14

etc etc.

Did the Spirit of God die? Did God “breath” out dead words? Are the words stillborn? Has the Spirit of God been captured on decaying paper and trapped in dead languages? No. Anybody and everybody who ever heard the words of God from the holy prophets of God, and believed them, got inspired. The transmission of God’s words spiritually to man’s spirit is inspiration – and it is on-going (“IS GIVEN BY” 2 Tim. 3:16) – and it is not confined in any dead documents (“ALL SCRIPTURE” 2 Tim. 3:16).

Their statement goes on to say that this unidentified document is “final authority for faith and life” which is rather ironic for some dead and missing words, isn’t it? What kind of authority is a police station with no police, a courtroom with no judges, an army with no soldiers? But here we are told is “final authority” and yet it is unidentified and nowhere to be seen.

The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. Which means, according to this local Baptist church, God failed. God Almighty has taken one single opportunity to reveal his words to man, and yet he produced something that nobody can even identify, much less read. That’s pathetic!

The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning. More gibberish from the hypocrites. Instead of talking about reading a book off the shelf in English, they are talking about unidentified “Scriptures” that must be “interpreted” according to “historical” meaning. Average Joe Christian need not apply. Tyndale’s ploughboy is once again illiterate. Somebody has just installed himself as the “interpreter” with “historic” authority over what God may or may not have said in an absent book nobody can read!

Hello, you’ve just be snookered. You’ve just been robbed. Somebody has pulled the Mickey on you, as they say in jolly old England. By slight of hand, cunning craftiness, and verbal gymnastics this “Baptist” church has inducted you into the Roman Catholic religion where religious authorities lord it over the ignorant laity by taking away their Bibles.

But wait, don’t panic yet. The good folks have attached a little post script to their statement to calm your fears: The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official and only English-language translation used by ***** ***** Baptist Church. The King James Bible will be “used” but it will not be believed. It is just a translation. All the flowery praise and hoopla and puffery about the inerrant, infallible, God-breathed “Scriptures” does not apply to the Book that you actually hold in your hands.

Absolutely pathetic. This is the infidelity we face. This is the apostasy going on today in the churches. Allegedly this type of church – the local independent Bible believing Baptist church – is the best of the best as far as conservative fundamentalism and the fight against modernity – and yet it’s actually rotten at its core. Looks good and sounds good, but if you can’t get the Bible right, then sand is your foundation and ruin is your end.

They don’t actually believe that words that God has given us in English are the Holy Scriptures. And they know that that is shameful so they hide it behind a bunch of placating double-talk. That way the suckers will still show up every Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday prayer meeting – stuffing cash into the offering plate. They people running the church are putting on a “Bible believing” show to trick simple people into trusting them.

Or otherwise they’re just a bunch of fearful hypocrites who dance around the issue because they are afraid to publicly stand for the King James Bible as Scripture in English because of the fear of man.

This is the true statement of what all Christians alive today ought to know and believe about the Bible:

The Authorized Version, known as the King James Bible, is God’s words in English. The words of that Book are the Holy Scriptures. It is Final Authority. God has spoken many words to many people in many ways and in many languages at many times, but the written words of scripture that God wants us to receive and believe today in English he has given to man by the Holy Ghost in 1611 so that all of us can hold it in our hands and read and believe what it says.

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That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” Ephesians 4:14

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