Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Sword Of The Spirit!

and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (Eph. 6:17) 

There's no doubt that the Word of God is the most important tool in our arsenal in our defense of the Gospel. In my previous post, I pointed out that it's important that we well armed as Satan attempts to destroy us both spiritually and physically. In this post, I want to place an emphasis on the controversy of the most popular bible translation to date, the NIV.

The NIV among many other modern translations have literally taken over our churches powerpoint screens on every single Sunday. There are very few churches out there that have stuck with the original KJV for their illustrations. As convenient as it is for pastors to use the NIV or any of the other post-modern translations due to the ease of language and being able to understand the bible dramatically easier, there are still many holes in that translation and a serious cause for concern in regards to how defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Word of God in general. 

The controversy behind the NIV and any other post-modern bible out there is the very fact that so many words have been omitted. For example, the NIV is missing over 64,000 words. You read that correctly friends, 64,000 WORDS. This brings up a very valid question. Isn't there a portion in scripture that points out that we shall not add nor subtract from God's Word? I'm an avid book reader. If I were to go ahead and grab a book that was written by someone else and go through with violating the copyright laws by re-writing the contents of the book by subtracting and adding on to what the original had intended to relay to his or her audience, I can only imagine the outrage that would result from that author's family, friends, and anyone else that is a faithful follower of that person's writings.

My friends, that is exactly what has been done with God's Word. Upon doing some research, Jesus' name has been omitted from the NIV over 75 times. An omission of Jesus' name has also been made in the NKJV
only one time. If you were to be a soldier in the medieval times when your commanding officer gave you a flawed sword, would you take it to use in battle? Of course not! You would most likely demand that you be given a more reliable sword to fight more effectively against the enemy that opposes you. The bible you use is no different. If you happen to read a bible that has either excluded or added on too many things, you will end up being vulnerable to enemy attack. This observation begs another valid question. How can you possibly remember a scripture verse or any of the prayers written in the bible if it has be altered in any way, shape, or form?

I'm just barely scratching the surface of this subject. If I were to dig very deep into this subject, many of my readers would easily forget what has been written in this post unless it's revisited. My dear friends, don't just make sure that you have a sharp sword. Make sure that it is weighted properly so that your arm doesn't fatigue too quickly. Also make sure that not too much has been either added on or taken off as well. Having an effectively working sword is the difference between spiritual life and death. Here's one last question. 

Will you give someone you know an ineffective sword? 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)