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LIBERTY'S STAND ON
THE BEST BIBLE VERSION

Liberty is called a Baptist Church by choice because the Baptists in general have adhered to the important doctrines that many so called Christian groups have discarded. They have discarded them as old fashioned, unimportant, or they have superceded some with edicts and directives from a church hierarchy. Why has this happened that our churches have neglected the truth of the Word of God? Because Satan has set his sights to destroy God, His Word, and His authority. He started in the garden of Eden questioning the Word of God. There he asked Eve "Yea, hath God said". The devils' motto is inch by inch it's a cinch. So He attacks the word of God in numerous ways.
Proposition: Do you want the best most accurate Word of God you can find or are you willing to take a less accurate account because you think you can understand it a little better.
PRAY  then  READ Matthew 15:1-9

We Stand on the Word of God
A. We stand on it's Authority for directing our lives.
God tells us to take heed to what it says.
2 Peter 1:19&21 to take heed means to pay attention to and obey because it is the Word of God. 19We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 21For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

B. We stand on all the Word of God being relevant to our lives.
2 Tim. 3:15-17 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
The Lord said before He was crucified that if you loved Him you would keep His commandments - (ALL OF THEM).

C. We stand on the inerrancy and infallibility of the Word of God.
The original manuscripts were the very Word's of God dictated to and penned by Godly men and He is perfect therefore He didn't make any mistakes in giving His word to man.

D. We stand on the promise that God has told us He would preserve His word.

Ps. 33:11 "The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations."
Ps. 100:5 "For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."
Ps. 111:7-8"The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness."
Ps. 117:2 "... the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord."
Ps. 119:89 "For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven."
Ps. 119:152 "Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever."
Ps. 119:160 "Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever."
Is. 40:8 "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever."
Is. 59:21"As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever."
Mt. 5:18 "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
Mt. 24:35"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."
1 Pe. 1:23"Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God which liveth and abideth forever."
1 Pe. 1:25 "But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you."
Re. 22:18-19 "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 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."

1. It stands to reason that if God promised to keep His Word for all generations He would keep and maintain inerrant and accurate copies of it although they are not the original manuscripts.If some believed them to be the originals, they would turn to worship them.

2. I believe it is reasonable to believe He has preserved His word in the original languages He originally had it written (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek).

3. I believe that the Traditional Masoretic Hebrew Text for the Old Testament and the Traditional Received Greek text for the New Testament are the closest to the original manuscripts and are the preserved Word of God that He has promised to preserve.

4. I also believe there are some so called excellent manuscripts that contain errors because God said there were false teachers and I believe have tainted some manuscripts.

E. We stand on the KJV as being the best translation available.
We also believe the King James Version of the Bible is the best translation to use because of the following reasons.
1. It is translated from the best and most accurate original language manuscripts of the Traditional Masoretic Hebrew Text for the Old Testament and the Traditional Received Greek text for the New Testament.
2. The evidence of inconsistency in a few manuscripts indicate to me that some are tainted with error and they should be avoided.
3. Would you agree that there are false prophets and false teachers that the church was warned of during the writing of the NT. They were already on the scene.
Romans 16:17-18 17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
Ephes. 4:14 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;
Col. 2:4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.

4. If Satan would send into the churches false teachers who would mix false doctrine with the real Word of God just like Satan did with Eve, doesn't it stand to reason that he would also try and pollute the written Word of God as well.

5. We believe the KJV is a translation not a paraphrase or commentary.
Some people say they like a particular version because they say it's more readable. By the "Flesch Grade Level" the readability level of the KJV is from 6.1 to 8.6. The NIV, on the other hand, has a "Flesch Grade Level" of from 6.1 to 11.0!!

6. We use the KJV here at Liberty, even though the writing of it was not inspired because we believe it contains the best translation from the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek works that were from inspired texts.
Hebrew Texts
The Traditional Masoretic Hebrew Text is also called the the true text of Ben Chayyim, or Daniel Bomberg edition or the Second Great Rabbinic Bible (1524-25) or it is the Letteris text, printed in 1866.
This Ben Chayyim Masoretic Hebrew text was the unquestioned Hebrew text for the next 400 years from 1500. Nobody questioned it.
The new inferior Hebrew manuscripts called Biblia Hebraica (BHK & BHS) Hebrew texts offer in their footnotes about fifteen to twenty suggested changes per page.
This adds up to about 20,000 to 30,000 changes in the entire Hebrew Old Testament text.
One or the other of these false Hebrew texts, either BHK or BHS, are used as the basis for the O.T. in all modern versions, as can be seen by reading their introductory pages.
How many of these changes in the Hebrew text are you ready to accept? Do you want to accept 30,000? How about 20,000? 10,000? How about 5,000? How about 1,000? How many of you would like to accept 500 changes?

Greek Texts
There are two divisions of Greek texts available to translators today, the TR & WH
Though there was some scattered opposition to the TR or Received Text in years before, the concerted effort against the Received Text came in 1881, and after. In 1881, two theological heretics (posing as conservatives) from the Anglican Church, B.F. Westcott and F.J.A. Hort, published their Greek text that rejected the TR in 5,604 places. This involved 9,970 Greek words that were either added, subtracted, or changed from the TR. This involves, on the average, 15.4 words per page of the Greek N.T., or a total of 45.9 pages in all. It is 7% of the total of 140,521 words in the TR Greek N.T.
As you might know, some of the places involve twelve entire verses (Mk. 16:9-20 and John 7:53--8:11).

There are 5255 manuscripts of the Greek NT.

  Total  WH/TR  %MSS WH/TR
Papyrus  88  13/75  15%/85%
Uncials  267  9/258  3%/97%
Cursives  2764  23/2741  1%/99%
Lectionaries  2143  0/2143  0%/100%
TOTAL:  5255  45/5210  1%/99%

There are (now 88) papyrus fragments.
There are 267 uncial manuscripts. These are large, capital letter documents.
There are 2,764 cursives manuscripts. These are the flowing hand manuscripts.
There are 2,143 lectionary manuscripts. These are portions of Scripture that were read on certain days of the church year.
This totals at least 5,255 Greek manuscripts of the N.T. that have been preserved and are available for us today.

Conclusion:
Do you want to use the Bible translated from the majority of manuscripts that I truly believe contains the most accurate and complete Word of God or do you want to use one that has serious questions as to whether or not it is tainted with error just because it reads better.

Don't misunderstand me! I'm not saying that some other versions are Satan's lies and aren't God's Word. I am saying some manuscripts are at least 93% accurate with the Word of God but the KJV is closer to 100%.

I believe God preserved all His Word in the Majority of the RT so I like 100% better than 93 and as Pastor I'll be held accountable for what I teach you so I don't want a 7% margin of error.

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