Can words taken out of one
Bible verse change an entire doctrine -the doctrine that Jesus Christ is God? According to Jesuit-educated
Norman Geisler, “…none of these (variant readings) affect any
basic doctrine of the Christian faith.” But let me tell you about Russell. Hi, I’m David Daniels
from Chick Publications. Back in the 80s, it seemed that
everybody went to Bible studies. I did, too, even though I was
full-time in Bible college. I just couldn’t get enough. Neither could Russell. First, he was drawn to a Bible study,
at a time when they said Jesus was coming back. Of course, He didn’t, and that should
come as no surprise to you. But people started
coming up with excuses for why Jesus didn’t return.
Some said the doctrine was right, but the year was wrong.
In my case, one of those prophetic magazines said
(well, it actually rewrote) a date that was vital in the calculation process,
when He didn’t return “on schedule.” It was something like that
in Russell’s group, too. Only he was bolder
and split apart and and started his own Bible study. In my Bible college, they pushed the
1901 American Standard Version (ASV), published by Thomas Nelson.
They said it was way better than the King James,
and way more scholarly. The original English one
that came before the ASV was the English Revised Version
(1881), also from Thomas Nelson, using Westcott and Hort’s Greek text. Well, Russell loved
the Revised Version. And he loved that scholarship. But he trusted those scholars and
their pick-and-choose Bible version more than God’s preserved words in
English, the tried and tested and proved for hundreds of years
King James Bible. He trusted those scholars so much that
he abandoned the doctrine that Jesus Christ is God,
because of what was in one verse. You find that hard to believe? Wait till you hear
the rest of the story. I had to dig, but I found his words
on the subject about that exact passage.
Listen for yourself: “The only text in Scripture which
was ever claimed to prove, or affirm, that the Father, Son and Spirit
are one, is a portion of 1 John 5:7, 8. This … is acknowledged by all
Trinitarians to be a ‘forgery.’ So undisputable is this, that the
translators of the ‘Revised Version’ … omit the clause
without note or comment….” Now you and I know
there are many scriptures that taken together testify to the fact
that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are God
and one God. The Father is God, the Son is God,
and the Holy Ghost is God. Yet the Father is not the Son,
the Son is not the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost is not the Father. But only one passage
brings it all together: 1 John 5:7-8. Here it in a real Bible,
the King James Bible: “For there are three that bear record
in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three
are one. And there are three that bear witness
in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three
agree in one.” But in the gutted Revised Version
it says this: “And it is the Spirit that
beareth witness, because the Spirit is the truth.
For there are three who bear witness, the Spirit, and the water,
and the blood: and the three agree in one.” They stuck part of verse 6 in verse 7,
took out most of verse 7 and part of verse 8. Poof! Away goes the Trinity! Russell said it himself.
He dropped the Trinity because of that one passage.
So did his students. And I’m not talking ten,
or hundreds, or thousands. I’m talking millions of people
through the years. Can words removed from a verse
remove an important doctrine? YES!
Ask Russell. Of course, Russell is dead now.
But his organization isn’t. Oh, and Russell isn’t his first name.
It’s his last name. And his Bible study split up into
so many groups that his successor decided to give it a new name, based
on the American Standard Version rewrite of Isaiah 43:10: You know them today as …
the Jehovah’s Witnesses. God bless you, and have a wonderful day.