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Which Bible to Read

(Pray that All would Choose God's Words Wisely)

A Word to the Reader:

It is my intent fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, to remind you what Jesus said when he warned us about the doctrines of men. For he said: “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. ... How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. (Matthew 16:6-7, 11-12) For there are those who falsely teach of the “silent years” between the last recorded prophet in the Masoretic text and the preaching of John the Baptist. For such claims would make Jesus a liar because he plainly declared: “For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.” (Matthew 11:13) So, this shows us that there were those who prophesied and preached the law during those supposed three hundred years of silence. This of course is where the Apocrypha text of the bible comes in which we find not only in the Greek Septuagint, but was part of the Geneva and the King James bible for over 200 years.

Which Bible is the Most Accurate?


Now, let me first say this. I’m not one of those who believes that we should throw out or burn all the modern translation of the bible. For I do believe that God can speak to us through even the worst translation out there. So, even if you read the loosest translation, you’re still able to see God’s plan of salvation unfolding through its pages. However, we should make it our aim to read those translations that more closely represent what God is saying to us. So, that’s why my main bible is the King James Bible. For I do believe it’s the most literal translation available to us today when it comes to “PROPER” word usage. However, even though I do use it as my base text for reading and studying, I do find myself at times trusting the accuracy of other translations in certain passages. So, that should make it clear that I’m not one of those KJV only person, nor do I believe that its translation is infallible.


Why Read the Septuagint Old Testament?

So that being said, I do also study the Septuagint Old Testament as well. And in some cases, I even prefer it over the Masoretic text which we find in almost all of today’s translations. This is due to the fact that there are inconsistencies in the Masoretic text where it doesn’t always line up to those quoted by authors of the New Testament. Also, it contains corruptions such as the genealogy of Seth where it makes him out to be Melchizedek. And let’s keep in mind that the Septuagint was translated from the Hebrew over 200 years before the birth of Christ by Jews. However, the Masoretic text we have today came about almost a 1000 years after the resurrection of Christ by the Masorete Jews. Therefore, I trust the Septuagint more than the Masoretic text because it’s closer to the time of the original manuscripts. But as said before, I do consult the Masoretic text when it comes to proper word usage. For I find it more literal in its translation and that it has a better choice of words.


Below are some of those passages found in the New Testament which are quotes from the Old Testament. I have compared the New Testament, Septuagint and the Masoretic text. Now, I do realize that a few of the passages in the Masoretic text below still give us the gist of the message. However, I still included them to show that it was the Septuagint, not the Masoretic text that the early church was using and quoting from. For we can see this because it’s almost always word for word between the New Testament and the Septuagint text.


  • New Testament: But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4 KJV) Septuagint Text: And he afflicted thee and straitened thee with hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thy fathers knew not; that he might teach thee that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God shall man live." (Deuteronomy 8:3) Masoretic Text: He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD. (Deuteronomy 8:3 NASB)
  • New Testament: Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. And in his name shall the Gentiles trust. (Matthew 12:18-21 KJV) Septuagint Text: Jacob is my servant, I will help him: Israel is my chosen, my soul has accepted him; I have put my Spirit upon him; he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up his voice, nor shall his voice be heard without. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench; but he shall bring forth judgment to truth. He shall shine out, and shall not be discouraged, until he have set judgment on the earth: and in his name shall the Gentiles trust." (Isaiah 42:1-4) Masoretic Text: Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. (Isaiah 42:1-4 KJV)
  • New Testament: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. (Matthew 13:15 KJV) Septuagint Text: For the heart of this people has become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them." (Isaiah 6:10) Masoretic Text: Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. (Isaiah 6:10 KJV)
  • New Testament: This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (Matthew 15:8-9) Septuagint Text: And the Lord has said, This people draw nigh to me with their mouth, and they honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me: but in vain do they worship me, teaching the commandments and doctrines of men. (Isaiah 29:13) Masoretic Text: Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: (Isaiah 29:13 KJV)
  • New Testament: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (Luke 4:18-19 KJV) Septuagint Text: The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. (Isaiah 61:1-2) Masoretic Text: The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, (missing text referring to the blind) and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; (Isaiah 61:1-2 KJV)
  • New Testament: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. (Acts 2:26-27 KJV) Septuagint Text: Therefore my heart rejoiced an my tongue exulted; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  (Psalms 15:9-10) Masoretic Text: Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also dwells secure. For thou dost not give me up to Sheol, or let thy godly one see the Pit. (Psalm 16:9-10 RSV)
  • New Testament: Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon. (Acts 7:43 KJV) Septuagint Text: Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Raephan, the images of them which ye made for yourselves. And I will carry you away beyond Damascus, saith the Lord, the Almighty God is his name. (Amos 5:26-27) Masoretic Text: You also carried along Sikkuth your king and Kiyyun, your images, the star of your gods which you made for yourselves. "Therefore, I will make you go into exile beyond Damascus," says the LORD, whose name is the God of hosts. (Amos 5:26-27 NASB)
  • New Testament: After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. (Acts 15:16-17 KJV) Septuagint Text: In that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and will rebuild the ruins of it, and will set up the parts thereof that have been broken down, and will build it up as in the ancient days: that the remnant of men, and all the Gentiles upon whom my name is called, may earnestly seek me, saith the Lord who does all these things. (Amos 9:11-12) Masoretic Texts: In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this. (Amos 9:11-12 KJV)
  • New Testament Text: And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: (Romans 11:9 KJV) Septuagint: Let their table before them be for a snare, and for a recompense, and for a stumbling-block. (Psalms 69:22) Masoretic Text: May their table before them become a snare; And when they are in peace, may it become a trap. (Psalm 69:22 NASB)
  • New Testament: And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. (Romans 15:12 KJV) Septuagint: And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall arise to rule over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust, and his rest shall be glorious. (Isaiah 11:10) Masoretic Text: And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. (Isaiah 11:10 KJV)
  • New Testament: And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. (Hebrews 1:6 KJV) Septuagint Text: Rejoice, ye heavens, with him, and let all the angels of God worship him; rejoice ye Gentiles, with his people, and let all the sons of God strengthen themselves in him; for he will avenge the blood of his sons, and he will render vengeance, and recompense justice to his enemies, and will reward them that hate him; and the Lord shall purge the land of his people. (Deuteronomy 32:43) Masoretic Text: (missing text referring to the angels of God) Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, [and] to his people. (Deuteronomy 32:43 KJV)
  • New Testament: Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: (Hebrews 2:7 KJV) Septuagint Text: Thou madest him a little less than angels, thou hast crowned him with glory and honour  (Psalms 8:6) Masoretic Text: Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! (Psalm 8:5 NASB)
  • New Testament: Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. (Hebrews 10:5-7 KJV) Septuagint Text: Sacrifice and offering You did not will; But a body You prepared for me; A whole burnt offering and a sin offering You did not require.” Then I said, “Behold, I come (it is written of me in the volume of the book); I willed to do Your will, O my God, And Your law in the midst of my heart.” (Psalms 39:7-9) Masoretic Text: Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, (Psalm 40:6-7 KJV)
  • New Testament: By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. (Hebrews 11:21 KJV) Septuagint Text: And he said, Swear to me; and he swore to him. And Israel did reverence, leaning on the top of his staff. (Genesis 47:31) Masoretic Text: And he said, Swear unto me. And he sware unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon the bed's head. (Genesis 47:31 KJV)
  • New Testament: So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. (Hebrews 13:6 KJV) Septuagint Text: The Lord is my helper; and I will not fear what man shall do to me. (Psalms 118:6) Masoretic Text: The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? (Psalm 118:6 KJV)
  • New Testament: And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? (1 Peter 4:18 KJV) Septuagint: If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? (Proverbs 11:31) Masoretic Text: If the righteous is repaid on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner! (Proverbs 11:31 ESV)


The Dead Sea Scrolls & the Septuagint

What about the Dead Sea Scrolls, do they support the Septuagint? Well, according to the article The “Original” Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls on the Biblical Archaeology Society website, we can see that some of the Dead Sea Scrolls actually support the Septuagint text. For Noah Wiener writes below:


“Some of the Dead Sea Scrolls actually have more in common with the Greek Septuagint than the traditional Hebrew Masoretic Text. This suggests that the Greek translators must have been translating from Hebrew texts that resembled the Dead Sea Scrolls.


Then, Noah goes on and give us an example of one of the Dead Sea Scrolls that contains a clue to the accuracy of the Septuagint by quoting a question that was given to Emanuel Tov, asking: “Did Hannah bring one bull or three bulls as an offering at Shiloh? (1 Samuel 1:24)” So Emanuel Tov goes on to answer saying:


When the infant Samuel had been weaned and his mother, Hannah, finally came to Shiloh with her son, she also brought with her an offering for the Lord that is described in two ways in our textual sources. According to the Masoretic Text, she brought “three bulls,” but according to the Septuagint and a Qumran scroll (4QSama from 50–25 B.C.E.) she brought one “three-year-old bull.” I believe that Hannah probably offered only a single bull (as in the Septuagint and 4QSama); supporting this choice is the next verse in the Masoretic Text which speaks about “the bull.” I believe the Masoretic Text was textually corrupted. …The evidence of the Septuagint, being in Greek, always depends on a reconstruction into Hebrew, and consequently the Qumran scroll here helps us decide between the various options. Incidentally an offering of a “three-year-old bull” is mentioned in Genesis 15:9. It shows that a Hebrew text underlying the Septuagint once existed in which Hannah brought only one three-year-old bull.


So, we can see from scripture itself that even the Masoretic text was showing its own error. For we don’t see anywhere about a three-bull requirement being offered in the law of Moses.


  • And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. (Genesis 15:9 KJV) 
  • “And she went up with him to Selom with a calf of three years old, and loaves, and an ephah of fine flour, and a bottle of wine: and she entered into the house of the Lord in Selom, and the child with them.” (1 Samuel 1:24 Septuagint)


Now, A Case for the Apocrypha

Now for something else that might get controversial for some. I do believe that the writings of the Apocrypha are part of the God inspired scriptures. Now, I’m not talking about the one in the Catholic bible, but the one you can still find in copies of the 1560 Geneva bible and todays King James Bibles (Both of these bibles are still available for purchase today at: ChristianBook.com, thekjvstore.com or even amazon.com).


And please remember that the King James bible had the Apocrypha in it ever sense day one of the original 16ll version. This is also true for the Geneva Bible as well. So, if those brilliant learned men who translated the 1560 Geneva bible as well as those of the 1611 felt that it was good to include the Apocrypha in their translation, who are we to say otherwise. It wasn’t until around the 1800 hundreds that publishers started printing some bibles without the apocrypha in it. But thank God there are those publishers who still rightfully include it in their versions of the King James Bible today.


Now, you may have heard someone preach to you about the “300 years of silence” that supposedly existed between the last recorded prophet of the Masoretic Old Testament and the New. Well, the apocrypha books were written during those supposed “silent years.” Therefore, we see the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ stands true when he said: “For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.” (Matthew 11:13) Yes, brothers and sisters in Christ, our Lord said that they would prophesy up to the time of John the Baptist. So why would we believe that they stopped at the prophet Malachi when Jesus Himself said otherwise.


And one more note on all what’s said above. The Septuagint Old Testament does contain the apocrypha which has been used by the Greek Orthodox Church for almost 2000 years.


Below you will find some interesting cross references between the new testament & the Apocrypha.

  • New Testament: But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. (Matthew 6:6-7) Apocrypha: Use not many words in a multitude of elders, and make not much babbling when thou prayest. …Number not thyself among the multitude of sinners, but remember that wrath will not tarry long."  (Sirach 7:14, 16)
  • New Testament: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 KJV) Apocrypha: Lose thy money for thy brother and thy friend, and let it not rust under a stone to be lost. Lay up thy treasure according to the commandments of the most High, and it shall bring thee more profit than gold. Shut up alms in thy storehouses: and it shall deliver thee from all affliction. It shall fight for thee against thine enemies better than a mighty shield and strong spear." (Sirach 29:10-13)
  • New Testament: Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. ... Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Matthew 7:17, 20 KJV) Apocrypha: As fruit reveals how a tree is cultivated, So a man’s reasoning process reveals his heart.
  • New Testament: But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. (Matthew 9:36 KJV) Apocrypha: And I will lead thee through the midst of Judea, until thou come before Jerusalem; and I will set thy throne in the midst thereof; and thou shalt guide them as sheep that have no shepherd. …”  Judith 11:19
  • New Testament: Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. (Matthew 23:34-38 KJV) Apocrypha: That ye would be my people, and I should be your God; that ye would be my children, and I should be your father? I gathered you together, as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings: but now, what shall I do unto you? I will cast you out from my face. When ye offer unto me, I will turn my face from you: for your solemn feast-days, your new moons, and your circumcisions, have I forsaken. I sent unto you my servants the prophets, whom ye have taken and slain, and torn their bodies in pieces, whose blood I will require of your hands, saith the Lord. Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Your house is desolate, I will cast you out as the wind doth stubble."  2 Esdras 1:29-33 (KJVA)
  • New Testament: Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. (Matthew 24:16-18 KJV) Apocrypha: So he and his sons fled into the mountains, and left all that ever they had in the city. Then many that sought after justice and judgment went down into the wilderness, to dwell there: Both they, and their children, and their wives; and their cattle; because afflictions increased sore upon them."  1 Maccabees 2:28-30
  • New Testament: He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. (Matthew 27:42-43 KJV) Apocrypha: Let us see if his words be true: and let us prove what shall happen in the end of him. For if the just man be the son of God, he will help him, and deliver him from the hand of his enemies. Let us examine him with despitefulness and torture, that we may know his meekness, and prove his patience. Let us condemn him with a shameful death: for by his own saying he shall be respected.  Wisdom 2:17-20 (KJVA)
  • New Testament: But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. (Luke 14:13-14 KJV) Apocrypha: Give alms of thy substance; and when thou givest alms, let not thine eye be envious, neither turn thy face from any poor, and the face of God shall not be turned away from thee. If thou hast abundance give alms accordingly: if thou have but a little, be not afraid to give according to that little: For thou layest up a good treasure for thyself against the day of necessity. Because that alms do deliver from death, and suffereth not to come into darkness. For alms is a good gift unto all that give it in the sight of the most High. (Tobit 4:7-11)
  • New Testament: Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. (James 5:4 NASB) Apocrypha: Let not the wages of any man, which hath wrought for thee, tarry with thee, but give him it out of hand: for if thou serve God, he will also repay thee: be circumspect my son, in all things thou doest, and be wise in all thy conversation."  Tobit 4:14


Below are some links on videos, articles and where to get a complete bible with the NKJV New Testament and Septuagint Old. And just to let you know, I’m not involved in the Greek Orthodox Church (except in sharing the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ). However, just as they do, I do except the septuagint over the Masoretic text and believe that the apocrypha (which is part of the septuagint) is the inspired word of God.



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Magnified Thy Word

I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. (Psalm 138:2)

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A more Literal Translation

(Pray that All would take it for what it says)

A few words to the reader

I would like to remind you my fellow brothers and sister in Christ, of the importance of God’s word that has been handed down to us from generation to generation. But that being said, I would like to also warning you of the corruption of God’s word in these newer modern translations. Now please don’t get me wrong, for I do believe that God can speak to us even in the most corrupted of today’s bibles. However, by reading these inferior translations, you are not getting the full meaning of the text, but a watered down one at best. So, I encourage you to read on and lean more of what’s being said here. Oh, and just to let you know, I’m not saying that my text of choice is perfect and the only one I read. But again, we must be diligent and examine for ourselves the evidence within these different bibles we have before us. Amen.


A More Literal & Proper Wordings

I first of all would like to say, that I do look to the King James Version for proper wording and for a more literal translation. I say this because it seems as though some newer versions find it offensive to use the literal words which God himself used. However, God used those words so that we would easily get the point of his message. Also, I found that some of these more modern versions have passages that are so badly translated, it makes me want to ether rip them out, or use a White-Out pen on them. Anyway, you can see this for yourself below.


Proverbs 8:22-25

The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.


These verses in Proverbs declare that the LORD possessed Wisdom from eternity past and by Wisdom He created the earth and the heavens (see Proverbs 3:19). Here, the KJV, NKJV, ESV, and NASB rightly proclaims that truth and declares that Wisdom was never created, made, birthed or formed but “brought forth” (or to dance) during God's creating act. Reading the other versions quoted below can cause you to come to the conclusion that there was a time that wisdom did not exist. Other versions that support the reading that “Wisdom always existed and was not created” are the Geneva, NASB, NKJV, ESV, ASV, HNV, MKJV, UKJV, Darby and the Webster bible. 


  • The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be. When there were no watery depths, I was given birth, when there were no springs overflowing with water; before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, before he made the world or its fields or any of the dust of the earth. – NIV
  • The LORD formed me from the beginning, before he created anything else. I was appointed in ages past, at the very first, before the earth began. I was born before the oceans were created, before the springs bubbled forth their waters. Before the mountains were formed, before the hills, I was born-- before he had made the earth and fields and the first handfuls of soil. - NLT 
  • The LORD made me at the beginning of His creation, before His works of long ago. I was formed before ancient times, from the beginning, before the earth began. I was born when there were no watery depths and no springs filled with water. I was delivered before the mountains and hills were established, before He made the land, the fields, or the first soil on earth. - HCSB 
  • The LORD created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth; before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world. - RSV 


Isaiah 14:12

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!


In this passage of Isaiah, we have a description of Satan who is here referred to as “Lucifer” (light bearer) in the King James Bible as well as by some other versions of the bible. However, there are versions out there that make it confusing by calling him "morning star," or even "Day Star," which are words used in the New Testament pertaining to Jesus and that which is of God. Those other versions that read as the King James Bible are the Geneva, NKJV, Webster, DBY, as well as the Septuagint. The HNV uses the Hebrew word itself (heylel) and the YLT says “shining one, thus I did not include them below.


  • Shining morning star, how you have fallen from the heavens! You destroyer of nations, you have been cut down to the ground. – HCSB
  • How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! – ESV
  • How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! – NASB
  • How art thou fallen from heaven, O day-star, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, that didst lay low the nations! – ASV
  • How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! – NIV
  • How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world. - NLT 


Micah 5:2

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. 


Here we have a prophesy of Jesus Christ who was the Word which was with God and who was God Himself. He was the Word which was manifested in the flesh and dwelt among us. Now in this verse in Micah, we are told that He was from “everlasting” which means He never had a beginning but always existed. This word “everlasting” in the Hebrew means a “vanishing point” or “eternity.” But if you would read some of these other translations quoted below, you may come to a different conclusion, even believing that Jesus had a beginning. Those versions that hold to the eternal existence of Jesus are the Geneva, ASV, DBY, HNV, Webster, NKJV, HCSB and the NASB bible.


  • But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." – NIV
  • But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. (ESV) But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past. - NLT
  • But you, O Bethlehem Eph'rathah, who are little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. - RSV 


Zechariah 13:6-7

And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. 


Here in Zechariah 13:6-7 we have a prophecy concerning our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In verse 7 we have the prophecy of what would take place on the night of His betrayal concerning Him and His disciples (see Matthew 26:31). Also, before this in verse six, we read about someone that would receive wounds upon him as well as by whom he would acquire them. In the literal Hebrew, it says that he would receive these wounds in his “hands” at the house of his friends (see Psalms 22:16 and Luke 24:39). I, as well as others believe this is talking about our Lord Jesus who was crucified for our sins, having his hands nailed to the cross. (see commentators below)


However, from what we can see from the majority of the more popular versions quoted below, this Hebrew word for hands is being change into words such as arms, back or chest. So, my question is, isn’t there in the Hebrew language a literal word for these other choices used? Of course there is. So, wouldn’t it make sense if God wanted any of these other words to be used, He would had Zechariah use their literal words themselves? God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). It is also worth noting, that the NASV has in its footnotes that the Hebrew is literally “hands.” So why didn’t they use it? Some other versions that also use the literal translation “hands” are the Septuagint, Geneva, the original NKJV (1982 edition), Webster, Darby, Young's, MKJV, and the UKJV.


  • And one will say to him, 'What are these wounds between your arms?' Then he will answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’ “Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, Against the Man who is My Companion,” Says the LORD of hosts. “Strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered; Then I will turn My hand against the little ones. - NKJV (newer updated version)
  • “And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’ Then he will say, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’ “Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, And against the man, My Associate,” Declares the LORD of hosts. “Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered; And I will turn My hand against the little ones. - NASB
  • If someone asks, 'What are these wounds on your body?' they will answer, ‘The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.’ “Awake, sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!” declares the LORD Almighty. “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones. - NIV
  • And if one asks him, ‘What are these wounds on your back?’ he will say, 'The wounds I received in the house of my friends.’ “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who stands next to me,” declares the LORD of hosts. “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; I will turn my hand against the little ones. ESV
  • If someone asks him: What are these wounds on your chest? -- then he will answer: I received the wounds in the house of my friends. Sword, awake against My shepherd, against the man who is My associate -- this is the declaration of the LORD of Hosts. Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; I will also turn My hand against the little ones. - HCSB 


Reference notes: 

  • (a)Matthew Henry Commentary - Christ was wounded in his hands, when they were nailed to the cross, and, after his resurrection, he had the marks of these wounds; and here he tells how he came by them; he received them as a false prophet, for the chief priests called him a deceiver, and upon that account would have him crucified; but he received them in the house of his friends-the Jews, who should have been his friends; for he came to his own, and, though they were his bitter enemies, yet he was pleased to call them his friends, as he did Judas (Friend, wherefore hast thou come?) .....Of the sufferings of Christ, of him who was to be pierced, and was to be the fountain opened. Awake, O sword! against my Shepherd, v. 7. These are the words of God the Father, giving order and commission to the sword of his justice to awake against his Son, when he had voluntarily made his soul an offering for sin; for it pleased the Lord to bruise him and put him to grief; and he was stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted, Isa. 53:4,10. (b)Jamieson, Fausset & Brown Commentary - perfects the type of Messiah, condemned as a false prophet, and pierced with "wounds between His hands." Thus the transition to the direct prophecy of Him ( Zec 13:7 ) is natural, which it would not be if He were not indirectly and in type alluded to.....The Holy Spirit in Zechariah alludes indirectly to Messiah, the Antitype, wounded by those whom He came to befriend, who ought to have been His "friends," who were His kinsmen. 
  • (a)The Hebrew for arm - zer-o'-ah the arm (as stretched out), or (of animals) the foreleg; figuratively, force (b)The Hebrew for Back - gav; another form for H1460; the back:—back. (c)The Hebrew for breast (chest) - khad-ee'; (Aramaic) corresponding to H2373; a breast:— breast. 


Mark 1:40-41

And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.


Here we have Jesus showing love and compassion to the Leper. The Geneva and all the modern versions I checked use the word “compassion” or “pity” for the feeling that Jesus had for the leper except for the NIV that says that Jesus was “indignant” which is to show anger. What is interesting however, is that the NIV uses this same Greek word everywhere else as having compassion or pity. This is poor scripture translating at work.


  • Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" - NIV


John 1:18

No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.


Here, we have a clear declaration that only Jesus himself has seen the Father and no other. However, we have other versions that make this passage confusing by using the word "God" instead of the word "Son" here. For Jesus is and was God’s Son who became flesh. So, it makes more sense to use the word Son in reference to our Saviors relationship with the Father. Other versions that support this are the Geneva, NKJV, NIV, CSB, RSV, ASV, YLT, DBY, WEB, HNV.


  • No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father's heart. He has revealed God to us. - NLT 
  • No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known. - ESV 
  • No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him. – NASB
  • No one has ever seen God. The only one, himself God, who is in closest fellowship with the Father, has made God known. - NET 


John 3:13

And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.


John, starting at verse 13 and ending at verse 21, is giving us detailed information concerning Jesus after his death and resurrection. Now, in verse 13 we read that he went to the Father in heaven. However, there are those versions that leave out the last portion of the passage which reads: “which is in heaven.” Have that last portion makes it clear that John is talking about Jesus after his death and resurrection. Again, I believe that the KJV as well as the Geneva, NKJV, ASV, HNV, MKJV, UKJV, Darby, Young's, and the Webster bible have the correct wording.


  • No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. – NASB
  • No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man. – NIV
  • No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. – ESV
  • No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven -- the Son of Man. - HCSB


Romans 16:1

I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.


It is interesting that the bibles versions listed below would actually use the words deacon, deaconess or minister in Romans16:1. I say this because elsewhere they use the word servant in some other passages. This seems deceptive because it appears as if she is a minster or some leader in the church. But the truth of it is, she’s not. For the word simply means a servant, waiter or an attendant. So that should make it clear that Phebe is not a Pastor, Teacher, Elder, Overseer or a Minister. Again, she is simply a servant who is chosen to help serve in the church in one capacity or another.


A good example of this would be the disciple Stephen who was chosen to be a helper in the church at Jerusalem as declared in the book of Acts chapter 6. He was appointed to serve tables in the church fellowship along with seven others as well. We can see this to be true in Peters own statement in this same chapter. For he, being an Elder said that it would not be proper that he should leave the teaching of Godʼs word and serve tables.


Other versions that support KJV is the Geneva, NKJV, ESV, HCSB, NASB, CLNT as well as a few others. Therefore, these verses listed below should not be used as some sort of proof texts to show that a woman can have a leadership possession in the church.


  • I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. – NIV
  • I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a deacon in the church in Cenchrea. – NLT
  • I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deaconess of the church at Cen'chre-ae, - RSV
  • But I commend to you Phoebe, our sister, who is minister of the assembly which is in Cenchrea; - DBY


Reference notes: 

  1. diákonos, dee-ak’-on-os; probably froma n obsolete διάκωdiákō (to run on errands; compare G1377); an attendant, i.e. (genitive case) a waiter (at table or in other menial duties);
  2. diakonéō, dee-ak-on-eh’-o; from G1249; to be an attendant, i.e. wait upon (menially or as a host, friend)
  3. And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. (Acts 6:1-6)


1 Timothy 3:16

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. 



Here in this passage we have an affirmation of the truth of the Gospel that the Word (Jesus) which was with God became flesh and dwelt among us (see John 1:14). The other translations quoted below fall short to point out this truth by using the word “He” instead of “God.” Yes, it is true that one can come to the conclusion that these other versions are referring to Jesus Himself by what fallows, however, they fail to hit home the fact that He was God who became flesh and blood. Other bible versions that do include “God” are the Geneva, NKJV, YLT, DBY, WEB and the HNV.


  • Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory. (NIV)
  • Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. (ESV)
  • And most certainly, the mystery of godliness is great: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. (HCSB)
  • By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory. (NASB)
  • Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of our religion: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. (RSV)
  • And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; He who was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the spirit, Seen of angels, Preached among the nations, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory. (ASV)


Isaiah 64:6  

But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. 


Now, we came to those words that are wrongfully toned down in the Bible. For we can see translators of the newer bibles changing the meaning of God's word to maybe make it less “offensive” to the readers. But wait a minute. Are not these words inspired by God in the first place, and did not the original copies have them in there? So, if God inspired them to be there, who are we to change their meaning. For let's remember, “Father knows best.” Amen.


So that being said, if we look at the original meaning of the words “filthy rags” we can see that it means just that. For these words in the Hebrew mean a “menstruated cloth” which shows that even our best works are unclean before God. What is also interesting is that the CSB bible has in their notes that the literal meaning is “menstrual.” Then why not use it as does the NET bible which says: “We are all like one who is unclean, all our so-called righteous acts are like a menstrual rag in your sight. We all wither like a leaf; our sins carry us away like the wind.” Right on NET bible; now only if you were accurate everywhere else. Others that make this passage clear by using “filthy rags” are: NKJV, DBY, WEB, NLT, NIV and of course the clearest of them all, the NET.


  • We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. – ESV
  • All of us have become like something unclean, and all our righteous acts are like a polluted garment; all of us wither like a leaf, and our iniquities carry us away like the wind. – CSB
  • For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. – NASB
  • We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. - RSV 
  • For we are all become as one that is unclean, and all our righteousnesses are as a polluted garment: and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. - ASV 
  • And we are as unclean -- all of us, And as a garment passing away, all our righteous acts; And we fade as a leaf -- all of us. And our iniquities as wind do take us away. – YLT
  • For we are all become as one who is unclean, and all our righteousness are as a polluted garment: and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. - HNV 


Ezekiel 16:25-26

Thou hast built thy high place at every head of the way, and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred, and hast opened thy feet to everyone that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms. Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbors, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger.


Here in this passage of scripture above, we see God using the illustration of a whore giving herself over to fornication. This God did to expose Israel of her sins against him. Now, I would like to first point-out that the NIV makes it very clear on what’s being said here, for it reads: “At every street corner you built your lofty shrines and degraded your beauty, spreading your legs with increasing promiscuity to anyone who passed by. You engaged in prostitution with the Egyptians, your neighbors with large genitals, and aroused my anger with your increasing promiscuity.” Wow, I think this makes it very clear, don’t you? So, I would have to admit that the KJV translators even toned it down slightly a bit compared to the NIV version. Those versions that do make it clear (or clearer) as the KJV in both verses 25 and 26 are: NIV, CSB, ASV, HNV. The NASB, NET, YLT, DBY, WEB only have it right in one verse or the other.


Below are those versions that seem to think that the literal words in this passage of scripture are a little over the top for God’s people.


  • You built your high places at the head of every road, and made your beauty to be abhorred. You offered yourself to everyone who passed by, and multiplied your acts of harlotry. You also committed harlotry with the Egyptians, your very fleshly neighbors, and increased your acts of harlotry to provoke Me to anger. – NKJV
  • On every street corner you defiled your beauty, offering your body to every passerby in an endless stream of prostitution. Then you added lustful Egypt to your lovers, provoking my anger with your increasing promiscuity. – NLT
  • At the head of every street you built your lofty place and made your beauty an abomination, offering yourself to any passerby and multiplying your whoring. You also played the whore with the Egyptians, your lustful neighbors, multiplying your whoring, to provoke me to anger. – ESV
  • at the head of every street you built your lofty place and prostituted your beauty, offering yourself to any passer-by, and multiplying your harlotry. You also played the harlot with the Egyptians, your lustful neighbors, multiplying your harlotry, to provoke me to anger. – RSV

  1. (a)pâsaq, paw-sak'; a primitive root; to dispart (the feet or lips), i.e. become licentious:—open (wide). (b)Gesenius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon: to separate, to open wide, to throw apart the (the legs).
  2. (a)Strong’s Definitions: also (by euphemistically) the pudenda of a man. (b)Jamieson, Fausset & Brown Commentary: great of flesh--of powerful virile parts. (c)Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee lexicon: By a euphemism for pudenda. …flesh of nakedness


1 Kings 14:10

Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung, till it be all gone. 


Here we can see another example where the translators are toning down Godʼs word. Instead of using the inspired words “pisseth against the wall” (in modern English, urinate) or the word “dung” (fecal matter), publishers felt that they needed to change this and obscure (maybe not intentionally) the message that God is trying to get across to us readers. Why do they think itʼs offensive or inappropriate to use a word that Got Himself inspired? We are not called to sterilize the Bible but to present it in all its truth.


Even though most translations do include the word “dung” in them, they still leave out the reference to “urinate” as the KJV has it. However, they do make it clear that it is the males that God is talking about here. Those versions that use both the word “dung” and "males" are: NIV, ESV, CSB, NASB, NET, RSV, ASV DBY, WEB and HNV. Those that totally obscure this passage are listed below. Refuse or trash as the NKJV and the NLT has it does not convey much disgust as the scriptures intended. Nor does “those sitting on the wall” has anything to do with the male gender as the YLT has it.


  • therefore behold! I will bring disaster on the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam every male in Israel, bond and free; I will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as one takes away refuse until it is all gone. – NKJV
  • I will bring disaster on your dynasty and will destroy every one of your male descendants, slave and free alike, anywhere in Israel. I will burn up your royal dynasty as one burns up trash until it is all gone. – NLT
  • Therefore, lo, I am bringing in evil unto the house of Jeroboam, and have cut off to Jeroboam those sitting on the wall -- shut up and left -- in Israel, and have put away the posterity of the house of Jeroboam, as one putteth away the dung till its consumption; - YLT


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Pure Words

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. (Proverbs 30:5-6)

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(Pray that All would see the Big Picture of Scripture)

To the Reader: I do realize that some may disagree on the things contained in this article. However, we shouldn’t divide over this but realize not everybody has attained the same level of faith. For Paul said: Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. (Romans 14:1-2) God help us to be a people of unity and not divide over the non-major things.


Born of the Water and the Spirit

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (John 3:5-6)


What did Jesus mean by saying that that a man cannot enter into the kingdom of God "except a man be corn of water and the Spirit? Well it's very simple, for he explains it in the next verse when he said: "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." (John 3:6) You first have to be naturally born into this world in order to be Spiritually born. And only when you're Spiritually born, can you enter into God’s kingdom. So, being born of the water is simply in reference to the natural birth when a pregnant woman's water brakes and out comes the baby. 


Then the next step is being born of the Spirit when we are converted and receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Let's not try to read into this and make it something it's not. For you must first come into existence before you can know who God is. And then you must turn your life over to him and be "born again." We must simply Interpret scripture with scripture because it's all there in God's word for us. Amen.


Now, I know this raises that question, “are we going to see these stillborn and aborted babies in heaven?” Well, according to the words of Jesus above, no we’re not. For he made it clear that one must be birthed into this world and then be born of the Spirit of God to enter heaven. Now, this is in no way saying that they are going to hell, for they nether had a choice one way or another. For only those who have the capacity of choice are either going to heaven or hell. This should make abortion that much more horrible for it extinguishes life in the womb and robs a child of a chance to know God. Now, that’s first-degree murder and should be dealt with as so. 


Now, my heart goes out to any woman who had to go through a stillborn birth. She should rest assured that she is not guilty as those who abort their child. However, according to God’s word one must first be birthed into the world, and then receive God’s Spirit (born again) in order to “enter into the kingdom of God.” And just to help make things clear, little children do have the capacity of choice. For Jesus said: “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. ... Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:6, 10)

Now, how much more does this also make the words of Jesus to us so important when he said: “The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:2) However, are we as Christians doing this? Don’t we realize that people’s eternal destiny is at stake here? God help us all to do his will.


Below is a message by Chuck Smith who was Pastor of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, California before he passed away:

  • Jesus said, "Unless a man is born of the water and of the Spirit." Now, what does He mean water and Spirit? We know what it is to be born of the Spirit. What is He referring to being born of the water? There are those who declare that He is talking about water baptism. Unless you have been baptized in water, you’re not going to see the kingdom of heaven, and that born of the water refers to water baptism. I do not believe that Jesus is referring to water baptism here, because I believe that there are people who have gone through the ritual of water baptism who are not going to see the kingdom of heaven. It was only a ritual. But it would seem to me that being born of the water would be a reference to our natural birth, as the fetus is in that water sac being protected, and then there is the water bursting and the child is born. To be born of the water would refer to the natural birth, because in context then, Jesus said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, but that which born of the Spirit is spirit.” And so, He's talking about the two births: born of the water, and born of the Spirit. And that the born of the Spirit is referring to the new birth, the spiritual birth that we have, where born of the water would refer to the fleshly birth.


Who Really Owns Christian Music?

He put a new song in my mouth, A hymn to our God; many will see and be afraid, and shall hope in the Lord. (Psalm 39:4)


Why do Christian musicians collect royalties and claim ownership for music and songs they don’t own? For God Himself is the true Author and Owner of them as David declares in that verse above. For it is he, that puts the new songs in our hearts as we see above in Psalm 39:4. Therefore, God has freely given us these songs to share in order to: ”Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Colossians 3:16)” Yes, Jesus did say “the workman is worthy of his meat,” but He also said “freely ye have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:7-10) So, let's consider what this means. Jesus sent out his disciples to preach, heal, raise the dead and casting out devils. So, they receive wages not for the power or the message Jesus gave them, but for the work that was associated with delivering it. In the same way, a Pastor of a congregation receive wages not for the sermon he received from God, but for being a good steward in delivering it. Yes, he may have spent a lot of time preparing it, but we must remember that God is the one who put it on his heart in the first place.


So, it’s the same with Christian music. God puts it upon our hearts and we faithfully deliver it to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Therefore, we should get wages for the performance and delivery, but not for the song itself. For as said before, we’re not the true owners of it, but God is. Once that song reaches another church body, it’s now theirs to share. So, stop collecting royalties fellow Christians. Could you imagine the negative reaction if Paul the apostle demanded royalties for his letters being read or copied? “Copyright By: Apostle Paul's Apostolic Ministries. Any Duplication or Use without Prior Permission from the Copyright Owner is prohibited by Law.” Thank God that Paul never ended his letters this way. For if he did, there may have been a big portion of the New Testament missing. This is true with the psalms or, for that matter, anywhere in the scriptures. We don't see any copyright notices or any royalties demanded at the end of any of the songs or scriptures except from the publishers of the Bible themselves (which is an evil as well).


Let’s remember what Jesus Himself said to those who were selling things in the temple: “It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.” (Matthew 21:13) He said this to those who were making money off of the people by selling things that were to be used for religious service. This can be applied to music as will. For if you're making money off the songs itself in which God is the originator, you're taking money for something that doesn’t belong to you, and that would be stealing. “For He also said: Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.’ (John 2:16) We should be demonstrating that our time of gathering should be for worship and praise and not a means for financial gain.


In closing, I would like to say that I do love all my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who are penning and singing these songs for the sake of the church and the world. I myself love to sing, worship God, as well as listen to the music of my fellow Christian. But please, let’s not mirror how the world operates or does things but let us live our lives as true children of the Light. For Jesus is calling us to come out of the world and be separate. And my prayer is for that.


Putting Lazarus Together

Jesus said: But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (Matthew 12:36) 


Saying things that have no real value or meaning would be unfruitful and unproductive. So, when Jesus spoke of the rich man and Lazarus, would he be just throwing out some name without any intent for the listener to eventually discover who that man is? Oh, and let's remember that Jesus is actually mentioning someone by name, this never happens in His parables. Now, please notice that Lazarus both died and was raised from the dead. I do see this being the same person who was laid not only at the rich man’s gate, but who was Marry and Martha’s brother as well. And let’s remember that God is not the author of confusion. So, wouldn’t this be confusing if this was anything less than the same person? I would believe so. Below are a few key scriptures that I've found in God's Word that supports what I’m saying.


Some scripture to consider concerning this:

  • Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. ... Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. ... Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. ... These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. ... Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. (John 11:1, 3, 5-6, 11, 13-14)
  • There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. ... Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. (Luke 16:19-23, 27-28)
  • Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, loose him, and let him go. (John 11:41- 44)


Entertain Me Please

These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. (Jude 1:16)


After our church quire sang a song in church, I was approached by a friend of mine (who was involved in a secular music group) who told me the song we sang did nothing for her. Though she was a professing Christian, she still missed a very important point. For that song we song was not for our entertainment, but for the glory and praise of God. You see, so many times we come to church with a worldly mentality. Thus, we expect a church to be a place of entertainment instead of a place to worship God. In fact, if you find yourself in a church that's geared toward entertainment, chances are you will come out of there no closer to God than when you first went in. May God help us to come to church only with an attitude to worship and to hear from Him. For a church should be a place to have our ears tickled. For a church that is based on entertainment is a church that is of the world.


Some scripture to consider concerning this:

  • Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Colossians 3:16)
  • Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; (Ephesians 5:19)
  • Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Timothy 4:2-4)


Following Our Vain Pursuits

He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man. The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. (Psalm 147:10-11)


This verse above is so true. So, why do we as humans think that the Almighty God who created us is impressed with our athletic abilities or worldly feats that we do? Come on people he made us, he already knows what we can and can’t do. So when it comes to the Bible verse, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13), we shouldn’t come to the false conclusion that this can be applied to our athletic abilities, whether one is handicapped or not. Because let’s face it, there are many athletes who are opposed to God’s truth, yet have been successful in one degree or another. And what about those teams that have confessing Christians on both sides who may be praying for a win? So, if God did make a choice, wouldn’t that go against his word which say: For God does not show favoritism (Romans 2:11)?


And just to let you know, I was one of those whose life was wrapped up in competition sports. I was on my High School’s surf team, I played in Racket Ball tournaments, Golf tournament, ping pong matches, tennis matches, played Recreation & Sports hardball, I played football, basketball, had my own pool table and the list goes on. However, I found that all of these are built on competition which is based on pride and arrogance which God.


But when it comes to the opposition, we may receive for sharing the Gospel, only through the strength of God can we endure and have true victory, even if facing persecution and death. That’s what we can do through the strength Christ give us, not some vain athletic skill or victory. And yes, there are many Christian athletes who point to the sky or give statement that give God the glory. However, as said before, even those who are ungodly have been successful just the same, maybe even giving glory to their false gods. And let’s take heed to what the apostle Peter said: And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (1 Peter 1:17-19)


Now, I know that some of you may have watched “Soul Surfer” which was based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton (whom I believe is a sister in Christ) who had her arm bit off by a shark. And yes, many might be inspired by her story of being a successful surfer despite having this bad thing happening to her. And by some of her quotes I’ve read, It appears that Bethany thinks that God allowed this shark attack to help inspire her and others to preserver when bad things happen. However, I am convinced that nothing could be further from the truth. I say this because according to Psalm 147:10-11, 1 Maccabees 1:11-15, 2 Maccabees 2:7-9, 13-15, God takes no delight in our athletic abilities. Therefore, I firmly believe that God allowed this bad thing to happen because she put her vain surfing pursuits before helping others who were in need. Watch the movie and see the way her church youth leader and mom responded when Bethany made a bad choice of choosing surfing over her commitment to go on a mission trip to help others.


Well some may say, “God would never do such a thing to one of his children.” Oh no? Well let’s remember what happened to Moses who was just chosen and commissioned by God to go set the Israelites free from Pharaoh. Along the way to Egypt, God meet Moses in an inn and sought to kill him because he didn’t circumcise his son. And if it wasn’t for his wife Zipporah who took the initiative to cut off her son’s foreskin, Moses could have been dead (Exodus 4:24-26). And let’s not forget the Christian couple Ananias and his wife Sapphira who lied to Peter about some property they sold. They both dropped dead at his feet. So, let’s not put God in our own little theological box but stand on scripture instead.


We must remember that there are people not only in sports, but who are involved in other areas of life who are very successful and yet don’t have a relationship with God. Lance Armstrong who was very successful and may have inspired others said: “If there was a God, I’d still have both nuts.” Then we have the famous Bruce Lee who was asked if he believed in God, in which he said: “To be perfectly frank, I really do not.” And there is the MMA fighter Frank Mir who called religion “the retarded stepchild of philosophy.” And this list goes on and on. So again, brothers and sisters in Christ, the bible verse: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13) has nothing to do with competition sports or any other vain pursuits of this life. Instead it’s all about the strength we receive through Jesus Christ when we’re faced against the ungodly oppositions of this world.


But to make one thing clear, I don't believe that surfing in itself is evil. This would also be true with snow skiing, or anything else that would be fun and enjoyable. It's when we make it competitive that we do error and fall into evil. For competition is built on pride which God hates as His word says: "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18) So, this evil pertains to all competition sports which people do. Please consider some passages below.


Below are some scriptures against competition sports:

  • Here we read how Paul the apostle in a metaphoric way distinguishes us who are in a Spiritual race, from those of the world who compete in a literal running race. For he says: Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (1 Corinthians 9:24-25)
  • Here we read how those Jews during the life of Maccabee got all caught up in the evil customs of the Greeks, which of course is our modern-day SPORTS. In those days lawless men came forth from the sons of Israel, and they persuaded many, saying, “Let us make a covenant with the Gentiles surrounding us, for ever since we were separated from them, many evils have found us.” This proposal found favor in their eyes, and some of the people eagerly desired to enter into this agreement. So they went to the king, and he gave them authority to observe the ordinances of the Gentiles. Then they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem according to the customs of the Gentiles, and made themselves as the uncircumcision. So they fell away from the holy covenant, yoked themselves to the Gentiles, and sold themselves to do evil. (1 Maccabees 1:11-15)
  • Again, we see during the life of Maccabee that Jason who was high priest was given over to idolatrous sports: But after the death of Seleucus, when Antiochus, called Epiphanes, took the kingdom, Jason the brother of Onias laboured underhand to be high priest, Promising unto the king by intercession three hundred and threescore talents of silver, and of another revenue eighty talents: Beside this, he promised to assign an hundred and fifty more, if he might have licence to set him up a place for exercise, and for the training up of youth in the fashions of the heathen, and to write them of Jerusalem by the name of Antiochians. …So there was the fullest expression of Hellenization and the adoption of foreign customs because of the surpassing wickedness of Jason, who was ungodly and not a true high priest. Therefore the priests were no longer eager to serve at the altar, but they despised the temple and neglected the sacrifices. Instead, they hastened to take part in the unlawful proceedings in the wrestling-school after the invitation to the discus. They counted the honors of their fathers as nothing, but regarded Greek honors as the best. (2 Maccabees 4:7-9, 13-15)


It’s a Church, not a Burger King

Do all things without murmurings and disputing’s: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; (Philippians 2:14-15)


“Hold the pickles hold the lettuce, special orders don't upset us, all we ask is that you let us have it your way.” Some of you may remember that little jingle from a Burger King commercial a while back. Simply put, Burger King is saying choose how you want your burger to be made. And though this may sound good for a burger restaurant, it's not really that good for a church. For there is only One who is to have His way in the church, and that's God Himself. But so many times we still bring this mentality into church. For there is nitpicking and complaining about the music, the temperature, the ones who are preaching and so on and so forth, expecting things to be done our way. But if we would just come to church walking in the Spirit and seeking God's will, we would find ourselves in a state of worship, and in prayer, wanting to hear from God instead of having everybody hearing from us.


Wouldn’t it be so nice if the church would just get back to the basics? It’s all about being in love with God and being filled with His Holy Spirit, totally loving Jesus Christ. For it was Jesus who died on the cross for our sins (because all have sinned) and rose again from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father making intersection for us, praise God. So, let’s die to ourselves and pick up our cross and follow Him. Because a church is not a Burger King.

Our Master Craftsman I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (Psalm 139:14)


God is an Awesome Creator, a Master Craftsman. The earth is His canvas, and we are His living artwork on display for all the universe (including us here on earth) to see and marvel at. And not only that, but we are made in His image, with the skills and gifts to build upon what He has already created. So, having said all that, I realize that everything that I see around me is in one form or another, God's artwork. However, we must be careful that we glorify Him in everything we do. Don’t let the works of your hands, or anything else you do, bring glory to yourself or the evil one, but to the One who gave you the ability to express your love for Him in everything you do.


So, to all of us who are painters, sculptors, photographers, home decorators, or whatever craft or skill you may be involved with; just keep doing what you’re doing in a way that's brings glory to God; and let it be your way of showing off his handy work to the world.


  • How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince's daughter! the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman. (Song of Songs 7:1)
  • My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand. ... His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires. His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars. (Song of Songs 5:10, 14-15)


Those Filthy Rags

We are all like one who is unclean, all our so-called righteous acts are like a menstrual rag in your sight. We all wither like a leaf; our sins carry us away like the wind. (Isaiah 64:6)


We as people are inherently evil. The only way we can do any good is by totally yielding ourselves to God. When the crowed asked Jesus: “What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” He said: “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. (John 6:29). So, we can see from Jesus statement, that all we must (or can) do is believe in Him. And by doing this, we receive God’s Holy Spirit which molds us and shapes us into all that He wants us to be. Anything we try to do on our own is like filthy rags to God (the word “filthy rags” in the Hebrew is in reference to the menstrual rag used by women during their period (Isaiah 64:5-8). So, I think you get the picture.


  • As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one." "Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit"; "The poison of asps is under their lips"; "Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness." "Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known." "There is no fear of God before their eyes." (Romans 3:10-18)
  • But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:8-9)
  • But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness’s are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away. And there is no one who calls on Your name, who stirs himself up to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us, and have consumed us because of our iniquities. But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand. Do not be furious, O LORD, nor remember iniquity forever; indeed, please look--we all are Your people! (Isaiah 64:6-9)


What’s so Wonderful about the Cross?

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)


Reading that passage above, what does the writer of Hebrews has to say concerning our Savior Jesus and the cross in which He bore. Doesn’t it say that “He endured the cross, despising the shame.” Now, what does it mean to “endure” something? Doesn't it mean to put up with something that may be unpleasant or hard to bear? Secondly, what does it mean to despise something? Doesn't it mean to hate or loath that thing.” So, we can see by this passage in Hebrews, that Jesus Himself because of His great love toward us endured the agony, the shame and the mockery that was associated with the cross. The Bible says that he despised it.


So, what should our attitude be in view of the cross? Shouldn't we be totally humbled and be at reverential awe because of what took place on it? So, I ask you fellow Christians, why would we want to sing of our love for the cross. Or just as bad, why would we sing how wonderful, mighty, and awesome it is? People, this is blaspheming. Why are we highly esteeming something Jesus Himself endured and even despised? We should not be exulting and adoring the cross, but only He who endured it for our sake.


Now, let’s not forget what took place in the garden of Gethsemane on the night He was betrayed. For Jesus Himself being in agony, was sweating as it were great drops of blood praying that the Father would, if possible, remove the cup that He was about to drink. And we know that the cross was a part of that which He endured for us. Well you might say, did not Paul say "God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ?" And I would have to say yes, he did. However, if we read it in its full context, we would see that it's not giving us a license to glorify the cross itself. For Paul is boasting in that which Jesus accomplished on it, for he says: “by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. So, it’s all about what Jesus has done and not the cross in itself.


Something to consider

What if Jesus came to earth in our lifetime or even a few generations ago to give his life a ransom for our sins? What kind of death would he die? Wouldn't it be through a hanging, or an electric chair or even a firing squad? Would you then be singing "Oh the wonderful noose, or “Wonderful electric chair” or even the “Wonderful Firing Squad? Wouldn’t people call you sick and morbid. How much more would the early church call you sick or morbid if they heard you sing, “how I love that old rugged cross” or even worse singing, "Oh the wonderful cross" during a time when they knew how gruesome the cross was. So, I would have to say, rip those songs out of every hymnal and destroy every recording that proclaims these morbid songs. God help us all.


Last of all I would like to say, let us remember the cry of misery that Jesus gave to the Father while hanging there on the cross. For He was forsaken so that you and I can be forgiven and be brought into a right relationship with Father. Amen


More scriptures to consider on this topic:

  • I think that sometimes we are prone to think that the cross was just sort of a duty that Jesus accepted. And that He just sort of thought, “Just part of life.” No, He despised the shame of the thing. He endured it, despising the shame (Hebrews12:2), in fact, it was loathsome to Him. You remember, in the garden He was praying that God if possible, would take an alternate course. "Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but Thy will be done" (Matthew 26:39). If man can be saved by being religious, by being good, by being sincere, by being anything; let this cup pass from Me. But, Jesus drank the cup. He endured the cross, though He despised the shame. (Paster Chuck Smith)
  • And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. (Luke 22:41-42)
  • “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." (Galatians 6:14)
  • And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46)


Words Spoken in Hast

Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him. (Proverbs 29:20)


This is a sobering passage because it’s so easy for us to say things off the top of our head. For there are so many people who have spoken in hast and may have regretted it afterwards. Such a one that comes to mind is our beloved Pastor Chuck Smith who was over a very large church that I was a part of. For he said during one of his sermons (labeled the “Rest”), why panic and cry out “why me Lord” when the doctor tells you it’s cancer. Then he said something that I believe that he shouldn’t have said. For he said that he would say, “hmm cancer, an interesting way to go.”


And after I heard him say this, I thought on all those in his congregation who were or may know someone who is suffering with cancer. The radiation treatments, the chemotherapy and the withering away of one’s body. No people, cancer IS NOT an interesting way to go. In fact, it’s a horrible way to go. And sure enough down the road, Chuck Smith suffered and died by coming down with lung cancer though he never smoked a day in his life.


There is another Pastor that spoke hastily and that would be Frank Pastore who was a radio talk host. For while discussing the immortality of the soul on the air, he brought up a hypothetical scenario saying: “I mean look, you guys know I ride a motorcycle don’t you? So, at any moment, especially with the idiot people who cross the diamond lane into my lane, all right, without any blinkers – not that I’m angry about it – at any minute I could be spread all over the 210, but that’s not me, that’s my body parts.” And unfortunately that evening he sustained injuries when his motorcycle was sideswiped by a car in the carpool lane on the 210 freeway.


Now, there are those who claim that he was prophesying his death. But nothing could be further from the truth. I say this because he didn’t die that night nor was his body parts scattered over the 210 freeway. For he died almost a month later while being in a coma. Therefore, this was not a prophecy people. We must realize that God allows us to eat our careless words to show us and others, that we must watch what we say by keeping a guard over our mouths. For let’s take heed to what God’s word says: “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” (Proverbs 18:21 NLT)


And yes, brothers and sister in Christ, I to spoke hastily at one point in my life which I do regret to this day. For when I was playing the vain sport of Racquetball years ago, I made a comment to a couple of guys that my partner and I were getting ready to play against. For I carelessly said to them something of this manner: “you are going to regret playing against us tonight.” And sure enough my partner hit a ball that landed in the eye of one on the opposing team. The impact busted his eye open, shattering his glass contact lenses into his eyeball. We took him to the hospital that night and I never seen nor heard of him again. I ate my hasty words. God forgive me. Amen




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Rightly Dividing the Truth

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)