This is the second installment in Brian Sirois’ article about the history of the Jesuit involvement with the modern bible versions. Mr. Sirois’ original article can be found at http://kjv.landmarkbiblebaptist.net/Sirois/1.html
I confess I have made some spelling changes, and I also removed a reference to Gail Riplinger’s book “New Age Bible Versions”. I hope Mr. Sirois will forgive me, but I believe the author was ignorant of Mrs. Riplinger’s attacks on a large number of Christians. I would recommend to Mr. Sirois that he remove all references to Mrs. Riplinger from his article as well.
Dr. Donald Waite has written a rebuttal of Mrs. Riplinger’s heresies and slanders. His article can be found here; http://www.biblefortoday.org/PDF/heresy.pdf and http://www.biblefortoday.org/PDF/WhoIsGailRiplinger.pdf
An article by Dr. Phil Stringer http://www.biblefortoday.org/PDF/StringerOnRiplinger.pdf
I met Mr. Waite a few years ago at a meeting in Brantford, Ontario, and sat at his table at lunch. My impression of him is that he is a humble servant of God, and a true scholar. In fact, at that time he was actually defending Mrs. Riplinger. Some of her claims, such as verbal plenary inspiration of the KJB, were not well known at the time.
While I disagree with Mr. Waite on the issue of alcohol and the Christian, and can defend my beliefs through extensive use of the King James Bible, I am in complete agreement with him on the issue of the King James bible itself. Read the first article above, and you will see a comparison of what Mr. Waite teaches about the bible, versus what Mrs. Riplinger teaches.
The fact is that there is some truth in Mrs. Riplinger’s book. It is not the truth that is the issue here, but the lies. I personally believe that people like Gail Riplinger, and Peter Ruckman, are tools of Satan intended to tar all users of the Authorized Version with the same brush. Satan can’t stop everyone from using the AV, but he can make us look bad using “guilt by association”. “Oh, you use the outdated KJB? You must be one of those whackos like Riplinger and Ruckman!”. This way he can keep as many young people as possible from using this prince of bibles!
In my next instalment I will tackle a supposed error in the AV, and the replacement found in the modern versions. There is prophetic, End Times, significance to the replacement. You will be surprised at what they have done!
In the mean time, enjoy the article;
Beyond Blasphemy: The Bridge to Babylon
By Brian Sirois
April 5, 2012
PART 3 — THE JESUITS:
As opposition to the catholic church grew, the pope became desperate for a solution to his Protestant problem! In 1534, a man named Ignatius Loyola founded a radical society of catholics whos purpose was to fight against the Protestant Reformers.
On September 27th, 1540, Pope Paul the III formally established the Jesuits as a official catholic organization. Part of the Jesuit oath says,
“My son, heretofore you have been taught to act the dissembler: among Roman Catholics to be a Roman Catholic, and to be a spy even among your own brethren; to believe no man, to trust no man. Among the Reformers, to be a Reformer; among the Huguenots, to be a Huguenot; among the Calvinists, to be a Calvinist; among other Protestants, generally to be a Protestant; and obtaining their confidence, to seek even to preach from their pulpits, and to denounce with all the vehemence in your nature our Holy Religion and the Pope; and even to descend so low as to become a Jew among Jews, that you might be enabled to gather together all information for the benefit of your Order as a faithful soldier of the Pope. You have been taught to plant insidiously the seeds of jealousy and hatred between communities, provinces, states that were at peace, and to incite them to deeds of blood, involving them in war with each other, and to create revolutions and civil wars in countries that were independent and prosperous, cultivating the arts and the sciences and enjoying the blessings of peace; to take sides with the combatants and to act secretly with your brother Jesuit, who might be engaged on the other side, but openly opposed to that with which you might be connected, only that the Church might be the gainer in the end, in the conditions fixed in the treaties for peace and that the end justifies the means. You have been taught your duty as a spy, to gather all statistics, facts and information in your power from every source; to ingratiate yourself into the confidence of the family circle of Protestants and heretics of every class and character, as well as that of the merchant, the banker, the lawyer, among the schools and universities, in parliaments and legislatures, and the judiciaries and councils of state, and to be all things to all men, for the Pope’s sake, whose servants we are unto death. You have received all your instructions heretofore as a novice, a neophyte, and have served as co-adjurer, confessor and priest, but you have not yet been invested with all that is necessary to command in the Army of Loyola in the service of the Pope. You must serve the proper time as the instrument and executioner as directed by your superiors; for none can command here who has not consecrated his labours with the blood of the heretic; for “without the shedding of blood no man can be saved”. Therefore, to fit yourself for your work and make your own salvation sure, you will, in addition to your former oath of obedience to your order and allegiance to the Pope” END-QUOTE. (excerpt of the Jesuit Extreme Oath of Induction as recorded in the Journals of the 62nd Congress, 3rd Session, of the United States Congressional Record (House Calendar No. 397, Report No. 1523, 15 February, 1913, pp. 3215-3216)).
From 1545 to 1564 the Council of Trent met and condemned the enemies of the catholic church. In the 4th session they stated,
“Futhermore, to check unbridled spirits, it decrees that no one relying on his won judgment shall, in matters of faith and morals pertaining to the edification of christian doctrine, distorting the Holy Scriptures in accordance with his own conceptions. Presume to interpret them contrary to that sense which holy mother church to whom it belongs to judge of their true sense and interpretation…
“…[this council] decrees and ordains that in the future the Holy Scriptures, especially the old Vulgate edition, be printed in the most correct manner possible, and that it shall not lawful for anyone to print or to have printed any books whatsoever dealing with sacred doctrinal matters without the name of the author, or in the future to sell them, or even to have them in possession, unless they have first been examined and approved by the ordinary, under penalty of anathema and fine prescribed by the last council of the Lateran.”
In 1605, the Jesuits tried to assassinate King James and the members of parliament. On the morning of November the 5th, Guy Fawkes was discovered by an act of God, with 36 barrows of gun powder, which was hidden under the floor in which King James would be standing in a matter of hours. The conspirators were captured and executed. God protected King James and the translators.
But the Jesuits had another plan, if the people of England wanted a Bible, then they (the Jesuits) would give them one. The Jesuit’s Douay–Rheims Bible! The “Rheims” NT was released in 1582 and the whole Bible was finished in 1610, exactly one year before the Authorized Version (King James) of 1611.
Which almost all of the changes found in the newer version match that of the Jesuit’s Douay–Rheims Bible from 1610!
PART 4 — Westcott & Hort:
A) In 1871, The church of England decided that the King James Version should be revised. Two unsaved scholars, Brooke Foss Westcott and Fenton John Anthony Hort, would see to it that a whole new translation would be made to replace the King James Authorized Version.
Brooke Foss Westcott Fenton John Anthony Hort
They used mainly “4” manuscripts to make this new translations. These manuscripts used were ROMAN CATHOLIC MANUSCRIPTS!!!
Codex Sinaiticus (א)
Codex Vaticanus (B)
Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus (C)
There corrupt “Revised Version” was released in 1881.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE BELIEFS OF WESTCOTT AND HORT???
Dr. William Grady said it best in his excellent book, Final Authority…
“Wescott and Hort, were a pair of unsaved liberals whose open Vatican sympathies cast them as the consummate Jesuit plants.”
B) In 1896, a collection of Hort’s letters was published by his son in two volumes. The book entitled “Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort” by his son Arthur Fenton Hort.
In Vol. 1 on page 76 we read,
“The pure Romish view seems to me nearer, and more likely to lead to, the truth than the Evangelical;”
On page 148, Hort said,
“…the ordinary confused evangelical notions, tho’ I would on no account alter the prayer book of catechism to make them more palatable to them.”
On page 400, Hort admits that,
“The positive doctrines even of the evangelicals seem to me perverted rather than untrue. There are, I fear, still serious differences between us on the subject of authority, and especially the authority of the Bible,”
On page 445, Hort says,
“I have a sort of craving that our text should be cast upon the world before we deal with matters likely to brand us with suspicion. I mean, a text, issued by men already known for what will undoubtedly be treated as dangerous heresey, will have great difficulties in finding its way to regions which it might otherwise hope to reach, and whence it would not be easily banished by subsequent alarms.”
Hort shows his hatred for the TRUE Greek Text on page 211, were he states,
“I had no idea till last few weeks of the importance of texts, having read so little Greek Testament, and dragged on with the villainous Textus Receptus. Westcott recommended me to get Bagster’s Critical, which has Scholz’s Text, and is most convenient in small quarto, with parallel Greek and English, and a wide margin on purpose for notes. This pleased me much; so many little alterations on good MS. authority made things clear not in a vulgar, notional way, but by giving a deeper and fuller meaning. But after all scholz is very capricious and sparing in introducing good readings; and Tischendorf I find a great acquisition, above all, because he gives various readings at the bottom of his page, and his prolegomena are invaluable. Think of that vile Textus Receptus leaning entirely on late MSS; it is a blessing there are such early ones…”
In a letter to Westcott, Hort says on Page 430,
“Certainly nothing can be more unscriptural than the modern limiting of Christ’s bearing our sins and suffering to His death; but indeed that is only one aspect of an almost universal heresy.”
On page 120, Hort declares,
“The fact is, I do not see how God’s justice can be satisfied without every man’s suffering in his own person the full penalty for his sins. I know that it can, for if it could not in the case of some at least, the whole Bible would be a lie; but if in the case of some, why not in the case of all?”
Hort clearly did not believe that the death of Jesus on the cross was not enough to pay for his sins!!!
C) What about WESTCOTT, what did he believe???
In 1903, Westcott’s son “Arthur Westcott” published his fathers letters in a two volume book entitled, “Life and Letters of Brooke Foss Westcott.”
On pages 228-229, Westcott told Hort what he thought of the Textus Receptus,
“I feel most keenly the disgrace of circulating what I feel to be falsified copies of the Holy Scripture, and am most anxious to provide something to replace them.”
He then went on to say on that same page,
“But pray think how utterly ignorant and prejudiced even well-informed men are on the text of the New Testament.”
On page 52, Westcott said,
“I never read an account of a miracle but I seem instinctively to feel its improbability, and discover some want of evidence in the account of it.”
In volume 2, on page 49 Westcott gives his view on Heaven, he writes,
“..it saves us from the error of connecting the presence of Christ’s glorified humanity with place: ‘heaven is a state and not a place.’ I cannot therefore but think that you should require the most exact rending of the whole.”
On page 394, Westcott states,
“If Tennyson’s idea of heaven was true, that ‘heaven is the ministry of the soul to soul,’ we may reasonable hope, by patient, resolute, faithful, united endeavour, to find heaven about us here, the glory of our earthly life.”
Westcott shows his love for ROMAN CATHOLICISM on page 81, when he writes,
“After leaving the monastery we shaped our course to a little oratory which we discovered on the summit of neighbouring hill, and by a little scrambling we reached it. Fortunately we found the door open. It is very small, with one kneeling–place; and behind a screen was a “Pietà” the size of life (i.e. a virgin and dead Christ). The sculpture was painted, and such a group in such a place and at such a time was deeply impressive. I could not help thinking on the fallen grandeur of the Romish Church, on her zeal even in error, on her earnestness and self-devotion, which we might nobler views and a purer end, strive to imitate. Had I been alone I could have knelt there for hours.”
It is truly sad that a intelligent man like Westcott could not bring him self to believe in Heaven or miracles!!
D) But Westcott and Hort was involved in something far more sinister. In 1845, they joined the “Hermes Club.” In 1851, they formed the “Ghostly Guild,” which was followed by the Eranus Club in 1872. These clubs were involved in the occult and in necromancy!!! Necromancy is communicating with dead spirits.
Why would two men who claimed to be saved, have such an interest in the spirit world and the occult??? Should a Christian trust a text or a Bible traced back to these two men??? Westcott and Hort’s corrupt Greek Text and textual criticism theories would go on to produce over 400 new versions of the Bible in the next 120 years!!
E) Facts about Westcott and Hort:
Brooke Foss Westcott (1825-1901) and Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828-1892) were the two English “scholars” who produced the corrupt Greek text of the modern versions. Their dominating influence on the revision committee of 1871-1881 accounts for most of the corruption that we have today in modern translations. The Bible believer should keep several points in mind when discussing these two men. The following information is well documented in Final Authority, by William Grady, and in Les Garrett’s Which Bible Can We Trust?
1. Together, the Life and Letters of Brooke Foss Westcott and the Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort run over 1,800 pages. A personal salvation testimony is not given once for either man, and the name “Jesus” is found only nine times!
2. Westcott was a firm believer in Mary worship, and Hort claimed that Mary worship had a lot in common with Jesus worship.
3. Hort believed in keeping Roman Catholic sacraments.
4. Hort believed in baptismal regeneration as taught in the Catholic church.
5. Hort rejected the infallibility of Scripture.
6. Hort took great interest in the works of Charles Darwin, while both he and Westcott rejected the literal account of Creation.
7. Westcott did not believe in the Second Coming of Christ, the Millennium, or a literal Heaven.
8. Both men rejected the doctrine of a literal Hell, and they supported prayers for the dead in purgatory.
9. Hort refused to believe in the Trinity.
10. Hort refused to believe in angels.
11. Westcott confessed that he was a communist by nature.
12. Hort confessed that he hated democracy in all it’s forms.
13. Westcott also did his share of beer drinking. In fact, only twelve years after the Revised Version was published, Westcott was a spokesman for a brewery.
14. While working on their Greek text (1851-1871), and while working on the Revision Committee for the Revised Version (1871-1881), Westcott and Hort were also keeping company with “seducing spirits and doctrines of devils” (I Tim. 4:1). Both men took great interest in occult practices and clubs. They started the Hermes Club in 1845, the Ghostly Guild in 1851, and Hort joined a secret club called The Apostles in the same year. They also started the Eranus Club in 1872. These were spiritualists groups which believed in such unscriptural practices as communicating with the dead (necromancy).
15. The Westcott and Hort Greek text was SECRETLY given to the Revision Committee.
16. The members of the Revision Committee of 1881 were sworn to a pledge of secrecy in regard to the new Greek text being used, and they met in silence for ten years.
17. The corrupt Greek text of Westcott and Hort was not released to the public until just five days before the debut of the Revised Version. This prevented Bible-believing scholars like Dean Burgon from reviewing it and exposing it for the piece of trash that it was.
QUESTION: Does this sound like an HONEST work of God or a DISHONEST work of the Devil?