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The Truth about the Once
Great Pentecostal Movements Part 3
Part 3: Gnostic Belief System with
a Different "Bible"
Before examining in our conclusion the statements of faith for each respective “Pentecostal Denomination” we bring a realisation that with the techniques of textual criticism have come a new breed of “Bible” that fits more perfectly into the presentations of the critics, the Authorized Version being a sword against such analysis.
We produce, therefore, our analysis of the “new translations” being used by the "Emerging" Pentecostal Movements, movements emerging from Early Church Christianity into a new age.
The "Bibles" now used by these movements have been brought together by two characters, spiritualists known as Westcott and Hort.
Brooke Foss Westcott (1825-1903)
Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828-1892)
I. These characters: Textual Critics Westcott and Hort produced from Codices Alexandrinus, Vaticanus & Sinaiticus a new “original Greek” in the 19th. Century that has supported all “new translations”.
A new belief system has occurred in the Pentecostal movements since the widespread changeover to Westcott & Hort “Bibles”.
Westcott & Hort believed the following:
FIRST BELIEF: Westcott was anti-Preacher – common today in the “Pentecostal Denominations” 1846 Oct. 25th - Westcott: "Is there not that in the principles of the "Evangelical" school which must lead to the exaltation of the individual minister, and does not that help to prove their unsoundness? If preaching is the chief means of grace, it must emanate not from the church, but from the preacher, and besides placing him in a false position, it places him in a fearfully dangerous one." (Life, Vol. I, pp.44,45).
The early Pentecostal Preachers had Christ in their hearts. The culture related a “sermon” as being a message from God and so respect was given to the messenger as he was a carrier of God’s given word. The emphasis of Petts on the “spirit” in relation to healing takes away the emphasis on the Word from which the Spirit will come to confirm.
SECOND BELIEF: God’s Word seems to change and develop with the time – THE SOCIAL GOSPEL - SEEKER FRIENDLY IS KING TODAY in Pentecostal Denominational Churches.
Oct., 22nd after Trinity Sunday - Westcott: "Do you not understand the meaning of Theological 'Development'? It is briefly this, that in an early time some doctrine is proposed in a simple or obscure form, or even but darkly hinted at, which in succeeding ages, as the wants of men's minds grow, grows with them - in fact, that Christianity is always progressive in its principles and doctrines" (Life, Vol. I, p.78).
The Bible, however, declares that the landmark should not be moved and we would argue that the Pentecostal Denominational churches of the early days were very different places to the entertainment focussed man pleasing entities they are today.
Malachi 3:6 (King James Version)
For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Hebrews 13:8 (King James Version)
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
1861 Apr. 12th - Hort to Westcott: "Also - but this may be cowardice - 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 heresy, 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." (Life, Vol.I, p.445).
1862 Apr. 30th, May 1st - Hort: "It seems to be clearly and broadly directed to maintaining that the English clergy are not compelled to maintain the absolute infallibility of the Bible. And, whatever the truth may be, this seems just the liberty required at the present moment, if any living belief is to survive in the land." (Life, Vol.I, p.454).
THIRD BELIEF: The Roman Catholic Manuscripts brought together by Roman Catholic sympathisers : 1847 Jan., 2nd Sunday after Epiphany - Westcott: "After leaving the monastery we shaped our course to a little oratory...It is very small, with one kneeling-place; and behind a screen was a 'Pieta' the size of life (i.e. a Virgin and dead Christ)...I could not help thinking on the grandeur of the Romish Church, on her zeal even in error, on her earnestness and self-devotion, which we might, with nobler views and a purer end, strive to imitate. Had I been alone I could have knelt there for hours." (Life, Vol.I, p.81).
1848 July 6th - Hort: "One of the things, I think, which shows the falsity of the Evangelical notion of this subject (baptism), is that it is so trim and precise...no deep spiritual truths of the Reason are thus logically harmonious and systematic...the pure Romish view seems to me nearer, and more likely to lead to, the truth than the Evangelical...the fanaticism of the bibliolaters, among whom reading so many 'chapters' seems exactly to correspond to the Romish superstition of telling so many dozen beads on a rosary...still we dare not forsake the Sacraments, or God will forsake us...I am inclined to think that no such state as 'Eden' (I mean the popular notion) ever existed, and that Adam's fall in no degree differed from the fall of each of his descendants" (Life, Vol.I, pp.76-78).
1865 Sept. 27th - Westcott: "I have been trying to recall my impressions of La Salette (a marian shrine). I wish I could see to what forgotten truth Mariolatry bears witness; and how we can practically set forth the teaching of the miracles".
Nov. 17th - Westcott: "As far as I could judge, the 'idea' of La Salette was that of God revealing Himself now, and not in one form but in many." (Life, Vol.I. pp.251,252).
Oct. 17th - Hort: "I have been persuaded for many years that Mary-worship and 'Jesus'-worship have very much in common in their causes and their results." (Life, Vol.II, p.50).
Early 20th. Century Pentecostals were passionately Protestant and would not embrace “Bibles” that undermined the principles of the Reformation.
When looking at The Inverness Christian Fellowship in 2008, part of the Apostolic Church it used NASB on its website, a Bible drawn from Egyptian manuscripts found in the Vatican. Today we find the NKJV, a "Bible" that has removed the word "hell" 23 times, the word "repent" 44 times, the complete removal of the word "damned", there being in all 2,289 word removals from the New Testament alone and a 100, 000 word changes meaning additions. This is absolutely in line with the thinking of Westcott and Hort and other textual critics.
Deuteronomy 4:2 (King James Version)
Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
Revelation 22:18 (King James Version)
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
One of the reasons why the Apostolic Church was brought about by God, according to a personal witness was to expose Catholic infiltration in society and here with this example we expose how it has crept into its own ranks.
Following on from its use of “user-friendly Bibles” in 2008 we found the Highland Apostolics in Inverness running a Disco Dancing, Hip-Hop, Slow Dance, Cheerleading, Rock'n'Roll and Streetdance Group!
What would D.P. Williams have said to that?
After our exposure in 2008, we find today the website is much more sober, with a new Pastor being inducted.
As it would seem that the disco, hip hop, slow dancing, cheerleading, rocking and rolling plus street dancing has come to an end with the Inverness Apostolics, fun seekers have to move south to Llanelli Wales where the local Apostolics have spent £10,000 on a cage, yes a cage to play football in!
2013 -At this time in 2007 we were witnessing the "social gospel" really getting a hold. In South Wales now there are signs of the traditionalists fighting back in a culture where the Pentecostal Denominations have lost their first love - the love of people before the love of God.
No longer would we have a hip hopping D.P. Williams but rather a caged up prospective Wayne Rooney!
FOURTH BELIEF: Lack of Faith in relation to Christ Jesus Ministry: Aug. 11th - Westcott: "I never read an account of a miracle (in Scripture?) but I seem instinctively to feel its improbability, and discover some want of evidence in the account of it." (Life, Vol.I, p.52).
The search for physical evidence is a passion of textual critics.
FIFTH BELIEF: Westcott and Hort were anti-Evangelical – yet their “Bible” is now the majority “Bible” in “Denominational Pentecostal” Churches!!!!! 1850 May 12th - Hort: "You ask me about the liberty to be allowed to clergymen in their views of Baptism. For my own part, I would gladly admit to the ministry such as hold Gorham's view, much more such as hold the ordinary confused Evangelical notions" (Life, Vol.I, p.148).
July 31st - Hort: "I spoke of the gloomy prospect, should the Evangelicals carry on their present victory so as to alter the Services." (Life, Vol.I, p.160).
1858 Oct. 21st - Further I agree with them in condemning many leading specific doctrines of the popular theology as, to say the least, containing much superstition and immorality of a very pernmicious kind...The positive doctrines even of the Evangelicals seem to me perverted rather than untrue...There are, I fear, still more serious differences between us on the subject of authority, and especially the authority of the Bible" (Life, Vol.I, p.400).
SIXTH BELIEF: PRO DARWIN EVOLUTION THEORY – in line with much Evangelical view today! 1860 Apr. 3rd - Hort: "But the book which has most engaged me is Darwin. Whatever may be thought of it, it is a book that one is proud to be contemporary with. I must work out and examine the argument in more detail, but at present my feeling is strong that the theory is unanswerable." (Life, Vol.I, p.416).
1890 Mar. 4th - Westcott: "No one now, I suppose, holds that the first three chapters of Genesis, for example, give a_literal history - I could never understand how any one reading them with open eyes could think they did - yet they disclose to us a Gospel. So it is probably elsewhere."
(Alexandrian Allegorical Approach)
It is incredible to note that Pentecostals as they are known today embrace “Bibles” brought together by spiritualists who embraced such beliefs.
SEVENTH BELIEF: CHRIST BEARING OUR SINS IS A HERESY ACCORDING TO HORT: Oct. 15th - Hort: "I entirely agree - correcting one word - with what you there say on the Atonement, having for many years believed that "the absolute union of the Christian (or rather, of man) with Christ Himself" is the spiritual truth of which the popular doctrine of substitution is an immoral and material counterfeit...Certainly nothing can be more unscriptural than the modern limiting of Christ's bearing our sins and sufferings to His death; but indeed that is only one aspect of an almost universal heresy." (Life, Vol.I, p.430).
The questioning of Christ Jesus Atonement seems par for the course!
Isaiah 53:1-6 (King James Version)
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
EIGHTH BELIEF: PROTESTANTISM TEMPORARY ACCORDING TO HORT: 1864 Sept. 23rd - Hort: "I believe Coleridge was quite right in saying that Christianity without a substantial Church is vanity and dissolution; and I remember shocking you and Lightfoot not so very long ago by expressing a belief that 'Protestantism' is only parenthetical and temporary. In short, the Irvingite creed (minus the belief in the superior claims of the Irvingite communion) seems to me unassailable in things ecclesiastical." (Life, Vol.II, p.30,31).
How often are the Protestant roots of the Pentecostal Denominations portrayed today?
NINTH BELIEF: BLASPHEMERS TOWARDS THE REAL WORD: 1851 Dec. 29,30th - Hort: "I had no idea till the last few weeks of the importance of texts, having read so little Greek Testament, and dragged on with the villainous Textus Receptus.. Think of that vile Textus Receptus leaning entirely on late MSS.; it is a blessing there are such early ones" (Life, Vol.I, p.211).
Sept. 29th - Westcott to Hort: "As to our proposed recension of the New Testament text, our object would be, I suppose, to prepare a text for common and general use...With such an end in view, would it not be best to introduce only certain emendations into the received text, and to note in the margin such as seem likely or noticeable - after Griesbach's manner?...I feel most keenly the disgrace of circulating what I feel to be falsified copies of Holy Scripture (a reference to the A.V.?), and am most anxious to provide something to replace them. This cannot be any text resting solely on our own judgment, even if we were not too inexperienced to make one; but it must be supported by a clear and obvious preponderance of evidence. The margin wiil give ample scope for our own ingenuity or principles...my wish would be to leave the popular received text except where it is clearly wrong." (Life, Vol.I, pp.228,229).
May 5th - Westcott to Hort: "at present I find the presumption in favour of the absolute truth - I reject the word infallibility - of Holy Scripture overwhelming." (Life, Vol.I, p.207).
There is often an aggression against the Received Text today in the denominational Pentecostal churches.
TENTH BELIEF: Westcott and Hort’s new “original Greek” contrary to Nicene Creed: Aug. ? - Hort to Lightfoot: "It is, I think, difficult to measure the weight of acceptance won beforehand for the Revision by the single fact of our welcoming an Unitarian, if only the Company perseveres in its present serious and faithful spirit." (Life, Vol.II, p.140). (Dr. G. Vance Smith, a Unitarian scholar, was a member of the Revision Committee. At Westcott's suggestion, a celebration of Holy Communion was held on June 22nd before the first meeting of the N.T. Revision Company. Dr. Smith communicated but said afterwards that he did not join in reciting the Nicene Creed and did not compromise his principles as a Unitarian. The storm of public indignation which followed almost wrecked the Revision at the outset. At length however Dr. Smith remained on the Committee).
As we will discover Hort did not embrace a “begotten, not made Jesus” as in the Authorized Version, this leading to a manifestation of a different “Jesus” in denominational Pentecostal Church embracing the “new translations”.
Hort, A.F., Life and Letters of Fenton J.A. Hort, MacMillan and Co., London, 1896, vols. I,II.
Westcott, A., Life and Letters of Brooke Foss Westcott, MacMillan and Co., London, 1903, vols. I,II.
II. Egyptian Gnostic Background to the Codices used by Westcott & Hort in their critical approach to “Bible” translation.
With the emphasis in the “Pentecostal Denominational” churches moving from the Word to the spirit we are discovering a passion for the experience rather than an enthusiasm for the Word of God. We would argue as the spirit is coming from a basis of mistrust in God’s Word and trust into a more user-friendly type “Bible” then the manifestations we are witnessing at this time bare no relation TO THE SIGNS CONFIRMING THE Word in Smith Wigglesworth’s day.
In our presentation of Alpha, we discovered that the Jesus of the well known course linked with the Toronto Blessing is a very different Jesus to the one depicted in the A.V.
From my time at Elim Bible College I observed a move towards Charismatic theology that emphasized the spirit rather than the Word. This resulted in manifestations of devils in College devotional times that were not dealt with like the early Pioneers would have dealt with them.
Links with charismatics that embraced Alpha style activity seemed to be occurring in the Bible College away from the concept of being baptized in the Holy Ghost to the new ideal of “being filled with the Spirit”. The Alpha – Smith Wigglesworth comparison reveals very much the difference between the two.
Smith Wigglesworth... Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Beloved, all that I speak this morning is burning in my soul. The baptism of the Spirit has come for nothing less than to eat the whole of my life. It set up Jesus as King, and nothing can stand in His holy presence when He is made King. Everything will wither before Him. I am realizing this.
What an inward burning, what an inward craving God can give! It is a taste of the heavenlies!
05 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
06 When they therefore were come together, they asked of Him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the Kingdom to Israel?
07 And He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power.
08 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
1. TO BE CONTINUALLY FULL OF HIS UTTERANCES AND REVELATIONS AND DIVINE PERCEPTION -CONTROLLED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD.
2. IS RESURRECTION POWER - NOTHING EARTHLY CAN REMAIN - i.e. DISEASE.
ALIVE TO GOD - Rom. 6:11 by the Spirit.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
3. HOLY GHOST = UNLIMITED SOURCE OF POWER -NOTHING STATIONARY IN GOD -INTO LINE WITH THE MIND OF GOD.
*Gumbel (Alpha’s Co-Ordinator): Sometimes when people are filled, they shake like a leaf in the wind. Others find themselves breathing deeply as if almost physically breathing in the Spirit.
*As recorded in Pastor Chris Hands's book Falling Short
From my time running Church fellowships and being involved with national missions in UK, it is clear that many coming to the meetings who profess to be "spirit-filled" are not even born again, the Alpha influence having the effect of bringing sin, rather than freedom from sin into the Church.
Smith Wigglesworth saw being baptized in the Holy Ghost as a perfecting for ministry but Petts and present day Pentecostals with their lack of belief in God’s promises being for today seem to be using the concept of “being filled with the Spirit” for self gratification.
What Pastor Chris Hand has said about Alpha is my experience of present day denominational Pentecostals.
Pastor Chris Hand asks the right questions about Alpha:
For all the sincerity of ‘Alpha’ participants believing that they have truly met with God, we are left with a number of questions. Are these experiences comparable with what we have learnt already about the works of the Holy Spirit in bringing true repentance and faith? In all honesty, as we look at the testimonies of people and the Biblical meaning of repentance and faith, the answer has to be ‘no’.
Let us recall again some of the hallmarks of repentance and faith. Is there conviction of sin? Do people experience shame for sin? Have people felt the severity of God’s law and understood the justness of God’s condemnation of us? Is there comprehension of the fact that God addresses us as sinners who are in danger of being eternally damned? Do people cling to Christ and Christ alone to save, the true expression of trusting faith? We look in vain for them during the ‘Weekend Away’. They are simply not there.
For example, it is difficult to equate the converting of a soul bound for hell with the experiences that we have seen above or with many others that could have been included here. For many it is simply an emotional experience or bodily sensation devoid of anything meaningful. There is no conviction of sin, no grasp of one’s spiritual state, no comprehension of the holiness of God or of our desperate need to be reconciled to Him.
We have already seen that the experience of repentance and faith did not feature during the evangelistic part of the course. ‘Praying the prayer’ did not achieve much. It all awaits the Holy Spirit Weekend-Away to ‘kick-start’ the whole thing. But while this produces experiences a plenty, it does not fill in the gap and supply the missing ingredients of repentance and faith. The evangelistic part of ‘Alpha’ failed to convert and the ‘Holy Spirit Weekend-Away’ does no better. At the very point where ‘Alpha’ appears to succeed as an effective evangelistic tool, it fails utterly. It would be an understatement to say that this is very disturbing.
The faith of God develops from within you from the study of God’s Word but the “new translations” with their Egyptian Gnostic roots are developing a new breed of denominational critics who either simply go for the “spirit experience” or the cultish doctrine of textual criticism. The Alpha example is one that has infiltrated into Pentecostal denominational thinking too and we argue that because of the move from the ancient foundations of the Church, we are witnessing a very different Spirit than the one that confirms the true Word of God.
We examine the Egyptian history of the “new translations” first, and then examine the strange new doctrines of the new translations before concluding with how these strange doctrines harmonize with the early statements of faith of the Pentecostal denominations.
The Root of Gnosticism and why “Pentecostal Denominations” have become Gnostic cults today.
It is very simple! Gnosticism is a combining of pagan, philosophical and apparent Christian teaching together to form a belief system to please all people. Petts seems determined to find a doctrine which is pastorally more acceptable and so uses the allegorical approaches of Egypt to do just that! Petts represents views widely held amongst present day leaders and Ministry Teachers from within these now apostate movements.
The “new translations” have their theological roots in Alexandria, Egypt where Clement of Alexandria endeavoured to combine pagan and philosophical perspectives with classical Christian teaching into his School of Theology. This is my experience of ElimBible College.
Later coming out of this school came Origen whose work included a bringing together of a theological technique that later became the base for Westcott and Hort to produce a pagan influenced manuscript that ultimately became the base document for the “new translations”. The influence of this thinking cannot produce a Bible at all as the real Bible is inspired of God. This concept of having a Word inspired of God seems alien to the thinking of present day denominational Pentecostals as proven by our analysis of Petts approach to Matthew.
Origen: “The God and Father, who holds the universe together, is superior to every being that exists, for he imparts to each one from his own existence that which each one is; the Son, being less than the Father, is superior to rational creatures alone (for he is second to the Father); the Holy Spirit is still less, and dwells within the saints alone. So that in this way the power of the Father is greater than that of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and that of the Son is more than that of the Holy Spirit, and in turn the power of the Holy Spirit exceeds that of every other holy being (Fragment 9 [Koetschau] tr. Butterworth 1966, pp. 33-34, and footnote).”
HERE IS THE BIG HERESY: Pentecostal denominations today who are embracing their Gnostic translations are believing in a belief system that has Jesus subordinate to the Father, a concept alien to the pioneer statements of faith. Origen’s Egyptian belief is therefore very much active in these now apostate groups.
2013: Signs of a New Age Elim, Apostolic, AOG are certainly there today particularly with the syncretisation of Lakeland/Toronto/Purpose Driven.
This is why the “new translations” used in the Pentecostal Denominational arena declare that Jesus did not regard equality with God something he could grasp whilst the Authorised Version fully recognises Jesus equality. “New translations”, therefore, have the theology of Alexandria whilst the Received Text has the theology of the Early Church.
THIS IS A CRUCIAL THEOLOGICAL POINT DISTINGUISHING TRUE CHRISTIANITY FROM THE COUNTERFEIT AND SO THIS SAME POINT WILL BE REPEATED LATER IN THIS EXAMINATION.
Philippians 2:6 (King James Version)
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
NIV – Phil. 2:6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
After 193 A.D. Clement became Head of the School of Theology at Alexandria. He had apparently converted into being a Christian who could not leave aside the values and virtues of his education at Athens from whence he came. This philosophical basis became the foundation on which he could bring a sane and balanced approach to the Christian faith. This approach, however, is far from scriptural but is the approach I endured as a student at what was Elim Bible College at Nantwich. This once great institution founded by Principal George Jeffreys once embraced the Authorised Version but is now part of the secular University system that embraces the allegorical approaches of Alexandria.
1 Corinthians 3:18 (King James Version)
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
1 Corinthians 2:14 (King James Version)
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Returning to Alexandria we find that instead of aiming the “Christian” message at the uneducated like so many Christian ministers, Clement turned his attention to those who would become “Christian thinkers”. These thinkers would balance Christian thought with other mystical philosophies like Spiritualism and Theosophy. This is consistent with Westcott and Hort’s belief, there being evidence to show that they were members of a psychical society in Cambridge, Westcott and Hort producing their own “original Greek” from corrupted manuscripts we expose in this paper.
One such group of thinkers was the “Hermetist” group who looked to combine Christian thinking with the spiritual guidance of the Egyptian Thoth or Greek Hermes. The general term to be used for such people was “Gnostic” and Gnosticism is at the root of thinking in “new translations”.
To examine the spiritual sources of the “Hermetist” Group:
This Egyptian god (note Jesus is a god in “new translations) is the god of wisdom and learning who invented writing and was the official scribe of the afterworld. In this belief he wrote The Book of the Dead and travelled around with Ma’at his goddess consort.
Personal Comment: I was led to this god in this Holy Ghost led study and my wife Lindsay during our Church meeting (13 05 07) atChester recalled seeing a picture of Thoth and the Book of the Dead at Elim Bible College (now known as Regents Theological College, Nantwich) Library during our time there in the early 90’s.
From 2013- Looking back at this - why would a Pentecostal Bible College have on its walls a depiction of an Egyptian god who invented tarot which is a spiritualistic activity, the "Bible" of the College at that time having its origins in Egyptian philosophy, mysticism and spiritualism.
It is said that Thoth invented the magical arts including the Tarot deck so commonly used today in this new “multi-faith” Britain with its combination of witchcraft and Christianity.
Originally Thoth was a god of creation, and the god of learning. Jesus in “new translations” is presented as being a god as well. In this mythology Thoth was the creator God in Upper Egypt where in Ibis form he laid the world egg! With Clement looking to combine ideologies into Christian thinking there is evidence to show that there is a build up of theology going on at Alexandria alien to the belief structures the Early Church had given their lives for. Intellectuals were undermining Early Church belief with their Masoretic Text and Textus Receptus, in the same way intellectuals like Petts are undermining the passions of the Pentecostal pioneers.
At Alexandria Hermes was responsible for bringing the art of bringing out “hidden meanings” to scriptures in a passion known in theological institutions as “Hermeneutics”. This has resulted in there being a whole minefield of theological opinion dividing the Church from the ancient creeds of belief. The very term “Hermeneutics” is derived from this god. This means that Church ministers are being taught the art of interpreting scripture with the eyes of a Greek god!!!!!!! It’s true – check out the syllabuses of theological institutions so embraced by Pentecostal denominations today!!!!!!!
Hermes is just one deceiving spirit which can take over an apparent Christian. Rev. Dr Suresh Ramachandran in his studies on the Jezebel spirit discovered a false kind of “loving kindness” in the British “Church”.
Counterfeit love is one of the main manifestations in a meeting where the Word of God is not preached, and I am not talking “new translation” word which is the doctrine of devils! Any word that changes “God” to a mere “he” is not of Almighty God! With the removal of God’s Holy Word from Pentecostal denominational churches, there is evidence to show that they have become a hive of Gnostic Jezebels. This has taken over from agape love which is the blood shedding love of Jesus that gave his life for us that we should be saved from hell fire and from saved from sickness and disease in this life. Of course the word “blood” and “hell” are commonly missing in “new translations”. In addition to this Petts paper has cast doubt on early belief in standing on the promises of God! We now have a very different Pentecostal Denominational Church set up.
Another example of Alexandrian thinking in “new translations” denies God being manifested in the flesh but a mere “he”, who is vindicated – not justified!
1 Timothy 3:16 (King James Version)
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.
NIV – I Tim. 3:16 Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, 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.
The “simple folk” of the 1930’s who embraced Pentecostalism in Britain are now a remnant. They are either concerned “Church” members or apart from the way British Pentecostal denominations have gone. Gnostic teaching has come in at a time when spiritual experience has increased in the country. The combination of these two facts and the removal of the true Word of God from the churches have resulted in a manifestation of devils so great that we are now witnessing sin being manifest amongst ministers at a pace never witnessed in the 1930’s.
The blood bought Word of God brought conviction and power to Pentecostal Churches. Its withdrawal from use has brought in immorality and self interest to such a degree that most of these “Churches” are now a haven for Gnostic devils & immorality to manifest.
Becoming a Christian is a whole hearted commitment. A covenant, that is the total giving of one side to another. The new "Emerging Pentecostals" in their role as seeker sensitive adherents have prevented thousands from being truly saved from hell in their quest to populate their churches rather than populate heaven.
The Gnosticism that was growing from Alexandria and other parts of the Mediterranean area in the 2nd. Century were all closely associated with this new form of “Christianity” that was going to be the base for the “new translations” today. To get to grips as to why we have this new “pagan Church” manifesting with strange goings on, we need to realise that this infiltration combined Christian, Jewish and Pagan thought together developing through Gnostic leaders like Valentius and Marcion.
Petts in his work on Healing and the Atonement seemed to try and bring faith and reason together. Faith and Reason seems to have come together in the same way the Egyptian Gnostics experienced. Martyr embraced this into his theology as did Clement and Tatian. This went onto influence Origen who brought about thinking that ultimately brought about the “original Greek” of the “new translations.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2013: Here is the philosophy so prevalent today:
Martyr declared; The Logos is the pre-existent, absolute, personal Reason, and Christ is the embodiment of it, the Logos incarnate. Whatever is rational is Christian, and whatever is Christian is rational. The Logos endowed all men with reason and freedom, which are not lost by the fall. He scattered seeds of truth before his incarnation, not only among the Jews, but also among the Greeks and barbarians, especially among philosophers and poets, who are the prophets of the heathen. Those who lived reasonably and virtuously in obedience to this preparatory light were Christians in fact, though not in name; while those who lived unreasonably were Christless and enemies of Christ.
Socrates was a Christian as well as Abraham,
We therefore argue in this paper that the Pentecostal denominations have now become Egyptian Gnostic cults on the basis of endeavouring to bring faith and reason together, with use of “new translations” emanating from Codices found in Roman Catholic institutions that have their roots in Alexandria, and on the emphasis of the Spirit over emphasis of the Word from which the Lord will confirm his Word with signs.
We discover too that the Jehovah’s Witness religion was founded on Egyptian Gnostic belief and as we show a comparison between scripture verses of the “new translations” so embraced today by the Pentecostal denominations it is startling to note how near to the Jehovah’s Witness translation the “Bibles” being used in Pentecostal churches are.
JEHOVAH’S WITNESS NEW WORLD TRANSLATION:
I John 5:5 admits that JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD but we know from their doctrine that this means a CREATED SON – NOT BEGOTTEN SON – NOT MADE SON and that this evil passage only says the “three” are in agreement –DENYING THE ONENESS OF THE GODHEAD!
NWT: I John 5:5 Who is the one that conquers the world but he who has faith that Jesus is the Son of God? 6 This is he that came by means of water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. And the spirit is that which is bearing witness, because the spirit is the truth. For there are three witness bearers, the spirit and the water and the blood, and the three are in agreement.
NOT ONLY IS THIS FALSE “THREE” IN AGREEMENT BUT ALL THE “NEW TRANSLATIONS” SIDE WITH JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES FOR THESE EVIL “BIBLES” ALL COME FROM GNOSTIC MANUSCRIPTS VERY DIFFERENT TO THE BLOOD BOUGHT MANUSCRIPTS OF THE AUTHORIZED VERSION EMBRAZED BY THE PENTECOSTAL PIONEERS.
NKJV sides with Gnostic manuscripts with its constant references to “NU” – a referral to Westcott and Hort’s “original Greek” from Codex Vaticanus and Codex Sinaiticus. In addition there is Codex Alexandrinus, all these Codices being part of Lucifer’s plot to undermine the holy and inspired Word of God. These constant references undermine the validity of Textus Receptus, in favour of the manuscripts of Egypt.
PROOF 1: NIV IN AGREEMENT WITH JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES …….
NIV: 1 John 5:5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 6 This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7For there are three that testify: 8the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
PROOF 2: NASB IN AGREEMENT WITH JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES …….
NASB I John5:5 Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 6This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7For there are three that testify: 8the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
PROOF 3: AMPLIFIED IN AGREEMENT WITH JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES …….
(There is agreement because although 1 John 5:7 is included – it is undermined by the footnote saying it is only found in late manuscripts (this late manuscripts is the early Textus Receptus)
Note verse 8 – they do not agree in one – but in unison – very different
AMP I John 5: 5Who is it that is victorious over [that conquers] the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on that fact]? 6This is He Who came by (with) water and blood [His baptism and His death], Jesus Christ (the Messiah)--not by (in) the water only, but by (in) the water and the blood. And it is the [Holy] Spirit Who bears witness, because the [Holy] Spirit is the Truth. 7So there are three witnesses in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit, and these three are One; 8and there are three witnesses on the earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree [are in unison; their testimony coincides]. Footnotes:
a. 1 John 5:6 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies. b. 1 John 5:7 The italicized section is found only in late manuscripts.
PROOF 4: NEW LIVING TRANSLATION IN AGREEMENT WITH JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES …….
NLT I John 5:5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. 6 And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross—not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with his testimony. 7 So we have these three witnesses—8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and all three agree.
PROOF 5: ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION IN AGREEMENT WITH JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES …….
ESV I John5: 5Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? Testimony Concerning the Son of God 6This is he who came by water and blood--Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7For there are three that testify: 8the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.
The Authorized Version is somewhat different, the difference being an adherence to the early Pentecostal statements of faith or an adherence to Gnostic belief. In the Authorized Version the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost are one, Jesus being “the Son of God” in the Authorized Version rather than “a son of the gods.”
1 John 5:5-8 (King James Version)
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
NOW THAT IT HAS BEEN SHOWN THAT “NEW TRANSLATIONS” embraced by so many Denominational Pentecostals embrace the same Arian Jehovah’s Witness heresy – we better find out what the doctrines are and from where they originate …….
DOCTRINE 1: Jesus is “a god”
and lesser than Jehovah God.
J.W. Doctrine Scriptural Support:
“New translations” agree with New World Translation on “Jesus is a god” point!
NWT Dan. 3:25 He was answering and saying: “Look! I am beholding four able-bodied men walking about free in the midst of the fire, and there is no hurt to them, and the appearance of the fourth one is resembling a son of the gods.”
Dan. 3:25 NIV He said, "Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods."
Dan 3:25 NASB He said, "Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!"
Dan. 3:25 AMPLIFIED He answered, Behold, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt! And the form of the fourth is like a son of the gods!
Dan 3:25 NLT “Look!” Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god!”
Dan 3:25 ESV he answered and said, "But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods."
The Authorized Version does not!
Dan 3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
DIVINE WARNING …..
Unless you believe that JESUS IS “THE SON OF GOD” – you will not overcome the world!
I John 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
“New translations” agree with New World Translation on “lesser than Jehovah God” point!
NWT: who, although he was existing in God’s form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God.
NIV Phil. 2:6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
NASB Phil. 2:6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped
AMPLIFIED Phil. 2:6 Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained,
NLT Phil. 2:6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
ESV Phil 2: 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
The Authorized Version does not!
Philippians 2:6 (King James Version)
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
DOCTRINE 2: God DID NOT “MANIFEST IN THE FLESH”!
J.W. Doctrine Scriptural Support:
“New translations” agree with New World Translation on “God did not manifest in the flesh” point! “He” or “Christ” is not admitting God manifest in the flesh!
NWT: I Tim. 3:16 Indeed, the sacred secret of this godly devotion is admittedly great: ‘He was made manifest in flesh, was declared righteous in spirit, appeared to angels, was preached about among nations, was believed upon in [the] world, was received up in glory.’
NIV: 1 Tim. 3:16 Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, 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.
NASB: 1 Tim. 3:16 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.
AMPLIFIED: 1 Timothy 3:16 And great and important and weighty, we confess, is the hidden truth (the mystic secret) of godliness. He [God] was made visible in human flesh, justified and vindicated in the [Holy] Spirit, was seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, [and] taken up in glory. Footnotes: a) 1 Timothy 3:16 Some manuscripts read "God."
(Note; where Amplified says “some manuscripts – it is insultingly downgrading Textus Receptus – the PURE WORD OF GOD!)
NLT I Tim. 3:16 Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith: Christ was revealed in a human body and vindicated by the Spirit.He was seen by angels and announced to the nations. He was believed in throughout the world and taken to heaven in glory.
ESV I Tim. 3:16 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.
AUTHORIZED VERSION says clearly “GOD MANIFEST IN THE FLESH”
I Tim. 3: 16And 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.
DOCTRINE 3: JOSEPH WAS JESUS FATHER
J.W. Doctrine Scriptural Support:
“New translations” agree with New World Translation on
“Joseph was Jesus father” point!
NWT Luke 2:33 And its father and mother continued wondering at the things being spoken about it.
NIV Luke 2: 33 The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
NASB Luke 2:33 And His father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him.
AMPLIFIED Luke 2:33 And His [legal] father and [His] mother were marveling at what was said about Him.
NLT Luke 2:33 Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him.
ESV Luke 2:33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him.
The Authorised Version does not!
Luke 2: 33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
DOCTRINE 4: MADE “THROUGH HIM” NOT BY HIM, his being coming from “ancient times” not EVERLASTING!
This is the Arian doctrine of Jesus being created and so was not able to create!
J.W. Doctrine Scriptural Support:
“New translations” agree with New World Translation
on “Through Him” point!
NWT John 1:3 All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence.
NIV John 1:3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
NASB John 1:3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
AMPLIFIED John 1:3 All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being.
NLT John 1:3 God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
ESV John 1:3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
The Authorised Version does not! Things were made
BY HIM because JESUS IS FULLY GOD!
John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
“New translations” agree with New World Translation on “Ancient times” or a starting point in history rather than everlasting point!
NWT Micah 5:2 “And you, O Beth´le·hem Eph´ra·thah, the one too little to get to be among the thousands of Judah, from you there will come out to me the one who is to become ruler in Israel, whose origin is from early times, from the days of time indefinite.
NIV Micah 5:2 "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. "
NASB Micah 5:2 "But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity."
AMPLIFIED Micah 5:2 2But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, you are little to be among the clans of Judah; [yet] out of you shall One come forth for Me Who is to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth have been from of old, from ancient days (eternity).
NLT Micah 5:2 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.
ESV Micah 5:2 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 origin is from of old,
from ancient days.
The Authorised Version shows JESUS NOT TO BE CREATED!
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.
DOCTRINE 5 = Jesus not to be worshipped!
“New translations” go along with New World Translation
in showing Jesus not being worshipped as in the A.V.
NWT Matthew 8:2 And, look! a leprous man came up and began doing obeisance to him, saying: “Lord, if you just want to, you can make me clean.”
NIV Matthew 8:2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean."
NASB Matthew 8:2 And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."
NLT Matthew 8:2.Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”
ESV Matthew 8:2 And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean."
The Authorised Version clearly shows WORSHIP!
Matthew 8:2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
We see that we are getting a “subordinate” Jesus in the “new translations”, these translations being more consistent with Jehovah’s Witness belief than with the statements of faith of the early Pentecostals.
Arius formed the doctrines later to be embraced by Charles Taze Russell who founded Jehovah’s Witnesses, whose memorial stone is as follows:
The Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry say this of Arianism, which developed from Alexandria, Egypt like the false “Bibles” of today.
Arianism developed around 320, in Alexandria Egypt concerning the person of Christ and is named after Arius of Alexandar. For his doctrinal teaching he was exiled to Illyria in 325 after the first ecumenical council at Nicaea condemned his teaching as heresy. It was the greatest of heresies within the early church that developed a significant following. Some say, it almost took over the church.
Arius taught that only God the Father was eternal and too pure and infinite to appear on the earth. Therefore, God produced Christ the Son out of nothing as the first and greatest creation. The Son is then the one who created the universe. Because the Son relationship of the Son to the Father is not one of nature, it is, therefore, adoptive. God adopted Christ as the Son. Though Christ was a creation, because of his great position and authority, he was to be worshipped and even looked upon as God. Some Arians even held that the Holy Spirit was the first and greatest creation of the Son.
At Jesus' incarnation, the Arians asserted that the divine quality of the Son, the Logos, took the place of the human and spiritual aspect of Jesus, thereby denying the full and complete incarnation of God the Son, second person of the Trinity.
In asserting that Christ the Son, as a created thing, was to be worshipped, the Arians were advocating idolatry. http://www.carm.org/heresy/arianism.htm
Jehovah’s Witness and Alexandrian “Bibles” developed their theology on by adding to the heresy of Arius in that i) God the Father through the son, not by the Son created the earthii) Christ was not to be worshipped and looked upon as Godiii) Idolatry accusation dealt with by not worshipping the Son.
This heresy of Egypt originated in the same Egyptian City as the Codex behind all the “new translations” and they all depict Arian theology of a created Jesus – a doctrine thrown out by the Council of Nicea which declared this ancient Creed which is scripturally supported in the Authorised Version, and not the “new translations”.
We believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
He suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end.And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And we believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
If this is not enough evidence to support the fact that the denominational Pentecostal “Churches” have adopted the philosophical and spiritual attributes of Egypt then the following titles relating to Jesus are further evidences.
TITLE 1: “THE CAPSTONE”
I Peter 2:6-7 (King James Version)
Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
The Cornerstone now, however, has become “the capstone”(pictured) – the top stone of a pyramid, a symbol of Lucifer – thus making Jesus and Lucifer one of the same in the NIV, one of the translations embraced by the new breed of “Pentecostal” churches.
NIV: 6 For in Scripture it says:
"See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame." 7Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
"The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone,
The most commonly used "Bible" in the "Emerging Pentecostals" clearly describes its Jesus as "capstone", a capstone being top stone of a pyramid!
The true “Bible” presents Egypt in a derogatory way,
yet the NIV embraced by many of the new Christians presents Jesus as the “Capstone”
First – a look at Egypt in the Bible:
(1) Egypt is first mentioned in Genesis 12:10-12.
10 "And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there: for the famine was grievous in the land.
11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:
12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive."
In Genesis 12:1-3 we find Abraham is given what is known as the Abrahamic Covenant.
Literally it is God's promise to deliver the world to Abraham and his seed as their own private possession.
In Genesis 12:10 Abraham goes down into Egypt to escape a famine in his homeland. In verse 12 we find Abraham's fear that the Egyptians might kill him and steal Sarai his wife. NOT exactly a positive context. We see then that the first mention of Egypt is negative.
(2) In Exodus 1:11-14 we find that the Jews were slaves in Egypt.
11 "Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.
12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.
13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:
14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour. "
In fact, Pharaoh decrees that all male Jewish babies are to be killed in verses 15 and 16.
15 "And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:
16 And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live."
Obviously a negative connotation.
(3) In Exodus chapter 20, after He had brought the children out of Egypt, God, with His own voice, tells what He thinks of Egypt in verse 2 where He describes it as a "house of bondage" "I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage."
Again, a negative comment and this one directly from God's lips.
(4) In Deuteronomy 4:20 Moses refers to Egypt as "the iron furnace. "
"But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day."
(5) In Deuteronomy 17:16 Israel is told that, in the future, when they have a king he is not to carry on commercial trade with Egypt.
"But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way."
(6) And finally in Revelation 11:8, when God wants to denounce Jerusalem, He compares it to Sodom and Egypt.
"And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified."
This brief study has shown what most Christians already know. The Bible has a negative outlook on Egypt.
We find that Alexandria is mentioned only four times in Scripture and that each mention is bad.Why then have the denominational Pentecostal abandoned their “standing in the promises” stance with the Authorized Version for the allegorical Gnostic techniques of Egypt and the false translations?
(1) Alexandria is first mentioned in Acts 6:9.
"Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen."
It was Jews from Alexandria who were in the crowd that disputed with and eventually killed Stephen.
(2) The second mention of Alexandria is in Acts 18:24.
"And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus."
Here we find a Jew from Alexandria named Apollos who though fervent in spirit was misinformed concerning the gospel. Not knowing the true gospel of Jesus Christ he preached, in Ephesus, the baptism of John the Baptist. (Acts 18:25, 19:3) Apollos was not saved and neither were his converts.
Later, Apollos is led to Christ by Aquila and Priscilla (verse 26) and gets his message straightened out (verse 28).
But in its second mention, Alexandria is synonymous with bad Bible teaching.
(3) The third and fourth mentions of Alexandria are very similar. After Paul is arrested in Acts 21 and appeals his case to Caesar he is sent to Rome, and eventual death, on a ship from, of all places Alexandria (Acts 27:6).
"And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein."
(4) While sailing to Rome, Paul's ship is sunk in a tempest. After spending three months on the island of Melita he is sent on his way to eventual death on another ship. And where is this second ship from that is so ready to carry Paul to his death?
Acts 28:11: "And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux."
We see then that all four Bible references to Alexandria are negative. No one with any honesty could pretend that the Bible's representation of Alexandria is good.
It must also be noted here that Alexandria was a center of education and philosophy (Colossians 2:8) which it received from Athens in about 100 B.C. (Acts 17:16) There was a school of the Scriptures founded there by one Pantaenus who was a philosopher. Pantaenus interpreted scripture both philosophically and allegorically. That is to say that philosophically he believed truth to be relative, not absolute. He did not believe that the Bible was infallible. By looking at the Bible allegorically he believed that men such as Adam, Noah, Moses, and David existed only in Jewish poetry and were not true historical characters. He was succeeded as head of the school by Clement of Alexandria and later by Origen. Men who shared his skepticism.
It was Origen, deceived by the duel intoxicants of education and philosophy who upon receipt of pure copies of scripture altered them to parallel his twisted thinking. He is the father of all Bible critics and is not only responsible for the physical manuscripts which delete such verses as Luke 24:40, Acts 8:37 and I John 5:7, but he is also responsible for the Alexandrian philosophy parroted by so many of our fundamental scholars who claim that "The Bible is perfect and infallible" with one breath and then state "The Bible has mistakes and mistranslations" with the very next. It is this demented ideology that gave birth to the corrupt Alexandrian manuscripts in the first place. Thus we see that not only are the physical manuscripts of Alexandria corrupt and to be rejected, but the Alexandrian philosophy, that the Bible has mistakes in it and must be corrected, is even more subtle and dangerous and must be forsaken by true Bible believers.
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TITLE 2: “THE MORNING STAR”
Isaiah 14:12-15 (King James Version)
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!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
THE NIV embraced by many of the denominational Pentecostal Churches
HOWEVER RELATES LUCIFER AS BEING THE “MORNING STAR” –
A TITLE IT ALSO GIVES TO
ITS “JESUS” WHO RISES “IN YOUR HEARTS".
NIV Isa. 14: 12 How you have fallen from heaven,
O morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations! 13 You said in your heart,
"I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. 14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High." 15 But you are brought down to the grave,
to the depths of the pit.
NIV II Peter 1:19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
NIV Rev. 2:28 just as I have received authority from my Father, I will also give him the morning star.
NIV Rev. 22:16 "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star."
According to the Urantia Book (New Age) Lucifer is a brilliant spirit who is “a son of God” in the way “new translations” describe Jesus in Dan. 3:25. Within this belief Lucifer recruited Satan and so within this Satanic counterfeit we see a developing of a pagan trinity, Lucifer being the “Morning Star” as he is described in the NIV.
This has most serious consequences for the Pentecostal movements founded
years ago on the true WORD OF GOD. From standing on the promises of God’s
Holy Word, we have now found an Apostolic Church during 2008 running a disco
and hip hop group in the Scottish Highlands, a “Church” embracing the scriptures
of Egypt rather than the blood bought Word the early Pioneers would have died for.
Chick Publications declare on their website:
Any translation that says “day star” or “morning star” or “star of the morning”
in Isaiah 14:12, like most modern perversions, is bringing confusion. And God
is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). Many people reading the
modern perversions end up asking, “If Lucifer is the morning star and Jesus is
the morning star, then is Lucifer Jesus?” The modern translations are simply not clear!
We discover from the true scriptures, however, that Jesus is the “Morning Star”
and not Lucifer.
Revelation 22:16 (King James Version)
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches.
I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
“New translations” emanate from Codex Vaticanus (found in the Vatican Library) and
Codex Sinaiticus (found in a monastery at Mount Sinai) and so it is interesting to note
that Pope John Paul II in 2000 declared Mary to be the “Morning Star” a further competitor
to Jesus title with Lucifer. Pope Paul II “Bible” was likely to be The Jerusalem or
New Jerusalem Bible which took most of its text from the same polluted source
as the rest of the “new translations”.
At the beginning of this new year, while living the Great Jubilee intensely, we entrust to
Mary, the "Morning Star," the evangelizing mission of the Church and the road of Christians
Evidence although undocumented has come into me of a particular stand the Apostolic
Church took against Roman Catholicism. Now the “Church” embraces its corrupted manuscripts.
We have proven that the Pentecostal Denominations have a very different way of interpreting
scripture, the denominations having moved from the Authorized Version and standing on its
promises to allegorical interpretation of Gnostic scriptures, disco dancing and hip hop in 2008
and now cage football!!!!!!!