A Voice in the
September 26, 2003
"And [Manasseh] did evil in the eyes of Jehovah, according to the abominations of the nations whom Jehovah had cast out before the children of Israel. For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; he raised up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as Ahab king of Israel had done; and he bowed down to all the host of the heavens and served them... He also made his son pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and fortunetelling, and consulted necromancers and mediums. He did much evil in the eyes of Jehovah, to provoke Him to anger... [Please read the passage: Manasseh also brought images and pagan altars into God's temple. He was Judah's most evil king.] And Jehovah spoke by His servants the prophets, saying, Because Manasseh king of Judah has done these abominations (he has acted more wickedly than all the Amorites who were before him, and has also made Judah sin with his idols), therefore thus says Jehovah the God of Israel: Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whoever hears of it, both his ears shall tingle." (~2Ki21:2-3,6,10-12)
Do we see anything today of comparable evil to what Manasseh was? Indeed we do! Mind you, as we progress through this little expose, some of your ears may tingle, your eyes may quiver, your heart may flutter; perhaps your whole being will tremble. As I have been considering God's burden for us to address this, my soul has been disgusted and angry with holy anger.
I am going to share three items: Things that have been forwarded by subscribers who thought I should be made aware of them. As I recall, in pretty much each case, the person forwarding the item has accompanied it with words similar to: "Now I have seen everything!" In one case, the person half-apologized for sending it, but thought it was something I should know about. And since I don't spend very much of my time surfing the web, the Lord indeed does lay it upon some hearts to send pertinent things to me; and thus sees to it that I am made aware of that which is needful. (And I suspect that, what we observe here is likely merely the tip of the proverbial 'iceberg' of what-all is actually out there!)
Repeatedly in recent days, subscribers writing about this or that seem to all share the same sentiment from their observations, of how completely current society has sunk into the sewer. In recent years we've seen morals 'slide' into further decadence. But it seems like this fall the societal perversity has NOSE-DIVED -deep- into the cesspool; with heavy emphasis on sodomite and lesbian "abominations". (Le18:22) (just like the "days of Lot" Lk17:28)
But this expose is not about that. This is about something even worse.
For all these things there is forgiveness to the repentant heart. But what did Jesus say was NOT FORGIVEABLE? "blasphemy against the Holy Spirit" (Mt12:31, Mk3:29, Lk12:10)
How were the Scriptures written? "Holy men of God" wrote as they were "propelled along by the HOLY SPIRIT". (1Pt1:21)
Topics of this Expose:
"King James Version Bible Beer"
I don't know if this is an actual 'beer' that is drinkable, or if it is merely the verbal/graphical concoctions of a depraved soul. At a certain URL is posted a picture of a beer can. Front side is labeled with what's already been quoted, plus: "Get a taste of what inspired the KJV...and you thought it was the Holy Spirit"
Back side has a purported mini-history lesson on the the KJV's origins. One of the translators "led by God in translating" is also said to have "drank his fill daily" throughout the work. It also speaks of the KJV's "predilection for alcoholic drink and for a certain stage or mode of being drunk, called being "merry"." They claim the implication is that such drinking, like what Joseph and his brothers did (Gen43:34), was "..approved by God. Here, here!" [VW: Actually, the KJV is in error in that verse. "Merry" is incorrect. The word actually is "drunk", as it has been corrected in the VW-edition :VW]
And the back side ends with an invitation to the "starch...white collars" to "live a little with the rest of us", etc.
[VW: Sorry...I'm not going to post the picture at the website, nor give out the URL. I don't want to clutter the place with such trash, nor send people to see it. Hopefully these words convey enough... thank-you-very-much! :VW]
This next item was forwarded by a subscriber. My comments below it.
By Marcus Warren
"Are You Dating a Godly Guy?" asks the cover of Revolve, the Complete New Testament, beside a picture of three smiling teenage models in fashionable summer gear.
Inside, the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament are juxtaposed with items on plucking eyebrows, photographs of girls in bikinis and boys' musings on relationships.
Designed to look like the magazines devoured by American teenage girls, the book has been such a success that its publishers have ordered a new print run of 120,000 copies to cope with the demand.
Faced with youngsters in focus groups complaining that the Bible was "irrelevant" and even "freaky", Thomas Nelson Publishers decided to produce a hipper version more in tune with the world of today's teenagers.
"The Bible can be overwhelming. The Bible can be intimidating," said Laurie Whaley, 28, who helped to edit the new book. "We fully recognise that the Bible is difficult so we want to help people digest it." The most radical difference from more orthodox Bibles comes in the sidebars on teen topics accompanying the narrative of the life of Christ.
"As you apply sunscreen, use that time to talk to God," one passage suggests. "Tell him how grateful you are for how he made you. Soon you'll be so used to talking to him, it might become as regular and familiar as shrinking your pores." Another contains fashion hints: "Make sure that Jesus would be pleased with what you wear. You don't have to look frumpy, just make sure you look like a child of God."
The book's advice on morality is traditional enough. It urges against pre-marital sex. "Wait for marriage to open that precious gift," it says. A New Testament for boys is scheduled for next spring and that version of the scriptures may dwell more on sex, dating and girls. Ms Whaley said: "We will be a good deal more explicit about those subjects than we were with girls because probably a larger percentage of male obsessions revolve around them."
Item: "The Bible can be overwhelming. The Bible can be intimidating,"
Item: "We fully recognise that the Bible is difficult so we want to help people digest it."
Item: "As you apply sunscreen, use that time to talk to God," one passage suggests. "Tell him how grateful you are for how he made you.
Item: A New Testament for boys is scheduled for next spring and that version of the scriptures may dwell more on sex, dating and girls. Ms Whaley said: "We will be a good deal more explicit about those subjects than we were with girls because probably a larger percentage of male obsessions revolve around them."
No...I'm not picking on girls. But by making the distinction they do, putting the implicit blame on boys, they would suggest that the girls, by contrast, are "pure" and innocent? NOT ON YOUR LIFE! NO WAY!!! I remember those janitorial jobs I had during college. I already knew what goes on in the ('obsessed') boys' locker rooms, and restrooms. But I was not prepared for what I would see written on the walls in the girls' restrooms. Not to mention that which I've been privy to at various times throughout life, regarding how certain females 'on-the-prowl' behave.
I dare say girls are MUCH MORE OBSESSED than boys are!!! It's just that females are expected to be alluring, and prime time commercials show them dressing and undressing themselves, titillating the viewers. So then, if boys actually 'act' on what they see and are being enticed to do, society says, "Bad boy!" A boy has his way with a girl who was 'inviting' by her attire, makeup and behavior; then she decides after the fact that she didn't want it after all, or didn't like it; she can make a ruckus, claiming to have been "raped". The boy is condemned, and the girl gets off scott free...poor "victim" of the boy's "violence"; when the truth is, she got 'exactly' what she asked for; what society raised her up to be; and is now merely reaping what she sowed. Please excuse the terminology, but: Society is full of sluts and whores; this is what they are raised up to be, from infancy. The other day while walking to the shopping mall, a group of four teen girls was coming in my direction, one of whom had the Brittany Spears 'look' down pat: the hair, the makeup...even down to the smile, laugh and bobbing of her head as she was joking with her friends...probably could have won a Brittany 'look-alike' contest. And there's Agulera that they also follow. Teeny boppers emulating what used to only exist in the red-light districts and night clubs; their idols dressing and performing like peep-show entertainers! And consider what the end-result is of that activity. -THIS- is what teens are being raised up to be!! [VW: And please don't anybody send me hate mail on this...you know it's true! :VW]
So, they are calling this thing a "Bible"? In the text God says, "Be holy, because I am holy.." (1Pt1:16) And in the margins, to 'explain'... "how to minimize tan lines..." ?? (or whatever girl's magazines talk about in connection with "sun screen"?)
Oh, by the way: Thomas Nelson, that's the same publisher that puts out the NIV and NKJV. Is it any wonder that I became increasingly disgusted with the NKJV the further along I got in the VW-edition project..!!
Also: Do you see why, in the past, I have recommended AWAY FROM anything that is not -pure- Scriptures? At the very most, to have marginal cross-references. But to stay away from these so-called "study-Bibles"? They started out seemingly innocuous enough, like the Scofields and Thompson Chains, etc. But see what happens, the more man's ideas and notes get included in margins and footnotes? Eventually, the more liberties they take, they end up with garbage like this!
In this jpg the subscriber sent, this so-called "bible" is in the center, Harry Potter in the upper left, and one of those traditional wimpy effeminate "jesuses" in the lower right with some sort of occult pendant hanging from his neck at his chest, 'radiating' outward from the stone/jewel.
Subtext: "Harry Potter got your children to read. Now take them to the next level with this special edition Holy Bible. Your children will marvel as Jesus and Harry team up to chase the money lenders out of the temple. They will be amazed as Harry uses a little magic to help his friend Jesus change water into wine. And this special edition contains a NEW happy ending in which Harry saves Jesus from crucifixion and the two get revenge on the evil Pontius Pilate and Draco Malfoy.
What are likely the three primary vices of modern humanity? When people of the world go "out" for entertainment, what do they usually engage in? 1) Drinking/drugs and 2) sex. And when they wish to 'better' themselves 'spiritually' what do they do? Typically, they engage in one of the many facets of the 3) occult. So, you see, they now have three different "bibles"...one for each of these categories. Oh, you say they go watch athletic competition? That's good 'clean' fun, you say? In how many of those cases is it not also about sex! Somebody makes a touchdown and they immediately go into celebratory sexual gyrations in the end zone. And what of the pompom girls doing the cheer leading and so-called half-time shows. Sex shows! Stuff that years ago would have been banned from prime time so that 'children' could be 'sheltered' from it! What are some of the prime sponsors of sports events? Booze and tobacco commercials. Some have been cutting back on this latter, but the sex has gotten worse!
And so, rather than being "reconciled -TO- God" (2Co5:20), man is trying to bring God down into his cesspool at the most basic essential primal level. "In the beginning was the Word (Jesus)...and the Word was God" (Jn1:1) This Word (Jesus) had the "Words of Eternal Life" (Jn6:68) Notice that Peter says, "You -HAVE- the Words..." Not merely did Jesus 'speak' them, but He 'had' them, they came out 'from' Him, because He was the very essence of the Father, and of the Father's Word. Jesus was "making known" the Father. (Jn15:15) He was the very displayed "essence" of the Father. (Heb1:3) Jesus gave "the Words" given to Him by the Father as He "came forth from" the Father. (Jn17:8) While Jesus prays about being "one" with the Father (Jn17), with this understanding about God's Word, we could just as easily understand that the Scriptures are "one" with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That's why it was the Holy Spirit, the one who works through man (Jn16:13, 1Jn2:27, Rom8:9), who "propelled along" the "holy men of God" who penned the Scriptures in their original manuscripts. (2Pt1:21)
That said: To the world who scoffs at God, when christendom has been on the slip-sliding-slope of apostasy, introducing its various heretical perversions by-the-dozens, the KJV has been a 'symbol' to the world (right or wrong) of Conservative Evangelical (and often "Gospel") Christianity. The KJV has been the closest thing to God's Word that has been readily available to the masses. They probably do not realize that the KJV has its translator-induced flaws. They look at it, simply, as being "God's Word" in the English language. Thus, when they proclaim that the "Bible" was not inspired by the Holy Spirit, but by a bunch of "merry" drunks...thus, 'Come and join us down at the tavern, Here, here! H'cup!' C'mon God...ol' chap...pull up a stool and have a drink with us! [VW: Please, please, understand the context of 'why' I'm writing the way I am right here. We're making a graphic point to put everything in perspective :VW]
Thing is, the Scriptures speak much of "drunkenness". "Do not look upon the wine when it is red, when it gives off bubbles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly." (Pr23:31) God's judgment is likened to a "drunkard staggering in his vomit" (Is19:14) And the coming judgment upon the earth is likened to a "drunkard...staggering back and forth" (Is24:20)
Thus: To reject the Holy Spirit as being the author of the Holy Scriptures, and likening it instead to drunkenness... Is that an unpardonable sin? God knows their hearts.
Note: Charismania often speaks of being "drunk in the spirit". You who have those leanings and see nothing wrong with it: are you paying attention?
What did Jesus say about causing the young to go astray? "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks, for stumbling blocks must come; but woe to that man by whom the stumbling block comes!" (Mt18:6-7)
Is the production of such a so-called "bible" an unpardonable sin? God knows their hearts. But Jesus says: "For I testify to everyone who hears the Words of the Prophecy of this Book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add upon him the plagues that are written in this Book" (Rev22:18)
Is such a work an unpardonable sin? Again, God knows their hearts.
But God's Word is that which God designed to be "..very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it." (De30:14) If it is "in" one's heart, it is very much the same as God's Holy Spirit being there. If God's Word is corrupted by satan, and becomes part of a person's heart, what did Jesus say about the state of a person who's house had been cleaned, and then indwelt by demons? "..the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be unto this wicked generation." (Mt12:45) If Salvation comes through the "Word of God" (Rom10:17), what comes from these immoral/occult works? But because they have smatterings of Scripture, people think they've got God's 'real thing'; God's Holy Spirit. But what they've got is satan's demons. It's precisely what Paul proclaimed for the "latter times...[departing] from the faith, being devoted to corrupting spirits and doctrines of demons.." (1Tim4:1)
So, why is mankind not yet -immediately- 'squished' like bugs under God's foot? God waits for the "iniquity of the Amorites" to become "complete". (Gen15:16) God did not judge Manasseh -immediate- by suddenly 'zapping' him from the heavens, even though he was even MORE WICKED than the Amorites. But God promised...Judgment is Coming! Even though Josiah came along after Manasseh, and turned his heart to God, nevertheless God's judgment upon Judah was final because of how evil Manasseh was. (2Ki23:26) And the kings following Josiah continued in evil, and eventually God took Judah away to Babylon, destroying Jerusalem and Solomon's beautiful temple.
In the O.T. times the people did not have KJVs to carry around, and read for themselves. The temple, by its very design, was a copy and shadow of what is in Heaven. (Ex25:40, Heb8:5) It was the representation of the very presence of God as He took up residence with the thick cloud. (Ex19:9, 1Ki8:10-11) Where God had put His name. (1Ki9:3) Into this place of God's presence Manasseh had intermingled pagan altars and sacrifices.
We don't have such a temple today. For the Church, the Believer's 'body' is the "temple of the Holy Spirit" (1Co6:19) When we read the Scriptures, we are consuming it, like food... "Your Words were found, and I ate them; and Your Word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O Jehovah the God of Hosts." (Jer15:16)
I cannot help but see this so-called "harry potter bible" as being of the same category as what Manasseh did. And these other things certainly come in a close-second. For what Manasseh did, there was no forgiveness. How can there possibly be forgiveness for these abominations today, and those who have embraced and are promoting them!
God commanded, "You shall not allow a sorceress to live." (Ex22:18) So, what is the judgment for combining sorcery with God's Holy Word?
"...God will add upon him the plagues that are written in this Book..."
Perhaps not immediately -today-. But it is coming! Soon!
Even so, Amen! (Rev1:7)