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"Since for unbelieving men religion seems to stand by opinion alone, they, in order not to believe anything foolishly or lightly, both wish and demand rational proof that Moses and the prophets spoke divinely. But I reply: the testimony of the Spirit is more excellent than all reason. For as God alone is a fit witness of himself in his Word, so also the Word will not find acceptance in men's hearts before it is sealed by the inward testimony of the Spirit. The same Spirit, therefore, who has spoken through the mouths of the prophets must penetrate into our hearts to persuade us that they faithfully proclaimed what had been divinely commanded."

- John Calvin Institutes of the Christian Religion 1.7.5. (emphases added)

The sum of what I am pleading for, as to the particular head to be vindicated, is, that as the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were immediately and entirely given out by God Him self, His mind being in them represented unto us without the least interveniency of such mediums and ways as were capable of giving change or alteration to the least iota or syllable; so, by His good and merciful providential dispensation, in His love to His Word and church, His whole Word, as first given out by Him, is preserved unto us entire in the original languages; where, shining in its own beauty and lustre (as also in all translations, so far as they faithfully represent the originals), it manifests and evidences unto the consciences of men, without other foreign help or assistance, its divine original and authority." - John Owen, The Works of John Owen (The Banner of Truth Trust, 1979), XVI:349-350.

The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed, and obeyed, depends not upon the testimony of any man, or Church; but wholly upon God (who is truth itself) the author thereof: and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God. (Westminster Confession of Faith 1:4, emphases added).

The Old Testament in Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old), and the New Testament in Greek (which, at the time of the writing of it, was most generally known to the nations), being immediately inspired by God, and, by His singular care and providence, kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentical;[17] so as, in all controversies of religion, the Church is finally to appeal unto them.[18] But, because these original tongues are not known to all the people of God, who have right unto, and interest in the Scriptures, and are commanded, in the fear of God, to read and search them,[19] therefore they are to be translated in to the vulgar language of every nation unto which they come,[20] that, the Word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship Him in an acceptable manner;[21] and, through patience and comfort of the Scriptures, may have hope. (Westminster Confession of Faith 1:8, emphases added).

- Of the Holy Scripture in the Westminster Confession of Faith

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The Bible's Providential Preservation (1/4), Textus Receptus (TR), Masoretic Text (MT), King James Version (KJV), & Other Versions by Dr. Steven Dilday (free MP3)

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The Divine Inspiration of the Bible (1 of 3) By A.W. Pink (free MP3)

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Inspiration of the Scriptures (1 of 2) by J.C. Ryle (free MP3)

Calvin's Teaching on The Inspiration of Scripture by John Murray

The Plenary and Verbal Inspiration of Scripture by John Greer

Bible Versions Controversy EXPLAINED (full sermon) by The Underground Christian Network (free MP3)
This is an easy-to-understand overview of the Bible version controversy. It contains a lot of shocking information that all Christians need to know. From the occult leanings of the fathers (Hort and Westcott) of the faulty texts underlying virtually all modern Bible translations, to the amazing story of how Satan has worked through history to corrupt the Bible, this fascinating message is jam packed with facts you will hear in many other places. The summary attached to this MP3 reads (with slight modifications): "In simple words, this message explains to you dangerous trends and teachings in the so-called 'modern versions of the Bible.' This message takes you through the 'new versions' (NIV, NASV, NRSV, etc. -- NKJV is covered in part 2) and lets you see with your own eyes some of the things these corrupted versions have DELETED FROM the Bible, the anti-Christian doctrines added to the 'new versions,' and even some of the occult teachings added to the 'new versions'! A must hear for all Christians."

The New Testament Text: The Superiority of the Majority Text by Brian Schwertley (free MP3)

The So-Called English Standard Version (and Bible Manuscripts, Texts, Separation, etc.) by Theodore Letis

The Errors of Modern Textual Criticism (Part 1) by David Cloud (free MP3)
Textual criticism is based on unbelieving theories which deny four crucial points in coming to a proper understanding of scripture: The Bible's supernatural origin, Satan's attacks on the Bible, God's promise of preservation and the necessity of faith in believing what the Bible says about itself. The three free MP3s in this series on the errors of modern textual criticism, by David Cloud, cover these four crucial points.

The Errors of Modern Textual Criticism (Part 2) by David Cloud (free MP3)

The Errors of Modern Textual Criticism (Part 3) by David Cloud (free MP3)

The Traditional Text Was a 3 to 2 Favorite with Those Church Fathers Who Died Before to 400 A.D.

Dean Burgon wrote:

"No one, I believe, has till now made a systematic examination of the quotations occurring in the writings of the Fathers who died before A.D. 400 and in public documents written prior to that date. . . . The testimony therefore of the [76] Early Fathers is emphatically according to the issue of numbers in favour of the Traditional Text, being about 3:2. But it is also necessary to inform the readers of this treatise, that here quality confirms quantity. A list will now be given of thirty important passages in which evidence is borne on both sides, and it will be seen that 530 testimonies are given in favour of the Traditional readings as against 170 on the other side. In other words, the Traditional Text beats its opponent in a general proportion to 3 to 1." [Dean Burgon, The Traditional Text, pp. 94, 101-102]

Some of the leading Westcott and Hort followers of today are very bold to say that the Traditional Text, or the Textus Receptus type of readings, did not exist prior to 400 A.D., and certainly not before the 6th Century A.D. Here you have statistical data on 76 Church Fathers who died prior to 400 A.D., showing, not only that the Textus Receptus readings did exist prior to 400 A.D., but that they were in the majority. This was not merely a simple majority of barely over 50%, but it was a majority of 60% to 40% over the Westcott and Hort false text. Dr. Jack Moormans recent and careful research on this same subject revealed an even greater percentage--70% to 30% in favor of the Textus Receptus as opposed to B and Aleph. This can be found in his excellent book, Early Church Fathers Witness to the Antiquity of the Traditional Text, pages 34-35. It is B.F.T. #2136, 63 large pages @ $6.50+P&H. Don't believe any of the Westcott and Hort/B and Aleph devotees if they tell you that the Traditional Text readings or the Traditional Text itself was not in existence before 400 A.D.

From:  A Brief Summary of The Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels, Vindicated and Established By Dean John William Burgon, Edited by Edward Miller 1896,  Summarized by Rev. D. A. Waite, Th.D., Ph.D.

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+ THE KING JAMES VERSION DEFENDED by Edward F. Hills (free book online)
The King James Version Defended, by Edward F. Hills, is the the best 20th Century Defense for the Textus Receptus (Received Text) and the King James Version of the Bible (better known as the Authorized Version). Available for the first time in electronic format, this book may be downloaded for personal use, with the kind permission of the Christian Research Press. Dr. Hills founded his arguments for the New Testament text squarely and solidly on the historic doctrines of the divine inspiration and providential preservation of Holy Scripture. The text is in four formats for your convenience, WordPerfect, Word 6.0, Word 7.0, and HTML. These are zipped files, and once downloaded they must be unzipped (most browsers will unzip for you).

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+ A Defense of the Sincere and True Translations of the Holy Scriptures in the English Tongue by William Fulke

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What today's Christian needs to know about The Greek New Testament by G. W. Anderson, Editorial Manager (Trinitarian Bible Society)

There are many problems of omission which characterize this Greek New Testament. Verses and passages which are found in the writings of Church Fathers from around 200 to 300 A.D. are missing in the Alexandrian Text manuscripts which date from around 300 to 400 A.D. In addition, these early readings are found in manuscripts in existence from 500 A.D. onwards. An example of this is Mark 16.9-20: this passage is found in the writings of Irenaeus and Hippolytus in the 2nd century, and is in almost every manuscript of Mark's Gospel from 500 A.D. onwards. It is missing in two Alexandrian manuscripts, the Sinai and the Vatican.

This is but one of many examples of this problem. There are many words, verses and passages which are omitted from the modern versions but which are found in the Traditional or Byzantine Text of the New Testament, and thus in the Textus Receptus. The Critical Text differs from the Textus Receptus text 5,337 times, according to one calculation. The Vatican manuscript omits 2,877 words in the Gospels; the Sinai manuscript 3,455 words in the Gospels. These problems between the Textus Receptus and the Critical Text are very important to the correct translation and interpretation of the New Testament. Contrary to the contention of supporters of the Critical Text, these omissions do affect doctrine and faith in the Christian life...

The textual critic J. Harold Greenlee has said, "New Testament textual criticism is, therefore, the basic Biblical study, a prerequisite to all other Biblical and theological work".(2) This is not an overstatement of the importance of this issue. As believers we have the responsibility in our day and age of proclaiming the Gospel, the pure Gospel, the undiluted Gospel. We also have the right and privilege of being the next in the line of protecting God's Word and proclaiming it. Each individual Christian will make a decision on this matter, of which text is correct. Unmistakably, this decision will be made, consciously or unconsciously, by every single believer. This decision is made when the believer decides which edition of the Bible he will use to read and study; and if he chooses a translation based upon corrupted manuscripts which reflect views which omit the deity of Christ, His blood atonement, His virgin birth, then the decision has been made to extend this error to the next generation. If, however, today's Christian chooses a translation of the Word of God which is translated from the Traditional Text of the New Testament, the decision has been made to continue to see God working through His providence in providing His Word in its complete form, for not only this generation but for those to come.

- From: What today's Christian needs to know about The Greek New Testament by G. W. Anderson, Editorial Manager (Trinitarian Bible Society, emphases added)

Six Reasons Why the King James Version Should Be Retained (from The King James Version Defended by Edward F. Hills, p. 218)

TESTIMONIES OF KJV DEFENDERS - EDWARD F. HILLS

Would you take a magic marker to your Bible and cross out words from passages? Welcome to the Amazing Westcott and Hort Magic Marker Binge!

Westcott & Hort's Greek Text and Theory Refuted by Dr. D. A. Waite

An Inquiry into the Integrity of the Received Text by Frederick Nolan (Introduction and Table of Contents)

The churches are being told by the textual critics that the latest manuscript discoveries and the most recent scholarship demand that we accept a mutilated New Testament. A N.T. where the last 12 verses of Mark, the story of the woman taken in adultery (John 7:57-8:11), and the testimony of the three heavenly witnesses to the Deity and incarnation of Jesus Christ, (1 John 5:7) are edited out, and scores of other deletions, interpolations, and changes are required in an ongoing attempt to get us back to the real text of the New Testament. 

However, as Solomon stated it, there is no new thing under the sun, and Satan has been attacking the word of God ever since Adam and Eve were in the Garden. Frederick Nolan published his defense of the Textus Receptus in 1815. At that time already these issues were known and the false theories of the textual critics refuted. Nolan was aware of the manuscripts and the theories of modern textual criticism and his thorough examination of their arguments and his competent defense of the Received Text are still as timely today as they were almost two centuries ago.

Nolan's work consists of 6 parts and they are listed below with the links to each section.

Chapter 1 (An Inquiry into the Integrity of the Received Text by Frederick Nolan)
This chapter is an examination of the system of the textual criticism by which the Received Text
came under attack and especially showing their classification of the known manuscripts of the Greek New Testament and the reasoning by which they reject the vast majority of the manuscripts supporting the Received Text in favor of a few corrupt manuscripts.

Chapter 2 (An Inquiry into the Integrity of the Received Text by Frederick Nolan)
This chapter states a more historically accurate and meaningful classification of these manuscripts, and traces the various ethnic versions or translations to the class of Greek manuscript that it was based on.

Chapter 3 (An Inquiry into the Integrity of the Received Text by Frederick Nolan)
This is a defense of the class of manuscripts that form the basis of the Received Text. Nolan shows that the other two classes are based on rescensions of the Greek Text by errorists or  heretics with theological axes to grind, and that the manuscripts underlying the Received Text are copies of the authentic and original text of the Greek New Testament.

Chapter 4 (An Inquiry into the Integrity of the Received Text by Frederick Nolan)
In this chapter Nolan argues for the general integrity of Received Text and its preservation from corruption during the first few centuries of the Christian era.

Chapter 5 (An Inquiry into the Integrity of the Received Text by Frederick Nolan)
In this chapter Nolan takes some of the more doctrinally crucial verses that are being eliminated or adulterated in the new "Critical Text" and defends the reading of the Received Text in each case.

Chapter 6 (An Inquiry into the Integrity of the Received Text by Frederick Nolan)
In this final chapter Nolan documents the general corruption by heretics of the other two classification of manuscripts (the Palestine Text and the Egyptian text), and again thoroughly and convincingly defends the readings of the Byzantine or Received Text.

The Biblical Text

The Westcott and Hort (B and Aleph) Text Is Based Upon a "Very Little Handful of Manuscripts" Rather than on the "Vast Multitude of Copies."

Dean Burgon wrote:

"Does the truth of the Text of Scripture dwell with the vast multitude of copies, uncial and cursive, concerning which nothing is more remarkable than the marvellous agreement which subsists between them? Or is it rather to be supposed that the truth abides exclusively with a very little handful of manuscripts which at once differ from the great bulk of the witnesses, and--strange to say--also amongst themselves?"

"The advocates of the Traditional Text urge that the Consent without Concert of so many hundreds of copies, executed by different persons, at diverse times, in widely sundered regions of the Church, is a presumptive proof of their trustworthiness, which nothing can invalidate but [by] some sort of demonstration that they are untrustworthy guides after all." [Dean Burgon, The Traditional Text, pp. 16-17 ]

- From:  A Brief Summary of The Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels, Vindicated and Established By Dean John William Burgon, Edited by Edward Miller 1896,  Summarized by Rev. D. A. Waite, Th.D., Ph.D.

A Brief Summary of The Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels, Vindicated and Established By Dean John William Burgon, Edited by Edward Miller 1896,  Summarized by Rev. D. A. Waite, Th.D., Ph.D.

The Dean Burgon Society's Statement on the Providential Preservation of The Holy Scriptures

The Principal Reasons I prefer the KJV (King James Version) by TurretinFan

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The Bible's Providential Preservation (1/4), Textus Receptus (TR), Masoretic Text (MT), King James Version (KJV), & Other Versions by Dr. Steven Dilday (free MP3)

 

An Essay on the Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures (1840) by John Dick

 

The Divine Inspiration of the Bible by A.W. Pink, J.C. Ryle and Samuel Jacombe (in the Cripplegate Puritan Sermons 1659-1689, six volumes, on the Puritan Hard Drive)

 

The Plenary and Verbal Inspiration of Scripture by John Greer

 

The Divine Inspiration of the Bible (1 of 3) By A.W. Pink (free MP3)

 

Theopneustia: The Plenary Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures by L. Gaussen, D.D.