The game called Chinese whispers
Q: What do
the Baptists have in common with the
A: “The Bible is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly.”
(The 8th tenet of the Mormon Church)
“Shock! Horror! Wheeze! Gasp!” you may be saying.
But hang on Dear Reader, but that’s true isn’t it!
heard of the game called Chinese whispers …
a game in which a message is passed around in a whisper … with the
whisper not being the same as the first one.
And so it
might be with the ‘Originals’?
suppose they are perfect, inerrant, inspired
and infallible … and along the way, a writers’ form of The Chinese
Translation Syndrome has taken place … although the King James Bible
say this … the King James Bible says the opposite … the word of God has
let’s assume the worst, that the
‘Originals’ have not been translated perfectly … and the ‘Chinese’ have
on the act.
Bible says that “… holy men of God spake
as they were moved by the Holy Ghost… (2Peter 1:21) … the
Bible never says that what was
written down was perfect and inerrant … but what was spoken by holy men
go back even further, and just suppose,
for the argument, that what holy men of God spake was not perfect
means, at worse, we have holy men of God speaking
errors, and the writing down of their speeches had
well. A double whammy!
that! God has been blocked, snookered and
thwarted in getting us the inerrant, infallible and inspired truth by
first by holy men of God and then by the writers of the ‘originals’.
God to do?
is only sovereign and not Almighty?
can’t get us his perfect words today?
don’t have the words of God?
Mormons are right?
have to depend on man’s interpretation of
what God said to these holy men?
have to struggle along with all the
different versions of the Bible as being correct?
then say what is right and what is wrong?
Roman Catholic Church, being one of the
oldest religious institutions … are they right?
Is it the
NIV? NASV? Good News? Douay Rheims?
Do we have
the perfect Bible in English today?
I find God’s final, written and perfect
authority to man?
surely these are all natural questions that
come to every Christian at some time in their life?
say we have the newborn Christian
trusting his Pastor for answers to these questions.
Pastor comes back saying “We don’t know
where the perfect scriptures are … we just have to make do with what we
the jolt that has on a newby! Imagine the
deflation that occurs in the new Christian!
Even my Pastor doesn’t know! What chance do
been washed clean (Revelation
1:5), he has
to make do with some sort of Bible that has been cobbled
together by men over few thousand years.
let down … I mean it’s the equivalent of
getting a Driver’s licence and looking forward to a Rolls Royce … only
given 1963 clapped out Ford.
the thing Dear Reader, NOTHING SCARES
A PASTOR MORE THAN ANYTHING, THAN THE THOUGHT THAT THE BIBLE HE HAS IN
… JUST MIGHT BE PERFECT, INERRANT, INFALLIBLE AND INSPIRED.
called the mystery of iniquity … and it is
this … that UNBELIEF IS ITS OWN AUTHORITY!
BELIEVES THAT WHAT HE BELIEVES IS TRUE …
BECAUSE HE BELIEVES IT!
can dump a truck load of information on his
front lawn to the contrary … but he will not believe it! Why? Because
course Dear Reader, this is why people go to
hell of their own free will … they won’t believe on the Lord Jesus
despite all the evidence that points to the contrary … they won’t
Pastor believes that what he believes is
the truth … because he believes it!
Do you see
what we are saying Dear Reader?
So you can
ask a Pastor to tell you where the word
of God is today and he’ll say “It’s in the Bible.”
you might say to him “I’ve got 50 different
Bibles here … which is the right one? Where is the absolute, inerrant,
infallible, perfect and inspired truth?”
to say “None of them … there’s no
perfect Bible on the earth today.”
the hypocrite he is, he will stand before
his flock waving a version and saying “These are the words of
wonder why? Could it be his salary is at
not realise the terrible and grave
responsibility they have to feed their flock the truth.
not see himself as God sees him as
offending little ones (Mark
not see that he’s in for a massive
whacking when he gets home … his wife? … no heaven.
love of money, his salary, is far more
important that telling God’s children the truth.
congregation believes in Jesus … but he’s
offended them … for his love of money reigns supreme … “But God, I had
and bills to pay … I couldn’t afford to tell my people the truth!”
says “You should have been a truck driver,
a labourer … beggar on the streets … if that was your concern … but you
flock rocks, stones, donut holes and egg shells!”
fire him …
standing before God is much easier for the
‘originals’ Pastor than facing his congregation..
the real thing Dear Reader, the Pastor
considers it a mere trifle … a doddle as it were … that he would stand
the Lord one day to give his account of not feeding the sheep.
and now’ is far more important than the
‘there and then’.
love of money (1Timothy 6:10) … the
Pastor at the judgment seat … “That verse was a wrong
translation … because the Greek root says this and that!”
hypocrisy … an ‘Originals’ Pastor, he has
been standing up before his people saying “These are the words of God”
all the while not believing it … he’s been lying.
Board will fire him … er … suggest he ‘may
be more effective elsewhere’.
‘originals’ Pastor has forgotten there’s the
heavenly ‘piper’ that has to be paid, for “… whosoever shall offend
of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that
millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.” (Mark
Reader, let me sum up … the Pastor who
believes ‘the originals as they have been correctly translated’ …
stands on FOUR things …
1. He cannot
point to a copy of Scripture anywhere on earth and say “That Bible is
2. The last
thing he wants anyone else to do is to believe … that they would
have a copy of the Bible that is perfect!”
3. He will
stop at nothing to destroy the faith of any Christian he meets
thinks they have the perfect, infallible, inerrant and inspired
this is like hot acid on metal to the poor Pastor.
no final authority but himself.
By Harley Hitchcock