The Beliefs of First Baptist
GREETINGS FROM PASTOR BROWN
OUR CHURCH COVENANT
THE BAPTIST DISTINCTIVES
THE DOCTRINES OF OUR FAITH
WATCH OUT: THEY HAVE TAMPERED WITH THE NEW TESTAMENT!!!
For more than fifty years First Baptist Church has ministered
the Word to people in South Eastern Milwaukee County. How thankful I am
to continue to build on that Biblical Foundation.
An effective Bible Believing New Testament Baptist Church has two
purposes. First, we are to equip believers so that they may carry out
the second function, the work of the Ministry, which involves the making
of disciples (leading people to Christ and helping them to become mature
Christians). In order to accomplish our purpose we must have believers
who are faithful to God's work, Prayer, Church Attendance, and the
giving of their time, talent, and tithes.
With this common Scriptural goal in mind I trust you would read our
Doctrinal Statement and By Laws. If you share our vision and belief,
join with us to advance the cause of Christ.
If you have any further questions do not hesitate to
Sincerely In Christ,
Pastor David L. Brown.
Having been led by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ
as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized
by immersion in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, and this assembly, most
solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body
We purpose therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together
in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in
knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and
spirituality; to attend its services regularly; to sustain its worship,
ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to give it a sacred preeminence
over all institutions of human origin; to give faithfully of time and
talent in its activities; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the
support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the
poor, and the spreading of the Gospel to all nations.
We also purpose to maintain family and private devotions, to train
our children according to the Word of God; to seek the salvation of our
kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world, to be
just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our
conduct; to avoid all gossip, back-biting, and unrighteous anger; to
abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage and
harmful or illegal drugs; to abstain from all forms of activity which
dishonor our Lord Jesus Christ, cause stumbling to a fellow believer or
hinder the winning of a soul to Christ; to be zealous in our efforts to
advance the cause of Christ our Savior; and to give Him Preeminence in
We further purpose to encourage one another in the blessed hope of
the Lord's return; to watch over one another in brotherly love; to
remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and
distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian
courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for
reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it
We moreover purpose that when we remove from this place we will, as
soon as possible, unite with some other Bible believing church where we
can carry out the spirit of thin covenant and the principles of God's
Baptist Churches are modeled after the New Testament Churches. Other
denominations believe some of the basic New Testament doctrines;
however, for the most part Baptists are the only ones who have held to
all of the basic New Testament doctrines down through the years. These
doctrines have been arranged as an acrostic spelling BAPTISTS for ease
in memorizing them.
IS OUR ONLY RULE OF FAITH AND PRACTICE
Its laws and doctrines are the only basis of our authority. 2 Tim.
AND INDEPENDENCE OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
A Baptist Church is independent and governs, itself. We live in a day
when the sovereign autonomy and independence of local churches is being
challenged and even threatened by the drive toward the ecumenical
merging of all "religions" into an apostate one-world church.
A New Testament Church is independent of all popes, bishops, councils,
conventions, associations, synods, conferences, or civil governments and
its agencies that would seek to exert control over its operations and
functions. Baptist Churches seek to conduct their affairs as the Lord
directs through the Holy Spirit because Christ alone is the Head of the
Church. Acts 15:1-30, Matt. 18:15-17
OF THE BELIEVERS
Every believer has the right and duty to approach God in prayer and
praise for himself without the aid of human priest, preachers, mediators
or human ceremonies, rituals or forms. Christ alone in the believer's
mediator. I Tim 2:5, I Pet. 2:5&9, Heb.10:19
ORDINANCES FOR THE LOCAL CHURCH
Baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper are the ordinances of the
local church. These are symbolic acts, which portray the two basic facts
in our relationship to Christ. Baptism by immersion of believers only pictures our union with Christ
in His death, burial, and resurrection. For this reason, a Baptist
Church does not baptize infants. The Lord's Supper (communion) pictures
our fellowship with Christ and in a symbolic memorial of His death till
He comes. Neither ordinance has any saving merit but are matters of
obedience to Christ's teachings. Acts 2:41-42, Matt. 28:19-20, Acts
16:30-84, Acts 18:8, I Cor. 11:2-32
SOUL LIBERTY AND RESPONSIBILITY
Soul liberty is the implementation of the truth that we must
"obey God rather than men". (Acts 5:29) Each believer
must give answer to god individually, and therefore, no other man and no
church can act as his conscience. Because of thin, the believer has the
right and responsibility to interpret the Scriptures for himself and
will answer to God for the way in which he does so. I John 2:27,
Rom.14:5, I Thes. 5:21, Acts 17:11, 2 Tim. 2:15
The first is personal separation. The Scriptures clearly teach
that a believer is a new creature in Christ and the old sinful ways are
to be put off. We are commanded to come out from that which defiles and
be separate. We are not to love the world neither the things of the
world but present ourselves as living sacrifices unto the Lord. 2
Cor. 5:17, Eph. 4:22-24, Rom. 8:11-14, 2 Cor. 6:14-18, 1 John 2:15, Rom.
The second aspect of separation is ecclesiastical [church] separation.
A Bible Believing Church cannot cooperate with any groups, churches or
organizations that deny the fundamentals of the faith. We are told to
mark those who cause divisions and promote doctrine different than the
Bible teaches and avoid them. The Bible is our standard, and we, as a
church body, are to have no fellowship with those who reject or
compromise its teachings. 2 Cor. 6:14-17, Rom. 16-17, 2 John l: 10-11
The last aspect of separation is political separation. Human
Government in a God appointed institution given to preserve the rights
and liberties of the righteous and to restrain and punish the evil.
Believers are to be good citizens and "render to Caesar the things
that are Caesars" until disobedience to God is involved, and then
we must obey God rather than man. But the Scripture is clear. While
human government encompasses all men, both believers and unbelievers,
God has never given to civil rulers the right to govern the church,
which in a spiritual body with Christ as its head. Only saved persons
rightfully belong to this company and the officers and members of church
are not authorized in the Word to divide and jeopardize their spiritual
ministry by seeking authority over civil government or allowing civil
government to exercise control in relationship to the church and its
ministries. Hence comes the doctrine of what some call the separation of
church and state. This is not to say that believers and churches may not
take a stand on Biblical principles. We must as we are the salt and
light of the earth and we are obligated to earnestly contend for the
faith. Matt. 22:21, Rom. 13, Acts 5:29, Matt. 5:13-16. Jude 3
OFFICERS IN A LOCAL CHURCH
The Pastor(s) and Deacons are the only officers sanctioned by the
Scriptures and the spiritual leaders of the church. The body may appoint
others within its number to give special responsibilities, but
individuals or groups appointed by the body are not over the pastor or
deacons in the exercise of their leadership.
Pastors are also called elder, bishop, preacher, and teacher. As a
pastor-teacher he feeds, as an elder he leads and as a bishop he
oversees. The terms are often used interchangeably in the New Testament.
Deacons are the Pastor's assistants and help him so that he may give
himself to prayer and the study of the Word. I Tim. 3:1-8, Acts
6:1-4, Phil. 1:1, Titus 1:5-18
BAPTIZED CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
A church is a spiritual, not a social, economic or political
organization. The church is charged by the Lord to preach the Word and
to worship the Lord. This is impossible for men who have not been born
again (saved). The Scriptural order of events is salvation, baptism by
immersion and church membership (Acts 2:41- 42). Anything other than
this is man's ways not God's ways.
We believe in the authority and sufficiency of the Holy
Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, as originally
written; the Hebrew/Aramaic Old Testament text and Greek New Testament text. It was
verbally and plenarily inspired of God and is the product of Spirit-controlled men, and
therefore, is infallible and inerrant in all matters of which it speaks.
The New Testament term for "inspiration" is
theopneustos meaning "God-Breathed." It comes from two Greek words, "theos" [God]
and "pneuo" [to breathe]. The process of God's breathing out His Words occurred only
once when He breathed out or "inspired" the Hebrew/ Aramaic and Greek texts. This
resulted in God's revelation. It is "plenary" inspiration because it extends to every one
of the 66 books equally, from Genesis to Revelation. It is "verbal" because it has to do
with the Words of the Hebrew/ Aramaic and Greek. These Words are inerrant and infallible
because it is impossible for God to make any mistakes or errors. Though the process of
inspiration has never been repeated, the product of inspiration, that is, the
Hebrew/Aramaic and Greek Words, have been preserved by God in the Words of the Masoretic
Hebrew and Textus Receptus Greek texts that underlie the King James Bible. (2 Timothy
3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Titus 1:2)
Further, we believe that God has
promised both to preserve His Words (Psalm 12:6-7; Matthew 5:17-18, and others)
and to keep His promises (Romans 4:20-21; Hebrews 10:23).
Preservation refers to the Hebrew/Aramaic and Greek Words, which God gave to us by
Inspiration. We believe that the closest Hebrew/Aramaic and Greek texts that God
has preserved for us are those that underlie the King James Bible. The King James
Bible "preserves" in the English language by accurate translation the preserved
Hebrew/Aramaic and Greek Words God has preserved for us according to His promises.
Therefore, in our
church, we use exclusively the King James Bible for four reasons:
(1) It is based upon superior texts of Hebrew/Aramaic and Greek;
was translated by far superior translators than we have today;
has used a superior translation technique compared with the versions of today, that is,
it has used both verbal (or word) equivalence and formal (or form) equivalence, rather
than the false dynamic equivalence of thought only; and
(4) It has superior theology rather than theological errors in over 356
doctrinal passages, which plague the New International Version and other modern versions.
The King James Bible has been blessed of God since the completion of its translation in
The King James Bible, (without the
Apocrypha), will be used by pastors, teachers and those in leadership in all areas of our
church and Bible school without exception.
We believe that God’s Word to man was
completed with the book of Revelation and that no additions or deletions made today are
valid. Further, we believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian unity and the
supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions shall be tried.
II. THE TRUE
We believe there is one and only one living and true God, and
infinite Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth;
inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor,
confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy
Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but
harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Exodus 20:2-3; I
Cor. 8:6; Rev. 4:11
III. THE HOLY
A. His Person & Work
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God,
the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in
the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains
the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin,
of righteousness, and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of
the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New
Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and
helps the believer. John 14:16-17; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; John
14:26; Luke 1:35; Gen. 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6;
Eph. 1:13-14; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Rom. 8:14-16;
B. The Charismatic Movement
We thank the Lord for the gifted men He has given to the Church (evangelists,
pastors and teachers Ephesians 4:11-12), while noting that
today the apostles and prophets that ministered in the foundation period of the church,
before the completion of the New Testament Canon, are no longer available to the Church
in our day (Ephesians 2:19-20). We have their writings in
the New Testament.
We also acknowledge that the Holy Spirit has blessed the Church with permanent serving
gifts that continue even in our day, given to individual believers for the purpose of
building up the body of Christ. These are prophecy (only in the sense of telling forth
or preaching the Word of God), ministry or helps, teaching, exhorting, giving, ruling
or governments, and mercy (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:28).
However, we believe that the so-called sign gifts were of a temporary nature,
exclusively for the foundation period of the church and are not active today (Hebrews
2:3-4). These gifts include casting out devils, snake handling, drinking
poison without harm, healing (by means other than God initiated or through prayer), the
word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, working of miracles (humanly initiated),
discerning of spirits, speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues (1
Corinthians 12:8-10). We read in 1 Corinthians 13:8-10
"Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there
be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For
we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come,
then that which is in part shall be done away."
Further, we believe that, being “slain in the spirit,” the so-called “holy laughter”
phenomena, where people laugh uncontrollably, are unable to get off of the floor, and
the and “animal blessing” phenomena where people hiss, roar, bark, crow, etc. do not
originate with the triune God who demands that all things be done decently and in order
(1 Corinthians 14:40). Therefore, neither the pastor(s),
deacons, nor the members of this Church shall practice or advocate the sign gifts.
IV. THE DEVIL,
We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, the Devil; and
that he was created by God as an angel but through pride and rebellion
became the enemy of his creator; that he became the unholy god of this
age, and the ruler of all the powers of darkness and is destined to the
judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. Matt. 4:1-11; 2
Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10
V. THE CREATION
We believe the Biblical account of the creation of the physical
universe, angels, and man; that this account is neither allegory nor
myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate
creative acts of God without any evolutionary process; that man was
created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing forms
of life; and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and
Eve, first parents of the entire human race (Gen. 1,2; Col. 1:16-17;
VI. THE FALL OF
We believe that man was created in innocence, in the image and
likeness of God, under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary
transgression Adam fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence
of which all mankind are now sinners, not only by nature, but by choice.
Therefore, all are under just condemnation without defense or excuse. Gen.
3:1-6; Rom. 5:19; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 5:10-19; Rom. 1:18; Rom. 1:32
VII. THE VIRGIN
We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous
manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can
ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God, and God, The
Son. Gen. 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matt.1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:4
ATONEMENT FOR SIN
We believe that the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated and
wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of Jesus Christ, the Son
of God, Who by the appointment of the Father, voluntarily took upon
Himself our nature, yet without sin, and honored the divine law by His
personal obedience, thus qualifying Himself to be our Saviour; that by
the shedding of His blood in His death He fully satisfied the just
demands of a holy and righteous God regarding sin; that His sacrifice
consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was
a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord bearing our sins in
His own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead He is now
enthroned in Heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest
sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be
the perfect, compassionate and all-sufficient Savior. Matt. 18:11;
Phil. 2:7-8; Heb. 2:14-17; Isa. 53:4-7; I John 4:10; I Cor. 15:3;
2 Cor. 5:21; I Pet. 2:24
IX. GRACE IN
THE NEW BIRTH
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again;
that the New Birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is
instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in
trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and
receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is
brought about by our sovereign God in a manner above our comprehension,
solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in Connection with divine truth,
so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper
evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith and newness. John
3:3; 2 Cor. 5:17; I John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 16:30-33; 2 Pet. 1:4;
Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1 2 Cor. 5:19; Col.2:13; John 3:8
We believe that justification is that judicial act of God whereby He
declares the believer righteous upon the basis of the imputed
righteousness of Christ; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness, which we have done, but
solely through faith in the Redeemer's shed blood. Rom. 3:24; 4:5;
5:19; Gal. 2:16; Phil. 3:9
We believe that sanctification is the divine setting apart of the
believer unto God accomplished in a threefold manner; first an eternal
act of God, based upon redemption in Christ, establishing the believer
in a position of holiness at the moment he trusts the Saviour; second, a
continuing process in the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of
God to the life; third, the final accomplishment of this process at the
Lord's return. In the two aspects the penalty and power of sin are
broken. In the last we are conformed to the image of Christ and removed
from the presence of sin. Heb. 10:10-14; John 17:17; 2 Cor. 3:18; I
Cor. 1:30; Eph. 5:25-27; I Thes. 4:3,4; 5:23,24; I John3:2; Jude 24, 25;
Rev. 22:11; Rom. 8:28-29
XII. FAITH AND
We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition
of salvation. Repentance is a change of mind and purpose toward God
prompted by the Holy Spirit and is and integral part of saving faith. Eph.
2:8; Acts 3:19; Acts 15:11; Acts. 20-21; Rom. 3:24-25; John 3:16
XIII. THE LOCAL
We believe that the church is an organized congregation of immersed
believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel;
observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws; and exercising
the gifts and rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that
its officers are pastors, and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and
duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true
mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have
opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of
self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of
individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent
is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that is scriptural for true churches
to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the
furtherance of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of
the measure and method of its co-operation; on all matters of
membership, policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the
will of the local church is final.
We believe in the unity of all New
Testament Believers in the Church, which is the Body of Christ. Acts
2:41-42; I Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 4:11; Acts 20:17-28; 1 Tim.
3:1-6; Col. 1:18; Eph. 5:23-24; Acts 15:13-18; 1 Cor. 12:12-13
AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe that there are two church ordinances - Baptism and the
Lord's Supper. Baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water
and is properly called "Believer Baptism." It portrays in a
beautiful and solemn way our faith in a crucified, buried, and risen
Saviour, with its effects in our lives of death to sin and resurrection
to a new life. Baptism is a pre-requisite to the privileges of a church
relation, and shall not be indiscriminately administered apart from
church membership. Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:41; 8:36-37; Rom 6:4.
We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death
until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn
self-examination. The Lord's Supper shall not be served outside a church
meeting. Neither ordinance has the "power" or
"merit" in itself to bestow either salvation or justification
but are marks of a believer's obedience to the Lord. Matt. 26:27-30;
Acts 2:42; I Cor. 11:23-24
SECURITY OF THE SAINTS
We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the
Father for Jesus Christ and cannot lose their salvation. Phil. 1:6;
John 10:28-29: Rom. 8:35,39; Jude 1 & 24
RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
THE RIGHTEOUS. We believe, true righteousness, comes only by faith in
the Lord Jesus Christ, for He is the believer’s righteousness. Because
of Christ's righteousness, we are justified in the sight of God. Rom
3:20-23; Rom. 10:34; Phil. 3:9; Rom. 3:28; Rom. 5:1 and set apart
(sanctified) for His use by the Holy Spirit. 2 Tim. 2:21 The
conclusion of righteousness, which comes by faith in Christ, is eternal
life and happiness with the Lord forever. John 14:1-3; Matt.
25:31-40; John 3:16-36; 1 Pet. 1:3-4; 2 Pet. 2:9; John 10:18:28; Rom.
THE WICKED. We believe we are born with a sin nature and that we
choose to sin as Adam did. Because of this we are unable to do any good
works that would merit eternal life with God, but are under his just
condemnation. The conclusion of wickedness (unrighteousness and
unbelief) is eternal separation from God and everlasting conscious
punishment in the lake of fire (Hell). Rom. 5:12-21; Eph. 2:1-10;
Rom. 3:10-22; Matt. 25:34-41; Rev. 20:12-15; Rom. 6:23; Prov. 14:32; 2
Thes. 1:9; 2 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 14:11
We believe the scriptures teach that civil government is of divine
appointment, Rom. 3:1-7 for the benefit and good order of human
society; 2 Sam. 23:3; Prov. 29:2; Titus 3:1 and that civil
servants and public officials are to be prayed for, conscientiously
honored, and obeyed. Rom. 13:1-7; Acts 23:5; I Tim. 2:1-3; I Pet.
God has established three institutions. The family, human government
and the church. The family and church are to "render" (give)
unto Caesar (government) what is Caesar's and to God what is God's. Matt.
In the case of conflict; Prov. 29:2 we must remember that
Christ is the final authority in church, family and government matters. Rev.
1:5 & 8; 19:16; Dan. 3:17-18; I Tim. 6:15 and we must obey God
rather than man when His will is opposed. Acts 5:29 Christ is the
head of the church Eph. 5:23; Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18 and civil
rulers have no authority to control the church or its functions and
should not interfere with its programs. Acts 5:26-29
TRIBULATION, SECOND COMING, MILLENNIUM AND RELATED EVENTS.
RAPTURE. We believe that Jesus Christ the Lord will return to
catch-up (rapture) all believers to Himself just before God pours out
seven years of the worst judgment, the world had ever known (called the
tribulation). The dead in Christ will be raised first and then those
believers who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them
to meet the Lord in the air. At this time we shall be changed, receiving
incorruptible, glorified bodies, which are immortal, and we will be with
the Lord forever. This catching-up (rapture) occurs in the twinkling of
an eye and is the next event on the prophetic calendar. No prophecy
needs to be fulfilled before it occurs. We can look for it anytime and
it is the believer's "blessed hope." John 14:3; I Cor.
15:51-54; I Thes. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13
SEVEN-YEAR TRIBULATION. We believe after the church (all
saved) is in heaven, a time of great tribulation (troubles and
judgment), lasting seven years, will take place on earth. In the Bible
this period is called the "time of Jacob's trouble, a time of
trouble, days of darkness and gloominess and the day of the Lord."
This is a time when God's wrath is poured out upon all men and nations
who reject His Son. Rev. 3:10; Dan. 9:1-2; 24-26; Jer. 30:7; Dan.
12:1; Joel 2:2; Amos 5:18 & 20; Isa. 2:12; 2 Pet. 3:10; 2 Thes.
2:2-3; Rev. 14:6-10
SECOND COMING AND MILLENNIUM. We believe that following the
tribulation, Christ will return to the earth with His glorified saints
to establish the Millennial Kingdom and sit on the throne of David. Jude
14; Heb. 9:28; I Cor. 15:24-26; Ps. 72:8; Acts 2:29-30; Luke 1:32; Isa.
9:6-7 During the 1000 years of peace and prosperity, Satan will be
bound and Christ will reign with a rod of iron. At the end of the
Millennium, Satan will be released for a short time, deceive many and
lead in a final rebellion but be defeated and cast into everlasting lake
of fire (Hell) with his armies. Isa. 1:6; Mic. 4:3-4; Zech 14:20;
Rev. 2:25-29; Dan. 9:24; Acts 1:11; Heb. 9:28; Rev. 20:1-10 New
Heaven and New Earth - Following Satan’s final rebellion believers
will abide with Christ in the New Heavens and New Earth which He has
made, for all eternity. Rev. 21
WATCH OUT: THEY HAVE TAMPERED WITH THE NEW
David L. Brown, Ph.D.
[NOTE: My thanks to the Trinitarian Bible Society of England for providing the
material from which this article was developed.]
Have you read my research report called "The Great ? Unicals?" If you have
not, I would urge you to take the time to read it. It is posted several places on the
web, but the most easily accessible is at --
In that research report I expose the fallacy of "the oldest manuscripts being the
best" particularly when it comes to Sinaiticus and Vaticanus. Since 1881 Modern
Bible versions have relied heavily upon Sinaiticus and Vaticanus. After careful study I
assert that the so called "great uncials" ARE very corrupt and their readings
detract from essential Bible doctrines. Therefore the modern versions, though alleged to
be more readable, are inaccurate and corrupt. Likewise, since more than 90% of all
ancient manuscripts support the Textus Receptus, which the King James Version is based
on, it is of the utmost importance that English speaking people use the King James Bible
and that translation work into other versions of the New Testament use the Textus
The Trinitarian Bible Society has a very helpful list, which points out some of the
key verses that are problematic when non-Textus Receptus manuscripts are used in making
modern translations. They note that, "the list below is a compilation of the most
important verses in which the modern versions have followed corrupted manuscripts and
made drastic alterations to the printed editions of the traditionally accepted text of
the New Testament." A more complete list is available from:
The Trinitarian Bible Society
London, SW19 3NN, England
Tel.: (020) 543-7857
Fax: (020) 543-6370
The purpose of this list is to aid the Bible student or translator in discerning and
evaluating whether a translation is founded upon these few 'older' and corrupt
manuscripts, and if it is, to show how far astray the translation wanders. A simple
comparison of the verses below with any modern translation will show the extent of
corruption in the modern translation.
The Trinitarian Bible Society gives these instructions in making the comparison.
"The comparison of these modern versions needs to be made by using a copy of the Authorized
Version) (KJV. While perfection is not claimed for the Authorized Version
(KJV)…it is an accurate and excellent translation which follows the Traditional or
Received Text of the New Testament and was not affected by the current rage of
I must tell you that some versions will be difficult to compare because of the modern
tendency among translators to use "dynamic equivalence" methods of translation.
To understand "dynamic equivalency" look at Pastor F. William Darrow’s
Is Inerrancy Enough?
Once again, I remind you that the list below is not a complete list. It is designed to
show that there are many serious omissions in the modern editions of the New Testament.
In addition to omissions, a few instances of change and additions are included. Unless
otherwise stated, each variant listed represents an omission.
Let me be candid. It is my earnest hope the reader will see the problems with the
modern texts and versions and will change back to the purer more COMPLETE edition
of the New Testament, that is a King James New Testament.
NOTE: This is a list of Omissions & Changes found in most modern New Testaments
- Unless otherwise noted, the variant listed represents an omission from the
- In instances of change, the reading of the King James Version, which
represents the reading of the Traditional Text, is given in comparison with the
critical text reading as found in the New American Standard Bible.
1.25 -- 'firstborn'
4.12 -- 'Jesus'
4.18 -- 'Jesus'
4.23 -- 'Jesus'
5.44 -- 'bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you,' and 'despitefully use
6.33 -- KJV: 'the kingdom of God'; NASB: 'His kingdom'
8.3 -- 'Jesus'
8.5 -- 'Jesus'
8.7 -- 'Jesus'
8.29 -- 'Jesus'
9.12 -- 'Jesus'
12.25 -- 'Jesus'
13.36 -- 'Jesus'
13.51 -- 'Jesus saith unto them'
13.51 -- 'Lord' ['Yea, Lord']
14.14 -- 'Jesus'
14.22 -- 'Jesus'
14.25 -- 'Jesus'
15.16 -- 'Jesus'
15.30 -- 'Jesus'
16.20 -- 'Jesus'
17.20 -- 'Jesus'
17.21 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
18.2 -- 'Jesus'
18.11 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
19.9 -- 'and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.'
20.22 -- 'and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?' [see also verse
20.23 -- 'and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with:' [see also verse 22]
22.37 -- 'Jesus'
23.8 -- 'even Christ'
23.14 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
24.2 -- 'Jesus'
26.28 -- 'new' ['of the new testament']
27.24 -- 'just' [KJV: 'the blood of this just person'; NASB: 'this Man's blood']
27.35 -- 'that it ... lots' [last half of the verse is omitted]
1.1 -- 'the Son of God' [omitted in some versions and margins]
1.2 -- 'the prophets' is replaced by 'Isaiah the prophet', an obvious error
1.14 -- 'of the kingdom' [KJV: 'the gospel of the kingdom of God'; NASB: 'the gospel of
1.41 -- 'Jesus'
2.17 -- 'to repentance'
5.13 -- 'Jesus' is changed to 'he'
5.19 -- 'Jesus'
6.11 -- 'Verily I say ... than for that city' [last part of the verse is omitted]
6.34 -- 'Jesus'
7.8 -- 'as the washing ... ye do' [last half of the verse is omitted]
7.16 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
7.27 -- 'Jesus'
8.1 -- 'Jesus'
8.17 -- 'Jesus'
9.24 -- 'Lord' [referring to Jesus]
9.29 -- 'and fasting'
9.42 -- 'in me'
9.44 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
9.45 -- 'into the fire that never shall be quenched'
9.46 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
10.21 -- 'take up the cross'
11.11 -- 'Jesus'
11.14 -- 'Jesus'
11.15 -- 'Jesus'
11.26 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
12.30 -- 'this is the first commandment
12.41 -- 'Jesus'
13.33 -- 'and pray'
14.22 -- 'Jesus'
14.22 -- 'eat' [KJV: 'Take, eat.' NASB: 'Take it'.]
14.24 -- 'new' ['of the new testament']
15.28 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
15.39 -- 'cried out'
16.9-20 -- Omitted or bracketed in most Bibles [with
variations]. Although missing in the Vatican and Sinai manuscripts, it is found in almost
every Greek manuscript which contains Mark's Gospel. In addition it is quoted by Church
Fathers including Irenaeus and Hippolytus in the second and third centuries [thus
predating the two old manuscripts, Vatican and Sinai].
2.14 -- 'good will toward men' is changed to 'toward men of good will' or 'among men
with whom he is pleased'
2.33 -- 'And Joseph and his mother' is changed to 'and his father and mother' [note that
the change affects the Virgin Birth of our Lord]
2.40 -- 'in spirit'
2.43 -- 'and Joseph and his mother' is changed to 'his parents' [cf. 2.33]
4.4 -- 'buy by every word of God'
4.8 -- 'Get thee behind me, Satan: for'
4.41 -- 'Christ' [first instance; the reference to Jesus' Messiahship is eliminated]
7.19 -- 'Jesus'
7.22 -- 'Jesus'
8.38 -- 'Jesus'
9.43 -- 'Jesus'
9.56 -- 'For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them'
9.60 -- 'Jesus'
10.21 -- 'Jesus'
10.39 -- 'Jesus' [Critical Text has 'Lord']
10.41 -- 'Jesus' [Critical Text has 'Lord'],
11.2 -- 'our' ['Our Father ...']
11.2 -- 'which art in heaven'
11.2 -- 'Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth'
11.4 -- 'but deliver us from evil'
11.11 -- 'bread' and 'will he give him a stone? or if he ask'
12.31 -- 'the kingdom of God' is changed to 'his kingdom'
13.2 -- 'Jesus'
17.36 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
21.4 -- 'of God'
22.6 -- 'Jesus'
22.43 -- some versions omit all of this verse or put it in brackets
22.44 -- some versions omit all of this verse or put it in brackets
22.57 -- 'him' [first instance, referring to Jesus] is omitted or changed to 'it'
22.63 -- 'Jesus'
23.17 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
23.34 -- 'Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.'
[some versions bracket this or have notes which say that this is not original]
23.42 -- 'Lord' [the thief on the cross recognizes Jesus' Lordship]
23.43 -- 'Jesus'
23.45 -- 'And the sun was darkened' is changed to 'the sun being obscured', 'eclipsed' or
'failing', or a marginal reading is given to add this naturalistic effect.
24.6 -- 'He is not here, but is risen' is omitted from or bracketed in some versions, or
a problematic footnote is given
24.36 -- 'Jesus'
24.40 -- Some versions omit or bracket this verse. It is found in every Greek manuscript
of Luke except for one fifth century Western manuscript. The omission results from
radical New Testament criticism principles. Some versions have misleading or incorrect
footnotes regarding this.
24.52 -- Some versions omit 'they worshiped him' from this verse for the same reasons as
in the case of the omissions in 24.40; however, some critical editions of the Greek New
Testament include it. Without it the risen Lord is not receiving worship from His people.
1.18 -- 'only begotten Son' is changed to 'only begotten God'
3.2 -- 'Jesus'
3.13 -- 'which is in heaven' [thus an attribute of God is removed from Jesus]
4.16 -- 'Jesus'
4.42 -- 'the Christ' [note: Jesus' Messiahship is obscured]
4.46 -- 'Jesus'
5.4 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
6.14 -- 'Jesus'
6.47 -- 'on me' [note: not just 'believing' secures everlasting life, but believing 'in
6.69 -- 'thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God' is changed to 'you are the Holy
One of God' [note: Messiahship and Deity/Sonship are missing]
7.39 -- 'Holy' ['Holy Ghost']
7.53-8.11 -- the entire section is omitted or in brackets in many
8.9 -- 'Jesus'
8.16 -- AV: 'the Father'; NASB: 'He'
8.20 -- 'Jesus'
8.21 -- 'Jesus'
9.4 -- 'I must work the works' is changed to 'we must work the works'
9.35 -- 'Son of God' is changed to 'Son of man'
11.45 -- 'Jesus'
13.3 -- 'Jesus'
14.15 -- the command 'If ye love me, keep my commandments' is changed to a statement, 'If
you love me, you will keep my commandments'
16.16 -- 'because I go to the Father'
17.12 -- 'I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me' is changed to 'I was
keeping them in Thy name which Thou hast given me'
18.5 -- 'Jesus' [second instance]
19.38 -- 'Jesus' [third instance]
19.39 -- 'Jesus'
2.30 -- 'according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ'
2.47 -- 'to the church' is changed to 'to their number'
3.26 -- 'Jesus'
7.30 -- 'of the Lord'
8.37 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
9.20 -- 'Christ' is changed to 'Jesus'
9.29 -- 'Jesus' [part of verse 28 in the Critical Text]
15.11 -- 'Christ'
15.34 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
16.31 -- 'Christ'
19.4 -- 'Christ'
19.10 -- 'Jesus'
20.21 -- 'Christ'
20.25 -- 'of God' ['kingdom of God']
24.6-8 -- 'and would have judged ... commanding his accusers to come unto thee' is
omitted [the last part of verse 6, ALL of verse 7, and the first
part of verse 8]
28.29 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
1.16 -- 'of Christ' ['the gospel of Christ']
8.1 -- 'who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit'
8.26 -- 'for us' [regarding the Holy Spirit's intercession] is omitted or italicized in
10.15 -- 'preach the gospel of peace'
10.17 -- 'God' is changed to 'Christ'
13.9 -- 'Thou shalt not bear false witness'
14.9 -- 'and rose'
14.10 -- 'Christ' is changed to 'God' [note: if 'Christ' is read in verse 10, then He is
the God of verse 12. If the reading in verse 10 is 'God', then the Deity of Christ is
missing in this passage]
15.8 -- 'Jesus'
15.29 -- 'of the gospel' ['of the gospel of Christ']
16.18 -- 'Jesus' ['Lord Jesus Christ']
16.20 -- 'Christ'
16.24 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
2.13 -- 'Holy' is omitted from 'Ghost'
5.4 -- 'Christ' is omitted twice
5.5 -- 'Jesus' [in some versions]
5.7 -- 'for us'
6.20 -- 'and in your spirit, which are God's'
9.1 -- 'Christ'
9.18 -- 'of Christ'
10.9 -- 'Christ' is changed to 'the Lord'
11.24 -- 'Take, eat' [speaking of the Lord's Supper]
11.24 -- 'broken' [speaking of Christ's body]
11.29 -- 'unworthily'
11.29 -- 'Lord's' ['the Lord's body']
15.47 -- 'the Lord' [the Deity of Christ is obscured]
16.22 -- 'Jesus Christ'
16.23 -- 'Christ'
4.6 -- 'Jesus'
4.10 -- 'the Lord'
5.18 -- 'Jesus'
10.7 -- 'Christ' [third instance)
11.31 -- 'our'
11.31 -- 'Christ'
1.15 -- 'God' is changed to 'He'
3.17 -- 'in Christ' [the Abrahamic covenant was 'in Christ']
6.15 -- 'in Christ Jesus'
6.17 -- 'the Lord'
3.9 -- 'by Jesus Christ'
3.14 -- 'of our Lord Jesus Christ'
5.9 -- 'fruit of the Spirit' is changed to 'fruit of the light'
3.16 -- 'let us mind the same thing'
4.13 -- 'Christ which strengtheneth me' is changed to 'him who strengthens me'
1.2 -- 'and the Lord Jesus Christ'
1.14 -- 'through his blood'
1.28 -- 'Jesus'
2.18 -- 'not' ['hath not seen' is changed to 'has seen']
3.6 -- 'on the children of disobedience'
3.13 -- 'Christ' is changed to 'the Lord'
3.15 -- 'God' is changed to 'Christ'
3.22 -- 'God' is changed to 'the Lord'
1.1 -- 'from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ'
2.19 -- 'Christ'
3.11 -- 'Christ' [KJV: 'our Lord Jesus Christ'; NASB: 'Jesus our Lord']
3.13 -- 'Christ'
1.8 -- 'Christ'
1.12 -- 'Christ' [first instance]
2.2 -- 'day of Christ' is changed to 'day of the Lord'
2.4 -- 'as God' [KJV: 'he as God sitteth'; NASB: 'he takes his seat']
1.1 -- 'Lord'
1.17 -- 'wise' ['only wise God']
2.7 -- 'in Christ' ['I speak the truth in Christ']
3.16 -- 'God' is replaced with 'he', 'he who', or 'what'
6.5 -- 'from such withdraw thyself'
2.19 -- 'name of Christ' is changed to 'name of the Lord'
4.1 -- 'Lord'
4.22 -- 'Jesus Christ'
1.4 -- 'Lord' is omitted, and 'Jesus Christ' is reversed
verse 6 -- 'Jesus'
verse 12 -- 'Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own
bowels' is changed to 'And I have sent him back to you in person, that is, sending
my very heart'
1.3 -- 'by himself'
1.3 -- 'our' ['purged our sins']
2.7 -- 'and didst set him over the works of thy hands' in omitted in many versions
3.1 -- 'Christ'
7.21 -- 'after the order of Melchisedec'
10.9 -- 'O God' is omitted in many versions
10.30 -- 'saith the Lord'
11.11 -- 'was delivered of a child'. Some modern versions (NIV, etc.) add, with no
Greek manuscript support, and entire section about Abraham being enabled to beget
11.13 -- 'were persuaded of them'
11.37 -- 'were tempted' is omitted from most versions
2.20 -- 'faith without works is dead' is changed to 'faith without works is useless'
4.4 -- 'adulterers and'
5.20 -- 'a soul' is changed to 'his soul'
1.16 -- 'Be ye holy' [a command] is changed to 'you shall be holy' [future tense]
1.22 -- 'through the Spirit'
3.15 -- 'God' is changed to 'Christ'
4.1 -- 'for us' ['Christ hath suffered for us']
5.10 -- 'Jesus'
5.14 -- 'Jesus. Amen.'
1.21 -- 'holy' ['holy men of God']
3.10 -- 'shall be burned up' is changed to 'discovered'; some versions have this change
as a footnote only
1.7 -- 'Christ'
2.20 -- 'ye know all things' is changed to 'you all know'
3.19 -- 'we know' is changed to 'we shall know' [but note the context]
4.3 -- 'Christ is come in the flesh'
4.19 -- 'we love him' is changed to 'we love'
5.7-8 -- Many versions omit 'in heaven; the Father, the
Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness
5.13 -- 'and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God'
verse 3 -- 'the Lord'
verse 9 -- 'of Christ' [second instance]
verse 1 -- 'sanctified' is changed to 'beloved'
verse 4 -- 'God'
verse 25 -- 'wise' ['only wise God']
1.5 -- 'loved us, and washed us' is changed to 'loves us and released us'
1.9 -- 'Christ' is omitted twice
1.11 -- 'I am the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last and'
5.14 -- 'him that liveth for ever and ever'
6.1-3, 5, 7 -- 'and see' ['Come and see']
7.5b-8b -- 'were sealed' is omitted in ten of the twelve instances
8.13 -- 'I heard an angel' is changed to 'I heard an eagle'
11.1 -- KJV: 'and the angel stood, saying'; NASB: 'and someone said' [RSV: 'and I was
11.17 -- 'and art to come'
12.17 -- 'Christ'
14.5 -- 'before the throne of God'
16.5 -- 'O Lord'
19.1 -- 'the Lord'
20.9 -- 'God out of'
20.12 -- 'before God' is changed to 'before the throne'
22.14 -- 'do his commandments' is changed to 'wash their robes'
22.19 -- 'book of life' is changed to 'tree of life'
22.21 -- 'Christ'