Who's In Charge of the Bible?
Pope Francis recently decided that the Lord's Prayer should be changed. Since God does not "lead" man to sin, he suggests that it should read, "...do not let us fall into temptation," instead of, "lead us not into temptation." Of course, sin is not the issue here; temptation is.
But this is a brazen assumption on Francis' part. It is based on the Roman Catholic assertion that since the Vatican gave us the Bible, they should have the authority to change it if they please.
Protestants, and even evangelicals, have bought the lie that without the Roman "church" we wouldn't have the Bible. The truth is that most of the Bibles used today did come from the Vatican, but not the one that Jesus promised to preserve. For centuries they have tried every possible way to kill it. Today, the PR campaign against the KJV is fierce.
Author David W. Daniels points out in his book, Did the Catholic Church Give Us the Bible? that there are two streams of manuscripts responsible for today's Bibles. One that he calls the northern stream originated in Israel, but accurate copies were made by the early church that spread north through Asia Minor, Turkey, Greece, and into Europe. Faithful translations were made of the copies as needed along the way, culminating in the Classic English King James Version.
The other, southern stream of copies left Apostolic Israel but traveled through Egypt and into Italy and Rome. While the northern manuscripts show almost no variation in wording in the copies and extreme accuracy in the translations, the southern manuscripts contain thousands of discrepancies in both text and translation.
From the earliest records of the southern stream, Vatican agents were masterminding the release and management of the manuscripts. Today's modern versions based on the Westcott and Hort Greek are the product of that stream.
So, it all comes down to a simple question: Who is in charge of scripture? God, or man? If God, then the Lord Jesus clearly said, "And lead us not into temptation..." both in Matthew 6:13 and Luke 11:4. If man decides that he is the authority, can he decide that God said it wrong?
Thus this mere man in the Vatican sets himself above the scriptures. Yet the Lord placed the word above His name. Psalm 138:2: "...for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name." The pope has claimed that he speaks for Christ on the earth, when he takes the name, "Vicar of Christ." Vicar comes from the same meaning as "Vice President," one who acts in the place of the president. The pope claims to act in the place of Christ.
The Bible that God preserved over the centuries in the northern stream, culminated in the Classic English version authorized by King James. Its history fulfills Christ's promise in Matthew 24:35 that "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."
The head of this counterfeit "church" is simply doing what many popes have done: modify a counterfeit Bible created by Rome's Jesuits out of faked, polluted manuscripts in the southern stream. He has no authority over the Classic English KJV that God has blessed with the power to inspire sweeping revivals and the greatest missionary effort in history.
Daniels' new book, Is 'The World's Oldest Bible' a Fake? details the unknown history of the centerpiece of the southern stream of manuscripts, the Codex Sinaiticus. He also shows why we can trust that we have the exact words God wants us to have in the Classic English Bible authorized by King James. God gave it once and He doesn't need to revise it. We just need to step up and learn to read it.