|Terry Watkins||Dial-the-Truth Ministries|
1966 was a watershed year in the spiritual battle for good and evil.
The atheistic anti-God movement (Matt. 16:23) was formally unveiled as the April 08, 1966, Time magazine blasted on it’s cover "Is God Dead?" Also in April 1966, the satanic church was officially unleashed when Anton Lavey founded the Church of Satan.
And in 1966, the Bible PERversion army recruited a major soldier as The American Bible Society (ABS) released the New Testament of the deceitful and devious Good News for Modern Man Bible.
By 1969, the Good News for Modern Man sold over 17 million copies. Two years later, the number was a staggering 30 million copies. According to Bible publication stats, more than 100 million copies (some estimates are over 200 million) of the GNB are in circulation. In some countries, the GNB is still the most popular version. A 1991 Gallup Poll awarded the GNB the most popular version in Britain.
In 1976 the Old Testament was completed. The American Bible Society later shortened the name from the Good News for Modern Man to the Good News Bible (GNB).
The GNB’s primary promotion is it’s ecumenical and interconfessional appeal. The GNB claims it is, "genuinely ecumenical, hailed by representatives of every church from Baptists to Jesuit Father Abbott of Rome's Christian Unity Secretariat, who describes it as 'a masterpiece of modern linguistic study'." Because of the GNB’s watered-down, inclusive, tolerant, distortions it was welcomed with open arms by the new age, ecumenical movement, groups such as the liberal leaning Southern Baptist Convention, Billy Graham, the Roman Catholic Church and the National Council of Churches have recommended the GNB.
The American Bible Society has published several special editions of the GNB. They have published several Roman Catholic GNBs including the Catholic Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha books with the official Roman Catholic "imprimatur". They also published an African-American Jubilee edition also including the Catholic Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha books. And of course, ABS published a Teen Extreme Faith GNB which so happens to include the Catholic Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha books complete with the official Roman Catholic "imprimatur".
In 1992 the GNB was revised to fashion a feminist-neutered-inclusive edition, removing much of the masculine language, despite the clear masculine gender of the Greek text.
The GNB leads the list of the most perverted and mis-translated Bibles available. It attacks, distorts, intentionally mis-translates and just flat-out perverts virtually every major doctrine in the Bible.
DR. ROBERT BRATCHER
GNB’s chief translator was Dr. Robert Bratcher. As you’ll see, Dr. Bratcher heads the class of the most heretical apostates to ever touch a mainstream Bible translation.
In the Brazilian Baptist paper called O Jornal Batista [The Baptist Journal], under the "Questions & Answers" (July 9, 1953) Bratcher openly denied the deity of Jesus Christ: "Jesus Christ would not enjoy omniscience. That is an attribute of God. ... Jesus did not claim He and the Father to be one which would be absurd."
Dr. Bratcher also ridicules the inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible:
"Only willful ignorance or intellectual dishonesty can account for the claim that the Bible is inerrant and infallible ... To invest the Bible with the qualities of inerrancy and infallibility is to idolatrize it, to transform it into a false god. . ."
According to Dr. Bratcher, the Bible is "shifting sand".
After lecturing at Furman University, Dr. Bratcher was asked the following questions about the Bible:
"Are there historical sections of the Bible that are sub-Christian?' asked a student.
Would a truly saved person refuse to confess Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour? The Bible is clear. Confession of the Lord Jesus Christ is essential for salvation:
Why did Dr. Bratcher refuse to "confess" Jesus Christ as his "personal Saviour"? In a Question and Answer at the First Baptist Curch in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the following took place:
Question: `Why did you leave out the blood of Jesus Christ in Romans 5:9 and 14 and other places?'
In another Question and Answer encounter at the First Baptist Church in North Augusta, South Carolina, Dr. Bratcher again would not answer the question:
Question: `If you should die, do you know you would go to heaven?'
As we open the covers of the Good News Bible (GNB), notice the "reflection" of Dr. Bracther’s apostate beliefs beaming off the pages.
Note: KJB is the King James Bible. GNB is the Good News Bible (a.k.a. Good News for Modern Man and Todays’ English Version).
THE GNB ATTACKS THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
Acts 20:28 is one of the greatest verses in the Bible. It clearly states the "blood" that flowed through the Lord Jesus was God’s "blood" and that Jesus Christ was God. The GNB changes the emphasis or object of blood from "his" [God] to "his Son". "Son" is not found in any Greek text.
Acts 20:28, KJB
1 Timothy 3:16 is probably the clearest verse in all the Bible asserting that Jesus Christ was "God manifest in the flesh". The GNB changes it to the trivial "He appeared in human form". So what. . . We all appear in human form!
1 Timothy 3:16, KJB
The GNB changes the clear statement of Philippians 2:6 testifying that Jesus Christ was "equal with God" to the vague and goofy ". . . he did not think that by force he should try to remain equal with God."
Philippians 2:6, KJB
In 1 Timothy 6:14-16, the GNB completely changes the object of "the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;" from the Lord Jesus Christ to "God" by inserting "by God" without ANY Greek evidence whatsoever. They deliberately and deceitfully de-throne the Lord Jesus Christ as "King of Kings, and Lord of Lords". Notice also, "commandment" is changed to the nonspecific "orders".
1Timohy 6:14-15, KJB
The late-great Evangelist Brother Roloff once preached a message on John 1:1. titled "The Greatest Verse in the Bible". What a wonderful and enlightening verse, plainly emphasizing the deity of the Word – the Lord Jesus.
John 1:1, KJB
And like a wild-Texas-tornado ripping through a trailer park, the damage left by the GNB is devastating.
The GNB changes the eternal, infinite, without-time, "in the BEGINNING" to the time-constrained "before the world was created" thus attacking the eternality of the Word. And the clear reference to the deity of the Word, "and the Word was God" is now destroyed by the distorted "he was the same as God". By adding "the same as" clearly negates the deity of the Word – creating a unfounded difference between the Word and God. It’s worth mentioning, as in nearly every case, there is no Greek evidence for the distortions.
In Colossians 2:9, the GNB completely twists the declaration that in Jesus "dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily" into the new-age, divine-humanity "the full content of divine nature lives in Christ, in his humanity". The "divine nature" of humanity is the root teaching of the Lucifer-worshipping, New Age Movement. It is also the serpent’s message of Genesis 3:5, "ye shall be as gods".
Colossians 2:9, KJB
In Ephesians 3:9, the GNB rudely strips the Lord Jesus as the architect of ALL creation. The GNB completely distorts Ephesians 3:9 into gabble to rob Jesus Christ’s role of creator. Why? And there exists no Greek manuscripts to reinforce such a mess. It is simply a deliberate attempt to de-throne the Lord Jesus.
Ephesians 3:9, KJB
In Revelation 1:11, the titles of "Alpha and Omega, the first and the last" are removed from the wonderful Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 1:11, KJB
THE MUTILATION OF JOHN 3:16
John 3:16 has been called the "gospel in a nutshell". John 3:16 is known and loved more than any other verse in all the Bible. It’s poetic beauty and crystal-clear clarity leaves the reader in a majestic awe.
John 3:16, KJB
Notice in John 3:16, the GNB removes the critical word "begotten" thus denying the direct and only "begotten" relationship of God the Father and God the Son. While at the same time, introducing a glaring contradiction in the light of verses such as Philippians 2:15 and 1 John 3:2 where the Christian is called the "sons of God". Or even in Luke 3:38 where Adam is called the "son of God". Begotten is also removed in John 1;14, 1:18, 3;18, Acts 13:33, Hebrews 1:5, 5:5, and 1 John 4:9,
In John 3:16 the GNB also pours some nonsense in with the replacement of "should not perish" to "may not die". John 3:16 is plainly a reference to a lost soul "perishing" in hell without Christ.
THE GNB REMOVES THE BLOOD
Salvation is only through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no other way. And there is no other doctrine more important and more essential to the Christian faith. The "blood" of the Lord Jesus Christ flows through the inspired veins of the living Word of God from book to book, from chapter to chapter, from verse to verse and from word to word. . . The blood of Jesus Christ is the "life-blood" of the Christian faith.
After researching scores of Bible PERversions, no other Bible so maliciously removes the precious blood of the Lord Jesus as the Good News Bible. Many times the GNB destroys the price and passion of our salvation by callously changing "the blood" to the impersonal and cold "death".
Here’s a sampling of some wonderful verses where the GNB removes "the blood".
Acts 20:28, KJB
In Colossians 1:14 the phrase "through his blood" is removed.
Colossians 1:14, KJB
1 Peter 1:19 is one of the most wonderful verses in the Bible. And the wicked GNB changes the "precious blood of Christ" to the impersonal, generic "costly sacrifice of Christ".
1 Peter 1:19, GNB
Again, Revelation is a marvelous witness to the personal love and compassion of the Lord Jesus Christ. And again, the GNB dilutes and deadens the personal pain and passion.
Revelation 1:5, KJB
The message of the "the innocent blood" of Jesus Christ from the mouth of Judas, testifying of the sinless, blood-atonement of the Lord Jesus, is changed to the frivolous "innocent man". Notice also the definite "THE innocent blood" is changed to the indefinite "AN innocent man". There are many "an innocent man" but there is only ONE "THE innocent blood".
Matthew 27:4, KJB
Why did Dr. Bratcher and the GNB remove the blood?
In a question and answer time at the First Baptist Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Dr. Brtacher was asked "Why did you leave out the blood of Jesus Christ in Romans 5:9 and 14 and other places?'. His reply was "It is a matter of translation". (Donald T. Clarke, Bible Version Manual, pp. 98-99)
The correct answer would have been "It is a matter of MIS-translation".
The Greek word for "blood" and ONLY "blood" is "haima". The following is Strong’s definition for haima:
129. haima, hah'-ee-mah; of uncert. der.; blood, lit. (of men or animals), fig. (the juice of grapes) or spec. (the atoning blood of Christ); by impl. bloodshed, also kindred:blood
To translate "haima" anything but "blood" is to deliberately MIS-translate the Greek word. Every time the word "haima" occurs in the Greek text the King James Bible correctly translates it "blood". In fact, the study of the blood is called hematology (from haima – hema - [blood] – tology [study]). Webster’s Dictionary defines the prefix hemo: "a combining form meaning ‘blood’" Hemophilia is a disease of the blood. A hemorrhage is a discharge of blood.
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition 2000) traces the prefix hemo directly to the Greek word haima.
Dr. Bratcher and the translation team of the GNB knew the ONLY accurate translation of haima is blood. Why did they deliberately remove the precious blood of Jesus Christ? How can a "blood-bought, born-again" Christian intentionally mis-translate the Greek in order to remove the blood of Christ?
WILL THE REAL "BRIGHT MORNING STAR" PLEASE STAND UP. . .
In Isaiah 14:12 "Lucifer" is changed to the "bright morning star".
Isaiah 14:12, KJB
Hmmm. . . Now where have I read about a "bright morning star"? Oh I know. . . In Revelation 22:16, where the Lord Jesus Christ is called the "bright and morning star"! Why did the GNB attribute one of the titles of the Lord Jesus Christ to Lucifer? Do they believe Lucifer and Jesus are the same?
Revelation 22:16, KJB
THE GNB ABORTS THE VIRGIN BIRTH
Our blood line comes completely from our father. And without the virgin birth, the Lord Jesus Christ was born from the blood-line of sinful man. No virgin birth – no sinless blood atonement – and no salvation!
The GNB changes the pure, clear "virgin" to "young woman". There are tons of "young women" who are not "virgins". To change "virgin" to "young woman" is a denial of the virgin birth.
In Matthew 1:18, The KJB plainly says Jesus Christ was born BEFORE Mary and Joseph "came together" [the act of human conception]. The GNB changes it to "before they were married", again surgically removing the virgin birth.
Matthew 1:18, KJB
In Luke 2:33, the virgin birth is attacked again as Joseph is changed to "the child’s father". Note: This is not the same as John 6:42 when quoting the "Jews" saying Joseph is "Jesus’ Father". In Luke 2:33, it is the Holy Spirit that is speaking, as the narrator.
Luke 2:33, KJB
HELL IS EXTINGUISHED IN THE GNB
If there is a word that the ecumenical, inclusive, love-everybody, new version, hates – it is the word "hell". They will travel "far and wide, through thick and thin" over their translation (or mis-translation) road to pull-out that mean ol’ word "hell". All the new versions travel this crooked path. Got to get that word out! And the GNB certainly does not disappoint – removing the word "hell" 33 times.
In Luke 16, the GNB "transliterates" hell into the new-age, "happy field" land of purification and transformation called "hades". In case you did not know, "hades" in the new-age and witchcraft is not a place of eternal punishment but is called Summerland, Happy Fields, etc. and is a place where you go for purification and transformation before you are reincarnated into whatever you are reincarnated into.
Some times the GNB changes "hell" to the creepy "world of the dead".
In Revelation 1:18, the GNB crew gets in bit of a pickle. The word "hell" shows up with the word "death" – clearly showing the difference. Now what will they do? Simple. They just magically and mysteriously create two deaths – "death and the world of the dead". But, after all, when did "making sense" ever be a requirement for the new PERversions. Just get that word "hell" out!
Oh by the way, the Lord Jesus Christ no longer has "the keys of death and hell" but simply "authority over death and the world of the dead".
The GNB does the same gibberish in Revelation 20:13,14
After removing the word "hell" in so many obvious places referring to eternal punishment, the GNB goes into the land of crude and rude in Acts 8:20. The GNB has Peter telling Simon the sorcerer, "May you and your money go to hell. . ." Of course, the Greek word for "hell" is nowhere in the verse.
1 Peter 2:2 in the GNB teaches salvation by works.
In 1 Corinthians 1:18, we are only "being saved" not "are saved". Salvation is turned into a process rather than a completed work at Calvary by the blood of Jesus Christ.
The "being saved" heresy is also found in Acts 2:47, 2 Corinthians 2:15 and others.
Acts 2:47, KJB
In the GNB no longer is your salvation complete in Jesus Christ. But it’s up to you to "work" to "complete your salvation".
Philippians 2:12, KJB
In fact, the GNB even removes the clear reference in Colossians 2:10 that we are "complete" in Jesus Christ. Notice. Jesus Christ is no longer the head of ALL "principality and power" – just "supreme over every spiritual ruler and authority".
Colossians 2:10, KJB
In Romans 10:13, the GNB confuses the "salvation call" with "everyone who calls out to the Lord for help". When in times of trouble, many, many people "call out to the Lord for help" who are not saved.
In the light of the confusion found in the GNB, it’s no great surprise, the "simplicity of Christ", in 2 Corinthians 11:3, is replaced with . . .? You figure it out. I have no idea what the GNB is saying.
2 Corinthians 11:3, KJB
PETER THE ROCK. . .
The Roman Catholic Hierarchy gave their overwhelming support of the GNB. And why not? With such blatant pro-Catholicism heresy as found in the GNB’s distortion of Matthew 16:18, awarding Peter the Rock of the Church. Note: The Roman Catholic falsely teach that Peter was the Rock of the Roman Catholic Church and the first pope. The American Bible Society has even published special editions of the GNB including the Catholic Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha books with the official Roman Catholic "imprimatur".
Matthew 16:18, KJB
Note: The "this rock" in the KJB is NOT Peter. The word "this" is used as a indigenous reference to the Lord Jesus Christ. The same application is found in John 6:47-51
The Bible in 1 Corinthians 10:3-4 leaves no doubt who is the rock.
1 Corinthians 10:3-4
TRUTH NOT NEEDED. . .
The great verse John 4:24 gives the requirements for worshipping God – in spirit and in truth. The GNB has . . .? Beats me. . .. I guess "as he really is". The GNB replaces "in truth" with a vague "as he really is". Question: how do define "as he really is" when you remove "the truth"?
John 4:24, KJB
THE PREACHER IS NOW THE PHILOSOPHER. . .
One of the more disgusting changes in the GNB is the change of "preacher" to "philosopher" in the book of Ecclesiastes.
Ecclesiastes 1:1, KJB
See also Ecclesiastes 1:12, 7:27, 12:8, 12:9, 12:10
In fact, the word preacher, preach, etc. is removed many times in the GNB.
For instance, the "preacher" is not longer in Romans 10:14-15:
Romans 10:14-15, KJB
There is no fear of God before their eyes. . .
If there’s one root cause of the decay and degradation of society, it is simple – there is no fear of God. It wasn’t too many years ago a Christian was described as "God-fearing". Not today. The "fear of the Lord" is anathema with today’s Laodicean, inclusive, tolerant, Christians.
And of course, the GNB (as do most new PERversions) remove the "fear of the Lord". Fitting for someone who does not hesitate to pervert the Words of God.
A couple of examples:
Ecclesiastes 12:13, KJB
THE GNB TAKETH AWAY THE WORD. . .
The Lord CLEARLY and EMPHATICALLY warns against "adding and taking away" from the words of God. And yet, the GNB and other new PERversions, removes complete verses, adds and removes thousands of words with no hesitation or fear of God’s warning.
Jesus Christ gives the attack of Satan in Luke 8:12" ". . .then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word. . . "