|Terry Watkins||Dial-the-Truth Ministries|
The New Century Version (NCV) is the product of the Church of Christ affiliated World Bible Translation Center (WBTC) in Ft. Worth, Texas. The path to the New Century Version is a long and winding road driven by Church of Christ cohorts.
In 1978 the Church of Christ WBTC created an easy-to-read Bible specifically for the deaf, titled the English Version for the Deaf (EVD). The EVD is primarily the work of WBTC’s Senior Translation Consultant, Ervin Bishop. In 1983, the EVD was slightly modified, repackaged and published by Sweet Publishing of Ft. Worth as the best-selling International Children's Version (ICV), New Testament. Sweet Publishing is also Church of Christ affiliated. The International Children’s Version was endorsed (as is the NCV) by Billy Graham and used in his crusades.
The International Children’s Bible was also used in the Adventures in Odyssey Bible, a partnership between James Dobson, Focus on the Family and Word Publishing.
In 1984, Sweet Publishing repackaged the ICV as The Word: New Century Version. In 1987, the Old Testament of the New Century Version was released. A few years later, the publishing rights to the New Century Version and the International Children’s Version was acquired by Word Publishing. In 1992 Word Publishing was purchased by Thomas Nelson Publishing. Word Publishing has since been renamed W Publishing.
The NCV has been published and re-packaged with many titles. Some of the NCV’s titles are: The Everyday Bible (endorsed by Billy Graham); The Holy Bible: New Century Version: Traveler's Edition, The Youth Bible; Extreme Teen Bible; The Revolve; Nelson’s KidsBible.com; Time With God; The Answer; and The Secret Kingdom Edition (special edition with Pat Robertson).
THE READABILITY FACTOR
The distinguishing feature of the NCV that supposedly separates it from the legions of modern versions is the easy to read format. Advertised as a Third Grade Reading level, the preface of the NCV says concerning it’s word usage, "Vocabulary choice has been based upon The Living Word Vocabulary by Dr. Edgar Dale and Dr. Joseph O’Rourke (Worldbook-Childcraft International, 1981), which is the standard used by the editors of World Book Encyclopedia to determine vocabulary."
Thomas Nelson’s website provides a table listing many of the major versions along with the Grade Reading level of each version. Thomas Nelson’s website rates the NCV as a 5.6 Grade Level and the International Children’s Bible as a 3.9. Thomas Nelson also rates the King James Bible the hardest, with a whopping 12th Grade Reading level. Amazing my three children were reading and understanding the King James Bible easily by the third grade.
Something smells awful fishy with Thomas Nelson’s Bible ratings. . .
So. . . We did a little Grade Reading research of our own. . .
The Thomas Nelson ratings is from Dr. N. McAlser of Rollins College, Florida. Dr. McAlser utilized the Dale-Chall, Fry, Raygor, and Spache formulas to six selections of narrative, instruction, and poetry from the OT and NT. The grade reading level score was: ICV - 3, CEV - 5.4, NCV - 5.6, TEV - 7.3, NIV - 7.8, NKJV - 8, NRSV - 8.1, LB - 8.3, NASB - 11, KJV - 12.
These highly questionable results were obtained by the inferior Dale-Chall, Fry, Raygor, and Spache formulas. And the tests were performed on ONLY six selections of narrative, instruction, and poetry from the OT and NT.
Our Readability Tests. . .
Note: To prove and validate our results. Anyone with a PC, a Bible Program, and WordPerfect can easily (in less than 30 minutes) duplicate the following tests.
Utilizing Quickverse Bible software, we copied the complete New Testament text of the King James Bible and the New Century Version into text files – not just SIX SELECTIONS – but the complete New Testament. With no modifications, no editing, but exactly as they came from Quickverse, we opened the KJB and the NCV New Testament text files in Corel Wordperfect. We then simply performed the Grammar checking function within WordPerfect.
Note: The WordPerfect Grammar checking function uses the authoritative and industry-standard Flesch-Kincaid readability scale formulas. Rudolf Flesch is the pioneer of Readability studies and author of several readability books, including the best-selling "Why Johnny Can’t Read". Without question, Dr. Flesch is the recognized authority in this discipline.
As you can see from our easy to verify results, the readability statistics of the much aligned "hard-to-understand" King James Bible clearly holds it’s own against the NCV.
The Bible for Today published an interesting and revealing book titled, The Comparative Readability of the Authorized Version, by D.A. Waite, Jr. Using computer readability software (Grammatik 4.0, Grammatik 5.0, Word for Windows) Mr. Waite, spent hundreds of hours, lasting over three years, analyzing every word in the King James Bible, the American Standard Version (ASV), the Revised Standard Version (RSV), the New American Standard Version (NASV), the New International Version (NIV), the New King James Version (NKJV) and the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).
Mr. Waite did not twist, nor slant any of the results but simply let the results speak for them selves. In fact, Mr. Waite confessed before beginning the research, he was fully expecting the newer versions to out score the "old" King James Bible. Mr. Waite writes, "Quite frankly, I was surprised at the results." (D.A. Waite Jr, The Comparative Readability of the Authorized Version, p. 4) The Comparative Readability of the Authorized Version is an exhaustive and serious study. It contains very detailed tables, charts, documentation, analysis of every conceivable readability tests known. The King James Bible outscored the new versions in virtually every test.
Some of Mr. Waite’s analysis:
"According to the F-K [Flesch-Kincaid] formula 74.3% of the books [in the KJV] are on or below the sixth grade level, and 94% are on or below the seventh grade level! . . . And the FRE [Flesch Reading Ease] rated 97% of the KJV books as Fairly Easy or Easy! These were all first place statistics!"
Mr. Waite summarizes his extensive analysis:
"If any of these seven versions is authorized to boast about its success in these rigorous readability contests, it is the Authorized Version. [KJV]. If any has the right to flaunt the crown of victory, it is the KING James Bible."
Dr. Rudolf Flesch’s book, The Art of Plain Talk, he makes the following noteworthy statement about the King James Bible:
"The best example of very easy prose (about 20 affixes per 100 words) is the King James Version of the Bible: . . ."
Several times in his book, Dr. Flesch praises the King James Bible for it’s ease of reading. And may I remind you, this is from the leading authority on the subject.
THE CHURCH OF CHRIST CONNECTION
As previously mentioned, the NCV and the ICV are the product of the Church of Christ affiliated World Bible Translation Center (WBTC) in Ft. Worth, Texas. Sweet Publishing, the original publisher of the NCV and ICV is also members of the Church of Christ.
Because of the influence of the Christ of Christ’s involvement in the NCV and ICV we need to briefly examine the Church of Christ denomination.
The roots of the Church of Christ was planted in the early 1800s by Presbyterians Barton Stone, Thomas and Alexander Campbell, and Walter Scott. Alexander Campbell is the recognized "founder" of the Church of Christ. Hence, Church of Christ members are referred to as Campbellites and their false teaching as Campbellism. Campbell and his followers believed the church had fallen away from the original precepts of the New Testament and began what they called the "Restoration Movement". Their purpose was to "restore" the church to the teachings of only New Testament doctrines. They vehemently teach and debate such doctrines as; no musical instruments in the church; The Church of Christ is the only True Church; The Lord’s Supper every Sunday; a confusing system of salvation by works; and their biggie – you must be baptized to be saved.
Because of the Church of Christ’s possible teachings "sneaking" into the NCV and ICB, it’s very important we understand what the Church of Christ teaches.
The following material, pertaining to Church of Christ "salvation" all comes directly from Church of Christ publications. Notice their salvation by works, and their serious error of baptismal regeneration.
In the Church of Christ pamphlet, "What is the Church of Christ" by Batsell Barrett, the question is asked: "How does one become a member of the Church of Christ"? Here’s the answer:
1 Hear the gospel. . .
The Church of Christ dogmatically teach a salvation by works, culminating in baptism.
"Many churches in the world believe that we are saved by faith only. By this, the majority teach that Christ washes away our sins the very minute we say in our hearts that Jesus is Christ. In most cases it is a faith that does not lead one to be baptized into the Lord Jesus Christ in order to reach the salvation of God."
"The Bible says that neither faith alone nor works alone can save. Thus both the Protestant and Catholic doctrines of salvation are false. . . Christ and his apostles taught that in order to be saved a man must hear the gospel of Christ and believe that he is the only begotten Son of God. . . On the basis of such a faith in Jesus Christ, one must then make the decision to turn away from his sins, to repent. . . He must then confess his faith in Jesus before men. . . Finally, in order to receive the remission of sins, one must be immersed in water. . . When one thus hears the gospel, believes it, repents of his sins, confesses Christ with his mouth and is baptized, he has done the things that Christ and the apostles taught men to do in the first century to be saved. . . To change this plan in any way—to either add to or take from it—is not acceptable to God and will cause one to be accursed!"
Interesting, the above quote from the Church of Christ author, cursed Dwight L. Moody, Billy Sunday, Billy Graham, John Wesley, George Whitfield, the Apostle Paul and even the Lord Jesus Christ. As none believed in the Church of Christ’s "plan of salvation".
More documentation from the Church of Christ:
". . . the design of baptism is in order to obtain the remission of sins."
According to the following Church of Christ publication, water baptism brings someone in "contact with the blood of Christ".
"What happens when a person is baptized? He receives the remission of his sins. (Acts 2:38) He is saved from past sins. (1 Pet. 3:21) His sins are washed away. (Acts 22:16) He puts on Christ. (Gal. 3:27) He enters Christ. (Rom. 6:3) He contacts the blood of Christ. (Rom. 6:3).
The following answer to the question "What Must I Do to Be Saved" taken from a Church of Christ publication, also clearly teaches salvation by works – the last sentence -- "you must, by God’s help, continue in his service unto death"
The Most Important Question Ever Asked. . .
In contrast. . . How different and simple the Word of God answers the same exact question in Acts 16:30 ". . .what must I do to be saved"
Acts 16:30-31, KJB
How simple, straightforward and sure is the Lord’s answer: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" How wonderful! How marvelous! Aren’t you glad the Lord did not teach the Church of Christ’s confusing plan of salvation?
How does the Church of Christ get around the clear answer of Acts 16:31?
Simple they change one little word in the verse. Just one word. Just two letters long. . .
Here’s how the Church of Christ produced NCV reads in Acts 16:30-31:
See the tiny but HUGE difference? They change that little bitty word "ON" (KJB) to "IN" (NCV). And by that itsy-bitsy change the emphasis is no longer on the PERSON of the Lord Jesus Christ but on His TEACHINGS. And then the deceived Church of Christ travels down their heretical path to "what did the Lord Jesus TEACH in order to be saved". Simple. Believe. Repent. Confess. Baptism. Live it. . . Simple. . . Subtle (see Genesis 3:1) and Deadly.
Something else we’ll see shortly is the Church of Christ NCV changes "my word" to "my teaching", again emphasizing the "teaching" instead of the simple "word".
The following information from Dr. Hugh Pyle’s excellent book titled, "The Truth about the Church of Christ", gives more analysis into the Church of Christ.
"They are completely warped, doctrinally, on much of what the Bible teaches.
Incredibly, Dr. Pyle rates the Church of Christ follower among the most deceived of all cults. And after dealing with many Church of Christ, I agree wholeheartedly with Dr. Pyle.
"I found fewer people of the Campbellite persuasion who were truly saved than almost any other denomination or sect that I ever had contact with".
Watchman Fellowship, whose ministry exposes various cults throughout the world, says the following about the Church of Christ:
"We refer to Campbellism as a cult with reference to those followers of the fatal doctrines systematized by Thomas and Alexander Campbell, Barton Stone and Walter Scott concerning the plan of salvation. . . most people in the Churches of Christ are actually accepting a legalism which corrupts the gospel at it’s core, and do not understand, nor have responded to faith in Jesus Christ’s finished work on our behalf – Biblical faith."
There is no doubt the Church of Christ teaches a false gospel.
Does the NCV and ICV bear the distinguishing "marks" of the Church of Christ?
I’ll let you answer that in a few minutes. . .
Note: In the following verses documenting the errors of the NCV, we provide both the King James Bible (KJB) and the New Century Version (NCV) for easy comparison. Scripture marked NCV is Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Word Publishing, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
BAPTISM IN THE NCV
As we have seen, water baptism is the core of the Church of Christ cult. They loudly and proudly believe that water baptism is essential for salvation.
Notice carefully, in the following two groups of scriptures (Romans 6:3-4 and Colossian 2:12), the object of the verses have been changed from the RESULT of baptism to the RITUAL of baptism. The Church of Christ NCV adds the simple words "when we were" to baptism to emphasis the RITUAL of baptism. Important: The NCV is the ONLY version that does this! No other version makes these changes.
Romans 6:3-4, KJB
Notice, in 1 Corinthians 12:13, where the Bible is clearly referring to "spiritual baptism" by the Holy Spirit, the NCV Church of Christ, changes one little word "BY one Spirit. . " to "THROUGH one Spirit. . ." hence, removing the reference to "baptism BY the Spirit". The NCV also adds the word "WERE" (we WERE all baptized..) to emphasize the RITUAL of baptism – water baptism.
1 Corinthians 12:13, KJB
In 1 Peter 3:20-21, the NCV Church of Christ does not "pull any punches" but openly teaches salvation by water baptism. The NCV changes the phrase "like figure" to "water". Of course, the word "water" is not in any Greek text. The King James Bible says the "water of Noah’s flood" is a "like figure" whereunto even "baptism" (also a like-figure) also now save us" which clearly shows that "baptism" is a "like figure" of the "resurrection of Jesus Christ". Hence, "water baptism" is a "like figure" of the "resurrection of Jesus Christ". That is why many pastors say while baptizing someone "Buried with him in baptism and risen [resurrection] to newness of life".
1 Peter 3:20-21, KJB
Dr. Harry Ironside provides a good analysis of 1 Peter 3:20-21:
"Noah saved through the flood of wrath in the ark shadows forth the believer’s deliverance from judgement, as baptism clearly expresses, i.e., salvation by the work of Christ. He endured all the curse, even as the ark bore all the brunt of the storm; but the believer can say, ‘His death was mine.’ It is not to baptism that any efficacy attaches; that could only put away outward filth. There is not the slightest justification here for the ritualistic dogma of baptismal regeneration. The only thing that gives the answer which a good conscience demands, is the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. That apprehended, baptism is full of meaning. ‘He was delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification.’" (Rom. 4:25)
CHURCHES IN CHRIST
Another heretical doctrine taught by the Church of Christ cult is their teaching the Church of Christ is the ONE and ONLY TRUE church. They teach the Church of Christ is a "restoration movement" to bring back God’s people to the "origin" of the New Testament. And this "restoration" and salvation is ONLY found in the doors of the Church of Christ. Read the following from a Church of Christ booklet:
"The restoration principle is a valid one! God would have us to always recognize and submit to the authority of His Word. We cannot add to that revelation or take from it, but must be content to take it as it is and follow it exactly! (cf. Rev. 22:18-19). It thus follows that it will not be enough to restore the ethical teachings of Jesus and the zeal of the early disciples. We must restore not only the ‘spirit’ of New Testament Christianity but also the plan of salvation, the worship and the organization of the church described in the New Testament!. . .
The Church of Christ also insists they are the ONLY TRUE Church because their church name is the only church specifically mentioned by name in the New Testament.
The NCV certainly helps their cause by adding a few extra "churches in Christ". It’s worth noting, the NCV is the ONLY version to insert these "churches in Christ". Wonder why?
Galatians 1:22, KJB
Does the NCV bear the "marks" of the Church of Christ?
Keep reading. . .
CHURCH OF CHRIST SALVATION
The Church of Christ’s "plan of salvation" is a process or steps you continue doing. A Church of Christ is never "saved" but "being saved". They can never "know" they are saved.
Remember in the earlier Church of Christ publication that answered the question "What Must I Do to Be Saved" with the "being saved" answer of "you must, by God’s help, continue in his service unto death" (Centerville Messenger, published by the Church of Christ, Centerville TN)
Hugh Pyle gives an interesting response to the Church of Christ’s "being saved" plan of salvation.
"Strange they would boisterously declare that they, alone, had the truth concerning the way to Heaven when none of them know they are going there!"
Sprinkled throughout the NCV is the Church of Christ’s "being saved" plan of salvation. Salvation is turned into a process rather than a completed work at Calvary by the blood of Jesus Christ.
Acts 2:47, KJB
In other places, such as 1 Peter 2:2 and Philippians 2:12, the NCV openly teaches the Church of Christ cult's salvation by works.
Does the NCV bear the "marks" of the Church of Christ?
You’d better believe it does!
And that’s not all. . .
THE VANISHING WRITTEN WORD OF GOD
The NCV many times removes and obscures the direct application to the written Word of God. "My words" is changed to "words I have said".
In Matthew 4:4, the clear reference to the written word, "every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" is changed to ". . . everything God says."
The "word" is changed to "teaching" or "message". Again, plainly diminishing the written word of God. This also bears the "mark" of the Church of Christ cult, who emphasizes following the "teachings" of Christ, rather than simply believing the Word. Look at the destructive changes just in Matthew 13:19-23:
Matthew 13:19-23, KJB
The written Word is diminished in the NCV by changing the "New Testament" to the "New Agreement" (6 times). If the staff of the New Century Version REALLY believes New Testament should be changed to New Agreement then why does the cover of the NCV New Testament read New Testament rather than New Agreement? (see Picture on right) Hmm…? Can you say hypocrite? Reminds me of the words of the Lord Jesus in Matthew 7:5, "Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." (PIC)
Matthew 26:18, KJB
The laugh of the year is found in 2 Corinthians 2:17, especially coming from the multi-million dollar empire of Thomas Nelson Publishers. The NCV changes ". . . corrupt the word of God. . ." to "We do not sell the word of God for a profit as many other people do". What a riot!
Speaking of money. . . 1 Timothy 6:10 is no longer "the root of all evil", but simply "causes all kinds of evil".
THE DISAPPEARING VERSES
The following 16 verses are completely removed from the text of the New Century Version!
The Bible says in Luke 4:4, ". . .man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."
Luke 4:4, KJB
Guess what? The NCV even removes the last half of Luke 4:4 – "but by every word of God."!
To make matters worse. . . Luke 4:4 is the Lord Jesus Christ quoting Deuteronomy 8:3. Does the perpetrators of the NCV do not believe the Lord Jesus knows Deut. 8:3?
The Lord gives three very clear warnings against "adding and taking away" from His Word.
Deuteronomy 4:2 reads: "YE SHALL NOT ADD unto the word which I command you, NEITHER SHALL YE DIMINISH ought from it . . ."
And just in case you missed it, GOD'S LAST WARNING is Revelation 22:18,19:
". . . IF ANY MAN SHALL ADD unto these things. . . And if any man shall TAKE AWAY FROM THE WORDS of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life. . ."
Despite these clear warnings, the NCV takes out and adds text, over and over! One of the greatest verses in all the Bible, Matthew 18:11: "For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost." – the NCV takes it out!
JESUS CHRIST. . . GOD. . . OR?
The fundamental of fundamentals is the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. The fact that Jesus Christ was God manifest in the flesh, is the foundation of the Christian faith. Everything builds upon that. If the deity of Jesus Christ is attacked or even confused, the Christian faith crumbles.
One of the major sins of the new PERversions is the confusion, dilution and out right denial of the deity of Jesus Christ. And the NCV travels down this perilous path of perversion.
Several times the King James Bible plainly states that Jesus Christ is the "image of God". The NCV changes the clear "image of God" to the diluted and confusing "exactly LIKE God". Jesus Christ is no longer God but simply "like" God.
2 Corinthians 4:4, KJB"Like" God? Does that sound familiar? The "like God" title is also the goal of Lucifer in Isaiah 14:14!
In Hebrews 1:3, Jesus Christ is no longer the "brightness of God’s glory" but simply "reflects the Glory of God". The clear and dogmatic phrase ". . .the express image of his [God] person" is now downgraded to simply "exactly what God is like. . ." Why would a Christian do this?
Hebrews 1:3, KJB
Colossians 2:9 clearly states the Lord Jesus is "all the fullness of the Godhead bodily". Plainly, testifying to the deity of Jesus Christ – the Godhead bodily. Again the NCV denies the deity of the Lord Jesus by stating, "God lives in Christ fully (even when Christ was on earth)" clearly SEPARATING the Lord Jesus from God!
Colossians 2:9-10, KJB
1 Timothy 3:16 is probably the clearest verse in the Bible asserting that Jesus Christ was "God manifest in the flesh". The NCV changes it to the trivial "He was shown to us in a human body ". Who is "he"? He is a pronoun that requires a noun to qualify it. There is no noun in the context! He could be anybody!
1 Timothy 3:16, KJB
Again (and again…) the NCV changes the clear statement of Philippians 2:6 testifying that Jesus Christ was "equal with God" to the confusing ". . . he did not think that being equal with God was something to be used for his own benefit."
Philippians 2:6-7, KJB
THE PRECIOUS BLOOD IS NOT SO PRECIOUS. . . IN THE NCV
As all faithful PERversions do, the redeeming blood of the Lord Jesus Christ is attacked, removed, or diluted.
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".
Pilate’s confirmation of the sinless Lord Jesus in Matthew 27:24 is also removed in the NCV. Pilate’s "blood of this just person" is now simply "this man’s death".
Acts 20:28 is one of the greatest verses in the Bible. And the NCV does a "double-wammy" to Acts 20:28. The NCV removes "the blood" and at the same time adds the word "son" thus diluting the clear reference to the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Again, there is no Greek evidence for such a change.
Many times the passion of the "blood" of the Lord Jesus Christ is diluted by adding the words "of death" to the message of the blood. By adding the words "of His death", etc. the "blood" is no longer the OBJECT but a modifier of "death". Clearly clouding the emphasis the Holy Spirits gives to the blood. There is no Greek evidence for adding "death".
Matthew 27:6, KJB
THE POLITICALLY CORRECT FEMINIST BIBLE
The ICV and the NCV were maong the first gender-neutral, non-male, pro-feminist, Bibles. Authors Vern Poythress and Wayne Grudem, write in The Gender-Neutral Bible Controversy concerning the NCV and ICV:
"The earliest complete translations of the Bible to adopt a gender-neutral translation policy were apparently the New Century Version (NCV) and the International Children’s Bible (ICB), both published by Word publishing Company."
The International Children’s Version was the first mainstream Bible to go gender-neutral-feminist. There was absolutely nothing in the preface of the ICV that warned the parents of the politically-correct, gender-neutral, feminist agenda. It is very troubling the ICV was an undercover-gender-neutral production aimed at our very young children.
The International Children’s Bible was promoted and given away by the Billy Graham Crusade. It was also used in the Adventures in Odyssey Bible, a partnership between James Dobson, Focus on the Family and Word Publishing.
In order to neuter the ICB and NCV into a anti-male, pro-feminist, politically-correct PERversion -- thousands and thousands of clear masculine-gender verbs in the God-inspired Greek text, were intentionally mis-translated.
FATHERS NOT WELCOME
One of the major problems facing America today is fatherless families. Today, fathers are an endangered species. It’s gotten so bad, President Bush and Congress have proposed "buy back the fathers" programs offering cash incentives just to encourage fathers to marry.
The father’s role in a family can not be overemphasized.
Look at the following alarming statistics:
A Heritage Foundation study found that growing up without a father is now the single most reliable predictor of crime.
Louis Sullivan, former secretary of Health and Family Services, said, "Male absence from family life is the greatest challenge of our generation."
The National Organization for Women (N.O.W) leaves no doubt to the feminist opinion of fathers. A December 3, 1999 N.O.W., Action Alert included this statement, "It’s a father’s presence, not his absence, that is harmful to kids." www.alliance4lifemin.org/herestoyoudad.html
And following the feminist script to the letter -- the NCV removes "father" an unbelievable 492 times! What do they have against fathers? Is "father" such an archaic outdated, word? Or is "father" too hard to understand?
And what "easy to read" (the primary purpose of the NCV and ICV) word do they replace our "fathers" with? 51 times the NCV replaces the simple, easy-to-read and understand "father" with the harder word "ancestor".
Here’s an example of the "father-less ancestor" of the NCV in Acts 7:2
The Greek word for "father" is "pater". And "pater" is the direct descendent to our English word "father". The etymology of "father" is Middle English fader, Old English f[ae]der; to Old German fater father, Latin pater, Greek patEr. In fact, the Latin word for "father" is the Greek "pater".
To translate "pater" to "ancestor", etc. is a deliberate MIS-translation to line up with politically correct, feminist agenda.
NO MORE BRETHREN
To line up with the politically-correct, feminist agenda the NCV completely divorces itself from the word "brethren".
Most of the time the NCV replaces the word "brethren" with the words "brothers and sisters". But there’s one little problem – just a little one -- there is no known Greek manuscript on the planet with the Greek word "sisters" where "brethren" appears! But when did the Greek evidence ever affect the modern day Bible translators.
The NCV intentionally adds "sisters" to the God-given Greek text 118 times!
A few examples of the NCV "sisters" folly:
Notice, the first verse is a MIS quote of the Lord Jesus Christ.
FORNICATION: NOT FOUND
The NCV completely removes the word "fornication" (44 times).
Many times the NCV replaces the clear, definite, word fornication with vague, subjective, terms such as "sexual sins", "sin sexually", "any kind of sexual sin". The big problem with such re-definitions (in addition that they are contrary to the Greek text) they are subjectively based on the reader’s "definition" of "sexual sin". Ask 50 people what is a "sexual sin" and you’ll get 50 different answers, especially among teenagers. Who can forget the Bill Clinton fiasco and just what IS "sex". No one misunderstands the word "fornication".
A few examples of the NCV’s "sexual sins":
VIRGINS: AN ENDANGERED SPECIES
Besides three references to Mary (to please the Roman Catholics?), the NCV completely removes the word "virgin" from the New Testament (12 times). Is "virgin" an archaic, out-dated, hard to understand word? If anything, we ought to be adding more "virgins" rather than removing them! That’s exactly what our young people do not need – removing "virgins". I wonder. . . Does the NCV and staff have a problem with "virgins"?
A few instances of the NCV’s removing "virgins".
1 Corinthians 7:25, 28, 34, 36, 37 KJB
By the way. . . There is a HUGE difference between a "virgin" and simply "unmarried" or "not married". Maybe the NCV staff needs the average teenager to explain the difference.
THE GOSPEL. . . GONE. . . ALMOST
The NCV removes the word "gospel" 102 times. For some strange reason the NCV leaves the word "gospel" in only 2 places: Corinthians 9:13 and 2 Corinthians 11:4. Same Greek word. The NCV removes the "gospel" for the less authoritative and generic "good news". If anyone believes "gospel" is archaic or hard to understand or outdated, a quick search at Amazon.com gives a gigantic 5491 hits.
A few "gospel-gone" examples:
1 Corinthians 15:1-2, KJB
HELL. . . HAS TO GO
One of the words the new PERversions go mad to remove is the word "hell". Got to get rid of that hard to understand, archaic and outdated word "hell". The NCV extinguishes hell 39 times.
In some instances the NCV replaces "hell" with "depths". The NCV’s generic "depths" leave the reader hanging. Depths of what? Depths of the deep blue sea. . .? Depths of the human heart. . .? Doesn’t that clear everything up? It’s ironic, for a Bible whose primary goal is to make the Bible easier to understand, they make it harder to understand. But does not all the modern new versions do the same?
But the NCV’s favorite choice for "hell’s" replacement is the generic "death". To seriously equate an eternal, burning, flaming hell with death or the grave is laughable.
In Psalm 23:14, the NCV turns the parents admonition to discipline their children to save their soul from hell to "save them from death".
C’mon. Disciplining your children will not "save them from death"! They will die – regardless. A direct contradiction to Hebrews 9:27!
Hebrews 9:27, KJB
How can anybody so pervert and distort the Word of God? No wonder people no longer believe the Bible is the Word of God – with these ridiculous PERversions polluting the land!
The NCV renders Psalm 9:17 into gibberish nonsense. From the "wicked shall be turned into hell. . ." they translate "Wicked people will go to the grave. . ." Hey – dummy. . . We ALL go to the grave! Not just the wicked.
In Isaiah 14:15, Lucifer is not longer brought "down to hell" but simply to "the grave". Hmm. . . I wonder who would do that?
Isaiah 14:15, KJB
LUCIFER OR JESUS?
Speaking of Lucifer, or should I say NOT speaking of Lucifer – because Lucifer is not in the NCV! One of the most disgusting betrayals to the Lord Jesus Christ occurs in Isaiah 14:12. The NCV magically transforms "Lucifer" into the "morning star". And who is the "morning star"? You guessed it. . . The Lord Jesus Christ in Revelation 22:16! Wow! The NCV also says the "morning star" or the Lord Jesus, "fallen from heaven" Wow! That’s some pretty serious stuff!
Isaiah 14:12, KJB
There are many more problems inside the pages of the Church of Christ cult produced New Century Version.