The New International Version



George Burnside


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Why I Do NOT Use the


In SouI Winning

G. Burnside

I get no scarcity of questions on the Bible. These questions come by phone—many by long distance; by visitors; and by mail. Many of the questions are regarding the confusing flood of new versions of the Bible. This is especially true in respect to the "New International Version," commonly referred to as the N.I.V. Seeing the N.I.V. is now being urged by many, I am repeatedly asked as to why I do not also advocate the use of the N.I.V. version and use it in my work of soul-winning.

As I believe it is my duty to give an answer, I will endeavour to pass on some clear and straight-forward reasons why I do not use the N.I.V. and never intend to use the N.I.V. in place of the time honoured and sure King James Version.

LUKE 4:4 Here it is in the King James Version, but in the N.I.V. the underlined words are cut out."

ST. LUKE 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Luke 4:4 is not the only place where parts of the Word of God have been "cut out." There are literally hundreds of omissions in the N.I V.

This omission in Luke 4:4 makes the statement of Jesus of little sense. "But by every word of God." Now we have it. The Scriptures are to stay. The Word of God is to feed us. We are to live by the Scriptures. Here Jesus is in conflict with the devil and in this statement our Lord is revealing the efficient weapon against sin and Satan.

Is it not significant that this very mutilated version of Scripture cuts out the very passage that condemns it. This omitted passage condemns the N.I.V.

Note again that our Divine Guide is showing that man is to live by "every word of God." If "every word" is vital and we need "every word" what can be said in favour of a professed version that omits a whole verse? Not only that but omits scores of passages. I will never use in my work a mutilated version, no matter how popular it may be. The "Scripture of Truth" closes with these important words:

REV.22:19 "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 and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."

I would fear to stand before the judgment bar of God. if I knowingly had used and upheld a version that had taken away from the Word of God.

We should remember also that this solemn warning against taking "away from the words" of God’s Holy Book as given by none other than our lord Himself.

Jesus clearly states:

REV.22:20 "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus."

It is Jesus who says "Surely I come quickly." He is the One Who testifies these warning words.

Rev 22:16 "I Jesus have sent mine angel, to testify unto you these things in the churches." Our Lord leaves us in no doubt. Without Jesus the Bible would never have existed or been written. Jesus gave it to us. it is vital. So Jesus warns against taking away any of His words. "Every word" counts. He declared we are to live "by every word of God." On this important theme may I draw your attention to these words of inspired comment.

"With the same carefulness are we to treasure the bread from Heaven to satisfy the needs of the soul. By every word of God we are to live. Nothing that God has spoken is to be lost. Not one word that con­cerns our eternal salvation are we to neglect. Not one word is to fall useless to the ground." Ministry of Healing. p. 48.

To sense the seriousness of this subject, notice a few more gems from the "Testimony of Jesus," which is the "Spirit of Prophecy."

"Brethren, cling to your Bible, as it reads. . . and obey the Word, and not one of you will be lost." 1 SM.18

"The people of God are directed to the Scriptures as their safeguard against the influence of false teachers ....None but those who have fortified the mind with the truths of the Bible will stand through the last great conflict." C.C. 593-4.

"False teachers" like false versions, they are used and advocated by liberals and New Theology followers. You cannot live by "every word" of God if many of those words have been taken away by the agents of Satan, the "False teachers."

"The whole Bible is a manifestation of Christ. The word must be our source of power." D.A. 390.

How can you follow—"the whole Bible" if hundreds of words are missing?"

"The written word is our only safety." 1 S.M. 158.

"Those who do not accept the Word of God just as it reads, will be snared in his, (Satan’s) trap." 2 SM 52.

Note again the words of our Lord:­-

MATT.24:35 "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."

The words of Jesus shall not pass away. Therefore His words still stand.

That includes:

LUKE 4:4 "And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."

These wonderful words of Jesus, have transforming power. That is why the devil wants to get rid of them.

JOHN 6:63 "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life."

The devil trys to cut out all he can of these precious and powerful words. It is the words of Scripture that work conversion in the life, for by this "living" Word we are "born again."

1 PETER 1:23 "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever."

The Scriptures impart Christ’s own divine nature.

"The only thing in our world upon which we can rely is the word of God." D.A. 121.

"By every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God, are we to live." D.A. 123.

Note "every word of God."

"Every word" Says our Saviour and our Lord.

PROV.30:5 "Every word of God is pure."

‘Every word of God" includes all the Scriptures,

every verse,

every sentence

every clause

every phrase

every word—No exceptions.

Then, who is behind the abbreviated, shortened and reduced Bible?—It is not our God, that is apparent.

It is the enemy of God and the hater of mankind. It is the one who cast doubt on the word of God in Eden with "Yea, hath God said?" Gen.3:1 "Surely God did not say that?" Doubt lies at the root of all sin doubt of thee word of God. The enemy, the devil hates and dreads the word of God.

Then Satan denied that Word. "Ye shall not surely die." Gen.4:4

God had declared "Thou shalt surely die." Gen.3:17. Disobedience will result in death, declared our God. But the devil first led man to doubt that word, then he denies that word. How he hates that Word. He fled before it in the wilderness of temptation. He cannot meet it. Today the deceiver, and master liar (John 4:44) tries to get rid of that infallible and all powerful Word by abbreviating it and cutting out vital parts. This is seen in the flood tide of false versions. They are perversions. Yet, even with the clear light that our Lard has given the Advent people, how easily multitudes fall before the flood of versions and perversions.

Turn to:

MATT.18:11 "For the Son of man is come to save that which is lost."

Now open the N.I.V. and what do we find? This too is missing! These precious words that explain the saving work of our Lord are cut out. Not. merely are the Scriptures attacked, but also the work of our Redeemer is likewise cut. This tragic work is repeated in scores, even hundreds of places. The infallible word of Jesus is:

LUKE 4:4 "It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."

We ask, how can we live by every word of God, if literally hundreds of these life giving words have been removed?

That is the first reason why I do not and do not intend to use the N.I.V.