Chapter 9


G. Burnside

ACTS 20:37 38 "And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him, Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more."

We do well to note that Paul in this final meeting with the elders from Ephesus stated that he had given them the complete truth. This he repeated:

ACTS 20:20 "I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you."

ACTS 20:27 "I have not shunned to declare unto you all the council of God."

What a contrast to the trimmed, partial and imperfect, so called Gospel, that is heard today. Also the situation is rapidly growing worse—prophecy is fulfilling. Incomplete Bibles make incomplete Christians. The popular but woefully incomplete N.I.V. is a tragic example. Not only are many—whole verses cut out, but also many vital words are missing. For instance Jesus declared:

MATTHEW 9:13 "I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

Now look at the N.I.V. The words "to repentance" are missing. This makes the words of our Lord of none effect.

According to this popular but polluted version what does Christ call sinners to? It could be to anything, or nothing. Repentance has never been popular. Origen despised the thought of repentance. So did Constantine, Jerome and Eusebius. Hence they simply cut it out of their polluted versions. The N.I.V. follows in their footsteps and likewise, in the footsteps of the Roman Catholic Douay Version. The Knox translation—the modern catholic Bible also cuts out "to repentance." The "Preface" of both the Knox and Douay Versions state that they are from the Vulgate translation. The Vulgate, with the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus translations originate in the corrupt fourth century. However, wiping "repentance" from this Scripture does not get rid of the need for it. Those that neglect "repentance" live in a fools paradise. Repentance is a vital truth in Scripture.

Sister White makes these interesting statements: "There is no salvation without repentance." 1 S.M. 365.

"Except the sinner repent, he cannot be forgiven." 1 S.M. 390.

"Repentance must precede forgiveness." 1 S.M. 390.


"Steps to Christ," which gives the plainest statement on the way to Christ and His Justification is worthy of our earnest attention. All that Elders Jones and Waggoner of 1888 said on Righteousness by Faith, Sister White said too and she has put it even plainer. Note that the first step for the sinner to take is repentance as revealed in "Steps to Christ."

"How shall a man be just with God? (How can a man be justified?) How shall the sinner be made righteous? It is only through Christ that we can be brought into harmony with God, with holiness; but how are we to Come to Christ? Many are asking the same question as did the multitudes on the day of Pentecost, when, convicted of sin, they cried out, ‘What shall we do?’ The first word of Peter’s answer was, ‘Repent.’" Steps to Christ," page 26.


ACTS 20:21 "Repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ."

MATT.3:2 John the Baptist—"Repent ye."

MATT.4:17 Jesus"Repent."

MARK 1:15 Jesus—"Repent ye and believe the gospel."

Note: Jesus put repentance before believe. Fools do at the end, (Rev. 6:14-17) what the wise do at the beginning.


"Repentance includes sorrow for sin, and a turning away from it." S.C. page 26.

Every true servant emphasised repentance as the first step in salvation.

‘There is no salvation without repentance." 1 S.M.365.

Apostates tone down repentance.

The N.I.V. omits "Repentance" repeatedly.

MARK 2:17 "When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

Again the N.I.V. makes this fatal omission. Without Repentance there is no salvation. Again the N.I.V. has Jesus calling sinners to nothing. Jesus calls "sinners to repentance" but the N.I.V. drops out "to repentance." This, inspiration tells us is the first step to Christ. But the N.I.V. cuts out this vital part.

Perhaps this is an outstanding reason for the Laodicean condition of today. Since the introduction of the so-called revised versions, "Repentance" is a subject that is seldom heard. And since the rising flood of these perversions into our church "Repentance" is practically never heard. Is this an underlying cause of deepening lukewarmness? In love Jesus says to Laodicea—to each one of us, "Be zealous therefore, and repent." Steps to Christ, has "Repentance as the first step to justification and acceptance. Is the N.I.V. a factor in keeping Christ out of the life of many of our people? Read again:

REV.3:19,20 "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with me."

Note before Christ reminds us that He knocks, He commands "Be zealous therefore and repent." Then, and only then will He come in.

Remember—inspiration states, "Except the sinner repent he cannot be forgiven." 1 S.M. 390.

"There is no salvation without repentance." 1 S.M. 365. Now notice:

JOHN 6:47 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that Believeth on me hath everlasting life."

The N.I.V. omits the words "On Me." Again the N.I.V. makes the words of our Saviour of none effect. Who are we to believe on? Buddha? Karl Marx? Lenin? Mohammed? If it is only "believe," then the followers of these false guides are right. But Christ is "the Way" to God—the only way.

JOHN 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

It is because of these deceptive omissions and changes that I will never use the N.I.V. as the infallible Scriptures.

We have an infallible Bible, and our truth is based on "many infallible proofs."

ACTS 1:3 "To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God."

Again, why does the N.I.V. change the word "Infallible" in this verse to the much weaker word "convincing"?

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

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."

The N.I.V. omits "but by every word of God."

Omission is one thing the N.I.V. does in a big way. For a list of hundreds of these omissions on vital themes see No. 8 of this series. "N.I.V. Doubt and Confusion", by G. Burnside.

"The Bible, which is to judge us in the last day." E.W. 58.

As judgment-bound mortals we do well to head God’s guidebook. The enemy would confuse. The oft repeated claim that the N.I.V is simpler and clearer is exposed in the light of facts. For instance note:­

ISA.8:20 "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Now notice the N.I.V. "To the law and to the testimony. If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land."

Is this clearer? The aim of these modern translators is not clarity. It is to change the Word of God by omission and then by corruption. The most significant changes in the N.I.V. and other modern versions are not changes in translation but changes in the Greek text that are used. They are based on corrupted manuscripts. The revisers reject the Majority Text and rely mainly on two corrupt texts of Rome.

Notice another deadly omission.

COL.1:14 "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins."

The N.I.V. drops out the underlined words "through His blood." Remember and never, never forget that our only hope is through the merits of Christ’s atoning blood. Rome would have you look to the bloodless sacrifice of the Mass. To them it is the Mass that counts. But cleansing and forgiveness is only through the precious blood of Christ

1 PETER 1:18 19 "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."

Take another example.

MATT.1:25 "And knew her not till she had brought forth her first born son: and he called his name JESUS."

Again the N.I.V. omits a word from God’s Book. This time the word "firstborn" is omitted.

First born implies other children could have been born to Mary but Rome teaches the permanent virginity of Mary, so they "cut out" "firstborn", and the N.I.V. as an obedient servant follows Rome.

Remember Jesus our Lord declares:

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

Truly "My people perish for lack of knowledge." They lack the true knowledge. We need:

2 TIM. 3:15 "The Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation."

May we never be found among those who use, and even recommend this perversion. It mutilates the words of life. This perversion falsely claims to be a version, but its failure and doom is clearly foretold in the sure, infallible word of the prophecy of our Lord.

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."