OF THE HOLY GHOST
IN NIV AND NASV
By Scott Jones
Modern Bibles: Blasphemy Against The Holy Ghost
© Scott Jones 1998
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Wherefore I say unto you, All
manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against
the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. Matt. 12:31
There is one sin for which there is no forgiveness. Jesus defined it as the blasphemy
against the Holy Ghost. Modern bibles promote it.
there is one verse in both the NIV and the NASV which categorically advocates
the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. I will thoroughly demonstrate and diagram
this subtle but very substantial atrocity in the exegesis that follows.
Let it be stated at the outset, I am not suggesting that those who own an NIV
or an NASV have committed the unpardonable sin. Nor am I suggesting that those
involved in the translation of these corrupt bibles purposely set out to commit
this sin, or that they have unknowingly blasphemed the Holy Ghost. I am suggesting
that "the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience" is the author
of this verse in modern bibles, and furthermore, that he is the mastermind behind
modern bibles themselves.
This verse exposes the foundation
of Satan's assault on the Word of God in this final generation. Soon the Lord
Jesus Christ will return to claim all that he purchased by himself with his own
blood on Calvary two thousand years ago. Until then the battle rages, for Satan
knows that his time is short. Accordingly, let no man think that the dragon has
abdicated his position as "the god of this world." Come heaven, come hellthe
accuser of our brethren still intends to "exalt his throne above the stars of
God," and he will damn as many souls as he possibly can in the process.
Thus, while it is a well known catechism that the spirit of antichrist, "that
old serpent," is the great deceiver, and that he is "transformed into an angel
of light," how few believers actually recognize his de facto wiles in their own
generation. As someone once remarked, "When Satan dresses to kill, he dresses
well." Not surprisingly, the devil's crowning achievement in this era is the craftiness
with which he has been able to alter the Word of God until it is no longer fit
for the souls of men. The real marvel is how successful he has been, especially
in our day. With all of the warnings made available to this generation, it seems
almost axiomatic that we would be ready to meet this deception head-on. Unfortunately,
nothing could be further from the truth.
Although our pulpits
should be thundering with men of discernment, we find that discernment has all
but vanished in modern Christendom, including fundamental circles. Sadly, the
faithful witness is virtually nowhere to be found within organized Christianity,
or if he is, his voice is so seldom heard that we consider him an outcast or a
has-been. On the other hand, hirelingsprofessionals every oneclog
the ramparts like lemmings on a teetering ledge, never dreaming that the ledge
will one day crumble. How tragic.
Still, the hidden souls
are preciousthose whose lives "are hid with Christ in God," for God has
yet preserved a remnant of faithful men and women who have not bowed the knee
to the Baal of apostate biblical scholarship. This study is for themthe
elect of God, drawn to Jesus Christ by the Father, sealed by the Spirit, and "kept
by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last
How serious is this subject? Well, John Bunyan made
this sobering remark concerning the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost: "Beware,
barren professor! Thou mayest do that in half a quarter of an hour, from the evil
of which thou mayest not be delivered for ever and ever." A most chilling prospect,
indeed. Let every reader tremble.
In the New Testament
we are given several illustrations depicting the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost,
as well as several definitions of exactly what this sin is. In a moment we will
explore these items briefly and then make our application. However, let us first
take a look at the verse in modern bibles which propagates this abomination.
Philippians 2:6, referring to "Christ Jesus," delivers a most
majestic revelation with regard to the divinity of our Lord. In fact, this verse
is one of the most royal statements in all of scripture, as it deals explicitly
with the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ in his incarnation, thus testifying truly
that "Jesus Christ is come in the flesh." No wonder, then, that the serpent sought
to inject his poison into these words by corrupting this phrase in modern bibles.
As always, the Authorized Version has translated the passage
correctly: "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal
Conversely, both the NIV and the NASV go out
of their way to employ two egregious solecisms in order to completely alter the
sentence structure, by which the meaning of the verse is actually reversed, thus
badly mistranslating the entire phrase and in the process advocating the blasphemy
against the Holy Ghost. Here are their respective translations
NIV "Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God
something to be grasped."
NASV "who, although He
existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped."
The difference between this verse in the AV and modern
bibles is subtle to be sure, but careful scrutiny reveals modern bibles say the
exact opposite of what the AV says.
Perhaps an illustration
is in order. For example, tell a "modern" woman that she shouldn't consider it
"robbery to be equal with man," and she will more than likely agree with you.
On the other hand, tell that same cosmopolitan young lady that she shouldn't "consider
equality with man a thing to be grasped" or that "equality with man is not something
a woman can grasp," and see what happens! If such a remark could be so insulting
to a woman, how much more to the Lord of Glory!
As we said,
the contrast is subtle, but striking.
In context, therefore,
the AV tells us that Jesus Christ, in his incarnation, did not think it presumptuous
to be equal with God. In other words, as God clothed in human form, he had no
misgivings whatsoever about who he was. He was "God manifest in the flesh," and
he wasn't the least bit timid about confessing it"He that hath seen me hath
seen the Father."
Matthew Henry stated it essentially the
same way: "He thought it no robbery to be equal with God; did not think himself
guilty of any invasion of what did not belong to him, or assuming another's right.
He said, I and my Father are one."
Modern bibles tell us
just the opposite. They tells us that Jesus somehow couldn't bring himself to
realize his "equality" with God. It just wasn't within his "grasp." He was apparently
struggling with his identity, as these perversions clearly imply. Perhaps a "Christian
psychologist"an oxymoron if ever there was onecould have helped out.
Equality with God? Can't quite get there? Just can't grasp it? It's just out of
reach? "Well, then," the psychologist might say, "perhaps you should just try
to visualize equality with God. After all, every man has the potential to become
like God. We are all his offspring and hence emanate from his very nature! In
fact, you might say that we are in very nature God, though most of us can't quite
grasp it yet." Eve once heard a similar tale.
Let the reader
bewareall heresies begin with the denigration of the person of Jesus Christ.
By diminishing the intrinsic deity of the man Christ Jesus, the self-sufficiency
of human nature in general is elevated by default. This is axiomatic. By diluting
the deity of Jesus in his humanity, the sin of Edena profane notion that
man has godlike potential in and of himselfis unavoidably exalted. Consequently,
the product of such wickedness is the engineering of a veiled but deadly attempt
by that wicked one to bridge the gap between truth and falsehood and completely
blur the demarcation between the essence of a holy Jesus and the essence of sinful
man so that the two are no longer distinguishable. This is exactly what this verse
and many others in modern bibles engender.
Witness a short
demonstration: If modern bibles bore a shred of truth in this passage, one must
immediately wonder why Jesus accepted worship. Indeed, how could he allow himself
to be worshipped since he "did not regard equality with God as something to be
grasped?" According to scripture, the only person who deserves worship is God.
If Jesus somehow couldn't "grasp equality with God," how could he possibly "grasp"
the concept of someone worshipping him?
Or had the standard
for worship suddenly been lowered? Ah! Apparently so. Apparently the standard
for worship had been lowered, at least according to modern bibles. You see, the
NIV and the NASV proclaim that one can be incapable of "grasping equality with
God" and yet still receive worship.
Viola! The gap has
been bridged, the demarcation has been blurred. Advantage Satan, courtesy of the
NIV and NASV.
Thus, it becomes quickly evident that modern
bibles have flung the barn door wide open at this point and every animal has escaped.
As we can see, this modern translation plays squarely into the hands of antichrist.
The corrupt theological permutations in this short passage are infinite. In fact,
this perversion in modern bibles also propagates "Spirit Christology" and several
other early forms of Gnosticism. A very wise apostle once said, "A little leaven
leaveneth the whole lump." Alas, how few Christians these days actually believe
The focus of this study is singular, so we shall
not explore all of the heresies incumbent in this verse in modern bibles. Instead,
we will concentrate on a demonstration of how this verse in the NIV and the NASV
not only promotes the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, but also how it denies
that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. Before proceeding to our objective, however,
we must look briefly at the hoops contemporary scholarship had to jump through
in order to arrive at this corrupt translation. As we shall see, the Greek doesn't
support these modern renditions by any stretch of the imagination. Furthermore,
it should be noted that there is no manuscript disputation here. The Greek reads
the same in all cases, as follows
o]j evn morfh/|
Qeou/ u`pa,rcwn( ouvc a`rpagmo.n h`gh,sato to. ei=nai i;sa Qew/|(
The first blunder made by modern translators was in the deliberate alteration
of the adverb, isos, which means equal. Instead of retaining the Greek grammatical
form here, modern translators changed the adverb for equal into the noun equality.
Simply put, there is no justification whatsoever for doing so. But this is not
all that modern translators have wrested in this passage.
The second blunder concerns the noun, arpagma, or robbery. As before, modern translators
were not content to leave the grammar alone. Instead, they changed the noun for
robbery into the verb to be grasped. Again, there is absolutely no justification
whatsoever for having done so. In fact, it is a flagrant gaffe, for the Greek
is not at all difficult here. Unlike some passages in scripture, this particular
passage is very straightforward and requires no "translational finesse" at all.
Of course, the Lord told us that "wisdom is justified of
her children." Thus, it stands to reason that some erudite scholar will come along
and attempt to counter this edict. However, allow me to execute a preemptive strike
in anticipation of such an ignoble feat
If there is a question as to which
translation is correct, all the reader must do is examine the underlying doctrine!
You see, no matter how exhaustive the protests by modern scholars and exegetes,
the one area that is completely unassailable in our proof is the doctrine. "If
any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God,
or whether I speak of myself." The doctrine, fortified by scores of other verses,
bears witness to the AV's translation and simultaneously repudiates the modern
translations. In other words, the AV presents us with true doctrine while the
modern bibles present us with false doctrine. Unless, of course, one chooses foolishly
to believe that Jesus really couldn't "grasp equality with God." Case closed.
The next line of defense by modern scholars will no doubt
be an appeal to dynamic equivalency. Much to their chagrin, however, such an appeal
is doomed from the start. Why? Because as we saw earlier, the meaning of the text
has been altered! In other words, even if one applauds the dynamic equivalency
methodology, which I don't (again, that is not the focus of this study) one still
must operate within the contextual meaning of the original language. Modern translations,
as demonstrated above, clearly fail this most basic of tests.
In other words, modern translations render a phrase with a meaning that is not
at all like the original Greek! In fact, this phrase in modern bibles gives us
the polar opposite of the Greek! Moreover, as just demonstrated, it was necessary
to dramatically alter the grammatical structure of the sentence in order to do
so. This point cannot be emphasized strongly enough. That is, the change was premeditated.
Several deliberate, very calculating steps
were required in order to alter the meaning of the text and achieve this abominable
translation in modern bibles! It could not have happened accidentally. To wit,
an adverb had to be deliberately changed into a noun, and a noun had to be deliberately
changed into a verb. In no other way could this sentence have been sculpted into
its present form. This is the only way the meaning of this sentence could have
been so subtly and yet so drastically altered.
line is frightening, for it turns out that modern translators have done much more
than simply change an adverb into a noun and a noun into a verb: they have "changed
the truth of God into a lie." The result, as we shall now see, is a phrase which
denigrates the Son of God and advocates the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost.
Once again for the record: I am not suggesting that the
translators of this modern perversion set out to purposely denigrate the Son of
God or blaspheme the Holy Ghost. I am suggesting that the translators of this
modern perversion were manipulated by Satan and have thus given us a verse which
does denigrate the Son of God and does advocate the blasphemy against the Holy
Ghost. As it is written, "Your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh
about, seeking whom he may devour." Consequently, there is no middle ground here.
A choice must be made.
The Holy Ghost by the mouth of Paul
stated, "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto
you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." As if once
wasn't enough, he then follows it up in the very next verse with an additional
solemn warning, "As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any
other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." This is
not a normal warning; this is a double warning. The Holy Spirit declares in no
uncertain terms that the promotion of another gospel curses the messenger.
Modern bibles promote another gospel, as demonstrated in Philippians
2:6, not to mention the literally thousands of other verses where the text has
been corrupted. Therefore, those who were involved in translating this passage
and those who have continued to defend modern bibles have been in cahootswittingly
or unwittinglywith a spirit who from the beginning has sought to promote
another gospel. Ergo, such men have only one sound course of actionthey
No man can straddle a chasm. He must choose
one side or the other. As for those who refuse to hear, and those who continue
to defend modern bibles, "as we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach
any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." Perhaps
someone will forsake his pride and come to grips with the plain truth. Unfortunately,
most won't. "And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented
not." For those who refuse to repent, know most assuredly that you are promoting
The first time we hear the term "blasphemy
against the Holy Ghost" is when Jesus in Matthew 12:31 confronts the Pharisees
for their wickedness. The circumstances were these: The Lord had just freed, as
was his wont, a precious human soul bound by Satanin this case one possessed
with a devil, both blind and dumb. The Pharisees, of course, instead of praising
God for grace and mercy bestowed, forthwith accused Jesus of receiving his power
from Beelzebub, the prince of devils. To be clear, we must understand that these
eminent scholars, skilled in all the letters of the law, were "speaking behind
the Lord's back." That is, they did not at this point accuse him openly. Unfortunately
for them, the scriptures tell us that "Jesus knew their thoughts."
From this certifiably arcane episode issued one of the most scathing denouncements
ever uttered by human lips. Here, the Lord not only saddles these Pharisees with
many undesirable approbations while reproaching them for being a "generation of
vipers," but likewise charges them point-blank with blaspheming the Holy Ghost.
To drive home his point and let them know that they were now shackled with unforgiveness
for all eternity, the Lord closes his discourse with these words, "But I say unto
you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof
in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words
thou shalt be condemned."
What had these Pharisees done
to deserve such a lashing? To put it simply, they had in the dark recesses of
their hearts "trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of
the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite
unto the Spirit of grace." For those who can't seem to get comfortable in their
doctrinal shoes without nice, neat little formulas, this is a thumbnail definition
of the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. However, there is yet one imperative
that must be addressed in order to complete the theology. That is, the most important
point to be emphasized in all of the above is this
The blasphemy against the Holy Ghost cannot occur apart from a deliberate, calculated,
premeditated denigration of the person of Jesus Christ!
Want proof? Well, for one thing, grace itself cannot operate apart from the person
of Jesus Christ, so doing "despite unto the Spirit of grace" is likewise impossible
apart from the person of Jesus Christ. "For the law was given by Moses, but grace
and truth came by Jesus Christ." For another thing, the Spirit of grace will not
operate apart from the person of Jesus Christ. "
for he shall not speak of
himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you
things to come. He shall glorify me..." In short, all grace, all truth, all goodness,
all righteousness, and anything else that is true and honorable and pureall
is found in the person of Jesus Christ, and apart from him there is no true virtue!
None whatsoever. "And he is before all things, and by him all things consist."
Thus, it is one thing to speak a word against the Son of
Man; it is another thing entirely to despise him and count his blood an unholy
thing. It is one thing to take the Lord aside and rebuke him over a theological
issue or deny him in the face of trial, as Peter did; it is another thing entirely
to behold infinite righteousness, infinite holiness, and infinite lightwhich
can be perceived in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ aloneand then to despise
it, to disparage it, to call pure righteousness evil, to see pure holiness as
profane, to exchange pure light for darkness
that is, for pride's sake to
embrace the very soul of wickedness itself, as did Judas Iscariot. This is treading
under foot the Son of God; this is counting his blood an unholy thing; this is
doing despite unto the Spirit of gracein short, this is the blasphemy against
the Holy Ghost, and it cannot occur apart from the willful denigration of the
person of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 2:6 in modern bibles
arrogantly enters this domain and there transgresses. Here's how
In the 10th chapter of the gospel of John, we find the Lord Jesus once again surrounded
by a pack of rabid Pharisees. Completely unsatisfied with all the Lord has done
thus farhe has healed lepers, given sight to the blind, strength to the
lame, hearing to the deaf, voice to the dumb, life to the dead, and much more
besidesthese religious wolves now decree that such evidence is not enough.
No! They want more! "If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly."
Jesus answers them, "I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my
Father's name, they bear witness of me
" After expounding a bit, the Lord
then closes his exposition in verse 30 by announcing, "I and my Father are one."
This was too much for the Pharisees. They took up stones.
Jesus said, "Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those
works do ye stone me?" The Pharisees responded by saying, "For a good work we
stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest
thyself equal with God."
Ah! At last we come to the heart
of the matter. The real burr under the Pharisees' saddle was the man himself!
They had no problem with his works. It was himself that they hated. It wasn't
so much his teaching, but him. And now, on top of it all, he had the audacity
to make himselfright there in front of them, right before their very eyesequal
with God! HeJesus himselfmade himself equal with God. What boldness!
What confidence! He had no problem "grasping" equality with God. The problem was
with the religious crowd. Jesus had no problem with his divinity whatsoever. Au
contraireJesus asserted his "equality with God" most boldly! As the AV renders
it"he did not think it robbery to be equal with God."
For this, the gnashing Pharisees charged him with blasphemy, for they had long
ago crossed the line. Their darkened hearts had long ago exchanged darkness for
light, and light for darkness. Their accusations against the Lord of Glory were
simply the manifestation of what they already were. And what was their great concern?
What was the number one indictment issued here against the Lord of Lords and King
of Kings? What was the pronouncement of Israel's August body of scholars?
It was blasphemy, for Jesus Christ had boldly, confidently,
and without apology asserted his equality with God. There was no mistaking it,
as his accusers reminded him"thou, being a man, makest thyself equal with
God"and they hated him for it. Why?
Because the Pharisees
did not believe that equality with God was something that Jesus could grasp!
Just like the NIV and the NASV"he did not regard equality
with God as something to be grasped." The very thoughts of the Pharisees themselves!
The very thoughts of the same men who had blasphemed the Holy Ghost. In other
words, modern bibles and the Pharisees of old unite in the exact same opinion
of the Lord Jesus Christ! Could anything possibly be clearer? Whoever has ears
to hear, let him hear!
Take heed, reader. As despicable
as this verse is in modern bibles, it is only one verse out of thousands in modern
bibles where truth has been corrupted, where light has been exchanged for darkness.
In closing, therefore, I have one question for you, the
reader. Your answer to this question will speak volumes. The question is plain
Do you believe that Jesus could grasp equality with God?
It's that simple
Do you believe that Jesus could grasp equality with God?
Your answer will determine many things for your life, including which Bible you
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you
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