by Jim Gordon
Evolution & Textual Criticism
1 Peter 1:22-23 (KJV) “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
This verse is pointing to the fact that the Bible cannot be permanently corrupted, it cannot be permanently altered because it lives and abides forever. Someone would say that this only applies to the Word of God as it is in heaven and therefore when it says it liveth and abideth forever that’s talking about the Word of God as it is in Heaven. 1 Peter 1:24-25 (KJV) “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” This means that Peter was not pointing up to heaven but he was pointing to what he had in his hand. There was the Word of God that Peter is pointing to that is living and abiding forever. If this Word of God was there at this time and we are told it is going to abide forever it means that somewhere in this world there still exists the Word of God which is still alive and it is still abiding in the presence of God’s people.
A chop shop is a place where thieves bring cars that have been stolen to tear them apart and sell the parts all over the world. Carjacking is a popular way that your car may get stolen. Most of the cars that are stolen are older cars because of the profit margin involved. Just as thieves have creative ways to steal a car and dispose of it, the devil has created some very clever ways of taking the Bible and dismantling its credibility. If the devil can accomplish his task of discrediting the Bible then this will make the value of counterfeit Bibles go up in the minds of many people. If the devil can get people to question the real Bible this causes the confidence of the real Bible to hit rock bottom. If the devil can take the real Bible out of the hands of the people then he can basically do what he wants in their lives and in that nation.
Science is used to discredit the Bible – 1 Timothy 6:20 (KJV) “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.” The word science has nothing to do with test tubes or chemicals, but it is a pursuit of knowing things to be factual. Therefore if there is “a science” being conducted it must be dealing with that which is true or factual. The reason why this verse ends with the words “science falsely so called” is because science as found in this verse is not dealing with truth, it is opposing truth. The way it is successfully opposing truth is because it is not really a science, it is falsely called that. There are currently two of these “scientific theories” that are floating around that are attempting to discredit the Bible. The first of these theories is evolution.
Charles Darwin is the father of this so called science. Darwin grew up in a religion that is called universalism. As a child he attended church every Sunday with his mother and in this church he was basically taught two things that shaped his thought process.
The first thing was that God did not exist as a Trinity, and because of universalism, it meant that they only worshipped one God, as they called it. This means that Jesus Christ is not really God, He is only a prophet or just a Holy person. Why is this important? Because the Bible is a spiritual book. Darwin was a lost person and a lost person is not going to understand the Bible. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV) “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Therefore Darwin would have had no problem at all creating an idea that contradicted the scriptures, God’s own Word.
The second thing that he grew up with in this Universalist religion was the fact that religion was big enough to make room for science, and that they can both co-exist. This is true because true science dealing with truth and facts will only emphasize the scriptures and prove the Bible true which does not need to happen. The reason why all the names of these obscure cities in the Bible exists is because every so often some lost archeologist may did up some city that validates what the Bible says. These lost people continue to prove the Bible true though God does not need that to take place.
Evolution has lost some of its steam but you are still looked at as being an ignoramus if you buy into creationism as opposed to evolution. The truth is, since no one was there to witness the beginning of the universe, both Creationism and evolution are conclusions that are accepted by faith.
A second so called science that is still creating much havoc is called textual criticism. Textual criticism is a science supposedly so called of the Bible and it assumes that every Bible that is in existence has errors in it to some degree. Because textual criticism deals with facts and the Bible has errors in it textual criticism has taken upon itself to fix the Bible for us. Textual criticism also operates on the premise or idea that the original manuscripts are inspired but rejects the idea that God could preserve His words in any kind of inspired format. The textual criticism crowd lacks faith because God tells us many places in scripture that He will in fact preserve His Words. 1 Peter 1:25 (KJV) “But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” Textual criticism maintains that since the originals are gone there is no longer any a perfect Bible in anywhere in existence. The modern versions have no issue with not being a perfect Bible because they are the product of this falsely so called science of textual criticism. There is only one Bible in the English language that claims to be the divinely persevered and the inspired word of God which is the King James Bible and that is the reason why textual criticism is trying to destroy the King James Bible.
Let’s for a second assume that these critics are correct and every Bible has mistakes in it someplace. How could we know which Bibles have the mistakes in them? The textual critics will tell us. How will we know which words are wrong? They will tell us that as well. How will we know which words are correct and supposed to be in the Bible? The critics will tell us that. What we are being asked to do is to give out Bible’s to the textual criticism crowd and allow them to make whatever changes they think is right and we end up with a Bible they tell us is better than what it started as, but it’s still not perfect because they’re not done with it yet. They would ask us to have faith in them, the textual critics, but they lack faith to believe what God has written.
Dr. R. A. Torrey was the personal assistant to D.L. Moody back in the late 1800’s and when Moody was travelling the country R. A. Torrey was many times right along his side. They conducted city wide meetings together and in reality R. A. Torrey was the brains behind D.L. Moody. D.L. Moody was uneducated and preached with embarrassingly poor grammar, R. A. Torrey was the intellect. R. A. Torrey was asked constantly by D.L. Moody to preach on two things. The first was to preach on the Holy Spirit and the second was to preach on why I know the Bible is true. Torrey was an expert on the Holy Spirit and on the Bible.
R.A. Torrey mentions in his autobiography that as a young man preparing for the ministry he came to the conclusion that the greatest Bible scholars at that time were in Germany. Germany was the hotbed for textual criticism. R.A. Torrey went to Germany to study the scriptures in a German Bible college and seminary and after a couple of years of being taught by these individuals involved in textual criticism Torrey stated that at the end of the two years he didn’t even know if the Word of God was true anymore. Torrey stated that they dismantled his faith. These textual critics showed Torrey how to put question marks on every page of the Bible. By the time Torrey left Germany he states he had no confidence in the scriptures at all.
There is nothing wrong with true science because it deals with truth, not speculation. But it is not a science that rejects truth and tries to create its own truth which is exactly what textual criticism does. It gives people the power to change what God wrote so they can then insert what they think God meant to say. That is not truth it is called forgery.
Here is an example of how this works. In 1753 there was a French physician who had a hobby of studying the Bible. In his homemade Bible studies he made a discovery about the book of Genesis. The book of Genesis when using the word God in Hebrew it would rotate between two different words. In this rotating this French physician came to the discovery that Moses didn’t really write the book of Genesis like we all thought. Instead the book of Genesis had to written by two different people that used different words for the word God and the reason why it kept rotating around is that Moses found two different books, put them together and he didn’t write it at all. Moses only compiled the two books. That is the rational that is used by textual criticism. The assumption is that Genesis can’t be what it appears to be, it has to be something else. Therefore they come up with an idea to explain these differences. That is not science and in fact it is called lying.
So we have evolution and textual criticism both of which have the credentials of the world stamped on them as being a legitimate science. Neither one is true. 1 Timothy 6:20 (KJV) “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.”
Romans 10:17 (KJV) “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
by Jim Gordon
The Crucified Life Ministries