KJO Misled by Gail Riplinger - 03/09/2009
just writing to tell you i am a kjo person because i
have read other bibles and some things are left out or incorrect. Act
8:37 is left out on these new editions. In Isaiah 14:12 the name
lucifer is not mentioned in the new versions, only refering him as
the morning star and we know who the morning star is-Jesus Christ.
You should read the book called New Age Bible Versions by G. A.
Riplinger. New versions use the Spirit rather than the holy ghost,
Jesus is referred to as him or instead of Lord, etc. Check out this
book. thanks, brenda
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Brenda. Thanks for writing. I’m
afraid you’ve been quite misled by Ms.
Riplinger. Her scholarship in writing
New Age Bible Versions was incredibly poor, and she was deceitful in
people – so deceitful that she should be thankful she wasn’t sued for
you say that things are “left out” or “incorrect” in new translations,
assumes that the KJV is the standard by which other translations must
judged. The fact is that the differences
between the KJV and modern translations are normally the result of
within the KJV – either through errors in translation or through
inferior manuscript evidence. For
example, you mentioned that Acts 8:37 is not found in the new
translations. There is good reason for that. While many KJOs take a “majority rules”
position on manuscript evidence, they break this position when it comes
verses Acts 8:37, which is found in a small minority of Greek
from before the sixth century). The vast
majority of the manuscript evidence reveals it to be a later addition. Erasmus only included it in the Textus
Receptus due to its presence in the Latin Vulgate of the Roman Catholic
and in the margin of one Greek manuscript he had. The
fact is, no matter how good and
orthodox-sounding Acts 8:37 is, it was clearly not part of the original
inspired Scripture as written by the author of Acts.
for Isaiah 14:12, the term “Lucifer” didn’t enter Scripture until
Latin Vulgate, which translated the Hebrew words for morning
star into the Latin as Lucifer. While Jesus
IS the morning star mentioned in
Revelation 22:16, the contexts are quite different. In
Isaiah, the person mentioned is clearly
the object of sarcasm and is under God’s judgment. This
person was prideful and boastful as is
apparent in earlier verses, so the term “morning star” was
applied to him. But no thinking person
would believe that Isaiah is referring to Jesus in this passage. Just because the same title was given in this
passage that Jesus used for himself later on does not mean that Jesus
person referred to in Isaiah 14:12.
would exercise great caution in believing Gail Riplinger.
Her degree in Home Economics obviously did
not prepare her for this subject matter, because she handled it with
only be described as dishonesty and scholarly malpractice.
Let me give one example of her dishonesty
here. On page 546 of New Age Bible
Versions (NABV), Riplinger writes:
Hort’s Introduction to the New Testament in the Original
of Aleph & B should be accepted
as the true readings…[They] stand far above all documents…[are] very
immune from corruption.
the […] should make one nervous that this quote Riplinger gives isn’t
cracks it up to be. Her footnote for
this should confirm this concern:
and F.J.A. Hort, Introduction to
the New Testament in the Original Greek (Peabody, Mass: Hendrickson
Orig.1882), pp. xxii, 225, 212, 220, 239, 210.
it appears that the one sentence quote that Riplinger provides was
six different pages, and out of order!
Does this sound like an accurate way to represent what someone
says? In The
King James Only Controversy by Dr. James White, he needs three
(pp 100-102) to show what Westcott and Hort really said that Riplinger
dot-dot-dotted together. While it’s too
long to reproduce here, suffice it to say that what they really said
FAR different from what Riplinger represented.
And this is how she continued to misrepresent people through
NABV. White wrote a booklet refuting NABV. It’s available
online here, and I can’t
urge you strongly enough to read it. Riplinger
is the wrong person to believe on this issue.
She has deceived you. In addition
to checking out Dr. White’s book above, I encourage you to actually
following articles on our website, because it doesn’t sound like you
I urge you to study this issue, and then take a position based on facts. Don’t be duped by the likes of Ms.
Riplinger. If you still prefer to use
the KJV after doing so, that’s fine, but don’t believe that the NIV and
are less accurate than the KJV, as that’s simply not true.
I wish you God’s blessing and wisdom as you