The Devil’s Chop Shop – The End Game
A Corrupt Tree & Modern Bible Versions
The results of modern textual criticism
In order to know what type of fruit you are dealing with sometimes you have to go back and look at the tree that produced the fruit. This information about Westcott and Hort is compiled from books that were written about them by their own sons. The information provided was collected from personal relationship and written communications from Westcott and Hort during their lifetimes, by their sons.
What type of men where Westcott & Hort? They were men of strange beliefs. Both men despised America and democracy and cheered for the South during the Civil War because they believed if the South won that America could not stand the division and a victory for the Confederacy would bring about the ultimate destruction of the country. In their writings they maintained the fact that black slaves were barely human and they had the likeable attributes of a dog. They both studied communism and tried to bring about a society of living in communes and sharing wealth. Hort once attended a conference in England where D.L. Moody was preaching. He complimented him on his American humor but as far as his preaching was concerned he made the statement, “I should never care to go again.” Hort believed in the occult and started a group called the Ghostly Guild which believed in the paranormal and that ghosts exist. While these things are not very complimentary the real question is what Westcott and Hort believed about the Bible. These are the men who laid the foundations for the NIV and every other modern Bible version.
They did not believe in creation
The truth is that Westcott and Hort struggled with the very first verse of the Bible. Genesis 1:1 (KJV) “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” If you have issues with the very first verse of the Bible you have some real problems. Neither Westcott nor Hort believed that you could take Genesis chapter 1-3 literally. Hort made this statement, “I am inclined to think that no such state as Eden ever existed and that Adams fall in no degree differed from the fall of each of his descendants.” In other words the sin nature issue is not true, Adam messed up we all mess up. If someone lacks the faith to believe that there was not even a Garden of Eden I don’t think I really want them to translate anything for me.
If that were not bad enough Hort thought that Charles Darwin and his new theory called evolution was a wonderful theory. When Darwin first published his book on Origin of the Species he received all kinds of opposition from preachers who was calling it garbage. Darwin was trying to attack the Bible saying that evolution was fact and that you couldn’t believe the Bible regarding creation. Hort wrote of his excitement regarding Darwin’s book and said this, “Have you read Darwin? I am inclined to think it unanswerable. In any case it is a treat to read such a book.” Westcott and Hort loved the idea about evolution because it went against the Bible.
They did not believe that the Bible was infallible
Psalm 50:1 (KJV) A Psalm of Asaph. “The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.” The Lord here is mentioning in Psalm 50 as providing a scripture that is free from error. Hort maintained that there had to be some mistakes. Hort was sharing his feelings about the Bible with a friend and Westcott picked up on something that he thought was very disturbing. The rumor was that Hort believed that the Bible was infallible. Hort immediately wrote to a friend and stated that he never made that statement. Hort stated that he believed there was some providence to what the Bible said. Hort stated the following, “But I am not prepared to say that it necessarily involves absolute infallibility.” Neither Westcott nor Hort believed that the Bible was perfect, and if it’s not perfect then they had the right to correct it.
They did not believe in a personal devil
Matthew 4:1 (KJV) “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” Matthew 4:10 (KJV) “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” If there is not a devil who was Jesus Christ speaking to? If there is not a devil why would God make this up and say there was a tempting that took place in the wilderness if there was not really a devil? As plain as this passage is to us it was not that plain to Hort. His view of Satan is this I quote, “Now if there be a devil he must be wholly evil, his name evil, his every energy and act evil. Would it not be a violation of the divine attributes for the word to support such a nature as that?” Hort’s entire reasoning for rejecting what the Bible says very plainly is he believed God was not like that.
They did not believe in a literal hell
Matthew 10:28 (KJV) “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” If this was the only verse in the Bible about hell how hard would it to believe there is a hell? Like Billy Graham the long Hort lived the more difficult it became for him to believe in hell. When it came time for Hort to get on the revision committee and to start making changes to the King James Bible he made this statement, “We have no knowledge respecting the duration of future punishment.” What he means by this is there might be a future punishment but nobody knows how long it’s going to be. Matthew 25:46 (KJV) “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” The Bible clearly says that these will go away into everlasting punishment which means forever. Hort simply could not believe what they Bible says. The simple reason was he didn’t like what it said so he decided to change it and he changed it to line up with his own personal views.
They did not believe in a literal heaven
Matthew 18:10 (KJV) “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” It is easy to understand why someone might want to get rid of hell, especially if they think they might be going there. Why would anyone want to get rid of heaven? The reason is if you accept the reality that there is a heaven then you have to also accept the reality that the Bible says there are requirements to get in. If there are requirements to get in and you don’t fit the requirements to get in then heaven is a problem. For this reason Westcott believed that heaven was a state of mind and not a real place. This means you can have heaven on earth. This is the thinking of a lost person because you don’t come up with this idea from the Bible. This idea comes from reasoning and logic.
They believed in purgatory
Purgatory is a catholic doctrine. Catholics believe that when every good catholic dies they go to purgatory which is kind of like hell. In order for a person who has died to get out of purgatory the living family and friends have to pray the person out of purgatory and into heaven. John 14:2 (KJV) “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” The Revised Version changed this verse to say “In my Father’s house are many abiding places.” What is an abiding place? It is for sure some place that is not a mansion. It means there are other places that you can go to. What Westcott and Hort did was to insert the possibility through their scripture change that there was such a place called purgatory. They did not give it a name but changed the scripture so that it allowed for purgatory to exist by way of this verse. In the late 1800’s the idea of purgatory was called, “The Larger Hope.” The idea is when someone died that the hope of all their friends, if the person did not go to heaven, that they could get out of where they were at and eventually get to heaven. In one of his letters Hort wrote, “The power of repentance is not limited to this life.” This means that when a person dies there is a second chance. This means when a person dies they can repent when they see there really is a Jesus Christ, there is hell and heaven. Mormons also believe in this second chance. Westcott, when asked if it was okay to pray for the dead, told a man in the Church of England, that they did not do that in the church in public services. Then he added this statement, “but there is no restriction added to private devotions.” This meant it was okay to do it at home but not out in public.
They did not believe in the atonement
1 John 2:2 (KJV) “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” The word propitiation means payment. This verse means that Jesus Christ paid for out sins by His death on the cross. What did Westcott and Hort believe? Hort wrote, “I do not see how God’s justice can be satisfied without every man suffering in his own person the full penalty for his sins.” Hort didn’t believe that Jesus paid all our sin debt by dying on the cross. Hort believed that we need to do something to pay for our sin.
They did not believe in salvation by Grace
Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Salvation is nothing that we can do but accept by faith what Jesus did for us on the cross. Hort on the other hand wrote this, “Baptism assures us that we are the children of God.” Hort’s son struggled with his own salvation and he got in touch with his dad to let him know that he was struggling over salvation. Hort wrote this to his son, “You are not only born into the world of men, you were also born of Christian parents in a Christian land. While yet an infant you were claimed for God by being made in baptism an unconscious member of his church.” Hort told his son not to worry because his parents were Christians, and that he was born in a Christian land, you were sprinkled as a baby, of course everything is alright.
Westcott did not believe in miracles
If you don’t believe in miracles then how could you believe that God has preserved His Word without mistakes? John 2:11 (KJV) “This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.” The purpose of the miracles was to convince the Jewish people that Jesus really was the Messiah. Westcott wrote, “I never read an account of a miracle but I feel instinctively to feel its improbability.” In other words miracles never happened. However the Bible clearly states that miracles do happen. The explanation is that somebody got carried away when they were writing down these events and made a mistake.
Westcott did not believe in a literal second coming
John 14:3 (KJV) “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” It is the second coming because the first coming was when Jesus came in a body at Bethlehem. Jesus has existed since before the world began but the first time he came was in the body of flesh, born of a virgin, this was the first coming. He was crucified and ascended up to heaven which is where Jesus is at now. When Jesus comes again this will be the second coming. Westcott said, “I hold very strongly that the fall of Jerusalem was the coming that first fulfilled the Lord’s words and as there has been other comings I cannot doubt that He is coming to us now in our hearts when we are hurting.”
We are premillennial in that we believe that Jesus will return first and then establish a 1,000 year Kingdom. We believe in a rapture. Westcott and Hort were not premillennial but postmillennial. They believed that we must clean up this world and there must be 1,000 years of peace on earth before Jesus would return. If you really believe in this postmillennial position where we must clean up the earth before Jesus returns then you can understand where some of this garbage from the Whitehouse comes from. The purpose behind the United Nations is to usher in World Wide peace and beat all the swords into plow shares. Once we have peace for 1,000 years then Jesus can return. This truly means that we don’t need Jesus because we can do it ourselves.
This is called the Social Gospel which believes we must change society. Once we change society then good things will start to happen and people will start cleaning this earth up.
Westcott was openly sympathetic to the Catholic Church
Isaiah 53:3 (KJV) “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” A friend of Hort made the statement that this verse spoke to his heart in such a fashion that he viewed it describing the Catholic Church because the Catholic Church is despised, they were rejected of men, they are a people of many sorrows and they are acquainted with grief. The world hid as it were their faces from the Catholic Church and the pope, the poor pope we esteemed him not. Westcott publicly stated that the Catholic Church was described by this verse. Westcott and Hort lived in England and were ordained in the Church of England. They lived where the martyrs had been burned and where history had been made. Foxes book of Martyrs was written by an Englishman describing primarily how other Englishmen had been put to death. Hort made the statement that he had never read Foxes book of Martyrs. Why would he not have read this book? Because the book describes what the Catholic Church did to thousands of people who dared to disagree with them.
The End Game – Coming to your a Church near you soon…
What is the result of all this information? Let’s suppose there is a church that is without a pastor. Perhaps he was called to another church or the mission field or maybe retired or passed away. There is a church without a pastor. They create a pulpit committee and start searching for a pastor and they find a man who looks like he has all the proper credentials. So they bring him into the church to candidate to find out if they want to vote him in as the pastor. The man comes to the church and preaches for them and everyone likes it. The sermon was short and noncontroversial and at times it was funny. This seems like the right pastor so the church decides to have a question and answer session to get to know him even better.
So somebody asks the pastor a question something like this. Do you believe in creation or do you believe in evolution? The reply might be something like, “I am glad you asked that, I personally don’t take the Bible literally, I don’t believe the creation story, I am a fan of Charles Darwin.”
Do you believe the Bible is infallible and perfect? “You have to be kidding me? Some of these guys didn’t even go to college, you think they wrote all this and there is not some mistakes? But don’t worry about it I know where the mistakes are and I will tell you where the King James Bible needs to be corrected.”
Do you believe in the devil and heaven and hell? “No, God’s too good to do that kind of stuff. The people who wrote this were just using scare tactics back then.”
How does somebody get saved? “Just like I did you get baptized. I was sprinkled when I was a baby. I noticed that you don’t have a Baptismal fountain around here. If I am voted in as your pastor that old Baptismal area is too far away. We’ll have a pedestal right here and I can hold the baby and sprinkle the head right here.” “Any other questions?”
Yes, how do you explain the miracles of the Bible? “Zealous Christians, people trying to help God out, making this stuff up by coming up with these wild stories.”
What do you think about the pope? “I don’t know of a better man in the whole world! This guy really has it together. He is probably the Godliest man I have ever heard anything about. I’ll tell you what we’ll try to do if I become your pastor, we’ll see if he will allow us to become Catholics.
If Westcott or Hort would have come to most Independent Baptist Churches and they would have answered these questions honestly they would not have even finished. As soon as you heard the answer to the first question you would have known, and your response might have been something like, you have to be kidding me. How did this guy end up in our church? These men would never have had an opportunity to finish simply because we don’t believe anything like them. We believe in a perfect Bible and our doctrine is settled.
Where we have to be careful is in a situation like above, a pastor leaves a church for some reason and a new pastor is to be called. Because not everyone is necessarily going to tell the truth because that’s not how false teachers operate. False teachers will tell you what you want to hear. They will pretend they are going in the same direction and once they achieve some influence and a position of leadership they will cut themselves loose and start drifting, a little bit at a time. Nothing big, drifting a little bit here and there and it happens so subtlety if you do not know what you believe you’ll go right along with the drift. These false teachers will but themselves loose, so they can drift. They don’t want to be tied down they want to be able to drift because when you drift you can catch more fish. Soul winning, no, bigger crowds. Bigger crowds, bigger offerings. Bigger offerings you get bigger influence.
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