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DOCTRINE QUESTION 8
Many pulpits use modern versions of the Bible. Could these be used of Satan, as mentioned in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, where he is spoken of as an "angel of light?
Different versions of the Bible are the hottest potatoes among evangelicals today. I do not pretend to have all the answers; but many of them are absolutely wrong. The so called "Living Bible" is not a translation at all. It is a paraphrase. Ken Taylor just read other Bibles and rewrote his in his own words. Others delete the words that speak of the "blood and deity" of Christ.
To say the least about their public use, it is very confusing to listeners who use the King James Version. It is not good pulpit manners. The King James Version is nearly 400 years old. It was practically the only Bible for many years. Our ancestors founded our County, on its principles. Many claim they cannot understand the Old English, in which it is written in. Shame on a generation of advanced educationalists who couldn't understand John 3:16. Is it not because the "angel of light" has blinded their minds? (2 Corinthians 4:4). This is all our ancestors had. Many of them understood salvation from that version.
In 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, the devil does appear as an angel of light to deceive. He did this is Genesis 3 quoting and misquoting the word of God. He did it to Jesus in Matthew 4, and he is still doing it today.
Pulpiteers should use the King James Version. It is more mannerly to the congregations who generally use it, or formally used it. It is more sacred in it's language. There isn't any deleted texts or paraphrases in it. It is in a different class from all of the others. This is because, it is the Word of the Living God.
Have you believed it's promises? Have you received its message of salvation? Dear reader, if you are not saved you have neither a relationship nor fellowship with Him. Do trust in Christ, BE Born-again today.
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated July 2009, by Shelly Allen