Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

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2 Timothy 2:15-18
From articles by Kevin Pendergrass & David Fanning, The Gospel of Christ Newsletter, Articles 13.02 & 13.03
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» Not to love the world, worldly things or worldly ways
˃ 1 Jn. 2:15-17; Jn. 15:19; 17:24
» Some press for tolerance of specific sins
˃ Isa 5:20; 1 Jn. 3:4
» Tolerance of the sin of homosexuality is being forced
on Christians by liberals!
˃ Gen. 19:5; 2 Pet. 2:4-10; Jud. 19:22-24; Lev. 18:22; 20:13-14
˃ Rom. 1:18-32; Jude 7; 1 Cor. 6:9-11
» Some “Christians” are yielding to the force to be
politically correct
» Homosexual supporters are re-writing the Bible to
support their views
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“15 Be
diligent to present yourself approved to
God, a worker who does not need to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
» 16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for
they will increase to more ungodliness.
» 17 And their message will spread like cancer.
Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort,
» 18 who have strayed concerning the truth,
saying that the resurrection is already past;
and they overthrow the faith of some.” NKJV
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» Homosexuals have created a “new Bible”
˃ “The Queen James Bible”
+ They have completely rewritten what God has revealed on the sin
of homosexuality
+ Even omitted various important words in Divine scripture
» These homosexual supporters have…
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Added to it – Gal. 1:6-10
Taken from it - 1 Tim. 1:3; Acts 20:27
Twisted it - 2 Pet. 3:16
Wrongfully divided it - 2 Tim. 2:15
+ Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who
does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
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» “18 For I testify unto every man that heareth
the words of the prophecy of this book, If any
man shall add unto these things, God shall add
unto him the plagues that are written in this
book:
» 19 And if any man shall take away from the
words of the book of this prophecy, God shall
take away his part out of the book of life, and
out of the holy city, and from the things which
are written in this book.” - Rev. 22:18-19
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» “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command
you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that
ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your
God which I command you.”
˃ Duet. 4:2
» “What thing soever I command you, observe to do
it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from
it.”
˃ Duet. 12:33
» “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove
thee, and thou be found a liar.”
˃ Prov. 30:6
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» “9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not
in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that
abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both
the Father and the Son.
» 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not
this doctrine, receive him not into your house,
neither bid him God speed:
» 11 For he that biddeth him God speed is
partaker of his evil deeds.” – 2 Jn. 9-11
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“15 Be
diligent to present yourself approved to
God, a worker who does not need to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
» 16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for
they will increase to more ungodliness.
» 17 And their message will spread like cancer.
Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort,
» 18 who have strayed concerning the truth,
saying that the resurrection is already past;
and they overthrow the faith of some.” NKJV
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» “Rightly dividing” is from orthotomeo, from temno,
‘to cut’ and orthos , ‘straight’”
» Moulton and Milligan suggest that it might be a
metaphor derived from the stone mason’s art of
cutting stones fair and straight to fit into there
place in a building
» Alford says, it is “to manage rightly, to treat
truthfully without falsification”
» One must “tell it like it is,” and “let the chips fall
where they may.”
» ASV – “Handling aright the word of truth.”
˃ Marshal Patton, Truth Commentaries - The Book of 2 Timothy, p .194
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» Apostle Paul commanded to hold fast to the pattern
of sound words - 2 Tim. 1:13
» Man must follow God’s pattern – Matt. 7:21-23
» God created woman for man because it was not
good for man to be alone – Gen. 2:18
» Created a woman for Adam – Gen. 2:21-24
» God’s divine plan from the beginning was one
woman for one man for life – Gen. 2:24
» Man is told how to avoid fornication – 1 Cor. 7:1-2.
˃ A man to have his own wife and the woman to have her own husband
» Wife must be submissive – husband to love his wife
˃ Eph. 5:22-31; 1 Pet. 3:1-6
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A Gay Bible
» The front page of the “Queen James Bible”
website states:
˃ “The Queen James Bible seeks to resolve interpretive
ambiguity in the Bible as it pertains to homosexuality: We
edited those eight verses in a way that makes homophobic
interpretations impossible”
+ www.queenjamesbible.com
» We will compare the King James Version with
the “homosexual perversion version” – the
“QJV”
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Eight Perversions
of the
“Queen James Version”
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» Men contrive failed attempts to defeat the Bible, to their
own destruction
» They do not want the truth – Jer. 36:23; 2 Pet. 3:16
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Jehovah’s Witnesses – “New World Translation”
Mormon’s – “Book of Mormon”
Baptists – “Baptist Manual”
LGBT – “The Queen James Bible”
» The QJV is a purported revision of the 1769 KJV, intended
to remove references to the sin of homosexuality
» The QJV editors claim, “The Bible says nothing about
homosexuality.…We edited the Bible to prevent
homophobic interpretations. We made changes to eight
verses” – www.queenjamesbible.com
˃ Question: If the Bible says nothing about homosexuality, why the need to edit it?
˃ Answer: They know the Bible condemns homosexuality and will not honestly admit it!
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“And they called
unto Lot, and said
unto him, ‘Where
are the men which
came into thee
this night? Bring
them out unto us,
that we may rape
and humiliate
them.’” p. 21
And they called
unto Lot, and said
unto him, Where
are the men which
came in to thee
this night? bring
them out unto us,
that we may know
them.
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» They changed the accurately-translated word “know”
referring to “sexual intercourse” (Gen. 4:1, 17, 25;
19:8; 24:16; 38:26) to “rape and humiliate”
˃ QKV editors attempt to lead the reader to believe that the sin
in question was “brutality to strangers” and not a sexual act.
+ Is RAPE a sinful sexual act? YES! - cf. 2 Sam. 13:12-22
» They further explain, it was a “power-dominating
act” much like what goes on in male prisons today
˃ The context indicates that the “men of the city” of Sodom
wanted Lot to bring out “the men” who came to Lot’s house
so that they could engage in unscriptural, sexual intercourse
(Gen. 19:1-11)
˃ cf. similar story-context of Judges 19:22-25
» The Bible clearly condemns the LGBT agenda here!
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“Thou shalt not lie
with mankind, as
with womankind
in the temple of
Molech: it is an
abomination” p.75
“Thou shalt not lie
with mankind, as
with womankind:
it is abomination.”
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“If a man also lie with
mankind in the temple
of Molech, as he lieth
with a woman, both of
them have committed
an abomination: they
shall surely be put to
death; their blood shall
be upon them. P. 76
“If a man also lie
with mankind, as he
lieth with a woman,
both of them have
committed an
abomination: they
shall surely be put to
death; their blood
shall be upon them.
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» By adding “in the temple of Molech” the editors hope
the reader will conclude that the abomination in
question was not a male having sexual intercourse with
another male, but the male was guilty of participating in
pagan idolatry.
» If these passages were strictly condemning sexual pagan
idolatrous practices, why are heterosexual relationships
not also condemned?
» The context of both passages clearly shows that the list
of wicked and abominable acts (“wickedness” and
“abomination”) are used interchangeably:
˃ Lev. 18:17, 22, 26-30; 20:13-14
˃ Primarily refers to unlawful sexual intercourse – especially homosexual behavior
+ Homosexual acts are singled out as punishable by death in Lev. 20:13.
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“Their women did
change their natural
use into that which is
against nature: And
likewise also the men,
left of the natural use
of the woman, burned
in ritual lust, one
toward another” p. 545
“For this cause God
gave them up unto vile
affections: for even
their women did
change the natural use
into that which is
against nature:
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“Men with men
working that which is
pagan and unseemly.
For this cause God gave
the idolators up unto
vile affections,
receiving in themselves
that recompence of
their error which was
meet” p. 545
“And likewise also the
men, leaving the
natural use of the
woman, burned in their
lust one toward
another; men with men
working that which is
unseemly, and receiving
in themselves that
recompence of their
error which was meet.:
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» Editors did not like the way the Holy Spirit conveyed inspired
words
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QJV editors wrote: “Romans is our most major editing, but also one of our most powerfully
free of interpretive ambiguity; it has been made very clear, yet retains all of the content of
the original.”
» Rearranged the words in these verses and added “ritual”,
“pagan” and “idolators”
» Attempt to give the reader the impression that vile, lustful
and shameful behavior in question was more about
idolatrous practices rather than the unnatural sexual
intercourse occurring between male with male and female
with female
» Romans 1:26-27 is a very graphic description of the sin of
homosexuality and lesbianism
» Such behavior is not only contrary to Jesus and His word, but
it is even against “the natural use” of the way God designed
males and females
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“Know ye not that the
unrighteous shall not inherit
the kingdom of God? Be not
deceived: neither
fornicators, nor idolaters,
nor adulterers, nor morally
weak, nor promiscuous, nor
thieves, nor covetous, nor
drunkards, nor revilers, nor
extortioners, shall inherit
the kingdom of God” p. 554
“Know ye not that the
unrighteous shall not
inherit the kingdom of
God? Be not deceived:
neither fornicators, nor
idolaters, nor adulterers,
nor effeminate, nor
abusers of themselves
with mankind, Nor
thieves, nor covetous, nor
drunkards, nor revilers,
nor extortioners, shall
inherit the kingdom of
God”
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» In verse 9 the editors take away the stronger words “effeminate”
and “abusers of themselves with mankind” and add the softer
words “morally weak” and “promiscuous”
» According to Thayer’s Dictionary, the Greek word translated
“effeminate” refers metaphorically to “a catamite, a male who
submits his body to unnatural lewdness”
˃ The Greek word translated “abusers of themselves with mankind”
refers to “one who lies with a male as with a female, a sodomite”
» 1 Cor. 6:9-10 teaches that not only will idolaters, thieves, etc.
(separate acts) miss out on God’s inheritance, but also those who
engage in sinful sexual behaviors: Especially those who submit to
sexual activity with homosexuals (catamites) and those who are
sodomites (homosexuals)
» It is obvious why the effeminate editors of the QJV are “soft” on
these words
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“For whoremongers,
for them that defile
themselves ____
________, for
menstealers, for liars,
for perjured persons,
and if there be any
other thing that is
contrary to sound
doctrine” p. 575
For whoremongers,
for them that defile
themselves with
mankind, for
menstealers, for liars,
for perjured persons,
and if there be any
other thing that is
contrary to sound
doctrine”
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» The editors do not choose the same English
word “promiscuous” in this passage as they did
in 1 Cor. 6:9.
» The statement, “them that defile themselves”
is the same Greek word as “sodomite” in 1 Cor.
6:9
» Such sin is described by the Holy Spirit as
“contrary to sound doctrine.”
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“Even as Sodom and
Gomorrha and the
cities about them in
like manner, giving
themselves over to
fornication, and going
after non-human flesh,
are set forth for an
example, suffering the
vengeance of eternal
fire” p. 593
“Even as Sodom and
Gomorrha, and the
cities about them in
like manner, giving
themselves over to
fornication, and going
after strange flesh,
are set forth for an
example, suffering
the vengeance of
eternal fire.
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» The editors gave the following reason why they
changed “strange flesh” to “non-human flesh”
in this passage: “we chose to highlight the fact
that the male mob in Sodom raped angels,
which is ‘strange’ in that it is nonhuman.”
˃ “Strange flesh” - “another i.e. one not of the same nature,
form, class, kind; different” – Thayer
˃ They lusted for same-sex flesh = “strange flesh”
» Only the scriptural marriage bed between male
& female is what is honorable among all and
undefiled – Matt. 19:4-6; Heb. 13:4
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» QJV Editors write; “We didn’t change anything
else to create this edition of the Queen James
Bible. The Queen James Bible resolves any
homophobic interpretations of the Bible, but the
Bible is still filled with inequality and even
contradiction that we have not addressed. No
Bible is perfect, including this one. We wanted
to make a book filled with the word of God that
nobody could use to incorrectly condemn God’s
LGBT children, and we succeeded.”
˃ www.queenjamesbible.com
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» The account of Sodom and Gomorrah is
repeatedly mentioned by inspired writers to
warn against the punishment of homosexual
behavior for those who lived under the Old
Testament as well as all of us who will be judged
by the New Testament:
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Gen. 13:13; 18:16-19:29
Deut. 29:23; 32:32
Isa. 1:9-10; 13:19; Jer. 23:14; 49:18; 50:40
Amos 4:11; Zeph. 2:9; Matt. 10:15; Mark 6:11; Rom. 9:29; 2 Pet. 2:6;
Jude 7
» Perverting the Word of God is condemned!
˃ Duet. 4:2; 12:33; Prov. 30:6; 2 John 9-11; Gal. 1:6-10
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» “18 For I testify unto every man that heareth
the words of the prophecy of this book, If any
man shall add unto these things, God shall add
unto him the plagues that are written in this
book:
» 19 And if any man shall take away from the
words of the book of this prophecy, God shall
take away his part out of the book of life, and
out of the holy city, and from the things which
are written in this book.” - Rev. 22:18-19
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The
“Queen James Version”
is a perversion!
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