The NIV Is Spiritual Poison

Gary L. Grizzell

Would you say that when an NIV "preacher" reads Romans 10:10 to his audience and then tells them to simply believe that Jesus is the Son of God and they "are" saved, that he will be preaching the truth? Of course not! 

Suppose that same "preacher" simply read aloud Romans 10:10 from the NIV and then said nothing to his audience—simply refrained from telling them that the NIV had mistranslated (perverted) the text? Would you not agree that such a "preacher" is a teacher of error? 

Friend, if an individual follows Romans 10:10 as translated by the NIV, he will not obtain salvation and will one day lose his soul in hell! Why is this the case? This is true because the NIV here teaches the false, Calvinistic doctrine of "Faith Only." 

The man who advocates that Romans 10:10 in the NIV is reliable, reveals he is unreliable himself as a teacher of God's Word. Someone may object and say, "Oh, but every man should be allowed to express his opinion concerning the translation issue." The real issue is that no man has the right to advocate false doctrine by either explicitly or by implication. To state that the New International Version is a reliable translation is to imply that what is taught in the NIV—in the above instance, "Faith Only"—is reliable. If not, why not? So, when Clem Thurman stated in his Gospel Minutes that the NIV is a reliable translation, he implied that the false doctrine of the NIV is reliable. If not, why not? Yet, many brethren today cannot be warned about such error in Gospel Minutes, but insist on bringing bundles into the church on a weekly basis for the members to take home. As Ira Rice once said, "You just can't warn some brethren." 

There's Much More Error In The NIV

The NIV not only teaches the doctrine of faith only but also a number of other doctrines which violate plain scriptural teaching. 

It teaches the false doctrines of premillennialism, being "included in Christ" just by hearing the gospel, miraculous gifts for today, and Sabbath observance as a scriptural practice for today. 

It even perverts the inspired text of Psalms 51:5 to teach John Calvin's inheritance of sin by babies. Read Psalm 51:5 in the NIV and weep! It has David saying, "I have been a sinner from birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me." Guess Jesus did not know what he was talking about when he said that the kingdom of heaven is of such characters as little children. Did Jesus mean, Let the little sinners come unto me? (Mt.18:1-4). According to the NIV he must have. 

Those who so pervert God's Word will answer to God at the judgment (Gal.1:7-9; 6:7-8). The NIV is nothing more than a commentary and a poor one at that! A commentary does not deserve to be called, "Holy Bible." Let us contend for the faith once delivered, not a corruption of the faith from a corrupt translation (Jude 3).

Brother Thurman was requested by letter to retract his damaging statement, but in his response he refused to do so. Though he responded with a letter he did not make a retraction. My Bible—as well as yours—says, "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple" (Rom.16:17-18).

The Bible says to mark false teachers, not bring them into the flock! Those who defend the NIV as "reliable" are defending the spiritual poison of false doctrine.

Removed 1st paragraph, talking about another Christian; other content unchanged. 
From The Gospel Peceptor Added 5-2-2012

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