BJU's Deafening Silence On Corrupt Modern Bible Versions
by David J. Stewart | January 2013 | Updated April 2017
Jude 1:3, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
Bob Jones University (BJU) claims to be “The Fortress of Faith,” a citadel of Biblical fundamentalism. I think it strange then that BJU is maintaining an active campaign against the KJV 1611. Consider the following transcribed advertisement that BJU included at the end of their Chapel Echoes program for August 19, 1995 (this advertisement was aired several times during July and August, 1995):
“In a day when Christian leaders and followers are doing what is right in their own eyes, the authority of the Word of God should be the emphasis in churches. However, many good men have focused their concern over translations of the Word of God, and have forced divisions over relatively unimportant differences between several good translations of the Bible. In the booklet ‘What Is The Inspired Word Of God?: Dr. Edward Panosian, chairman of the Division of Church History at Bob Jones University, discusses the textual debate, and warns against the assumption that any version is specially inspired. If you have questions about this issue, you’ll want to send for your free copy of ‘What Is The Inspired Word Of God?’ Write to Chapel Echoes, Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC 29614.”
After reading the booklet by Panosian and the argument that he presents, it is clear that BJU is clearly outside of the AV 1611 position. The other so-called “good translations” to which Panosian refers are built upon the corrupt Westcott-Hort text. In the mind of BJU and company, those of us who hold to the AV 1611 and the manuscripts upon which it is built are the ones who are causing divisions among God’s people, and BJU clearly disapproves of this. BJU has compromised their position, and they are attacking ours. It is obvious that BJU is “building bridges” with regards to Bible translations in much the same manner as Tim Lee is “building bridges” with the Southern Baptist Convention.
My friend, God gave us the inspired and preserved King James Bible. Those 53 men (47 did the actual work of translating) were all Greek and Hebrew scholars. I am leery of individual Bible scholars today who are always correcting the King James Bible. I've been saved for 37-years and I have never used any Bible except the precious inspired King James Bible. I have memorized hundreds of Scriptures, which are precious to my soul. The Devil likes to keep changing the Bible versions, to confuse everyone. The different Bibles all say different things. There can only be one correct Holy Bible. Look at this mess in the modern versions.
Thankfully, God has made it easy for us to discern the truth for those who want it. The truth is this... ALL modern Bible versions come from the Greek of heretics Westcott and Hort. This is known as the Alexandrian manuscripts. Our beloved King James Bible is the ONLY Bible on the market which comes from a DIFFERENT Greek source, which is commonly referred to as the “Textus Receptus” (or the received text). The King James translators reject the Apocrypha (the Catholic Bible includes it) because they didn't recognize it as being inspired from God. The manuscripts which were accepted are the 66 awesome books of the King James Bible.
What's the Big Deal?
Here is BJU's most recent statement about Bible translations...
Although Bob Jones University does not hold to a King James Only position, we continue to hold the widely-used King James Version (KJV) as the campus standard in the classroom and in the chapel pulpit. The position of the University on the translation issue has not changed since the founding of the school in 1927.
We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible in the original manuscripts, and we believe that God has supernaturally preserved every one of His inspired words for us today. However, from the founder to the present administration, we have never taken the position that there can be only one good translation in the English language.
SOURCE:Statement about Bible Translations | Bob Jones University
Bob Jones University has produced many faithful servants of God over the years. In fact, the great First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana (where Dr. Hack Hyles pastored from 1959 to 2001) used to send their youth to BJU before Hyles-Anderson College was started in 1973. I was reading an excellent book this week by Bob Jones Sr. Titled, “Builder Of Bridges.” The book was first published in 1969. Inside the front cover is a photo of Brother Jones, rightfully praising him as the man who, “made bridges over chasms for thousands.” The Lord has mightily used Bob Jones University since 1927 to make the world a better place, training pastors and missionaries around the world. Albeit, BJU has indeed changed.
BJU has changed by not taking a stand against apostasy. The corrupting of the Bible is apostasy. Faithful preachers like Dr. Jack Hyles weren't exclusively King James Bible only until after the satanic New International Version (NIV) was published in 1984. When godly preachers saw what Satan was doing, they took a stand. Unfortunately, most evangelicals (like Bob Jones University) failed to take a stand and in so doing went backwards. No Christian, Christian institution nor church can remain spiritually idle. You're either moving forward for the Lord or you're being surpassed by apostasy, sinful compromise and ecumenicalism. As our churches move to the left, faithful preachers and Christians must counter that trend by moving to the right. Dr. Hyles explains this truth well in his MP3 sermon titled, “Which New Is Right?”
Sadly, even Hyles-Anderson College (HAC) where I gratefully attended (1985-1993) has adopted the same position since 2008 on the Bible as BJU. The difference is that HAC (when Dr. Jack Hyles was alive) was exclusively King James Bible only; whereas BJU never took a stand against the modern corrupted Bible versions at all. Now, HAC is no better than BJU. They all give the impression that they are for the inspiration of the Bible, but they won't lift a finger to contend for the faith by exposing modern corrupt Bibles that butcher the Bible and render it uninspired. Please read “Why Would Anyone Use The NIV?” The NIV is not inspired, because it is not God's Word. Modern corrupted Bible versions have all been translated from the corrupted texts found in Alexandria, Egypt. This includes the corrupted New King James Version (NKJV). God only wrote one Book, not 400, which is how many English versions of the Bible have been published since the 1611 authorized King James Bible. The English language hasn't changed that much!
Please understand that the issue goes much deeper than just a bunch of Bible scholars who see the original Greek and Hebrew differently. In fact, the King James Bible was translated from the trustworthy Textus Receptus (or Received Text) from Antioch, Syria; whereas all modern Bible came from the corrupted manuscripts which originated in Alexandria, Egypt.
In an open letter to Dr. Bob Jones III, President of Bob Jones University (BJU), Pastor D.A. Waite, Th.D., Ph.D., rightfully states:
On this issue, I believe strongly that Bob Jones University, under the leadership of your grandfather, father, and you, yourself, has been the chief source for Fundamentalists all over the world in the dissemination of many false and erroneous views about the original language texts—especially the Greek New Testament text—as well as the false and erroneous view that Bishop Westcott and Professor Hort were "conservatives," and as Dr. J. B. Williams wrote, are "now with the Lord" in heaven. Bob Jones University is the Fundamentalist fountainhead and source of the exaltation of the heretical Greek Text founded by Westcott and Hort.
Brooke Westcott and Fenton Hort were unsaved Anglican ministers. They denied the existence of a literal Heaven or Hell. They promoted Roman Catholicism. They didn't believe that we have a perfect Bible today. They were both heavily involved in the occult and both denied the deity of Jesus Christ! Why would BJU promote them as men of God? Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing!
BATTLE OF THE AGES (Dr. Hyles, “The King James Bible crowd is going to come out on top!”)
THE REAL BATTLE (MP3 by Dr. Hyles, “