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(A Balanced Faith)
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REDEMPTION  WAY   about Heaven; salvation (gospel);  eternal life; blessing; our course; judgments; the Lord's sacrifice, reign, kingdom, glory and purposes; etc.

CHURCH  TRUTH  about baptism; the  gathering  of believers;  the collective  testimony; obedience; a Godly path;  the Lord's glory  and honor; etc. 

SPIRITUAL  LIFE   about worship; the love of God; devotion; maturity in faith; trials; peace and joy; holiness;  communion;  charity,  service;  the Lord's glory and praise;  etc. 

GENERAL MINISTRY  about the Creator-God; Trinity; Bible overview; God's plan; Bible subjects;  the OT & NT; Christianity; sects and cults;  God's honor; etc.

SPECIAL THOUGHTS  about life; some viewpoints;  letters; information; etc.

SOURCES & LINKS  recommended sites.

THE SITE MANAGER  about this ministry and purpose;  & e-mail:
aninterface@hotmail.com 


  

 
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Bible  Counsel
                                       Established 2000 A.D.
Holding forth the Word of life  - Phil. 2:16
Holding fast the 
faithful  Word   - Titus 1:9
  See thoughts about God's recovery of church truth for His testimony and our pathway as believers, from that revival of 1827 AD shown herein 
at Christian Pathway page, and also the Christian Assembly page.  
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May God bless this site 
to all readers

See the
Christian Counsel Collection
        August  Edition, 2018                   www.biblecounsel.net  or  www.biblecounsel.homestead.com                 Scriptural  Newsletter  
INDEX Of Subjects

F1 -God's Ways  (Plan For Man)
F2 -Gospel Message
F3 -New Believers
F4 -Christian Assembly
F5 -History & Records
F6 -Bible Truth Publishers
F7 -Trials & Blessings
F8- Word Of God (a Bible study method)
F9 -Practical Subjects
F10 -Christian Pathway (Gatherings)
F11 -Sects & Cults
F12 -Conditions & Comments
F13 -Center Circle
F14 -Bible Fundamentals (Fundamentals Of Faith;  Readings)
F15 -Worship & Devotion 

WELCOME HERE FRIENDS!   It is hoped you will find this site to be very helpful.  All questions and comments are welcome and held confidential (e-mail: aninterface@hotmail.com).    This web site is non-sectarian ministry to encourage the reading of God's Word, and for serious seeking after truth. It values God's work of revival in the early 1800's, with which it is associated, and urges readers to learn about it (see Church Truth page and Feature pages above). It is always the desire and hope here to obey and honor our Lord, and encourage and seek the spiritual welfare of all people.  No thought here is to condemn personal faith, for each one must look to God in their personal life, but  this speaks to spiritual life and the holy gospel truth by Bible-only;   and what God has intended for His collective testimony in this world.  We need "all the counsel of God". 

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Everyone may participate in the ministry of this web site, by telling their friends to visit here. We hope all will find some ministry to help, and perhaps a nice challenge for their faith. Surely "the time is short", as God says, and surely we need to also "be about (our) Father's business".  See the message and testimony at Site Manager Page.  The writer does not have all answers, but will be glad to share what has been learned over many years.  Questions and contrary views in a helpful way are appreciated.

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Papers and comments here are changed periodically, and are personal convictions.  Serious seekers after church testimony might well see Christian Assembly page: F4.    There are many pages for help and encouragement --- SEE INDEX ABOVE FOR A BIBLE STUDY --F8.   The manager may not have answers for all questions, but is glad to share what he has and be of some help. He is not perfect and revisions and updates seem needed at times to clarify thoughts, so one might note the revision date on any papers they wish to copy (set your print margins at .25). Any copies made should not be altered or taken out of context.

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DOES THIS DESCRIBE YOU?  
A true and faithful believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, will walk with Him and talk with Him daily, until that day when one can see Him and be with Him forever in the Father's house in Heaven.  - RLD, 12/09


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   It is most troubling and unsettling to the saints of God to have restless Christians regularly experimenting with "some new thing". One is reminded of the statement by a fellow which asserted: "If it isn't broke, don't fix it"; and the true Word of God is not broken, but tinkering with the wording is dishonoring to God, I believe. Unknowingly one may cause great harm by manipulating words. One can thus lose the meaning and progressive unity of Scripture. Even academic study of the documents for purpose of change by religious men of Letters, without the leading of the Holy Spirit, is a dangerous undertaking.  

   There are sadly many versions of the Bible ---He Biblos - (The Books).  Generally, Translations refers to a study of the earliest writings or manuscripts of Old Testament (OT) and New Testament (NT), to convert them to English, whereas Versions refers to changing words in English versions to try to make a clearer rendering of writings ---which often deletes or minimizes essential meaning, we have sadly seen. Some writers use the words: Versions and Translations inter-changeably. We under-stand the OT was in Hebrew and some Chaldee or Aramaic, and the NT was in Greek. 

   There is a nice listing and summary about old manuscripts in the Concise Bible Dictionary. It is an excellent source book for all Bible studies, and I recommend it for one's library ---noting commentary at page 127 & 792-806 about Bible versions (contact Bible Truth Publishers, Addison, IL for sound Christian literature ---see www.bibletruthpublishers.com ). 

   It appears the various manuscripts about God's Word through many years have not always been complete renderings, and were sometimes just a grouping of some Books of the Bible. The earliest manuscripts were written in long-hand until printing was invented in AD 1452 (which allowed some errors by writers), but greater circulation was not accomplished until after the Reformation time was fully established in the 1600's.

   The New Translation of 1871 by J.N.Darby was a comparison of various writings, as he was a linguist. He was also known as a Godly man and led of the Spirit, many believe. It is a good reference edition along with the Authorized (King James) Version. This may be obtained from Bible Truth Publishers, P.O. Box 649, Addison, IL 60101.  

   It should be stated also that there are errors in every writing of the Scripture, because of failure in copying, misunderstandings, personal preferences, etc. The main argument for the KJV is that it has stood the purifying test of time, where any significant errors have been identified and corrected in the margins by scholars. It is of significance to consider that God will not hold mankind responsible for anything He has not revealed in His Word, so we can be confident of what has been preserved for us down through history, if it is a Godly KJV study Bible with commentary included. 

   There are four things that persuade this writer to hold to the Authorized (King James) Version of the Word of God, and it is recommended that all translations for other languages and dialects should prayerfully be reviewed for conformity to this rendering:

1. The KJV has stood the purifying test of time by scholars ---over 300-400 years. The Godly priests of 1100 AD who left the RC religion (such as Martin Luther) valued the Gospel truth and had access to original manuscripts held by the Roman Catholic religionists.  Every Bible version has errors, and through the years the errors have been identified in this Authorized (KJV) Version (and found to be minor), and have been corrected in the margins of good quality study Bibles. This cannot be said of the new versions. One has noted that 16 times in one modern version the Name of the Lord Jesus was omitted in verses. I recommend the Old Scofield Edition of KJV for studies with the various notes, commentaries, and references in the margins, and does not change the main KJV text.  

2.  In Bible study groups it is important for all the saints to be reading the same thing, for communications and understanding, though an extra version might be consulted. One cannot follow if the renderings are different.

3.  For memory work we must be clear, not approximate. We must learn what God is saying and often need to be able to quote it by memory, not just have a vague idea of verses. A reliable source is important.

4.  Most importantly, one might be imbibing error in subtle form by reading these modern versions. Some are poor ---robbing the Lord of His glory, minimizing things that God would emphasize, missing connections between certain truths, omitting key words, etc. Satan is always working to dishonor the Lord and rob the saints.

  It is significant that God has preserved this one version through many years to guide us and reveal His mind, and to glorify His Son.  

 - R. L. DeWitt, GB26: 1993; rev. 12/13  

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MAN'S  VERSIONS  OF  GOD'S  WORD
Commentary By R. L. DeWitt
There are a few Translations of the Word of God from the accepted early manuscripts, but regretfully many Versions. Every few years someone feels a need to set forth their own way of expressing the Biblical language. They may mean well, but the results often are not good.