Billy Graham And False Bible Versions


When the Revised Standard Version was published in 1952, Billy Graham accepted a copy and told a crowd of 20,000 people:
"These scholars have probably given us the most nearly perfect translation in English. While there may be room for disagreement in certain areas of the translation, yet this new version should supplement the King James Version and make Bible reading a habit throughout America" (Graham, cited by Perry Rockwood, God's Inspired Preserved Bible, Halifax, N.S.: People's Gospel Hour, nd., p. 15).
The RSV "scholars" Dr. Graham applauded were some of the most notorious Modernists of this century. To find out more about these "scholars" Click Here.

Billy Graham has endorsed practically every new version to appear on the scene since, no matter how corrupt the translation was.

In his autobiography, Bible paraphraser J.B. Phillips (1906-1982) claimed that Billy Graham spoke highly of his work as early as 1952:

"I think it was in 1952 that I received a visit from Dr. Billy Graham with his charming and intelligent wife. `I want to thank you, Dr. Phillips,' he began, `for Letters to Young Churches.' `Don't you think,' I retorted, `that you really mean that you want to thank Paul, John, James and Peter? I didn't write the letters you know.' There was a perceptible pause, then he chuckled. `Why, sure, sure.' And we had a long and most interesting conversation. He admitted to me that he knew very well that he should `go right back to College,' but the demands on him as an evangelist were so pressing that he never seemed to have the time. More the pity! There is no doubt at all of Dr. Graham's personal charm and sincerity nor of the force of his preaching. But there appeared to me certain large gaps in his knowledge of the world in which the human predicament is set (J.B. Phillips, The Price of Success, Wheaton: Harold Shaw Pub., 1984, p. 116).

The New Testament portion of the Today's English Version (TEV), also known as the Good News for Modern Man, was published in 1966 by the American Bible Society, and has enjoyed phenomenal success. In its first three years it sold 17.5 million copies. (Parade Magazine, November 2, 1969), and by 1971, after only five years, it had sold more than 30 million copies. In 1973 the whole TEV Bible was published and the popularity of this translation has continued.

In 1987, the Australian Bible Society claimed that the Today's English Version had become the most popular Bible text in Australia. A Gallup Poll in February 1991 showed that the Good News Bible is the most popular version of the Bible among British churchgoers. (American Bible Society Record, August-September 1991, p. 25.)

One reason for the success of the TEV is the broad ecumenical acceptance it has recieved. The Roman Catholic Church gave official approval as early as 1969. In a news release on March 18, 1969, the American Bible Society noted that:

"Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston, had granted this new `Bible' his official approval and that subsequent printing would bear his imprimatur. It was Cardinal Cushing who earlier gave an imprimatur to the Protestant-sponsored Revised Standard Version. Protestant and Catholic scholars in recent years have reached substantial agreement on the translation of the Bible into English, and Cardinal Cushing's expert consultants did not seek a single change in the text of the TEV before approving it for Catholic use." (M.L. Moser, Jr., Good News for Modern Man: The Devil's Masterpiece, Little Rock: Challenge Press, 1970, pp. 74,75.)

The TEV was given a big promotional push soon after its release by Billy Graham, who "called it an excellent translation over nationwide television from his campaign in Anaheim, California." It was then distributed by the Grason Company of Minneapolis, the distributors of Billy Graham materials. (M.L. Moser, Jr., The Devil's Masterpiece, Little Rock: Challenge Press, 1970, p. 80.)

By distributing it through his Association, Graham helped make the Good News for Modern Man (Today's English Version) popular. This perverted translation replaces the word "blood" with "death" in speaking of the atonement of Jesus Christ (Satan and his host of servants fear the “Blood of the Lamb”, see Rev 12:11), and corrupts practically every passage dealing with Christ's deity.

The apostasy of its chief translator, Dr. Robert Bratcher, who does not believe that Jesus Christ is God, is the cause for the inaccuracy of the Good News Bible. To find out more about Dr. Robert Bratcher's life, belief, and work, Click Here.

Graham almost single-handedly rescued the Living Bible from oblivion. "The Living Bible might be called 'The Billy Graham Bible,' for it was he who made it the success that it is. According to Time magazine, July 24, 1972, Billy Graham ordered 50,000 copies of the Epistles, and a short time later ordered some 450,000 more, and still later ordered 600,000 special paperback versions for his autumn television crusade in 1972. From that time on, orders began to pour in" (M.L. Moser, Jr., The Case Against the Living Bible, Little Rock: Challenge Press, p. 9).

At Amsterdam '86, Graham allowed Living Bibles International to distribute free copies of the Living Bible in 40 different languages to the 8,000 evangelists in attendance (Light of Life, Bombay, India, Sept. 1986, p. 23). Graham distributed 10,000 copies of the Living Bible to people who attended his Mission England Crusade (Australian Beacon, No. 241, Aug. 1986). In 1987, Graham appeared in television ads for The Book, a condensed version of the Living Bible. He said it "reads like a novel."

In 1991, in an ad which appeared in Charisma magazine, Graham said:

"I read The Living Bible because in this book I have read the age-abiding truths of the scriptures with renewed interest and inspiration. The Living Bible communicates the message of Christ to our generation" (Charisma, March 1991, p. 98).

In 1977, at Inter-Varsity's Urbana, Graham urged evangelicals to:

"accept unity in diversity and avoid divisiveness over such matters as Biblical inerrancy, charismatic phenomena, and political activism." (reported by Evangelical 'Press Service').

The Bible's inerrancy is Christianity's foundation. If it is not inerrant, we have no authority. When men stray from the authority of the Bible, they have no authority at all. In Billy Graham's book, The Holy Spirit, after stating that the Scriptures are only inspired in the originals, he states:

My wife has more than twenty different translations available at all times. By the time she has compared the various wordings of all these, she can be reasonably sure that she has a good idea of the meaning the Holy Spirit intended to convey in any passage of Scripture. (Collins, Fount Paperbacks, 1980, p.43)

Would Gods Word really be so obscure? Would you really need to have twenty versions open, and then only be reasonably sure?

 

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