King James was Catholic and felt that the teachings of the Protestants’ were harmful. He was unhappy
with the Geneva Bible because it had footnotes written by John Calvin, John Knox and others that
encouraged resistance to tyrants. King James declared the Geneva Bible seditious, and it was a criminal
offense to own one. So he authorized the King James Version in 1611 with no footnotes. King James
deposed all Protestant ministers and closed their churches. Congregants were subject to arrest and
imprisonment. Since the King paid the salary of the clergy they wouldn’t translate anything that would
cost them their life. A translation error is when, I am tired, hungry and my eyes are blurry, so I made a
mistake. Wrong but forgivable. A transliteration error is when it is done wrong on purpose. Only
forgivable because you recognized that the guy would be beheaded if he didn’t do it that way.
What?! I love my Bible! I didn’t realize it is a Catholic Bible! My ancestors fought wars because of their
I do believe the Bible is the inspired word of God.
Everything that can be shaken, will be shaken!
Hebrews 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I
shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of
those thins that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may
remain. 28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we
may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
Man and his mistakes are going to be taken out of the Bible. What is left will be the inspired word of
There was a town in Southern France called Albi. The people from that town were called Albigenses. In
1167 the Albigenses comprised most of the population of Southern France. But they disagreed with the
Catholic Church. So, the Catholic Church reacted. In 1208 Pope Innocent III ordered a crusade of
extermination. Whole towns were massacred. The campaign was successful. The Albigensians were
The Waldenses or the “Vaudois” in the French language denied the supremacy of Rome and so In 1487
Pope Innocent VIII launched persecution to destroy them. Between 1540 and 1570, 900,000 French
people were put to death.
Luther’s 95 Theses was influenced by John Wycliffe’s teachings and began the Protestant Reformation.
John Calvin was a French theologian. John Calvin was the beginning of the Methodists. William Tyndale
translated the New Testament into English. The Huguenots of France and Switzerland believed Luther
and Calvin’s teachings. The French Wars of Religion brought the massacre in March of 1562 an unknown
number of Huguenots were killed. The Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of August through September 1572
killed 70,000 Huguenots. The Huguenots migrated to South Africa and the 13 colonies of America. Paul
Revere was a Huguenot.
I am not making little of whatever your ancestors went through. I am just saying.
Every nation has been persecuted.
A French general by the name of Louis Alexandre Berthier captured the Pope of Rome in 1798 ending
the persecution. Berthier had a very beautiful daughter and she married a man named LeTourneau.
LeTourneau was an itinerant preacher who traveled around the French countryside on horseback
preaching that you cannot buy your salvation. Salvation comes by belief in the crucifixion and
resurrection of Jesus Christ. LeTourneau was one of my grandfathers. This was 5 generations ago. The
couple settled and raised a family in Canada.
The King James Bible was translated 16 times until you get back to the original Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic,
or whichever. 16 chances for normal error, and 16 chances for political error. The Message Bible was
translated by computer directly from Greek, Hebrew, and the other languages, into high school level
American English. It is easy to read and understand and has far less translation errors.
Here is an example: KJV 1 Timothy 2: 8-12 I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting holy hands,
without wrath and doubting. 9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel,
with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10 But
(which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 11 Let the woman learn in silence with
all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor usurp authority over the man, but to be in
MSG 1 Timothy 2: 8-12 Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray-
not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with
the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing
something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it.
As a side note, the spirit represents the masculine, the soul, the feminine, so, these verses say that we
must all pay more attention to our spirit, and less attention to our soul. But, the point is to see the
difference in translations.
Was the Bible inspired by the Holy Spirit? Absolutely! Is our version perfect? I don’t think so. As you read
other material ask Holy Spirit to enlighten it for you. We need to use the concordance to make sure it
was translated the way it was intended. You might even hear God speaking when reading a magazine!
Or even when you are reading the Dead Sea Scrolls! Listen for God’s voice. We need to hear the word of
God from many sources.
After all that, I still love my Bible.
Forever in His Love
Diane Ebaugh Sutton and Rosie Ebaugh Thompson