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Michael Pearl:  This, to me, is the gospel of the Word of God that I’m going to be sharing with you. Now, I am not an original investigator or researcher. I have read 40 or 50 books on the subject. A lot of people don’t know, because I don’t publicize it, but I am a Bible college graduate. I did get a bachelor of science degree, and I did study Greek, and I have the same credentials as most of these preachers out there that run around correcting the Scriptures. But I don’t offer that as any basis for believing anything I say. That’s why you don’t hear me talking about that or advertising that.

What I believe is based on the Word of God and the Word of God alone, apart from science, including the scientists for Special Creation. Apart from sociology, or psychology, including Christian psychology. What I believe is in the words of God and the words of God alone.

Now, I’m going to say again in preparation for this, most of you here, right now, have fallen to a deception that’s taken place in the last 125 years, and you don’t know it.

You do not believe, right now, what the Church believed for 1800 years. Nearly everyone here has fallen prey to a new doctrine, a new belief that the Church didn’t hold until about the 1880s. And then, it didn’t sweep the Church; it started seeping in and really didn’t take full effect until about the 1960s, when it began a wave that swept through until about the year 2000. Now, there are hardly any old-fashioned Bible believers left on this planet, and you don’t know that. I’m not here to fuss at you or call on you to repent. I’m here to give you the Good News, so you can believe once again what God’s people have always believed up until modern times.

The Bible says, “There will come a time when they’ll not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.” I remember I was so excited to go to Bible college, because they had just come out with the J. B. Phillips, the Moffatt translation, the American Standard 1901, had been around for a long time, they came out with the Amplified Bible . . . and I remember my Southern Baptist pastor correcting the King James Bible based on the Amplified Bible. I can still quote that, “For whosoever shall believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, thou shall be saved.” It said, “Believe on, adhere to, cling to, trust in, and rely upon the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved.” They were confused. They couldn’t decide which synonym to use, so they put them all in there.

I was excited to go to Bible college, so I could read the original Greek and correct the Bible like all the preachers I was hearing coming out of the Southern Baptist seminaries were correcting the Bible. My first year in Bible college, the first week in Greek class, I was excited. Learned the alphabet. I was memorizing the different vocabulary words. I was learning the parts of speech. I was thrilled. After about three weeks, we were reading John 1:1 and [foreign words] and just going through that, just some repeat words, and I thought, “Well, this is exciting.”

Then about six weeks in to it, after going to the library and opening the different lexicons, reading Wuest, Thayer, A.T. Robertson and whoever, Uppingham, and trying to figure out what a certain word, a Greek word, meant, and seeing that these guys all differed. I came back to my college professor, and I said, “Well, what does this Greek word mean?” It representing the English word we were trying to decipher.

And he said, “Well, there are differences of opinion.”

I said, “I realize that. Which one is right?”

He said, “Well, that’s what your Greek study is all about, so you can decide which one is right.”

I said, “Well, these guys are the masters in Greek and Hebrew, and they don’t agree with each other.”

And it dawned on me that when I was memorizing a Greek definition for an English word and reading in the Greek Bible, all I was doing was taking the word of a scholar who had defined that Greek word, given it one definition, and I was transferring that definition in my mind into the English. I was still reading English.

I realized that my professors were still reading English. One of them was reading Thayer’s English. Another one was reading A.T. Robertson’s English. Another was reading Wuest’s English. They were reading the English of Griesbach or someone else, who 150 years ago, had put together a Greek word study or a Greek lexicon.

Then I discovered that the English Bibles, 300 of them to date that have been published, different versions, were each one based on a different man’s opinion as to what those Greek words meant. Thus, you have the great variations.

Well now, I totally lost faith in my Greek studies. I thought, “This is a foolish waste of time.” And I also lost confidence in my Bible as being the Word of God. At the same time that I was in Bible college, I had six other preacher boys out of the same church that went to college the year before or that year or the year after. So there were seven of us in Bible college.

One of them came back from Union University in Tennessee a queer. Another one came back an atheist. Two just came back unbelievers. One ended up being a preacher. Another one was a preacher, but he joined the FBI. Only two of us ended up, out of the seven, preaching two years beyond, and only about half of us ended up as believers.

When they went to college, Bible college, they lost their faith. They lost it based on what they got from their professors, concerning whether or not we actually have the Word of God today.

 

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