Why the New Living Translation is Straight from Hell Pt. 4
Reason 4: The NLT Denies the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ!
“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”
1 John 4:3 KJV
This is probably the most important part of this article. The deity of our Lord and Saviour is one of the most fundamental doctrines of our faith. Once again, it separates us from all other religions. We believe that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, and that he was completely equal with God in every form and every way. We do believe that, right? We’re Christians, aren’t we? You answer should be yes. Jesus IS God and He IS equal with God in every way.
Perhaps one of the most famous passages of Scripture regarding Jesus’ deity is Philippians 2:5-2:7. Let’s read out of the Word of God really quickly:
5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
–Philippians 2:5-7 KJV
The Bible is as crystal clear as it will ever get on Jesus’ deity in this verse. In verse six, we see that Jesus was in the form of God, but he thought it not robbery to equal with him (God temporarily abandoned His Son on the Cross when Jesus took on the sins of the world) but took on the form of a servant. You see, in the King James, we see that Jesus simply took on the form of a servant. He never lost His authority, nor did he lose his equality with God. He became a servant, so that you and I could be saved from sin. Praise God! You see, in the Word of God, we easily see that Jesus’ death on the Cross was a sacrifice made for all mankind. He “thought it not robbery to be equal with God”. He is equal with God, but he didn’t think it was robbery or theft to come down to to earth and take on the form of a servant, because He was doing it for man’s sake. It was a sacrifice! Jesus’ death on the Cross was a sacrifice, not a punishment for wrongs He had done. Jesus had done no wrong: ” neither was guile found in his mouth.” (1 Peter 2:22) He died for OUR sins. However, the NLT doesn’t portray Jesus’ death on the Cross as a sacrifice; it portrays it as a deserving punishment. Let’s take a look.
5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
6 Though he was God,[a]
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to. (what???JESUS IS GOD!!)
7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges[b];
he took the humble position of a slave (what???was my God in bondage?!)[c]
and was born(what???I thought God was NOT a created thing) as a human being(what???I thought God existed before time and Creation??)
When he appeared in human form,[d]
–Philippians 2:5-7 NLT
I am literally about to vomit at these verses. It makes me sick to think how people are reading this foolishness and believing it. Verse six makes it seem like Jesus did not want his Heavenly Authority or that God took it away from him. Jesus is equal with God, both on earth and in Heaven. In fact, if Jesus wasn’t equal with God while He was on this earth, how did he cast out devils? how did he heal people of diseases?how did he calm the storm?if he wasn’t equal with God. Verse seven makes it seem like Jesus gave up his divine privileges. As far as the Word of God is concerned, the King James doesn’t even suggest that Jesus gave up his divine privileges; he “made himself of no reputation.” (meaning he did not esteem himself as some “big guy”, like the Pharisees). Not once does the Bible says that our Lord gave up his divine privileges while on Earth. Jesus can’t deny himself. He will always be God, whether on earth or in heaven. No, Jesus DID NOT give up His divine privileges while on earth. I am literally appalled at the latter half of verse seven in the NLT:”he took the humble position of a SLAVE.” Are you serious? Was my God in bondage while on this Earth? Was he a SLAVE? Does God promote SLAVERY? Blasphemy!! How can God be sovereign, and be a SLAVE at the same time? If that’s not blasphemy against the Lord Jesus Christ, I don’t know what is. God CAN take on the form of a SERVANT, but he can NEVER be a SLAVE! What blasphemous words! I don’t know if I can make it through the next half of the verse.
Let’s read the last half of the verse in the NLT: “and was BORN as a HUMAN BEING.” Hold on a second, here. I thought this is Jesus we were talking about? I thought this was GOD we are talking about here. As Christians, we believe that God had no origin, that he is eternally co-existing before time and creation. All Christians, regardless of denomination, believe that. Why then does the NLT openly deny this key doctrine of God? It says he was BORN AS A HUMAN BEING. The King James Bible is careful to NEVER make this mistake of saying that God was born as a human being. Here is what the Word of God says regarding Jesus’ Eternal Existence:
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” –Micah 5:2 KJV
The Word of God, once again, is crystal clear about Jesus Christ. Instead of making the colossal mistake of saying that Jesus had an ORIGIN or that he physically CAME INTO EXISTENCE in Bethelem, the Word of God makes sure to say that his “goings forth have been from OF OLD, from EVERLASTING.” Notice the King James doesn’t say anything about origins. It simply says “goings forth.” Therefore, anyone reading this verse in the King James will be able to understand from this verse that Jesus Christ is ETERNAL; he is EVERLASTING.You’re probably saying to yourself, “Origin and goings forth are the same thing.” When anyone tries to question me on the meaning of the King James’ archaic language, I always turn to the Hebrew. The Hebrew word used for that phrase is a rather complex word: mowtsa’ah (מוֹצָאָה). While the word’s structure is complex, it is not by any means an ambiguous word (in fact, the Strong’s dictionary only had 2 definitions for it)! It simply means: a [line of] family descent. A line of family descent is NOT an origin. If you TRULY believed the Bible, you would recognize that human beings have an ORIGIN AND a FAMILY DESCENT. Our origin starts with Adam and Eve, since they were the first humans created, but our family line is hundreds of thousands of generations down the line. If you recognize that fact, you will also recognize that the King James is not saying that Jesus had an origin, it is simply saying that he came from a chosen family line, but He is still everlasting; He is still God. That’s what every Christian believes, am I right? If you read the NLT, you are fooling yourself into believing that Jesus had an origin. Don’t believe me? Let’s have a look:
[a]But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
are only a small village among all the people of Judah.
Yet a ruler of Israel,
whose origins are in the distant past,
will come from you on my behalf.
–Micah 5:2 NLT
Oh how the Devil loves to bring in Hellish doctrines like this one! JESUS CHRIST DOES NOT HAVE AN ORIGIN!! HE’S GOD!! HIS ORIGINS ARE NOT IN THE DISTANT PAST! HE IS FROM EVERLASTING!! WHY IS THE NLT ATTACKING JESUS CHRIST?! BECAUSE IT’S OF THE DEVIL!!! DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE NLT’S CALCULATED, MALEVOLENT ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST! BE NOT DECEIVED, MY FRIEND! THE NLT IS AN ANTICHRIST BIBLE! “EVERY SPIRIT THAT CONFESSETH NOT THAT JESUS CHRIST IS COME IN THE FLESH IS NOT OF GOD, AND THIS IS THAT SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST, WHEREOF YE HAVE HEARD THAT IT SHOULD COME, AND EVEN NOW ALREADY IS IT IN THE WORLD!” (1 JOHN 4:3 KJV) I FOREWARN YOU, BE NOT DECEIVED!!!!!!!!!!
Everybody, especially Christians know that the biblical name for Satan is Lucifer. Somehow, everybody has recognized that fact that Lucifer is the biblical name for Satan. In fact, if you ask the average person who Lucifer is, they will most likely say the devil or Satan. It is a basic fact. However, do you know WHY you know that Satan’s name is Lucifer? It is because of one tiny little verse in the King James Bible: Isaiah 14:12.
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”
–Isaiah 14:12 KJV
The King James Bible is CRYSTAL CLEAR that the devil’s name is Lucifer, who was CAST OUT OF HEAVEN for his iniquity. Now, we also recognize that one of the metaphorical names for the Lord Jesus Christ is Morning Star. Perhaps you even have on some of your Christmas decorations “the morning star” or “north star” on many Christmas items. This metaphorical name for Jesus is found in Revelation 22:16.
“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” –Revelation 22:16 KJV
Here, Jesus is speaking and proclaiming that He is the offspring (once again, Jesus came from the family line of David, but that does not mean that He came into existence there) of David and that he is the BRIGHT and MORNING STAR. Jesus Christ is the bright and morning star. Now, we recognize that the King James says that the devil’s name is Lucifer in Isaiah 14:12. Well, how about we read Isaiah 14:12 in the NLT and see what the NLT calls the devil:
“How you are fallen from heaven,
O shining star(I thought Jesus was the bright star!), son of the morning!
You have been thrown down to the earth,
you who destroyed the nations of the world.
–Isaiah 14:12 NLT
The NLT says that the SHINING STAR, NOT Lucifer was cast down to the earth! Wait! I thought Jesus was bright! I though Jesus was the bright star! I thought Jesus was the bright and morning star! I never knew Jesus and the Devil had similar names! DO YOU NOT SEE THE BLASPHEMY? THE NLT IS TELLING ME THAT JESUS CHRIST, MY LORD AND SAVIOUR, WAS FALLEN FROM HEAVEN AND THROWN DOWN TO EARTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS BLASPHEMY! GOD IS SOVEREIGN AND ALMIGHTY! IT WAS SATAN THAT WAS THROWN DOWN TO EARTH, THE DECEIVER OF NATIONS, NOT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST! THERE IS AN ATTACK ON THE WORD OF GOD TODAY, MY FRIEND! THE DEVIL IS FOOLING YOU INTO BELIEVING THE NLT’S BOLDFACE LIES! BE NOT DECEIVED!