Mark 1:15 is Perverted in Modern Bible Revisions!
('Easy-To-Read Version' (ERV) Errantly Teaches You Must “Change Your Hearts and Lives” to Be Saved)

By David J. Stewart
December 2016 | Updated June 2017

2nd Corinthians 2:17, “For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.”

ERV Changes Plan of Salvation By Corrupting Mark 1:15

The Greek word for “repent” in Mark 1:15 in the King James Bible is metanoeo, which means, “to think differently.” This is the verb form of the word. The noun form is metanoia (“a change of mind”). Repentance is a simple change of mind. It DOESN'T mean to “change your hearts and lives,” which is what the corrupt ERV says!!! . . .

KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) — Mark 1:15, “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. [emphasis added]

EASY-TO-READ VERSION (ERV) — Mark 1:15, “He said, “The right time is now here. God’s kingdom is very near. Change your hearts and lives, and believe the Good News![emphasis added]

WICKEDNESS!!! That is wrong, wrong, wrong! Repentance is “a change of mind,” not “a change of heart and life.” You cannot show me anywhere in the Bible that says to “turn from sin” or “repent from sin” to be saved. Acts 20:21 speaks of “repentance toward God,” not from sin. We are saved by BELIEVING, not repenting. Yes, repentance is necessary for salvation, but to “repent” simply means to change your mind so that you will believe the Gospel.

You don't have to change your own heart and life, as a requirement to be saved. That would constitute “works.” Rather, it is the indwelling Holy Spirit that comes into a person at the time of salvation that changes one's heart and life, over time as they grow in grace, by nurturing on the milk of the Word (1st Peter 2:2). Respectfully, Pastor Charles Lawson of the Temple Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, also gets repentance wrong. He views repentance as a drastic change of heart that leads to a drastic change of life. This is manmade transformation, not the new birth in which God's Holy Spirit changes a man (aka, the “fruit” of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23).

The Bible warns men in 2nd Peter 3:16-17 about tampering with the Word of God if they are not qualified, not knowing what they are doing, lacking the proper skills for “rightly dividing the Word of truth” (2nd Timothy 2:15). Therefore, they commit “the err of the wicked” (2nd Peter 3:17). Every foolish pastor today who uses, tolerates and supports the Alexandrian Bible revisions (i.e., all the modern Bible versions) will give account to God for gross theological incompetence one day, and receive no rewards for their counterproductive labors, if they make it to Heaven at all.

Look at what the satanic New Life Version (NLV) teaches compared to the trustworthy King James Bible...

KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) - Mark 1:15, “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

NEW LIFE VERSION (NLV) - Mark 1:15, “He said, 'The time has come. The holy nation of God is near. Be sorry for your sins, turn from them, and believe the Good News.'”

The New Life Version (NLV) uses the English dictionary meaning of repentance, which is completely different than the Biblical Greek meaning. Biblical repentance concerning salvation always means “a change of mind” (the Greek noun, metanoia). The Greek word for “repent” in Mark 1:15 is the verb form, metanoeo, which meaning “to think differently.” Pastor Bob Gray Sr. accurately explains the true meaning of Bible repentance for salvation this way:

“Repentance means to change your mind—change your mind—change your mind about how you want to get to Heaven to what God says you've got to do to get to Heaven. If you've got to repent of all your sins, you're still headed for Hell tonight.” —Pastor Bob Gray Sr., a quote from the awesome MP3 sermon, Why You Should Be A Part Of A Growing Church

What is the “Old” and “New” Testament?

Here is the best quote that I've found on repentance, by Dr. Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951):

“Which comes first, repentance or faith? In Scripture we read, 'Repent ye, and believe the gospel.' Yet we find true believers exhorted to 'repent, and do the first works.' So intimately are the two related that you cannot have one without the other. The man who believes God repents; the repentant soul puts his trust in the Lord when the Gospel is revealed to him. Theologians may wrangle over this, but the fact is, no man repents until the Holy Spirit produces repentance in his soul through the truth. No man believes the Gospel and rests in it for his own salvation until he has judged himself as a needy sinner before God. And this is repentance.” (Except Ye Repent, p. 16)

As I have showed you, what the modern Bible versions are teaching is DRASTICALLY DIFFERENT than what the inspired King James Bible reads. Either repentance means “to turn away from sins” or it means “to change your mind,” but it cannot mean both. In the Word of God, the word for “repent” is metanoia, which only means “a change of mind.” We don't know what to change our mind about, because the word itself doesn't tell us. It is an open-ended term, which requires supplemental information. God did this deliberately, so that repentance would include anything and everything which hinders a person from believing the Gospel. Hence, to “repent” means to think differently about whatever it is that has been hindering you from BELIEVING THE GOSPEL to be saved.

1st Corinthians 1:21, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” Please notice that the Bible doesn't say God “saves them that repent”; no, it says, “TO SAVE THEM THAT BELIEVE”! But don't you have to repent to be saved? Yes, but repentance is automatic. No one has ever believed the Gospel who didn't simultaneously turn away from unbelief. You obviously have to turn FROM something in order to turn TO something, but we are not saved by turning from anything, we are saved by BELIEVING on the name of Jesus. John 6:47, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”

This is why we find the words “believe,” “believest” and “believeth” mentioned 87 times in the Gospel of John, which is God's Gospel tract according to John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” Not once, NOT ONCE, is any mention made of “repentance” in the Gospel of John. The word “repent” is not mentioned even once! That is because repentance is an automatic thing. That is, the person who believes has also repented. No one can place their trust in the Gospel without first turning away from whatever was hindering them from believing the Gospel in the first place. Therefore, it is not necessary to mention repentance when sharing the Gospel with someone.

As I have warned you before from the holy Scriptures, so warn I you again (all you independent Baptist pastors, non-denominational, et cetera), “beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked” (2nd Peter 3:17). Sadly, I have found that often church congregations control the pastor. They hire a slackdog ecumenical pastor from the get-go, expecting apostasy from the very beginning, and that's what they get!!! America was much better off spiritually when being a pastor meant having “a call” instead of being a mere “profession.” Today church pastors are shameful, despising and standing afar off from truth-tellers like me, who actually care about doctrinal integrity, care about the purity of the Word of God, and care about the accuracy of the Gospel. Galatians 4:16, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?”

“Lies don't save you!”
 —a quote by Pastor Steven Anderson from the awesome MP3 sermon, “Saved By The Word.”

Churches With Two Bibles, Have Two Jesuses, And Two Plans of Salvation

Kindly, there's a shameful independent Baptist church down the street from me, 'HARVEST BAPTIST CHURCH' ON GUAM, and they are the epitome of the horrifying situation I am describing. They use a parallel Bible, with the King James Bible on the left, and the Easy-To-Read Version on the right. (By the way, the King James Bible is not “a version,” it is God's inspired Words!!!) The so-called “church” at Harvest officially has TWO BIBLES! They have two plans of salvation. They have two Jesuses. They have two different meanings of repentance. What a crying shame!

On any given Sunday, there are DOZENS of different Bible versions in their pews. I have kindly warned them. They don't care. God has used the matter to compel me to fight the good fight of faith in cyberspace. I've never mentioned the name of their church and never will, but they opened up a can of worms. What they meant for evil, God meant for good. They are sick and don't care. There are tares in the church, wealthy people, who love to take frequent trips to Israel with the pastor, but they couldn't care less about the truth. If they did care, they'd contend for the faith, and oust those corrupted modern Bible versions, and be faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Word of God!!!

A church with two official Bible versions has two Jesuses!!! One Jesus touches Mary in John 20:17, the other doesn't. One Jesus is “worshipped” in Matthew 8:2, the other isn't. One Jesus is “the almighty” in Revelation 1:7, the other is only “mighty.” One Jesus possesses all the fulness of the “Godhead,” the other only has the “divine nature” in Colossians 2:9. One is born of a virgin, the other is born of a pregnant woman in Isaiah 7:14. Check for yourself and see how retarded the new Bible revisions really are!!! GET RIGHT WITH GOD!!!!!!!

Initially, getting saved does not change a person one bit, except that now you have the Spirit of Christ living inside your body (Romans 8:9; 1st Corinthians 3:16-17; 1st John 4:4). It is the Lord's Holy Spirit working in us that changes our life, but this is not a requirement to be saved. You see, the ERV is teaching doctrines of devils, requiring people to change their own life (which is human effort) as a requirement to be saved. This is reformation, which does not bring regeneration (the new birth). And may I say, there's not a dime's difference between all of the modern Bible revisions! They all share the same corruptions! Only the King James Bible stands alone!!! I see the truth! Do you my friend?

I have only one Bible—the holy Bible—the King James Bible. I only worship one Jesus, Who is God almighty! I believe in only one Gospel.

Luciferians are Behind the Corrupt Bible Revision Craze

Again we plainly witness, that the Luciferian groups which have provided the Greek manuscripts for today's versions, are pushing an agenda of including human effort for salvation. You must understand that there is a progression at work in the Bible-corrupting movement. This is why the NIV 2011 changed its content 38.8% as compared to the NIV 1984. The Bible corrupting gang won't ever be finished changing the Bible until the Antichrist appears. If the Lord tarries His return, we are going to see further assassination of the Word of God. We'll see more key passages concerning salvation changed, until the simplicity that is in Christ will be totally lost in the confusion. This was Satan's plan from the start. Here's THE UGLY

A church whose congregation brings dozens of different Bibles with them to church each Sunday is effectively indicting their shameful pastor as a wicked man who doesn't place much value upon the accuracy, purity and integrity of God's Holy Word. It is obvious to me, and it should be very obvious to you, from exposing these doctrinally corrupted passages of Scripture concerning the meaning of repentance, why the heresy of Lordship Salvation is so prevalent in most of our churches today (and this sadly includes Independent Baptist Churches). It is wickedness and apostasy in the churches!!!

ERV Corrupts 1st John 3:9, Perverts Plan of Salvation

ERV Changes Plan of Salvation By Corrupting Romans 10:9-10

Let's examine another passage of Scripture in the pathetic ERV that changes the plan of salvation . . .

KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) — Romans 10:9-10,  “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” [emphasis added]

EASY-TO-READ VERSION (ERV) — Romans 10:9-10, “If you openly say, 'Jesus is Lord' and believe in your heart that God raised him from death, you will be saved. Yes, we believe in Jesus deep in our hearts, and so we are made right with God. And we openly say that we believe in him, and so we are saved.” [emphasis added]

There is a drastic difference between confessing “the Lord Jesus” verses openly saying, “Jesus is Lord”! Nowhere in the Holy Bible are we taught to recognize Jesus as our “Lord” to be saved. You simply trust Jesus as your Savior and then He automatically becomes your Lord. Whether you obey Him or not as a disciple is an entirely separate matter. This is why the disobedient saved man in 1st Corinthians 3:15 was “saved; yet so, as by fire.” He barely made it, singed with the flames of Hell. This Christian man lived a wasted life, and so he received no rewards from the Lord at the Judgment Seat Of Christ. Clearly, he didn't confess Jesus to anyone. Nor did he honor Christ as his Lord during his earthly life. 1st Timothy 4:10 says that Jesus is the “Saviour” of all men, not their Lord.

Many foolish Bible students attempt to use Saul's conversion (Paul) as a benchmark for all conversions, which is very wrong. Saul had been running from God, wasting the Church, hunting down Christians to murder them. So when the Lord appeared to him on the road to Damascus in Acts 9:1-5, Saul was under much Holy Spirit conviction and finally broke. It was Saul's unique Pharisaical upbringing and religious background that prompted him to have the spectacular conversion experience that he did, but this is far from the normal way that people get saved. Most people just quietly receive Christ as their Savior, with no spectacular experience.

Furthermore, the KJB simply teaches that we confess with our mouth because we are saved. It would be wrong to add confession with the mouth as a requirement for salvation, when literally hundreds of other passages of Scripture tell us how to be saved, and not one of them mentions confessing with the mouth to be saved. Clearly, Romans 10:9-10 do NOT teach that a person must confess “Jesus is Lord” to be saved. This is a horrible PERversion of the Word of God. The ERV is satanic!

And again, the chief rulers in John 12:42 believed on the Lord to be saved, but they DID NOT CONFESS HIM for fear of being kicked out of the synagogue by the wicked Pharisees. The Bible says that these chief rulers, who were saved, loved the praise of men more than the praise of God (John 12:43). The Scriptures are filled with worldly believers who dropped the ball for God. In Romans 12:1, the Apostle Paul is pleading with the Christians at Rome to present their bodies a living sacrifice to serve God. Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Obviously they hadn't surrender their will to the Lord at the time of salvation. They hadn't made a commitment to live for Christ.

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Do You Love the Truth?

2nd Thessalonians 2:10 tells us the reason why the masses of this world will be deceived and follow after the Antichrist when he comes... “BECAUSE THEY RECEIVED NOT THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED”!!! If they would have loved the truth, they would have believed the Gospel, and so they also would have been raptured. Instead, they were left behind, and now they will follow the Antichrist! Many of those masses of people left behind will be THE CHURCHES. All of the Lordship Salvation churches will be left behind, because THEY RECEIVED NOT THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED”!!! Go ahead, don't listen to me—trust in your changed life, forsaking evil ways and confessing Christ. Good luck with that! The satanic new Bible versions are fueling the heresy of Lordship Salvation. I am telling you the truth my friends, will you heed the warning?

“You can sit there and say, 'Oh, well, you just took it too far. You just took King James onlyism too far!' Well, you know what brother, you can't take it far enough, when they're pushing all these false versions, and all the bookstores, and the Christian bookstores, and all of your big name preachers are all preaching false versions! You know, we need to stand our ground on this issue!!!” —a great quote by Pastor Steven Anderson from the awesome sermon, Saved By The Word” | MP3).

It is so simply and easy to be saved that most people walk right past the narrow gate. Few there be that find it (Matthew 7:13-14). They're looking for a big fancy door into a big fancy religion. They're looking for a religious door that makes them feel spiritual. They're looking for a door with an entrance policy, who won't let you in unless you're clean-shaven, sober, moral and intend to live a clean life if they let you in. They're looking for a door with flashing neon lights, something spectacular. None of these doors lead to life. The only door into Heaven is Jesus, a little pathway, which is obscured by the all the other attractive gates, religious entrances, big doors and bright paths with their owners clamoring for their attention, shouting “Enter here!,” “No, over here, come in here!” Little do most people realize that Satan owns all those buildings! All except one, that little humble path, Jesus!

I often feel lonely standing for the truth, when hardly anyone stands. Most pastors, churches and Bible colleges today don't have any interest in debating which Bible is God's Word. So they just support all of the Bibles, not exposing or criticizing any of them. The reason why they lack that passion is because they lack faith. If we truly believe Psalms 138:2, that God magnifies His Word above all His name, then we would care. I CARE! The Bible is very important. Even the slightest subtle changes alter the meaning of a passage of Scripture considerably. Woe unto today's pastors who don't care, just going along to get along.

I picture nearly all of today's churches as being aboard a big ship. On the side of the ship it reads, “Mainstream Evangelicalism!” There are hundreds of Bible versions aboard the ship. There are dozens of different plans of salvation taught by evangelicals like John MacArthur, Rick Warren, Chip Ingram, Ray Comfort, William Lane Craig, Paul Washer, Billy Graham and others onboard. Everybody aboard the ship is going along to get along. Nobody exposes or criticizes each other. Everybody is comfortable, enjoying all the splendors of the luxury ship. They all draw near to God with their mouths, and honor God with their lips, but their heart is far from Him, teaching manmade doctrines. This ship's captain is Lucifer! Anything goes on Lucifer's ship. It doesn't matter which Bible version you use. It doesn't matter which plan of salvation that you choose to believe. Everybody is taken care of and prospering.

Have you been deceived? What satanic imposter are you holding in your hand at church on Sunday? Boy, of ever there was a lie, it's the following translation from the ERV. Notice how they deceitfully changed the Word of God to exonerate themselves. They are corrupting God's Word, which is what 2nd Corinthians 2:17 warns against in the KJB. So the ERV changed it to “selling God's Word for profit” instead! The ERV company, World Bible Translation Center (WBTC) is in trouble with God for corrupting His Word. It's not a sin to sell God's Word, it's a sin to corrupt it, whether you sell it or not . . .

KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) — 2nd Corinthians 2:17, “For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.”

EASY-TO-READ VERSION (ERV) — 2nd Corinthians 2:17, “Certainly not those who are out there selling God’s message for a profit! But we don’t do that. With Christ’s help we speak God’s truth honestly, knowing that we must answer to him.” [emphasis added]

Just as there is a Biblical curse upon every false Gospel, so also is there a curse upon anyone who changes the Word of God, and the foolish pastors who uses such corrupted Bible versions are cursing their congregation, and bringing God's curse upon them as well.

Acts 15:1, “And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren,
and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.”

“You can sit there and say, 'Oh, well, you just took it too far. You just took King James onlyism too far!' Well, you know what brother, you can't take it far enough, when they're pushing all these false versions, and all the bookstores, and the Christian bookstores, and all of your big name preachers are all preaching false versions! You know, we need to stand our ground on this issue!!!” —a great quote by Pastor Steven Anderson from the awesome sermon, Saved By The Word” | MP3)

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