Beware Of The 'Modern English Version' (MEV)

By David J. Stewart | August 2015 | Updated August 2020

Jeremiah 23:36, “And the burden of the LORD shall ye mention no more: for every man's word shall be his burden; for ye have perverted the words of the living God, of the LORD of hosts our God.”

       On their website, the publishers of the “Modern English Version” (MEV) claim that their new Bible version is a “LITERAL TRANSLATION.” Here's a dirty little detail that you probably didn't know about, and the following quote is taken from the United States Copyright Office . . .

How much do I have to change in my own work to make a new claim of copyright?

You may make a new claim in your work if the changes are substantial and creative, something more than just editorial changes or minor changes. This would qualify as a new derivative work. For instance, simply making spelling corrections throughout a work does not warrant a new registration, but adding an additional chapter would. See Circular 14, Copyright Registration in Derivative Works and Compilations, for further information.

SOURCE: Registering A Work

In other words, if you wanted to publish your own new Bible version, in order to receive legal copyright status, you would have to “SUBSTANTIALLY” change your work from the original. And they must be “CREATIVE” unique changes. I'll show you some of their Satanic creativity in a moment. Since there are already literally hundreds of copyrighted English Bible versions (all of the Devil), any new Bible versions are going to have to be butchered substantially and uniquely to qualify. My friend, you should be outraged and alarmed as I am, if you love the Lord Jesus Christ. Literally, anybody who wants to publish a new Bible version, by law, is forced (if they want to publish their own exclusive version) to significantly CHANGE THE WORD OF GOD!!!!!!

So let's go back to their false claim on the Modern English Version (MEV) website, which claims it is a “LITERAL TRANSLATION.” Of the hundreds of English Bible's available today, most of their publishers claim that it is a “LITERAL TRANSLATION.” Since they all differ considerably, and theologically conflict oftentimes, how can they all be a “LITERAL TRANSLATION”? Obviously they cannot! It's a bunch of shady marketing tactics. The truth (as I have just shown you) is that in order to receive a legal copyright, Bible translators and publishers are legally REQUIRED to butcher God's Word, making significant and substantial changes (as compared to existing Bible versions) to receive a copyright. That's the ugly truth!!!

What an evil and wicked thing to do, intentionally corrupting the Word of God to make a buck, which the Holy Bible calls “filthy lucre” (1st Peter 5:2). I hope you see how evil and criminal in God's eyes all of this Bible-tampering really is. Nothing is more important to God than His holy Word. Psalms 138:2, “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” Yet, men and women are so reckless and hardened in their hearts, that they flippantly corrupt the Word of God to sell their own exclusive copyrighted version. So this is why when you consult the 13 different Bible versions on your bookshelf, you get a wide array of ideas, contradictions and much CONFUSION. 1st Corinthians 14:33 tells us that God is “not the author of confusion.” The Devil is!!!

Legal Copyright Requirement Plus Greed Equals Bible Version Nightmare!

This is why I get so frustrated and upset with America's large religious institutions and Bible colleges. Frankly, I expect the big unsaved religious institutions to pull on the same rope as the Devil, like the National Council Of Churches, et cetera. However, when it comes to Bible colleges like Bob Jones University (BJU), who were the cream-of-the-crop 50 years ago, I get upset, because they are saved and should know better. I use the term “saved” loosely here, because the Satanic lie of Lordship Salvation has crept into (I'd say at least half) of our Baptist churches, which is a false plan of salvation.

The legendary Pacific Garden Mission's “UNSHACKLED” broadcast from Chicago, sadly contains multiple plans of salvation (depending on the particular episode). I was shocked recently while listening on the radio to an Unshackled episode in which a man said you cannot simply believe the Gospel and write your name and date in the back of your Bible. He said you must continue to choose to follow Jesus every day of your life to be saved. That's the demonic heresy of Lordship Salvation, not the free gift of God (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9). Many Christian leaders are confusing salvation with discipleship, which has been caused by the new counterfeit Bible versions that PERvert Romans 10:9-10 and Mark 1:15 and Hebrews 6:1, to name a few Scriptures.

For BJU to remain silent, and they're just one of hundreds of shameful Bible colleges like Moody Bible Institute (MBI), is cowardly and apostasy. Don't you care? Greedy people are intentionally changing God's Word, whether they think it is honest, scholarly or needs to be changed or not, just so they can meet the government's legal requirement to significantly and substantially change their work's content to obtain a legal copyright. OH MY GOD IN HEAVEN, THIS CAN'T BE HAPPENING!!!!!!! Why aren't you mad-as-all-get-out!

Here are some PERversions from the Modern English Version (MEV). ...

MEV Corrupts Romans 10:9

The Bible simply teaches to confess the Lord Jesus Christ, but the new modern counterfeits say to declare “Jesus is Lord” (which is Lordship Salvation). We learn from John 12:42-43 that audible confession is not required for salvation. Confession comes from a believing heart, as evidence of faith. The Bible clearly says that WITH THE HEART man believes that Christ raised up bodily from the dead. Confessing “Jesus is Lord” has nothing to do with the free gift of eternal life. ...

KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB)—Romans 10:9, “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.”

MODERN ENGLISH VERSION (MEV)—Romans 10:9, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” [emphasis added]

Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House.

Regarding Romans 10:9, Jesus is the Lord. I do not question Jesus as Lord (Master) at all. Romans 14:9 says that Jesus died to be LORD OF ALL! We don't make Jesus Lord, He is Lord! But to be saved the Bible does not require surrendering to Christ's Lordship. We are only told to receive Him as our Savior. 2nd Timothy 4:10 says, "For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe." Jesus automatically becomes a believer's Lord the moment they are born-again. John 13:14, "If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet." The key word, to me, is "ought." Titus 2:12 says we "should" live godly lives. As believers we SHOULD serve Christ; not MUST (that is works); not WILL (that is Calvinism). I read a helpful chapter of Pastor Jack Hyles' book "Salvation Is More Than Being Saved," called "Conversion And Salvation," if you would like to check it out.

So we receive Jesus as our Savior to be saved, and then He becomes our Lord and we ought to obey Him. But this is not a requirement to prove that we are saved, it is our "reasonable service" (Romans 12:1-2). We have been bought with a price (the precious blood of Jesus); and therefore, we belong to the Lord and should glorify Him 1st Corinthians 6:20).

MEV Corrupts John 20:17

The King James Bible says Jesus told Mary Magdalene not to touch Him, lest she corrupt the blood sacrifice He needed to bring to Heaven to sprinkle on the mercy seat (Hebrews 9:12, 24; 12:24). The MEV is retarded, saying that the Lord told Mary to let Him go, like a helium balloon. Why would Jesus tell Mary to stop holding onto Him? The new Bibles are so laughable! ...

KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB)—John 20:17, “Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.”

MODERN ENGLISH VERSION (MEV)—John 20:17, “Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father. But go to My brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.’ ”

Matthew 28:9 says that the disciples held Jesus' feet. So we have an alleged discrepancy here. Jesus told Mary not to touch Him, but the disciples touched His feet a short time later. I agree with this explanation, even though I don't agree with all the content of the website. It is clear that Jesus told Mary not to touch Him, and He gives the reason why, because He has not yet ascended to the Father. Yet, Matthew 28:9 and John 20:25-27 plainly show that the disciples touched Jesus' feet, and Thomas was invited to thrust his hand into His side. The only logical explanation is that Jesus had already ascended into Heaven with the blood, to appear in the presence of the Father.

MEV Corrupts Romans 13:1 To Make Government God

The King James Bible says Christians are commanded to submit to the HIGHER POWERS, not the governing authorities. The U.S. Constitution is a higher power than the U.S. government. We are under Communist attack in America today. All across the country judges are totally disregarding the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution. There is no rule of law today in America. The courts are out of control. Judges are crooked, liars and dishonest, taking brides and ruling in favor of those who appointed them. God will punish all of those crooked lawyers, judges and prosecutors, and that's a promise from the Lord Himself (Ecclesiastes 5:8, 12:14; Proverbs 24:12; Matthew 12:36; James 4:12; Romans 14:10-12; Matthew 7:1-5). God will punish the dishonest Internal Revenue Service (IRS). God will punish The White House. God will punish the tyrannical governing authorities who rape, torture, pillage and kill.

And may I say, God is a higher power also, than the governing authorities. So these new Bibles are wrong. The 2nd Amendment (the right to own guns and use them) gives U.S. citizens the right to fight against and overthrow a fraudulent government who tries to take away their Bill of Rights. It is happening! Civil war is coming again to America! ...

KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB)—Romans 13:1: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

MODERN ENGLISH VERSION (MEV)—Romans 13:1, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are appointed by God.”

MEV Perverts The Plan Of Salvation

The Modern English Version itself, this is a very corrupt revision of the Bible. I say that kindly, I don't like to debate and offend people, truly. Check out 1st Corinthians 2:18. ...

1st Corinthians 1:18, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

1st Corinthians 1:18, “For to those who are perishing, the preaching of the cross is foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

This is a very common corruption in all of the modern Bible revisions. As believers WE ARE saved, not ARE BEING SAVED. The proponents of Lordship Salvation have turned the Gospel into a process, a life which must be faithfully lived. The moment that someone receives God's free gift of eternal life by faith, that individual is forever born-again! The new birth is immediate, instantaneous and irreversible. Anyone who turns the new birth into a process, which requires you to live a life of turning from sins and surrendering all to Christ as “LORD,” is a counterfeit gospel. Jesus automatically becomes your Lord (Master) the moment you receive Him as your Savior. As a child of God, we “should” (Titus 2:12) obey Christ as our Lord, it is our “reasonable service” (Romans 12:2), but this is not mandatory to be born-again, nor does it prove that someone has been born-again. Eternal life is the free gift of God (Romans 5:15-18; 6:23).

MEV Attacks The Godhead

The King James Bible mentions the “Godhead” in three passages, but the MEV only once. There's a big difference between Deity and Godhead. Deity means God; whereas Godhead means the Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit)...

KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB)—Romans 1:20, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”

MODERN ENGLISH VERSION (MEV)—Romans 1:20, “The invisible things about Him—His eternal power and deity—have been clearly seen since the creation of the world and are understood by the things that are made, so that they are without excuse.”

KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB)—Acts 7:29, “Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.”

MODERN ENGLISH VERSION (MEV)—Acts 7:29, “Therefore since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to suppose that the Deity is like gold or silver or stone or an engraved work of art or an image of the reflection of man.”

KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB)—Colossians 2:9, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”

MODERN ENGLISH VERSION (MEV)—Colossians 2:9, “For in Him lives all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”

The MEV is not a literal translation, nor is it God's HOLY Word. It's just another imposter, a fake, an offensive piece of trash in the eyes of God almighty! Truthfully, it contains many of the same errors as the Westcott and Hort Greek, while deceitfully claiming to come from the Textus Receptus. Don't take me word for it, compare for yourself the differences between dozens of modern Bibles, and then check the King James Bible. You will find that only the King James Bible stands apart from all of them! All of the modern counterfeit Bible versions are similar, sharing the same PERversions of Scripture. Some are worse than others. The New King James Version (NKJV) is not as bad as the New International Version (NIV), but it is still corrupt, having been translated from the Westcott and Hort Greek. Thankfully, you can trust your King James Bible!!!!!!!

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