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Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry; And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.
Our first article this week comes to us from One News Now. It concerns the true, untold story of what is happening with the immigration issue. You can learn more about this ministry at www.OneNewsNow.com.
MEETING NEEDS – SPIRITUAL AND OTHERWISE – ALONG THE BORDER
SOUTH TEXAS – While politicians and pundits bloviate about the illegal immigration crisis, there are churches near the U.S.-Mexico border that quietly continue to speak by their actions, meeting needs in the midst of this calamity.
Pastor Carlos Navarro leads Iglesia Bautista West Brownsville, which is located just several blocks from the border – and he believes God has put him in Brownsville for a purpose. Navarro and his church members do ministry on both sides of the border – something he's been doing personally for 25 years.
"We share the gospel, we take them food, we take them water, and we take them clothing," he explains. "[We're] going to the bridges, going to the detention centers, to the prisons – doing this with the little funds that we have in our church."
The pastor acknowledges that both the government and the church have roles to play when it comes to the issue of illegal immigration. "For the government, they're numbers; [but] for us, they're souls. For the government, the people who come [are] cases; [but] for us, they're family with names and last names because we have that personal touch with them."
With so many people coming into the U.S. now and Mexico doing nothing to stop the immigration into its own country, Navarro explains that the situation along the border is a whole new ballgame.
"It's overwhelming, the number of people," he shares with OneNewsNow. "We've been doing this for so many years, [ministering to] 15 to 20 people, probably four or five families. But not now: we're talking about hundreds."
Navarro says he has an advantage in ministering along the border because he knows the culture and the background of the people coming in – and they are willing to listen to him as he preaches the gospel. "It is my satisfaction – and it's a blessing for me to know that we're planting the seed," he adds.
The pastor came to the U.S. illegally from Guatemala about 36 years ago, and he's been a U.S. citizen for about 20 years. He has worked with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Guatemala and El Salvador.
FYI: The children are being cared for
OneNewsNow visited with one local citizen who says he and others are tired of the media refusing to tell the truth about what's really happening with illegal immigrant families in the area.
Austin Cleveland knows what's truly happening because he crosses over into Mexico a couple times a month, helping with his church's ministry there; and he knows there are many in his church working on the border, doing border patrol and other jobs. But he's furious "because the word's not getting out that we are taking care of these people and we're doing a good job of doing that down here." He says what's being reported by the mainstream media isn't true.
"These kids are having three meals a day, they're sleeping in a controlled environment, they play soccer during day, they get their immunization shots, they get to shower and clean up," he describes – whereas in the world they left, "they sleep on the dirt, they have no control of their temperature because they're in a home that has no electricity, they may not eat for a couple of days.
"They are getting treated here better than they could ever be treated before," he argues. "In fact, some parents just come and bring kids to the border and push them across the border and say Go, leave, go be in America. They'll take care of you there."
As for the politics dividing the country over this issue? It's got to stop, he says. "We have people in Washington and people in New York and Chicago trying to make decisions for the way people live down here in the [Rio Grande] Valley – and that's just not right."
The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.
NEW SPANISH BIBLE
NEW SPANISH BIBLE BASED ON TRUSTWORTHY TEXTS
Another aspect of “the mission field coming to us,” is the burgeoning Spanish-speaking population in the U.S. Nationwide, 50 million residents are classified by the Census Bureau as Hispanic. This is a larger mission field than many foreign countries. Few soul winners go out with tracts in their pocket without including some Spanish language tracts.
But once you lead someone to the Lord with a Spanish tract, which Bible do you give them? For years, Chick Publications shared this quandary in deciding which Spanish Bible to quote in Spanish translations of the tracts.
This issue grew as we became more aware of the problems with the modern English Bibles. When we began to find scores of changed words, as well as phrases and whole verses missing from many Bibles, we came to realize that the only complete Word of God in English was the one from the Textus Receptus stream of manuscripts, the King James Version (see "Did the Catholic Church Give us the Bible?" and "Look What's Missing").
As we shared our concern that the newest Spanish Bibles were following the Alexandrian stream of polluted manuscripts and modern re-interpretations of scripture, some Latin American missionaries suggested we look at a new version in the works that promised to return to the Textus Receptus base and the historical meanings of words. We discovered that the project was being coordinated by a Mexican pastor and church planter, Humberto Gomez. He had become aware of some of the deficiencies in the popular Reina-Valera Bibles when a friend showed him how important words and meanings were changed from historically approved Bibles, including the original Valera Bible. Curious, he began compiling a list of these changes. As his list grew, he invited fellow missionaries and pastors to assist in his research. Using the internet, they began to share their findings and glean input from a wider and wider circle of associates. Eventually, well-known linguists and Bible scholars began joining the project. They decided not to try to produce a completely new version, but to use the 1909 Antigua Reina-Valera as their base text for correction.
Finally, in 2004, they put together a working copy, called it the Reina-Valera Gomez, and published it, inviting further reviews and/or criticisms. Of course, criticisms were loud and sometimes unkind, but Gomez carefully considered each one, sorting out the legitimate concerns from the carping.
For another five years, he and his internet team across 13 countries continued to refine the text, not only for accuracy, but carefully preserving the unique beauty of the Spanish language.
Not until 2010 did they feel that they could release a final text for regular publication. The result is the RVG 2010, printed and distributed by several publishers. Chick Publications chose to print a paperback edition, distributing it along with hardback and leather-bound editions. As with any new version of the Bible, there is much discussion, pro and con. But a flood of corrupt Spanish Bibles has been released. And, just as many are beginning to see the deficiencies of the modern English Bibles, so in the Spanish Christian world, there is a growing appreciation for a Bible that is fully trustworthy to the best original texts, the Textus Receptus stream of manuscripts, and the correct, historical meanings of those words.
Dr. Gomez is to be commended for patiently enduring the darts of criticism and persevering in giving to the Spanish-speaking world a complete Bible that can be fully trusted to be the faithful Words of God.
MUDDLED BIBLES MAKE SHALLOW CHRISTIANS
Issue Date: November/December 2011
By David W. Daniels
Christian pollster, George Barna, lists several reasons why young Christians leave the church. They claim it is “overprotective,” “antagonistic to science,” “simplistic” and “judgmental” on sexuality, “too intolerant of other religions,” and “unfriendly to doubters.”
Barna calls this “shallow” Christianity. Others call it “the new normal.” The “seeker friendly,” “emergent” churches today have largely failed to emphasize the need for total personal commitment to Christ or lay a solid biblical foundation in the lives of these young people.
Barna’s “reasons” suggest that they may be simply looking for a church to suit their sin. Such a church will always promote a Bible changed by man that downplays their sin. How can the life they are building be strong if they don’t lay the right foundation (Heb. 6:1-2; 1 Cor. -15)?
But the Bible is not like any other book. It’s the only place we can find the exact words of God! I don’t want people to take out God’s words and insert their own opinions. I want to wrestle with what God actually said, aided by the Holy Ghost, as I seek the Lord (Prov. 28:5). And I never want a Bible so vague that it will let me read my own beliefs into the wording.
In the last 30+ years of studying Bible and linguistics, I’ve seen people justify their own ideas by saying, “The Hebrew really means…” or “The Greek might say,” when it says no such thing. They’re just pretending there’s some secret nugget you have to find in the Greek or Hebrew, or the Bible won’t be clear to you.
But I’ve got good news. If you get God’s words accurately translated, with formal equivalence (what God said, not what men think He meant), you’ll understand the holy text better than all these so-called scholars combined. Let’s face it: reading multiple commentaries and quoting other versions simply muddle the message.
Anyone who depends on that for his or her spiritual life will come up just as shallow as the young people Barna described.
Fifty-plus men spent seven years carefully compiling, translating and checking the King James Bible. The king had them picked from among the world’s leading authorities in both the Bible and its languages. Some were fluent in as many as a dozen languages. Each verse was reviewed 14 times by all these men before it was cleared to print.
On top of that, every expert in the land was openly invited to view the process and contribute his understanding. It was an unprecedented event in human history. And God Himself put his seal of approval on the KJV by using it as the foundational truth for 400 years of revivals and missionary movements that produced the most free and prosperous nations the world has ever seen.
There are only about 600 words in the KJV that are not familiar to the average, literate English speaker. Which is easier: to learn the meaning of a few words at a time as you read, believe and put into practice what God said? Or would you rather spend years muddling around in Greek and Hebrew, wasting precious time, when we should be laying a solid foundation of truth in the lives of the next generation? That’s exactly what Peter was referring to in 2 Peter 3:16: unstable people wresting the scriptures “unto their own destruction.”
The church’s failure to preach and teach this “sure Word” has created a generation of “shallow” young Christians unable to resist the powerful, sweet, lies Satan feeds them at every turn. For more information see Did the Catholic Church Give Us the Bible?, Answers to Your Bible Version Questions, and Look What’s Missing.
This brings us to our Bible Believers question of the week. How old is the earth? God bless. MARANATHA!
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