Holy Scriptures whose got em? By Peter S. Ruckman, Bible Believers’ Bulletin, February 2004, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 1, 6-7.
[I have included the entire article, though it is filled with redundancy. I have added [sic] to indicate the erroneous spellings are original.]
For years and years I have been studying the Holy Scriptures in English. Along with them I have studied the extant Greek and Hebrew manuscripts, the various Greek New Testaments, the reliable and unreliable “translations” (in English, Russian, German, Italian, French, Danish, Spanish, Portuguese, etc.), and the critical notes of Deissmann, Kenyon, Streeter, Aland, Gregory, Hort, Metzger, Wuest, Robertson, Griesbach, Lachmann, Tregelles, Tischendorf, Burgon, Miller, Scrivener, et al.
I believe the most shocking truth I have learned from this half century study is that, according to the most scholarly and most “godly” Conservative critics of the Holy Scriptures (beside the most ungodly and liberal perverters of the Scriptures), WE (the Bible believers) have never seen, read, preached, or taught one verse of “Scripture” (2 Tim. 3:16); by the same token, they all declare that they haven’t either!
To this day, PCC, inspite of its national and international false profession of faith in the King James Bible, still remains in the same camp as our Christian enemies (!) who reserve for themselves the right to judge our final authority (THE BIBLE, which we call “the Scriptures”) by their opinions and insist that they themselves have never seen, read, taught, or “memorized” one verse of “Scripture.”
While doing this, they use our Scriptures and call its readings “the Scripture” and memorize our Scriptures and call it “memorizing Scripture” when not one man in the whole crew on both sides of the Atlantic—including all “militant Fundamentalists,” “Bastions of Orthodoxy,” “Congresses of Fundamentalism,” “Fortresses of Faith,” “Trainers of Champions,” Evangelicals, Conservatives, and Orthodox theologians— believes any book on this earth was “given by inspiration of God” (2 Tim. 3:16).
What this amounts to, in the last few months of the Church Age, is that Satan’s original project (Gen. 3:1) finally got clear through “three measures of meal” (Matt. 13:33) exactly as Jesus Christ said it would, so that, now, ALL “recognized” Christian leaders will LIE about what God said just as quickly as they would breathe air, and they would lie ten times a day, 365 days a year, for forty to eighty years at a swat, in order to pass off as “Bible believers.”
All I have to do to prove this is quote two verses from the New Testament (in any edition of any translation, in any language, published anytime since 1611). They “searched the scriptures daily . . .” (Acts 17:11).
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God . . .” (2 Tim. 3:16).
If God “preserved his word”—bullshooting pitch now given by former Alexandrian scholarship-only advocates— and it “will not pass away” (Matt. 24:35)— vouched for by ALL apostate Evangelicals and Fundamentalists— YOU can search it just like the Bereans did, or like the eunuch did [Acts 8], and it will be a translation if you are searching Romans 11:2–4,8–10, 10:19– 21; Acts 1:20, 2:17–19, 3:22, 4:25–26; Matthew 1:23, 2:6,15,18, 3:3, 4:13–16; Galatians 3:6,8,10,16, 4:27,30, etc.
Who reads the “scriptures” now? I mean, up here in 2003?
I and my family read them. All of my church members and students read them. All people who read Bible quotes in my books read them.
Who never read them (nor could ever read them), according to their own theological and doctrinal statements, which we have printed on scores of occasions?
Why that’s easy! The same bunch that declares WE don’t have them to read! They openly admit that our final authority is no better than theirs, although they still insist that their final authority (their own opinion about copies of copies of Greek manuscripts) is superior to ours! Marvelous profession, bud. I mean “awesome”!
How is this done when WE have the Scriptures and they don’t? We profess to have them but they don’t! Why is their final authority (Scholarship “Onlyism”) higher than ours? Why would it be higher unless it was the “SCRIPTURE” (or Scriptural or the Scriptures)?
They all declare, openly, there are no “SCRIPTURES” (2 Tim. 3:16).
1. They have “trustworthy” or “reliable” translations they call “the Word of God.”
2. They call the King James Bible “the Word of God” without dealing with the WORDS in it.
3. They declare that all editions of the King James Bible have some errors in them, and ALL of the Greek manuscripts they use (including the “Traditional Text,” the “Byzantine Text,” “the Syrian Text,” and the “Textus Receptus”) have “copyist errors” in them.
Where are “THE SCRIPTURES”? Who’s got ‘em?!
They don’t. They say they don’t. You never heard one of them tell you that the King James Bible (or any other “reliable translation”) was “given by inspiration of God” (2 Tim. 3:16). Did you? No, you didn’t. They may have danced all around that missing “essential ingredient” like May Pole rockers going through “the rites of Spring,” but not once did they tell you that the “SCRIPTURES” could be purchased at any Christian bookstore on the globe.
We say that they can with more than 1,000,000,000 copies “at large” (and more coming). Anyone can get a copy who wants one (John 7:17). See the difference? Any problem? What problem that a sixth grader couldn’t iron out?
It is they themselves who declare THEY have never seen a verse of “scripture.” That is why we mock and ridicule them (1 Kings 18:27) when they “slip” and talk about “turning in the Scriptures to such and such a place,” or “let us memorize this verse of Scripture.” The lying scum buckets just told you they never had seen one word of “scripture”! Why should we respect them, let alone “honor” them (1 Tim. 5:17)? Nonsense. They are tragic buffoons: Pagliaci [sic].
Conversely (not being content to be a lying infidel in matters of FINAL authority), they go further and declare that WE have never memorized a verse of “scripture.” Such bigoted conceit is beyond the imagination. Just because YOU are stupid doesn’t mean that we are; just because you lost your faith in the Book does not mean we have; and just because you have been lying about what the word “scripture” means (see 2 Tim. 3:15) ever since you used 2 Timothy 3:16 as a prooftext for lost pieces of paper, doesn’t mean any anything.
How dare you include “us” with “you” when you say “WE”!?
“We” are not as bankrupt as you are. All “you” have is some “trustworthy translations.” “We” have the Holy Scriptures, in English.
Now go on and strut your stuff, you pragmatic materialists and carnal opportunists; clean out the billfolds and bank accounts of mothers and daddys [sic] who wish for their sons and daughters to be Bible-believing Christians. Go on your normal (and perennial) “course.” It is your “life style” (see The Christian Liars’ Library, 1998, for 320 cases).
But don’t ever make the mistake of thinking that “we” (real Bible-believing Christians) are fooled one minute by your “half way to the goal” plays and your “just short of the intersection” plays and your compromises with Satan. The fact that you cannot talk straight when discussing the basic things found in this article shows that something spiritual is missing in your makeup and it is a deficiency that causes you to decide in favor of Satan when dealing with what God SAID (Gen. 3:1).
You have no “scriptures”; we do. You have never read “the scriptures”; we read them constantly. You cannot memorize any Scripture verse; we can memorize over 31,100 of them. Do you see the difference? We can “search the scriptures” (John 5:39); you can’t. We have a perfect Bible which has no proven errors in it and, therefore, can be said to be “the scriptures.” We don’t just say it (like you do!): we BELIEVE it. We never “use” it because we “prefer” it. We “use” it because it is the Holy Scriptures in our tongue, and it is quite capable of judging and correcting (and rebuking and condemning) any Greek or Hebrew scholar who worships education and scholarship.
“Button, button, who’s got the button?”
We do. They don’t.
We didn’t even take time out to judge them. They said they didn’t. They declare they don’t. We didn’t write their creedal confessions. They wrote them.
And it is only their illimitable conceit and arrogance that makes them think they are able to tell us that we don’t have the Scriptures either, just because THEY don’t. “If any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.” I am referring to the pragmatic apostates (saved of course!) who want you to join them in their ignorance. We won’t join them. We have the Holy Scriptures: they don’t. Tough apples.