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Responding to Chris Pinto’s Textus Receptus Onlyism

Chris Pinto of Noise of Thunder Radio holds to the conspiracy theory that Codex Sinaiticus is a 19th century forgery, a “Jesuit plot” to undermine the authority of Scripture with modern translations of the Bible.

Pinto’s agenda is to promote his Textus Receptus view, arguing that the TR is the textual tradition that goes back to the original manuscripts of the New Testament.

There is a problem though. There is no evidence. In fact, the evidence is that it is the Alexandrian textual tradition that is ancient, as I have written on here:

http://www.aomin.org/aoblog/index.php?itemid=1938

Evangelical Textual Scholar Debunks Chris Pinto’s Conspiracy Claim that Codex Sinaiticus was a “Forgery”

Daniel Wallace, who is one of the foremost Evangelical textual scholars today defending the trustworthiness of the Bible, for example, debating such liberals as Bart Erhman, makes some excellent points refuting the sensational and baseless claim that Codex Sinaiticus is a forgery.

Chris Pinto of Noise of Thunder Radio is peddling his egregiously biased documentary promoting his wacky conspiracy theory that Codex Sinaiticus was a 19th century forgery. Pinto has an agenda: He believes there is a “Jesuit conspiracy” to corrupt the Bible with modern Bible translations using the critical textual tradition. Yes, this is the same claim you find from the nutty extreme King James Only crowd.

Pinto is oddly promoted by Brannon Howse of Worldview Weekend. One wonders if Brannon Howse is even aware of the fact that Pinto is undermining the trustworthiness in the Bible versions that the vast majority of Howse’s followers use (e.g. NIV, ESV, NASB, NET, etc).

Perhaps Pinto thinks Wallace is a closet Jesuit!

Dan Wallace’s specific comments begin at 29:24.

The Lockman Foundation’s Official Response to KJVO claims about Frank Logsdon – Vintage

Published with permission from The Lockman Foundation

The Board of Directors of The Lockman Foundation launched the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE translation work in the late 1950’s following the completion of the AMPLIFIED NEW TESTAMENT.  Dr. S. Franklin Logsdon was acquainted with Dewey Lockman, president of The Lockman Foundation, prior to Mr. Lockman’s death in 1974.  Mr. Logsdon was never a member of the Board of Directors, nor was he an employee of The Lockman Foundation.  Mr. Logsdon had no authority to hire employees or translators for the Foundation, to set policy, to vote, to hold office, to incur expenses, etc.  He cannot be considered “co-founder” of the NASB, nor part of The Lockman Foundation, nor part of the NASB translation team, nor did he write the forward of the NASB.  According to our records, he was present at board meetings on two occasions — once to hear a travel report; and once to deliver an “inspirational thought.”

Mr. Logsdon last wrote to Mr. Lockman in fall of 1973 that he was moving to Florida.  Mr. Lockman replied that he was surprised and saddened by his decision to leave the area.  Mr. Lockman passed away in January of 1974, and no further correspondence was exchanged between Frank Logsdon and The Lockman Foundation.  He resided in Florida until his passing some years ago.

The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God stands forever.  Isaiah 40:8  (NASB)

The Lockman Foundation

Long Island 1998 – Seventeen speaking/teaching/debating opportunities in thirteen days – Vintage

My third annual pilgrimage to Long Island was by far the busiest yet.   This year was centered on a debate against Jesuit scholar and priest, Mitchell Pacwa.  For pictures of the debate, click here.   But that was but one evening of thirteen.  I began my work with Ed Moore of the North Shore Baptist Church.  Last year I gave Ed a Rush Limbaugh tie at the end of the Bible Conference I did at NSBC.  This year we had a bright tie competition each evening, but decided to let it end in a “tie” on the last evening:

James White and Ed Moore

 

We addressed Roman Catholicism at NSBC, speaking on the Papacy, Mary, the Mass, and Purgatory. If you are ever in the Bayside/Queens area, make sure to stop by and visit with Ed Moore and the wonderful folks at North Shore Baptist Church, 202-09 42nd Avenue in Bayside.

One of the greatest joys for me in traveling to Long Island is spending time with one of my best friends, a beloved brother in Christ, Chris Arnzen.  And, of course, I never laugh as much as I do when I’m around Chris Arnzen.  Lots of folks noted that the schedule Chris arranged for me was missing only one thing: time off.  So, here I pose with Chris early on in the week:

James White and Chris Arnzen

Notice how I look relaxed and fit?  Now, compare that, taken early on in the week, with this one taken the last night at Chris’ own church:

James White and Chris Arnzen

Notice the glassy look in the eyes?  The gray hair?  The fact that I have the same Rush tie design in two different colors?  And notice that Chris looks exactly the same in both?  That might be more of a miracle….the poor guy attended every event, and heard me speak every day for almost two weeks.  It’s amazing he survived it.  And yes, he’s wearing a Rush tie, too. 

During the time I was speaking at NSBC in the evenings, I had the opportunity of speaking at the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Franklin Square, at the corner of Franklin and Sobo:

Franklin Square Church

Pastor Bill Shishko was my host, and I had the opportunity of speaking Saturday morning on evangelizing the cults, and on Sunday morning on evangelizing Roman Catholics (for the Adult Bible Study Class) and then in the morning service on the biblical doctrine of justification.  It was a joy to worship with the fine folks there, and I look forward to being able to visit and minister again next year.

My next stop was a good bit farther east on the island, out in Patchogue, Long Island, with Pastor Larry Carrino and the folks at the Grace Gospel Church, 214 Falcon Avenue:

James White preaching at Grace Gospel Church

Here I spoke on sola scriptura during the three nights I had with these brothers and sisters in the Lord.  These meetings bracketed the debate, which took place on Tuesday night.  Pastor Carrino, and Tony, his assistant, were tremendously kind to get up very early on Thursday morning, pick me up, and take me to JFK to pick up my kids, Josh and Summer, and to then take us into Manhattan so the kids could see the Empire State Building and, most importantly for them, visit FAO Schwarz.  Even though the weather was horrible, we enjoyed our time in “the Big Apple” tremendously.  I am also greatly appreciative of the personal ministry of folks at Grace Gospel Church who helped me out with various needs I encountered while there.

While Chris Arnzen has borne the greatest burden in organizing these trips, he was joined this year by Mike Rotolo of Calvary Press and Reformation Press:

Mike Rotolo

Mike was kind enough to have my books available at the various places where I was speaking.  Also, while I was there, we firmed up plans for a book on the Papacy with Reformation Press, which we should be able to produce in short order.  Keep an eye out for an announcement of its availability.

On Friday evening I ministered at Hope Reformed Baptist Church in Farmingville, this time on a topic I don’t get to address very often: the King James Only Controversy.   Here’s a picture snapped by my daughter, Summer, which makes it look like I was being a little more charismatic than I really was:

James White teaching at Hope Reformed Baptist Church

Now, Chris and Mike will confirm that over and over and over again during the course of my stay I kept saying, “You know, I really miss my wife.”  I think they were getting tired of my whining.  And, of course, I kept whipping my wallet out to show off her pictures, too.  Well, thankfully, she got to join us the last few days we were there.  Chris began to act as taximan while I was speaking at Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Merrick, his home church:

Chris Arnzen driving

Here’s a less-than-good shot I took of the interior of GRBC:

Inside Grace Reformed Baptist Church

While we were there, Chris took us around the area.  He grew up in Amityville, so he showed us around a bit.  He took us to a dead-end street close to the ocean so the kids could see the Atlantic for the first time:

Kelli, Josh and Summer White in Amityville, New York

Along the way he told us all about the “Amityville Horror,” and took us by the house where the real murders took place (btw, the reality is FAR removed from the story you may have seen in the movies):

the real house from the Amityville movie

The final days were spent ministering at Grace Reformed Baptist Church.  It was a true pleasure to speak to this fine congregation, and again I found myself the object of personal ministry on the part of those in the congregation.  It was wonderful to have my family with me at the church:

Josh, Summer and Kelli White

 

The White family with Chris Arnzen

 

My sincerest thanks to all who made this two week trip of ministry on Long Island such a pleasure.  I look forward to next year!