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A Quick Trip to Mesa
03/26/2005 - James WhiteI flew back from London last night...I think. Hard to know what time it is, what day it is, etc., at the moment. I took a quick run out to the Mesa Easter Pageant just to say hello. This is the first year since 1984 that I haven't been there every night (with the exception of those few years where the General Conference took place at the same time). And since I am not fully recovered, health wise, I was only there a little while. The KJV Only Street abusers were busy bringing disrepute upon the gospel and repulsing as many Mormons as they could. Here you see one of their brilliant signs from a picture I snapped this evening. In the circle identified as "Satan's Books" you have the N.A.S.V. (whatever that is: everyone knows about the NASB, but what is the NASV?), the N.I.V., the R.A.S.V. (RSV perhaps?), the S.R.V. (?) the D.O.C., (Doctrine & Covenants, perhaps, or maybe, Department of Confusion?) the N.K.J.V., the Book of Mormon, and the Koran. Oddly, the NKJV is in the fire, the Book of Mormon is the farthest away. Anyway, they had been earlier carrying a sign (Rich got a shot of it) of two trees, the KJV tree and the corrupt tree, but they stopped carrying it when Rich pointed out its inconsistencies. This one was being carried by one very confused fellow. I am thankful I spent this week seeking, even in my weakness, to encourage God's fine people in Scotland and England rather than having to listen to the outrageous babbling of the KJVO Street Abusers (for the origin of that phrase, see here).
How the KJV Tripped up Mormon Leaders
03/08/2005 - James WhiteGotta give the ol' KJV credit. It tripped up the leaders of the LDS Church, way back when. Of course, today, modern Mormons might not care too much about how their original leaders were so ignorant of the Bible that they could make truly amazing mistakes, but anyone who seriously thinks these men were prophets of God in any meaningfully true fashion might wish to consider the facts. I refer to how the KJV exposed Joseph Smith, Jr., and Joseph F. Smith regarding the identity of Elijah. Here's the "fast-start" version.
Modern translations follow a translational practice of rendering the names of Old Testament prophets and personalities by their Hebrew names even when they appear in the New Testament in their Greek versions. Hence, while you might see "Esias" twenty-one times in the New Testament of the KJV, that's actually Isaiah. "Esias" is the Greek version of "Isaiah." Modern translations simply render it "Isaiah" and do away with all the confusion.
One of the names that appears in two different forms in the KJV is that of Elijah, which appears in the New Testament as Elias. Now, as difficult as it may be to believe, early Mormon leaders, men who identified themselves as "prophets" and "apostles," confused this simple translational issue and came up with two different "prophets," one Elijah, and one Elias. Check out these references: ...
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