THE BANNER

by MJSmith

THE BANNER – A Newsletter for Christian Scientists – Volume Twenty-Six/Number Two – Winter 2013 **Zainsville, Ohio (Andrew W. Hartsook, Editor)

A few months ago I posted some of the Fall 2012 BANNER on the topic of the National Council of Churches, the fact that The First Church Board of Directors in Boston wished to join with the NCC next summer during their “private” annual meeting.

     I would like to tell you what Mr. Hartsook wrote in his latest edition:
     At her annual association meeting held on October 6, 2012, Christian Science teacher Judy Wolff of Arlington, Virginia, announced that the Christian Science Board of Directors definitely is planning to join the NCC.  Judy Wolff is also a trustee of the Christian Science Publishing Society along with director Michael Pabst and Linda Kohler.
     However, a report received by the editor of The Banner, a month after that confident announcement was made, indicated that a very recent change in the top leadership of the National Council of Churches has resulted a hostile attitude toward Christian Science participation.  Distraught liaisons from the Mother Church now believe that the application process will have to “start over from the beginning”.  Mother Church membership in the NCC will almost certainly be delayed for many months if not years.
     See the Winter 2012 Banner for a description of the subversive political history of the NCC and its call for one world government.  As late as 1968, the NCC’s Approach magazine carried an interview with Gus Hall, General Secretary of the Communist Party U.S.A., in which he stated, “We can – we should – work together for the same things…  We can live together in a Socialist nation.”
     See the Fall 2012 Banner for a list of incompatibilities between the Tenets of Christian Science and the Nicene Creed of 325 A.D.  The Nicene Creed was cobbled together by a committee during the reign of Roman Emperor Constantine and is strictly adhered to by the NCC and its members.
[End of article.]

     Now, when I read the second paragraph I began to laugh.  I said out loud, to God, “God, you have a wonderful sense of humor!”  Why did I say this?  It is because I saw the hand of God in action.  God made the change in the top leadership of the NCC!  God IS AGAINST the joining of the NCC with Christian Science!  God is speaking as loudly and as clearly as SHE can on this topic to those BOSTON HEADS!!!  Will they listen to HER?  Will they OBEY GOD on this matter?
     One must also ask, if the third paragraph is true, and I have no reason to doubt it is true, then can we begin to comprehend and understand why the United States of America has been slowly led down the path to Socialism?  Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary states, “socialism leads to communism.”  Are the U.S. citizens ready to become a communistic nation?  Because it seems as if we are not far from becoming just that!  And our Churches seem to be partially to blame.  For “World affairs reflect Church affairs!”
     History has tried to fool Christians into believing that Emperor Constantine became a Christian because he saw visions of a cross in the sky.  It lies and tells us that his banners had the symbol of the Christian cross on it (which was probably the t and not the x).  Constantine used the old ploy, “If you can’t beat them, join them.”  So he pretended to convert over to Christianity only so that he could become the head boss of the Christians.  True Christianity died out at this time, and that is a fact of history!

The BANNER continues with:  ECUMENICAL PUSH CONTINUES
     Not content to pursue just National Council of Churches affiliation, the Christian Science Sentinel of November 12, 2012, carried “Prayer for Christian Unity”.  [And believe me their prayer has nothing to do with what is depicted in “Christian Unity” from Christ and Christmas.]  The article states, “Christian Science branch churches and societies who want to participate at any level can download the 45-page ‘Resources’ from the World Council of Churches website [which is given in the article (these brackets are in the BANNER)]… [T]he theme will inspire a renewed love for the Bible and its relevance to the world.” (p. 23)
     The question arises:  Which Bible are they talking about?  The “helpful” answer to this question comes from the Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity.

THE PUSH FOR THE REVISED STANDARD VERSION OF THE BIBLE
     The December 2012 Christian Science [The] Journal carried an article titled, “Mary Baker Eddy and Bible Translations” by Michael Davis.  He is described as “a researcher at The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston”.
     Readers may remember the Church Alive! Summit held in Orlando, Florida, in the spring of 2012 and the panel discussion led by Lesley Pitts, Executive Manager & President of the MBE library and researcher Michael Davis.
     The pair enumerated their reasons why the full-text Quarterly does not violate Mrs. Eddy’s standards given in the by-laws and why First and Second Readers might also use the full-text Quarterly rather than reading from the actual books – the Bible and Science and Health.  [The Banner places Science and Health in italics, however, because it is the Bible’s companion I feel it has no need of being italicized.]
     In the February 2012 Christian Science Journal, the C. S. Board of Directors stated, “There are many good reasons for reading from the books, but there may be equally good reasons to read from the Full Text.” (p. 64)  In the Church Manual, Mrs. Eddy emphatically requires:  “The Readers shall not read from copies or manuscripts, but from the books.” (p. 32)  [See also Spring 2012 article in The Banner titled “Sophistry in the C.S. Journal”.  (BANNER’S brackets.  Also, remember that sophistry is the serpent’s wisdom!)]
     At the Florida Church Alive! Summit, Ms. Pitts and Mr. Davis also suggested that Mrs. Eddy did not necessarily prefer the King James Version of the Bible.  [See “Deconstructing the Manual” in the Summer 2012 Banner for a full account of the panel discussion.  (BANNER’s brackets.  To me, the title sounds terribly disturbing!)]
     Mr. Davis spends most of his recent [The] Journal article trying to undermine the fact that Mrs. Eddy preferred the King James Version over other Bible translations:  “Thus the historical record provides no evidence that Mary Baker Eddy ‘ordained’ the King James Version as the only Bible translation to be used in Christian Science services…”  [Mr. Davis, this is an out and out lie.]
     In Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy refers to “our common version” of the Scriptures on pages 488:12 and 523:3.  She writes of “our version of the Old Testament” on page 576:26.  By these references she means the King James Version of the Bible.  Bible quotations in Science and Health are from the KJV.
     Mr. Davis notes:  “First appearing in 1881, the Revised Version became a step toward later translations such as the Revised Standard Version and New Revised Standard Version that in time largely replaced the King James Version among Protestant churches and their members.  These translations had evolved from the American Standard version (1901) that was Eddy’s source for the motto of The Christian Science MonitorToday many scholars believe the New Revised Standard Version to be the most accurate English translation of the Bible.” (Emphasis added)
     [Editor’s note:  The Monitor’s mottos reads:  “First the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.”  Essentially, Mrs. Eddy only substituted a single word: “grain” in place of “corn”.]
[End of article.]

     So, over and over, those in Boston are trying to pull the wool over the Field’s eyes!  When will the Field wake up to the red serpent dragon’s tricks?  They are not above lying to anyone!  Christian Scientists, if you are not doing something about all of this then you are letting the red serpent dragon win.  “What will you do?”
     The next article is of vital importance, and it proves that those at Boston do not speak the Truth to you at all.  I would like to make a personal note, that I have compared KJV Scripture to newer translations of Scripture and the meanings are totally different.  The newer versions seem to lack spiritual enlightenment!
     Now to continue with THE BANNER.

HISTORY OF BIBLE VERSIONS
     The King James Version of the New Testament (A.D. 1611) is a strict translation of the Greek Textus Receptus which was assembled by Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1537), one of the greatest scholars of Western Civilization.  This text is in basic agreement with 90 to 95% of all known Scripture related manuscripts numbering over 5000.  The King James New Testament and Martin Luther’s German New Testament agree 100% with the Textus Receptus.  The Revised Standard New Testament has 189 omissions and the American Revised has 183 omissions of words/phrases found in the KJV.
     The English Revised Version of 1881 and the American Standard Version of 1901 are based in large part on the Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus which are filled with errors and contradictions.  The Codex Vaticanus was discovered in the Vatican library in 1481 and was known by English scholars, but was not available to them for obvious reasons.  The Codex Sinaiticus was discovered in 1844 in the wastebasket of a monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai.  The discoverer of the Codex Sinaiticus noted at least 12,000 changes which had been made on that manuscript by others than the original copyist.
     The Codices Vaticanus and Sinaiticus are in basic agreement with each other, but both differ markedly from the vast majority of other Scripture manuscripts in existence.  In spite of this fact, these two codices became the basis of the English Revised Version of 1881 and the American Standard Version of 1901 as well as almost every other modern translation of the New Testament down to the present day.

LITTLE KNOWN VITAL FACTS
     According to Perfected or Perverted?  A Shocking Expose of the Modern Versions of the Bible by Norman Ward, “[The Textus Receptus] originated in Antioch where the disciples were first called Christians (Acts 11:26).  It was written on papyrus in Koine Greek [language of the common man] as were the original letters.  This text traveled from Syria, through the Balkans to Germany and, thence, to England.  It was the text of the primitive church.  It was the text of the Greek church.  It was the text of Martin Luther and the Reformation.  It is the text of the Protestant Church.
     “We will now examine the second line of ascension, the line that supports the modern versions.  This line of ascension begins in Alexandria, Egypt, the Land of Bondage.  From there it moves on to Rome…  This line of text is written on vellum in classical Greek.  Remember the New Testament was written on papyrus in Koine greek.  It is important to note the difference between classical Greek and Koine Greek for three reasons:  (1) Since the New Testament was written in Koine Greek, the manuscript copy in Koine Greek is apt to have a closer reading.  (2) There are some 500 words in Koine Greek which are used in the New Testament which cannot be translated into classical Greek.  (3) The majority of early Christians accepted manuscripts in Koine Greek in preference to manuscripts in classical Greek.  This corrupt line of ascension accounts for only five percent of manuscript evidence.  Let me repeat that:  Only five percent of manuscript evidence supports this line of text.
     “On February 10, 1870, the Southern Convocation of the Church of England passed a resolution expressing the desirability of revising the Authorized Version of 1611 (King James Version).  The clear intent of the Southern Convocation can be noted in the following quote:  ‘We do not contemplate any new translation of the Bible or any alternation of the language, except, when in the judgment of the most competent scholars, such changes are necessary.’  What actually happened is quite a different story.  Instead of being a revision of the A.V. 1611, the Revised Version is actually a whole new Bible that threw out entirely the time-tested, God-honored, fruit-bearing, life-changing, Christ-exalting A.V. 1611.
     “The story of the Revised Version [published in 1881 (just one year before the second transit of Venus during Mary Baker Eddy’s God-crowned mission)] (and all subsequent modern Bibles) is really the story of two men, B.F. Westcott and F.J.A. Hort.  Westcott and Hort were two well known Greek scholars who dominated the Revision Committee… [T]hey detested the A.V. 1611 and the Greek text on which it was based.  Their expressed purpose was to ‘rid the church of that vile text’…  What they insisted upon was a brand new translation based on the brand new Greek text [the Codices Vaticanus and Sinaiticu]…  Every Bible published today, except for the A.V. 1611, is based on the work of Westcott and Hort.”
     The English Revised Version of 1881 and the American Standard Version of 1901 were both available to Mrs. Eddy, but she chose the King James Version.  [Apparently she did so for good reason!]
     One must ask:  Why do Christian Science Board of Directors and their Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity push for the Revised Versions?

MRS. EDDY COMMENTS ON NEW BIBLES
     In her Message for 1901 (the same year that the American Revised Version appeared) Mrs. Eddy writes:  “Have we misread the evangelical precepts and the canonical writings of the Fathers, or must we have a new Bible and a new system of Christianity, originating not in God, but a creation of the schools – a material religion, proscriptive, intolerant, wantonly bereft of the Word of God.” (34:10-15)  Later on the same page she urges the reader:  “…study the Bible and the textbook of our denomination…” clearly meaning the KJV and Science and Health.  (34:23, 24 emphasis added)
     One of Mrs. Eddy’s most frequently quoted KJV Bible passages (Mark 16:17, 18) has either been removed from the revised Bible versions or relegated to fine print in a footnote where it is said to be of doubtful origin.
[End of article.]

Mark 16:17, 18 – And these signs shall follow them that believe;  In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

     No wonder these dog-men have tried to hide these two verses!  Because their limited understanding could not even believe or conceive that such things were (are) possible!  Perhaps these two mortal minded men were totally embarrassed because they were not able to do the healing works of Christ Jesus!?
     There is a reason why Boston has to begin all over with the NCC.  It is clear to me that it is because God is against their union (marriage).  Part of Boston’s desire to be one with the NCC has to do with the use of the newer versions of the New Testament!  Are you, if you are a Christian Scientist, awake to this very fact?  Are you awake to the subtlety that the red serpent dragon is using in Boston to fool the Field into union with the NCC?  Perhaps you do not even care?  If you do care then demand that Boston stop usage of new translations of the Bible.  If you care then demand that Boston stop hob-knobbing with the Babylonian harlot.  If you care then demand that Boston’s next annual meeting be held in the Church and not behind private doors.  (Evidently not many Christian Scientists visit this website!  Because the meeting of 2013 was held behind private doors.)

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