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  Beware of Bible Release Time!

Released Time Religious Education in Public Schools

 

by

Karen Pansler Lam, J.D.

 

At first, I was glad to hear of Bible Release Time offering parents in Union County, Georgia, an opportunity for their children to receive Biblical instruction during school hours. Release Time is a time set aside during the school day when students with parental permission may leave the school to attend off-campus Bible education classes.

 

 

Sounds good.

 

But...

 

Is it?

 

Beware of Bible Release Time
 

After reading about Bible Release Time in the North Georgia News, I emailed the contact persons mentioned in the newspaper article: yohejamesa@gmail.com, gwmeier@windstream.net, cfmadmin@good-steward.org.

 

I read in the North Georgia News of your desire to make Bible education available to public school students. This is good news!

 

Of course, public schools were founded to teach children to read the Bible. Alas, we have allowed the Bible and prayer to be kicked out of the schools - and we are paying the price: drugs, unwed parents who burden taxpayers with supporting their children instead of providing for their own, laziness (no work ethic), and other unbiblical destructive acts.

 

That is why I have written articles on religious education and made 2 books available free online for home schools, Sunday schools, Christian schools, family devotions, and other Christian education.

 

1)The Children's Illustrated Bible Primer with Commentary by Karen Pansler Lam, J.D.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i_KVwUd-eU

 

2) PDF The Illustrated Life of Christ According to the Gospel of Luke: For Children and Youth

https://bit.ly/3Y6tYV5
 

3) Religion, Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic: A Defense of the Bible in Public Schools
http://www.libertyadvocate.com/Bible%20in%20Public%20Schools.htm

 

4) Public Schools and the Downfall of America
http://www.libertyadvocate.com/Schools%20and%20the%20Downfall%20of%20America.htm

 

Our only hope to save America is to turn back to the Bible and live righteous and holy lives. Only then will God pour out His blessings on our nation.

 

Grace and peace,

 

Karen Pansler Lam, J.D.
Liberty Advocate
http://www.libertyadvocate.com/

 

Only Gary Meier replied. Meier is involved with Bible Release Time and the Appalachian Christian Leadership Council. 

 

There was no response from the other two contacts. You would think they would at least show Christian courtesy and thank me for writing.

 

Meier and I exchanged some friendly email chit chat. So, I sent him a copy of The Children’s Illustrated Bible Primer with Commentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i_KVwUd-eU

 

Then he wrote me a four-page letter denouncing the book as teaching lies.

 

This was truly enlightening and got me to wondering about Bible Release Time...

 

Who is teaching children and what are they teaching?

 

Do the teachers create doubt and confusion about what children are taught at home and church?

 

Do children learn Biblical Truth or denominational or ecumenical indoctrination?

 

Are students taught the true Gospel or a false gospel?

 

Released Time Religious Education states...

 

Released Time programs are designed as religious education to teach the religious beliefs and practices of the religion of the sponsoring program. Some programs may also choose to teach specific doctrines or beliefs of a specific church or denomination. The programs are responsible for selecting curriculum and implementing the instruction.
 
https://releasedtime.org/learn-more/for-parents-guardians

 

Beware of Bible Release Time and other Released Time Religious Education programs!



 

Heresy from Hell: Doctrines of Devils

 

Gary Meier, a retired HCJB World Radio "missionary," believes doctrines of devils: Adam was standing beside Eve when she was tempted by the serpent (feminist theology); and Satan did not appear to Eve in the form of a snake.
 

The Bible warns us Satan has ministers...

 

And no marvel;
for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness;
whose end shall be according to their works.
2 Corinthians 11:14, 15

 

It is disturbing this “missionary” was a missionary of doctrines of devils – heresy from hell.

 

We will examine a few of his lies and doctrines of devils...

First, we will specifically examine some of his lies in his four-page letter he sent in the mail. Included in the large envelope were an article he wrote in 2019 adamantly denying people waved palm branches during Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an article he wrote asserting it is not wrong to replace Christmas with Xmas (and refers to me), his stories from the mission field of Ecuador, an article he wrote denouncing the King James Bible and advocating the New American Standard Bible (NASB) and the English Standard Version (ESV).

 

The King James Bible

This is not a devilish doctrine, but he devilishly lies about the King James Bible.

 

I was immediately turned off by your use of the King James Bible and the accompanying justification for doing so. The KJV is the most inaccurate, most corrected, and most revised Bible ever printed.
 

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry or Palm Sunday

Meier argues no palm branches were waved by the people during Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

 

Karen, God’s Word tells us no such thing. Palm branches were neither waved nor were they laid in his path.

 

Then he argues palm branches are not mentioned in Matthew, Mark or Luke, only in John.

 

Only John refers to palm branches and this for a very specific reason. During the Feast of Tabernacles, branches of the Palm were taken to rejoice before God for seven days (Lev. 23:40). This is what was happening in Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, the people were expressing their joy. It’s inconceivable they would throw down these symbols of homage to God on the ground for a donkey to trample.
 

The Devil Deceived Adam and Eve

Meier writes:

 

Two things stand out in the “M” teaching. One day, when Eve was alone, the Devil appeared to her in the form of a snake. The truth is Eve was not alone. Adam was right there at her side during the entire encounter.”

 

Xmas Does Not Take Christ Out of Christmas

Next, Meier writes...

 

The X story is most interesting. ‘This is why we should never use Xmas instead of Christmas,” you wrote, ‘Xmas crosses out the name of Christ and replaces it with an X. At Christmas, celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The truth is, since X is a symbol for Christ, Christians have been using Xmas for centuries. Using the term Xmas in no way takes Christ out of Christmas.

 

I replied by email and Gary responded with his comments in red...

 

Hi Karen,


I am so delighted you received my letter and accompanying documents.

Thank you for your reply.

 

I’m sorry to hear about your bacterial infection. Those things are no fun.

We’ll be praying for you during our devotional periods.

 

We’re trusting your homes weren’t seriously damaged by Idalia.

I know how devastating such things can be.

We had a small home in Cape Coral that we sold three weeks before Ian hit.

The new owner had extensive damage which he has just recently finished repairing.
 

Ian was the deadliest hurricane since Katrina in 2005.

I know how those thing can wreak havoc on an area as I was down in Biloxi, Miss within three days of Katrina hitting that state to assist with disaster relief.

That was the most difficult week in my lifetime, even after have experiencing difficult times as a Peace Corps Volunteer and many years later as missionaries in Ecuador.

 

Karen, I’m responding to your email below in red so that my comments are easily distinguishable from your black lettering.

 

Dear Gary,

 

I apologize for the delay in responding to your letter. We had to prepare for Hurricane Idalia and then put everything back in order at our house and my mom’s. Also, I have been fighting a bacterial infection caused by antibiotics for a tooth infection.

 

This will not be a long response because I need to start working on my third book of commentary on Psalm 23. Your book should be interesting since the 23rd. Psalm is the most read, quoted and repeated of all the Psalms.

 

First, the King James Version is an English translation of the Bible prepared by a special commission of 47 scholars in England under James I, and published in 1611. And for over 500 years, the King James Bible was considered the greatest book in English literature. Those 500 years would mean we are now living in the year 2111. The last time I checked we are living in the year 2023.

 

The 1937 edition of The Book of Knowledge states:

 

No book, considered as literature, has had so great an influence on the English-speaking people as the Bible. I don’t believe there is anyone who would argue that the Bible has had such a great influence on English-speaking people. However, the Bible has had an equal influence on people of all languages.

 

No book has done so much toward molding the English language. I don’t quite understand how the Bible has been instrumental in molding the English language. I’m sure the translations in other languages really didn’t have much to do with molding those languages either. Though in origin it is not an English book at all, it is the greatest book in the English tongue, the one best known and best deserving to be known as literary work. Yes, the Bible is, indeed, the greatest book in the English tongue.

 

For more than 500 years the Bible has been more popular among English-speaking people than any other book, more read, more listened to, more known than any other writing. For more than 300 years it has set the standard and been the great example of English prose, with effects on our speech that cannot be overestimated. Actually, the Bible has been the most popular book among English-speaking people for 641 years since John Wylcliffe translated the first English Bible in 1382.

 

What is it in this book that has given it such a lasting influence on our literature, an influence far more powerful than any it has had on other languages? That’s obvious Karen, because it is God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:16).

 

An important fact is that Hebrew, the language of the Old Testament, is very simple, with clear pictures readily understood and conveying their meaning in plain words that represent common objects, even when the thought is most poetical and beautiful. “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” What could be simpler, or more tender and consoling? “A thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.” What could be grander and more impressive?

 

As for the 47 translators of the Authorized Version, or King James Version, The Book of Knowledge states:

 

Any set of men with special knowledge are inclined to create a formal language for themselves that does not readily give up its meaning to plain people. It is so with philosophy, religion, the law, medicine, education and most of all with science. There is a pretense that these dignified subjects cannot be discussed in plain speech, and so a special jargon is invented for each learned set, and in no instance does the jargon become literature. This special formal language has to be shed before any piece of prose can be read with pleasure for its own sake. How fortunate it was then that, from the first, there was a book in the language of the people, plain, strong, full, with a natural music in it, and that book one with an extraordinary variety of expression, rich in interest, and exhaustless in meaning. Theology, which is the “science of religion,” the word “theology” is a combination of two words, theos meaning God and ology which comes from the Greek word logos, meaning “word”. The word “ology” is a branch of learning something, or the study of a certain topic, its subject being defined by the first part of the word: Biology becomes the study of living organisms, Psychology is the study of man’s mental processes and its behaviors and Zoology deals with animals and animal life. Therefore, theology is NOT the science of religion, it is the study of God. swiftly hid its meaning in a clumsy jargon from which it has never escaped, but the Bible is clear, simple and beautiful. That too, is certainly true. Most Bibles available today including my ESV version fits that description perfectly. And this purity in language and style, drawn from common English speech, has been influencing sincere writers ever since.

 

In the world’s treasure-house of literature the share of space for the English tongue is generous; but in all that wide space the rarest gem is the translation of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament given to us by forty-seven studious men, not one of whom wrote anything remarkable on his own account. That’s simply not true, those 47 did write many things on their own account using the process called interpolation. In their efforts to make Scripture more clear and understandable, and to fit their idea of what the Bible should say, KJV translators added their own additional words, verses and passages scores of times, most of the time changing the meaning in the process.

 

The 47 translators were dedicated to the faithfulness of the text. Literary elegance was not a criterion in translating; but truth and accuracy. The translators of the King James Version did not plan the eloquence: it was inspired by the Holy Spirit. Since it’s abundantly clear you didn’t read my essay containing fact after fact after fact about the inadequacies of the KJV, I must iterate once again a most salient point. The KJV translators had only Erasmus’s Greek New Testament from which to translate the New Testament. He had only six inferior Greek manuscripts available at the time, many centuries removed from the original documents. Today, because of the discovery of thousands of ancient biblical manuscripts, we have available documents that more closely approximate the original writing of the biblical authors. That means all of today’s Dynamic and Formal Equivalence translations are much more accurate than the KJV. That version is the most inaccurate, most corrected (more than 75,000 times over the years) and most revised (a total of six times) of any Bible ever printed. Both my letter and the included essay iterated the problems associated with the documents the KJV translators used to compile that version. Because of these things, “truth and accuracy” are sorely missing in this version of the Bible. No serious student of the Bible would use the KJV.

 

“The King James Bible: The Greatest Book in History” It certainly can be termed the greatest book in history but it has ceased to be useful as an instrument for biblical study or pleasure reading.

http://www.libertyadvocate.com/King%20James%20Bible.htm

 

Second, palm branches were not waved? Why do you think we celebrate Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is nothing but another tradition of man without any biblical basis, this celebration being no different that those invented by the Pharasees. Scripture is clear... Again, it’s apparent you didn’t read my essay on Palm branches. There is no clarity to Scripture in this case. There is nowhere that the Bible says Palm branches were waved nor that they were strewn in his path. Period! Where in your four biblical verses cited below does it say the people waved Palm branches and laid them in his path? There isn’t. You can search Scripture till you’re blue in the face and you won’t find such a thing.

 

Mark 11:7-10
7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.
8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.
9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

 

Third, Eve was alone. The devil did not address both Eve and Adam. The great Bible commentator Matthew Henry explains...

 

II. The person tempted was the woman, now alone, and at a distance from her husband, but near the forbidden tree. It was the devil's subtlety, 1. To assault the weaker vessel with his temptations. Though perfect in her kind, yet we may suppose her inferior to Adam in knowledge, and strength, and presence of mind. Some think Eve received the command, not immediately from God, but at second hand by her husband, and therefore might the more easily be persuaded to discredit it. 2. It was his policy to enter into discourse with her when she was alone. Had she kept close to the side out of which she was lately taken, she would not have been so much exposed. There are many temptations, to which solitude gives great advantage; but the communion of saints contributes much to their strength and safety. 3. He took advantage by finding her near the forbidden tree, and probably gazing upon the fruit of it, only to satisfy her curiosity. Those that would not eat the forbidden fruit must not come near the forbidden tree. Avoid it, pass not by it, Prov. 4:15. 4. Satan tempted Eve, that by her he might tempt Adam; so he tempted Job by his wife, and Christ by Peter. It is his policy to send temptations by unsuspected hands, and theirs that have most interest in us and influence upon us. https://www.christianity.com/bible/commentary/matthew-henry-complete/genesis/3 That’s nice conjecture but the Bible specifically says she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband WHO WAS WITH HER, and she ate (ESV). The “great” Bible commentator was reading between the lines. I checked 55 versions of the Bible and only eight of them did not specifically state that Adam was at her side when she ate.
 

Fourth, of course the serpent was the devil. No other animal in the Garden tempted Eve. No one would ever argue with you about this.

 

That old serpent - This doubtless refers to the serpent that deceived Eve (Genesis 3:1-11; Revelation 20:2; compare the notes on 2 Corinthians 11:3); and this passage may be adduced as a proof that the real tempter of Eve was the devil, who assumed the form of a serpent. So what are you trying to prove, the Bible is quite clear the Devil was a serpent. The word “old” here refers to the fact that his appearance on earth was at an early stage of the world’s history, and that he had long been employed in the work which is here attributed to him - that of opposing the church. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bnb/revelation-12.html

 

It’s quite apparent you completely missed the point of my letter. I was referring to the statement in your book, “the Devil appeared to her in the form of a snake”. This is completely untrue. THE DEVIL AT THAT TIME APPEARED TO HER IN THE FORM OF A “BEAST OF THE FIELD” (Gen.3:1) The Devil didn’t take the form of a snake until 13 verses later when God “said to the serpent”, because of your actions “on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life” (v. 14).


Fifth, it is not reasonable that Joseph rolled the stone into place by himself just as it is not reasonable that he took Jesus’ body off the cross by himself or carried it away by himself. And the women who followed Jesus were friends. And some believe the other Mary was related to Jesus. That’s fine, but nowhere does it say, as you wrote in your book, that “his family and friends rolled a big stone in front of the opening”. THE BIBLE DOES NOT SAY THAT. This is another example of making up things that have no biblical basis.

 

Karen, the bottom line is this. As I specifically stated in my letter, it is incumbent on us as Christians to NOT be careless in our use of Holy Scripture. A snake appearing to Adam and Eve, waving and strewing palm branches and family and friends of Jesus to rolling the stone in front of the grave are NOT taught in the Bible and should NOT be taught to our vulnerable children.


Sixth, Xmas is a Catholic tradition. https://uscatholic.org/articles/202111/what-is-the-x-in-xmas/ Where did you get this? The symbol X dates back to early Christianity. Abbreviations and use of symbols were common beginning way back then. The origins of X are derived from the Greek, being the letter Chi which stands for Christ. Therefore, the use of X for Christ became common in the Christian Church as did the fish a nd the cross. Obviously, the use of X does not take Christ out of Christmas as you indicate in your book.


Finally, Dr. Frank Logsdon, project member of the translation committee for the New American Standard Version (NASB), has denounced his work on that Bible and urged all Christians to return to the Authorized Version, commonly known as the King James Bible. https://www.chick.com/information/article?id=logsdon-renounces-nasb That’s one man’s opinion. However, the vast majority of biblical scholars consider the KJV to be inaccurate and not meeting the standards of what is considered to be an acceptable translation.

 

Thank you for replying. Now I am aware of what the ACLC is all about. I’m completely lost on this statement. I don’t recall including any information about what the ACLC “is all about” in my letter.” Nor do I remember including any such information in the packet I sent you. Perhaps you could explain your comment.

 

I can’t recall if I have previously sent you any information via email so I have attached two documents to make sure you are totally aware of what the ACLC is all about.

 

Finally, since you didn’t read any of the documents (including some short stories I wrote) in with the letter I sent, I won’t further pursue your opinion about publishing a book of short stories from the mission field.

 

Karen, thanks for dialoguing with me. Such discussions are really enjoyable and a lot of fun.

Karen
 

May God bless you richly in your endeavors and especially in writing your new book.

 

Gary


 

I followed my original email with a short email about palm branches...

 

Regarding palm branches. Matthew Henry explains John 12:13...
 

(1.) That they had palms in their hands, and so had these branches of palm-trees. The palm-tree has ever been an emblem of victory and triumph; Cicero calls one that had won many prizes plurimarum palmarum homo—a man of many palms. Christ was now by his death to conquer principalities and powers, and therefore it was fit that he should have the victor's palm borne before him; though he was but girding on the harness, yet he could boast as though he had put it off. But this was not all; the carrying of palm-branches was part of the ceremony of the feast of tabernacles (Lev. 23:40; Neh. 8:15), and their using this expression of joy in the welcome given to our Lord Jesus intimates that all the feasts pointed at his gospel, had their accomplishment in it, and particularly that of the feast of tabernacles, Zec. 14:16.


Karen
 

Meier replied...

 

No argument here. Palm branches were indeed important in the culture during Jesus’ time on earth. I emphasized that in the essay I sent you: “One of the Jews' most sacred celebrations was the Feast of Tabernacles. During this time, branches of palm trees were taken to rejoice before God for seven days (Lev. 23:40). The same thing was happening in Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem story, the people were signifying their joy during this occasion by taking branches of the palm tree in their hand. Palm branches are also found in Rev. 7:9. John saw a great multitude that couldn’t be numbered and from every place on the globe, standing before the throne and before the lamb with palm branches in their hands. In each of these illustrations, three important facts stand out. First, the palm branches in the hands signify praise and homage to God. Compare that to throwing the Palms on the ground to be trampled by a donkey. These people were saluting a king. Second, the palm branches were held in the hand, not waved. And third, in each case, joy and joyfulness were the themes and intentions of the gathering.”

 

Any astute person reading the commentary you sent is able to ascertain that nowhere is it suggested “they waved palm branches or lay them in his path” as you stated in your book. This is not a biblical teaching, it’s something you made up.

 

Karen, it’s clearly evident you depend heavily on commentaries and stuff you find on the internet. I would suggest you instead depend on the Holy Spirit for your insight into biblical truth. The Bible teaches us to do this: “the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things” (John 14:26). Also, “the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you” (1 John 2:27). And, “when the spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:12). It’s the truth of God’s Word that we seek and it’s this same Word that we teach. It is imperative we are not careless with the Word as I have pointed out in my correspondence with you.

 

Serving Him with joy,

 

Gary


 

And my final email reply...
 

Dear Gary,

 

Thank you for pointing out my glaring error. I am the first to admit I am a poor proofreader of my own writing. Since the number 500 was repeatedly used in the article, the number stuck in my head. It is embarrassing, but occasionally when reading something I wrote years ago, I’ll catch an error that escaped my eye when proofreading.

 

And after reading the article again, I need to clarify some points and polish it.

 

I am not going to address the issues with you because you are not interested in Biblical Truth. And your arguments are based on false translations and false interpretations by gnostics and other heretics.

 

I did read the information you sent. But, again, your false beliefs are the beliefs of gnostics and other heretics...

 

The English Standard Version is an updated version of the Revised Standard of the National Council of Churches. The NCC has never been a Christian organization but is a Socialist organization like the World Council of Churches. When you purchase an ESV, you are helping fund the NCC which is another enemy of Christ and true Christians. You will see that the ESV is just another rewrite of the corrupted manuscripts which underlie every other modern false version. You will also see that the ESV, like the NIV and the Holman Christian Standard Bible have absolute agreement with the Roman Catholic New American Bible and the Jehovah’s Witness New World Translation.
https://www.scionofzion.com/esv_exposed.htm
 

Therefore...

 

We’re not like-minded and you’re not interested in Biblical Truth. I am a born-again Christian who is led by the Holy Spirit into all Truth through the study of His Word. And there is nothing wrong with studying or quoting secondary sources (including commentaries) written by Godly men. It is no different from listening to a sermon by a pastor. If a commentator is wrong about something, the Holy Spirit will give me discernment. And you are just parroting heretical beliefs of the heretics you follow.

 

Just as I will be held accountable before the Judgment Seat of Christ if I lead others away from the true Gospel, you will also be held accountable for trying to create doubt and confusion in my mind – and others.

 

Woe unto you!
 

A man that is an heretick after the first
and second admonition reject;
Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth,
being condemned of himself.
Titus 3:10,11


I am warning others to beware of ACLC and Bible Release Time.

 

Karen

 


Lies and Doctrines of Devils
 

Now I am going to further expose some of Meier’s lies, religious pseudointellectual babbling, and doctrines of devils...

 

Xmas

Where did you get this? The symbol X dates back to early Christianity. Abbreviations and use of symbols were common beginning way back then. The origins of X are derived from the Greek, being the letter Chi which stands for Christ. Therefore, the use of X for Christ became common in the Christian Church as did the fish and the cross. Obviously, the use of X does not take Christ out of Christmas as you indicate in your book.

 

This is religious pseudointellectual babbling.

 

Here are just a few reasons why Christians should not use Xmas instead of Christmas...


First, X is not used for Christ or Christmas in hymns and carols, sermons, stories, poetry, and other religious material.


For example...

 

We don’t sing out...

 

I heard the bells on Xmas Day.


And...

 

“Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” proclaims...


Christ, by highest heav’n adored; Christ, the everlasting Lord!

 

Not...


X, by highest heav’n adored; X, the everlasting Lord!

 

And we don’t rejoice...

 

Go tell it on the mountain, That X is born.


And we don’t sing for joy in “Silent Night! Holy Night!”...


X the Savior is born! X the Savior is born!

 

Need I say more?

 

Second, born-again Christians boldly and unashamedly proclaim Christ's birth - Christmas. Born-again Christians don’t follow Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Church of England, or Episcopal liturgical use of various forms of the Chi-Rho symbol.


There is a common misconception that the word Xmas stems from a secularizing tendency to de-emphasize the religious tradition from Christmas,[3] by "taking the Christ out of Christmas"; nevertheless, the term's usage dates back to the 16th century, and corresponds to Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Church of England, and Episcopalian[citation needed] liturgical use of various forms of chi-rho monogram. In English, "X" was first used as a scribal abbreviation for "Christ" in 1100; "X'temmas" is attested in 1551, and "Xmas" in 1721.[4]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xmas#Other_uses_of_X(t)_for_'Chris(t)-
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The Chi-Rho symbol

The Chi Rho (, English pronunciation /ˈkaɪ ˈroʊ/; also known as chrismon[1]) is one of the earliest forms of the Christogram, formed by superimposing the first two (capital) letters—chi and rho (ΧΡ)—of the Greek word ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ (Christos) in such a way that the vertical stroke of the rho intersects the center of the chi.[2]

The Chi-Rho symbol was used by the Roman Emperor Constantine I (r. 306–337 AD) as part of a military standard (vexillum). Constantine's standard was known as the Labarum. Early symbols similar to the Chi Rho were the Staurogram () and the IX monogram ().

In pre-Christian times, the Chi-Rho symbol was also used to mark a particularly valuable or relevant passage in the margin of a page, abbreviating chrēston (good).[3] Some coins of Ptolemy III Euergetes (r. 246–222 BC) were marked with a Chi-Rho.[4]

Although formed of Greek characters, the device (or its separate parts) is frequently found serving as an abbreviation in Latin text, with endings added appropriate to a Latin noun, thus XPo, signifying Christo, "to Christ", the dative form of Christus,[5] or χρ̅icola, signifying Christicola, "Christian", in the Latin lyrics of Sumer is icumen in.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi_Rho

Born-again Christians celebrate the birth of Christ, not X.

Born-again Christians celebrate Christmas – not Xmas.

 

 

King James Bible

Meier writes...

 

I don’t quite understand how the Bible has been instrumental in molding the English language.

 

He doesn’t understand?

 

In 1945, Emily Post wrote:

 

Often too we encounter men and women in whose conversation is perceptible the influence of much reading of the Bible. Such are seldom if ever stilted or pompous or long-worded, but are invariably distinguished for the simplicity and dignity of their English.

(Etiquette, p.29)

 

And...

 

First printed 400 years ago, it molded the English language, buttressed the “powers that be”—one of its famous phrases—and yet enshrined a gospel of individual freedom. No other book has given more to the English-speaking world.

King James Bible - National Geographic

 

And...

 

Did the King James Bible shape the English language?


No other book, or indeed any piece of culture, seems to have influenced the English language as much as the King James Bible. Its turns of phrase have permeated the everyday language of English speakers, whether or not they've ever opened a copy. Jan 17, 2011

King James Bible: How it changed the way we speak - BBC

 

And Meier contends...

 

Today's Dynamic and Formal Equivalence translations are much more accurate than the KJV.

 

Dynamic and formal equivalence “translations” are interpretations based on Catholic Bibles.

 

Dynamic texts are rendered into the target language using words and structures that make more sense to their audience than a word for word translation. The vocabulary, grammar structure and idioms of the source text will not be preserved.

 

The translators of these “Bibles” were not God-fearing men inspired by the Holy Spirit. They were apostate men inspired by their own imagination to pervert the Gospel.

 

The truth is...

 

Why do infidels and false Christians hate the King James Bible?

 

The Holy Spirit inspired the translators of the King James Bible;
and the King James Bible has transformed more
hearts and minds and lives than any other book in history.


Jesus’ Triumphal Entry
There is nowhere that the Bible says Palm branches were waved nor that they were strewn in his path. Period! Where in your four biblical verses cited below does it say the people waved Palm branches and laid them in his path? There isn’t. You can search Scripture till you’re blue in the face and you won’t find such a thing.

 

Meier argues Jesus’ followers did not wave or lay down palm branches in Jesus’ path.

 

But...

 

Mark 11:7,8
7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.
8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.

 

Meier doesn’t know the definition of “strawed”...

 

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Strawed

STRAWED

strod:

Past participle of "to strew," "scatter," or "spread about," as powder (of the golden calf, Exodus 32:20, the Revised Version (British and American) "strewed"); branches (Matthew 21:8, the Revised Version (British and American) "spread"); seed (Matthew 25:24,26, the Revised Version (British and American) "scatter").

 

And...

 

John 12:13 specifically mentions palm branches.

 

12  On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

 

I wrote “they waved palm branches.” The word “wave” expresses movement. It means to move up or down or side to side in the air. It is also a gesture of greeting, such as the wave of the hand - or wave of a palm branch.

 

Remember it was a joyous procession, and the people saluted Jesus as King of Israel. The crowd was filled with Messianic expectation! It would be unnatural and unreasonable that joyful people greeting Jesus as King of Israel held palm branches rigidly and unexcitedly while shouting...

 

Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

 

Adam and Eve were Deceived by the Devil

That’s nice conjecture but the Bible specifically says she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband WHO WAS WITH HER, and she ate (ESV). The “great” Bible commentator was reading between the lines. I checked 55 versions of the Bible and only eight of them did not specifically state that Adam was at her side when she ate.

 

The corrupt Catholic ESV is wrong. No conversation between Satan and Adam and Eve is recorded in Holy Scripture. This is a feminist doctrine.

 

Genesis 3:17-19 states...

17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

 

Note, it does not say, “because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of the serpent.” The Bible expressly says, “because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife.”

 

And 1 Timothy 2:11-14 explains...

 

11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

 

It does not say Adam and Eve were both deceived by the serpent. It says, “Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”

 

And Meier continues his heresy...

 

I was referring to the statement in your book, “the Devil appeared to her in the form of a snake”. This is completely untrue. THE DEVIL AT THAT TIME APPEARED TO HER IN THE FORM OF A “BEAST OF THE FIELD” (Gen.3:1).

 

But Genesis 3:1 states in the KJB and ESV and NASB the serpent was more subtle, crafty, cunning than “any beast of the field.”...

 

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. KJB

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. ESV

Now the serpent was more cunning than any animal of the field which the Lord God had made. NASB

 

Interestingly, Dr. Frank Logsdon, project member of the translation committee for the New American Standard Version (NASB), denounced his work on that Bible and urged all Christians to return to the Authorized Version, commonly known as the King James Bible.

 

Logsdon wrote...

The Godly Heritage of the KJV

 

In viewing the distortions, deletions, corruptions, dilutions, changes and questionable associations of the critical text and its resultant modernist translations, we will stick to the venerable King lames Version of the Bible that our forebearers so faithfully used. It is an ancient landmark.

 

Down through the centuries, it has been the Bible used for every major revival to sweep across portions of the English-speaking world. It was the Bible of the Pilgrim forefathers of this nation. And it has been God blessed wherever it has been used. It is based upon the ancient text which has been, until just recently, the universally accepted text of the Scriptures from the time of the apostles.

Modern versions have been marketed extensively as being easier to read than the archaic, old fashioned KJV Bible. However, recent computerized document analysis programs have objectively revealed that the King James Version of the Bible is in far easier to read than the NIV or the NASB.

 

The Fleisch-Kincaid research firm has, through computerized analysis, shown that the KJV vocabulary has fewer syllables per word than the NIV or the NASB. Furthermore, the KJV has less complex sentences than the NIV or NASB. In reality, the KJV is easier to read than its modern counterparts in the manner of vocabulary and syntax.

 

There is undisputed eloquence and beauty in the King James Version. Moreover, the English language was at its zenith in the early 17th century for poetic beauty and eloquence. Interestingly, one of the major criticisms of the King James Version is actually a strength. People unacquainted with proper English complain about the use of "thee" and "thou" etc. in the King James text.

 

However, as anyone who knows linguistics will attest, many languages have at one time had a common level which was spoken on the street and a higher or formal level that was used in reference to royalty and God. The usage of "thee" and "thou" etc. in old English is a form of higher English that no longer is commonly used. It originally was used in formal situations where deference and respect to nobility, royalty and Deity were appropriate.

 

Unfortunately, our contemporary American English usage of "you" and "yours" etc. makes no allowance for such deference and brings all of our language back to the lower level. The King James Version respectfully and appropriately refers to God and other notables as "thee" or "thou" in accordance with their due respect. Most modern language translations have diluted that deference.

-Dr. Frank Logsdon http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/apologetics/whyweuse.shtml

 

Finally, to repeat...

 

The most important reason why infidels and false Christians hate and reject the King James Bible:

 

The Holy Spirit inspired the translators of the King James Bible;
 and the King James Bible has transformed
more hearts and minds and lives than any other book in history.



 

Beware of Released Time Religious Education Programs in Public Schools!

 

Yes, at first, I was glad to hear of Bible Release Time offering parents in Union County, Georgia, an opportunity for their children to receive Biblical instruction during school hours.

 

But after corresponding with heretic Gary Meier, I know the truth about this devilish "Christian" program...

 

Bible Release Time does not teach Biblical Truth. Under the guise of “Christianity,” Bible Release Time is a devilish children’s program of lies, deception, ecumenism, indoctrination – heresy! Programs may teach social justice, feminist theology, LGBTQ theology, social gospel, unconditional eternal security, or any other false gospel.

 

Released Time programs are designed as religious education to teach the religious beliefs and practices of the religion of the sponsoring program. Some programs may also choose to teach specific doctrines or beliefs of a specific church or denomination. The programs are responsible for selecting curriculum and implementing the instruction. https://releasedtime.org/learn-more/for-parents-guardians

 

Remember...

 

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

And no marvel;
for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness;
whose end shall be according to their works.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15

 

Beware of Bible Release Time and other Released Time Religious Education programs in public schools!

 



 

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