Carlo Martini, one of the editors of the United Bible Societies Greek New Testament, died last week at age 85. Martini, a Jesuit priest and the Roman Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Milan, was an editor of the UBS NT from 1967 until 2002. He was made a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 1983. The other original editors of the UBS NT were Kurt Aland, Bruce Metzger, Matthew Black, and Allen Wikgren. I remember how shocked I was when I learned about the gross theological heresies of the men who edited the Greek New Testament that I had used in Bible School. We students were not given this information, though the school was supposed to be a “fundamentalist” one that believed in separation, but at the beginning of my personal research into the Bible version/text issue as a young missionary in the early 1980s I dug the information out by obtaining books written by Metzger and the other men. Eventually I built a large library on that subject and documented the apostasy “from the horse’s mouth.” My first book exposing this was Unholy Hands on God’s Holy Book: A Report on the United Bible Societies in 1985. The information in that book was reproduced widely both with and without proper credit. After 20 more years of research, I published The Modern Bible Version Hall of Shame in 2005, which exposes modern textual criticism’s affinity to and intimate association with end-time apostasy. This book contains documentation pertaining to more than 150 influential textual critics and translators. God has commanded that His people mark and avoid theological heretics (Romans 16:17) and turn away from end-time apostasy (2 Timothy 3:5). There is no biblical justification for using books and Greek Testaments produced by such men. “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Tim. 3:5).
(Friday Church News Notes, September 7, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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