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Westcott’s New Bibles: Changing The Truth Of God Into A Lie, A Trojan Horse In Our Churches

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  • Limited to Westcott, the latest research about him.
  • Influence of Westcott on John Albert Broadus.
  • Existence of a ‘Westcottian Theology’ proved.
  • Westcott and universal incarnation of the Christ spirit.
  • His socialism and mysticism examined.
  • His pantheistic ‘One Life’ concept traced to Coleridge.
  • His affinity for Hindu philosophy detailed.
  • New understanding of John’s gospel by Hindu thought.
  • Battle for the ‘One Life’ to be fought and won in India.
  • Equivalence of the ‘One Life’, and ‘The One.'
  • ‘The One’, not in the KJB, appears in the ERV and NIV.
  • The story of ‘Westcott’s Disciple’, William Marshall Teape and his secret endowment of the Westcott Lectures.

Westcott, like Sinon who deceived the Trojans, persuaded many that he was orthodox. The Trojans themselves dragged the horse into their city, ignoring the warning of Cassandra “beware of Greeks bearing gifts,” and “with song and rejoicing they brought death in, treachery and destruction.”

Although Westcott was not the first to use the minority Alexandrian manuscripts, he was the man who, more than any other, gave academic respectability and a false sense of orthodox sanction to what has become known as the critical text. The modern “eclectic” Nestle-Aland text of the New Testament differs in less than 400 places from the Westcott-Hort text. So in a very real sense the new versions can be said to be Westcott’s. But he was able to gain the cooperation of many others. How did this come to be?

There is a little known story in the Life And Letters Of John Albert Broadus, founder of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, which can instruct us. This biography was written by Broadus’ student, A. T. Robertson, the great Greek scholar, advocate of the critical text, and professor at the seminary. In July 1868, three years after the American Bible Union New Testament had appeared, Broadus wrote an article in the Baptist Quarterly strongly defending the last 12 verses of Mark. Burgon quoted from it freely. On September 3, 1868 Westcott wrote a letter to Broadus thanking him for sending a copy of the article, and said: “I have read with interest the careful and sound criticism which you have kindly called to my attention…with regard to the passage of St. Mark, which you most ably analyze, external evidence leaves no doubt, in my opinion, that it was a very early addition to the gospel and not, I think, by St. Mark…my experience too, in dealing very minutely with the Greek text leads me to think that such a combination as Aleph, B, k, arm is never wrong.” Robertson comments that “Doctor Broadus afterward felt more uncertain about these last verses of Mark.”

Then in 1870 Broadus Went To London, and on Oct. 15 he wrote home: “on Wednesday at two o’clock I went to Westminster Abbey, at the suggestion of Bishop Ellicott…I went to the Deanery (A. P. Stanley is Dean), sent in my card with the luncheon, and his Lordship came out saying that he had asked leave of the committee just to bring me in for the half-hour of luncheon. He introduced me in general at the door, and then various gentlemen came up and shook hands…some of them invited me to visit their cathedrals, others asked about the South. Professor Lightfoot invited me to Cambridge quite cordially. Mr. Westcott is a gentle, lovable-looking man, with a mild, sweet tone, and with a devotional feeling predominating in all his talk. I talked principally with him and Mr. Hort about their forthcoming text of the New Testament, in which I am much interested. Mr. Westcott invited me warmly to Peterborough, where he is Canon.” Unbeknownst to Broadus, the Westcott-Hort text was already in the hands of the revisers. Robertson then commented “Bishop Ellicott was all courtesy and kindness to Doctor Broadus and left nothing undone that he could do for his enjoyment.”

Political appeal to Broadus through “the pride of life” eventually had its intended effect. On Oct. 28, 1891 Broadus wrote to G. B. Taylor “I beg your pardon for not having acknowledged the receipt of the photo-lithograph of the Codex Vaticanus, which arrived in due time, and which I am at present having my class examine with great interest and profit.” He had moved a great distance, from defending the last twelve verses of Mark to teaching his impressionable students, “with profit,” the Vatican Codex, which omitted these last twelve verses of Mark along with many others.

Westcott’s beliefs did influence his choice of Codices Aleph, B, and D as sources for his Greek text. These beliefs have been passed over either through ignorance and carelessness or deliberate failure of reporting by those in positions of influence at some of the most influential of our fundamental schools, where the same scholarly pride that so completely gripped John Albert Broadus is still in full flower today.

Westcott’s academic influence was worldwide and continues to the present time; so that the modern versions indeed can be said to be Westcott’s Trojan Horse brought into our churches. And how did Westcott change the truth of God into a lie? Principally by teaching his doctrine of the One, the One Life, which he said is the life of Christ universally incarnate into all of creation.

The incarnation is a living shrine for the impersonal, unknowable God of Plato and Philo Judea who achieved consciousness in man; the life of Christ is the basis for all else that is unfolded in time. Translation consistent with this doctrine can be found in numerous places in the new versions. In this mode of thinking Westcott translated John 1:4 “that which hath been made was life in him.” Individual lives do not exist apart from this vast One Life, the only thing created. The One Life is the concept by which Westcott changed the truth of God into the lie of pantheism.

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