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IBC Vol. 23 No. 11 : Page 20

Guest Pulpit E XTRA!! OFFICIAL POSITION OF THE UNITED PENTE-COSTAL CHURCH EXTRA!! So it is emblazoned with dark, bold letters on page 2 (Front Page) of the November 1953 issue of the Pentecostal Herald. What is it referring to? Bible translations. At the 1953 General Conference, the UPCI had made a stand against the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, and for the King James Version of the Bible. Let’s read the position paper that is the official position of the UPCI that was voted on and approved at Conference that year. It reads as found on page 8 of the same Herald: STATEMENT OF OUR POSITION IN REGARDS TO THE NEW TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE, THE REVISED STANDARD VERSION. INASMUCH as the United Pentecostal Church believes in the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, given to us by holy men of God, who spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost; and we believe the Scriptures to be the Word of God, given to us by divine authority; we hereby declare our position regarding the new translation of the Bible in modern speech known as the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyrighted by the National Council of Churches in America, as follows; WHEREAS, upon examining the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, we find many of the fundamentals of our Christian faith and doctrine have been changed and are very misleading, for example: “The virgin birth of Christ,” “Remission of sins as taught in the New Testament,: “The Deity of Christ,” and other truths, and, WHEREAS, the majority of the committee of translators themselves, according to their associations, connections, and records are proven to be modernist and liberal scholars, who do not believe nor embrace the revealed truths of God’s Holy Word, neither the plan of God’s salvation, and, WHEREAS, the list of the translators of the Revised Standard Version shows unmistakably that theologically they are liberal scholars, with liberal bias that no orthodox or fundamental scholar is included among them that their position on the Bible is not that of the historic faith of the Apostolic or reformation days, and that there is no evidence that they hold to the literal complete inspiration of the scriptures. BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that, the United Pentecostal Church declare its disapproval of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyrighted by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S., and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we continue to accept the King James Version of the Bible as the most accurate translation of the Scriptures to be used in our churches and among our people. How Did This Come About? The entire process is recounted in the same issue of the Pentecostal Herald. We find, again on page 2, that this Resolution originated at the Illinois District Conference on May 15, 1953. General Superintendent A.T. Morgan then appointed a committee of seven very highly esteemed ministers to make a report and recommendations on this subject for the next General Board meeting at General Conference. The seven ministers were: O.F. Fauss; V.A. Guidroz; M.J. Wolff; L.R. Thompson; C.H. Yadon; E.L. Jacques, and S.G. Norris. The committee then gave their report to the General Board, who accepted it and gave it to the Resolution Committee. It was then presented to the General Conference and adopted to become our official position, where it is today. We will see that among Apostolic churches in the U.S., this has been a very consistent position transcending organizational lines. But before we go there, here are a few more observations concerning the passage of this Position. First, it is interesting to note that a play was given by the UPC Bible colleges on Saturday morning of that General Conference, “…exposing the deceptiveness of the so-called new Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible.” Second, Bro. M.J. Wolff wrote an extensive article in that edition of the Herald entitled, “The New Bible.” He gives eight reasons why the RSV shouldn’t be accepted among Bible-believing Christians. Among them he says, “The drastic changes made in certain passages of ‘this book’ are unacceptable to true Christianity!” He then goes on to list some of these changes, and many of them are still being changed in modern versions today. He also goes on to say, “The elimination of vital words and phrases and entire verses from the Bible prove beyond doubt that ‘this book’ is dangerous to the Christian Faith.” (Bold in the 20 ibc perspectives -vol. 23, no. 11

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