Sermons by Marlin Harless


Marlin L. Harless

INTRODUCTION: God has in His great love, mercy, grace, and wisdom, provided His marvelous, adequate, and sufficient, Plan of Salvation, for the whole world, at such tremendous cost!! "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16) However, man, down through the corridors of time, has manifested a certain apathetic, querulous, attitude towards this magnificent achievement of Almighty God.

Jehovah God has thoroughly, and amazingly, provided all of man's spiritual needs, both, in this present world, and in the world to come, as it were, in one bold stroke…by Jesus shedding His Precious, Rich, Red, Royal, Ruby, Blood on the Cross of Calvary!! Beloved, this rather strange attitude has been around for a very long, long time. Consider Judas, one of Jesus' apostles, betrayed him for thirty shekels of silver:

"Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him" (Matthew 26:14-16). Beloved, how strange it was, and is still, that Judas could stoop so low as to betray his Master!! Thus, Judas made shipwreck of his faith, and with the blood of Jesus on his very own hands, denied himself the white robe, and all the blessings of heaven for eternity!! This betrayal of Christ is being repeated daily by professed Christians!!!

There are many ways to betray Christ: a. By being disloyal to, b. to deceive, c. to seduce, d. to reveal, e. to conspire against. The latter one is what Judas did to Jesus! He conspired against Jesus, with his enemies, as the previously mentioned text reveals. Judas is portrayed in the scriptures, as being a reluctant follower of Jesus, and, like Peter, following his Master "afar off." (Matthew 26:58) "But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in… to see the end." Perhaps most professed Christians manifest a certain righteous indignation toward Peter, and Judas, for their disloyalty to Christ!! However, many of these same professed Christians fail to manifest any real righteous indignation toward present-day betrayers of Christ!!

Accordingly, in order to bring into sharp focus the objective of this study, there are many intelligent, and well educated people, with their Masters, and Ph. d., Degrees, in Theology, who assume that they have the authority, and wisdom to modernize the Bible, and bring it up to date, since they think God made so many mistakes in the Old King James Version, against which they have so many anathemas; and have set out on a binge to emasculate the Word of God, and inculcate their human opinions and ideas---the doctrines and commandments of men, and many preconceived religious preferences which square with their Doctoral Studies and training in atheistic institutions of learning, where God is unknown!!!

I. THE ISAIAH 7:14 PROPHECY OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH OF JESUS: The (KJV) text reads thus, "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." the (RSV) text reads as follows: "therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Note, the Revised Standard Version editor's brazenly assume the authority to delete the word, virgin (Hebrew alma) from the text, and insert, "young woman." The sign of (Isaiah 7:14) would be that a virgin would bear a son!!!

And in (Isaiah 9:6,7), the prophet states that this child would be born [that is, a human birth], but it would be a son given (that is, a miraculous conception), and only the virgin birth of Jesus could fulfill it!!! "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this."

When the Revised Standard Version took the word virgin out and substituted young woman they destroyed the sign, for there is no sign of anything when a mere "young woman" bears a son, that is the function of a young woman, and an old woman could not bear a son; but when a virgin should conceive and bear a son, it was indeed a sign of miraculous conception. The translators, (editors, emphasis mine, MLH), not only destroyed this prophecy but made themselves ridiculous in the use of a young woman as a sign, instead of a virgin.1

I can easily imagine some one saying, well, everyone makes mistakes, and, surely, no one will dispute that! All humankind makes mistakes! To edit young woman into the text, rather than leave the text as it was, was a very serious mistake; However, deleting the word virgin was not a mistake, but, rather, premeditated, they were fully cognizant of their objective, as they were standing in Satan's shadow, and with his legerdemain, in one bold stroke, destroyed the virgin birth of Jesus Christ: as far as the (RSV) is concerned!!! The editors of this (RSV) knew they could emasculate the Holy, Inspired Word of God by trashing the Virgin Birth of Jesus!!

Beloved, consider this, if the virgin birth of Jesus Christ is not a reality, then, Jesus was a mere man, nothing less than an impostor, and, if Jesus is an imposter, then, Christians are still in their sins, and there is absolutely no salvation!!! Deleting the word virgin from (Isaiah 7:14) gives a lie to everything that God has said!! if not, why not?? Jesus is the fulcrum, the spiritual hub upon which everything else depends! Think of all the lies the prophets, and apostles, and Jesus himself told, if he was not born of a virgin, and was only a mere man!!!

My friends, do you realize, the editors of the (RSV) as well as those who are responsible for the other new adulterated versions, [that is, perversions], for that is what they are, have betrayed Christ, in a similar fashion, as did Judas!! According to their works, God will judge them, even though they may never have known him, in the scriptural sense, they have rouged their way into the sacred treasure of God's Eternal Word, and have cut a very wide swath of "search and destroy."

Consider the beauty and splendor of Matthew's record of the virgin birth: note, Matthew quotes (Isaiah 7:14), "But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which being interpreted is God with us. "…and knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus" (Matthew 1:20-23,25), Moreover, anything less than the truth, is a lie, and faithful Christians do not appreciate lies: "God forbid, yea, let God be true, but every man a liar" (Romans 3:4a).

Beloved, what men are doing to the word of God today, in their hell bent attitude and persistence, of dismantling and uprooting the last vista of evidence of the inspiration of the Bible, reminds me of another Isaiah text, (Chapter 30:9-11)---"That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: which say to the seers, see not, and to the prophets, prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us." This is the same attitude that many professed Christians have today!! They want others to know that they are ready, at any moment, to make their exit from this life, and to go home to be with Jesus!! Brethren, God for bid!!

When elders, preachers, and Bible class teachers, endeavor to present an depth study, as I am attempting to do in this study, often, even Christians sitting in the pews, become very disgruntled and unhappy with the truth, and make accusing statements to the instructor: such as, I came to study the bible; not to learn about all the mistakes the translators made, in giving us an "easy-to-read" Bible!!! Some professed Christians give indisputable evidence, by their attitude toward Spiritual Values, that they do not care whether it is "virgin," or young woman in (Isaiah 7:14)!!!

They want or prefer the Bible instructor to speak "smooth things," words of commendation, flattery, and praise, therefore speak things which tickle their ears. Beloved, many Christians think this is easy, no falling to the knees in prayer, no personal Bible study, and no soul-searching, no hungering and thirsting for righteousness!! Let's tune into (2 Corinthians 13:5) Paul said, "Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith: prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" A "reprobate" person is; one who is rejected by God or beyond hope of salvation. The American College Dictionary.

Others must commend them for being present; they will not accept any teaching that challenges their smugness and complacency, such as, family life, giving as prospered, marriage, divorce, and remarriage; nor think they should be deeply involved in Christianity; they are chronic complainers---finding fault with everyone, and every thing! To put it succinctly, "they have not the spirit of Christ"! "Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his" (Romans 8:9c).


(Mark 16:9-20): Concerning the end of Mark---which includes the gospel commission: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth, and is baptized shall be saved"---true to form, as in the other new versions, this New International casts the doubt that amounts to the repudiation and rejection of these last twelve verses of Mark. A cut-off line is inserted below verse 8, to indicate the end of Mark. Then above verse 9, inserted in brackets is the statement "the most reliable early manuscripts omit (Mark 16:9-20").2

Beloved, assuming that we have before us, a certain Business Document, wherein the President of a large Corporation, decided to mandate his instructions to his supervisors, over whom he has Official Authority; and while in transit, the document falls into the hands of an enemy of the President of said Corporation, who unlawfully breaks into the sealed Document, and deletes certain vital information concerning the proper dosage of medications which promise a cure for a severe virus, which has infected millions of people on this Planet!!! Accordingly, we should be pleased to know the Attorney General and his lieutenants are hunting for the rogue, and will bring him to justice and judgment!! Too, the Wise Man advises: "Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good" (Ecclesiastes 9:18).

I never cease to be amazed how brutal, cold, apathetic, hardhearted, and self-destructive, man can actually be!! The Bible is the most significant message that man has access to, then, to see man climb the tallest tree, perch himself on the upper limb, and cut it off behind him! There is no oversight here---it is ignorance that is inexcusable!!! Moreover, the recurring question is: why do men want to play fast and loose with God's word? In one sense, we might be able to understand why man refuses to submit to, and obey God's word, and, thus, go his own way. But, why? why? why? does any man want to destroy the Bible? My friends, hear me, are you listening? Could it be, that the sinner, is always doing what he never intended?

The following precious truths, are things the editors of the NIV, RSV decided to throw out the window of their minds, and ours too, if, indeed, the truth was ever in their minds? "Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils [demons], (Emph. Mine, MLH. And she went and told them which had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils, ["demons," emphasis. mine, MLH], 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. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen" (Mark 16 9-20)

Remember, the NIV editors claim that, "the most reliable early manuscripts omit (mark 16:9-20). This statement carries the fatal admission that some reliable manuscripts do not omit it---and even if one manuscript that is reliable includes it that would constitute authentication. But the textual historical fact is that there are five hundred manuscripts and two thousand copies of that category of manuscripts that produced the Bible---and the end of mark is missing for only two of the five hundred manuscripts, and from none of the two thousand copies!

The end of John is missing from the same manuscripts and Hebrews ends at chapter nine---yet no doubt is indicated in marginal notes or assertions in brackets to cast suspicion or reflection on the authenticity of these portions---why? The reason is theological and too obvious to waste the ink and exert the effort to explain---the modern theologians want (mark 16:9-20) expurgated, and the makers of the New International Version have joined the motley combination bent on the mutilation of the new testament in all of its doctrinal integrity.3

It is possible that the editors of their perverted new versions, have read about "Jehoiakim's penknife," and think that today's Bible is supposed to get the same treatment! "And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth. Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words. Nevertheless, Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had made intercession to the king that he would not burn the roll: but he would not hear them" (Jeremiah 36:23-25).

"Then the word of the lord came to Jeremiah, after that the king had burned the roll, and the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying, take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah hath burned…he shall have none, [of his seed, emphasis, mine, MLH], to sit upon the throne of David…" (Jeremiah 36:27,28,30b).

To state it succinctly. the word of God is indestructible!! However, man's handling of God's word can destroy it, for those who are hell bent on emasculating it: the word means---1."To castrate. 2. To deprive of strength or vigor; weaken; render effeminate." The American College Dictionary. Accordingly, those who drink from the brackish springs of water, (spiritual poison), produced by the unscrupulous, change happy, editors of the new adulterated versions of the Bible, condemn their own souls to a devil's hell, except they repent!!! "I tell you, nay: but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3,5). Then, too, all professed Christians who accept a perverted gospel, and failing to repent, will be lost!!! "…That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (2 Thessalonians 2:12).

Beloved, the only alternative is to follow Jesus' advice, which he gave to the church at Laodicea: "Because thou sayest, I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if ant man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:17-20) What is it then? There is no evidence that anyone at Laodicea ever opened the door!!! Beloved, there is a future judgment! We shall all be there!! (2 Corinthians 5:10).

Anent (Mark 16:9-20) England's scholar, John W. Burgon has devastated the attacks of the new versions in his treatise entitled "The Last Twelve Verses of Mark" and a summary of his important exposition is included in the section dealing with (Mark 16:9-20) in "A Review Of The New Versions." Recommended also is the "critical notes on (Mark 16:9-20) by J. W McGarvey in his Commentary on Matthew and Mark. These two treatises are indispensable to preachers and teachers who should be armed against these perversions---and they are recommended as good reading for the users of the new versions including professors in the Bible Departments of our colleges.4

CONCLUSION: if you are using one or more of the new adulterated versions of the Bible, you should make a simple test, by using the Old King James Version, by comparing it with the new version you are presently using: verse by verse, and word by word: Moreover you must persevere---keep right on, day by day making the comparison, and you will see the difference, if you are really honest with yourself and God!! Beloved, the Old King James Version shines like new money!! After all, you do want to go to heaven, don't you? Get better acquainted with God by using the KJV!!! "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them" (Isaiah 8:20).

To become a Christian: you must--- 1. Hear the gospel, Romans 10:14, 2. Believe the true gospel, Romans 10:14, 3. Repent of past sins, Acts 2:38, 4. Confess Jesus before men, Matthew 10:32,33, 5. Be immersed for the remission of sins, Mark 16:16, 6. Be faithful until death, Revelation 2:10. Beloved, will you do it, Today? Today? Today?


Bible, Fifth Improved Edition

2. The American College Dictionary

3. The American Heritage Dictionary

4. The Expanded Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words 5. Theological Dictionary of The New Testament

6. The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology


1. A Review Of The New Versions, by Foy E. Wallace, Jr., (RSV), Chapter eight, pages 320 &321

2. A Review Of The New Versions, by Foy E. Wallace, Jr., (NIV), Supplement, page 678

3. A Review Of The New Versions, by Foy E. Wallace, Jr., (NIV), Supplement, page 679

4. A Review Of The New Versions, by Foy E. Wallace, Jr., (NIV), Supplement, page 679

I pledge my sincere appreciation to all concerned, for these wonderful resources!!! (MLH)

(E-Mail Address: Dear Reader: In the event you find errors in this Sermon, Spelling, Scripture References, etc., please feel free to inform me of the same! (Telephone number: [304] 247-6895). Thank You! (MLH)

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