BEWARE of The MacArthur Study Bible!

By David J. Stewart

I recently took a close look inside the "Revised and Updated" edition of THE MACARTHUR STUDY BIBLE [1997] by Thomas Nelson publishers.  Honestly, don't waste your money, because it's filled with heresy and really bad theology. 

First of all, Thomas Nelson owns the copyright to the New King James Version (hereafter called NKJV).  So it's not surprising that Thomas Nelson publishers are also publishing MacArthur's garbage.  Yes, I said garbage, because that's what it is.  I am not trying to be unkind, but honest.  I am warning you about this Modernist who dares to claim the name of Christ, while denying the redeeming power of the literal blood of Jesus Christ.  Satan is subtle and if we're not careful, he'll deceive us through false prophets like Dr. John F. MacArthur.

Ironically, the insert to MacArthur's Study Bible reads: "GOD'S TRUTH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE WORLD."  I couldn't agree more, which is why I am exposing Nelson Publishers and John MacArthur as heretics who have corrupted the very Words of God, and perverted the meaning of the Scriptures. 

Please don't misunderstand me, there are many wonderful teachings in The MacArthur Study Bible, just as the Jehovah's Witnesses also teach many wonderful things in their literature; but John MacArthur, like the Jehovah's Witnesses, teaches damnable heresies as well.  As is customary with Satan, we find a small amount of lies embodied within the truth, which is no truth at all.  If Mr. MacArthur is wrong on salvation and the blood of Christ, which he certainly is, then he's wrong about everything else too. 

The Damnable New King James Version

MacArthur's Study Bible is based upon the perverted NKJV.  The NKJV is just as rotten and corrupt as the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible.  The NKJV has most of the same corruptions as does the NIV in comparison to the trustworthy 1611 King James Bible (KJB).  The NKJV is based upon the same heretical work of Westcott and Hort as are all other modern perversions of God's Word.  The NKJV is dangerous, because it perverts the Word of God.  For example: The NKJV publishers changed "narrow is the way" in Matthew 7:14 to "difficult is the way."  There is nothing "difficult" about the salvation offered to us through Jesus Christ!  Jesus said in Matthew 11:30, "For my yoke is EASY, and my burden is light."  Jesus stated THE EXACT OPPOSITE of what the NKJV claims.  Boy, you talk about a contradiction!  Salvation is not difficult.  Anyone can be saved simply by coming to Jesus Christ as a guilty sinner, believing on Him to wash away our sins by His own precious blood (1st Peter 1:18,19). 

So the first, and biggest flaw, of MacArthur's Revised and Updated Study Bible is that he is basing his work upon a corrupted version of the Scriptures.  Perverted bibles consequently lead to perverted doctrines.  This is why so many false doctrines have crept into the New Testament Church today.

Interestingly, MacArthur never addresses the issue of corrupt bibles in his "Study Bible."  How is it that a longtime pastor and Bible-teacher, who has exposed many religious cults, is blind to the reality of corrupt bibles which are corrupting today's churches.  As I've gone through MacArthur's Revised and Updated "Study Bible," I've purposely read his comments on Scriptures which have been corrupted in the NKJV, which his study is built upon.  This is important.  For example: In 2nd Corinthians 2:17 in the KJB states, "For we not as many which CORRUPT the word of God.  The NKJV changes it to "For we are not, as so many, PEDDLING the word of God" (ditto NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV).  Here's MacArthur's commentary on the word "peddling" in 2nd Corinthians 2:17 (on page 1766 of his Revised and Updated "Study Bible"):

"From a Gr. verb that means "to corrupt," this word came to refer to corrupt hucksters, or con men who by their cleverness and deception were able to sell as genuine an inferior product that was only a cheap imitation. The false teachers in the church were coming with cleaver, deceptive rhetoric to offer a degraded, adulterated message that mixed paganism and Jewish tradition.  They were dishonest men seeking personal profit and prestige at the expense of gospel truth and people's souls.

SOURCE: The Revised and Updated edition of The MacArthur Study Bible, Thomas Nelson publishers,  page 752

MacArthur's commentary, as does the perverted word "peddling" in the NKJV, steers the reader's mind away from the reality that there are CORRUPT bibles on the market today.  The phrase, "peddling the Word of God" only casts a negative reflection upon those who are greedy and have something to sell.  The actual Greek meaning of this word (kapeleuo) is "corrupt" and it was very dishonest for Nelson Publishers to change this word.  The word "peddling" is an incomplete definition of the Greek word.  The full meaning is a person who adulterates and corrupts the word of God to make a profit.  The word "peddling" does NOT convey the Greek meaning of this word.  MacArthur is dishonest to go along with this perversion of the Scriptures.  2nd Corinthians 2:17 isn't just condemning those who peddle the Word of God; but rather, those who corrupt the Word of God and then peddle it to make money. 

Unbelievably, MacArthur's commentary on 2nd Corinthians 2:17 condemns Thomas Nelson publishers and all the other Bible-corrupters today; YET, he won't address the issue because he is compromised.  MacArthur has enough spiritual insight to expose false religions (such as Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons); but then he fails to expose false bibles. This is a major flaw in MacArthur's "Study Bible."  People need to be warned about the onslaught of corrupt bibles on the market today.  Sadly, MacArthur is as blinded as a blind man.  Do yourself an eternal favor and only use the King James Bible

MacArthur Deliberately Avoids Interpreting Psalm 12:7

Psalm 12:6-8 in the KJB reads, "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted."  Psalm 12:7 is God's promise that He will PRESERVE His Words in every generation.  That means that somewhere on the earth today we have God's preserved Words.  I believe God's Words have been faithfully preserved in the precious King James Bible.  Here's the commentary which John MacArthur provides in his Revised and Updated "Study Bible" on page 752 for Psalm 12:7-8:

"The hostile realities of v. 8 call for the heavenly resources of v. 7"

SOURCE: The Revised and Updated edition of The MacArthur Study Bible, Thomas Nelson publishers,  page 752

That's it?  That's all you've got to say Mr. MacArthur concerning God's promise to preserve His Words?  MacArthur completely avoids the issue of preservation of the Word of God, because he us using a perverted Bible himself to mislead the masses.  There's no money to be made today selling the increasingly unpopular King James Bible in our apostate society.  Nelson Publisher's is pulling on the same rope as the Devil.  Please read, The King James Version Hasn't Changed.

MacArthur Denies the Redemptive Power of Jesus' Literal Physical Blood

The April 1986 edition of Faith For The Family quotes MacArthur as saying in a 1976 article entitled, "Not His Bleeding But His Dying":

"It was His death that was efficacious . . . not His blood . . . Christ did not bleed to death. The shedding of blood had nothing to do with bleeding . . . it simply means death . . . Nothing in His human blood saves . . . It is not His blood that I love . . . it is Him. It is not His bleeding that saved me, but His dying."

Mr. MacArthur is a heretic who states:

"It is not the actual liquid that cleanses us from our sins, but the work of redemption Christ accomplished in pouring it out." -Dr. John MacArthur


In MacArthur's Revised and Updated "Study Bible," he avoids Exodus 12:13 like the Bubonic Plague... "And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt" (KJB).  MacArthur doesn't comment directly concerning this verse.  It baffles me as to why any professed Gospel preacher would make light of the literal blood of Jesus Christ.  MacArthur has nothing good to say about Jesus' physical blood, because he doesn't think it has any value in and of itself.  What good is a "Study Bible" that ignores the most important doctrine in the entire Bible?  1st Peter 1:18,19 tells us just how important the blood of Jesus is: "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." 

MacArthur's Deceitful, Confusing and Misleading Philosophies on the Blood of Christ

Deceitfully, in MacArthur's Revised and Updated Study Bible, he comments concerning 1st Peter 1:18,19 on page 1941:

"The price paid to a holy God was the shed blood of His own Son."

SOURCE: The Revised and Updated edition of The MacArthur Study Bible, Thomas Nelson publishers,  page 1941

Yet, to show you how deceitful MacArthur is, take a look at his comments concerning Hebrews 9:22 (i.e., "without shedding of blood there is no remission") on page 1912 of his Revised and Updated Study Bible:

"Shedding of blood" refers to death."

SOURCE: The Revised and Updated edition of The MacArthur Study Bible, Thomas Nelson publishers, page 1912

Wow!  What a deceiver!  If God meant "death," then He would have said "death" Mr. MacArthur; BUT He didn't, He said "shedding of blood." 

Christ's virgin birth, sinless life, death, burial and bodily resurrection all led up to the application of His precious blood to the mercy seat in Heaven.  MacArthur denies this vehemently.  Take at look at what MacArthur comments on page 1910 of his Revised and Updated Study Bible concerning Hebrews 9:12 (i.e., "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us"):

"A better translation would be "through His own blood." ... Nothing is said which would indicate that Christ carried His actual physical blood with Him into the heavenly sanctuary."

SOURCE: The Revised and Updated edition of The MacArthur Study Bible, Thomas Nelson publishers, page 1910

On the contrary, the KJB states, "Moreover he [Moses] sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry ... For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us" (Hebrews 9:21,24).  If you'll take the time to carefully read the entire chapter of Hebrews 9, you'll find the word "blood" mentioned 12 times.  You'll also learn that the Old Testament tabernacle was a "figure" of the true Tabernacle in Heaven.  Just as the Old Testament high priest was required to bring the lamb's literal physical shed BLOOD into the holy place and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, so did Jesus Christ enter into the heavenly holy place with His own blood and sprinkle it on the Mercy Seat.  MacArthur is very wrong!

Hebrews 9:12 in the KJB states, "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us."  MacArthur claims that the phrase "by his own blood" should have been translated "through his own blood"; however, then this means that we would also need to change the phrase "by the blood of goats and calves" to "through the blood of goats and calves."  So then why did God require the blood of animals UPON THE MERCY SEAT in the Old Testament?  Leviticus 17:11 reads, "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul."  Perhaps Mr. MacArthur needs some better reading glasses. 

Here are MacArthur's comments for Leviticus 17:11, i.e., the phrase "the life of the flesh is in the blood":

"...the shedding of blood represents the shedding of life, i.e., death ... NT references to the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ are references to His death."

SOURCE: The Revised and Updated edition of The MacArthur Study Bible, Thomas Nelson publishers, page 178

There is NO such teaching in the Scriptures!  John MacArthur has fabricated his own corrupt way of thinking.  Hebrews 9:6-7 state: "Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second [i.e., the holy of holies] went the high priest alone once every year, NOT WITHOUT BLOOD, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people."  How can Mr. MacArthur be so naive and unbiblical as to claim that Jesus' literal physical blood didn't need to be applied to the Mercy Seat in Heaven, in consideration of such overwhelming Scriptural evidence? 

MacArthur really gets confusing in his commentary of Hebrews 9:7 on page 1910, the phrase "not without blood":

"...the shedding of blood in and of itself is an insufficient sacrifice. Christ had not only to shed His blood, but to die ... Without His death, his blood had no saving value."

SOURCE: The Revised and Updated edition of The MacArthur Study Bible, Thomas Nelson publishers, page 1910

While it is true that Jesus' death was absolutely essential to His work of redemption, MacArthur attempts to use this fact in this Scripture as a means of completely disregarding the efficacy (power) of the literal physical blood of Jesus.  Hebrews 9:7 isn't talking about the "death" of the sacrificed animal, it is talking about the "blood" of the sacrificed animal.  The truth is that Jesus' virgin birth, sinless life, vicarious death, burial and bodily resurrection were all EQUALLY as important as the blood sacrifice itself; but all those things led up to the blood being applied to the Mercy Seat in the heavenly Holy Place.  To deny this is to deny the entire Old Testament, all the types, all the blood sacrifices, and the FACT that God would have killed any highpriest who dared enter into the holy of holies WITHOUT BLOOD. 

John MacArthur's entire "Study Bible" maliciously, but subtly, attacks the precious blood of Jesus Christ.  Again 1st Peter 1:18,19 states: "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ..."  Now how can Jesus' blood be PRECIOUS if it is only representative of His death?  MacArthur continually badmouths the literal blood of Jesus Christ, while simultaneously claiming that he views it as precious of something else it represents.  That makes no sense at all.  The blood of Jesus is "precious" to the genuine born-again believer because it is LITERAL, having literal redemptive power to wash our sins away just as 1st John 1:7 proclaims!  To no surprise, on page 1964 of MacArthur's Revised and Updated "Study Bible," in his comments concerning 1st John 1:7, he doesn't even address the blood of Jesus.  How could any preacher completely avoid such a precious Scripture which teaches that Jesus' blood washes our sins away? 

Now I can understand how LIQUID BLOOD can wash one's sins away, but how does DEATH do so?  God says that Jesus' blood cleanses and washes our sins away (1st John 1:7).  We read in Revelation 7:14, "And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."  How does someone like MacArthur just keep explaining all these Scriptures away?  What a false prophet!  MacArthur is of the Devil.  How does a saint wash his robe with death?  It makes no sense Mr. MacArthur.  Ah, but if you believe the Word of God, i.e., that Jesus' literal blood washes our sins away, then Revelation 7:14 makes perfect sense.

MacArthur Perverts the Meaning of Acts 3:38 and Romans 10:9 to Teach Lordship Salvation

Acts 2:38 in the KJB reads: "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."  Concerning the word "repent," MacArthur states on page 1637 of his Revised and Updated "Study Bible":

"Genuine repentance knows that the evil of sin must be forsaken and the person and work of Christ totally and singularly embraced."

SOURCE: The Revised and Updated edition of The MacArthur Study Bible, Thomas Nelson publishers, page 1637

MacArthur makes salvation difficult.  Does a person have to totally embrace the work of Christ to be saved?  Romans 12:1 puts MacArthur to shame and exposes him as a false prophet... "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service" (KJB).  It is obvious that these believers in Rome weren't totally committed to Christ.  Yet, they were Christians (Romans 1:7).  According to John MacArthur, genuine repentance requires a person to commit their life "totally and singularly" to Christ in order to be saved.  In sharp contrast, the Bible says that eternal life is a "free gift" (Romans 5:15).  Although MacArthur is quick to agree with this, he hypocritically complicates the plan of salvation by adding requirements to it.  All God requires is faith (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:5). 

Consider the carnal church of Corinth.  The Apostle Paul states in 1st Corinthians 3:1, "And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ."  Carefully read through 1st Corinthians and you'll be surprised just HOW BAD these believers were.  They were suing each other (6:6).  They were coming to the Lord's Supper drunk (11:21).  They were divided amongst each other in quarrels (1:12).  Fornication was openly allowed in the church (5:1).  They even ate meats offered to idols (8:4).  According to the Lordship Salvation crowd, there's no way these rascals could be saved; but the Apostle Paul called them BABES IN CHRIST

We read in Romans 10:9, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (KJB).  MacArthur perverts the meaning of this Scripture on page 1712 of his Revised and Updated "Study Bible" when he states concerning the phrase, "confess...the Lord Jesus":

"This is the deep personal conviction, without reservation, that Jesus is that person's own master or sovereign. This phrase includes repenting from sin, trusting in Jesus for salvation, and submitting to Him as Lord."

SOURCE: The Revised and Updated edition of The MacArthur Study Bible, Thomas Nelson publishers, page 1637

MacArthur certainly makes salvation difficult, just as the NKJV says in Matthew 7:14.  However, the faithful King James Bible doesn't say "difficult" in Matthew 7:14, It says "narrow."  Few people are willing to come to Jesus Christ for salvation, because they love their sins (John 3:20).  But it is only their unwillingness to come to Jesus that prevents them from getting saved, not that they are required to give up their sins to be saved.  Jesus plainly stated in John 5:40... "And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life."  Notice that Jesus didn't say "ye cannot come."  In John 6:37 we read, "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." 

In sharp contrast to the heretical teachings of John MacArthur, the Word of God teaches that any sinner may come to Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation, and Jesus won't turn anyone away.  MacArthur 's commentary on Romans 10:9 requires a lost sinner to have a "deep personal conviction, without reservation, that Jesus is that person's own master or sovereign."  You've got to be kidding me?  John 3:16 puts Mr. MacArthur to shame, "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."  I don't see anything about having a "deep personal conviction" in there, do you?  I don't see anything about forsaking one's sins to be saved, do you?  I don't see anything about submitting to Jesus as Lord, do you?  What are you talking about Mr. MacArthur? 

Romans 4:5 is so plain and simple that it is incontrovertible (i.e., it cannot be denied)... "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness."  It almost appears as if a ghostwriter (i.e., another author) wrote the commentary for Romans 4:5 in MacArthur's Revised and Updated "Study Bible," because it is accurate for a change:

"If salvation were on the basis of one's own effort, God would owe salvation as a debt—but salvation is always a sovereignly given gift of God's grace (3:24; Eph, 2:8,9) to those who believe."

SOURCE: The Revised and Updated edition of The MacArthur Study Bible, Thomas Nelson publishers, page 1699

The preceding commentary is 100% accurate, for a change.  It certainly appears that Mr. MacArthur doesn't believe in Lordship Salvation, right?  Wrong!  Look what he says on page 1973 in his Revised and Updated "Study Bible" concerning 1st John 5:13, the phrase, "that you may know that you have eternal life":

"The false brethren's departure left John's congregations shaken (2:19).  He assured those who remained that since they adhered to the fundamentals of the faith (a proper view of Christ, obedience, love), their salvation was sure. 

Here MacArthur gives the impression through his comments that a believer's salvation is dependent upon the life he lives.  Again on page 1439 of MacArthur's Revised and Updated "Study Bible," concerning Matthew 24:13, the phrase "endures to the end... be saved," he states:

"To say that God secures our perseverance is not to say that we are passive in the process..."

SOURCE: The Revised and Updated edition of The MacArthur Study Bible, Thomas Nelson publishers, page 1439

Scripturally, a believer has absolutely nothing to do with keeping one's salvation.  The term "perseverance" is a bad term when speaking of salvation, because a believer DOESN'T have to persevere in the faith to remain saved.  A person who has no faith in the Lord today, but claims to have once been a Christian, is a liar.  The second birth (i.e., being born again) is as irreversible as the first birth.  Many people adopt the philosophy of Christianity, but never actually repent, turning in belief to the Savior for forgiveness of sins.  The "Perseverance of the faithful" is a false doctrine, popularized by the heretic John Calvin (i.e., Calvinism). 

Also, I wanted to mention to you that the NKJV perverts 1st John 5:13 by adding the word "continue," which now reads as: "These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God" (NKJV).  This is false doctrine.  There is no such thing as a true believer ceasing from believing on Christ.  We don't have to "continue" in the faith to be saved; we will continue in the faith if we are saved.  Of course, this doesn't mean that there won't be times of discouragement in our life.  John the Baptist sent his disciples to go ask Jesus if was really the Christ (Matthew 11:3).  Yep, I'd say John was discouraged. 

MacArthur Often Contradicts Himself

Here's a perfect example of how MacArthur contradicts himself 100%.  On page 1920 of MacArthur's Revised and Updated "Study Bible," concerning Hebrews 12:14 and the phrase "pursue... holiness," he states:

"Unbelievers will not be drawn to accept Christ if believers' lives do not demonstrate the qualities God desires, including peace and holiness."

SOURCE: The Revised and Updated edition of The MacArthur Study Bible, Thomas Nelson publishers, page 1920

I agree with the above interpretation by Mr. MacArthur; however, he totally contradicts himself concerning his interpretation of Hebrews 12:14 in another book he has written...

Eternal security is a great spiritual truth, but it should never be presented merely as a matter of being once saved, always saved--with no regard for what you believe or doThe writer of Hebrews 12:14 states frankly that only those who continue living holy lives will enter the Lord's presence. [emphasis added]

SOURCE: Kingdom Living Here and Now (pg. 150).

Which is it Mr. MacArthur?  They can't both be accurate.  The introduction to MacArthur's Revised and Updated "Study Bible" calls him a "world-class scholar."  I think not!  Either 1 + 1 = 3, or else 1 + 1 = 2.  It can't be both.  I'm tired of supporters of John MacArthur quoting places where he says 1 + 1 = 2, while ignoring other places where he clearly teaches that 1 + 1 = 3.  This is exactly what MacArthur is doing.  MacArthur's hundreds of books are at best, a compilation of confusion, contradictions and bad theology. 

MacArthur's Study Bible Is Rooted in the Heresies of the New King James Version

I could give you hundreds of examples, but here's another one.  2nd Corinthians 2:10 in the KJB reads, "To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ."  The meaning is clear... we forgive others because the Lord forgave us.  This is what Ephesians 4:32 teaches.  Now here's what the dishonest NKJV changed it to: "I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ."  They changed "person of Christ" to "presence of Christ" (ditto NASV, NRSV, RSV).  The Greek word for "person" here is prosopon, which means much more than just the presence of Christ.  The word refers to the countenance of Jesus Christ, i.e., what we see when we look at Him.  We see Christ's love and forgiveness.  Hence, we should forgive others because of the embodiment of all that Christ is — i.e., HIS PERSON.  The NKJV distorts this truth, leading readers to believe that God is always watching us, so we should forgive.  Although that is certainly true, this is NOT what 2nd Corinthians 2:10 is teaching. 

John MacArthur's commentary of 2nd Corinthians 2:10 goes along with the corruption in the NKJV.  On page 1766 of his Revised and Updated "Study Bible," MacArthur states concerning the phrase, "in the presence of Christ":

"Paul was constantly aware that his entire life was lived in the sight of God, who knew everything he thought, did, and said." 

SOURCE: The Revised and Updated edition of The MacArthur Study Bible, Thomas Nelson publishers, page 1766

Although this is certainly a true statement, it does not properly interpret the meaning of 2nd Corinthians 2:10.  We read in Hebrews 1:3, "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high."  The King James translators (48 of them) were brilliant and highly educated men.  They knew what they were doing.  The word "presence" in 2nd Corinthians 2:10 does not adequately convey the full meaning of the Greek Word.  MacArthur has it backwards.  Paul forgave, not because he knew God was watching (although that is certainly true); rather, Paul forgave because of the influence of Christ upon his life. 

The MacArthur Study Bible is as corrupt as the NKJV!!!  There are literally THOUSANDS of subtle changes in the NKJV and other modern perversions of the Scriptures that will lead you away from the truth.  Don't be a fool, stick to your King James Bible.  The alleged "scholarliness" behind today's modern corrupt bibles is laughable compared to the painstaking work which went into the precious and trustworthy King James Bible.  The best way to study the Bible is with a Strong's Exhaustive Hebrew and Greek Concordance, and an Unger's Bible Dictionary.  This way you are studying the Word of God directly, and only using reference tools to aid your study.  The cover on The MacArthur Study Bible boasts of having sold 500,000 copies.  Tragically, most of those people won't study for themselves, but instead will just believe what MacArthur says.  This is what's wrong with our churches today.  Jesus commanded in John 5:39... SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES!

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