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·spring 2010· ·free subscription· kjb lapel pin the dark color stands for sin the red ribbon represents the precious blood of jesus the blue is the royal position of those in christ the gold ribbon speaks of eternal life in jesus christ 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 the voice of one crying in the wilderness prepare ye the way of the lord make his paths straight mark 1:3 contending for american freedom · contending for fundamental christianity see p.31 kjb lapel pin information

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printed missionary page 3 my personal message page 4 the word of god page 12 king james bible declaration page 13 missionary atlas passport page 21 public education page 29 club mit page 31 resources for you in this edition ronnie and terry williamson evangelist/editor steve and rebekah lilly staff missionaries the voice in the wilderness is a nonprofit independent incorporation founded by rev dr j royce thomason d.p.d ph.d evangelist and medical missionary the organization is dedicated to the spreading of the whole gospel to the world especially in foreign lands the program consists of building mission stations supporting american missionaries and native pastors by partnering with the local church in various areas of ministry and preaching christ to the lost we are supported by the gifts of those who care contributions to the voice in the wilderness for projects or to support the ministry of a missionary will be used as indicated by the donor following approved policies and procedures gifts are tax deductible and should be made out to the voice in the wilderness a fundamental publication published quarterly in behalf of the work of the lord and preservation of the liberties of our united states printed sources imply from material from other does not necessarily an endorsement thisministry § § § we must hear from you the voice in the wilderness is standing firm on the word of god support this ministry with a special offering mailing your signature for the kjb resolution see p 12 read pray and pass along the message of the voice in the wilderness for personal correspondence contributions address changes new subscriptions there is no subscription charge all interested people of good will may have a copy sent regularly to their address simply by requesting it address all correspondence to the voice in the wilderness po box 7037 asheville nc 28802 www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org e-mail for address changes only visionpartners@thevoiceinthewilderness.org sign-up for the weekly voice e-mail and blog membersnp@thevoiceinthewilderness.org dr ronnie l williamson dr j royce thomason memorial voice in the wilderness p.o box 7037 asheville nc 28802 voice 828 649-1043 fax 828 649-9784 write to us 2 · the voice in the wilderness · spring edition 2010

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dear friends in christ what an extraordinary ministry the voice in the wilderness why you say are you boasting successes superior to the work of others it s as simple as a-b-c a is for acts dr luke recorded his empowered church s acts of the holy spirit in obedience to the great commission b is for bible god s holy inspired infallible book is our sole authority for faith and practice c is for consummation christ the alpha and omega the first and the last is the consummation all in all in him we move and have our being now permit me to elaborate the extraordinary abc s of the voice in the wilderness for almost 7 decades a god called evangelist simply did what the new testament evangelist preacher and disciples in the books of acts did the voice in the wilderness is not a missions board or a para-church organization after the home-going of founder dr j royce thomason in 2006 evangelist ronnie l williamson continues the preaching teaching and missionary work started decades ago and rooted in the acts of the new testament church following the pauline model the voice in the wilderness has historically served through the local church and pastor in the jungle and city whether in africa or venezuela preaching christ to precious souls a national already knowing the language culture climate and food is better equipped from day one to take every penny of resource to the max using that new testament paradigm evangelists j royce thomason and ronnie williamson have endeavored to take the gospel from jerusalem judaea and samaria unto the uttermost a is for acts obedient to his great commission standing on the preserved perfect pure word of god the voice in the wilderness continues to hold forth the king james bible preaching thus saith the lord modern bible versions translated from the corrupted critical text by men not holding to the inspired infallible scriptures preserved without error from generation to generation are emphatically rejected far too many have fallen prey to perilous times and moved the ancient landmarks the voice in the wilderness continues without apology to stand on the unchanging scriptures and preach without apology all the word of god the voice in the wilderness is willing to confront the tough issues that sadly many preachers avoid one evangelist told me i preach the same messages i preached 40 years ago however 40 years ago the internet ipods facebook and young people on the back pew texting did not exist god s word is as relevant and applicable today as it was 50 or 100 years ago the preacher must stand and sound the trump continued on page 28 for more resources visit us online at www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org · 3

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theword ofgod dear christian reader sadly i say i have lived long enough to hear preachers i respect have fellowshipped with even preached for say things like `there are errors in the bible this is not in the original manuscripts or expressed that the niv nas and other versions differ little from the king james bible therefore must be given some consideration or legitimacy on several occasions i have been caught smack-dab in the middle of this kjb new versions textual debate there are families churches and christian colleges divided over this issue some ministries are torn as where or even whether to take a stand from the pulpit to the pew there is division there have been some hot personality clashes many have chosen to keep church or school loyalties no matter what keep in mind god is not the author of confusion the whole matter is really quite simple permit me to give a brief outline that may make some spiritual sense i trust most reading this desire to do what is right and certainly desire to have god s inspired infallible word to read study and guide their lives that being the case consider this i the argument ­ my words shall not pass away matthew 24:35 all scripture is given by inspiration of god ii timothy 3:16 thou shalt preserve them [his words psalm 12:6 7 has god preserved his word that today man might speak definitively from divine record or is it all up for grabs from some eclectic hodge-podge of critical minds have these higher minds by self-appointment assumed the final say and authority does the one who is eternal and sovereign the one true and living god find himself impotent to preserve for all generations his inspired infallible word for the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man but holy men of god spake as they were moved by the holy ghost ii peter 1:21 once in the miracle and power of it all god gave his word complete and inspired but now it s up to some elitist pool of scholarly minds to sort through a group of obscure disgarded texts that differ significantly and yet compile in a methodically scientific fashion a collection bound and stamped holy bible critically speaking if the word critical can be used here these modern day versions differ in translation what percentage proves heresy if the blood or deity of christ is compromised in some verses or even one verse but clear in others does that version still deserve credibility does the doctrine of inspiration mean anything today is it important whether god has preserved his 4 · the voice in the wilderness · spring edition 2010

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word for every generation of church history you tell me each and every one of us must decide where we stand take a look at the following verses and versions luke 4:4 and jesus answered him saying it is written that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word of god colossians 1:14 in whom we have redemption through his blood even the forgiveness of sins hebrews 1:3 when he had by himself purged our sins 1 john 1:7 but if we walk in the light as he is in the light we have fellowship one with another and the blood of jesus christ his son cleanseth us from all sin luke 4:4 and jesus answered him it is written `man shall not live on bread alone colossians 1:14 in whom we have redemption the forgiveness of sins hebrews 1:3 when he had made purification of sins 1 john 1:7 but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light we have fellowship with one another and the blood of jesus his son cleanses us from all sin luke 4:4 jesus answered it is written `man does not live on bread alone colossians 1:14 in whom we have redemption the forgiveness of sins hebrews 1:3 after he had provided purification for sins kjb 1 john 1:7 but if we walk in the light as he is in the light we have fellowship with one another and the blood of jesus his son purifies us from all sin was god s word lost amongst several thousand flawed manuscripts and through some folk smarter than us all by a pickand-choose labor of scientific scholarship compiled what god could not preserve how many generations have had accurate scriptures if this critical eclectic text is to be accepted before the critical text what generation had the word of god why the confusion why and when did the confusion start have you checked out what the proponents of this critical text and proliferation of new bible versions believe about the inspiration of scripture as well as the preservation of god s word for today before the confusion had god not blessed the texts used for so many years by the translators of the kjb in those old testament masoretic and new testament textus receptus texts god has promised to preserve his word and is that so hard to believe what did these critical text translators think about infallibility how can each believer be accountable or obedient to scripture if it is uncertain the scripture exists today where is pulpit integrity if there is doubt in the text of scripture ii the attack ­ yea hath god said genesis 3:1 don t forget for a moment that satan is a liar and there is no truth in him john 8:44 the devil desires to nas niv for more resources visit us online at www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org · 5

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destroy cloud the truth and i am fully persuaded bring confusion and division by the modern day proliferation of bible versions at first a small percentage of changes then a gender-neutral version and total deception be warned god s inspired infallible and preserved word is under attack iii the association ­ who is it exactly that is pushing these versions whether it s rupert murdoch secular publishing giants or even big money christian publishers be assured it s not fundamental bible believers and churches please read april 2002 the voice in the wilderness the bible money trail and secular/sacred money connection winter 2010 iv the accessibility ­ do we have accessibility to the original writings or autographa by the way did paul timothy peter or other new testament writers have the original hebrew manuscripts yet they said thou hast known the holy scriptures ii tim 3:15 all scripture is given by inspiration of god ii tim 3:16 we have also a more sure word ii peter 1:19 they have moses and the prophets luke 16:29 even though the new testament writers did not have the original ot manuscripts they had no doubt about possessing god s holy word v the ability ­ if each and every believer could access the original manuscripts would each believer have the ability to read the original language yet each believer is told to read and heed the scriptures memorize meditate study and obey are all a part of the believers responsibility god has preserved his word so that obedience is possible regardless of ability in original languages vi the availability ­ jesus answered and said unto them ye do err not knowing the scripture nor the power of god matthew 22:29 without the availability of god s word how could that be true paul reasoned out of the scriptures acts 17:2 and believers are comforted romans 15:4 how can we study to be approved unto god ii tim 2:15 if god did not make his word available are these elite minds indispensable ­ john 16:13 says when he the spirit of truth is come he will guide you into all truth does the believer from the pulpit to the pew need to be proficient in hebrew and greek for guidance in all truth was the promise not given to every believer that through the holy spirit each child of god could study the scriptures with divine guidance discerning truth from error have we regressed to this romanish/reformation era where only those of the established church hierarchy hold the secrets of illumination beware of this elitist mentality nothing wrong with degrees and scholarship but remember the spirit will guide you into all truth does that eliminate the pastor teachers and those gifted among us absolutely not read 1corinthians 12 and other passages to see the significance of as well as the warning against 6 · the voice in the wilderness · spring edition 2010

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viewing one member superior to another the church today has god s inspired infallible and preserved word there are no errors in his holy book and every believer can live by that truth and die by that truth every preacher and teacher can stand firm holding forth the bible and confidently declare thus saith the lord issues abound and if the believer does not have absolute authority for answers what can the righteous do this is where the proliferation of bible versions becomes such a critical issue for me it is simple and this is what i believe i believe god has preserved his word for us today from the original manuscripts or autographa down through the manuscripts received by the church and traditionally used in translation until the late 1800s it is through this pure and preserved lineage we have the authorized or king james bible of today note it is not the english of the 1600s but it is the english used in the meticulously accurate translation of god s word neither shakespeare nor other great writers achieved the beauty and faithfulness found in the kjb english scholars have commented that the vocabulary of both testaments of the kjb are surprisingly small a few more than 8 thousand words are used less by half than the vocabulary of milton and about one-third the vocabulary of shakespeare 1 the kjb is accurate in translation beautiful in language easy to read and masterful in memorization please take careful note the root and origin of today s modern versions you can do the comparison or should i say contrast yourself the niv nasv and others omit and rewrite not only do their translators seemingly take liberties but also those who associate with and endorse these modern versions reflect the very compromise god s word clearly condemns are all kjb readers true bible believing fundamental christians the answer is no however we are talking about the source of the truth not just individuals if the source is the pure preserved word of god error will be exposed however if the source is corrupt error is inevitable statements like not ·if one generation s convictions become the next generation s traditions they will become the third generation s inconveniences ·there s a lot of trouble in this country nowadays and it seems everybody is trying to fix the blame instead of the trouble ·adverse criticism from a wise man is more to be desired than the enthusiastic approval of a fool ·many people grow small by trying to be big for more resources visit us online at www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org · 7

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found in some manuscripts or this should have been translated lead to there are errors in the bible check it out for yourself and note not only the words omitted but also the entire passages missing these modern versions are not easier than the kjb to read which has been proven historically in the american school system as well as through dr rudolf flesch s test of readability the source of the modern versions is apparent the big money driven publishers exploiting the bible market is as plain as the nose on your face which bible ­ if anybody is confused that confusion is not of god nor is this revisionary money driven proliferation of corrupt bible versions we do have god s inspired infallible preserved word for the church today and the source is clear as well as which translation one percent error leads way for two percent and ten percent how many words or verses can a version change or omit before it is rejected if one manuscript has obvious errors and the same is true of the second third and entire collection of manuscripts until the translators must pick and piece together a bible can it be reliable can truth originate in error would god providentially preserve his word through obviously corrupted text on the other hand would it not make spiritual sense let alone stand to reason that his promise to preserve his words and that his words would not pass away include a reliable source of texts for translation also with his promise to guide into all truth would be his provision of a translation that is more than someone s eclectic pickand-choose among thousands of flawed manuscripts then in light of the great commission and the need for bibles in many languages does it not make spiritual sense for translators to use one reliable source of texts than to repeatedly sort through thousands of manuscripts with thousands of discrepancies to arrive at a translation for a particular language group oh you say but the missionary does not have that process once the critical text is complete yes and that stresses my point further now the poor missionary must rely on the eclectic text that have repeatedly gone through edition changes in order to translate into a needed language version a bible that had been lost among this vast assortment of manuscripts yes complicated and confusing but no that is not of god may i introduce you to a religion that is quite emphatic about preservation i hold in my hand a copy of the koran it is written from right to left in arabic surah i the opening fatehah says in the name of allah the beneficent the merciful all praise is due allah the lord of the worlds surah ii the cow baqarah continues alif lam mim this book there is no doubt in it is a guide to those who guard against evil in the english preface to this koran are these words i invite those who may be reading this qur an for the first time to look deeply and objectively 8 · the voice in the wilderness · spring edition 2010

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into its meaning the muslims were promised by allah that this book would always remain free from falsehood alteration and misinterpretation we are the only people following a divine religion who can claim to have a book which is pure and unaltered which had been given to the prophet directly from god and written down in his lifetime and preserved unchanged thereafter did you notice the wording the only people who claim to have a book which is pure and unaltered preserved unchanged vii the answer ­ jesus said heaven and earth shall pass away but my words shall not pass away matthew 24:35 the bible repeatedly asserts the inspiration infallibility and preservation of holy scripture from stone and clay tablets to animals skins and scrolls god breathed his word to holy men by the holy spirit manuscripts preserved the word of god for the early church as down through the ages god continued to give his scripture to generation after generation the printing press eventually made the bible even more available until even the farmers and mothers could read the wonderful word of life for themselves translators worked diligently to provide god s word in various languages many died as the enemy tried to stamp out the holy scripture but god s promise is sure as moses took the blood and sprinkled the book saying this is the blood of the testament which god hath enjoined unto you and by god s blood he purchased his church so to this day we may have his word preserved sealed in blood even the blood of martyrs has brought to us today the text from which the king james bible was translated it is not the kjb versus the niv or some other new translation the point is clearly the source used for translation whether english spanish french german kjb niv nas etc the source for example of the kjb is the hebrew masoretic text and the greek textus receptus the modern versions came from the critical text which were texts corrupted and unused by the church for 1500 years god has preserved his word for this generation in text that has resulted in the kjb as well as spanish french german russian and many other languages from the pulpit to the pew believers can be confident in thus saith the lord my dear reader look upon the book embossed in gold with the title holy bible sing them over again to me wonderful words of life let me more of their beauty see wonderful words of life holy bible book divine precious treasure thou art mine we praise thee for the radiance that from the hallowed page a lantern to our footsteps shines on from age to age mid the storms of doubt and unbelief we fear stands a book eternal that the world holds dear thru the restless ages it remains the same ­ `tis the book of god for more resources visit us online at www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org · 9

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and the bible is its name god has spoken his words are very clear and very simple to understand please do not make it complicated i hold in my hand a copy of the origin of species by charles darwin listen to these remarks the publication of darwin s the origin of species in 1859 marked a dramatic turning point in scientific thought the volume had taken darwin more than twenty years to publish in part because he envisioned the storm of controversy it was certain to unleash indeed selling out its first edition on its first day the origin of species revolutionized science philosophy and theology darwin s reasoned documented arguments carefully advance his theory of natural selection and assertion that species were not created all at once by a divine hand charles l surrett in his book which greek text writes there seems to be a parallel between the integration of darwinian evolutionary thought into the theology of committed bible-believers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries with that of the acceptance of westcott-hort at the same period in history the mood especially in europe and north america favored scientific investigation as an ultimate source of truth the liberals capitalized on this modern way of thinking to produce what has become known as higher criticism fundamentalists rejected those liberal conclusions but still felt the need to accommodate what they thought were the findings of science in the area of creationism bible-believers replaced the long-held view of six literal days of creation with some type of evolutionary explanation such as the day-age or the gap theory christians today do not castigate the late c.i scofield nor doubt either his salvation or sincerity on the basis of his gap theory beliefs of creation simply put he and others like him did not have the information to combat what they thought were conclusions forced by science and scholarship 2 any question just stand on the book true science will catch up and agree with the book the power and preservation of god s word is further emphasized by crimson theme pastor d t young of edinburgh and london preached from hebrews 9:19 the crimson book under point number i the book is an eternal subject of blood-sprinkling young says how much nobler a book is ours than the book moses had woe be to us if we undervalue it depreciate it or neglect it compare the mosaic bible with the christian bible and it is as moonlight unto sunlight or as water unto wine nay it is the cold grey dawn to the blazing meridan yet thank god for the book that moses sprinkled when moses sprinkled his book with blood he proclaimed an eternal necessity the bible must evermore be blood-besprinkled only a crimson book can meet our heartmost needs and the christian bible is all over and through and through sprinkled with blood yet with the blood of jesus christ which paul did not scruple to call the blood of god 10 · the voice in the wilderness · spring edition 2010

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meanwhile who can deny that the bible is blood-besprinkled we do not like that word blood the red word one of our novelists calls it but the very word runs through the bible and the doctrine of the atoning virtue of christ s blood is the great characterization of scripture it is prophesied in the old testament and in the new testament revealed the whole book is crimson with redemption i cannot pretend to be able to explain the mystery of the fact but assured fact it is our bible is sprinkled with the divine redeemer s blood let sneerers dub the book as gory we glory in its ruby redness to us the blood-besprinkledness of the bible is the guaranteed of its everlasting veracity how know we whether we can safely accept its words the blood of jesus streaks its every page the book is sealed with jesus blood 3 out of the thousands that read this many may disagree i personally have preacher friends who do not hold this view of the book and the blood the intent here is not to alienate or divide saved bible believing people however in these days of drift and compromise i see a dangerous trend creeping in among us music dress standards associations and tolerance of issues that once would have immediately been scripturally addressed are now overlooked excused and even embraced be sober be vigilant because your adversary the devil as a roaring lion walketh about seeking whom he may devour i peter 5:8 earnestly contend for the faith there are certain men crept in unawares jude 3 4 and we must not become a casualty may we all hear our lord say well done thou good and faithful servant my words shall not pass away thou shalt preserve them amen even so come lord jesus through the ages gaebelein which greek text charles l surrett p 13 3 the crimson book dinsdale t young pp 3,8,9 1 2 weapons of mass destruction are still debated in israel benjamin netanyahu has accused hamas supported by syria and iran of releasing floating bombs that have washed up along israel s coast security against hizbullah terrorists has been intensified plots against israeli and american targets have been thwarted homegrown terrorists now propose an even more complicated threat hostilities and persecution of both jews and christians is on the increase worldwide these are perilous days look up for more resources visit us online at www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org · 11

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whereas 2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the 1611 king james bible and whereas the king james bible is based on the masoretic old testament compiled from the ancient old testament manuscripts guarded and handed down by the masorete hebrew scholars and the received text known as the textus receptus majority text or byzantine greek text preserved by god through godly men ps 119:89 and whereas over 47 spiritually qualified scholars academically superior in biblical languages and related areas in which no group of translators has before or since been endowed by god to undertake this divinely inspired work ii tim 2:21 and whereas modern bible versions have been heavily influenced by corrupted text discarded and rescued from obscurity being revised updated altered by men that denied inspiration and inerrancy men who were evolutionists rationalists and theological liberals i tim 6:20&21 ii cor 2:17 ii tim 3:8 i thess 4:7 [i thess 4:1-8 and whereas the biblical english of the king james bible is faithful to the original hebrew and greek text proven for 400 years in spiritual power clarity readability poetic majesty reliability yet with a surprisingly small vocabulary simplicity yet soaring to lofty heights matt 5:18 ps 119:9-11 89 103 105 152 160 ii tim 3:16 and whereas god is not the author of confusion so obvious among users of modern versions when congregations watch projections on big screens of multiple bible versions and cannot even turn together as believers in the same bible to read recite or study the scriptures together i cor 14:33 and whereas king james bible users hold dear the privilege to take their bibles to church with the ability to read in unison search the scriptures together memorize and quote the bible together plus follow the pastor as he reads and preaches from the king james bible amos 3:3 acts 17:11 and whereas the modern bible proponents continue to produce version after version seemingly unable to settle on the best version but ever switching changing and publishing more versions matt 21:12 mark 11:15-17 luke 19:45-48 james 1:8 and whereas the source and text of the king james bible is the standard for the inspired and divinely preserved word of god and without doubt english speaking people throughout the earth will continue to see god use his book the king james bible in the preaching teaching soul winning church planting and missionary emai endeavors until all shall be fulfilled luke 11:35 rev 22:18-19 your l be it resolved the english speaking christian needs to keep sign reading studying memorizing teaching preaching and holding atur e forth the word of life the old king james bible amen ps thev v 119:9 11 38 89 john 1:1-5 eph 4:14 eph 5:6 phil 2:16 i oice isit ww w in peter 3:15 ii peter 1:19-21 rev 22:18-19 click thewilde on th rness the voice in the wilderness would like to request your king participation in the above resolution supporting the king follo james e page org james bible please enlist as many signatures of family and your w the resolu tion nam link a friends that would stand with us in celebration of the 400th n e anniversary of god s preserved word for english speaking wild to the d e-mail v erne people around the world forward your collective signatures ss o oice in t to the voice in the wilderness po box 7037 asheville nc he ffice che 28802 for our upcoming publication ck th to se e kj e have how ma b cou name city state sign ny be nter of g ed in s lievers u od s 12-b · wor pport d mail signature today 12 · the voice in the wilderness · spring edition 2010 the king james bible declaration the king james bible declaration

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