Monday, August 31, 2009

330-338Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Council (, and dean of the Liberty University School of Law (, whose latest book is Same Sex Marriage: Putting Every Household at Risk.
343-354 Mat Staver
A Phoenix-area pastor has started to draw protesters to his congregation after he delivered a sermon titled, "Why I Hate Barack Obama," and told his parishioners that he prays for President Obama's death.
Pastor Steven Anderson stood by his sermon in an interview with MyFOXPhoenix, which reports that the pastor continues to encourage his parishioners to join him in praying for the president's death.
"I hope that God strikes Barack Obama with brain cancer so he can die like Ted Kennedy and I hope it happens today," he told MyFOXPhoenix on Sunday. He called his message "spiritual warfare" and said he does not condone killing.
But a small crowd of protesters gathered around his church Sunday, calling Anderson's words "incomprehensible." And MyFOXPhoenix reported that the sermon, which has drawn widespread attention, led to death threats against the pastor.
Anderson's inflammatory message stems in part from Obama's abortion-rights stance.
In Anderson's controversial sermon, delivered at his Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe before Obama arrived for a speech in Phoenix earlier in the month, the pastor said he wants the president to "melt like a snail" with salt on it.
"I'm gonna pray that he dies and goes to hell when I go to bed tonight. That's what I'm gonna pray," he told his congregation.
The last time fierce opposition to Obama's abortion position drew widespread attention was when Obama delivered the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame.
The Anderson sermon also drew concern after it was reported that one man carrying an assault rifle outside the Phoenix arena where Obama spoke was a member of Anderson's church.
428-437 – • Steve Anderson (2006), Correcting the King James Bible.  The church webpage
• Here's a good place to start on the refutation of the "King James Only" position:
443-452 – I teach on the King James Only movement, and the origin of the New Testament.
Textus Receptus –  This is the first Greek New Testament to be published for widespread reading, though the Complutensian text was published two years earlier in 1514.  Erasmus of Rotterdam (1469-1536) completed the text in March 1516, relying heavily upon 6 Byzantine miniscule manuscripts, the earliest from the twelfth century, and the Latin Vulgate which Erasmus translated back into Greek in those instances in which he lacked Greek manuscript support.  As a result, Erasmus produced a self-made Greek text from medieval manuscripts and the Latin Vulgate in which there are twelve passages for which there are no known corresponding Greek manuscripts (e.g. Paul's response in Acts 9:6).  The name Textus Receptus was given to the 2nd Edition of this Greek New Testament published in Holland in 1633, due to the following publishing blurb, "[This is] the text which is now received by all, in which we give nothing changed or corrupted."  In reality, it was received by all because it was the only one available.  The 1611 King James Version was the showcase translation of Erasmus's text, and its near unanimous acceptance over three centuries provided an unrivaled dominance for the Textus Receptus among Greek manuscripts.  Not until Griesbach, Westcott and Hort in the 19th century would other manuscript families successfully rival the Textus Receptus for consideration.  For more on this and other textual issues, see the definitive work on the subject, Bruce Metzger's The Text of the New Testament:  Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration (New York:  Oxford University Press, 1968).
Chapter And Verse –  Chapter divisions were first done in 1227 by Stephen Langston, a University of Paris professor who later became Archbishop of Canterbury.  Verse divisions were first done by French printer Robert Stephanus in his Greek NT in 1551. Stephanus's 1555 Latin Vulgate was the first Bible with both chapter and verse.  The first English Bible with chapter and verse was the 1560 Geneva Bible, which was also the first bible to use italics as an aid in readability (though often wrong).
1.  The word type is the abstract, universal entity that communicates meaning through propositions and concepts.  The word token is the material, particular entity that manifests the word type through symbols and sentences in a variety of formats, such as ink and paper, electro-magnetic mediums, audio/video cassettes, etc. Simply, the word type is the meaning, and the word token is the thing which carries the meaning.
2.  When we claim inerrancy, we are claiming to have His very voice (ipsissima vox) in His very words (ipsissima verba).  We are claiming that God used the exact words He wanted to use, down to tense, number, gender, voice, and word order. 
3.  Another way to say this is that we are claiming to have the original message (or type) without error.  Critics counter "If you don't have the original autographs, how can you claim to have the original writings?"  The question assumes that one must have the original token to ensure having the original type, which is false.  Although we may not have the original token, we do have the original type.  We are just uncertain, however, in which token, or combination of tokens, the original type rests.  Thus, the task of New Testament textual criticism is to determine the original word type among the 5,000-plus Greek word tokens.  This would be difficult if it weren't for the fact that all of the tokens are 96% consistent among themselves, and that there is not one major doctrinal issue over which the tokens disagree.
4.  Consider something as commonplace as cutting a piece of wood one meter in length.  You go to Home Depot, and ask for one meter of wood.  The salesman returns a few minutes later with a stick.  How can you be certain its a meter in length?  By measuring?  What if his measuring tape isn't accurate?  What if yours isn't?  Is there The Original Meter Bar somewhere by which all other meters are measured?  Yes, in England.  Can you imagine the absurdity of having to travel every time someone wanted to measure something?  This is why we have measuring devices.  The more measuring devices we have to check against one another, the more certain we are that we have, indeed, the correct length.  However, if that Original Meter Bar was destroyed before any copies were made, we could never be able to know how long a real meter was.  But if copies are made, then whether the original exists or not, we still know how long a meter is because of all the copies.  We make copies of important documents for the same reason we make measuring tapes.  The more tokens you have, the greater the epistemic support for the original type.  Thus, the more manuscripts, the greater the epistemic support for the autographa.
458-508Bob Tyler  is an attorney with Advocates for Faith and Freedom (, (888) 588-6888), with an update on Chad Farnan.  Also, the Justice 2009 Annual Fundraising Gala is taking place on October 17th at 6pm at the Richard Nixon Library and Museum in Yorba Linda.  The keynote speaker will be Jim Daly, President of Focus on The Family.  The emcee is Ron Prentice, and I'm his assistant.  Also speaking: Chad Farnan (the student in the Capistrano case).  For more details, call (888) 588-6888 or visit
512-523Bob Tyler
528-538Bishop Kenneth Ulmer, senior pastor of Faithful Central Bible Church (, and President of The King's College and Seminary ( His latest book is The Champion in You.
544-554Bishop Kenneth Ulmer
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• Robert W. Patterson (8/31/09) Marriage: What Matters: Too many Republicans are blind to what is at stake in the marriage-law debate.  Robert W. Patterson, a research fellow at the Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society, served in the George W. Bush administration as a speechwriter at the Small Business Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services.
• Stratfor (8/31/09) The Return of El Nino.
• Jerome Groopman And Pamela Hartzband, WSJ (8/31/09) Sorting Fact From Fiction on Health Care:  Current congressional proposals would significantly change your relationship with your doctor.  Dr. Groopman, a staff writer for the New Yorker, and Dr. Hartzband are on the staff of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.
• Stratfor (8/26/09) Libya: A Hero's Welcome.

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