Enthusiasts of the modern versions complain that their versions no longer follow the system developed by Westcott and Hort, so our statement is no longer valid. This is deception! Modern versions DO base their work on these two unbelievers! All this does is to spread the muck over a wider area!
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It is necessary that those handling the inspired word of God themselves be spiritual men. This is the teaching of Scripture itself 1 Cor. In Westcott was ordained an Anglican "priest" and Hort in their careers were spent mostly in academic positions rather than pastorates.
As early as they began work on their Greek text of the New Testament: this project was to occupy most of their remaining lives. In the idea of a modest revision of the A. They defended the inclusion of a Unitarian scholar on the Revision Committee.
Textual criticism cannot be divorced entirely from theology. No matter how great a Greek scholar a man may be, or no matter how great an authority on the textual evidence, his conclusions must always be open to suspicion if he does not accept the Bible as the very Word of God in FULLER, p. Beliefs The following quotes from the diaries and letters of Westcott and Hort demonstrate their serious departures from orthodoxy, revealing their opposition to evangelical Protestantism and sympathies with Rome and ritualism.
Many more could be given. Their views on Scripture and the Text are highlighted. If preaching is the chief means of grace, it must emanate not from the church, but from the preacher, and besides placing him in a false position, it places him in a fearfully dangerous one.
I, pp. I cannot determine how much we must believe; how much, in fact, is necessarily required of a member of the Church. I could not help thinking on the grandeur of the Romish Church, on her zeal even in error, on her earnestness and self-devotion, which we might, with nobler views and a purer end, strive to imitate.
Had I been alone I could have knelt there for hours. I thought myself that he was grievously in error, but yesterday I read over the selections from his writings which his adversaries make, and in them I found systematically expressed the very strains of thought which I have been endeavouring to trace out for the last two or three years.
If he be condemned, what will become of me? July 31st - Hort: "I spoke of the gloomy prospect, should the Evangelicals carry on their present victory so as to alter the Services. The positive doctrines even of the Evangelicals seem to me perverted rather than untrue There are, I fear, still more serious differences between us on the subject of authority, and especially the authority of the Bible" Life, Vol.
Whatever may be thought of it, it is a book that one is proud to be contemporary with. I must work out and examine the argument in more detail, but at present my feeling is strong that the theory is unanswerable. In short, the Irvingite creed minus the belief in the superior claims of the Irvingite communion seems to me unassailable in things ecclesiastical.
II, p. I wish I could see to what forgotten truth Mariolatry bears witness; and how we can practically set forth the teaching of the miracles". So it is probably elsewhere. June - Mr. Westcott; the latter was to be responsible for a commentary, and Lightfoot was to contribute a N.
Grammar and Lexicon. Life, Vol. I feel most keenly the disgrace of circulating what I feel to be falsified copies of Holy Scripture a reference to the A. This cannot be any text resting solely on our own judgment, even if we were not too inexperienced to make one; but it must be supported by a clear and obvious preponderance of evidence.
The margin wiil give ample scope for our own ingenuity or principles We came to a distinct and positive understanding about our Gk. We still do not wish it to be talked about, but are going to work at once, and hope we may perhaps have it out in little more than a year. Westcott and Hort start work on their Greek text. First efforts to secure revision of the Authorised Version by five Church of England clergymen.
All spare hours were devoted to it. May 4th - Hort to Lightfoot: "I am also glad that you take the same provisional ground as to infallibility that I do. May 5th - Westcott to Hort: "at present I find the presumption in favour of the absolute truth - I reject the word infallibility - of Holy Scripture overwhelming. May 18th - Hort to Lightfoot: "It sounds an arrogant thing to say, but there are very many cases in which I would not admit the competence of any one to judge a decision of mine on a textual matter, who was only an amateur, and had not some considerable experience in forming a text.
I mean, a text, issued by men already known for what will undoubtedly be treated as dangerous heresy, will have great difficulties in finding its way to regions which it might otherwise hope to reach, and whence it would not be easily banished by subsequent alarms. And, whatever the truth may be, this seems just the liberty required at the present moment, if any living belief is to survive in the land.
This they later circulated under pledge of secrecy within the company of N. Northern Convocation declines to cooperate. May - Committee of 18 elected to produce a Revised Version. The 7 members of the N. Committee invite 18 others, making Indeed, there is a very fair prospect of good work, though neither with this body nor with any body likely to be formed now could a complete textual revision be possible.
There is some hope that alternative readings might find a place in the margin. June 4th - Westcott to Lightfoot: "Ought we not to have a conference before the first meeting for Revision? There are many points on which it is important that we should agreed. The rules though liberal are vague, and the interpretation of them will depend upon decided action at first. July 1st - Westcott to Hort: "The Revision on the whole surprised me by prospects of hope.
I suggested to Ellicott a plan of tabulating and circulating emendations before our meeting, which may prove valuable. July 7th - Hort: "Dr. Westcott and myself have for above seventeen years been preparing a Greek text of the New Testament. It has been in the press for some years, and we hope to have it out early next year. Vance Smith, a Unitarian scholar, was a member of the Revision Committee. Revision Company. Smith communicated but said afterwards that he did not join in reciting the Nicene Creed and did not compromise his principles as a Unitarian.
The storm of public indignation which followed almost wrecked the Revision at the outset. At length however Dr. Smith remained on the Committee. I published Text and short Introduction. May 17th - the Revised Version is published in England, selling two million copies within four days. It fails however to gain lasting popular appeal.
II published Introduction and Appendix. References: Hort, A. Hort, MacMillan and Co. Westcott, A. The unmitigating emergence of unauthorized Bible versions is risen up to challenge and remove the Authorized Version of the Bible which thing cannot be done for the Lord said that his words shall not pass away.
There will be a true church awaiting his return. This proliferating emergence of unauthorized versions is a full frontal attack launched and sustained against the word of God to remove it and replace it with something else.
Satan knoweth that he hath but a short time. As for the saints, we are exhorted to Jude
Heresies of Westcott and Hort
There would arise false gospels with false epistles 2nd Thessalonians , along with false prophets and teachers who would not only bring in damnable heresies but would seek to make merchandise of the true believer through their own feigned words 2nd Peter It did not take long for this to occur. In the days of the Apostles, and shortly afterwards, several doctrinal heresies arose. Their early beginnings are referred to in the New Testament in such places as Galatians ; 1st John ; 2nd John ; and Jude
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What were their Beliefs? The best way to discover the beliefs of the dead is to study their writings. Here are some of their beliefs, as revealed by their own writings: Did not believe in the miracles of the Bible - Westcott in "1 never read an account of a miracle but I seem instinctively to feel its improbability and discover some want of evidence in the account of it. Have you read Darwin? How I should like to talk with you about it! In spite of difficulties, I am inclined to think it unanswerable.
He compiled them into a Greek New Testament based on the readings that the true church has accepted throughout the centuries. His compilation came to be known as the Textus Receptus. Click to expand You can still purchase a copy though TBS here. It is not the Majority text that hails from the area around Byzantium Constantinople. It is also true that the Westcott and Hort Text relies too heavily IMO on vaticanus and sinaiticus and at times dismisses the Majority readings out of hand. That is a valid criticism of the text these men produced.
Box , Port Huron, MI , fbns wayoflife. Westcott and Hort built upon the foundation established by their predecessors, such as Griesbach, Lachmann, and Tischendorf. Westcott and Hort adapted the textual theories of these men into their own unique blend, and their Greek New Testament represented the first popular departure from the Greek Received Text. Bruce Metzger is probably the most influential textual critic alive.