Someone wrote me this in response to my last blog post:
Ann, please clarify something for me. It bothers me.
You said “Dr. Samuel Gipp...states "God has always given His word to one people in one language to do one job; convert the world. The supposition that there must be a perfect translation in every language is erroneous and inconsistent with God's proven practice." (The Answer Book, pg. 32)
Now understanding that I have never heard of Dr Gipp in my life, this thought hit me hard. This man is damned by his own words. The only sin listed in the Bible as unforgivable is the blaspheming of the Holy Spirit. Dr. Gipp is accusing the Holy Spirit of going against God. He is either lying to make his point or just flat wrong in this statement, the Bible, KJV for those who prefer it) says so clearly in Acts 2:4-14 and I quote “4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
8And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
12And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?”
It means that God is capable of making HIS word understood by every man woman and child on the planet, even when men try to interfere.
How can this man contradict God and expect to be rewarded??
My response is Wow! I hadn't even thought of that occurrance in Scripture but you're so right. God DID make sure that His Word was not only able to be understood in the one language (Greek) but in the languages of all of those around them. How can anyone be like a Berean and study the Scriptures to know if this is so if they do not have the Word of God in their language? Are we so arrogant as to think that God prefers the English language? I'll bet English wasn't one of the languages spoken at Pentacost. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." If one doesn't understand Scripture because it's in another language, it is NOT suitable for anything for them. But when they can read it - and study it - it is the lamp unto their feet and a light unto their path (Psalm 119:105). I thank God that He's powerful enough to be sure that His Word stands true - in any language that it's translated in. I thank God for those faithful men and women who continue to do the work of God in making sure that those languages that do not have an accurate Bible will have one. There are a few men who are doing just that on another board I'm on including John R. Rice's grandson who is a missionary to Japan. For those who don't know, John R. Rice was one of the founders of the Sword of the Lord. Yes, the Sword of the Lord was not founded on the ideology of KJVO. Sadly it's not the same way anymore.