The Clear Word Bible: Is It the Word of God?
The Seventh-day Adventists express a firm belief in the authority and inerrancy of Scripture. Their statement of beliefs claims "The Holy Scriptures, Old and New Testaments, are the written Word of God, given by divine inspiration through holy men of God who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. In this Word, God has committed to man the knowledge necessary for salvation. The Holy Scriptures are the infallible revelation of His will. They are the standard of character, the test of experience, the authoritative revealer of doctrines, and the trustworthy record of God's acts in history."
Despite this affirmation of the character of the Bible, the SDA Church demonstrates a different approach to Scripture in its popular Clear Word Bible. The many changes made to the biblical text in the Clear Word Bible are ultimately destructive to the integrity of God's Word... MORE
Hebrew and Greek Expert Wayne Grudem Critiques The Clear Word
Dr. Wayne A. Grudem recently had the opportunity to review The Clear Word and commented on it..."I do not think anyone should trust The Clear Word as a reliable translation of the Bible, or even as a useful paraphrase. It repeatedly distorts the teaching of the Bible. It removes significant content that is in the original Hebrew or Greek, and adds new ideas that are not found in the original texts. Verse after verse has been changed simply to support unusual Seventh-day Adventist doctrines, but these changes are not supported by reliable translations..." MORE
The Clear Word Bible: Useful translation, or denominational fudge?
In 1994 the Review and Herald Publishing company, official publishing house of the Seventh Day Adventist denomination, brought out the first edition of what was titled The Clear Word Bible by Adventist author Jack J. Blanco. Blanco's goal was to provide a contemporary paraphrased Bible version which would express the ideas of the scriptures in particularly modern vernacular. The Bible quickly became popular in Adventist circles, sold in the denomination's Adventist Bible Center (ABC) bookstores. The Adventist Voice of Prophecy broadcast has used it a number of times on programs to "clarify" points that the speaker wished to make.
Although it is admitted by those in the denomination to not be a "scholarly" translation, and thus not recommended for in-depth Bible study, it is definitely touted as a useful Bible version for daily reading... MORE
Adventist Admission About The Clear Word Bible
In the March 16, 2006 issue of Adventist Review, Executive Publisher/Editor William G. Johnsson wrote an article appearing on page 5 enttiled "So Many Versions" in which he discusses "Which is the best Bible Translation?" Point 3 of his answer states... MORE
Although it took much longer than the three other major cults (Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science), by 1994 the Adventist Church had finally published a version of the Bible (The Clear Word Bible) that contained statements that are to be found nowhere but in their own literature. Although it can only be speculated, this writer is of the opinion that the Adventist church kept Blanco's paraphrase from publication until after the death of Walter Martin in 1989. If this work had been published in his lifetime, Martin would have wasted no time in reapplying the label "cult" to this chameleon... READ COMPLETE ARTICLE
What Does Adventism's Clear Word "Bible" Teach About the Trinity?
The Seventh-day Adventist Church publishes, advertises, and sells their own "Bible," The Clear Word, which is supposed to be an "expanded paraphrase." It was written by Dr. Jack Blanco, who was at the time a theology professor and chairman of the religion department at the SDA Church's Southern College (now Southern Adventist University), and it was first published in 1994 under the title The Clear Word Bible. This "Bible" deletes, changes, and adds to the Word of God, to try to make it fit with SDA teaching, and includes unBiblical ideas that are directly from their prophetess Ellen G. White... MORE
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