Saturday, July 18, 2015 1:43 pm
Apostle J Olatunde, founder, the Eagles Evangelistic Ministry, has raised a controversy over the status of the New International Version of the Holy Bible (NIV). In his words: “If you own an NIV. Did you know that it was written by Zondervan and they are owned by Harper Collins, that also publishes The Satanic Bible, and The Joy of Gay Sex?”
He added that NIV has removed 64,575 words from the Bible, including Jehovah, Calvary, Holy Ghost and omnipotent to name but a few… NIV has also removed 45 complete verses. Most of us have the Bible on our phones.
He challenged Nigerian Christians to try and find the following scriptures under NIV “on your phone right now if you don’t believe me”:
Matthew 17:21: Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Matthew 18:11: For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
Matthew 23:14: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
Mark 7:16: If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
Mark 9:44: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Mark 9:46: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Luke 17:36: Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Luke 23:17: (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)
John 5:4: For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
Acts 8:37: And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
He submitted: “You will not believe your eyes. These verses are not in NIV Bible!”
However, a commentator, Charles Umagu, argued on Olatunde’s Facebook wall that Zondervan is the publisher of the New International Version starting in 1973. In 1988 they were bought by Haper Collins Publishers. Haper Collins in turn is owned by a company called News Corp. In 1999 News Corp bought Avon Books and merged it into their Harper Collins company. Avon Books tends to publish romance novels, but back in 1976, it published the Satanic Bible written by the founder of the Church of Satan.
Thus, Zondervan is being accused of publishing the Satanic Bible, not because it actually publishes it, “but because its parent holding company also owns another company that published this book. It would be similar to being accused of stealing because you happen to work in the same office where a former thief now works.”