By David J. Stewart | February 2015 | Updated March 2018
1st John 3:9, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
My friend, I cannot warn you enough about the modernized corrupt Bible versions. Satan is behind every modern Bible version, which were all translated from an entirely different Hebrew and Greek source than the King James Bible.
I feel sorry for people in the average evangelical church today, who when they read the Bible consult 5 or 6 different Bible versions to decide which rendering they like the best. That is so awful! Friend, God only wrote ONE BOOK, and it’s not open for personal preference!
The King James Bible is the AUTHORITATIVE Word of God! In drastic contrast, all of the new Bible versions read like comic books or a daily newspaper, losing their authoritativeness!
Please consider carefully the following horrible and corrupt translation in the so-called “Easy-To-Read Version” (ERV) . . .
KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) — 1st John 3:9, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” [emphasis added]
EASY-TO-READ VERSION (ERV) — 1st John 3:9, “Those who are God’s children do not continue to sin, because the new life God gave them.” [emphasis added]
I must also point out the satanic garbage that Bob Jones University sells, uses and promotes at their college; which Billy Graham also used, the horribly corrupt English Standard Version (ESV)…
ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION (ESV) — 1st John 3:9, “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.” [emphasis added]
Do you see how the Devil has butchered the meaning of God’s Word? By making subtle changes to the Scripture, the ERV and ESV completely change the plan of salvation. This is a deadly spiritual deception, which causes people to miss the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14) which leadeth unto life, which is “THE SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST” (which is the Gospel). 2nd Corinthians 11:3-4, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” May I say, truthfully, the ERV and ESV are corrupted new Bible versions, which teach “ANOTHER GOSPEL.”
According to 1st John 3:9 in the ERV and ESV, you are not saved if you are a backslidden believer living in sin. The ESV errantly says you are not saved if you still live in sin as a “practice.” Who doesn’t practice continual sin? Paul called the believers at the church of Corinth “carnal” and “babes in Christ” (1st Corinthians 3:1). Clearly, there is such a thing as a carnal Christian! This in no way means that they are not saved, because eternal life is the free gift of God, and does not require human effort in any way.
“The worst pervert in America is the Gospel pervert!”
SOURCE: Brother Lester Roloff, from the sermon, “The Gospel Perverts Or Jesus?”
Every Christian continues in sin! The ERV corrupts God’s Word to teach that believers who continue in sin are not really saved, but this is NOT what the King James Bible teaches. And shame on Bob Jones University for supporting the Devil’s counterfeit Bible revisions!!! The KJB says it is IMPOSSIBLE for he that is born of God to commit sin. We don’t need to consult the Greek language to understand what this Scripture is talking about, because we are told in 1st John 3:24, “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” It is the Holy Spirit in us as believers Who cannot sin. The emphasis of the Epistle of 1st John is that you can “KNOW” (1st John 5:13), as an individual believer, that you are saved by the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
If turning away from immoral activities is evidence of salvation, then many unsaved religious heathens are saved. Cornelius was a devoutly religious (but UNSAVED) man in Acts 10:1-2, “There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.” God told Cornelius in a dream to go meet Peter, who preached the Gospel to him, and Cornelius was saved at the end of the chapter. Most religious people are as lost as the Devil. Matthew 27:3 says Judas “repented,” yet he went straight to Hell in his sins without Christ. This is the false repentance of turning away from sins for salvation, which heresy has crept into the churches today because of the modern corrupted Bible versions. Please read the excellent writings by Pastor Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951), WHAT IS THE GOSPEL? and ANOTHER GOSPEL.
Also, please see, THE GREAT WORDS OF THE GOSPEL (an awesome book by Dr. Ironside).
The Biblical plan of salvation is simply that we are all guilty sinners, but Christ paid our debt of sin, and if we BELIEVE the good news that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried and bodily resurrected, we are saved. In sharp contrast, the Devil has infiltrated evangelical churches with counterfeit Bible versions, which change the Scriptures to teach that repentance is a change of lifestyle instead of a change of mind. Here is a classic example of what I am telling you . . .
The Greek word for “repent” in Mark 1:15 in the King James Bible is metanoeo, which means, “to think differently.” It is a change of mind. It DOESN’T mean to “change your hearts and lives,” which is what the corrupt ERV says!!! . . .
KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) — Mark 1:15, “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” [emphasis added]
EASY-TO-READ VERSION (ERV) — Mark 1:15, “He said, “The right time is now here. God’s kingdom is very near. Change your hearts and lives, and believe the Good News!” [emphasis added]
That is wrong, wrong, wrong! You don’t have to change your own life as a requirement to be saved. Rather, it is the indwelling Holy Spirit that comes into a person at the time of salvation that changes one’s heart and life, over time as they grow in grace by nurturing on the milk of the Word (1st Peter 2:2). Anyone who tells you that you must change your ways, habits or sinful lifestyle to be saved is a BIG LIAR! Eternal life is a gift (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9). A gift can simply be received, not achieved.
Jesus Christ is the New Man!
When you get saved, nothing changes about you! It is the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, specifically the Godhead, Who comes to indwell you that is the new change. Your salvation does not change you one bit! You are still you! When the Bible says that “all things are become new” (2nd Corinthians 5:17), it refers to the spiritual enlightenment that only a born-again believer has. 1st Corinthians 2:14, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.” Without the presence of the Author (God’s indwelling Spirit), no one can understand the Holy Bible.
The King James Bible accurately teaches that the new man (Who is Jesus Christ in us) CANNOT SIN. When we sin, we are walking in the flesh, and it is the Old (natural) Man who is sinning. The PERverted ERV changes the Word of God to instead teach that if you’re really saved, you won’t continue in sin. This is another prime example of how the new satanic Bible versions have completely changed God’s simple plan of salvation; from one of resting completely in Christ (as the accurate KJB teaches – Hebrews 4:10-11), to one of requiring the human effort of turning away from sinful behavior to be saved. These are two drastically different plans of salvation, and only one is correct! You don’t have to give up anything to be saved! God gave up His only begotten Son for us! You don’t even have to give up your unbelief, just so long as you BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST in spite of your unbelief. It is the lack of BELIEVING that keeps a man out of Heaven, and not the presence of DOUBT. Faith is not the absence of doubt; but rather, believing in spite of the doubt.
One of our text Bible verses teaches that a man who is in Christ is a NEW CREATURE! That “new creature” is the indwelling Holy Spirit, which Romans 8:9 calls the “Spirit of Christ.” Literally, when you get saved, the Godhead (Trinity) comes to live inside your body. That doesn’t mean that we are God; but rather, our body becomes “the temple” of the Holy Spirit, Who is God in us (1st Corinthians 3:16-17; John 14:23). If you have been born-again, you have God the Father and God the Son indwelling your body (1st Corinthians 3:16-17) as God the Holy Spirit. 1st John 3:24, “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” The evidence that we are saved is the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit, not turning away from sin. The world’s churches are filled with unsaved religious people who have turned away from immoral living, who will perish into the eternal fires of Hell in their false security of religion.
“You can sit there and say, ‘Oh, well, you just took it too far. You just took King James onlyism too far!’ Well, you know what brother, you can’t take it far enough, when they’re pushing all these false versions, and all the bookstores, and the Christian bookstores, and all of your big name preachers are all preaching false versions! You know, we need to stand our ground on this issue!!!” —a great quote by Pastor Steven Anderson from the awesome sermon, “Saved By The Word” | MP3).
It is Jesus in Us Who Cannot Sin, Not the Imperfect Believer!
The Holy Spirit cannot sin! If we obey Jesus in us, then we will not sin. Of course, we are sinners by nature and by choice, so we are not always going to choose to walk in the Spirit. 1st John 3:9 in the correct KJB says the new man CANNOT SIN. Well, the Holy Bible teaches that we all have sin, even the best of Christians, like the apostle Paul (Romans 7:14-25). The Word of God is filled with classic examples of true believers who lived in sin. Samson lived a shameful lifestyle of sin, as did king Solomon and Lot. In the New Testament, Demas forsook Paul, having loved this present world, but the Bible never says that Demas wasn’t saved. Noah went from being the captain of his ship to a drunken sailor!
David committedadultery with Bath-Sheba and then conspired to get her husband drunk, deceiving and eventually having Uriah murdered! The Bible calls David the “man after God’s own heart”! The Lord fully knew the sins that David would one day commit before God chose him to be the king of Israel. In fact, God knew before Adam was created, because the Word of God is forever settled in Heaven (Psalms 119:89). The last word of Revelation existed in Heaven before the first word of Genesis was ever given to Moses!
The Holy Bible commands us as born-again believers to “WALK IN THE SPIRIT” (i.e., the Holy Spirit Who indwells us as God’s child). Galatians 5:16, “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:25, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Notice in Galatians 5:25 that those who “live” in the Spirit (meaning believers who are saved), ought to also “walk” in the Holy Spirit. Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”