NIV Omissions Which Affect the Gospel

The following excerpt is from the Introduction to “One Book Stands Alone” by Dr. Douglas Stauffer, pages vi-viii.

Verses Omitted

The NIV has totally omitted seventeen verses.  In it, you no longer read Matthew 17:21; 18:11; 23:14; Mark 7:16; 9:44, 46; 11:26; 15:28; Luke 17:36; 23:17; John 5:4; Acts 8:37; 15:34; 24:7; 28:29; Romans 16:24; or 1 John 5:7.  These verses deal with doctrines of great importance: the doctrine of the Trinity (1 John 5:7); the doctrine of hell (Mark 9:46, 46); the doctrine of salvation (Matthew 18:11; Mark 15:28; Acts 8:37); the doctrine of prayer (Matthew 17:21).  Other passages remain in the NIV, but the marginal notes discredit them.  These notes reveal that the NIV translators would have preferred to leave out Mark 16:9-20 and John 7:53-8:11.  That’s an additional 24 verses.  Why would someone want to remove these passages?  Who would want to remove Matthew 18:11 which states, ‘For the Son of Man is come to save that which was lost’?  In spite of these and even more disturbing alterations, the advocates of the new versions declare that no doctrines are changed in the new bibles.

Words Omitted

Something else is disappearing from the NIV.  There many biblically significant words that are simply no longer there.  By this, I mean that these words are not mentioned even one time in the NIV.  Words conspicuously absent from the NIV include all of the following words enclosed in quotation marks.  There is no longer a “Godhead”.  There is no “Jehovah” or “blessed and only “potentate”.  There is no “Holy Ghost” and He is not the “Comforter”.  God is no longer “immutable” or “omnipotent” – there goes Handel’s Messiah!

Christ is no longer the “only begotten” or the “first begotten”.  We no longer need to worry about “devils” or “Lucifer” or “damnation” or “brimstone” or the “bottomless pit”.  Hell, which is mentioned  54 times in the KJB, is mentioned only fourteen times in the NIV and is entirely removed from the Old Testament.  But why worry about hell or damnation?  In the NIV, there are no “trucebreakers” or “winebibbers”.  No one is ever accused of being “carnal”, “slothful”, or “unthankful”.  In the NIV, there is no “backbiting”, “vanity”, “lasciviousness”, “fornication”, or “whoredom”.  In fact, no one is “effeminate” and there are no “sodomites”.  No wonder liberals so readily accept this bible.

It is a good thing that there is not much to be saved from in the NIV, since it is harder to get saved as well.  No longer is Christ crucified on “Calvary”.  He is not the “testator” who brings us the New Testament or the “daysman” who stands between God and us.  He has not sprinkled His blood on the “mercyseat”.  He was not placed in the “sepulchre” and His resurrection is no longer established by many “infallible” proofs.  It only makes sense then that we are no longer “quickened” and there is no more “propitiation” or “remission” or “regeneration” in the NIV.  Did you get that?  No “Calvary”; no “propitiation”; no “regeneration”.

All of the words in quotation marks – as well as many others that could be cited – have been totally removed from between the covers of the New International Version.  Therefore, it follows that the word of God is no longer “incorruptible”.  It is no longer the “engrafted” word of God.  There is no “verity” and Christ does not say “verily, verily”.  There is no “science” falsely so-called and there are no “fables”.  Perhaps that is why the saints no longer “abide in Christ”.


Stauffer, Dr. D. 2001, 2005, “One Book Stands Alone”, publ. McCowen Mills Publishers, Millbrook, Alabama