STRAINING AT GNATS AND SWALLOWING CAMELS

June 2, 2005 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org; for instructions about subscribing and unsubscribing or changing addresses, see the information paragraph at the end of the article) -

The defenders of modern textual criticism commit the error that the Lord Jesus Christ warned of in Matthew 23:24 -- “Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.”

1. They strain at the gnat of Erasmus, who was admittedly weak in the faith but was also an exception in the field of the Received Text over the past half millennium and swallow the camel of the fact that theological modernism, skepticism, and unitarianism is
the rule among the fathers of modern textual criticism, that apostasy is an intimate companion of modern textual criticism.

2. They strain at the gnat of David Otis Fuller’s use of some of the writings of Seventh-day Adventist Benjamin Wilkinson and swallow the camel of modern textual criticism’s blatant denial of divine preservation.

3. They strain at the gnat of the extremely minor revisions of the KJV and swallow the camel of the dramatic doctrinal issues associated with the Alexandrian text.

4. They strain at the gnat of Peter Ruckman’s peculiarities and swallow the camel of the 500 years of reasonable, godly defense of the Received Text and the 200 years of the same type of defense of the King James Bible (as documented in
For Love of the Bible).

5. They strain at the gnat of the mistakes and foibles of King James Bible defenders and swallow the camel of the blatant heresies of modern textual criticism, such as the alleged historical recension whereby the original text of Scripture was replaced in the 4th century with a corrupt one and not recovered until 1,500 years later.

6. They strain at the gnat of the slight variety among the various editions of the Greek Received Text and swallow the camel of how modern textual criticism treats the Bible like an ordinary book.

7. They strain at the gnat that 1 John 5:7 in the Received Text lacks majority Greek manuscript support and swallow the camel that MOST of their critical text readings have but slight manuscript support, in many cases less than that for 1 John 5:7.