"For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ."
2 Corinthians 2:17
Everything pertaining to the Bible, and particularly every change proposed in the Bible as we have it in the English tongue, is a matter of high consequence to all men - whether they realize it or not. For it is beyond all question that the Bible has been the chief factor in the formation of our Western Civilization, and also the chief factor in conserving it. Its unique influence upon the lives of individuals, and the standards of justice and morality which it has held up before the people, are what have served to withstand the mighty disruptive forces of lawlessness and anarchy by which the very existence of society has been always menaced - and more so just now than ever before.
The influence of the Bible has contributed, and still contributes, far beyond all other forces combined, to the maintenance of government, and of all the principles of law, customs, usages, standards of ethics, education, and family life, that make for the welfare of nations, communities, and individuals.
This we can assert without fear of contradiction. For even so great an enemy of Christianity as Mr. H.G. Wells acknowledges that civilization owes both its origin and its preservation to the Bible. He has recently declared in print that "the civilization we possess could not have come into existence, and could not have been sustained, without it." Again he admits that "it is the Book that has held together the fabric of Western civilization;" that it has "unified and kept together great masses of people;" that it has been "the hand book of life to countless millions of men and women, it has explained the world to the mass of our people, and has given them moral standards and a form into which their consciences could work."
(Tupper Saussy wrote: "We can best learn why we were born, who we are, why we live, and where we go upon death in the chapters of the King James 1611 Bible. To seek or accept any other resource is buying a lemon." That I would say, is the nicest thing that can be said about the manifold modern versions that, thanks to Rome, litter the Church. It was one year after the Pope had declared himself infallible, that papal pupils on the Revision committee declared the English Bible fallible. - R.P)