The Biblical Consideration
The greatest commandment1 tells us to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. It appears that today’s average Christian has forgotten or is unaware of the last part of this command. They have the energy and drive (heart and soul) but often lack in clear and logical thinking. Jesus never asked us to check our brains at the door when we enter into relationship with Him.
The Bereans2 give us an example to follow when we are presented with a spiritual teaching, claim, etc. Not only should we look into the scriptures to see if what we are told is correct, we need to also examine carefully claims being made regards the validity of those making the claims as well as the claims. We need to consider if it is true or if a falsehood is presented. We find that Satan works by telling the truth along with a lie3. We also see that he takes a truth and slightly changes it so as to create a lie, or to mislead us4. These same tactics are commonly used by men and women. We are to test them5.
When we find that a person has preached to us an error, especially a falsehood, or outright lie, we need to ignore the claim6. The Old Testament teaches that not only should we ignore the claim, but we should ignore everything coming from the person, or ministry which is using lies to support their claims.
On the internet there are postings regards Dr. Frank Logsdon and his renouncement of the New American Standard bible.
Posted on Face book7:
“I’m in trouble with the Lord”
Dr. Frank Logsdon, From the NASV to KJV
Dr. Frank Logsdon, the theologian and language scholar who led the translation of the New American Standard Version [NAS:]
“I must, under God, renounce every attachment to the New American Standard Version. I’m afraid I’m in trouble with the Lord… We laid the groundwork; I wrote the format; I helped interview some of the translators; I wrote the preface… I’m in trouble; I can’t refute these arguments; it’s wrong, frighteningly wrong, and what am I going to do about it?
“When questions began to reach me at first, I was quite offended… I used to laugh with others… However, in attempting to answer, I began to sense that something was not right with the New American Standard Version. I can no longer ignore these criticisms I am hearing and I can’t refute them… the deletions are absolutely frightening… there are so many… Are we so naïve that we do not suspect satanic deception in all of this?
“The finest leaders that we have today… haven’t gone into it [corrupted Greek text,] just as I hadn’t gone into it… that’s how easily one can be deceived…”
[Y]ou can say the Authorized Version [KJV] is absolutely correct.
How correct? 100% correct!…
Indeed this discussion is about a counterfeit. But, it is not about the New American Standard Bible (which was translated and published by The Lockman Foundation) being a counterfeit. At lest, not proven by this claim. Why? Because Dr. Frank Logsdon never worked on the translation of the NASV and he was never an employee of the Lockman Foundation. He never claimed to be a “co-founder”. He was only a friend of Mr. Lockman. He very well may have stood against the translation, but he did not write the preface and he did not write the format.
The Lockman Foundation denies that Frank Logsdon had any involvement in the translation or publishing of the NASB.
“The Board of Directors of the Lockman Foundation launched the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE translation work in the late 1950′s following the completion of the AMPLIFIED NEW TESTAMENT. Dr. S. Franklin Logsdon was acquainted with Dewey Lockman, president of the Lockman Foundation, prior to Mr. Lockman’s death in 1974. Mr. Logsdon was never a member of the Board of Directors, nor was he an employee of the Lockman Foundation. Mr. Logsdon had no authority to hire employees or translators for the Foundation, to set policy, to vote, to hold office, to incur expenses, etc. He cannot be considered co-founder of the NASB or part of the Lockman Foundation. According to our records, he was present at a board meeting on two occasions — once to hear a travel report; and once to deliver an inspirational thought. Mr. Logsdon wrote to Mr. Lockman in fall of 1973 that he was moving to Florida. Mr. Lockman replied that he was surprised and saddened by his decision to leave the area. Mr. Lockman passed away in January of 1974, and no further correspondence was exchanged between Frank Logsdon and The Lockman Foundation. He resided in Florida until his passing some years ago.” — The Lockman Foundation, 19958
So, how does one trust this claim that the NASV is corrupted and the KJV is the only correct version when it is supported with fabrication?
The answer: You can not.
1 Jesus said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ Matthew 22:37 NKJV
2 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Acts 17:10-11 NKJV
3 See Job Chapter 1.
4 See Genesis Chapter 3.
5 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1 NKJV
6 when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him. Deuteronomy 18:22 NKJV
7 See picture FB_Frank_Logsdon_Counterfeit.jpg