NIV OWNERS: HOW GODLY ARE THEY?
I recently received an article that pointed out a fact of which I was not previously aware. This was the fact that HarperSanFrancisco (HarperCollins), the company that owns the copyright on the NIV through its subsidiary Zondervan, also publishes Anton La Vey’s Satanic Bible. Not only do they publish this abomination that is basically the antithesis of the Holy Bible, but it is presently their 6th best selling book (rank changes on a daily basis)! This inspired me to look more closely at this company, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch. Long before I became a Christian, I knew that this company was a major promoter of homosexuality, witchcraft, and New Age buffoonery, and it came as no surprise to me that they would publish The Satanic Bible, but what does still shock me is the number of Christians who are fooled by NIV’s owners. I have referred to this company in quite a few of the articles that I have written in this series, but I never presented a list of what the NIV publisher has put in print until I was inspired by the article. The following is a list of HarperSanFrancisco/HarperCollins publications that should be of interest to those who use the NIV out of ignorance. Since the NIV refers to the future reformation after the return of Jesus Christ as “the new order,” removes the Antichrist by calling the number of the Beast “man’s number,” removes Lucifer entirely and conflates him with Jesus, removes the name of Jesus or his title of Christ thousands of times, and includes hundreds of other perversions and omissions of Scripture, the NIV fits in well with the rest of the books in this list.
The following list is not intended as a full bibliography. I have no interest in helping witches, New Age space cadets, Sufis, sodomites and lesbians find these books. The list is simply intended to show Bible-believing Christians, and NIV-using Christians who still think, but have been misled into believing that the NIV is a real Bible, what the NIV publisher is promoting.
If you can read the following list and still trust the NIV, God help you.
Satanic Bible by Anton La Vey
Satanic Rituals by Anton La Vey
Blasphemous Rumors: Is Satanic Ritual Abuse Fact or Fantasy? An Investigation by Andrew Boyd
Books on witchcraft are too numerous to list them all. Feminist and witch Starhawk publishes through this company. This leading witch’s books have managed to invade seminaries and divinity schools across the country, including the nations’ oldest divinity school, Harvard Divinity, and were (or are) required reading in a number of Harvard Divinity “Christian” theology classes.
Spiral Dance, The – 20th Anniversary by Starhawk
The Earth Path by Starhawk
The Twelve Wild Swans by Starhawk and Hillary Valentine
Other witchcraft titles include:
Necronomicon Spellbook by Simon
e-Witch by Deborah Gray
Witchcraze by Anne L. Barstow
Miami Psychic by Regina Milbourne, Yvonne Carey
Wicca by Vivianne Crowley
In line with the books on Satanism and Wicca, they include books on tarot card reading and even a set of tarot cards. Perhaps, the Aramaic Bible Society includes these in their library.
Tarot in Ten Minutes by Richard T. Kaser
The Heart of the Tarot by Sandra A. Thomson, Robert E. Mueller, Signe E. Echols
Psychic Diaries by Lysa Mateu
Russian Gypsy Fortune Telling Cards by Svetlana A. Touchkoff
Druidism is not overlooked by the NIV’s owners.
Anam Cara by John O’Donohue
Eternal Echoes by John O’Donohue
The Celtic Spirit by Caitlin Matthews
New Age titles (most of which also fit the witchcraft category) are also too numerous to list, but include:
Goddesses in Everywoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.
Goddesses in Older Women by Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.
Practical Miracles for Mars and Venus by John Gray
Psychic Diaries by Lysa Mateu
The Power of Karma by Mary T. Browne
Buddha by Deepak Chopra
The Four-Fold Way : Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary by Angeles Arrien
Dancing the Dream : The Seven Sacred Paths of Human Transformation by Jamie Sams
Angel Courage by Terry Lynn Taylor, Mary Beth Crain
Angel Signs by Simha Seraya, Albert Haldane
Mother Earth Spirituality by Ed McGaa
365 Goddess by Patricia Telesco
Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much – Revised edition by Anne Wilson Schaef
Real Magic by Wayne W. Dyer
The Twelve Gifts for Healing by Charlene Costanzo
Your Sacred Self by Wayne W. Dyer
Quantum Society by Danah Zohar
Cemetery Stories by Katherine Ramsland
Dead Names by Simon
Ouija by Stoker Hunt
Papal Magic by Simon
The Secrets of Nostradamus by David Ovason
Will Storr vs. The Supernatural by Will Storr
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman’s Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine by Sue Monk Kidd
Black Elk : The Sacred Ways of a Lakota by Wallace H. Black Elk, William S. Lyon (Contributor), Wallace Black Elk
Mother Earth Spirituality : Native American Paths to Healing Ourselves and Our World by Ed McGaa
Kindling the Celtic Spirit: Ancient Traditions to Illumine Your Life Through the Seasons by Mara Freeman
Be a Goddess! A guide to Celtic spells and wisdom for self-healing, prosperity and great sex,” Harper San Francisco by Francesca De Grandis
Jumbalaya: The natural woman’s book of personal charms and practical rituals by Luisa Teish
Goddess in my pocket: Simple spells, charms, potions and chants to get you everything you want by Patricia Telesco
Adventures Beyond the Body: Proving Your Immortality Through Out-Of-Body Travel by William Buhlman
Astrology by Suzanne White’s guide to love : a unique blend of Chinese and Western astrology that shows you how to find your perfect mate by Suzanne White
Books About the Bible
I’ve been trying to explain to people that the NIV’s pretend-translators were not Bible-believing Christians, if any of them were even Christians at all. The NIV’s owners publish plenty of books that show their true agenda. Who Wrote the New Testament? The Making of the Christian Myth by Burton L. Mack
HarperCollin’s own site describe Mack’s Gospel-maligning book in positive terms that leave no doubt where they stand. “In this groundbreaking and controversial book, Burton Mack brilliantly exposes how the Gospels are fictional mythologies created by different communities for various purposes and are only distantly related to the actual historical Jesus. Mack’s innovative scholarship which boldly challenges traditional Christian understanding’ will change the way you approach the New Testament and think about how Christianity arose.” [http://www.harpercollins.com/]
They even published Bishop John Spong’s trash, including
The Sins of Scripture
Liberating the Gospels Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes
Jesus for the Non-Religious
A New Christianity for a New World
Living in Sin?
Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism
The NIV’s owners describe Spong’s book Liberating the Gospels thus: “In this boldest book since Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Bishop John Shelby Spong offers a compelling view of the Gospels as thoroughly Jewish tests. Spong powerfully argues that many of the key Gospel accounts of events in the life of Jesus-from the stories of his birth to his physical resurrection-are not literally true. He offers convincing evidence that the Gospels are a collection of Jewish midrashic stories written to convey the significance of Jesus. This remarkable discovery brings us closer to how Jesus was really understood in his day and should be in ours.” [http://www.harpercollins.com/]
This silly reprobate who is quite open in his hostility toward the Bible has long been an advocate of sodomy and lesbianism, atheism, evolution, mythologization of the Bible, and an endless list of evils. What a Bible-hating critic of Christianity was doing working as a “bishop” in a church that still professes Christianity is a great mystery. Only in the loony bin of modern society could we find a situation so goofy as a church hiring an enemy of what he was purportedly hired to promote. Spong is a product of the wackiest loony bins in America such as Harvard and Yale Divinity schools, Union Theological, Chapel Hill, and Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary. The fact that such a devil would be promoted and praised by the NIV owners, should tell modern Christians all that they need to know.
Pushing the mythology notion even further, the NIV’s owners have published The Bible with Sources Revealed by Richard E. Friedman. Harper’s website describes it thus: “For centuries, biblical scholars have worked on discovering how the Bible came to be. The consensus that emerged from experts of various traditions was the Documentary Hypothesis: the idea that ancient writers produced documents of poetry, prose, and law over many hundreds of years, which editors then used as sources to fashion the books of the Bible that people have read for the last two thousand years.” [http://www.harpercollins.com/]
This scholarly untenable theory, also known as JEPD theory, has done more harm to Bible belief than any other theory. It is odd indeed that the best selling “bible” in the world would be published by a company that promotes this atheistic theory.
HarperSanFrancisco also published some of the nutty books of Neil Douglas-Klotz (see RBC #85) who claims to present hidden esoteric wisdom within the Aramaic New Testament. Harper published his Prayers of the Cosmos: Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus, and his Desert Wisdom: Middle Eastern Sacred Writings from the Goddess through the Sufis. His writings match those of Eugene Peterson in New Age blasphemy, and actually surpass them in silliness.
Not surprisingly, HarperSanFrancisco/Collins is one of the major publishers of sodomite and lesbian literature in the world. Harper’s website even includes a picture of two men in lying together in a sexual pose (without nudity). This shouldn’t be surprising considering the makeup of the NIV committee. One of the members of the committee, Virginia Mollenkott, has even been published by HarperSanFrancisco.
Is the Homosexual My Neighbor? A Positivie Christian Response by Letha Scanzoni and Virginia R. Mollenkott
Other selections include:
Is It a Choice? – 3rd Edition: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gay & Lesbian People by Eric Marcus
The essential guide to lesbian and gay weddings by Tess Ayers; Paul Brown
The Essential Gay Mystics by Andrew Harvey
Prayers for Bobby: A Mother’s Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son by Leroy Aarons
Coming Out Within: Stages of Spiritual Awakening for Lesbians & Gay Men by Craig O’Neill and Kathllen Ritter
Stitching a Revolution: The Making of an Activist by Cleve Jones and Jeff Dawson
Blossom of Bone: Reclaiming the Connection Between Homoeroticism and the Sacred by Randy P. Conner
Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth and Their Allies by Ellen Bass and Kate Kaufman
The Night Listener: A Novel by Armistead Maupin
The following Harper books were listed by the Stonewall Union as books to honor:
Doty, Mark. Firebird: A Memoir.
Heim, Scott. In Awe.
Donoghue, Emma. Hood.
Doty, Mark. Heaven’s Coast: A Memoir
Block, Francesca Lia. Baby Be-Bop
Bauer, Marion Dane, ed. Am I Blue?: Coming Out from the Silence
Nestle, Joan, and John Preston, eds. Sister and Brother: Lesbian and Gay Men Write about Their
Martin, April. The Lesbian and Gay Parenting Handbook: Creating and Raising Our Families
Marcus, Eric. Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945-1990
Humphrey, Mary Ann. My Country, My Right to Serve: Experiences Gay Men and Women in the Military, World War II to the Present
Nestle (Ed.) Joan. Sister & Brother: Lesbians and Gay Men Write About Their Lives Together
Signorile Michelangelo. Life Outside. The Signorile Report on Gay Men: Sex, Drugs, Muscles, and the Passages of Life 1997
Connor, Randy P. Blossom of Bone: Reclaiming the connections between homoeroticism and the Sacred
Drug abuse advocate and anthropological charlatan Carlos Castaneda is even published by the NIV’s owners:
Magical Passes: The Practical Wisdom of the Shamans of Ancient Mexico by Carlos Castaneda
The Active Side of Infinity by Carlos Castaneda
There will be some who will make silly arguments that the KJV has been printed by some disreputable companies as well. The Catholic-owned Thomas Nelson is certainly an example. This company has printed the perverted Westcott-Hort-based New King James Version that has a witchcraft and satanic symbol on its cover, and the even more perverted NCV, however, they don’t even advertise the KJV any more since they own the copyright on the NKJV. Through their openly Catholic subsidiary they publish many pagan books as well, although they are disguised in the trappings of the Roman Catholic Church.
Nevertheless, the KJV can be published by anyone who wants to do so, which is why there are so many of them for such low prices or for free. No one needs to ask permission from lesbians, feminists, sodomites, perverts, Satanists, witches, atheists, pornographers, child molesting advocates, abortion promoters, or any other type of degenerate God-hating freak in order to quote or print the King James Bible. Few who publish the inspired version of the Bible are looking for a profit. I have helped hand out thousands of Bibles in front of high schools, and many of those KJVs were supplied for free or for between fifty cents to one dollar each, which is printing cost. I could make photocopies of those Bibles and distribute them and the printers will be glad, not mad. The wicked publishers of the NIV, NKJV, and other perversions, will sue anyone who prints their versions without shelling out filthy lucre to their greedy and godless publishers, and the perverted pornographers and witchcraft promoters who own the NIV are the worst. The NIV’s copyright notice is as follows:
“THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION® NIV®
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society®
Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
The text may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic or audio), up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without the express written permission of the publisher, providing the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for 25 percent (25%) or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted.
Permission requests that exceed the above guidelines must be directed to, and approved in writing by, International Bible Society®, 1820 Jet Stream Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80921, USA.
PROPER USE STATEMENT:
These Scriptures are copyrighted by International Bible Society® and have been made available on the Internet for your personal use only. Any other use including, but not limited to, copying or re-posting the Scripture on the Internet is prohibited. These Scriptures may not be altered or modified in any form but must remain in their original context.
For the purpose of online access these Scriptures may not be sold or otherwise offered for sale. The use of “International Bible Society” or the “NIV” may not be used for commercial advertising purposes.” [http://www.studylight.org/info/copyright/bible/niv.html]
This shows us what their primary motive is, which is the acquisition of filthy lucre, and has nothing to do with spreading the Gospel. Their second motive is evident from the content of Rupert Murdoch’s company’s publications is to pervert Christianity and society in general, and to emolish people’s faith in the Bible. It is not surprising that the company that produces one of the most satanically-inspired of all of the Bible mistranslations also publishes so many satanic and pornographic books. The question that never stops puzzling me is why any so-called Christian would continue to use and promote such a perversion of Scripture once its numerous and obvious flaws are pointed out to them and once they are shown what other kinds of books are published by its satanic owners. Some have called the NIV the New Idiot’s Version; indeed, this is the best name for the NIV.
John Hinton, Ph.D.
Bible Restoration Ministry
A ministry seeking the translating and reprinting of KJV equivalent
Bibles in all the languages of the world.