So many ‘Christians’ (using modern Bible translations) take false security from the following verses, thinking they say that Christians CAN’T be deceived. Yet what the KJV says is very different–the KJV shows THEY will be the target!   It does NOT say they can’t be deceived.

Compare:

NIV: ‘For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles TO deceive the elect–if that were possible.’ (Mark 13:22)

vs.

KJV: ‘For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, To seduce, if [it were] possible, even the elect.’ (Mark 13:22)

 

and

 

NIV: ‘For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect–if that were possible.’ (Matthew 24:24)

vs.

KJV: ‘For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.’ (Matthew 24:24)

 

One must understand that, in the KJV, when words are in brackets they were ADDED for clarity of understanding.  But what added clarity in the 1700’s might not be as helpful today.  It is absolutely permissible to remove those words.

 

Bottom line:

Contrast the clearly misleading translation of the NIV . . .

‘ . . . to deceive the elect– if that were possible.’  (The implication being that it is not possible.)

with the WARNING in the KJV

KJV message: ‘ . . . TO seduce, if possible, even the elect . . . ‘, ‘ . . . insomuch that, if possible, they shall deceive the very elect.’

 

You CAN be deceived! As a friend said

‘If you think you can’t be deceived, you’re deceived already.’

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