The Bible For Today Update
Yvonne Sanborn Waite, D. Hum.
THESE ARE PERILOUS TIMES!
CHRISTIANS MUST BE VIGILANT
Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our
Lord, nor of me his prisoner;
But be thou partaker of the afflictions of
the gospel according to the power of God.
2 TIMOTHY 1:8
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As I begin my letter to you, I am looking out of my study
windows. (This room used to be our son's bedroom. Now he is our BFT business manager.) Our yard is beautiful! The green grass is
shaded by our large chestnut tree. The squirrels love it and so do
I. It is HOT! According to the weather man, it could get to 100
this week. The Lutheran church across the way is quiet in the
summer--no nursery school, no cars blocking our driveway, and still
no gospel preached there. They have a woman pastor. On the same
side of the street the house has much activity. A new addition is
being erected, and a garage torn down. More room for their
three-year-old! The neighbor to our other side has a beautiful
swimming pool. No one much swims in it. Mostly, the only activity
is the automatic pool cleaner that moves round and round and round,
occasionally spitting out water.
THE DEAN BURGON SOCIETY IN ROBBINSDALE, MINNESOTA
WERE YOU THERE? If not, GET THE TAPES!!
My, have we ever been busy! OUR 28th DEAN BURGON SOCIETY
MEETING WAS HELD AT CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH IN ROBBINSDALE,
MINNESOTA, JULY 19-20. It was a wonderful, peaceful meeting. Well,
if you can call good preaching and teaching peaceful! If you
weren't there, you missed it! But, take heart--Dan Waite brought
all his recording equipment and enough wires to wire all of
Collingswood. Why? Am glad you asked. HE "LIVE-STREAMED" THE
WHOLE THING!! Maybe you were one of the many who E-mailed
questions and comments as you viewed the speakers. It may still be
re-broadcasting now. Go to "BibleForToday.org" and click on to the
RED BAR. ALSO ORDER YOUR OWN COPY OF THE 2006-DBS MEETINGS (BFT
#3284DV1-2 @ $25.00+$5.00 S&H for DVD; BFT #3284VHS1-3 @
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FROM MICHIGAN TO GEORGIA & ONTARIO IN BETWEEN
When you get your DBS audio tapes and/or DVD's or VHS's, you'll
hear speeches and sermons by men such as Pastor Bob Barnett (MI,)
Pastor Denis Gibson (ONT), Pastor David Brown (WI), Pastor Kirk
DiVietro (MA), H. D. Williams, M.D. (GA), Mr. Daniel Waite (NJ),
Pastor David Hollowood (PA), Pastor David Sorenson (MN), Pastor
Ralph Brown (WI), Pastor Humberto Gomez (Mex), Pastor D. A. Waite
(NJ). & HOST PASTOR MICHAEL MONTE WHO DID A GOOD & GRACIOUS JOB OF
ENTERTAINING THE SOCIETY. The women & girls served us food in a
delightful way for every meal.
SOPHIA, GNOSTICISM, THE JESUS SEMINAR & MORE--EXPLAINED
I wish I had a good memory to synthesize these talks. BARNETT
preached a sermon on "God's Words and God's Person." GIBSON
explained "wisdom" (Sophia) in Proverbs 8. DAVID BROWN talked on
GNOSTICISM. This subject is all the rage since THE DA VINCI CODE
book. DiVIETRO was eloquent on the "Jesus Seminar" debacle.
WILLIAMS talked with Power Points on a passage in Isaiah. DAN WAITE
Power-Pointed many DBS' men's statements on the Words of God for the
last 28 years--a good review. HOLLOWOOD talked about the Bible as
our Dictionary. SORENSEN expounded textual defense of Inspiration
and Preservation. RALPH BROWN preached hard on The Faith Once
Delivered. GOMEZ encouraged us in the faithful Spanish Bible.
MONTE proved to be an excellent and humorous defender of the KJB as
he preached on INTERPRETING INSPIRATION. My husband, DR. WAITE,
excelled on the subject of "BJU'S ERRORS ON BIBLE PRESERVATION."
Ask for them all, or for individual sermons!
TESTIMONIES & THE FALSE MYSTERY RELIGION DISCUSSED
PRAYER, PRAISE, & PRACTICE
ALSO, YOU MAY ASK FOR THE "DBS WOMEN" TAPES. BFT #3288TP (audio
cassettes @ $4.00 + $1 S&H; DVD #3288DVD @ $15.00+$4 S&H; VHS
#3288VHS @ $15 +$4 S&H). We had testimonies from several Christian
women such as Susan Monte (Minnesota), Lita Ramnarine (Minnesota),
Stacy Brown (Wisconsin), and Patricia Canter (Ohio). I was
fascinated and thankful how the Lord had worked in their lives
recently. I don't get out much with women's groups, so I am always
happy with the Christian fellowship we DBS women have together. We
prayed together. That is good when believing women pray. We
brought before the Throne of God two of our widows of past defenders
of the Words of God--two women who no longer can meet with us--Mrs.
David Otis Fuller and Mrs. M. J. Hollowood. Of course, some women
couldn't resist the AVENUE MALL (or whatever it is called) which was
a stone's throw from where we met. We missed them! Then I spoke on
GNOSTICISM --THE FALSE MYSTERY RELIGION CONDEMNED BY GOD (BFT
#3283-TP @ $4+$1 S&H). I made up a 63-PAGE BOOKLET full of many
articles to help us understand the subject of GNOSTICISM (BFT
#3283BK @ $6.50 + $4.00 S&H). I hope to do a few radio programs on
this subject soon.
GNOSTICISM: THE NEW VIEW OF JESUS
I read that there have been three so-called "revivals" in the
United States. One was with Jonathan Edwards & George Whitfield
(1730), another was with Charles Finney & Theodore Weld in
1820-1830, and the one we are in now is THE RE-DISCOVERY OF ANCIENT
GNOSTIC SPIRITUALITY or THE NEW VIEW OF JESUS. CAN YOU BELIEVE
THIS? I personally think that OPRAH WINFREY is a Gnostic. I
mentioned this in my talk. A book which greatly helped in
understanding this subject of GNOSTICISM, besides my husband, was
JANET MOSER's GNOTICISM: THE DOCTRINAL FOUNDATION OF THE NEW BIBLE
VERSIONS (BFT# 2732 @ $24.00 + $5.00 S&H). You should go without
new shoes to get it.
THE LIE THAT CHANGED THE MODERN WORLD BY H. D. WILLIAMS, M.D.
The other day I heard of a college student whose television
broke. So she got a hold of Dr. Williams book, THE LIE THAT CHANGED
THE MODERN WORLD (BFT 3125 @ $16.00 + $4.00 S&H) and began to read
it. She was fascinated! "My, this writer is an intelligent man!,"
she said to herself. She couldn't put the book down. I wondered,
"What are the facts therein?" I must confess, I never read it. I'm
too busy proof-reading my husband's books or writing to you. So I
got the book out and looked at it. Sure enough, it is a refutation
of the modernist cry "POLY-SCRIPTURES"!
Let me quote from page 48 to give you a flavor of the book.
". . . let us examine the philosophy of Socrates' student, Plato
. . . who taught Aristotle. Plato was a homosexual who taught the
concept of ‘the ideal Republic.' In his Republic he ‘prescribed,
among other things, socialism, selective breeding, contraception,
infanticide, and the kidnaping of children from their parents for a
20-year period of state-controlled values clarification. . . .'
This form of thinking gave rise to Arianism that taught that Jesus
Christ was a created being and he subsequently created the Holy
Spirit. . . ."
In closing, I don't have to remind you of the dreadful military
conflicts that are happening all over the world. As I write, Israel
and Lebanon/the Hezbollah terrorists are "at it" in the areas that
we Bible readers are used to reading about in our Scriptures. It is
not the first time that battles have been fought in the "Promised
Land." Our grandson is going back to Iraq for the second time,
leaving his wife, our granddaughter, and his two babies in the USA.
Then, friends of our ministry, the Ryans in New Mexico, had their
church torched by someone who was up to no good. All this
destruction and hate pours out like the vilest of dead flies and
putrefying scabs on the world. HOW LONG, LORD, HOW LONG?
I'm under God's care, are you?
THE MEMORY OF IT ALL
A Reflection on the life of Frances Ridley Havergal
The Author of Many Hymns and Poems
by Yvonne S. Waite
A NOSTALGIC LOOK AT ASTLEY CHURCH
Today has been a "delicious" day--to use FRANCES HAVERGAL'S
terminology. I have finally had enough time to read every word
sent to me by a missionary friend in England concerning Frances
Havergal and her beloved ASTLEY PARISH. That beautiful church still
stands in the village of Astley in Worcestershire, England. It
was the parish in which her father ministered, and where Frances
spent her early childhood. To be truthful, from her youthful
description, I was surprised that the building was much larger than
I supposed. I thought it was a smaller chapel. Frances Havergal
spoke so lovingly about this church. It held many childhood
memories for her. She reminisced about her days there, and knew she
would be buried in that cemetery. I wondered if my friend had seen
the parish house where she was born, or had it been destroyed long
ago? Eagerly, I looked at each picture sent to me. There were
pictures of the church, her grave, and that of her parents, as well
as views of the quiet surroundings. I had a feel for the beauty of
the area--and the loneliness, too. I tried to imagine life back in
the 1800's when the child Frances walked those paths and climbed
those stone-walled fences.
I was surprised at the "Catholic" historical background of the
church. Surprised, too, at the antiquity of the Priory, being
connected to the village of Astley for over 900 years. In 1195,
Richard the Lion-Hearted granted the Abbey the royal charter, and in
1289 the church was dedicated. Also, it seemed as if the buildings
and grounds were privately owned for many years. The church and
property seemed to be given to various brave men by past kings in
thankfulness for brave acts. It always amazed me that people lived,
breathed, loved, and warred hundreds of years ago, and here we are
in 2006--living, breathing, loving, and warring, too. Some things
It was very interesting that the church building itself had been
preserved down through the centuries since 1289. That is the actual
date of the dedication of the present church structure, which, by
the way, had been changed and renovated several times since Frances
Havergal's childhood. Even though the original building had
disappeared through the years with only an arch or so left to view,
the remains of those early years when knights walked the grounds,
lie underneath the old rectory gardens. One could notice, if one
were astute, parts of the original Norman nave and chancel.
There seemed to be an interest in the nearby community as well as
world-wide concern to preserve the building. I assume it is because
of Frances Havergal's part of its history. Her words and writings
are much loved by millions. Her hymns are sung weekly in churches
today. One cannot help wondering how such a dedicated
Bible-believing saint could come out of such a formal, historical
church-setting! The longer she lived, the more she loved the Lord
Jesus Christ and His Words. Nothing much in the church's history,
that I read today, gave testimony to the early Bible-teaching from
its pulpits. From my past research on her life, I remembered that
Frances spoke highly of her Anglican rector-father, Rev. W. H.
Havergal, and his sound teaching from the Holy Scriptures. She
mentioned that all rectors did not hold to the faith like her
father. I did not know until this present reading that he was
called a "Canon."
Is this parish a working-church today? There seemed to be a
rector listed as late as 2001. I was also interested that Frances'
sister, Marie Vernon Graham Havergal, was buried close by her sister
and their parents. I remember reading of Marie and her devotion and
care of her youngest sibling during her final days in Wales.
I can't help wondering about the DOMESDAY BOOK that is referred
to often in Mr. Stephen Ross' history. It is rather an odd name for
a history record. I didn't know about the Havergal College in
Toronto, Canada. I wonder what kind of school it was. The trustees
of the Astley Church must cherish their friendship as they permitted
a picture of their college in their church display-case.
A CONCERNED LOOK AT FRANCES HAVERGAL
I was happy to have in my hands the writings by Stephen Ross on
Frances Ridley Havergal's life (1836-1879). She composed hymns such
as Who Is On the Lord's Side, Like a River Glorious, and Take My
Life and Let It Be. I have copies of her sister Marie's biography
of her. When I was researching Frances' life, a few years ago, for
my PORTRAIT OF FRANCES HAVERGAL's presentation, I read anything and
everything about her life that I could find. There is very little
written about her. So it was good to read the Ross review and learn
new facts about her short life of forty-two years. In my research,
I could never discover what illness she suffered as a child, nor the
sicknesses that plagued her life most of her years. I assumed it
was some kind of mental or emotional illness--because the exact
ailment was never mentioned, except that she often had "fevers." It
was mysterious. Because of sickness, Frances could not go to a
formal school for any length of time. She was "home-schooled"--and
that very well, indeed. The only-named illness I knew of, from my
research, was the bout with typhoid fever she experienced a year or
so before her death. It was a disease from which she never fully
I was interested to learn she had a serious attack of erysipelas
when she was fourteen. That was the year she had to leave Mrs.
Teed's boarding school, The following year, at fifteen, she received
Jesus Christ as her Saviour. Erysipelas is defined as: "an acute
infectious disease of the skin or mucous membranes caused by a
streptococcus and characterized by local inflammation and fever."
Personally, I never heard of it. So my husband looked it up for me
to see what the definition was. Then I looked for it in our Mayo
Clinic Health Book. It was there. In 1874, Frances caught a fever
after an enjoyable Switzerland vacation. The diagnosis was typhoid
fever, the disease I had read about in my research several years
I didn't know about Frances' last homecoming on May 21, 1879. It
is very sad. Being extremely tired after church, she did not walk
home, but rode a donkey. Young boys, eager to hear all she had to
say to them about her King, the Lord Jesus Christ, followed her,
learning as they walked. Frances was always teaching--even in her
distresses. Little did anyone know that soon she would die of
Personally, I was touched as I read of the agony of peritonitis
which rapidly overtook her body. It was written that she was not
afraid to die. She was eager to see Jesus face-to-face. She said,
It was "so beautiful to go." When others grieved because of her
intense pain, she whispered, "It's HOME the faster!" I was very
moved by Frances Havergal's last words and moments. Her pain was
overwhelming; yet, she praised the Lord Jesus and eagerly left this
earthly place for her Heavenly Home. What an example-Christian!
I was so thankful for all the time my friend took to send me this
Havergal information--all the pictures, the words, and their care
for me. I wish I could have been there to see it all in person. It
must have been moving, standing by her grave side. I remembered
when I stood by Fanny Crosby's tombstone, I welled up with great
emotion, for I had studied and portrayed her also. I remembered
when I stood by my sister's grave, after an absence of more than
thirty years, how I burst into unexpected tears. The emotions of
her young death at twenty welled up within my soul and poured out in
surprising, grieving tears!
Dear friend, as the memory of that visit to Astley parish fills
our minds, may God deeply enrich our lives. May He enable us to
communicate the Lord Jesus Christ in a fuller, deeper way because of
Frances Havergal's life. I suppose she had no idea the impact that
her Christian testimony would have upon others through the ages. We
never really know how and when we influence others, do we?
I end this report with the closing words of our poetess. She
whispered, "God's will is delicious; He makes no mistakes." As
born-again Christians, we must believe this, for it is true.
If you want to find out more about Frances Havergal, you can
get the following:
BFT #1417-T @ 10/$1.50 + S&H "A Portrait of Frances Havergal" (A
BFT #1417VHS @ $15.00 + $5.00 S&H "A Portrait of Frances
Havergal" with Y. S. Waite
BFT #1417TP @ $4.00 + $1.00 S&H A cassette on the "Portrait of
The Need for TRUTH About the New Testament Greek Manuscript
In view of the ten grossly erroneous statements on the subject of
New Testament Greek Manuscript Differences (on the back of this
page), I appeal to you to help our Bible For Today ministry to
re-print Dr. Jack Moorman's book entitled: "8,000 Differences
Between the Textus Receptus and the Nestle-Aland NT Greek Texts."
It is 536 pages in all.
If these Fundamentalist brethren are wrong on this very important
question, how many other major points can they be wrong in this
battle for our Bible? With this book available as a hardback book,
it could be put into the hands of hundreds of those who now have
fallen in line with those favoring the Greek Critical Text.
Can you help us? The printing will cost about $9,000.00 for
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then give as the Lord might lead you. Pray that others might give
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Sincerely yours for God's Words,
DAW/w Pastor D. A. Waite, Th.D., Ph.D.
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Greek New Testament Variants
According to Three Current books
By Fundamentalist Leaders
1. QUOTES FROM
Bible Preservation and the Providence of God
By Bob Jones University's
Chairman of the Ancient Languages Department,
Dr. Samuel Schnaiter, et al.
1. page 31: [Quoting with approval]: "Warfield goes on to
point out that the text of Scripture is substantially unaffected
by the variations."
2. page 105: "Recall that there is only a small
proportion of passages where manuscripts substantially
3. page 120: "The variants have minimal importance to
preservation because they are comparatively few, . . ."
4. page 247: "In spite of all the uproar, our first five
chapters stressed that these differences affect very few
passages, . . ."
5. page 250: "Greek manuscripts are not the main cause of
differences among translations, and even language development
accounts for only a few dozen differences."
2. QUOTES FROM
God's Word in Our Hands--The Bible Preserved For Us
Edited, written, and endorsed by many of Bob Jones
Board members, Graduates, Teachers, and Friends
6. page 152: Mincy wrote: "The happy conclusion for the
one who takes the time to examine them is that there is very
little difference between these texts [the Alexandrian,
Byzantine, and Received Texts]."
7. page 212: Quoting Dan Wallace with approval, Davey
wrote: "These differences are weighed against one another,
‘these differences are so minor that they neither show up in
translation or affect exegesis.'"
8. page 294: Bernard wrote: "Nothing of the autographs
is lost. Everything is preserved among the copies. What
differences there may be among the copies are minimal and
3. QUOTES FROM
From the Mind of God to the Mind of Man
Edited, written, and endorsed by many of Bob Jones
Board members, Graduates, Teachers, and Friends
9. page 85: [Minnick quoted with approval]: "Westcott
and Hort themselves believed that there is actually very little
difference between the two major families of manuscripts.
10. page 85: [Minnick quoted with approval]: "Hort's
estimate means that if all of the substantial variation between
the families was grouped together in one place it would combine
to occupy less than one page of my entire Testament."