Jesus Seminar creates counterfeit New Testament

According to Psalm 138:2, God has magnified his word above his name. He considers what he said, as recorded in the Bible, as more important than his very name. And he backs this up with several warnings throughout the scripture not to add to or take away from what he’s said and to beware of different gospels that preach a different Christ. Tied to those warnings is the guarantee that those who do such things will face severe consequences, including curses.

However, this hasn’t stopped the Jesus Seminar people from compiling extra-biblical books that have been rejected for centuries by genuine Christians and placing them in a volume they named “The New New Testament.” It shows how puffed up and arrogant they are. Their purpose for the book? As stated in the Washington Post, they want “to add a different historical and spiritual context to the Christian scripture.” [emphases mine]

Now for any Christian who knows God and his word well enough, that statement should raise a red flag and set off blaring sirens in one’s spirit. They admit they want to add to God’s words to add a different spirit. And this spirit isn’t the Holy Spirit. The committee who put this accursed thing together comes from a variety of religious backgrounds, including Roman Catholic (no surprise there), Buddhism, Hinduism, Jewish rabbis, United Church of Christ, United Methodist, Episcopalian, and Lutheran. The 19 people on this committee call themselves biblical scholars.

The writings that make up this work are the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, the Prayer of the Apostle Paul, the Secret Revelation of John, and 6 others. The thing they all have in common is they promote gnosticism. Among the false doctrines within gnostic beliefs is the idea that God is unknowable and the idea that all matter is evil. Since matter is evil, then the unknowable God would not come in human flesh. And if material beings want to ascend beyond the evil world of matter, they must have special knowledge from the unknowable God to become a demigod themselves (i.e. this is Nicolaitinism, putting certain people like clergy or scholars with their “special knowledge” on pedestals as worthy of special exaltation).

These fake scholars may deem this book as a New New Testament, but it has nothing to do with God’s new testament, ushered in by the precious blood of our sinless Lord Jesus. It’s a revamped satanic testament that asks the devil’s age-old question, “yea, hath God said…?” and then gives the false promise that if one establishes a covenant, or testament, with the devil, he will give them great intellect and power.

These people hate the real Jesus because he reveals that they need to repent of their sin so they attempt to create a false Jesus that winks at their sins and encourages their pride.

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Proverbs 30

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 2 Corinthians 11

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another… But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1


Daniel B. Wallace. A New New Testament: Are You Serious? March 17, 2013.

Caleb Bell. Scholars piece together a ‘new’ New Testament. Washington Post. Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Harry A. Gaylord

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