I John 5:7 "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the
Word and the Holy Ghost and these three are one." [Westminster Confession of
Faith puts this as a proof text of the doctrine of the Holy Trinity] in Chapter two
The NIV removes verse seven out of their Bible and then subdivides verse
eight into verse seven and eight in order to keep the same number of verses in
the chapter. According to the NIV translators, those who drew up the great
historic confession of the Churches of the Reformation were deceived when they
used this text as proof of the Holy Trinity.
Dr. Edward Hills, 1912-1981, Presbyterian minister and graduate of Yale
University with degrees from Westminster Seminary, Columbia Seminary and
Harvard University and a defender of the King James Version, was attacked for
defending this great Trinitarian proof text.
Ed Hills was treated shamefully. He was ridiculed, blacklisted among
fellow scholars (many of whom were unworthy to unlatch the thongs
of his sandals). He counted some of his old professors as friends, but
William Hendriksen wrote him a sharp letter taking him to task for
defending I John 5:7 calling it the nadir, the lowest point in textual
- Letter from Jay Green, March 15, 1995
The Westminster Confession of Faith gives John 1:14 and 18 as proof texts
of the doctrine that Christ is the eternally begotten Son of God.
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only
begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth"
(John 1:14. Authorized Version).
"No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the
bosom of the Father, he hath declared him"
(John 1:18 Authorized Version).
"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen
his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace
and truth" (John 1:14 NIV).
"No-one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only" (John 1:18 NIV).
The NIV drops "the only begotten Son" completely from these verses.
This puts them into great difficulty and undermines the revelation of the
mystery of the Trinity by calling Christ, in verse 18, "the One and only God". What
then of the Father and the Holy Ghost?
They certainly err, not knowing the Scriptures.