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Friday, February 16, 2007

NT Scholar's Sudden Death Sure Sign of God's Judgment Claims KJV-only Apologist

Ararat, VA - Popular KJV-only author and lecturer, Gail Riplinger, proclaimed the sudden death earlier this week of New Testament scholar, Bruce Metzger, at the age of 93 as, "A sure sign that God judges apostates swiftly and with severity."

Speaking to reporters from the front porch of her Virginia mountain home, Ms. Riplinger said God acts with severe and sudden judgment against apostates who change His Word.

"The Holy Ghost will not tolerate the Bible to be tampered with by heretics and apostates and sadly, He has to strike down those people who attempt to change the AV 1611 to get this point across. This is what we have seen this week with the sudden death of Bruce Metzger who was in the prime of his life."

Dr. Bruce Metzger was professor emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary for over 40 years and was one of the leading experts on New Testament biblical criticism. He gave his expertise to the production of the United Bible Society Greek text and was the editor of the New Revised Standard Version.

Often the target of KJV-only advocates for his views on textual criticism, Dr. Metzger was believed to be one of the leading members of the "Alexandrian Apostate Cult," a secret and mysterious society whose membership is currently unknown. According to Ms. Riplinger, one of the goals of the "Alexandrian Apostates" is to introduce new age philosophy to the Christian church through modern translation work.

"Because this group is so dark and secretive ... the word "dark" being a symbol for "the grave" and "the underworld," which in turn is understood as the dwelling place of the dead ... and because Satan only brings "death" ... it is clear we are dealing with a highly organized, but Satanic group," stated Ms. Riplinger.

"Thankfully we have an advocate with the Father, and the Holy Ghost protects His people by sometimes passing a "death" sentence upon those who would twist the pure Words of God and produce New Age Bible Versions."

Ms. Riplinger also mentioned past deaths that were marks of divine judgment.

"Hebrew scholar Rudolf Kittel was suddenly struck dead at age 76, as was New Age theosophist and devil worshipper, B.F. Westcott. New Testament scholar F.F. Bruce had his life ended abruptly at 80, where as textual critic Kurt Aland only lived to 79. All these men had their lives cut short because they insisted upon criticizing and changing God's only true Bible, the Authorized Version of 1611."

Ms. Riplinger then had to cut her press conference short due to her failing health.

She has plans for a forth coming book on the life of Dr. Metzger.

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Blogger Mike-e said...

very sad...both Metzger's death and Riplinger's comments. I hope these KJonlyists, like Fred Phelp's crew, don't start showing up at their funerals protesting.

10:16 AM, February 17, 2007  
Blogger Pickle Boy said...

Wow, if living to the age of 93 is considered being judged swiftly and severely for apostasy, imagine how long all faithful believers should expect to live!

At least Metzger didn't "lose his voice" during a tv talk show like Wilkins did on Ankerberg back in the 90's. ;)

10:56 AM, February 17, 2007  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

Keep in mind the category for this post: Humor and Biting Social Commentary. I'm just poking a little fun at the radical KJV only club.


11:06 AM, February 17, 2007  
Blogger Mike-e said...

Why am I so gullible!! Sheesh!!

11:22 AM, February 17, 2007  
Blogger Pickle Boy said...

I guess I was just as gullible. Maybe you need to be more clear that this was all made up. Others, like myself, may stumble upon this and inadvertantly quote it as though it were actually true.

12:13 PM, February 17, 2007  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

Sorry fellas,
I thought it would be fairly obvious that such a press conference from "Dr." Riplinger would be absurd and plus I did label this as humor.


4:08 PM, February 17, 2007  
Blogger John R. said...

Popular KJV-only author and lecturer, Gail Riplinger, proclaimed the sudden death earlier this week of New Testament scholar, Bruce Metzger, at the age of 93 as, "A sure sign that God judges apostates swiftly and with severity."

This sounds like something a comedy writer would come up with.



John R.

7:45 AM, February 19, 2007  
Blogger Pickle Boy said...

You're right- it should have been obvious to me. I'm not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed. ; )

8:10 AM, February 19, 2007  
Blogger thomas4881 said...

I heard something sililar to this when Israel was pressured to pull out of the west bank. Hal Lindsey said that Ariel Sharone suffered a stroke right after then refered to the verse "I'll bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you".

2:18 PM, February 21, 2007  
Blogger Mike Hosey said...

the real humor here guys that as absurd as this sounds, it is totally believable given Gail's past statements, books, commentaries, and the like. I caught it as humor, but could totally see it happening for real. It brought a chuckle.

9:00 PM, December 31, 2007  

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