don’t comment much on the intense debate surrounding the various versions
of the Bible as these often esoteric discussions focus upon issues of linguistic
translation, matters about which I am unqualified to offer any substantial
opinion. However, if the manner in which the American Bible Society
markets The Contemporary English Version is any testament to the veracity
of these Testaments, this edition of the Good Book might be propagating more
of the Devil’s work than about promoting the will of the Lord.
In the American Bible Society’s Winter 2002/2003 Scripture Resources Catalog and at the ministry’s website
are several products targeted towards the African American population.
These items include The Contemporary English Version (CEV) Jubilee New Testament,
Contemporary English Version Kwanzaa New Testament, and Contemporary English
Version African American Jubilee Bible For Youth.
These Bibles go beyond proclaiming the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ.
These publications in fact promote a not-so-subtle subtext of revolution,
radicalism, and racialism.
On The CEV Celebrating Jubilee New Testament are pictured a number of Black
historical figures. You’d think those compiling this edition of the
Scriptures would adorn the cover with visages of those wholeheartedly endorsing
the sacred contents, but the majority of those pictured are outright heretics
The most prominent portrait is that of Martin Luther King, Jr. And
even though this famed clergyman receives greater respect than Christ Himself
among the nation’s liberal elites, Dr. King was hardly what could be considered
a faithful shepherd of the Lord’s flock.
Broadcaster and columnist Chuck Morse notes in a balanced commentary
entitled “Was The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A Communist,”
even if the famed civil rights leader was not himself an adherent of this
diabolical ideology, Martin Luther King, Jr. possessed numerous questionable
ties to Marxist individuals and groups. For example, Morse points
out that Kings’ own Southern Christian Leadership Conference had known Communists
on its staff and King himself spoke on behalf of various front organizations
such as the Highlander Folk School.
One cannot make the argument that King did not know what was going on in
this incubator of sedition and inadvertently made a speech there. According
to David Noebel in Rhythm, Riots, and Revolution, King was not only indoctrinated
at this genteel reeducation camp but also served on its board of directors.
And even after being informed at Bobby Kennedy’s behest as to the unsavory
background of his associates, Dr. King continued to affiliate with like-minded
rabble rousers according to Ralph de Toledano in J. Edgar Hoover: The Man
In His Times.
Yet Dr. King was guilty of more than being a poor judge of character.
Pastor Chuck Baldwin writes, “As a minister of the Gospel, King was an apostate
... he rejected ... Christ’s deity, His Virgin Birth, His physical resurrection,
and the authority and inspiration of the Bible”. If King believed none
of these doctrines were true, one wonders what was the point of remaining
a Christian in name at all unless to lead the unsuspecting into deception
and ultimately spiritual destruction.
Thus, putting Martin Luther King’s picture on a Bible makes about as much
sense as pasting my own remarkable countenance across The Communist Manifesto
in an attempt to boost sales. From this highpoint, the marketing of
these Bibles goes from bad to worse.
Also featured on the cover with Martin Luther King looks to be W.E.B. Dubois.
While the debate will continue as to the extent to which Marxism penetrated
King’s thinking, Dubois’s enthusiasm for compulsory collectivism is beyond
In his autobiography, Dubois distinctively declared, “I believe in communism...
I know well that the triumph of communism will be ... a difficult task, involving
mistakes of every sort.” But hey, what are a few million innocent bodies
The final subversives depicted are the Olympic athletes who raised their
clenched fists at the 1968 games in Mexico City. These competitors
did not extend their arms to tell the world that the U.S. is number one.
Quite the contrary.
These athletes, bestowed the honor of representing the United States at the
world’s most prestigious sports event, essentially let loose their contempt
for the greatest nation on earth. Frankly, this gesture is as offensive
as if they had lowered their arms a little more and extended their palms
outward instead of closing them since they dared to convey the Black Panther
If America was such an affront to these spoiled jocks, perhaps they should
have sought membership on the teams of the gutter nations of the earth such
as Cuba, the Soviet Union, or Red China. Better yet, if Africa’s such
a swell place, maybe they should have been on one of the outstanding teams
from that part of the world.
The irreverence of the American Bible Society does not stop with this bibliographical
outrage. It continues in The CEV Kwanzaa New Testament and The CEV
Some might dismiss Kwanzaa as a quaint little get-together to keep from getting
bored between Christmas and New Year’s. Such naive thinking is promptly
corrected upon hearing the shortcomings of this celebration’s reprobate founder.
Besides being an avowed Marxist and Black supremacist, Kwanzaa’s founder
Maulana Karenga has a rather colorful romantic history, one so noteworthy
it earned him a criminal record. According to a 2002 WorldNetDaily.com
story, Karenga stripped two women naked, beat them with an electric chord,
and poured detergent down their throats. Gives a whole new meaning
to the injunction of wives submitting to your husbands, doesn’t it?
If you’re going to have a Kwanzaa Bible, you’d probably be better off to
publish The Hugh Hefner Guide To The Song Of Solomon complete with curvy
buxom Playmates on the cover.
The last Bible is The CEV Jubilee Bible with a red, yellow, green, and black
cover. However, these colors have a greater purpose than simply catching
the eye of the prospective reader since the edition is targeted toward the
Black consumer. These vibrant hues form the so-called colors of African
Liberation or Black Nationalism, with black, green and red specifically forming
the Pan-African flag.
Flags are more than they sum of their threads. Each symbolizes the
values and beliefs of those each represents. The red background and
hammer and sickle of the flag of the Soviet Union represented Communist tyranny.
Old Glory stands for freedom and liberty. The ensign under consideration
here, on the other hand, represents a radical brand of racial separatism.
The Pan-African flag was adopted in 1920 by Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro
Improvement Association. Of the flag, the Kwanzaa Information
Center at Melanet.com says, “...it has become the symbol of devotion for
African people in America to establish an independent African nation on the
North American continent.”
The last time I checked, North America was pretty much spoken for.
And even if these malcontents were able to carry through their schismatic
plans, what do they plan to do with those of other races owning property
in the areas to which these radicals would lay claim?
Setting these disturbing plans aside, Marcus Garvey is himself hardly
worthy of historical admiration. According to the New Religious Movements
Homepage of the University of Virginia, Garvey prophesied of a “Black Redeemer”
--- in other words he longed for the coming of a messianic figure other than
Christ --- and is himself revered by the Rastafarians, an inherently
anti-White cult. Garvey also believed Blacks and Whites should
have separate nations and consulted with the Ku Klux Klan over these issues;
it should be remembered Trent Lott lost his Senate leadership position over
Christians hoodwinked by multiculturalism and political correctness will
try to justify these versions by invoking the Scriptural admonition of becoming
all things to all men. But if that is the case, why not publish a White
separatists edition in Nazism’s colors of red, black, and white to curry
favor with Christian Identity sects or the World Church of the Creator?
While there is merit in reaching out to the lost by appealing to the innate
ideas of virtue written upon the soul or what C.S. Lewis termed “the Tao”
in The Abolition of Man, there are some beliefs that just cannot be
countenanced by the Christian faith.
Ephesians 4:5-6 says, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism. One God and
Father of all, who is above all, through all, and in you all.” The
Bible is the same regardless of race. American Blacks speak English,
inaudible as it may be at times. And if you have a problem with granny’s
burgundy leather edition, the problem is not with God’s Holy Word, dear friend.
The problem is with you.
Copyright 2002 by
Frederick B. Meekins
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