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I Timothy 3:15
From Perilous Times
The “God’s Simple Plan of Salvation” tract was written and copyrighted by Robert Ford Porter. It is published by Lifegate, Inc.
On the front of a copy of the late Mr. Porter’s tract it states: “Quotations of the Holy Bible are from the New Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Translation”.
Following are a few quotes from the introduction to this Roman Catholic Bible:
“In 1560 the Catholic Church had been outlawed in England. The Catholics who remained in the country faced a particular danger to their faith from English versions of the Bible which altered the true meaning of the Scriptures. To meet this danger, there was urgent need of a more faithful, a Catholic version. This need was met by the “Rheims and Douay Versions.” It was so called because the New Testament was printed at Rheims in 1582, and the Old Testament at Douay in 1609-10. It was the work of exiled English priest and educators, the chief of whom was Dr. Gregory Martin.
The Rheims-Douay remained the standard English version for Catholic use until near the time of the American Revolution. By this time the language had passed through many of those changes which are natural to all living tongues.
It was Bishop Challoner, Vicar Apostolic of the London District, who saw the pressing need of an English version of the Bible more in keeping with the time. In spite of his heavy pastoral labors, he produced a new version of the entire Bible in English in 1750. Challoner regarded his work as merely a revision of the Rheims-Douay, as its title page shows. The Catholic version in English which is best known to us all, both in England and in America, is still practically that of Challoner.
But, in its turn, Challoner’s version has suffered loss of value because of progressive changes in our language. The consequent need of revision in which it stands has been recognized for a long time.
The Confraternity Version
The English version which is presented in this volume is the answer of the Church in America to this need. Its preparation was requested and supervised by the Episcopal Committee of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. The principles upon which it rests were submitted to the Secretary and to other members of the Biblical Commission at Rome, and received complete approval. It is the accomplishment of some twenty-seven Catholic biblical scholars,...”
Now that is about as Catholic as you can get. How many independent Baptists still use that tract?