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Changing the Lord's Prayer: The Papal Motive

By The Protestant Alliance of Britain, edited by Dr. Paul M. Elliott
The motive behind the Vatican's change in the Lord's Prayer is to denigrate the power of Christ, and elevate the alleged power of Mary and the pope.

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Part two of a series. Read part one.

Editor's Note: This is the second of three articles highlighting, once again, the efforts of the Roman Catholic church to control Bible translation - both Catholic and nominally Protestant - worldwide. This material originally appeared in The Reformer, the magazine of the Protestant Alliance of Great Britain. We again acknowledge, with thanks, the permission of the Alliance to reproduce this material.

In this installment The Reformer discusses the motive behind the Vatican's change in the Lord's Prayer - to denigrate the power of Christ, and elevate the alleged power of Mary and the pope. - Dr. Paul Elliott


Francis' desire to [allegedly] simplify the Scripture proves the great danger of using the Dynamic Equivalence method of translation, it is almost impossible to avoid bringing in the bias of the translator(s).

Paul[1] wrote in Hebrews 13:5 "Let your conversation [conduct] be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." As Paul was being inspired by God the Holy Spirit to write these words, he was quoting promises made to Jacob (Genesis 28:15), Israel (Deuteronomy 31:6), and Joshua (Deuteronomy 31:8, Joshua 1:5). He then applied these to the original readers of Hebrews and having been included in the Biblical Canon, all believers in Christ. Consequently, Jesus did not teach the disciples to pray "do not abandon us in temptation" as it would be impossible for God to abandon one of His people.

To understand where Francis is coming from we need to remember that as Antichrist his purpose is to draw people away from following Christ, the blind leaders of the blind so that they will all end up in the ditch together

His lies teach that normal Christians do not have the leading of the Holy Spirit to use the Word of God to be a lamp to their feet, so, they need the shepherding of his priests. Jesus has contributed to their salvation; however, they have got to do the rest. Without the light of the Gospel, the life-giving and eye-opening effect of the Holy Spirit, it is no wonder his mystics write of the "dark night of the soul" and cry in their Ave Maria, "Thou canst save amid despair".

Jesus described Himself in many ways to His disciples: as a physician, a door, and on more than one occasion, as a shepherd. Think of the eastern shepherd leading the flock with his voice from the front and the sheep following him. David, who had been a shepherd as a youth, described following his Lord as: "The LORD is my shepherd... he leadeth me... Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." (Psalm 23:1, 2, 4). You do not find David praying that his Shepherd would not abandon him in the hour of trial or temptation. Jesus also spoke of how a good shepherd would leave the flock to seek out the one that had strayed. That is not abandoning, it is seeking, finding and saving!

The Bible does teach that God has tested His people, with the intention to prove their faith; think of Abraham instructed to offer up Isaac as a sacrifice. He also allows His people to be tested by Satan; think of Job and Peter. Satan's purpose is to make believers sin, but God's is to prove their faith which comes from His power and so they are able to overcome Satan's trials. If they fail the test, they will sin, but this is not because God has caused them to, or that He had not given them the faith and means to avoid that sin.


1. The Reformer holds the position that the Apostle Paul is the author of the book of Hebrews. A number of Christians hold this view, but we respectfully disagree. See our Bible Knowledgebase article, Who Wrote the Book of Hebrews?

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