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  1. The title above has no doubt been reasonably applied to many individuals down the centuries. 

    John William Burgon, I believe, was such a man. John Burgon was Dean of Chichester and died in the late 1880s. He was an Anglican and, although somewhat high church, his commentaries on the Gospels lead me to believe that he was a saved man.

    But the thing for which many will remember Burgon was his powerful defence of the King James Bible. He was a contemporary of Westcott and Hort and took them both to the woodshed repeatedly and in fine fashion. 

    When those two scoundrels published their corrupt New Testament, Burgon responded with a number of articles published in the Quarterly Review; presumably an Anglican publication. These were later published together in Burgon's book, The revision Revised.

    I first read The Revision Revised about twenty-five years ago and it remains for me one of the most masterful and delightful defences of the Textus Receptus I have ever picked up. It helps if the reader has some acquaintance with Koine Greek, though it may not be essential.

    The delight of the work for me is Burgon's extraordinary clarity of mind, his powerful use of the English language, and his devastating demolition of the nonsense of Westcott and Hort. Although Burgon did not believe in the perfection of the KJV and occasionally corrects it, such corrections are rare and, for me, do not invalidate what is otherwise a devastating critique of the WH text and theory.

    Anyone preparing for a preaching ministry would find Burgon's works a very helpful foundation. He was certainly the man of the hour.

  2. Earlier this week I took my regular walk around the local park. I was more than pleasantly surprised by one of the most beautiful blue skies I have seen for a few weeks. Beautiful azure blue sky with a few clear white clouds drifting by. It so delighted me and lifted my spirits that I found myself effortlessly praising and thanking God quietly for his glory and for the beauty of his handiwork. 

    "Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:" Ecclesiastes 11:7.

    What additionally encouraged me was the realisation that, in spite of around eighteen years of the Chemtrail programme, we can still occasionally see such a delightful sky. Anyone unfamiliar with the Chemtrail programme should check out Clifford Carnicom's video on the Links tab.

    "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork." Psalm 19:1.

    "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:" Romans 1: 20.

    "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God." Psalm 14:1.

    King David and the apostle Paul are in complete agreement with each other.

    Next time you hear a pompous opinionated atheist pontificating from his blind prison, just remember, he's a fool and he has no excuse.

    (Nb. I do not use honorific capitals where the Bible does not use them. To do so seems to me like Bowdlerism.)

    Colin Tyler.