Bob Gray Peddles Lie About New American Standard Bible

For many years Bob Gray pastored the Longview Baptist Temple in Longview, Texas. After retiring, Gray handed off the franchise to his son. Longview Baptist is an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) church noted for its hyper-aggressive approach to evangelism. It is also known for its staunch defense of the King James version (KJV) of the Bible. According to the Grays, there is only one true, perfect, inerrant, infallible, inspired Bible, and that is the 1611 KJV. All other Bible translations are counterfeit, tools used by Satan to lead people astray. (never mind the fact that the Grays use the 1769 version of the KJV, not the 1611)

Recently, Bob Gray Sr, posted the following graphic on his blog:

from nasb to kjv

In Gray’s mind, Frank Logsdon’s repudiation of the New American Standard Bible is proof that modern translations of the Bible are counterfeits used by Satan to lead people astray. Logsdon’s story has been repeated countless times at IFB preacher’s meetings and conferences. But, here’s the problem…the story isn’t true. In fact, is a lie.

Years ago, the Lockman Foundation, the group that holds the copyright to the New American Standard Bible, released a statement about the  Frank Logsdon story:

The Board of Directors of The Lockman Foundation launched the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE translation work in the late 1950’s following the completion of the AMPLIFIED NEW TESTAMENT.  Dr. S. Franklin Logsdon was acquainted with Dewey Lockman, president of The Lockman Foundation, prior to Mr. Lockman’s death in 1974.  Mr. Logsdon was never a member of the Board of Directors, nor was he an employee of The Lockman Foundation.  Mr. Logsdon had no authority to hire employees or translators for the Foundation, to set policy, to vote, to hold office, to incur expenses, etc.  He cannot be considered “co-founder” of the NASB, nor part of The Lockman Foundation, nor part of the NASB translation team, nor did he write the forward of the NASB.  According to our records, he was present at board meetings on two occasions — once to hear a travel report; and once to deliver an “inspirational thought.”

Mr. Logsdon last wrote to Mr. Lockman in fall of 1973 that he was moving to Florida.  Mr. Lockman replied that he was surprised and saddened by his decision to leave the area.  Mr. Lockman passed away in January of 1974, and no further correspondence was exchanged between Frank Logsdon and The Lockman Foundation.  He resided in Florida until his passing some years ago.

The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God stands forever.  Isaiah 40:8  (NASB)

The Lockman Foundation

While this statement appears on James White’s Alpha and Omega Ministries website, Dr. Jay Wile, a creationist, confirmed with the Lockman Foundation that the statement is theirs.

I will let Bob Gray know that he is spreading a falsehood. It will be interesting to see what he does.

This lie can also be found on AV 1611, Defend and Proclaim the Faith, Jack Chick, to name a few.

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4 Comments

  1. Friend

    Brings back a fond memory of my high school youth group’s unofficial slogan: “The King James Version is the sword of the Lord, but The Way is His rubber dagger.”

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  2. Steven Spencer

    Why not simply give a url to a talk by S. Franklin Logsdon?

    Frank Logsdon Repudiates the NASB
    http://av1611.com/kjbp/articles/logsdon-repudiates-nasb.html

    (You did give a url to av1611, but somehow missed the major one with the tape.)

    The Lockman response is heavily word-parsed (a major skill of those contra the purity of the AV). So why don’t you just say directly, after listening to Logsdon, what specifically you are referring to here: “But, here’s the problem…the story isn’t true. In fact, is a lie.”

    Please be sure to actually listen to Logsdon. If you need the most directly relevant spot, there are a couple, around 31:00 is one.

    Thanks!

    Steven Avery

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  3. Will Kinney

    Hi all. Have you actually LISTENED to the tape of Frank Logsdon talking about the NASB and the King James Bible? It is his own voice and was recorded when he gave this talk. Listen to it, and see if you think he was lying or not.

    Frank Logsdon Repudiates the NASB
    http://av1611.com/kjbp/articles/logsdon-repudiates-nasb.html

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    1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

      The lie is in reference to the claims referenced by the Lockman Foundation, not the fact that his view changed.

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