“I just wanted to write you about Strong’s concordance. To my understanding, you as well as many other baptists have used Strong’s concordance with great benefit, while other baptists often condemn it. I’m in no way trying to bash you or other baptists for using it, I simply want to know the truth, and your personal opinion on these several presumably disturbing facts.
“According to my The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, a 2010 copy of the concordance, entry number 1966 Hebrew is hay-lale` or Lucifer. The definition reads ‘the morning star.’ This seems erroneous and even blasphemous in light of Revelation 22:16, which clearly confirms that Jesus is the morning star.
“Furthermore, I’ve read and heard that James Strong believed in infant baptism, was on the Revised Version committee, and contributed to the A.S.V. in 1901. If this is true, then he likely must have worked with heretics Westcott and Hort.
“These views are in the public domain, and advocated by Dr. David Baker of Independent Baptist Online College and Gail Riplinger (whom I understand you don’t recommend).
“Again, I don’t want to bash baptists that use Strong’s concordance, but am simply wondering how they can continue to use it in light of these accusations and claims, and am wondering if there is any better reliable source to understanding the true Hebrew and Greek meanings of Bible words without going directly to someone with that knowledge.”
REPLY FROM BROTHER CLOUD
I have used Strong’s Concordance with great benefit for 43 years. The man who led me to Christ bought me a King James Bible and a Strong’s, and that is what I had in starting out my Bible study career. I wore out that copy of Strong’s the first year I was saved even before I went off to Bible college. I continue to use it every day.
There is no perfect Bible study tool, in my knowledge, and I have looked high and low. I know that my own Way of Life Encyclopedia of the Bible & Christianity is not perfect, because I have continued to find mistakes ever since it was first published in 1993, and not just typos.
But the few defects of Strong’s Concordance are far outweighed by its great value, in my estimation. In fact, I am convinced that it is the most important Bible study tool ever made.
If you require a perfect Bible study tool, I wish you well in that venture. Perhaps Mrs. Riplinger will produce a perfect exhaustive concordance of the English language with Hebrew and Greek word studies that real Bible believers can use with utter confidence.
As for James Strong (1822-1916), he might have contributed to the ASV, I am not sure. If he did, he was wrong on that. I do know that he was a conservative Methodist and at two Bible colleges, he defended biblical inspiration against the onslaught of theological modernism.
As for infant baptism, since Strong was a Methodist, he probably did hold to that heresy. If you believe that you shouldn’t use any work done by a man who holds to infant baptism, you will need to reject the King James Bible, because all of its translators held to that.
Sharing Policy: Much of our material is available for free, such as the hundreds of articles at the Way of Life web site. Other items we sell to help fund our expensive literature and foreign church planting ministries. Way of Life's content falls into two categories: sharable and non-sharable. Things that we encourage you to share include the audio sermons, O Timothy magazine, FBIS articles, and the free eVideos and free eBooks. You are welcome to make copies of these at your own expense and share them with friends and family. You may also post parts of reports and/or entire reports to websites, blogs, etc as long as you give proper credit (citation). A link to the original report is very much appreciated as the reports are frequently updated and/or expanded. Things we do not want copied and distributed are "Store" items like the Fundamental Baptist Digital Library, print editions of our books, electronic editions of the books that we sell, the videos that we sell, etc. The items have taken years to produce at enormous expense in time and money, and we use the income from sales to help fund the ministry. We trust that your Christian honesty will preserve the integrity of this policy. "For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward" (1 Timothy 5:18). Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
Goal:Distributed by Way of Life Literature Inc., the Fundamental Baptist Information Service is an e-mail posting for Bible-believing Christians. Established in 1974, Way of Life Literature is a fundamental Baptist preaching and publishing ministry based in Bethel Baptist Church, London, Ontario, of which Wilbert Unger is the founding Pastor. Brother Cloud lives in South Asia where he has been a church planting missionary since 1979. Our primary goal with the FBIS is to provide material to assist preachers in the edification and protection of the churches.
Offering: We take up a quarterly offering to fund this ministry, and those who use the materials are expected to participate (Galatians 6:6) if they can. We do not solicit funds from those who do not agree with our preaching and who are not helped by these publications. We seek offerings only from those who are helped. OFFERINGS can be mailed or made online with with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Paypal. For information see: www.wayoflife.org/about/makeanoffering.html.
Way of Life Literature
Publisher of Bible Study Materials