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|An Introduction to the Society’s Principles|
The Work of the Trinitarian Bible Society
Since 1831 the Trinitarian Bible Society has been engaged in the publication and distribution of faithful and trustworthy versions of the Holy Scriptures in many languages throughout the world. The Society desires to ensure that believers everywhere have reliable Bibles. Ministers, missionaries and Christian workers in more than 100 countries look to the Society for regular supplies of complete Bibles, New Testaments, Gospels, Scripture booklets, leaflets, calendars and text cards. Many of the Scriptures supplied are offered, in cases of need, free of charge or at prices well below the cost of production.
The Basis of the Trinitarian Bible Society
The Society, as its name clearly implies, maintains a belief in the doctrine of the Trinity. There are three Persons in the eternal Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, one God in three Persons, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.
Additionally, the Society makes clear acknowledgement of the miraculous virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, His sinless humanity, His substitutionary death on the cross, the atoning power of His precious blood, His physical resurrection and ascension into heaven where He is seated until He returns to judge all men, both the living and the dead, at the last day. Thus the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten of the Father, the only begotten Son of God, is the only Saviour of sinners.
As the guiding principle of its work and witness, the Society acknowledges the whole Bible as the inspired, inerrant Word of God, the sole, supreme, and infallible rule of faith and practice, providentially preserved by God and able to make men wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
The Society’s publications contain the Word of God alone without note or comment beyond references and headings. The policy of the Society is not to use pictures of Bible characters or the sign of the cross.
The work of the Society is maintained under a solemn conviction that no true union can exist in any religious institution unless its principles be derived from the unerring Word of God, and its laws founded in accordance with the Word.
While perfection is not claimed for the Authorised Version (known in some countries as the King James Version), or for any other version, it is known that the translators of the Authorised Version acknowledged the Divine inspiration, authority and inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures; the fruitful use of their translation for more than 400 years is evidence of the Lord’s blessing upon their work. It is the most accurate and trustworthy translation into English available and is the only English version published by the Society. In common with other major Bible publishers, the Society publishes the standard text of the Authorised (King James) Version, that of the fourth and last official revision, the Blayney edition of 1769.
The Society acknowledges its dependence upon God for His provision in the continuance of the work and for His blessing upon His Word to make it effectual in the salvation of the lost.