At the end of the session, A.V. Henderson, the president of both schools, went around the conference table asking the joint Trustees if they were "satisfied" with the final draft of the position paper.
They responded in turn that they were.Suddenly, he
appeared to be looking between two of them into my darkened corner and said, "Are you satisfied?"I said, "Are you talking to me?"He
said, "Yes, I'm talking to you."I said, "No, I don't like it."Henderson
, somewhat aghast, wanted to know why.I told him Article VI as originally worded made the Greek (specifically Berry's text, a rendition of the TR) "the final authority".This move was considered by some of the assemblage a master stroke that would replace Nestle's (Alexandrian text) in the classroom and would have the effect of quieting the "extreme" King James element of the Fellowship.Henderson
responded, "You have a problem with that?"I asked, "Dr.Henderson
, do you know Greek?"He
said softly, "No."I continued, "Then, when you preach or teach you have no final authority unless you check with our Greek faculty first, and they become your final authority."He
looked at his
Bible on the conference table and paused for which seemed like five minutes but was probably more like fifteen seconds.I was braced for any reaction from firing on down the list.Finally, he
broke the stultifying silence with the words, "Well, this Bible has been my authority for all the years of my ministry.I am not changing now.Reword the Article for us."