Rock of Ages Study Bible

newpilgrimbibleIn 2002 I had the privilege to participate in the revision of the Pilgrim Study Bible published by Oxford University Press in 1948. The result was the New Pilgrim Bible published in 2003. This Bible is now out of print. It has been revised to become the Rock of Ages Study Bible of which I am the General Editor. It is published by the Rock of Ages Prison Ministry. You can purchase one ot the Rock of Ages Study Bibles from this web site. They come in Genuine Leather and the only color available currently (Feb. 2012) is the black. We are presently in a reprint and the red will be available after July 1, 2012. Do not miss the Calf Skin Bible which is a plush cover made by the Abba Company of Mexico. It is worth the extra $20.00. The cost of the Genuine Leather Bible is $40.00 and the Calfskin is $60.00.. You can place an order by using the order form to the left of this page. There will be an additional charge for postage shipped via Media Mail through the USPS. The postage will be calculated according to your zip code. There are some of the special characteristics of this study Bible. The main feature is that it honors the Authorized Version commonly called the King James Bible. Finally this is a Study Bible which does not criticize the King James Bible. Please notice some of the notes in the Rock of Ages Study Bible.

Page 486, 2 Samuel 22:6 "Hell" - "In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word Sheol, is translated hell, death and pit in the King James Bible. The new translations (NIV et al) have removed the word hell from the Old Testament by using the words "death" and "Sheol" instead. This suggests that hell is not taught in the Old Testament. This verse clearly shows there is a difference in "death" and "hell." Hell is not simply a place of the dead, but a place of torment (Luke 16:23)."

              COMMENT BY PASTOR ROCKWELL: It should be noted that in the KJV has the word "hell" occurring 54 times, 31 times in the Old Testament and 23 times in the New Testament. All other major translations examined (ASV, NASB77, NASB95, NIV, NRSV, RSV and Darby) have "hell" occurring only 13 times in the New Testament. The only exceptions to this is that the NIV has "hell" 16 times, all in the New Testament and the Darby translation has "hell" only 12 times. The point  is best said here that "hell" has been eliminated from the Old Testament in the new translations. These translations are in agreement with the "Jehovah's [False] Witnesses."

Page 1418, Mark 16:19 "The End of Mark" - "Verses 9-20 do not appear in the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus manuscripts. Consequently, some scholars have unwisely questioned the authenticity of these twelve verses. However, these verses are found in 618 of 620 Greek manuscripts that contain the 16th chapter of Mark (Burgon). The omission in the case of the Vaticanus and Siniatic versions is mystifying; nevertheless, the second Gospel would certainly not conclude with the words 'for they were afraid' in verse 8. The glorious gospel of Christ does not leave His disciples in an attitude of fear."

Page 1544, Acts 12:4 "Easter" - "The word 'Easter' is used to dispute the translation of the KJV. Verse 3 says this was the 'days of unleavened bread.' The Passover had passed according to Lev. 23:4-8 which was the day before the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Herod was celebrating his feast of Ishtar (Easter.) The KJV is accurate."

                  COMMENT BY PASTOR ROCKWELL: This verse has been used by many who oppose the KJV and contend it is an "inaccurate" translation and use Acts 12:4 as and example of its translation errors. It is my opinion that the KJV is the most accurate translation available, based on the correct manuscripts, the Textus Receptus (Greek) and the Old Masoretic (Hebrew).

Pastor Rockwell 

Our Pastor

j_and_m_special_400Jerry L. Rockwell was born in the Panhandle of Texas and raised in the city of Pampa, Texas. He trusted Christ at the age of eight in First Baptist Church of Pampa. Growing up in Texas brought several experiences where he worked in the oil field, on ranches as a cowboy and competed as a rodeo contestant.

In 1963 he was drafted into the U. S. Army and served two years, one of which was in Korea. After returning to Pampa from military service Jerry met his future wife, Marilyn Davenport. They were married on June 25, 1965 and have two children serving the Lord in their churches. Both of the children teach in Christian schools.

Jerry and Marilyn began to serve as volunteer youth workers in Highland Baptist Church of Pampa and during that time he surrendered to the call of God to preach the Gospel. They moved to Brownwood, Texas and entered Howard Payne University where Jerry graduated in 1971. He then entered Dallas Theological Seminary and received a Master of Arts degree. In 1999 Jerry was awarded the Master of Divinity Degree from Crown College in Powell, Tennessee. The Doctor of Divinity degree was conferred on Brother Rockwell from Bethany College and Seminary in Dothan, Alabama.

In 1997 Dr. Shelton Smith invited Jerry to help in the ministry of the Sword of the Lord and was vice president until 2002. He has taught as adjunct faculty in Crown College and Commonwealth Baptist College, Lexington, Kentucky. He taught for three years at Miami Baptist College in Miami, Florida which is a ministry of Grace Baptist Church of Miami.

Brother Rockwell has served the Lord in several ministries including 27 years as a pastor. He helped start and direct a ministry called Fair and Rodeo Evangelism to do personal soul winning at fairs and rodeos in Texas and Oklahoma. In 2003 Brother Rockwell contributed to the Old Testament portion of the New Pilgrim Bible published by Oxford University Press which was a revision of the Pilgrim Study Bible first published in 1948.

Jerry has recently finished a project for Rock of Ages Prison Ministry in Cleveland, Tennessee. Dr. Terry Ellis is the president. They commissioned him to edit a new study Bible to be used in the ministry to prisoners worldwide. This is a revision of the New Pilgrim Bible which the copyright now belongs to Rock of Ages Prison Ministry. The Bible is now ready and can be purchased by visiting the "Study Bible " page on this web site.

Our Faith

bigstock-Couple-Reading-The-Bible-By-A--452743901. The Scripture

We believe that the Bible, containing both the Old and New Testaments, is inerrant, infallible, and given by inspiration of God. Furthermore, we believe that God has providentially preserved His word in all its purity in the Authorized King James Version of 1611. It is our absolute and final authority for every matter; all other English versions are inferior. Psa. 12:6-7; 2Tim. 3:15-16; 2Pet. 1:19-21.

 

2. The Godhead

Romans 1:20. We believe there is only one true God and He is manifest in three persons (the Trinity): the Father, the Word (Son), and the Holy Ghost. These three persons of the Godhead are without division of nature, essence, or being, and each has a distinct ministry in God's relationship with His creation. We believe God is a spiritual, sovereign, and personal being who is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent by nature. He is the epitome of holiness, righteousness, wisdom, and power and is separate from and superior to His creation. Psa. 83:18, Psa. 139:14-15; Matt. 3:16-17, Matt. 28:19; 1John 5:7.

 

3. The Lord Jesus Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Word (John 1:1), and the only begotten Son of the Father. Further we believe that Jesus Christ is eternal and existed in eternity past (Micah 5:2; Isaiah 9:6; John 8:58). He became man through the virgin birth and will continue forever to be both God and man. We believe He gave Himself, as the perfect and sinless Lamb of God (John 1:29, 36), to die upon the cross and shed His blood for the sins of mankind, suffering sin's full penalty of divine wrath in our place. We further insist He bodily arose from the dead never to die again and ascended into Heaven to be the great High Priest, Advocate, and Intercessor (Romans 8:34; cf. Acts 7:55-56; Eph. 1:20; Col. 3:1; Heb. 1:3; 7:25; 8:1; 1John 2:1) for all those who believe on Him. Luke 1:35; 2Cor. 5:21; 1Tim. 3:16.

 

4. The Holy Spirit 

We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and not an impersonal force or power. We affirm He is the divine agent in God's revelation and redemption; He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment and regenerates, indwells, baptizes, seals, anoints, and comforts all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ. His will is to empower, guide, teach, and fill all believers who will surrender to Him. John 3:5, John 14:16-17, John 14:26, John 16:13-14; Rom. 8:9; 1Cor. 12:13.

 

5. Creation

We believe that the eternal triune God, by the word of His mouth, supernaturally and intelligently created everything physical, spiritual, living, and inanimate out of nothing, according to His good pleasure. We affirm, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth..." and firmly deny that any form of organic evolution from one species to another ever occurred. Gen. 1:1, Gen. 2:7; Col. 1:16; Heb. 11:3.

6. Man

We believe all men are by nature and choice sinful and lost and under the righteous judgment and wrath of God. We insist man has within himself no possible means of salvation and is without hope apart from God's salvation. We affirm God's salvation is by grace through faith, a free gift which cannot be merited in whole or in part by any work or virtue, and can only be received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe every true believer in Christ has as a present possession eternal life, perfect righteousness and holiness, sonship in God's family, a new nature, deliverance from eternal condemnation, and every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness. We insist that no true believer can possibly lose his salvation because it is a free gift, he is in Christ and Christ is in him, and God has promised that he shall never perish. Gen. 1:27, Gen. 3:6; Psa. 51:5; John 5:24, John 10:28-29; Rom. 3:23, Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:1.

 

7. Satan

We believe in the existence of Satan, a being who was originally created perfect, but who through pride and ambition rebelled against God, thus becoming depraved in character. He is the constant adversary of God and His people, the leader of all wicked and evil spirits, and the god of this evil world. We believe his powers are vast but strictly limited by God and that he was defeated and judged at the cross, making his final doom certain. Believers can overcome him only by the whole armor of God, the blood of the Lamb, and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Isa. 14:12-15; Eph. 6:12; 1Pet. 5:8; 1John 3:8; Rev. 12:9-11.

 

8. Second Coming of Jesus Christ

We believe the second coming of Jesus Christ for believers could occur at any moment, taking out bodily all those who are in Christ by the rapture, the living and dead, into the air to be forever with Him (1Thess. 4:13ff). After this, we believe, God will send great tribulation upon the earth, pouring out His wrath upon all wickedness, the final blow being the Lord Jesus Christ returning to earth with all his saints to destroy the beast and his armies at the battle of Armageddon. After this Christ will set up an earthly kingdom (The Millennium, Rev. 20) in Jerusalem and will rule and reign with His saints for a thousand years. We are clearly Pre Millennial and Dispensational. John 14:3; 1Cor. 15:51-53; Phil. 3:20; 1Thes. 4:16-17; Rev. 19:11-16.

 

9. Eternal Retribution

We believe that the souls of all believers go directly to be with Christ in Heaven immediately at death (2Cor. 5:3-8) and that their works will be judged at the judgment seat of Christ (2Cor. 5:10). We also believe that the souls of the lost go directly into Hell at death to be later judged at the great white throne and cast into the lake of fire, from which there is no escape. Luke 16:22-23; 1Cor. 15:51-52; 2Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:12-15.

 

10. The Priesthood of Every Believer

We believe in the priesthood of all believers and that every born-again Christian has direct access to God without the need of any human priest. Thus we believe that the saved have full access to the Father through Jesus Christ without the need of any other person as an advocate (Heb. 4:16). Furthermore, we believe, that Jesus Christ is the head of the church into which true believers are baptized (placed into) by the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation, making one spiritual body of believers. John 14:6; 1Cor. 12:13; Heb. 4:16; 1Pet. 2:5.

 

bigstock-Church-Steeple-245493811. The Local Church

We believe it is important that every believer be a member of a local New Testament church which consists of born-again baptized believers who meet together for worship, prayer, teaching, exhortation, fellowship, to keep the two church ordinances (baptism and the Lord's supper), and to engage in carrying out the great commission of preaching the gospel to the lost. We further believe that every local church should be completely independent from all outside interference, religious and political, and also self-governing. The only one it should be accountable to is God. Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, Acts 6:4-5, Acts 15:22-23.

 

12. Righteous Living

We believe every born-again Christian has a duty and a responsibility to live a clean, holy, and separated life that is not conformed to this world; not as a means of salvation, but as evidence and fruit of salvation. Every believer should deny himself, take up his cross, and follow his Saviour's example, walking as He walked. The believer also has a duty to study the scriptures, pray for guidance and wisdom, and bear the gospel to a lost and dying world. Luke 9:23-26; Rom. 12:1-2; Eph. 2:10; 2Tim. 2:15.