Catholic Influence on the Textus Receptus -r

Often, the Westcott and Hort text is discredited by many distorations of truth concerning Westcott and Hort. Also added to this is the fact they were Catholic. The claim is that one cannot trust the Westcott and Hort text because of their Catholic influence on the text.

According to the reasoning given, if one were consistent in such reasoning, one should also reject the Masoretic text, since it was preserved that the Jews, and did not Jesus say those Jews: “generation of vipers, how can ye , being evil, speak good things?” (Matthew 12:34, KJV) Jesus even said to them that their father is devil. (John 8:44) Should not, if one is consistent, one also claim that the Masoretic text (and also possibly the Septuagint) are also products of Satan?

Most who reject the Westcott & Hort text claim the Textus Receptus, or at least the King James Version of the Textus Receptus, is without error, etc. Of course, the King James Version New Testament is almost entirely based on the Textus Receptus. Nevertheless, the Textus Receptus itself is highly influenced by the Catholic Church, probably even more so than the Westcott & Hort text. Indeed, we would probably not have any Greek text at all if the Catholic Church had not produced copies of the text. Nevertheless, if one wishes to reject the Westcott & Hort text because Westcott & Hort were allegedly influenced by their Catholic background, the same argument could be presented related the Textus Receptus, and even more so.

God, of course, can make use of anyone whom he wishes in order to preserve the Bible. If he made use of the Jewish Scribes in preserving the Old Testament, surely he could also make use of Catholic scribes in preservation of the New Testament, even though errors may have crept into both the Old Testament as well as the New Testament texts, regardless who were the copyists.

Nevertheless, we believe that God’s Divine Plan of the Ages can be seen to be harmonious regardless as to which text one may use; this extends to the King James Version itself also, as far as the major scriptures that would affect the true Gospel are concerned.

For study pertaining to this, see the following:
(We do not necessarily agree with all conclusions presented by these authors):

Desiderius Erasmus (Wikipedia)

Erasmus Was an Orthodox Catholic, Not a Liberal or Quasi-Protestant

How to Choose a Bible Translation

Benefiting From the Ancient Manuscripts

Some Altered Scriptures

Introduction to Use of the Greek New Testament Manuscripts