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Why I Use the KJB

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I STAND UPON GOD’S HOLY BIBLE WHICH HE HAS PRESERVED IN ENGLISH.

THE KING JAMES (AV) BIBLE IS GOD’S WORD:
INSPIRED, INERRANT, PURE, AND SURE. 

FOR GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION. (I Cor. 14:33)

I was in a church where a visiting speaker asked the congregation to open their Bibles while he read the text for his message. Soon folks were closing their Bibles as the man read on from a modern “version”. I knew then, that multiple bibles causes confusion. Interestingly, the church had “Bible” as part of its name. It should have used “Bibles” to be accurate. Below, and the linked pages, is support for why I use the King James Bible. (Karl)

IT IS AMAZING AND ALARMING THAT SO MANY CREATIONISTS BELIEVE GOD CREATED A PERFECT CREATION, BUT COULD NOT PRESERVE A PURE BIBLE. (See below for a critique of the creationist conflict.)

Do you have trouble understanding the King James Bible? See "I just cannot understand the King James Bible."

Do you have a perfect Bible?

Isn't it true that you believe God inspired His holy words in the "originals," but has since lost them, since no one has a perfect Bible today?

Since you do not profess to have a perfect Bible, why do you refer to it as "God's Word"?

There is one true God, yet many false gods. There is one true Church, consisting of true born-again believers in Christ, yet there are many false churches. So why do you think it's so wrong to teach that there is one true Bible, yet many false "bibles"?

Before the first new perversion was published in 1881 (the RV), the King James Bible was published, preached, and taught throughout the world. God blessed these efforts and hundreds of millions were saved. Today, with the many new translations on the market, very few are being saved. The great revivals are over. Who has gained the most from the new versions, God or Satan?

(The above is condensed and edited from http://www.av1611.org/kjv/fight.html#fight3)

For a scholarly article from the “father” of the modern creation movement, Dr. Henry Morris, see: “A Creationist's Defense of the King James Bible”.

Why I Use the King James Bible

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God is unchangeable. God's word is unchangeable too. In Matthew 24:35, the Lord Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."

Why then are we so ready to accept changes to God's word in the form of different Bible versions? The Authorized King James text has faithfully served the body of Christ for almost 400 years. During this time, and during its translation, Satan has viciously and relentlessly attacked it. I now hear Christians attacking it too! I've heard preachers and lay people say things like, "it's too hard to read" or "it doesn't properly reflect the true meaning of the original Greek". The issue about the original Greek sets my teeth on edge--which Greek? There are Greek manuscripts galore, including the corrupted manuscripts that the Roman Catholic religion uses.

We must remember that the Bible is a spiritual book and is understandable to those who are led by God's Spirit. It is not possible for the natural man to understand it (I Corinthians 2:14]) hence paraphrasing or simplifying it will do no good. The Bible is not supposed to read like a fairy tale--Peter said, "for we have not followed cunningly devised fables" [II Peter 1:16]. The words of the Authorized King James are not laborious to me, they are beautiful and full of God's power. Even the world knows it--the Authorized King James has been listed on Norton Anthology's list of "the world's best literature" for decades.

The new versions have come up with some dangerous changes to the scriptures. The Lord God gives us stern warnings about changing His Word.

Revelation 22:18-19: If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. (Proverbs 30:5-6)

Look at this change in the NIV:

John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son.

The authorized King James says: John 3:16, For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son.

In this instance, the NIV changes the scriptures by saying that Jesus is God's "one and only" Son instead of His only begotten Son. This change causes a contradiction in the word of God because God has more than one son according to both the King James (Genesis 6:2, Job 1:6, John 1:12) and NIV (Genesis 6:2).

I do not buy the line that the inerrant word of God is found only in the originals--which nobody has. I know that God has the power to preserve His word and that he wouldn't leave us out in the dark with an "imperfect" translation. In the authorized King James Version God assembled, and moved with His Spirit, a team of some of the world's best scholars to translate His word into the world's most popular language, English.

The complete translator's notes of the Authorized King James scholars are not included in today's publishings. This is unfortunate because these notes say a lot about these men--they were humble, loved the word of God, loved the King, were berated by the Catholic religion, and they desired a translation for the common man who was kept in darkness. Some of the translators where killed for their faith. This book was forged in blood, sweat, and tears.

I've heard folks make a big to-do about the italics in the Authorized KJV. Well, unlike many of today's translators, the authorized KJV translators let us know which words they had to add in translating in order to give the full meaning of the original text (these are the words in italics in the KJV). Other translators have added words too--but they don't tell you what they've added. I speak a little Spanish and know that it is oftentimes necessary to rearrange or add words so that the translation makes sense. These men went through the extra trouble of identifying which words they added. That's real scholarship and integrity.

Let's fall in love with the Authorized KJV again and stand on it. Let's get down to business and read the Word and stop spending so much time reading what others have to say about the Word in commentaries, Greek lexicons, study bibles, etc. We want the Holy Ghost to talk to us.

How many classes have you been in where every student has a different textbook? None. It just doesn't make good sense on a very practical level. We all need to be on the same sheet of music so that we are in harmony. Let's not confuse our kids by teaching/preaching from the NKJV, NIV, NASV, LB, the Message, Phillips, GN, etc.

Let's not accept the premise that the tried and true Authorized King James is somehow outdated and is to be replaced by dozens of new translations. A standard test determined the Authorized KJV reading level to be 5th grade because it contains mostly one and two-syllablic words making it one of the easiest to read. People have been getting saved by reading it for a long, long time. We know that it contains the Word of life whereby we live and grow.

Satan knows that in a generation we won't uniformly quote the scriptures. Imagine ten people with ten different translations trying to recite a psalm together. Confusion. Satan knows that many newborn babes in Christ will not have the real milk that they need in order to grow because they'll have a watered down version of the truth. He figures that if he can't kill the babes, he'll do the next best thing-stunt their growth. At the same time the world will point to Christianity and say, "They don't even have a definitive word of God. Anybody can write a bible." They already say that the Bible was "just written by men".

Being able to talk to a child of God and have our spirits commune on the parts of God's word that we've memorized is great. I now find people who are quoting scriptures that I know, but they are worded so differently that I have to ask the reference. This is confusion, and we know who authors confusion, the enemy of our souls, the Devil. I believe that the emergence of these many different "Bible" versions is Satan's most successful attempt to attack God's word. The Bible says that in the last days there's going to be a falling away of the church and I believe that these other versions are helping to usher it along.

http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/kjvdefns.htm

We can have and hold and read words given by inspiration.  The usual, acceptable position on these matters goes something like this: 1. God inspired his words in the original autographs. 2. Scribes copied these words, inevitably introducing errors. As if it wasn't bad enough that God's inspiration evaporated along with the liquid of the ink, 3. Translations of these copies are even less inspired, since whatever inspiration remained almost certainly couldn't survive the translation process. In the end, we can at best hope for a reasonable approximation of the original message intended by God. Therefore: true, deep study of the Bible demands eager inquiry of its original languages and constant, diligent searching for yet older and yet better manuscripts. And for the poor slobs too busy earning a living to learn dialects of languages God did not preserve (i.e., nobody speaks anymore), good lexicons and confidence in men learned in such matters (Ps 118:8 ) are required. (A spare $50 for the latest and greatest Bible version every six months would be helpful, too.)

http://av1611.com/kjbp/articles/staggs-inspired-translation.html

Common “Versions”

The most common pseudo-bibles I see used are the New International Version (NIV) and the New King James Version (NKJV). The NIV is a per-version and the NKJV is a poor-version. For information about the NIV take this test. You can take the same test with the New American Standard Version (NASB). See this information about the NKJV.

An excellent Q/A book is The Answer Book and is on line at http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Bible/Gipp/ab_toc.htm.

Did Our Inspired Bible Expire” makes some pertinent points.

Is the KJB too difficult to understand?

Answers to other common questions about the KJB

Here is how to spot a counterfeit Bible. Open http://www.av1611.org/kjv/counterfeit.htmlThen use this link to check each item:   http://www.biblestudytools.com/parallel-bible/.

Some accuse Textus Receptus and King James Bible believers of "worshiping the translation" instead of the author - who is God. This tactic of attacking the messenger is usually employed when the attacker cannot refute the message. (http://www.angelfire.com/ne/savedbygrace/KJV1611.html)

It appears that with the numerous Bible versions available (many of which are in direct conflict with each other), one has to ponder whether, in fact, we do indeed have "the words of the Lord." Or have we gone full circle back to the Garden of Eden, where the serpent (lucifer) first cast doubt on God's words by asking,"Yea, hath God said...?"

"If the Book be not infallible, where shall we find infallibility? Are these correctors of Scriptures infallible? Is it certain that our Bibles are not right, but that the critics must be so? Now, Farmer Smith, when you have read your Bible, and have enjoyed its precious promises, you will have tomorrow morning, to go down the street to ask the scholarly man at the parsonage whether this portion of the Scripture belongs to the inspired part of the Word or whether it is of dubious authority....We shall gradually be so bedoubted and be criticized that only a few of the most profound will know what is Bible and what is not, and they will dictate to the rest of us. I have no more faith in their mercy than in their accuracy... and we are fully assured that our old English (Authorized) version of the Scriptures is sufficient for plain men for all purposes of life, salvation, and goodness." -C.H.Spurgeon (http://www.angelfire.com/ne/savedbygrace/KJV1611.html)

THE BOTTOM LINE

Who is in control of the world? Is it God or Satan? The Lord's prayer in Matthew 6:13 ends with: "For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever, Amen." This phrase is in brackets in the NASB and removed in the NIV, RSV and ESV. Jesus either said it or he didn't; they can't all be right. (snip from “Who Controls the World-God or Satan” by Will Kinney http://www.scionofzion.com/controls_world.htm) The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) also has brackets at the end of Matthew 6:13. Brackets [ ] indicate the passage is questionable at best or not authentic at worse.

Psalms 12:6 - The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

1 Corinthians 14:8 - For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

Psalms 11:3 - If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

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Can someone get saved without the KJB? See http://www.chick.com/ask/articles/saved.asp.

Be sure to read "The Inspiration and Preservation of the King James Bible."Also see The Preserved Word of God.

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A Critique of the Creationist Conflict

A neutral observer (NO) of a debate between those who claim the Bible is not the Word of God and those (like Answers in Genesis and almost any major evangelical ministry) who claim to proclaim God’s Word would see the tremendous weakness of the latter group’s position.

I will use Answers in Genesis (AiG) to prove my point because (1) AiG is the most powerful creationist organization in operation and (2) Ken Ham does not hesitate (and I agree) to name names of those of whom he finds fault. Ken Ham said, “I often document examples of the rampant compromise taught by many church leaders and academics, which is rife in the church in general. For example, see my blog post from yesterday for an example of shocking compromise in the Christian Reformed denomination that undermines God’s Word.” (http://blogs.answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2013/05/17/churches-that-boldly-stand-on-gods-word/)

Answers in Genesis proclaims that “One of the primary goals of both Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum is to emphasize the authority of Scripture in every area of life. Since the Bible is God’s Word, and since He cannot lie or make mistakes, then it follows that His Word is true from beginning to end.” (http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2013/02/05/creation-museum-biblical-authority-relevance) The NO naturally asks, “If God cannot make mistakes, then why do all of the bible versions contain mistakes?"

“There are those who say that the Bible we have today cannot be trusted. They say that it was written by men and, therefore, contains errors. They also suggest that during the centuries of copying, men introduced many errors. However, one important goal of anyone who defends the Bible is to give evidence that we have in our hands exactly what God said and exactly what He wants us to have.” (http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v2/n4/biblical-authority-god-said) NO nods his head and asks, “Which English Bible is without error?” AiG uses the New King James Version, but an examination of that version proves powerfully problematic. Also see why Jesus Cannot Use the New King James Version.

The AiG Statement of Faith states that “The 66 books of the Bible are the written Word of God. The Bible is divinely inspired and inerrant throughout. Its assertions are factually true in all the original autographs.” (http://www.answersingenesis.org/about/faith) NO knows that the original autographs do not exist and announces, “Therefore, you admit you do not have an error-free Bible.”

Ken Ham, correctly wrote the following about Pat Robertson. It would be accurate to substitute “Answers in Genesis” where you see “Pat Robertson.”

“We don’t need enemies from without the church when we have such destructive teaching within the church. Not only do we have to work hard to not let our kids be led astray by the anti-God teaching of the secularists, we have to work hard to not let them be led astray by compromising church leaders like Pat Robertson. Pat Robertson gives more fodder to our enemies. Such leaders – including Pat Robertson – have a lot to answer to the Lord for one day. Such leaders are guilty of putting stumbling blocks in the way of kids and adults in regards to believing God’s word and the Gospel.” (http://christiannews.net/2012/12/01/creation-museums-ken-ham-blasts-robertsons-old-earth-remarks-as-destructive-teaching/)

I am rooting for Ken to do the right thing and I plead for AiG to practice what they preach. “But who will be strong enough to stand with the Lord? Who will be prepared to do what Martin Luther did when he is reported to have said, ‘Here I stand [on Scripture]. I can do no other. God help me.’” (http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2013/04/29/chasm-is-widening-are-you-on-gods-side)

Creation Ministries International (CMI) is another major creationist ministry that actually attacks the Bible in an attempt to defend it. A friend wrote me the following (slightly shortened) email:

I've just made the mistake of ordering a bunch of booklets from CMI, titled, "How did we get our Bible? And is it the Word of God?" I thought it would be a reasonably safe bet. Bad call. They are hopelessly compromised on the versions issue. I'm KJV-only but I don't expect everyone to be rabidly so - just really committed to infallibility and inerrancy, not the usual mealy-mouthed back-peddling and "original autographs" stuff. I was very disappointed.

The CMI website states “Since the Bible is the complete Word of God, who cannot lie, we can trust it to tell us the truth about the things we need to know. Because it is the Word of the Creator, we accept it as our final authority in every area it touches on.” (http://dev.creation.mobi/article/375) The aforementioned booklet has a section headed “Is There A 'Best’ Translation? (Deciding what to use)”. Following are two excerpts (in quotes) from that booklet and my comments. “Christians teach that the Bible, in its original copies, when interpreted accurately, is without error.” (pg. 14) There are no originals in existence!!! “Many people ask, ‘What is the best translation?’ But that depends on a variety of things, which may affect what the most appropriate translation is. A translation like the KJV or the NASB may be above the heads of people who aren’t used to reading at the level at which those translations are written.” (pg. 29) As stated above, the KJB is on a 5th grade reading level. And, it bears repeating, you should try taking this test with the NASB. No matter what reading level it is, it is NOT God’s Word!!

If CMI has an inerrant Bible that is the “complete Word of God, who cannot lie,” that can be trusted “to tell us the truth”, they should name it.

Even using a Bible (per)version, it is easy to defeat Darwinism. As a brother in Christ, I condemn their compromising and confusing choice.  I would be complicit if I did not take them to task. Nevertheless, I pray for God to bless both ministries as they declare the truth about Creation.

Thankfully, the Institute for Creation Research still stands on the King James Bible.

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Atheists understand the consequences of compromised bibles.

“With all of the contradictions in the Christian scriptures, many people currently cannot rationally accept Christianity the way it has been practiced in the past. Great numbers of people are beginning to doubt the existence of God..." LaVey, Anton Szandor. The Satanic Bible. p. 43

“The New Testament is not infallible, but it is the Church’s guide and ‘norm’. Of course it needs reinterpretation in every age, and especially today.” Montefiore, Hugh. Confirmation Notebook- - A Guide to Christian Belief and Practice, p.18 Montefiore was a “Progressive Anglican theologian (who was) fascinated by the paranormal (and) put forward the theory that because Jesus had remained unmarried, an unusual occurrence for a Jew of his age and time, he might have been homosexually inclined.” (http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2005/may/14/guardianobituaries.religion)

"From an assortment of (ever changing) bibles meaning that the bible may not be the inerrant word of God." (http://the-militant-atheist.org/biblical-quotes.html)

“(D)ifferent translations of the Bible can differ significantly...” Then he uses selections from the KJB, NKJV, NASB, ESV, NIV, and NET. (http://www.thinkatheist.com/notes/10_strange_verses_in_the_Bible)

“Some lily-livered modern translations ditch some of the more outrageous language...” (http://www.bigissueground.com/atheistground/ash-bibleshocking.shtml)

“It’s always good to see fellow atheist bloggers breaking into the publishing world, and it’s in that vein that I’m pleased to review The Naked Bible by Andrew Bernardin, the blogger behind 360 Degree Skeptic. The lengthy subtitle of this book is: An Irreverent Exposure of Bible Verses, Versions, and Meanings that Preachers Dishonestly Ignore, and it delivers on that promise...(F)or many verses, this book quotes several different translations. Often, this shows how some contemporary publishers have tried to paper over the uglier side of the Bible by deliberately softening the translation or making it vague, as compared to other translators who had no such scruples.” (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/daylightatheism/2010/09/the-naked-bible/)

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OTHER RECOMMENDED RESOURCES:

The KJB Page
Is There an Inerrant Bible?
"Can a Bible translation be perfect and inspired?"

"Answers for Bible Agnostics"
"A Handy Reference For King James Bible Believers"
"Hush, You Don't Speak Greek!"
"Answering the typical anti-King James Bible Only sites" (An excellent resource that takes on a prominent anti-KJB website point by point.)
New World Order Bible Versions
Fighting Back! A Handy Reference For King James Bible Believers
What's the Big Deal about the KJV (movie)
Your Answers for KJV Critics (brief videos)
Apparent Contradictions in the KJB

Several Sites:

Another KJB Believer
AV1611.com
Biblebelievers.com
Dial-the-Truth Ministries
The King James Bible Page

King James Bible Online (very handy)
The KJV Store
King James Bible Study (lots of prophecy sessions)
King James Version Today
King James Video Ministries
Audio Bible

Someone said there would not be Paradise Lost, Pilgrim's Progress, Handel's Messiah, or the Gettysburg Address were it not for the King James Bible. For more material see “MAJESTIC LEGACY”.

Be sure to MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD!

WITHOUT A FAULTLESS FOUNDATION OUR FAITH FLOUNDERS

COMPROMISE CAUSES THE CHURCH TO CRUMBLE

Compromise Cliff

Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!

Saith the Lord
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Jeremiah 23:1