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THE BATTLE OVER GOD'S WORD

2Corinthians 2:17   For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. 

Psalm 12:6-7 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (7) Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

Today there are over 400 English Bibles on the market. The KJV is the Bible that has been around since 1611, with four editions, the last being in 1769 to update the grammar. The words themselves remained unchanged, however. And the words are what Jesus emphasized. The KJV is the ONLY Bible of all of the translations out there that follows the majority text. In other words, The KJV translators stuck with what the majority of manuscripts said if there was an aberration. The simple reason being that if you have 1000 manuscripts and 2 manuscripts are different, it's obvious which manuscripts contain the error.  Modern Bibles all favor modern archaeological finds that are "older" and they claim "more reliable," even though they are the aberration. So it's the exact opposite philosophy of the KJV translators. However, Paul said there were already people corrupting the word of God in his day, so older doesn't necessarily mean more reliable. What if you dug up a fraudulent or corrupted manuscript?  


The basic difference of philosophy comes from a fundamental difference of beliefs. The KJV translators believed in the preservation of God's word as promised in Psalms 12, and knew that God was supernaturally able to do so. Modern "scholars" believe we don't really have a 100% accurate Bible, because they do not believe the Bible is supernaturally preserved. They instead think only the originals were inspired and inerrant, and since the originals are long gone, basically think God's word has passed away. But what did Jesus say?

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Going back to the Greek.

In a lot of churches today you will hear Pastors say "if you go back to the Greek" when they preach.  This practice is forbidden by scripture.  (1 Cor. 14:26-28)  Most, if not all pastors that say this do not speak Greek.  But the King James translators actually spoke, read, and understood the language.  All of the King James translators spoke multiple languages.  The KJV translators were ordered by King James to translate the Old Testament only from the Hebrew, and the New Testament from the Greek.  However, modern Bible versions do not follow this practice, in fact they often favor the Septuagint, which is a Greek Old Testament.    The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew.  But again, since new Bible translations do not actually believe their Bibles are the inerrant word of God, they favor the Septuagint in many places in the Old Testament.  


So who do you think actually knew what the Greek means, the KJV translators who all spoke multiple languages, or the Pastor who has a Greek lexicon but can only speak English?  And who do you think understood it better between the KJV translators who spent hours in prayer and went to great extremes to ensure they translated it right--one translator even going so far as to read every piece of Hebrew literature extant, or the modern scholars who sat in front of the television for hours, and grew up on soda pop and bubble gum?  You say, what difference does that make?  Most of King James translators spoke multiple languages from a young age, and likely grew up in strict homes where they learned to study and work hard at an early age.  The television did not exist and therefore was unable to corrupt their minds, and they grew up in a time when things weren't soft and easy.  John the Baptist and other great men of the Bible lived rugged lives.


There is so much on this subject.  The fathers of the modern Bible "versions", Westcott and Hort were both far from what you would call Bible believing Christians.  These are the men who produced their own Greek New Testament in 1881 which was the foundation for the "Revised Version".  The name alone ought to make a Christian stop and think....who is revising God's word?   Here are some statements from Westcott about his "faith":

"I reject the word infallibility of Holy Scriptures overwhelmingly." (Westcott, The Life and Letters of Brook Foss Westcott, Vol. I, p.207).

"Our Bible as well as our Faith is a mere compromise." (Westcott, On the Canon of the New Testament, p. vii).

"Evangelicals seem to me perverted. . .There are, I fear, still more serious differences between us on the subject of authority, especially the authority of the Bible." (Hort, The Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort, Vol. I, p.400)

Would you trust someone like this to tell you what the Bible says?  Someone who thinks evangelicals are "perverted" and that the Bible is a mere compromise?  Both of these men were heavily involved in the occult, and did not believe that Genesis was an actual historical account.  In other words, they did not believe the Bible at all.  Their whole goal was to undermine the foundation of Christianity, which is the word of God.  You might say "I thought Jesus was our foundation."   Jesus is the word made flesh (John 1), so you cannot separate Jesus from the Bible.  Jesus IS The Bible in the flesh.  If that sounds strange to you, read John 1 and see which conclusion you come up with.  God's word is extremely important, and we must have it.

THERE HAVE BEEN OTHER BIBLES

People misunderstand those of us who are King James only. It's not that we think King James was some special person and that there was no Bible until 1611. The King James is just one Bible in a succession of Bibles that have contained the word of God throughout human history.  God has preserved his word for us, just like he did for every generation.  There are parts of the Bible translated into every language out there.  King James' role was commissioning a Bible translation for the common man.  The translators were all well learned men who spoke multiple languages and who believed the Bible was God's word.  They were not modern scholars who think God's word has passed away and needs to be dug up under a rock somewhere.  

And what motivation is there for making yet another new Bible version?

 

1 Timothy 6:10  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 

All modern Bibles except one are copyrighted.  Copyright laws state that the text has to be 4% different from other texts to be copyrighted.  When you are talking about a book as big as the Bibe, that's huge.  If we are to live by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God, we have to first have every word.  Not the thoughts, or the ideas, but the words.  


There is a lot of information out there about this subject.  I have endeavored to condense and present an extremely simplified version here.  Satan's very first attack on humanity was undermining God's word.  "Yea, hath God said?"  Therefore, we should be very vigilant when it comes to his word.  If you aren't convinced, please check out the audio/video section below.  There is an excellent documentary called "New World Bible Versions" and several sermons about the King James Bible and the errors contained in the other Bibles.  

SERMONS AND VIDEOS ON THE KJV

Sermons about the new Bible "versions" exposing their roots and the changes made in them.  

THE NIV OMITS 15 VERSES

The best selling NIV, ESV, NLT and most new Bible "versions" omit these verses.