By: Robert Serreyn
Question? I have heard a lot about KJV Only and what is your thoughts on that?
To give a brief explanation, The KJV ONLY camp, are a sect of Christians that ONLY accept the King James Bible as the infallible and perfect Word of God.
In their DEFENSE of the King James Bible I APPLAUD their stand on using NOTHING ELSE but the KJV.
However in their attempt to remain true to the written Word of God they have made some ERRORS in their stance that can have SERIOUS doctrinal, interpetal, and applicable problems.
The PROBLEMS I see with being KJV ONLY is that:
1. The KJV is a TRANSLATION from the ORIGINAL Languages (Hebrew, Arabic, Greek), it is the BEST translation of the Word of God in the English Language and has been for 400+ years, BUT it is ONLY a translation, it came out of from a group of Approx. 5000+ manuscripts known as the Textus Receptus.
2. Those that accept the KJV as ONLY the Word of God also CLAIM that it is PERFECT and ERROR FREE, they REFUSE to accept that the Kjv is only a translation that came from a copy, from a copy, from a copy ect, ect, therefore subject to translation variances from the original languages into the English, therefore not a ABSOLUTE perfect, error free version, ONLY the originals were perfect and error free.
3. The KJV ONLY camp Refuses to correct the King James Bible WHEN NEEDED to obtain doctrinal, Interpetal, and Applicable purity. There are MANY verses that UNLESS the greek is consulted for a word or words can mean a DIFFERENCE between teaching a false or correct doctrine. Just to give one example: Acts 2:38 – The word FOR is the Gr. EIS which means BECAUSE OF so the verse should read: A) “Repent and be baptized BECAUSE OF(EIS) the remission of sins instead of B) “Repent and be baptized FOR THE remission of sins a BIG DIFFERENCE. Example A gives a CORRECT rendering of the verse that AGREES with other salvation verses and Example B CONTRADICTS.
4. To believe that the KJV is God’s ONLY perfect preserve Word in the English is to say that there WAS NO OTHER bible before it that could be considered the Word Of God is ERRONEOUS at best, to BELIEVE, PREACH, and CLAIM otherwise you would have to come to the conclusion that NOBODY had the Word of God before King James had his bible printed. There were hundreds, NO thousands of Christians that DIED HORRIBLE DEATHS (Read: Fox Book of Martyrs) for DEFENDING and getting the bible TRANSLATED into the common language of the people, you had bibles such as the Great Bible, and the Wycliffe Bible just to name two out of MANY.
the King James Bible is the BEST TRANSLATION we have today, and should be the ONLY ONE used BECAUSE all the new versions OMIT verses and CHANGE words to obtain a copyright FOR MONEY, but worse than that CHANGES and CORRUPTS the Word Of God, and God DOES NOT tolerate tampering with his Written Word(Read: Revelation 22:18,19).
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins.
The ABC’s of Salvation:
A. Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8
B. Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24
C. BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9
“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell & the lake of fire); but the GIFT of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23
IT IS THAT SIMPLE – THE GOSPEL TRUTH