Isaiah wrote that the grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of God endures forever. Jesus said that not one jot or tittle would pass away from the Scriptures. He said that Scripture cannot be broken. He said that heaven and earth will pass away, but his words would not pass away.
The King James Only movement has taken these promises and made them exclusive to themselves. Consequently, they must assume that anybody not devoted to reading the King James only is taking part in reading heretical Bibles which do not teach the truth. This wording is no exaggeration; just look at some of the comments: “All post KJV translations are corrupted by Satan.”* “I believe it to be the inerrant, infallible, inspired and preserved Word of God… If you don’t have a King James Bible, YOU DON’T HAVE A HOLY BIBLE!”**
How are Christians to react to this? Are we to throw away the salvation and growth that has taken place in our lives since that growth took place through reading “corrupted” versions? Some KJV-Os would go that far; many would not. They will tell you to embrace the truth no matter how uncomfortable it makes you. That is a true concept. So I am writing this multi-part blog in order to turn the claims of KJV-Os back on themselves to show that the evidence ought to provoke them to uncomfortable admissions more so than Christians that reject King James Onlyism.
There are several claims of KJV-Os that will need to be addressed in this series:
- -There are only two foundational Greek texts that can be used for Bible translation: Corrupt Alexandrian texts and accurate Textus Receptus (supposedly the majority text)
- Manuscripts in Alexandria were corrupt by 200 AD.
- -Preservation of the original “autographa” is only through the Hebrew Masoretic Text and the Greek Textus Receptus.
- -Born again Christians have by and large stopped believing in the inspiration and preservation of Scripture since the late 19th century.
- -Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus (350A.D.) are not reliable. They disagree 3,000 times in the Gospels. Numerous words and sections are left out.
- -Modern versions question the virgin birth, the Trinity, the deity of Christ, Bible infallibility, and salvation by faith
- -Many words have been removed from the KJV in other modern versions.
I cannot hope to address everything to a quality extent all at once, so I will be going piece by piece. In the end, it’s my belief that the honest reader will be delighted at the reliability of the Christian Scriptures. It’s also my belief that it will be shown that being King James Only will be seen as an unnecessary and illogical stance to build on.
Click the link above to see Part 1: Do Modern Bibles Alter Core Christian Doctrines?