The analysis of the Critical Text and the Received Text should be enough reason to say that the King James is a reliable Bible. What is the purpose of a Bible you cannot trust as absolutely true? If you could not trust your Bible on everything, what would the foundation of your faith rest on? The fourth reason that I use the KJB is because I need a trustworthy Bible. The NIV and other versions have footnotes that question the accuracy of their own text. I need a dependable Bible that I can trust.
The King James can be trusted by its text and by its translation process, but what if trust is not a factor? What if it was, which Bible can be understood the most? The King James is known for its use of “thee” and “thou.” The modern translations, like the New King James, do not use this type of archaic language that confuses most people. The uses of “ye” and “thee” were not used at the time of translation of the King James. This 13th century English is a more perfect way for the translators to convey the plurality of the Hebrew and Greek language. When the new versions refer to “you,” in some cases, which is singular, instead of the correct term “ye,” which is plural, it changes the meaning of whom the Bible is referring to. Is this command for just one person, or is it for all of us? The fifth reason why I use the KJB is because of the correct use of language that it contains. How can you not know to whom the Bible is referring to?
If you were to look at any new translation, you would find that the new Bible versions have each had several revisions. This is the publisher’s admission that their translation is not perfect. Even in the footnotes of several versions they declare that they are not sure if a portion of scripture should even be in their Bible. The sixth reason why I use the King James is because I need a pure Word of God. If we cannot know for sure that every Word of God pure, then why do we even have to obey it? What if publisher questions “Go ye into all the world?” Should we then question “Thou shalt not kill?” The King James Bible has had a few revisions as well, but these revisions were for spelling and printing errors-not textual changes. I need a Bible that is pure.
After clearly understanding the differences between the Received Text and the Critical Text, the two translation methods, the importance of trustworthiness, the value of the correct use of language, and the necessity of the purity of God’s Word, I have come to the conclusion that the King James Bible is the Bible that the English speaking people of the world need to use. My belief in the King James Bible has never been as strong as it is now. The KJB will still be attacked as it has been. It may be looked down upon as old and not with the times. Its readers may also find animosity towards them for their firm stand upon its holy pages. God’s Word has never been popular. The Word was hated before the world hated us. “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” - John 15:18 I hope that Baptists in my generation will still hold to the King James Bible as it did in the previous generations. If my generation does not stand with the King James, I am glad to know that He will still hold to His promise of keeping His Word pure for future generations. “He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.” -Psalm 105:8
The King James Bible has been under attack for more than four hundred years. Since the 1611 printing in London, it has been opposed and criticized as an untrustworthy Bible. These attacks have increased steadily since the Westcott and Hort Text was published from the late 1800’s. Even today there is still a heated debate over the King James Bible and the modern translations, such as the NIV, ESV, and NKJV. Although there is a current controversy over the King James there still is a large group of people in Christian circles, like me and other Baptists that only use the King James Bible. There are several reasons why I still use the King James and not the newer versions.
One of these reasons, which I believe is the most important, is that the King James Bible was translated from the Textus Receptus. The Textus Receptus or Received Text is the Greek New Testament that the early church fathers used for their Scripture. The Textus Receptus makes up 95% of all the New Testament manuscripts. It has also been called the Majority text, Ecclesiastical text, and the Byzantine text. These texts agree with each other completely. It is the most trusted and most reliable source out there. The King James is one of the only English translations that use this text. There is a drastic difference from the Textus Receptus and its counterpart, the Critical Text.
The Critical Text is the second reason why I use the King James Bible. The Critical Text is the remaining 5% of manuscripts that do not agree with the Received Text. Most of these texts, that are different from the Textus Receptus, come from the epicenter of Gnosticism and heresy, Alexandria. Alexandria, Egypt was a place, in the early Christian centuries of 200-500 A.D., where heretical doctrines, such as faith plus works equal salvation, developed. Out of this place came most of the Critical Text.
The two main texts, the Vaticanus and Siniaticus were used in Westcott and Hort’s first Critical Text. The Vaticanus was found deep within the Vatican Library, forgotten. This text had hundreds of disagreements with its complementary partner, Siniaticus. Siniaticus was found in a trash pile, which was used for fire kindling, in a monastery. Even the monks knew that this manuscript was no good. These two texts, one from the most trusted of religious institutions, the Vatican, and one from a trash pile, were put together into one text by Westcott and Hort. Westcott and Hort found that these two texts differed with each other several hundred times. It is from this text that all new translations, from the 1880’s and up, use as their primary source. This is another fact that I base my belief on why I only use the KJB.
If the text of the NIV or any other new version was taken from the Textus Receptus, would there still be a problem with them? Yes, there would be. The translation process of most of the newer versions focuses on meaning rather than words. This “dynamic equivalence” gives the translators powers to define what they think a portion of Scripture should mean, rather than letting the words define the portion of Scripture itself. The third reason on why I use the KJB is because I need a Bible that was properly translated. The King James Bible translators used the translation technique called “formal equivalency.” This method of translation translates each word to an equivalent meaning. Every word in the King James Bible, besides italicized words, which were used for the flow of thought, has a Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek counterpart that is equivalent to the English word. The KJB is one of the only Bibles, in print today that uses formal equivalency as its translation method.
Part Two will be the next post.
"And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles." - Acts 14:27
With the priority placed on a certain ministry (Christian School, Daycare, Bible College), and the recent “home church” movement among Baptists, there seems to be a lack of importance placed on the local church. We as Baptists have lost the value of the local Church. Our ministries of our local churches may reach people, but we must always see the importance of the local church. Christ died for the Church-not a ministry of the church.
The Church was set up to accomplish the Great Commission. That command is to…
Unveiling Islam: An Insider’s Look at Muslim Life and Belief by Ergun Mehmet Caner and Emir Fethi Caner
Unveiling Islam is an abundant resource of two Islamic brother’s story of the religion of Islam. Its history, culture, and beliefs are extensively covered within its pages. In my opinion it is one of the best books on the subject.
This book helped me understand the differences and similarities of Islam and Christianity. There are many facts in the book that you can use to your advantage in witnessing to a Muslim. Before I read Unveiling Islam, I had no idea that Jesus is regarded and honored as a prophet to Muslims. (see Chapter 15: Jesus According to the Qur’an) If you are looking for the “do’s and don’ts” of the Islamic culture, to help you witness to your Muslim friends, then read Unveiling Islam.
Note: I do not agree with several comments of the book. The authors regrettably chose to use modern translations of scripture.
"And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." -Genesis 2:18
In a time where these issues are prevalent, here is a simple outline on God's view of marriage, divorce, and remarriage. This study is not a complete study of all scripture, but is a concise one that was taken from a biblical perspective.
I. Marriage: God instituted marriage at the beginning-(Genesis 2:18.)
Marriage has always been “good” in in His Sight.
1. God sees Marriage as a picture of Christ and the church-(Eph. 5:22-
2. It came from His Heart-(Genesis 2:18)
3. He planned that marriage should be a Lifelong Covenant-(Romans
II. Divorce: Divorce should never enter into the minds of anyone as an escape from marriage. It should never be an option. It is clear from Scripture that it is a bad choice.
1. God Hates Divorce- (Malachi 2:6)
2. It was never apart of God’s Plan-(Matthew 19:8)
III. Remarriage: Remarriage is unacceptable in God’s eyes. God sees Remarriage as Adultery. -(Matthew19:9)
1. Adultery was forbidden in the Ten Commandments-(Exodus 20:14)
2. Adultery is part of the works of the flesh-(Galatians 5:19)
3. Adultery was punishable by Death-(Leviticus 20:10)
"23. For There stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve.
There are many times in a christian's life where the christian will go though a hard time of trial. A place where no one wants to be. There are only a few times, where a christian will go through a trial that will also effect an unbeliever. It is in those times when we Christians, are given the opportunity to shine for Jesus Christ; to be the salt and light of this world.
Here in Acts 27, Paul is in a terrible storm, a trial. He is reminded by God, that He will bring him safely to Rome. He then proclaims to the prisoners and crew of the ship what God had told him and, that he believed God!
We need to show the lost world that even when we are going through a rough time, that we still believe God. There are many people, especially lost people, who will look, on how you are handling your situation. They are wondering how you will go through your own troubled times. They have no one to turn to when they are hurting, now it is time for you, to show them who you will turn to. Show them today that you still believe God!
In the coming months the church has several needs and request, that I would appreciate everyone to pray for us here in New Orleans. The fall is always a time where a church will have the most growth numerical and spiritual. So I can see that satan will most likely try to stop us in God's work.
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
The Largest people group in the world is children. They are over 25% of the world’s population. Most salvations in the world will occur when a person is a child. I am not suggesting that you can only get saved when you are below the age of 13 but, a person is more likely to get saved when they are younger, than when they are older.
One of the main reasons an adult will not accept Christ is because of his or her pride. A child does not have a lot of pride, so one of the walls that separates a person from even considering does not even exist. Children have the amazing ability to simplify things. Most adults try to complicate salvation like when and where it should occur or even how they should feel when they get saved. Children, however see salvation as what it is, a simple choice. Salvation is a free gift. Most unsaved adults think that salvation must be bought, because everything in life has a price but an unsaved child hardly ever pays for anything, for he is given everything by his parents, so he is more likely to receive salvation as it is, a free gift. There are so many walls that obscure salvation for so many adults; for children most of those walls are not even in their lives.
The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.
Most people in this generation are lost in sin and, they are going to die and spend eternity in a real Hell with real fire. If we do not reach people while they are young we may not get a chance to later. With child violence and school shootings on the rise there is a chance that if we wait to tell kids the truth, about where they could spend eternity at, it may be too late for them before they even become adults. So let us determine to reach children with the gospel now. Our job is simple; we just need to point them in right direction towards Heaven’s Gates!
I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
Here David proclaims to God that he will praise Him before all the other gods that the heathen worship. So many times we shrink to praise God in public. We are ashamed of the one who died for us. As American Christians we are scared of discomfort caused by a lost person who might mock are praise to Jesus Christ.
David will not only praise God in the public eye but he will also praise God with his whole heart; he will give 110% of all his praise to the Most High God. Our praise is often done with only half a heart and not with our whole heart. If praise to God is not given to Him with all of our heart, it is not even worth uttering.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.