Biblical Treatise on the Errors and Contentions of the KJV Only Camp

By Brother Richard L. Dixon

I am perplexed about the KJV (King James Version) only debate that is raging in various forums and online Christian websites. It seems that the KJV only camp hold to the contention that the KJV version of the bible is the only authoritative source for God¶s word and that any other religious translation (including the Geneva Bible) is sacrilegious. One site even goes further to state that the KJV only translation of the bible is superior to even the OT (Hebrew Textus Receptus) and NT (Greek Textus Receptus) that was authorized in the original biblical Hebrew & Greek text by the disciples and prophets that were inspired by the vivid presence of God to write these sacred scriptures in the first place. I have become very distraught and vexed by the whole matter because it adds confusion in an already muddled message within the Christian Camp that has diluted the unadulterated word of God. After much prayer, supplication, and research I have come to the conclusion that the KJV camp does a disservice to the body of Christ because it denies the God inspired translations that came before it. In most respects, the KJV authorized by King James himself was politically motivated because he wanted to control, suppress, and manipulate the ever growing Puritan movement that was taking place in England during the era of his reign. That is precisely the reasons that the Pilgrims fled Great Britain to escape the religious persecution perpetrated by King James. ³King James despised the Geneva Bible because he considered the notes on key political texts to be seditious and a threat to his authority. It was truly a Bible by the people and for the people. They brought to the new world with them the Geneva Bible of 1599.´ (World Net Daily, October 5, 2007)

Indeed the KJV only camp is in serious error when they state that anyone else who uses an alternate biblical translation blasphemes the word of God. They are stating that the early Pilgrims were indeed heretics as condemned by King James. Such a false and ludicrous accusation cast doubt on the noble efforts and intentions of our forefathers who laid the governmental foundation of this great Christian republic called America by using the inspired word of God.In this case the biblical translation that they happen to use was the highly accurate Geneva Bible. . ³I want to solemnly warn those who condemn all translations besides the KJV that they are blaspheming God¶s word. Those who magnify the differences between Greek texts and versions are blaspheming God¶s word. If a person wants to use only the KJV, that is well and good. However, if they tear down all other versions, they are destroying people¶s faith in God¶s word. That is a wicked sin.´ (Dr. Robert Joyner). It was the great Apostle Paul who taught us that ³God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as we see in all ye Churches of the Saints.´ (1 Cor 14:33) It seems that the KJV only camp has forgotten this most sacred scripture and have used a double-edged sword to character assassinate anyone who differs from their opinion by coming to the conclusion that they themselves are divinely inspired to perfect the word of God through this particular translation. ³By adopting this extreme it will no longer make any difference whether or not the Textus Receptus is used as a basis for translation. If the KJV is the inerrant Word of God and the only Word of God, then even a very accurate English translation of the very TR from which the KJV came can be dismissed for only one real reason: it¶s not the KJV.´ (Timothy Oliver, September 11, 2010). It is safe to say that the KJV only camp has become a movement that has taken on a cult like status that has strayed away from the glorification of God¶s Kingdom by isolating itself in a veil

of hypocrisy, religious illusions, and unsound teachings and doctrine. The word of God clearly says that he is no respecter of persons in that ³thereis neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.´ (Gal. 3:28). Why is it then that the KJV only camp would draw a physical line of demarcation and condemnation when it comes to other legitimate and universally recognized translations of the Holy Bible? It would seem that they truly believe in their doctrine that they alone have an inspirational connection to God and that the original Greek and Hebrew texts, manuscripts, and scrolls are works without merits? Where then did the divine word of God originate but from the inspired words of the disciples, saints, and prophets before us? It is a foolish and dangerous act to cast doubt on the validity and accuracy of the original word of God. ³He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.´ (Proverbs 10:18).Regardless of the false statements perpetuated of the KJV only camp concerning legitimate and universally recognized translations, there is no doubt that ³the English translations of the Textus Receptus in use today ± the King James Version, the New King James Version, the Geneva Bible, the Tyndale Bible ± are based on an uncorrupted Greek text.´ (Barbara Aho, May 2008). What is needed from the KJV only camp is the coming to terms that the universally accepted translations of the Word of God such as the Geneva and Tyndale Bibles are on an equal basis as the KJV versions in the accuracy, presentation, and deliverance as envisioned by the disciples and prophets who were inspired by the presence of God to author the various scriptures and texts.i

References 1. ³Thanksgiving quiz: Which Bible did the Pilgrims Favor?Geneva version, Older than King James, Resurrected,´ World Net Daily http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=43858 (accessed April, 2011).

2. Joyner, Robert Dr. ³Which Bible,´ http://www.kjvonly.org/robert/joyner_which_bible.html (accessed April 1, 2011) 3. Oliver, Timothy. ³The Superior Accuracy of the NKJV to the KJV¶s Textus Receptus: A Study of the Synoptic Gospels/Gary Hudson,´ Christian Soldiers Ministries Proclaiming Jesus, September 11, 2010 http://jesusiscreator.org/?p=45 (accessed April 1, 2011) 4. Barbara Aho, ³Shock & Awe in the KKV-Only Camp,´ Watch Unto Prayer, http://watch.pair.com/TR-0-intro.html (accessed April 3, 2011).

The biblical passages for this essay were derived from the Geneva Bible as an exemplary example of the powerful majesty and profound influence that the Holy Bible has had on the crafting of world civilization.

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