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Why We Use The King James Version?

14 Mar

Introduction

We believe the King James Version is the inspired, inerrant, preserved word of God. We believe the same scriptures that the 1st century churches possessed are the same scriptures we have today. This is one of the most important messages that will be given in this church. The argument about what version of the Bible is huge. However, the root of the debate is not what Bible version you use, but what Greek text do you hold.

Old Testament Authority

The Lord Jesus Christ said in Luke 24:44, “These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.” The Old Testament was divided up into three parts: the law of Moses, the prophets and the psalms. The Hebrew Scriptures was divided up differently then how it appears in our Bible.

Furthermore, Luke 11:49-51 says, “Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: that the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation.” The first martyr in the Old Testament was Abel (Gen. 4:8). Zacharias was the last prophet to be killed (II Chron. 24:20-21). 2 Chronicles was the last book placed in the Hebrew Scripture. In other words, Jesus testified to the authenticity of the Old Testament. The Old Testament is universally accepted around the world. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew with parts of Jeremiah, Daniel and parts of the New Testament in Aramaic, and the New Testament was written in koine Greek.

Hebrew

The Hebrew language comes from Abraham. Now Abraham was from the Ur of the Chaldees. The Hebrew language may be the original language. It is the most descriptive (expressive) language in the world. The names of animals in Hebrew describe the characteristics of animals. Gen. 2:19 says, “Whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.”

Koine Greek

The koine Greek was spoken worldwide because of Alexander the Great. The world spoke koine Greek in the days of the Roman Empire (New Testament) with Christ and his disciples. John the Apostle wrote the last book of the Bible The Revelation of Jesus Christ in A.D. 95. Around 300 A.D. God stopped the koine Greek. Overnight it became a dead language. God ceased the language so that the meaning of the tongue would not change. You know language does change over time. Koine Greek is different from the modern Greek language.

There is no argument about the Old Testament’s authority. The Masoretics or Jewish scribes were very careful copying the scriptures. This is where we get the term “Masoretic text” of the Old Testament. They were very meticulous as to make sure the holy Word was copied correctly. If one of the scribes made one error copying a page, he would throw that page away, wash himself, and then he begged God for copying the Bible wrong. This is the translator’s attitude. The name LORD Jehovah was holy to them. The original manuscripts were destroyed when the Babylonians besieged Jerusalem in 586 B.C. Copies exists today including the Dead Sea Scrolls as evidence for the Old Testament.

The New Testament books were written to local churches or individuals. They have been copied and recopied through the centuries and distributed throughout the world.

Two Greek texts

Textus Receptus or Received Text (a.k.a. Majority Text or Byzantine text) This Greek text position is what we believe. This position has been held by bible preaching, bible-believing Christians with whom many have been martyred and are separated unto Christ.

Critical Text (a.k.a. Oldest is best theory) This position has always been associated with apostasy and liberalism.

Which Text

Does it matter which text? Oh yes it does. There are over 8,000 word differences between the TR (Textus Receptus) and the modern Critical text. This is approximately the number of words found in 1 and 2 Peter. More than 2,800 of the words in the TR are omitted in the Critical text.

Today there are more than 5,650 manuscripts of the Greek New Testament. The vast majority of these contain only portions of the New Testament. 99% of all existing New Testament Greek manuscripts support the Received Text.

Liberals and apostates favor the Critical text. Without a doubt Satan is behind the confusion. But there are also Christians who believe this position as well. Now there is one of two reasons why:
1. They have never been taught
2. Willingly ignorant

We believe that God has providentially preserved his Word through the traditional Received Text. This is where the King James Version comes from.

Ruckmanites

Some who hold to the Critical Text position accuse us of being Ruckmanites. Though we hold to the King James Version for the English language, we are not. Peter Ruckman pastors a church in northern Florida. He teaches that the King James Version translation is superior to the Greek text. They believe in double inspiration. He and his followers believe the Holy Spirit inspired the KJV translation just like the original manuscripts. This is heresy. What’s funny is Ruckmanites do not use the KJV 1611, but the 1769 KJV.

Siniaiticus And Vaticanus

Today there are more than 5,650 manuscripts of the Greek New Testament. The vast majority of these contain only portions of the New Testament. 99% of all existing New Testament Greek manuscripts support the Received Text.

2 manuscripts are used to support the Critical Text position. The Sinaiticus was found in a waste bucket of a monastery in 1844. The Vaticanus was found in the Vatican or Catholic library in 1481.

The origin of these manuscripts comes from Alexandria, Egypt. Remember that Egypt is always a type of the world. This famous city has special significance for early church history. From this center came many heresies and false teaching. Arianism the denial of the deity of Christ sprang. An early church leader named Origen first taught that babies were to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins. What does that sound like? Roman Catholicism. Constantine the Great from Rome commissioned Eusebius to produce a version of the Bible based upon Origen’s manuscripts. The widely used texts Sinaiticus and the Vaticanus had their origin in liberalism. Alexandria is where almost all the modern versions derive.

In the late half of the 19th century, two British scholars by the name of Westcott and Hort set out to produce a new Greek text of the 19th century. Their work was based entirely upon the Sinaiticus and the Vaticanus. These men were apostates who denied the deity of Christ, the verbal inspiration of Scripture, and the resurrection of Christ. The Critical Text was popularized from this work.

Most of the 45 manuscripts that support the Critical Text originated from Alexandria, Egypt. They contradict over 5,600 manuscripts of the Greek New Testament.

Portions of scripture distinctive to the Received Text was quoted extensively by notable church leaders as early as the 2nd century and onward.

The clear historic indication is that the Received Text was the common text of the New Testament used throughout the civilized world from the earliest times of Christianity.

3 Questions Those In Favor Of The Critical Text Ask

1. Erasmus was a Catholic, wasn’t he?

Erasmus never left the Catholic church. He traveled extensively as a scholar throughout Europe. He was widely known to be proficient in the koine Greek and Latin. Erasmus first published the Received Text in 1516. Fully aware of the Vaticanus and concluded to be defective and rejected them. Catholics hated him as his theology changed because of his study of the scriptures. In his later days, his theology became like the Anabaptist.

2. Was King James a sodomite?

No he was in fact a godly man. He trained his son to love the Lord. As a child he memorized great portions of scripture. After King James died, a liberal falsely accused King James of being a sodomite.

3. Can you really trust the King James translators?

There probably has never been assembled at one time a greater group of English speaking scholars of biblical languages. These men were at the zenith in their knowledge of Greek and Hebrew than any other body of English translators before or since. We can see God’s hand in all this. Every one of the translators held divinity degrees and 39 of the 47 held doctor of divinity degrees. All of them were either pastors, preachers, or professors in theological colleges.

Modern Versions

NASB (National American Standard Version)
Take out Lord, Jesus, and that Jesus is Christ.
Dr. Frank Logsdon, Co-Chairman of the NASB translation committee changed his position and admitted the NASB had severe problems and renounced all attachments to the NASB.
Many in the evangelical world have rethought their support of Westcott and Hort and the English translations based upon their work.

NIV (New International Version)
National Association of Evangelicals organized the NIV in 1965. They have been linked with liberalism.
192 verses in the NIV are directly deleted, openly doubted, or have significant portions missing.
NIV translation is loose and a paraphrase, not word for word.

NKJV (New King James Version)
New Testament is based on Textus Receptus
However, the New James translators admit they prefer the Critical Text
Weak and poor translations
Absence of Certain Distinctive Pronouns
Inconsistent in its use of capitizalized pronouns

Conclusion of Modern Versions
Weakened major Bible doctrines such as the Deity of Christ, the Lordship of Christ, Heaven and Hell, Virgin Birth of Christ, the Resurrection of Christ.

The King James Version 1611 Revisions

The King James Version was translated in 1611.
Today we use the KJV 1769 Edition.
The KJV had revisions and did not have any errors.
Dates of the editions are as follow: 1629, 1638, 1762, 1769.

Examples of KJV revisions
Making Spelling Consistent-ex. “hee” became “he”; “shal” became “shall”
Changing old English to Modern-ex. “”bide” becomes “abide”; “farre” becomes “far”
Changing the space savers and space fillers
Changes in italicized words-ex. In Galatians 1:8 “any other gospel” is no longer italicized. No two languages perfectly correspond. Sometimes a word has to be transliterated. Other times it will take three, four, or five words in English to transliterate one Greek word. The italicized words were words used in English because the language did not precisely correspond.

 
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