Here are some questions I recently saw meant for KJB-Only believers, with my replies in-line and indented.
Nobody that I know, and least of all the KJB defenders as I am, say that the Bible “can’t be translated from middle English to modern day English”. From the KJB perspective, in fact, God can even bless a translation. But none of the modern translations show fruit of being faithful to the spirit AND the letter like the KJB.
The question is whether God wants a proliferation of divergent renderings for the world today, or whether God would have us “speaking the same thing”.
The other question is “By their fruits ye shall know them”. The fruits of modern translations show corrupt fruits in some of the ambiguous wording and in some cases opening the door for bad doctrine. The root of the corrupted Alexandrian versions and many other reasons, but mainly the testimony of the Lord is pure.
I have seen modern translations used to deny the six-day creation in Genesis, and heard of the use of modern translations to say an embedded chip cannot be the mark of the Beast.
2. Men, women and children were murdered over the English translation because many of the Church leaders and Rulers did not want its people to understand scripture. Truth will set you free (John 8:32).
This is one of the myths. The KJB is in English and understandable to anyone who can get through the psychological barrier put there by words of man’s wisdom. Today, with the proliferation of so many versions du jour, we are told that only the “original autographs” are inspired, the “original languages”, so you need a Greek scholar to tell you what it means.
That’s the modern equivalent of the historical church telling its parishioners that they couldn’t understand the Word as God intended, they need its priests to tell them what it meant.
But God knew that today, nobody anywhere would be able to point to even on “original autograph”, and scholars will tell you that nobody has any copy that is verifiable as being an exact modern replica of the ancient copies.
BUT the scripture being the most important thing that God cares about, it only makes sense that he would provide a standard for the modern world and that it would be in the only common and agreed international language for business, commerce, trade, diplomacy, culture, international air flight coordination, and in any venue you can imagine.
3. The “cry” of heresy that arose from the crowds of yesterday are likened to today. The difference being, their fight was over Power whereas today’s fight is due to a weird form of Idol Worship or stubborn ignorance…or both?
I don’t know what idol worship would have to do with the discussion, unless the belief that God would prefer one standard for the world today is equated with “idolatry”. Certainly like David “I am in awe of thy word”, and “In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”.
4. What side would the KJV Only crowd have been on during the days when the Men of God were trying to liberate their people due to this barrier. Would they have been burned at the stake or would they have been the persecutors?
The precursors to the KJB, obviously held in the highest regard by the KJB committee and expressed so in their Preface, history tells us they were the persecuted. The Gunpowder Plot was hatched to stop both the Reformation in England and to stop the King James translation, as the Roman hierarchy was determined to hide the Word from the people. So obviously it is KJB defenders who are part of the spiritual lineage of those who were persecuted for their Christianity and defense of the Word of God. We see that today in the joining of many mainline divinity-school graduated clergy who have joined the Roman clergy in calling the KJB defenders a “cult” and other names that have nothing at all to do with the Word of God.
5. My favorite question’s for those who subscribe to Onlyism: By what power is a person saved? Is it only by the KJV that man might be saved? Is “The Word” in the Gospel of John referring to the “Word” version or “The Word” Jesus? How do any of us come to the knowledge of Truth…is it through the reading of the KJV or the enabling from the Father (John 6:6)?
The true Word of God, the standard by which other “translations” should be measured, itself says in John 3:16 that those who believe on the Son of God have eternal life, and Romans 9:9-10 says what it says about salvation. So the question is a distraction, a straw man argument.
Salvation does not require even the exact wording of any verse but some modern translations give adulterated descriptions of salvation and even of Jesus Christ and who he is. Many who criticize KJB defenders also criticize the Jehovah’s Witnesses translation, rightly so, but the other modern translations include many of the JW errors.
That is a separate issue from whether God is the author of confusion.
The word in fact exhorts us to “speak the same thing”. “God is not the author of confusion is found in the chapter where Paul exhorts those who speak in tongues to rather prefer to prophecy but if there are tongues, to interpret in the vernacular. But not to confusion.
One of the kickers for me is Revelation 13, where the KJB is the ONLY English version that says the mark of the Beast will go “IN” their right hand or “IN” their foreheads. ALL of the other versions say “ON”, and that does not match “mark” which in the Greek (look it up) is an incision or groove.
As a software engineer I can tell you they are building toward an electronic international currency or credit system in which everybody gets an embedded chip.
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