Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Who Do You Trust?

I have heard more than one denominational pastor say that there are errors in the King James Bible and it seems that most evangelical churches have rejected it in favor of one of the new versions.  There are many differences between the KJB and the new versions of the bible which are written in modern English.  How would you explain to them that those changes make a big difference and the KJB is the only trustworthy bible in English?

It makes a difference in that we have to have a Bible that we can trust.  When people think that the KJB has errors thereby justifying their use of modern versions, they need to ask themselves if there are any errors in their bible of choice (NIV, NASB, ESV, etc.).  Do they just believe their bible has fewer errors?  Is there any version of the Bible in English that we can trust today?  If the answer is no, then they need to give me a good reason to suspend my belief in God’s doctrine of preservation.  

If there are any errors in their modern version of choice, why are they using that it?  Especially, those who teach and preach from God’s word and yet take away confidence in his word by telling people that they cannot have God’s word without error.  To say that God did not preserve his word so that we could have it without error in 2013 is nonsense.

I would not feel right if I didn’t believe that the living God who is alive and well, and who cares about humanity could not preserve his word perfectly so that all men could be saved and come unto the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:4).  The first thing that Satan did in scripture was to say, “Yea hath God said?”

Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

So if I can’t trust God’s word, i.e., if I can’t trust the scripture, what can I trust?  When the Lord was tempted by Satan, he came back with, “It is written.” 

Matthew 4:4
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

He didn’t wonder if there were mistakes and errors in scripture.  Were the people in the first century and the Lord the only ones who could have God’s word perfectly preserved for them?  Does God care any less about you and me who live in America in 2013?  We have to have a bible we can trust; one in which God has preserved his truth.

Psalm 12:6
The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Psalm 119:140
Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

Proverbs 30:5
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

PURE, a. [L. purus.]
3. Genuine; real; true; incorrupt; unadulterated; as pure religion. James 1.  (http://1828.mshaffer.com/d/search/word,pure)

It has been proven time and time again that the KJB can be trusted.  An excellent body of research on the superiority and trustworthiness of the KJB is Grace School of the Bible’s course on Manuscript Evidence.  You can study that for years.

How sad is it that preachers and teachers can’t give people confidence in God’s word, but rather they take confidence away from it when they say that the KJB has errors.  It is not glorifying to God when they say that.  They penalize the KJB and its English for being smarter than them.  It is purer English than what we use today.  That was the genius of God in having the KJB translated when it was so that we can have the fullness of the meaning of so many words.

If someone believes the words that have been changed in the new versions are superior, they just need to be students of God’s word and they will see that the original words and phrases used in the KJB are correct.  God intends for his word to be studied.  It doesn’t take that much effort to study out a word.

2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

[By the way, the KJB is the only version that tells us to “study”.]

              2 Timothy 2:15 (NASB)

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV)
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV)
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,[a] a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

The King James English is a higher class of English than today’s English.  The new versions and their proponents desire to dumb down the word of God.  The KJB was around long before the new versions, and it was used by God for centuries to bless the saints and the world with the gospel of God’s grace.  Why reinvent the wheel?  There is something special about this preserved word in the KJB.  We appreciate God’s word when we study it.

Psalm 119:159
Consider how I love thy precepts:

The number one thing teachers and preachers of the word of God should be doing is magnifying the Book. 

Psalm 138:2
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

Be bold in defending God’s preserved word for us today.  But if you don’t believe any version is without error and preserved by Almighty God and that you can trust it, you are implying there are errors; and not just printing errors but errors in doctrine.

God intentionally did not make it easy to understand his word.  He wants students who will study to show themselves approved.  The KJB translators did not dumb it down. The translators of the new versions did; and they also take away from the doctrine.  They take away from his glory.

Psalm 62:4
They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

They take away from the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ and they take away from his deity and his Lordship by omissions and word changes.  They omit the “faith of Jesus Christ.”

Romans 3:22
Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Galatians 2:16
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Galatians 3:22
But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

They change it to allude to mean your faith in Jesus Christ is what saves.

Acts 3:26
Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

The new versions say “his servant.”  They take away from the Lord’s glory.  A Son is greater than a servant.  Why use a bible that does that?

Acts 9:5
And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

The NASB takes away Paul’s confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 9:6
And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

Acts 9:6 (NASB)
but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.”

A Jew had to believe and confess with their mouth the Lord Jesus.

Colossians 1:14
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

The NASB, for example, removes the blood.

Colossians 1:14  (NASB)
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Why take away from his blood?  Isn’t it the power of his blood for redemption? 

Additionally, the new versions take away the mystery of Christ.  They dumb down, water down doctrine.  Satan loves to take away Christ’s glory, in particular the glory of the mystery of Christ, the Pauline grace message which is how his glory is displayed today.  They take away the dispensation of the grace of God.

Ephesians 3:2
If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

        Ephesians 3:2  (NASB)

if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you;

Ephesians 3:2  (NIV)
Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you,

Ephesians 3:2  (ESV)
assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you,

Why not use a Bible that exalts the Lord fully?  This is the real issue.  The only English version that exalts the Lord Jesus Christ and does not cast him down from his Excellency, is the King James Bible.

Revelation 22:19
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Hopefully this helps...Maranatha!

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