KVJ-only people

The King James Version is a fine Bible and very accurate as translations go.  It has some beautiful wording for some popular texts.  It may be difficult for some to read, which is why it isn’t one of my top choices (As some have said, it is the perfect Bible for anyone who is 300 years or older).  But it is useful along with versions like the ESV or NASB when studying challenging passages.

So I would never criticize anyone who prefers that version.  But I would criticize those who insist that it is the only real version, that it was inspired while the Greek and Hebrew texts were not, etc.

I’ve heard of KVJ-only people but never encountered one here until the comment below. I am sad for him and how he has been deceived, is wasting his time on a non-essential issue and is causing unnecessary division in the body of Christ.  I encouraged him to read the King James Only Controversy by James White, but I doubt he will.  His childish, self-refuting taunts aren’t encouraging.  It sounds like he’d love to listen to your arguments against him as long as you agree with him.

So, what do I think? I think where to make Gods “word” the truth and every man a lair. Yes that means you sweet Brother or Sister in Christ. I think you all should burn your devil catholic bibles and get the “scriptures” that the Holy Spirit authorized in English. No need for Greek or Hebrew. God only wrote one book. And it was translated and preserved perfectly in English as the “Authorized” King James Bible. How do I know. Its proven over and over to be without error and contradiction. it is the infallible, inerrant, perfect written words of the living God. Every word of it. Go ahead and see if you can prove otherwise. You can’t. No one ever has or ever will. What I pray for you my brethren that are stuck in an apostate modern fundamental church of today who will not endure sound doctrine (2 Tim 4:3) to please reveal to me what you believe when you read 2 Tim 3:16 in light of 2 Tim 3:15 and let me know if you are a “Bible believer”. Please someone respond on their belief in lite of those “scriptures”. You probably wont. Sad. We all need to come in together in one mind and be transformed according to his “word”. How can you do that when your not even reading from it. I can prove it in a secular court of law that most Christians on this topic lie. Jesus said if you love him you will keep his words. Anyone who can read can. Get the scriptures and let his spirit transform you and let His righteousness (not yours) His righteousness be revealed through you. I welcome to be corrected by my brothers in Christ according to Gods word but please don’t even attempt if you don’t have it or believe it. Sad that most Christians are stuck in today’s Laodicean type church and don’t feel the same. God bless. Even so, come Lord Jesus.

12 thoughts on “KVJ-only people”

  1. KJV only is very cultic. All the stuff in that comment is typical of all I’ve encountered. Their “go to” book is “New Age Bible Versions” by Gail Riplinger, and I’ve been working on a chapter-by-chapter review, with the first seven chapters now posted on my blog. Essentially, all their claims can be proven to be nonsense, and their most ardent supporters use some of the worst logica fallacies in the world. Some of them even say that the KJV is superior to the Hebrew and Greek! It is a very divisive movement.

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  2. I’m quite familiar with the KJV-only crowd as I have had many friends and acquaintances who believe (or believed) this. It’s generally driven by a sincere desire to have the pure, unadulterated word of God. Unfortunately, it is paired with a desire to simplify things, even to the point of inaccuracy – which is a by-product of anti-intellectualism. Thus, you have sincere Christians who really believe that there can’t be more than one “word of God” – and thus there can only be one set of words in the English language that is the real Bible. Changing a word, even to use a synonym, is to corrupt the text. Worse yet is to use slightly different names for God or Jesus (i.e. translations that say “Jesus” in a verse where the KJV says “Christ Jesus” are obviously trying to deny that Jesus was the Christ). They generally have little to no understanding of other languages or the complexities of translation. They want to simplify their world by only having one perfect translation rather than having to compare different translations, go back to original texts, or study history or languages. It’s so much easier to just believe you have the perfect Bible version and not do all that extra study. Since KJV-onlyism is also an outgrowth of anti-intellectualism, belief (especially blind belief) is elevated above rational arguments and evidence anyway.

    Their arguments are usually circular and based on ways other translations have “changed” words (i.e. they have words that differ from the KJV, which is “proof” that they are corrupted) or discussions of the superiority of the manuscripts from which the KJV was taken. It’s very difficult to reason with them and they often get quite emotional when confronted with a rational challenge to their position.

    I will point out that not all KJV-onlyists are the same. There are two main groups. One group simply believes sincerely that the KJV was translated extremely accurately from the best original manuscripts and that other old manuscripts were corrupted. Thus, they believe that the KJV is the best version in English, the only one one from the correct originals. But they believe the original manuscripts were the ones inspired and that translations into new languages should use the good original manuscripts.

    The other group is more extreme. They think the KJV was directly inspired by God and fixed errors in all previous maunscripts. Translation into new languages should come from the King James since it alone is pure. This version of KJV-only goes beyond simple ignorance into something resembling a cult. The trouble is that both groups call themselves KJV-only so it can be tricky to figure out what you’re dealing with.

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  3. 15 καὶ ὅτι ἀπὸ βρέφους τὰ ἱερὰ γράμματα οἶδας, τὰ δυνάμενά σε σοφίσαι εἰς σωτηρίαν διὰ πίστεως τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ. 16 πᾶσα γραφὴ θεόπνευστος καὶ ὠφέλιμος πρὸς διδασκαλίαν, πρὸς ἐλεγμόν, πρὸς ἐπανόρθωσιν, πρὸς παιδείαν τὴν ἐν δικαιοσύνῃ
    That’s what 2 Timothy 3:15-16 says. Or something like it anyway. The KJV is merely a translation.

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  4. I can go two better!

    1) I grew up in a church that endorsed exclusively the King James Scofield Reference Bible!

    Yeah!

    2) I go to church with a man who is *New* King James Version only! Well, effectively. It would be sad if it were not so funny.

    Unassailable. Absolutely unassailable.

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    1. JODY! You are not supposed to be telling on me on these blogs!!! 🙂

      Goodness, you think these people didn’t know that the New King James Version is the only perfect translation!!! After all, it used the perfect manuscripts, the perfect translators and the translators were inspired!

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  5. Having grown up with the KJV, I once believed it to be the only version, until I found out it was only a GOOD translation from the original languages, but hardly the INSPIRED word of God, though I don’t really object to call it that as long as we understand what we really mean when we say that. Look at Psalm 16:10 for e.g.– Did King David believe he was going to spend some time in hell, then God would remove him from there? We know doctrinally that to be false. The English language doesn’t have a word that has the correct meaning for the word, “Sheol” and “Hades”, as found in the original Hebrew and Greek languages and thus results in a FALSE teaching of the meaning of these words. Did Jacob believe he was going “DOWN to the GRAVE” to his son, mourning?? He had just said of his son Joseph that a wild beast had torn him when Jacob’s sons presented him with Joseph’s blood-soaked coat of many colors. It would have been better had the translators left those 2 words in the original language in the translation, rather than give it a word they thought to be the equivalent. There are many other such instances in Scripture I could mention. A very good book written by Oscar Lowry, called: “Where are the Dead” really clears up the “errors” in the KJV.and makes good sense. Another book with the same title, written by
    Karl G. Sabiers, M.A. clarifies these verses found in the KJV as well.

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    1. Good point. The KJV does use the word hell instead of hades. Including in Matthew 16:18 when Jesus tells Peter that upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of HADES (rightly translated in the ASV) shall not prevail against it. The KJV says Hell there instead.

      But still, with a little study you can learn these and it doesn’t really teach falsely. I think you are being a bit over critical to claim that.

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  6. First of all, I am a KJV reader and that’s the version I study. I have problems with many of the newer “translations” because of the denominational doctrine baked in.

    However, that commenter was way off. The American Standard Version of 1901 is a more accurate translation than the KJV. An example of a verse more accurately translated in the ASV 1901 vs. KJV is Acts 12:4. KJV inaccurately uses the word “Easter” there. The correct translations from the original text is “Passover”.

    There are a few more, but in general the KJV is a solid translation that is vastly more accurate than inaccurate.

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