The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust the Modern Translations? by James R. WhiteAs an Independent Baptist, I have been frustrated for years by the hang up of this particular breed of church on deifying a single, extremely error-ridden and outdated translation of the Bible. Before I knew anything at all, I complained of its cumbersome text; later I found out that everything I had ever heard in defense of the KJV was an outright lie.
I was told it was the first translation in English -- but that would be John Wycliffes Bible, 1380-1400.
I was told it was the first [English] Bible to be popularly available -- but there were 11 complete English Bibles available between 1547-1553, and 31 English New Testaments between 1542-1553.
I was told it was the first [English] Bible supported by the government -- but Matthews Bible (1537) was printed with royal license and the basis of all later Authorized Versions; Cromwell commissioned The Great Bible of 1539; even Coverdales had a note reading, Set forth with the Kynges moost gracious license. (Also, side note, why would the governments approval be something I want? If the American government put its stamp of approval on a translation, Id be sure to never touch it!)
I was told there had never been another Bible like it before -- but it lifted fully ONE-THIRD of its material straight from Tyndales 1526. It also copied straight from Coverdale (1535) and the Rheims New Testamen of 1582 (a Catholic vernacular translation).
But then I started coming up against arguments that my background in Jacobean history couldnt solve. I was told that the KJV got its authority from the Textus Receptus -- what was that? Verses and textual issues of translation that I had no background in started surfacing in these arguments, and I needed help. Thats when a KJV critic who also happens to be a Baptist posted this video on my Facebook page. I watched James Whites succinct argument strip away all the credibility of the Authorized Version, of the Textus Receptus, and explain in plain language just what the issues of this controversy are.
This warmly sarcastic bald guy with a book-stuffed office immediately won me over and I began searching for him on Goodreads. As soon as I saw The King James Only Controversy, I knew it was a must-read. I enjoyed every moment of it, and learned a great deal. He is very gentle about the KJV, not looking to offend anyone but simply to explain the truth about Bible translation. In fact, Ive now given this book to my KJV-proponent mother because I know his style wont offend her.
Everyone who is interested in apologetics should definitely read this book, no matter what translation you prefer to use. You may ask, why is this even an issue? Or, why should I encourage this issue by reading up on it? White points out that many cultic offshoots such as Mormons and Jehovahs Witnesses prefer the KJV, and emphasizes how difficult it is to witness to them using this error-pocked version. Unfortunately, the KJVOers have made this an issue, and a responsible student of God should definitely be acquainted with the argument and its defense.
7 things you may not know about the King James Bible
How many folks know that King James who commissioned the King James Bible and to whom it was dedicated loved men and had sex with them? In James was kidnapped and forced to issue a proclamation against his lover and send him back to France. Later, James fell in love with a poor young Scotsman named Robert Carr. Remember that since I am king all your being, except your breathing and soul, is from me. Akrigg, Univ.
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By Dennis Leap. Imagine looking out a window and seeing two shotgun-toting uniformed policemen walking toward your home. Anticipating the knock, you cautiously open the front door. Besides a shotgun, one of the intense patrolmen is holding unfolded papers. He shows you an officially signed and stamped document and explains that they hold a warrant to search for and seize all copies of the Bible.
By Dr. How can you advocate a Bible that was translated by a faggot? Was a bitter persecutor of our forefathers. King James chose the King James translators, instructed the King James translators, approved and disapproved portions of the translation. Those who have taken the time to study this area are not likely candidates for induction into the KJV Only camp" White, Introduction, p. Many books have been published on the issue over the last few years. It is not unusual for those who have just found their pet arguments shattered to retreat to an argument like this.