Bible Translation Issues


KJV-only proponents have KJV-also students at a disadvantage. They love the KJV and hate all other translations (apparently including the documents in the original languages). KJV-also proponents do not hate the KJV and actually love it also, so reasoning falls onto deaf ears. It is hard and unpleasant to debate from a defensive position. We don’t want to criticize the KJV. We even have some issues with some of the newer translation. Such a position is difficult.

However, this article is not written to pick up the debate, but to simply express my concerns about the KJV-only position.

“Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers (2 Timothy 2:14).

Paul had already warned Timothy that “certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion… (1 Timothy 1:6).” He added If anyone teaches a different doctrine (teaching and professed truth) and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness,  he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain (1 Timothy 6:3-5).” (Parenthetical addition mine.)

I fear that the KJV-only “doctrine” is satanically created to deceive, divide and distract believers from focusing on evangelism and Christian growth. I fear it is blasphemy and idolatry.

It is shear blasphemy for one to either say that everyone who was led to Christ using another translation wasn’t really saved, trying to take that judgment away from God. Or to say that the growth that believers experience using other translations is not real. The danger here is to discredit something God is doing. Satan must enjoy that.

The scripture is clear in describing itself. The Word of God is not found in words of human language or wisdom. It is only through God’s Spirit speaking through the words He chooses.

And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned, (1 Corinthians 2:13-14). ”

Therefore the exaltation of a set of words amounts to idolatry.

My KJV-only friends tell me their goal is not to debate about words, but is out of love for me and my KJV-also friends, wanting to reach us with this “important truth”. I will address that in two ways.

This article is not to raise the debate, but to reach my KJV-only friends of idolatry and blasphemy involved, something I have to do if I love them.

Secondly, I am certainly not saying this out of hate; hate for the KJV or its greatest fans. I, too, choose not to be drawn into a debate, “…to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers…”

Let’s drop the weapons we are using against other brothers and pick up those which would reach the world for Christ and grow workers for the vineyard. Let’s stop wasting time and energy telling everyone we know what God can use and what He cannot use. Let’s get back to work unifying and stop dividing the army.

Let’s stop judging a translation by a single word or single verse, something we are taught against even when using our pet translations. Let scripture translate scripture, for no verse stands alone as a standard for any doctrine. God’s Word speaks as a whole, and only through His Spirit.

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