Why then are we so ready to accept changes to God's word in the form of different Bible versions?
The Authorized King James text has faithfully served the body of Christ for almost 400 years. During this time, and during its translation, Satan has viciously and relentlessly attacked it. I now hear Christians attacking it too!
Many people say things like, "it's too hard to read" or "it doesn't properly reflect the true meaning of the original Greek". The issue about the original Greek is an aggravating point--which Greek? There are myriads of Greek manuscripts, including the corrupted manuscripts that the Roman Catholic religion uses. The unkind remarks and attacks against the utter reliability of the text are unfounded.
The Bible is a supernatural book authored by God through men of his choosing. It contains prophesies that have been fulfilled to the letter. God reveals understanding of His Word to those who are led by His Spirit.
It is not possible for the unbelieving and natural man to understand it (I Corinthians 2:14). So paraphrasing or simplifying it does no good. In fact I believe it causes great harm.
The Bible is not supposed to read like a fairy tale--Peter said, "for we have not followed cunningly devised fables" (II Peter 1:16). I find the words of the Authorized King James to be beautiful and full of God's power, not laborious.
The new (per)versions contain blasphemous and dangerous changes to the scriptures, which God gives stern warnings about changing His Word. It seems that only those who do not fear the Lord God would ignore such harsh warnings.
Revelation 22:18-19, "If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 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."
Proverbs 30:5-6, Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar
2 Corinthians 11:3 says, But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST.
Paul reminds us here that the devil is a deceiver and just as he deceived Eve by changing ONE word, he seeks to deceive the rest of us by any means necessary. The devil is a pervert and seeks to pervert everything and anything of God. Why would anyone think he would leave the Bible alone?? There is ONE Bible that God has preserved and not allowed him to touch and that is the King James Bible. In it, we can read the inerrant, infallible, whole Bible that not only is utterly perfect, but exalts the name of Jesus and gives us the clear, unadulterated words of God.
SOME PEOPLE SAY things like "it is simply a matter of preference as to which version you use. God has the power to see that His inspired word remains true even through the translation process."
But to me, that is like saying, "God's too powerful to allow corruption." What a grave error in logic here. So...does God allow corruption? Well, he allowed Eve to listen to the serpent and then bite the fruit. (Gen 3:1) He allows evil men their wickedness and gives them over to reprobate minds. (see Romans 1:28) He allows unbelievers to remain unbelieving if they choose. (Matt 8:22)
BUT - when it comes to the precious promises contained in Holy scripture, he HAS kept every one. The most important of which was making sure that His only begotten son was born of a virgin and crucified on a cross to qualify him as Saviour, as well as preserving his Word. You can find it today in the King James Bible. And it has not changed.
I love to read my Authorized King James Bible again and again. I know that I can confidently stand on it as the complete and total word of God. So many people spend so much time reading what others say about God's Word in commentaries, Greek lexicons, study bibles, etc. instead of reading the Bible all by itself and asking the Holy Ghost to speak to them and give them understanding.
What puzzles me the most is how anyone could just dismiss the fact that their "bible" leaves out critial words and entire verses that just happen to distort, twist, undermine and confuse the Deity of Christ, the virgin birth, blood atonement, repentance, salvation by faith, the resurrection, the second coming of Christ, suffering for Christ, prayer and much more.
The NIV, for example, deletes entire verses. When I found this out years ago, I threw my niv in the garbage. I could not even FIND several verses because they'd been ommited. This fact alone should disturb anyone who reads an niv 'bible'. Even if they put the verse in footnotes, the verses are changed to create different meanings. One example of many: is 1 Timothy 3:16 - the clearest verse in the Bible proclaiming that Jesus Christ is God.
KJB 1 TIMOTHY 3:16: "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh..."
NIV 1 TIMOTHY 3:16: "HE appeared in a body".Do you see the distortion? "he appeared in a body"? So What? We've all "appeared in a body". Furthermore, "he" is a pronoun that refers to a noun or antecedent. There is no antecedent in the context, which renders the statement utterly senseless.
The NIV and other bible versions decieve through subtlety. The very nature of deception is subtlety, otherwise no one would ever be fooled. (see Genesis 3:1) I don't want to read any "bible" that removes, deletes and distorts the Words of God. Why would anyone?
The authorized King James Version used a carefully chosen team of scholars to translate God's Holy word into the world's most popular language - English. Unfortunately, the complete translator's notes of the Authorized King James scholars are not included in today's publishings. These notes say a lot about these men-- they were humble, loved the word of God, loved the King, were berated by the Catholic religion, and desired a translation for the common man who was being kept in darkness. Some of the translators where killed for their faith.
How many classes do you know of where every student has a different textbook? Um...that would be....NONE. It would be ridiculous. I remember when it was common practice for a congregation to read Bible verses aloud together in unity. Have you ever heard what this sounds like in today's a modern churches using modern "bibles"? It sounds like a busy day at Grand Central station. Just a bunch of muttering voices and total verbal confusion. It's a grievous to witness. The Bible tells us that God is not the author of confusion so there is something very wrong going on in modern churches. How could we have come to such a place? (I'll give you one guess.)
Did you know that a standard test determined the Authorized KJV reading level to be 5th grade? That is because it contains mostly one and two-syllabic words making it very easy to read. I've found this to be absolutely true and it's a joy to read such simplicity! People have been getting saved by reading it for a long, long time. We know that it contains the Word of life whereby we live and grow.
Getting Down to Brass Tacks
Satan knows that many newborn babes in Christ will not have the real milk that they need in order to grow because they'll have in their hands a corrupted perversion of the truth. The Bible stores will offer a rainbow of choices to suit his fancy. His new fellow church friends will all have versions that suit their itching ears, uh, fancy, too. Plain and simple, the devil is out to steal, kill and destroy and what better way than to get people reading phony bibles? In time, the world will point to "Christianity" and say, "They don't even have a definitive word of God. Anybody can write a Bible." They already say that the Bible was "just written by men" even though the Bible states that every word was inspired by God Himself.
I believe that the emergence of these many different "Bible" versions is Satan's most successful attempt to attack God's word. The Bible says that in the last days there's going to be a falling away of the church and I believe that these other versions are the catalyst which is ushering it along.
But by divine providence, the King James Bible is still available to the true church today. Unfortunately, so are the scores of modern perversions of the scriptures. They are like a field of so many tares. Nevertheless, the Authorised Version stands alone as the word of God. It is tried, true, and tested. The modern versions with their missing verses and blasphemous heresies are only impostors. The Authorized King James Bible alone speaks with the voice of authority and holiness and has done so for centuries. This year marks the 400th anniversary.For more information and to research this topic more for yourself, read "Which Version Is the Bible?". It's my favorite resource and packed with facts you I found amazing to learn.
I Praise God for the miraculous preservation of Holy scriptures in the King James Bible!