Yesterday I probably dazzled a few of you with information you’d never heard before.
Today, I’m just going to fill in the gaps and conclude, and we’ll go on from there.
AS I pointed out yesterday, the anti-King James Bible movement tends to completely gloss over these issues. The most famous proponent of the non-King James is James White, who tries to convince you in his popular book that the Vulgate was the Bible in most use by most Christians.
That’s a deliberate mis-statement. The Vulgate was not in use the first few centuries, and was used by Catholics, not Christians.
This is a distinction that Christianity used to be able to make, but no longer, as Billy Graham has done much to convince us they are Christians. That’s why you hear phrases like “Lord of the Rings is a Christian book – it’s written by a Christian!” and “C. S. Lewis is my favorite Christian author.”
Both Tolkien and Lewis were Roman Catholics. C. S. Lewis converted just before he died, and was given the Last rites. And I’m not really sure how a book involving sorcery can be considered “Christian”. I was a serious Tolkien fanatic growing up, and I have a vested interest in trying to prove they’re Christian, but yeah… they’re not. There’s no way to justify a literal belief in the Bible and still be able to read those books.
Getting back on topic, (I’m sometime “prone to wander”) the Bible used from day one until this very second was the Textus Receptus/Ben Chayyim texts. Vaticanus and Sinaiticus were NEVER used by Christians. And we have copies of Bibles translated into the common tongues of various nations (such as Waldensian Bibles, the Diodati, etc.) and they follow the readings of the Syrian texts.
So, really, Scholars have a lot of talking to do to explain why they abandoned the Bible used by Christians in favor of other texts NEVER used by Christians. See, it’s not the King James Only movement whose job it is to explain why we will only use the KJB. When any group abandons a previously held position, the burden of explaining is on them.
The only answer they can give us is, “Theologically we disagree with any text that favors the deity of Christ, that Christ is the only way to God, and that anyone who does not come to Christ must suffer eternal punishment.”
That’s all they have. They’ve constructed elaborate rules of Textual Criticism to justify their position, and they conflict with established rules of Hermeneutics.
So, they have no justification for their position.
It’s not for me to explain why I am King James Only – it is YOUR job to explain why you prefer to use a forgery and a heavily edited, incomplete heretical manuscript as the basis for your Bibles!
My last point on this is what James White refers to as “Conspiracy theories”. He claims King James Only believers suffer from the fear that there are deliberate attempts to subvert the Bible, the fact that missing verses that support the Trinity, the deity of Christ, salvation by grace through faith alone – are all part of a vast conspiracy to remove those doctrines from the Bible. He assures us that nobody is trying to corrupt the Bible, that there is no conspiracy.
“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? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:1–5, KJV)
That’s really odd, because I believe in the normal literal method of interpreting the Bible – and sure enough, Genesis 3 shows that there is someone who first questions the Bible (“Hath God said?”) , causes people to whitewash it (“neither shall ye touch it”), then minimize it (“lest ye die”), then finally that someone denies the Bible (“ye shall not surely die”), and substitutes a different god to worship – themselves (“Ye shall be as gods”).
Those are all the tactics of the Textual Critics, many of whom (not surprisingly) are Universalists, hell deniers, theological liberals, and unitarians. It just feels a little odd that when they have avowed beliefs, that their translations should tend towards those beliefs!
And it feels very odd that when Satan’s plan is to counterfeit the things of God, that James White is saying Satan has no vested interest in questioning, adding to, whitewashing, minimizing and finally denying the word of God!
People, we have an enemy. His first target is the Bible, and I haven’t read where he stopped that attack!
I have a lot of articles on Textual Criticism and the Bible version issue, and I can assure you that – you’ve never been told everything on this issue, and that you’re being lied to. If you’re interested, please read the other articles I’ve got in this category!