What King James Only is Not.


In other posts you’ll find,  I’ve dealt enough with Riplinger-ism and Ruckman-ism. And I’ve dealt with what it is, albeit in a poorer manner than David Cloud did in his “What KJV Only means”. I recommend a visit to Way Of Life to read it.

King James Only, to me, does not mean that a person should burn their NIV. Or TNIV, or whatever the latest flavor.

King James only means to me, and to countless others, that we by choice and conviction believe the King James Bible to be the best translation from the Textus-Receptus. I’ve heard of one other translation from the TR, but have never seen it so I can’t comment. Since there’s only one translation from the Greek and Hebrew manuscripts that passed down from the apostles to us… that’s the one I use.

The Translators of the King James Bible spent years deciding what the best wording in English was for what the Bible says. To deviate from that is to get less than the best – and in reality, to open the door to apostasy and heresy. We got the RV in 1891, and 130 years later the churches, like the modern Bibles, are denying cardinal doctrines. Coincidence, I think not.

To stand for the Bible is to stand for what is right, and ultimately, to stand for God. It is to be like those Israelites who ran to Moses’ call,

26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. Exodus 32:26 (KJV) 

That’s what it means.

How Christians are Deceived


So we have these three witnesses —8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and all three agree. 1 John 5:7-8 (NLT)

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. 1 John 5:7-8 (KJV)

This is arguably the most controversial verses in the Bible – to theologians. I’m going to state that the reason it’s so controversial is because it states without a doubt that The Lord Jesus Christ is God – a conclusion they’re not comfortable with.

There are scholarly treatises and doctoral dissertations on “The Johannine comma”, a scholarly way of saying “this verse makes me nervous, because I’m not saved and if I’m wrong about Jesus I’m going to Hell.”

So, when Wescott and Hort removed half of the verse when assembling the Wescott-Hort Greek Manuscript (you know, the “Oldest and best manuscript” you keep reading about – that was made in 1886!), unsaved Theologians and Unitarians alike breathed a sigh of relief. “Ah! At last! A manuscript we can make Bibles out of that won’t leave me awake at night in fear of burning in Hell forever!”

It was good thinking. That way, the horror of waking in Hell sneaks up on you.

Why is the New Living MisTranslation so bad?

“So we have…” trivializes the power and awe of the Godhead. It was so tremendous to Isaiah and Ezekiel that when you read of it in a King James, you’re left filled with wonder and amazement, and sinners are left in dread. It reduces the awesome majesty of the Godhead to the commonplace-ness of a color TV. “So we have a 56″ flatscreen and we have these three witnesses, and we have two iPhones and…”

The King James puts it in more proper perspectives. “For there are three that bear record in heaven” – heaven is removed from the NLT, the NIV and the NASB. So much for the NASB being “The most accurate translation.”

“The Father, The Word and the Holy Ghost” is missing from modern Bibles. It is the clearest Biblical statement of the Trinity, which offends Unitarians. What you’re never told is that Unitarians are always present on every Bible Translating committee – despite the fact that they are heretics for their denial of Jesus Christ and also the Holy Ghost. It amounts to being the same as having Jehovah’s Witnesses translating your bible. So verses must be translated in such a way that Unitarians are not offended by them, instead of saying, “Well, the Greek says this, so that’s what we’re writing.”

To appease the Unitarians, and the unsaved theologians – which included Wescott and Hort – they left out all of those who bear record in heaven. Only the witnesses on the earth are left to bear witness, the spirit, the water and the blood. And the completing “and these three are one” is removed.

Now, most theologians will say, “That can only be found in a few late manuscripts!” That’s not true. You can find it not only in the Syrian Manuscripts, but you can find it in the Peshitta, a New Testament written in Aramaic, and is VERY old.

The Pulpit Commentary, a commentary for pastors, claims that “… are (not) quoted by a single Greek Father”. This is either an un-researched comment, or its an outright lie. Cyprian, an early church father writes, “and again it is written of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, “And these three are one.” That’s a direct quote of the verses that are missing from your modern per-version of the Bible.

I am King James Only, by conviction after studying. I did not want to be King James only. I wanted to read my new NASB I’d just bought. But after study, I am KJV-O.

Almsgiving


I can’t for the life of me understand why any doctrine in the Bible spoken of more than twice can be ignored. Baptists are just notorious for failure to give alms. Which is bizarre, as the Baptists are indeed the heirs of the original church, and they understood almsgiving and charity readily.

And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee. Lev 25:35 (KJV)

I understand that they are wary of the Socialist Gospel (Which is a false Gospel, based largely upon a denial of the future Millennium, the Return of Christ and a ‘Kingdom now’ theology)… but there’s 17 specific commands to give to the poor – and most are in the New Testament.

7 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: Deut 15:7 (KJV)

Could it be that one reason that our Fundamentalist churches are empty is because we shut our hand to the poor? We should be helping. However, two caveats must be in place for any food pantry or charity:

They must be trying to get employment. I can’t understand why so many able-bodied people are fully disabled. “I’m on disability.” No doubt. But you look like you could cook in a restaurant, or work the counter in a 7-11 or a Wa-Wa. Christian Charity should not be an excuse for a con artist to live work-free. This does not include former cancer patients… the bone-crushing fatigue some people experience the rest of their lives from the chemotherapy is literally crippling. Even sitting at a cash register for hours could be brutal for some of them. These are the kind of people for whom disability is intended. Not a 35 year old man who just wants a free handout.

Honour widows that are widows indeed. 4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God. 1 Tim 5:3-4 (KJV)

They must be trying to change their situation. I used to have a lot of sympathy for the homeless. I still do. However, in one summer, I will say I did not meet a single homeless person that was not homeless of their choosing. Every person I met or saw that summer was the stereotypical bum – living on the streets, panhandling for booze, and the occasional meal. Often they “dumpster-dove” to find the next meal. All of this out of choice. Amazing, but true.

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Isaiah 58:6-7 (KJV)

Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Matt 5:42 (KJV)

Who knows how many times our Father has sent a person in need to come to our churches, and has been turned away? How many times has this been a test to determine our obedience, a chance for us to earn rewards… and we showed our true stripes by turning away the needy, not giving to those who asked, and shutting our hand to the poor?

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. Matt 6:1-4 (KJV)

There can be NO DENIAL that almsgiving is a Biblical requirement. It is just as Biblical as Tithe. The same argument that can be used in support of tithe can be used in support of Almsgiving. (its interesting that some who stubbornly and perversely refuse to pay tithe often have no problem giving that 10% charity! However, your gift to the poor, while commendable, is not the Tithe. The Tithe is required to provide for the Pastor and the local Church.

But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you. Luke 11:41 (KJV)

So members of the congregation should be encouraged to give to charity. Like the Jewish tradition of the Pushke, the charity box. One can be set up in the house, and any extra cash can be dropped into that, and brought to the church once a month, and placed in the Benevolence fund, or a bigger Pushke, or what have you (No, I’m not trying to turn Christians into Jews! but why has this been neglected for so long?)

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:32-34 (KJV)

Does it make a difference?


         And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. (Matthew 1:25 KJV)

but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called his name Jesus. (Matthew 1:25 RSV)

Firstborn removed.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Matthew 5:44 KJV)

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, (Matthew 5:44 RSV)

“Bless them that curse you and do good to them that hate you” is removed.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (Matthew 6:13 KJV)

And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. (Matthew 6:13 RSV)

Ending removed. “For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, for ever, amen.”

And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? (Matthew 8:29 KJV)

And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” (Matthew 8:29 RSV)

“Jesus, thou Son of God…” is changed to “O, Son of God”. The implication is that Jesus was only “A” son of God, and not THE Son of God. That’s a heresy.

The Hebraism of adding the word, “Saying” is removed. It causes critics to question whether Matthew was really written by a Jew…

That’s only 5 verses we’ve looked at out of one book of the Bible. Does it really matter what Bible you read? You decide.

The New Apostasy


My thoughts today keep wandering to two distinct thoughts – the Great Apostasy, and the absolute horror of people who think they’re Christians, but aren’t – and their eventual end.

I’m speaking of course of the people who say things like, “We need to re-interpret Christianity in light of today” – as if today is somehow different from yesterday! As if today, we are so high and mighty that God needs to (God forbid…) bow to us!

Rob Bell, Doug Pagitt and Brian McClaren are three such examples. But there’s many, many more. In the Bible, the word Apostasty comes from ἡ αποστασία, hē apostası́a, “a standing away from” (more literally, a combining of the words apo “from” and histemi “to stand”. I remember Histemi, it was a test question).

Christianity in my lifetime has stood away from its beliefs. It has moved from ALL of the cardinal doctrines. And since I only knew Christianity since 1992… that means in only 21 years, Christianity has slid into an awful apostasy that many thought possible originally only after the Rapture came.

Belief in the Bible? Most of Christianity has abandoned it. Oh sure, they preach from the Bible, but the fact that two entire denominations in the 19th and 20th century could have changed their stand from “Is the Inerrant, Inspired Word of God” to “contains the inerrant, inspired word of God”… and NOBODY raised a stink… tells me that people were falling asleep a hundred years ago. David Cloud’s Timeline of Apostasy should be taught on in EVERY pulpit in America! Now we have pop stars in pulpits telling us, “well the Bible doesn’t even say that!” “Uh, but Pastor Rob, it says right here…” “No, that’s not really what it means! If you were on a trampoline…”

Christians should be pointing fingers, and loudly decrying “You are a heretic, a false teacher! You are not a Christian!” to these men! We should be holding entire denominations accountable! If all the members of every SBC Congregation were to hold a massive event where we all got together, and made demands for explanations of these men, we might be able to expose them!

(I’ve lived in the South too long… I almost wrote “Might could…”).

Belief in the Virgin Birth? Christianity is abandoning it. I guess belief in miracles is embarrassing the liberals.

Belief in the Godhood of Jesus Christ? Christianity has been tiptoeing away from it. If you don’t believe Jesus Christ is God, you are not a Christian. Bottom line. You’re not saved. You’re doomed to eternity in Hell if you don’t get saved.

Belief in substitutionary atonement? This is Christianity. This is what it’s based upon. Yet Christianity is running from this. Everyone’s in love with the Cross, and Jesus in agony… and everyone loves the “Jesus died for me…” but what Christians are abandoning is that Christ had to suffer and die for you, in order for you to escape hell! We are bought with a price… and we are not our own! we need to understand that.

Belief in Eternal Punishment? Christianity began sprinting from that back in the 1800’s. Nobody likes the idea of Hell. I don’t like it. But it’s a fact. Since I got saved, 179,894,000 people have entered Hell. That’s 179,894,000 people who no longer have any doubts Hell is real. What kind of answer will we give God when He asks us why so many people have gone into Hell? We’re supposed to be spreading the message that “Jesus Saves from Hell” – and 179 million people either never got that message, or they took one look at us, and said, “Why should I join you when you guys can’t even get it together?” We don’t have a good answer for that.

I mean, I’ve got one – “Well, unless you want to burn for all eternity, I’d repent and believe in Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior”! But as for why they should join the church? That’s getting harder and harder to answer. Unless you paid attention to Scripture and noticed a barely discussed doctrine – that if a church abandons correct doctrine, they risk Christ “removing their candlestick”. They’re no longer a church.

I don’t have a problem with a lot of Emergent congregations calling themselves names like “The Rock” or “Red Sea” or “Mars Hill” – at least they’re not putting the word “church” in the name!

Belief in the Preservation of Scripture? Wow. Precious few of us believe in that today. We get nicknames like “fundy” or “Bullhorn”, and people make snide comments about “those King James Only whackos”… and then they read their modern translation with entire doctrines deliberately altered or removed, and they wonder why Christianity is “standing away from” the truth. Why is the church so much in error? Why is there so much apostasy and backsliding, and denial of biblical Truths? Look at your modern Bible.

“He was Manifest in the flesh.” (1 Tim. 3:16, RSV).

That misses the mark. I’m manifest in the flesh! The RSV, NASB, NIV, The Message, Living Bible, and others all deny the incarnation of God in the flesh.

And when a Unitarian, Presbyterian or Methodist denies that Jesus is God, you gasp in horror! And yet, he (or she) is just quoting the modern (mis)translations! And when I cite this as an example of a conspiracy to keep people from becoming saved, or keep Christians from being fruitful or learning correct biblical doctrine, people tsk at me and say, “well, according to the oldest and best manuscripts…”

Everyone except a few believes in MVO – Multiple Versions Only. Now, even if I never spoke out against the modern perversions, MVO believers would still lecture me, and look down on me, because I, by conviction, will only use a King James. Ask yourself why. Be that honest, ask yourself why. Is it because I’m a fundamentalist? Brother or sister, the Bible demands that you be a fundamentalist.

Paul commanded Timothy to instruct doctrine to his Church, and present it without spot (1 Tim. 6:14). Read all of 1 Timothy 6 – you’ll see verse 14 is a continuation of thought of Paul’s as he discusses doctrine.

I think about a spot on my suit, from coffee, or food. A spot isn’t a huge stain on my suit. The Bible would say “stain” if it was talking about something big. It says “Spot”. That by definition is a small thing! (special thanks to David Cloud for the illustration)

So, when we begin challenging all the heretics, the wolves in sheep’s clothing, the false teachers, and begin demanding all the other denominations get right with God and with right doctrine, we need to continue that until we’ve nobody left to address except Baptists.

And let’s not stop there. Let’s keep going until we’re all fundamentalists.

Better yet, let’s start right in our own pew. And purge our way from there. Let’s get all the Baptists right with God.

Southern Baptists used to mean fundamentalist. Let’s get back to that.

The Great Apostasy


My thoughts today keep wandering to two distinct thoughts – the Great Apostasy, and the absolute horror of people who think they’re Christians, but aren’t – and their eventual end.

I’m speaking of course of the people who say things like, “We need to re-interpret Christianity in light of today” – as if today is somehow different from yesterday! As if today, we are so high and mighty that God needs to (God forbid…) bow to us!

Rob Bell, Doug Pagitt and Brian McClaren are three such examples.But there’s many, many more. In the Bible, the word Apostasty comes from ἡ αποστασία, hē apostası́a, “a standing away from” (more literally, a combining of the words apo “from” and histemi “to stand”. I remember Histemi, it was a test question).

Christianity in my lifetime has stood away from its beliefs. It has moved from ALL of the cardinal doctrines.

Belief in the Bible? Most of Christianity has abandoned it. Oh sure, they preach from the Bible, but the fact that two entire denominations in the 19th and 20th century could have changed their stand from “Is the Inerrant, Inspired Word of God” to “contains the inerrant, inspired word of God”… and NOBODY raised a stink… tells me that people were falling asleep a hundred years ago. David Cloud’s Timeline of Apostasy should be taught on in EVERY pulpit in America! Now we have pop stars in pulpits telling us, “well the Bible doesn’t even say that!” “Uh, but Pastor Rob, it says right here…” “No, that’s not really what it means! If you were on a trampoline…”

Christians should be pointing fingers, and loudly decrying “You are a heretic, a false teacher! You are not a Christian!”  to these men! We should be holding entire denominations accountable! If all the members of every SBC Congregation were to hold a massive event where we all got together, and made demands for explanations of these men, we might be able to expose them!

(I’ve lived in the South too long… I almost wrote “Might could…”).

Belief in the Virgin Birth? Christianity is abandoning it. I guess belief in miracles is embarrassing the liberals.

Belief in the Godhood of Jesus Christ? Christianity has been tiptoeing away from it. If you don’t believe Jesus Christ is God, you are not a Christian. Bottom line. You’re not saved. You’re doomed to eternity in Hell if you don’t get saved.

Belief in substitutionary atonement? This is Christianity. This is what it’s based upon. Yet Christianity is running from this. Everyone’s in love with the Cross, and Jesus in agony… and everyone loves the “Jesus died for me…” but what Christians are abandoning is that Christ had to suffer and die for you, in order for you to escape hell! We are bought with a price… and we are not our own! we need to understand that.

Belief in Eternal Punishment? Christianity began sprinting from that back in the 1800’s. Nobody likes the idea of Hell. I don’t like it. But it’s a fact. Since I got saved, 179,894,000 people have entered Hell. That’s 179,894,000 people who no longer have any doubts Hell is real. What kind of answer will we give God when He asks us why so many people have gone into Hell? We’re supposed to be spreading the message that “Jesus Saves from Hell” – and 179 million people either never got that message, or they took one look at us, and said, “Why should I join you when you guys can’t even get it together?” We don’t have a good answer for that.

I mean, I’ve got one – “Well, unless you want to burn for all eternity, I’d repent and believe in Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior”! But as for why they should join the church? That’s getting harder and harder to answer. Unless you paid attention to Scripture and noticed a barely discussed doctrine – that if a church abandons correct doctrine, they risk Christ “removing their candlestick”. They’re no longer a church.

I don’t have a problem with a lot of Emergent congregations calling themselves names like “The Rock” or “Red Sea” or “Mars Hill” – at least they’re not putting the word “church” in the name!

Belief in the Preservation of Scripture? Wow. Precious few of us believe in that today. We get nicknames like “fundy” or “Bullhorn”, and people make snide comments about “those King James Only whackos”… and then they read their modern translation with entire doctrines deliberately removed, and they wonder why Christianity is “standing away from” the truth. Why is the church so much in error? Why is there so much apostasy and backsliding, and denial of biblical Truths? Look at your modern Bible. “He was Manifest in the flesh.” (1 Tim. 3:16, RSV). That misses the mark. I’m manifest in the flesh! The RSV, NASB, NIV, The Message, Living Bible, and others all deny the incarnation of God in the flesh.

And when a Unitarian, Presbyterian or Methodist denies that Jesus is God, you gasp in horror! And yet, he (or she) is just quoting the modern (mis)translations! And when I cite this as an example of a conspiracy to keep people from becoming saved, or keep Christians from being fruitful or learning correct biblical doctrine, people tsk at me and say, “well, according to the oldest and best manuscripts…”

Everyone except a few believes in MVO – Multiple Versions Only. Now, even if I never spoke out against the modern perversions, MVO believers would still lecture me, and look down on me, because I, by conviction, will only use a King James. Ask yourself why. Be that honest, ask yourself why. Is it because I’m a fundamentalist? Brother or sister, the Bible demands that you be a fundamentalist.

Paul commanded Timothy to instruct doctrine to his Church, and present it without spot (1 Tim. 6:14). Read all of 1 Timothy 6 – you’ll see verse 14 is a continuation of thought of Paul’s as he discusses doctrine.

I think about a spot on my suit, from coffee, or food. A spot isn’t a huge stain on my suit. The Bible would say “stain” if it was talking about something big. It says “Spot”. That by definition is a small thing!

So, when we begin challenging all the heretics, the wolves in sheep’s clothing, the false teachers, and begin demanding all the other denominations get right with God and with right doctrine, we need to continue that until we’ve nobody left to address except Baptists.

And let’s not stop there. Let’s keep going until we’re all fundamentalists.

Better yet, let’s start right in our own pew. And purge our way from there. Let’s get all the Baptists right with God.

Southern Baptists used to mean fundamentalist. Let’s get back to that. We all want to hear “Well done!”

Rob Bell


Rob Bell

And… it’s no surprise to me that Rob Bell abandoned his church to pursue a career in television. He’s been pretending to be a Christian for years, so acting should be easy for him.

“They [the New Testament epistles] aren’t first and foremost timeless truths. … (Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis)

Did his church feel happy for him, that he’d gotten his dream? or did they feel shocked, betrayed, dismayed? I’d love to hear from a Mars Hill church member and see how they felt.

Rob Bell is toxic. If I’d heard him say to me face to face as a Christian what he’d written in Velvet Elvis and in Love Wins, I’d have disagreed with him and chalked him up as just a lost person who thinks they’re saved.

But he wasn’t. He was a pastor. I guess the sheep costume got too itchy for him, or too hot over all that wolf fur.

And worse, he was an influential pastor. His NOOMA series is a big seller at Christian Book Distributors, as are Love Wins and Velvet Elvis. I wish I could get every God-Fearing Baptist to write a warning review of it and tell people “DO NOT BUY THIS! IT WILL LEAD YOU ASTRAY!”

We’ve entered the Great Apostasy period before the Rapture. It’s time the Church woke up, and began a major evangelistic campaign to get people saved… and a major Warning ministry to warn those who are being led astray. We need to be lifting up David Cloud, and not bashing him.

Rob Bell is not a saved man. If he is, I’d be astounded, and very relieved. Because he talks and acts like an unsaved man, and I pray he gets saved before he finds out how wrong Love Wins really is.