Steve Waldron, Leesburg, GA – Jesus said His words would not pass away. They are divinely preserved, according to Psalm 12:6, 7. God’s Word is forever settled. The most ancient manuscripts and witnesses testify to the veracity of the KJV. We cannot become judges of God’s Word; we must allow it to judge us. He created us to respond to His word. If Jesus said man shall live by every word of God, every word is important. Even a single letter can have a vast import. Who is to say it doesn’t affect doctrine? This does not mean that printer errors cannot occur, and it doesn’t mean that words could not have been translated differently. But the translations found in the KJV are perfectly acceptable for the contexts used.
Stephen E. Smart, Alexandria, LA – Serious problems arise when you inject the possibility of error into the Bible, even minor errors. In the KJV, we have the exact replica in the most elegant and refined English language ever conceived. God has proved this by an innumerable cloud of witnesses in the form of existing manuscripts, 99 percent of which agree with each other, traced back to the first century.
Charges against the KJV have been adequately refuted for many years but keep coming anyway. This is not surprising considering it is God’s word (Genesis 3:1) and our faith (Romans 10:17) that is under attack! The traditional text is authenticated by the sheer volume of historical use. This is what God chose to use, and the volumes of history verifies it.
John Scheel, Beebe, AR – The words of the Lord are pure words, as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. They are inspired and given to us by a God who has protected them for all these years. The KJV has stood the test for over 400 years.
Changes that have been made have been translations and not revisions. There is a great difference. Please remember that renting, publishing and errors on the part of the publisher are not revisions to the text. These may be corrected without changing the meaning. Revision changes the meaning to fit the opinions of the reviser.
O. C. Marler, Gray Court, SC – I’m 82 years old and have read the Bible all of my life, and I have never found a reason to doubt it. I’ve never felt like I should try to add to or take from it. I’ve always felt inspiration and anointing from it. I disagree that the King James Version has been translated into error, and I wonder about the motive of anyone bringing up the question after all of the years it has proven so faithful. I asked a scholar just the other day, “Why do people reject the King James version?” He said they study just deep enough to become confused but not deep enough to find the truth. To them, it’s about marketing and not truth.
Kenneth Carpenter, Maryville, TN – I believe the King James Version of the Bible is without error. The so-called “revisions” of the King James Bible prior to 1800 were to correct typographical errors, add notes, and omit the Apocrypha from between the Testaments. There were no changes in the actual text of the King James Bible. The REAL changes (over 36,000 of them) didn’t start until the modern revisionists came on the scene.
Through the over-shadowing, God placed Himself in the virgin Mary, the word was made flesh, the perfect lamb of God, and the word made flesh was sufficient for God. Psalm 68:11 testifies that God saw it published and called the company of publishers great.
T. L. Craft, Terry, MS – God has supernaturally preserved His Bible. Why should I quit trusting the King James version after all these years? Wicked men and Satan have attempted to destroy it, but God has kept it whole and without error.
Businesses will tell you any organization whose founding documents are in question, the entire organization is in question. The Bible is the Church’s founding document. Everything we believe comes from there. If it’s in question, it seems like just another trick for Satan to bring the whole Church and what we know is true into question. Saying there is an unknown number of errors in the Bible leads to chaos, confusion, and eventually destruction. I think God preserved His Word in the KJV and the Textus Receptus, and it is perfect and without any error.
Brandon Nero, Mobile, AL – I would consider many English translations, in particular the King James version of the Bible, to accurately reflect the inspiration of the original writers. The inspiration seen in many English versions accurately relates the thoughts, ideas, and transcendent statements of eternal truth that it reveals. The inspiration of any English translation of the Bible will only hold as much inerrancy as the translation accurately reflects the original autographs. Currently, the scholarly world has about 120 papyrus manuscripts, the majority of which are in fragment form. According to Westcott and Hort, only one-sixtieth of the differences present variant readings, which would amount to 99.75 percent accuracy. That being said, even with quantitative textual criticism, our English Bible communicates revelation without error, and can be completely depended upon for doctrine and instruction for the Apostolic believer’s life.
Jonathan Sanders, San Francisco, CA – While we understand the impossibility of a “word for word” translation from one language to another due to grammar and language constraints, we can have perfect confidence that God has preserved His Word for us as He promised.
The English Bible clearly reveals to us all that we must know of God, His Kingdom, the saving Gospel and eternity. It is God’s Word to us in our tongue. As such, I read, preach and believe it with earnest expectation of receiving its promises.