The King James Only Controversy
This year (2011) marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible. It is by far the most widely read book in the English speaking world and has been hugely influential - the greatest single source in English and American literature. It remains an excellent translation and there is no doubt that God has used the KJV greatly through the centuries.
In this video, Justin Taylor conducts a very informative interview with Dr. Leland Ryken regarding the history of the King James Bible. Professor Ryken is the author of the recently released book "The Legacy of the King James Bible: Celebrating 400 Years of the Most Influential English Translation."
So the King James Bible is a wonderful thing. Yet King James Onlyism is the belief that the King James Bible of 1611 is the only one we should ever use. The advocates of this view form a very fringe group who often make a loud noise and cause a lot of damage to the Church. They believe anyone who uses a different version to the KJV is in league with the devil.
There is a difference between the King James Only group and King James Preferred, the latter being those who simply prefer to use the King James Version while still respecting other more recent translations.
Earlier this week, my friend, Dr. James White was involved in a television debate (on Revelation TV) in the United Kingdom with a King James Only advocate, Pastor Jack Moorman. It included a live studio audience. Someone recorded the debate off the web, and has already posted it on YouTube. The video is at a very low frame rate and is a little difficult to watch. In any case, here's the program:
For further information on this subject, I recommend Dr. James White's book, "The King James Only Controversy," available from monergism books here. - JS