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    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."

    Justin Taylor Interview: Leland Ryken, "The History of the King James Bible" from Crossway on Vimeo.

    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

    Posted by John Samson on February 5, 2011 03:15 PM

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    Jerry Collins

    “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.”

    Hmm.. Okay, let’s take a look at this… IF the KJV is a wonderful thing and it provides ALL we need to live Christian lives and be saved; WHY do we need modern translations?

    I don’t like fallacies and either or statements or attitudes are almost ALWAYS fallacious. I can think that a particular version IS ‘in league with the Devil” without believing that ALL people who use it are so? As an example I would point to my view on MANY “churches” or denominations… I could show my reasons for saying that several “Churches” that claim to be “Christian” are in fact NOT Christian at all… That is NOT at ALL the same thing as saying that ALL people who visit these Churches are NOT Christian or are intentionally wrong. People of good conscience can disagree or be wrong without implying any intentional wrongdoing.

    Likewise, one can believe the KJV is sufficient and a or even THE preferred Bible, whilst also acknowledging that NOT all modern versions are the same and STILL not have respect for all modern translations… What is worthy of respect in assuming that people NEED or want, YET ANOTHER, “modern” translation? What is worthy of respect in publishing house after publishing house wishing to CHANGE the translations sufficiently so they can CHARGE you MORE for the free word of God?

    I enjoyed this debate and found Dr James White to be knowledgeable and respectful… I must admit that MANY in the “KJV ONLYIST response and in fairness the KJV only movements” are often FAR less than Christian in their attitudes and treatment of those with whom they disagree… My own research on why I use the KJV.. http://www.kjv-truth-ministries.org/?page_id=116

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