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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The King James Version "Why"

Our Church has decided to stick with the old "KING JAMES VERSION" of the Bible. The alarming number of English Bibles is one of the most important religious phenomena of recent years. It is our view that the production of these new translations has served to undermine the spiritual foundations of our country and weaken the message of her churches. The new versions are not really better than the old one. We are going to keep the King James Bible for several compelling reasons.
THEOLOGICAL REASONS
TEXTUAL REASONS
PHILOSOPHICAL REASONS
CULTURAL REASONS
PRACTICAL REASONS
Many publishers claim that the new translations are easier to understand, misleading people into thinking that they will be able to better understand the Word of God but the derivative copyright law insist that:

"To be copyrightable, a derivative work must be
different enough from the original to be regarded
as a 'new work' or must contain a substantial
amount of new material. Making minor changes
or additions of little substance to a pre-existing
work will not qualify the work as a new version
for copyright purposes."

Therefore, all new Bible versions must change the simple one or two syllable Anglo-Saxon words of the King James Version into complex, multi-syllable Latinized words.

For all of these reasons, it just makes good sense for conservative, Bible-believing churches to keep the old King James Bible as their standard text. The new versions present to many problems and simply are not fit to replace the English version we have trusted for so long. Lets stick with the King James! The movement to abandon it will move us from clarity to confusion, from authority to anarchy, from faith to doubt. We ought not to make such a move!

4 comments:

Andy said...

I believe the old cliche fits here, "It ain't broke. Don't fix it."

Praise God for keeping his Word pure for the English speaking people!

Psalms 12:6-7 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

ky preacher said...

You have said it right! The old version is the best version. Even the New King James has so many changes that it should not even have King James attached to it. Why change what has stood the test of time? Good post.

Anonymous said...

My biggest fear about the King James and the New King James are hard to understand for some deaf people. Our grammar is not perfect like you, hearing people. If the deaf can't understand using those version, how do you bring them close to God. I am deaf myself. I have them very hard to understand because my limit vocabulary and the way I speak. There are not many people out in this world who have patience, time and know our language. How do I learn if I have to use only the King James Version? Who have the time to teach me? I live in small town. It is not easy. I do have New King James Version and also New International Reader Version. There are some words you used here, I don't know what it mean (the words you use as to the reason why King James) I have following your blog and the reason why I follow your blog was to hope that I can learn more from you. I do enjoy reading your blog. Keep it coming.....

Pammie said...

Pastor
sorry I made mistake by delete your message as you would like my email address when you mention to me that your daughter is an interpreter for the deaf...