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THE SANCTIFICATION OF THE SOUL, THE SOURCE OF TRUTH

“…as it is in truth, the word of God…” I Thes 2:13

 

We have seen from a Biblical viewpoint that God is “the Truth,” the only source of truth; and that He has revealed to us His truth in the Bible, which is the complete and “perfect” written Word of God. However, although “the truth” is written down for all men to plainly see and read, nevertheless, because the Bible is a spiritual book, its truth cannot be comprehended except by spiritual means and special revelation from God. That is the reason why the natural man cannot see  “the truth” of God’s Word, because he is spiritually blind. Now, there are churches and colleges with pastors and teachers—men and women of God that teach truth from the Bible—but only God can reveal to us “the truth” from His Word. We can be taught, and we can learn facts, but only God can cause us to “know the truth.”

2 Thes 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

2 Pet 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

1 Cor 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God

1 Cor 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Since Christ now stands in the presence of the Father, making intercession for us, He has sent to take His place the “Spirit of Truth”—the One who will teach us the truths of Christ using God’s written Word. As believers, we have the Spirit of Truth dwelling within us and guiding us; but He only uses The Word from which to teach us, and that Word is the Bible—the inspired written Word of God. “The Comforter,” by and of Himself, does not speak of Himself, but only uses the things of Christ—The Word—to guide us and to teach us “the truth.” Other spirits as well, using Scripture, may also try to direct our thoughts and lead us into the lies of Satan—even as he tried to do to Christ; but their influences do not conform to the pure Word of God, and they do not glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name,
he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

1 Cor 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

2 Cor 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Matt 4:5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Because believers are so dependant upon the Bible, is it any wonder that Satan attacks this source of truth with all his resources and the power he has to deceive us. First, he tries to deny that the Bible is even the Word of God. Satan causes many to believe that it is just another man-made book, containing mostly fairy tales with maybe a little history. If that approach fails, he causes us to doubt—as in Eve’s case—the true meaning and purpose of what God has said. Those who are Satan’s ministers use every means possible to twist and pervert the Scriptures, to turn their listeners away from the true message of the Bible. These so-called liberal interpreters of the truth, are nothing more than blind men leading the blind, who shall both fall into the deep ditch of Hell.

1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

2 Pet 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
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For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Pet 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

Acts 23:8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.

Matt 15:12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?
13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
14 Let them alone:
they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Satan also causes us to doubt that we have the pure Word of God. Many ministers will say that the Scriptures were inspired when they were first penned; but because of being copied, translated into other languages, and handed down from generation to generation, there are mistakes, omissions, or things that have been added. Many teach that the Bible only contains some of God’s truth, but it is also filled with obvious errors. If this line of thinking is true, than we have no hope, because no original penned manuscripts of any book in the Bible exists. Even if we had manuscripts that we deemed were without error in the Hebrew or Greek, what profit would that be to most common believers for whom the Bible was written. Except for the privileged few who learned these languages, the common man would be totally dependant upon the Hebrew and Greek scholars to teach them, or to translate to them the truth. Indeed, in some so-called Christian churches, that has been the very approach by those who claim the Biblical authority to teach the truth. However, even Jesus spoke Aramaic and probably used the Septuagint—the translation of the Old Testament into Greek—or possibly the Aramaic Targums; and He quoted them as being the Word of God. The unlearned Apostles (as opposed to the scholarly priests and scribes) would most assuredly have been dependant upon these translations, and they quoted them in their own inspired writings.

2 Pet 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

2 Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Mark 12:37 David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

1 Cor 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

This higher criticism of the Scriptures—which teaches we have a watered-down, or polluted Bible—is prevalent in even the most devout Christian circles; because many believers succumb to the thought that man has been responsible for keeping the Word of God pure. This idea however, is far from the truth. God used men to pen the original manuscripts; and He continues to use men to translate and reproduce His Word; but He alone is the one who has kept His Word pure. We as Christians profess that God knows everything, even things as trivial as how many hairs we have on our heads; and that God is sovereign and all powerful; but we believe Satan’s lie that He cannot keep something as important as His own Word free from corruption. We say we believe that every event in our lives has been carefully orchestrated by God’s providence; and yet we do not believe that God could control the events surrounding the keeping of His Word. If the Bible reveals to us Christ, and Jesus is the Word made flesh, would not God use all of His resources to maintain and keep that Word pure? The writers of both the Old and New Testaments testified that the sacred writings were “holy scriptures”—without error or corruption.

Luke 12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Psa 40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

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

Psa 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Psa 119:140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it

Psa 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

Prov 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Dan 10:21 But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.

Rom 1:2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

2 Tim 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

We ourselves become Satan’s instruments when we cast doubts upon the Scriptures; and we undermine our own faith and the faith of others by doing so. What if some things in the Bible seem to be contradictory to us; or we think that we have discovered some obvious errors? Are we as wise as Almighty God to dispute His Word? I myself have had some troubling thoughts about many verses; but after growing in the understanding of the truth, I have seen the absolute validity of the Bible to the point where I no longer let those verses, that I cannot reconcile, bother me. To be sure, there are many things we cannot understand or explain; but do we side with Satan, and doubt God’s ability to preserve the Bible; or do we accept by faith, that God has given and preserved for all generations, the pure Word of God?

2 Pet 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Tit 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

Matt 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

Rom 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Psa 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Now, if you have come with me this far—believing that we have a source of pure truth, the Bible—let us go the last step. ‘Well,’ might one ask, ‘but there are so many versions of the Bible, which one do I trust?’ Again, we have to suspect the work of Satan in causing this confusion. Have you ever been in a church service and been asked to follow along while someone else reads the Scriptures? If they are reading from one version and you have another, it is not possible for the average mind to do so. How much division and strife has been caused over the correct translation of God’s Word? Has it been God’s will that so much confusion and disunity exists in Churches because of His Word?

Matt 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

1 Cor 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Furthermore, we also know that every version cannot be the inspired Word of God, for obvious reasons. Some leave out whole passages of Scripture that others include; or some verses are so worded as to have a completely different meaning than others; or some versions use words and phrases that do not at all conform to the majority of Greek and Hebrew texts, or even to the rules of the Hebrew and Greek languages. Some versions purposely attack the Deity of Christ or the blood atonement. Some are written to infer that God is a women, or at the least, genderless—so as to be politically correct. Many versions use modern slang or make references to God that are disrespectful of His Holiness, and attempt to bring Him down to man’s level.

2 Pet 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
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And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

Prov 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

The only purpose for many of these so-called translations of the Bible has been to promote some doctrine of man that is not Scriptural, or for the plain purpose of making money. Men take the Word of God, change its wording, copyright it, and then “make merchandise” of it—as though they were the authors of it. If God did inspire anyone to translate His Word, it most certainly would not be to make money from doing so. Did any of God’s prophets or apostles sell the sacred writings that they were entrusted with—to make money? Satan has used the unspiritual and carnal purposes of man in flooding Christendom with countless translations, versions, and revisions of God’s Holy Word. The only result has been to divide believers, bring confusion in the churches, spread false doctrines, and cast doubts upon the purity of the Word of God. We fully acknowledge that as the truth has spread throughout the world into different nations and languages, that God has provided translations that reveal the truth to that race, generation, people, or nation. God divided the earth through languages, and He can certainly cause everyone to “hear in our tongues the wonderful works of God.” Languages also change to the point where updated revisions of God’s truth may be deemed necessary by Him, but certainly not to the extent we have witnessed in the last century—for “God is not the author of confusion.”

2 Pet 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

Jude 1:10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

Isa 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me,
and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

Gen 11:1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretes and Arabians,
we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

1 Cor 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Therefore to answer the question, ‘What version or versions of the Bible should I trust to be the truth?’ While there are many God-honoring books[1] that give a detailed answer to this question, they have only confirmed to me what has already been revealed to my own heart. As a believer, I would not trust any other source of truth than the King James Bible of 1611, or a direct translation of that version into a different language. While not devoting a lengthy study on this viewpoint, again, others have done a much better treatment of it than could I, nevertheless I am convinced in mine own heart for the following reasons:

1. As we have already stated, God is behind the keeping of His Word, but He uses godly men to work through. The highly qualified and devoted men who were commissioned to translate this version had only the highest motives and ideals for doing this task. They were not self-motivated, seekers of vain-glory, nor were they doing it for material gain. Working under the authority and command of their king, they were explicitly given a charge not to be biased as to any denominational wording. Therefore, they were not intimated by the fear of man, nor did they lean toward any doctrinal teaching.

2 Pet 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Prov 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

The following is the dedicatory to the King James Version of the Bible, which, until most recent times, could be found at the front of every KJV Bible. I believe the reader may come to see the attitude, holy purpose, and Divine leading that these men held in their hearts by what is said here.
 
TO THE MOST HIGH AND MIGHTY PRINCE JAMES, BY THE GRACE OF GOD KING OF GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND IRELAND, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, &C.,/P The Translators of the Bible wish Grace, Mercy and Peace, through JESUS CHRIST, our Lord.

G REAT and manifold were the blessings, most dread Sovereign, which Almighty God, the Father of all mercies, bestowed upon us the people of England, when first he sent Your Majesty's Royal Person to rule and reign over us. For whereas it was the expectation of many, who wished not well unto our Sion, that upon the setting of that bright Occidental Star, Queen Elizabeth of most happy memory, some thick and palpable clouds of darkness would so have overshadowed this Land, that men should have been in doubt which way they were to walk; and that it should hardly be known, who was to direct the unsettled State; the appearance of your Majesty, as the Sun in his strength, instantly dispelled those supposed and surmised mists, and gave unto all that were well affected exceeding cause of comfort; especially when we beheld the Government established in Your Highness, and Your hopeful Seed, by an undoubted Title, and this also accompanied with peace and tranquility at home and abroad. But among all our joys, there was no one that more filled our hearts, than the blessed continuance of the preaching of God's sacred Word among us; which is that inestimable treasure, which excelleth all the riches of the earth; because the fruit thereof extendeth itself, not only to the time spent in this transitory world, but directeth and disposeth men unto that eternal happiness which is above in heaven. Then not to suffer this to fall to the ground, but rather to take it up, and to continue it in that state, wherein the famous Predecessor of Your Highness did leave it: nay, to go forward with the confidence and resolution of a Man in maintaining the truth of Christ, and propagating it far and near, is that which hath so bound and firmly knit the hearts of all Your Majesty's loyal and religious people unto You, that Your very name is precious among them: their eye doth behold You with comfort, and they bless You in their hearts, as that sanctified Person who, under God, is the immediate Author of their true happiness. And this their contentment doth not diminish or decay, but every day increaseth and taketh strength, when they observe, that the zeal of Your Majesty toward the house of God doth not slack or go backward, but is more and more kindled, manifesting itself abroad in the farthest parts of Christendom, by writing in defence of the Truth, (which hath given such a blow unto that man of sin, as will not be healed,) and every day at home, by religious and learned discourse, by frequenting the house of God, by hearing the Word preached, by cherishing the Teachers thereof, by caring for the Church, as a most tender and loving nursing Father. There are infinite arguments of this right Christian and religious affection in Your Majesty; but none is more forcible to declare it to others than the vehement and perpetuated desire of accomplishing and publishing of this work, which now with all humility we present unto Your Majesty. For when Your Highness had once out of deep judgment apprehended how convenient it was, that out of the Original Sacred Tongues, together with comparing of the labours, both in our own, and other foreign Languages, of many worthy men who went before us, there should be one more exact Translation of the holy Scriptures into the English Tongue; Your Majesty did never desist to urge and to excite those to whom it was commended, that the work might be hastened, and that the business might be expedited in so decent a manner, as a matter of such importance might justly require. And now at last, by the mercy of God, and the continuance of our labours, it being brought unto such a conclusion, as that we have great hopes that the Church of England shall reap good fruit thereby; we hold it our duty to offer it to Your Majesty, not only as to our King and Sovereign, but as to the principal Mover and Author of the work: humbly craving of Your most Sacred Majesty, that since things of this quality have ever been subject to the censures of illmeaning and discontented persons, it may receive approbation and patronage from so learned and judicious a Prince as Your Highness is, whose allowance and acceptance of our labours shall more honour and encourage us, than all the calumniations and hard interpretations of other men shall dismay us. So that if, on the one side, we shall be traduced by Popish Persons at home or abroad, who therefore will malign us, because we are poor instruments to make God's holy Truth to be yet more and more known unto the people, whom they desire still to keep in ignorance and darkness; or if, on the other side, we shall be maligned by self-conceited Brethren, who run their own ways, and give liking unto nothing, but what is framed by themselves, and hammered on their anvil; we may rest secure, supported within by truth and innocency of a good conscience, having walked the ways of simplicity and integrity, as before the Lord; and sustained without by the powerful protection of Your Majesty's grace and favour, which will ever give countenance to honest and Christian endeavours against bitter censures and uncharitable imputations. The Lord of heaven and earth bless Your Majesty with many and happy days, that, as his heavenly hand hath enriched Your Highness with many singular and extraordinary graces, so You may be the wonder of the world in this latter age for happiness and true felicity, to the honour of that great GOD, and the good of his Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord and only Saviour.

2. The translators of the KJV took the utmost care to insure that the translation would be in the common language of the people—so that it might be understood by all. The KJV is the easiest, most poetic, most God-honoring rendering of His Word of all the English translations. It has been said that the KJV is written on a fifth grade level of reading comprehension; but in order for newer versions to be sufficiently different, for copyright purposes, their wording has become much more complicated and harder to comprehend. We must ask the question, ‘How many ways can you change the wording of a translation without distorting the underlying truth of God Word?’  Now, I can hear many say, ‘But the KJV is written in archaic language that is now hard to be understood.’ Is God’s Word to be changed because men have corrupted their own language? Do we continue to write more translations  using all the slang terms that are so common today, so that we may understand the Bible? We are told to “hold fast the form of sound words,” and the words used by the translators of the KJV were those of the King’s English—proper words that can easily be understood by all using a dictionary, or by the helps found in many Bibles.

Mark 12:37 David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.

2 Tim 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

3. No other version of the Bible has been used by God in bearing fruit to the glory of Christ as has the KJV. As far as being used in revivals, awakenings, and the sheer number of converts to Christ, no modern translation is even a close second. In mine own experience, in trying different translations, I have never experienced God speaking to me through His Word in anything but the KJV.

Col 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

Isa 55:10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
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So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

One interesting thought, that to me is more than just coincidental, is that the KJV of 1611 is the seventh in the line of English Bibles to be translated, the others being Tyndale’s, Matthew’s, Coverdale’s, the Great Bible, the Geneva Bible, and the Bishop’s Bible.

Psa 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Now, some would differ with me on this subject, and many would say ‘Does it really matter which version I use as long as the message of the Gospel is clearly given?’ Without hesitation, God can use any means He desires to promote the Good News of Christ. He can and does use imperfect men and imperfect Bibles to accomplish His will; but we are talking about the pure source of truth that God uses not only to bring us to Christ, but to cause us to grow by revealing the hidden treasures in His Word. Every word of God is pure; and every jot and tittle is important to God’s truth. The words that God uses from Genesis to Revelation all have connected meanings and give us insights into the truth of the whole Bible message. To substitute these words with other words of even similar meanings—as modern translations must do—is to destroy the correlation of thought in the Bible.

Phil 1:18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

Psa 119:140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

Matt 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass,
one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Isa 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
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For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

It is a fearful thing for men to take upon themselves the work of translating, or even copying God’s Word. Unless God has given that man or group of men a definite call to do such a work, there are grave consequences to be experienced. For those who are caught up in using a false version of the Bible, you will be stagnated in your growth as a believer, because the Holy Spirit only uses “the truth.” I would suggest, if you are not truly growing in Christ, or God is not speaking to you through the version of the Bible you are reading, it may be because you do not have His Word. Maybe you have been tempted to seek an easier to read, more modern translation of the Bible, but you are no longer being taught by the Holy Spirit. I challenge you to return to “the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” Maybe once again “thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it,” and you shall begin to discover the hidden truths of God’s Word.

Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

Jer 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

Isa 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.


 

[1] New Age Bible Versions, Copyright © by G. A. Riplinger, 1993. Published by A. V. Publications.

 

 

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