The KJV Controversy: The KJV is the Standard God Set Up? (Uh…no…)

Judging the KJV by the KJV Onlyists’ own standard…

The KJV controversy is a massive subject, in which, literally thousands of arguments may be used by advocates of the KJV translation to “prove” their point. D. A. Waite, in his book, Defending The King James Bible (copyright 1992), has at the end of his book (on pages 284-307) a list of “OVER 900 TITLES DEFENDING THE KING JAMES BIBLE” (including a “suggested gift” for each title). The reason this arsenal of “evidence” exists is because, not only are they arguing over the entire text of Scripture, that is, any word(s) or verse that may not have been translated the way they believe they should have been, but they are also contending over several different English translations and different Greek manuscripts. This provides for them an enormous amount of words to contend over. They are among those who are “doting about questions and strifes of words” (1 Timothy 6:4 KJV; NKJV “obsessed with disputes and arguments over words”).

Typically, the KJV is set up as the standard, and therefore, anything that doesn’t line up with the KJV is consequently erroneous. Peter S. Ruckman (Bible Baptist Bookstore, P. O. Box 7135, Pensacola, FL 32514, ph. # 904-477-8812), who is on the far right of this controversy, wrote in his booklet entitled About the “New” King James Bible (copyright 1983, revised 1987),

Now the New “King James” Bible, like every English translation since 1884, had to compare itself with the original Authorized Version of 1611, for this is the STANDARD that God set up whereby to judge all translations. (p. 15, italics and capitals in the original)

Contrary to Ruckman’s claim (which is a lie), God sets up no such standard. Scripture (Hebrews 4:12-13) sets no such standard. Yet, men do (Colossians 2:8), and they judge according to their own measure.

In Matthew 7:1-2 Christ said,

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. (KJV)

Typically, KJV advocates acclaim the original 1611 KJV. And, they impugn all other English translations, including the NKJV. In their rejection of the NKJV, their folly is more easily manifested.

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