Does no one in the KJV Only camp fear God? These men are our brothers in Christ just as much as Paul and Peter are! What does God say to us about slandering our brothers?
Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the Law and judges it. And if you judge the Law, you are not a practitioner of the Law, but a judge of it. ~ James 4:11 (see bottom of page for commentary)
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. ~Revelation 21:8
Yes, we are to expose false teachers and teachings and anything that harms the Christian faith but we should tremble when it comes to believing lies as truth! We are too ready to take at face value what someone teaches because they have a higher theological education than we do. We must do the research and that may require listening to those who make us uncomfortable in our own beliefs. Let us be mindful that we will answer to God for all of our actions and beliefs.
Let me lay down a simple example of believing a lie as truth: Many call on Charles Haddon Spurgeon to ease their conscience about celebrating the Christ Mass because they see this great preacher’s many sermons on the subject at that time of year. He did not renounce it until later in his life and he never preached another Christ Mass sermon after that. So, the truth in the end was that Spurgeon despised that popish and pagan so-called holy day. We cannot judge a man on his earlier beliefs but on his latter years’ beliefs.
To call Westcott and Hort heretics is absurd but to believe it for the sake of preserving the lie that the KJV is the only inspired/ preserved Word of God as the KJV onlyists do is as idolatry.
Okay, this isn’t exactly a news flash. But Westcott and Hort, the respected scholars who published the first major critical edition of the Greek Text of the modern era (in 1881), are the innocent victims of a mind blowing smear campaign. King James Version Onlyism has charged them with all sorts of unbelievable heresies, chief of which is the belief that their text is better than the Textus Receptus, which underlies the KJV.
Westcott and Hort both stood against liberalism in their day, to one degree or another; Westcott particularly authoring excellent, conservative commentaries. Never mind these facts, KJV Onlyists scoured through post-humously published journals and letters, and scanned through the dozens of other published books by these scholars and came up with some gems…
The whole article is a good and brief read so please click the link and read the rest of it (and the comment line, too).
The only thing worse than believing lies as truth is to believe those lies despite the truth to the contrary.
- Matthew Henry’s Commentary on James 4:11 – Our lips must be governed by the law of kindness, as well as truth and justice. Christians are brethren. And to break God’s commands, is to speak evil of them, and to judge them, as if they laid too great a restraint upon us. We have the law of God, which is a rule to all; let us not presume to set up our own notions and opinions as a rule to those about us, and let us be careful that we be not condemned of the Lord…He that does not the good he knows should be done, as well as he who does the evil he knows should not be done, will be condemned. Oh that we were as careful not to omit prayer, and not to neglect to meditate and examine our consciences, as we are not to commit gross outward vices against light!
Just a thought: If someone has to tear down a person’s character to advance their agenda shouldn’t we double up on the research before taking it at “face value” what is said? Shouldn’t we disregard the man who speaks evil of another despite all of his education in theology? An old saying goes like this: The worst of men must cut down to size their opponent in order to lift up themselves before him and others. In other words, when one wants to pass off their lies as the truth in order to give their agenda credibility they must trash the one(s) that can expose their lies. A pre-emptive strike, so to speak, against the integrity of those these liars despise.