A High View of Scripture

A High View of Scripture

Without question, the maintaining of a high view of scripture, that is a Hill that every Christian should be willing to die on. Not using a perversion of the Word of God is a Hill to die on. Maintaining the integrity and the high standard of the Word of God is a hill to die on. A high view of Scripture is absolutely essential and indispensable to the discerning Christian. This is a Hill we should all not hesitate to die on.

The Authenticity of the Scripture: understanding and acknowledging the Bible’s authenticity. The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is inerrant and infallible. In the Old Testament alone the text claims to be the very words of God over 3,800 times. Contemporary Christianity is inundated with attacks on the inspiration and authenticity of the Bible. So we need to acknowledge the Bible is indeed the pure Word of God, and we need to acknowledge for English speaking people, that the King James version of the Bible has been the gold-standard for centuries.

All Bible versions contradict each other. Which one is right? We need to stand for what is right, we need to stand for the gold-standard, we need to stand for the time tested English version of the Bible, the one that can be trusted and has been trusted for centuries, and that is the King James version of the Bible. If multiple versions are acceptable, confusion will abound! God tells us in His Word, He is not the author of confusion. So one version will be the right one to use for English speaking people and all others would be the incorrect one to use for English speaking people, otherwise there would be, and there currently is, confusion.

The Authority of Scripture – a high view of Scripture also demands submission to an absolute authority. The Bible comes from God Himself. It reflects His perfect truth. It also bears His authority. It should be the final say on our thoughts, our words, our actions, and our practice. We should submit to the Word of God, and we should do this submitting through the power of the Holy Spirit (John 14:15).

Why?

Some ask why we do not use other versions, sometimes this question is asked in a rather condescending way. The answer is quite simple, and the answer for those asking the question should be quite simple for them to realize, but it seems they sometimes choose to ignore the obvious answer as to why many of us believe the King James Bible is the only bible English speaking people should use. Instead they seem to assign a straw man reason or argument as to why we stay with the King James Bible. They may say it is out of ignorance, it is because we are old-fashioned, we are stuck in the past, we are stubborn and unwilling to change.

I recently read a blog post that said my position on the King James Bible is “flawed, inconsistent, and irrational.”[1] This is not how to address a fellow believer; this is not how to try to “win” them over to your point of view. This is a good way to offend that brother or sister in Christ by referring to their conviction on the bible as “flawed, inconsistent, and irrational.” I cannot speak for all that believe in exclusive use of the King James version of the Bible for English speaking people, but for me this statement did not set well. It implicitly is stating that I am irrational, inconsistent and flawed in my thinking on this most important issue.

By doing this it dismisses all the research, all the study, and all the time I have spent in prayer seeking the Lords guidance and wisdom on this subject, and becoming 100% confident I am 100% right with my Lord with this position. My position does “tie itself to a strong argument[2] a strong argument based on much research prayer and study. Documented research, comparative research with real examples of concerns and issues with the newer TR versions readily available for viewing.

It seems to be telling me, you think the Holy Spirit that directed me to this position on the King James Bible is also then “flawed, inconsistent, and irrational” for doing so, and I am here to say my God is not “flawed, inconsistent, and irrational!” This same blog post also made this rather seemingly condescending statement, “please, don’t tell us that “the text is the issue” seemingly implying the text was not the issue, but instead a stubborn attitude about my position was instead the issue. Again I cannot speak for all those that believe the King James is the version of the Bible all English speaking people should be using, but I can state unequivocally that yes sir, the “text is the issue”, the translation of the text is the issue, the trustworthiness of the translation from the text is the issue, the accuracy of the translation from the text is the issue.

I research these new translations, I compare and contrast, I read the introductions, I am aware of what the introduction of the King James says, and I have yet to find, after I put in some effort to study the newer TR translations, one that I feel is as trustworthy as the King James. I do not dismiss them out of hand, I do research on them and when I start discovering errors, questionable translating, odd translating, questionable footnotes that cast doubt on important doctrines, then I have no choice but to dismiss them as an untrustworthy translation and keep using the King James Bible. So this is my reasoning behind using the King James only and believing as I do about God’s word. Reasoning that is based on and does “tie itself to a strong argument.”[3]

Please do not assign reasons as to why I take this position that do not have any basis in fact, please do not make blanket derogatory comments about fellow believers that believe differently than you on this issue, that is not a way to bring unity, but rather a way to cause further division. We should be “Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit”[4] with our words and not causing the opposite. I pray I am not guilty of the same in this article. My thinking and my position is not “flawed, inconsistent, and irrational” it is actually a very consistent, logical, reasoned, well researched, and fully rational position and belief on this subject of Bible versions.

Also I do not have a “preestablished bias” regarding this issue, another example of a blanket suppositional statement about all brothers and sisters in Christ that hold to a position that the King James is the bible English speaking people should be using. My position has nothing to do with “the fear of man” and has everything to do with the fear of God. This article I read seemed to be full of a lot of assumptions: assuming of motives, assuming of reasons, assuming of beliefs. My belief is based on concrete black and white factual research, along with the most important reason to base any belief on and that is God and His Holy and precious word.

I’ve come to the realization that the vast majority of those who say that the text is really the issue, don’t actually believe that the text is really the issue.  They may not have the disposition of Steven Anderson, but they certainly hold to the same theological position.” – This statement was over the top. Just because I do not share your opinion or belief on Bible versions does not mean I am like Steven Anderson. Why turn to insults in support of your position or in your arguing against another’s position, it is never right to insult or derogatorily refer to other Christians in such a meritless way. This is another example of a blanket suppositional statement, that are unfortunately prevalent in that blog post.

Unity

Sometimes harsh words, unnecessary breaking of fellowship and name-calling occurs amongst believers. When this happens, we should all seek to reconcile to each other through the love of Christ and for the “furtherance of the gospel.” Put away the pride that could hinder this process. We are to be humble servants of our King, not prideful name-callers and promoters of self.

Ephesians 4:1-6 “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

What Should Our Unity Be Based On?

All true believers have a common life mission. There may be differing gifts, personalities, approaches to ministry, education levels, or schools of thought, among Bible-believing Christians. We can all “do church” a little different and still be true to the fundamentals of the faith. Some have more formal services, some have more relaxed services, there are many varying preferences concerning one thing or the other, but we all, if we are true Biblicists should be able to unite around the scriptures and the fundamental beliefs we all share based on the Scriptures. Methodologies may differ, but theology should be right by the Scriptures.

Separation is Also Needed

The principle of separation can be often misunderstood and misapplied, when this happens the results are unnecessary divisions and tensions. Many things have happened over the years in the name of separation that should not have happened; such as, name calling, slandering, divisive words and posts, meritless based assumptions and accusations, mean-spirited words, have all happened in the name of taking a stand or in the name of truth, or in the name of separation.

A lot of well-known names can be included in the list of guilty parties to these unnecessary stands, name callings, slanders, and the resultant fragmentation that occurred. But the principle of separation is also biblical and still needed.

What are some wrong reasons for separation?

  • Personal disagreements
  • With the caveat that they are sound on biblical principles – disagreement on colleges, mission boards, conferences, methodology, etc.
  • Differing degree and application of biblical based standards and rules of ministry
  • Differences in preferences and style

When are some right reasons for separation?

  • It would be right to separate from non-believers
  • Not to separate from fellow believers would be wrong when they are violating the clear and easily distinguished biblical principles, even if the violation seems minor.
  • Liberal and unscriptural stands on music, and the Bible would be right reasons for separation.
  • It would be right to separate from fellow believers when unbiblical and antibiblical teaching and preaching is occurring on their part, it also does not matter how minor this may appear, if it is going against the Bible, that automatically makes it a major difference and clear reason for separation. I have seen this play out in my own life; it is very sad when it happens.

We should not accept new trends (or old traditions) without first testing them to make sure that they meet with God’s approval. If these trends or traditions fail the test, we should quickly discard them and then warn others also of them. But if they passed the test of Scripture, we can embrace them and endorse them wholeheartedly. (I Thessalonians 5:21-22Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.)

Rebuke When Necessary

Though we must remember compassion when exercising separation, we need to separate when the clear teaching of the Scriptures compels us to. Sometimes rebuke is a necessary element of that separation, and if not given along with the separation we would be failing in our biblical responsibilities as Christians.  (I Timothy 5:20 – Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.) If we fail to rebuke sin publicly when the situation calls for it, we are then sinning ourselves, by violating a clear command of Scripture.

[1] (Are We Ready – A Question for Those who Love the KJV, 2019)

[2] (Are We Ready – A Question for Those who Love the KJV, 2019)

[3] (Are We Ready – A Question for Those who Love the KJV, 2019)

[4] Ephesians 4:3

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