The Stigma Of KJV Only Extremism
Revelation 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:”
Revelation 22:19 “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.”
Hello readers, it’s the end of another week! Where I live, we are drawing closer to “winter solstice” which is the shortest day of our year… well shortest in terms of daylight hours anyway!
Today I want to briefly touch on the stigma of King James Only Extremism. I’ve seen some articles recently about this where fellow Christians? are trying to cast people who cling to the old book as extreme, divisive etc and so on.
But have you actually checked the Bible out? There’s a lot of “extreme” stuff in there if you want to put it that way. When Jesus said he is the way, the truth and the life… that’s pretty extreme. The Jews thought so. They thought him claiming God as his Father was extreme… blasphemy, punishable by death!
And when you think about it, what Jesus said, you can’t deny he made pretty extreme, profoundly dogmatic claims like all the time, such as when he was claiming to be the bread of life, that you had to eat his flesh and drink his blood, that before Abraham was “I am”, that if you don’t believe in him you won’t have eternal life.
If you’re taking such a position against KJV Only Extremism, and trying to pin someone who is faithful to the word of God as extreme, you need to think your position through a bit. Because all of Christianity is extreme if you want to start throwing that tag around which is designed to stigmatize people who simply believe the Bible. But far out, if you really want to talk about extreme… life is extreme. Think about it. Heaven and hell are extremes. Life and death are extremes. Blessing and curse are extremes. Repentance is a pretty extreme event in one’s life. The chastening of God on the wayward child of God is extreme.
What about when Jesus said it’s better to cut your hand off, pluck your eye out than to go into hell fire? Well that is pretty extreme stuff. And when Jesus talked about where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched, maybe read where he was quoting preaching from… it’s found in Isaiah 66.
The truth is, faithful men and women of God are tagged as extreme, they always have been and always will be… but they are called that, when they are holding the faith as they are commanded to do, so it can make you look better and them worse. We are commanded to hold faith, and we do that by holding God’s word. Because faith is believing God’s word. If you change God’s word, you have departed from the faith.
But if we really want to go down the “extreme” path… guess what is really extreme? Adding and taking away from God’s word. That is extreme to think you can mess around with God’s word, revise, edit, correct, modernize, however you want to spin it… that is extreme, and it carries an extreme warning from God in his word. He’s God, does he really struggle to articulate himself. How can he translate you into the kingdom of his dear Son if he can’t translate his word? Is he socially awkward? Is he a dumb idol?
It’s extreme for a lesbian to revise God’s word and for you to read it and then condemn others who hold to a Bible that many people died to give us in our language “Lord, open the king of England’s eyes”, which happens to be the universal language… where has English not reached, where is English not prevalent?
What I would further say also, is that it’s actually not extreme to believe that God has spoken, what God has spoken… but how can you believe that if his word is the truth, ever word of God preserved and pure and holy… how could there be so many different versions of it? What’s extreme is to believe that all these different Bibles can all simultaneously be the truth and speaking the same thing, when they clearly do not, and they clearly do not produce “like precious faith with us” that Peter wrote of in his second epistle. That is unarguable.
When man started messing with the Bibles and making it more “accurate”, man polluted and corrupted it. It went from the Holy Bible… to a Bible, like they call him the Spirit, not the Holy Spirit these days. You know it. Because it’s become an unholy mess. God word never needed revision, it commanded faith. It didn’t need to be changed, we needed to be changed by it.
But look at the legacy of these new Bibles, they’ve accompanied mass departure from the faith, apathy, indifference, spiritual coldness and deadness. And they claim their Bibles are easier to read, if so, why don’t they read them then? The fact is, the KJV flows in such a way it is so easy to memorize and meditate upon. I wouldn’t describe myself as an intellectual or academic giant and I can remember vast amounts of scripture without even having consciously tried to commit them to memory.
And this “easier is better” mentality is not even right to begin with. If something is harder, maybe there is value in that. Every sportsman knows that the harder the journey, the more rewarding it is at the moment of victory. What about cows chewing their cud? It’s an exhaustive intensive process for the cow, but it’s necessary and good for her. A cow that does not chew her cud… there’s something wrong with her.
I don’t mind if you don’t use KJV, and you can use and do whatever you want, I’m standing before God for myself, and you’re going to stand before God for yourself, and I’m not going to tag you as a nonChristian or bad person or whatever… but that said, I’m not going to lay down my King James Bible to make you feel better about the compromises or concessions you’re willing to make yourself. If I know that the King James Bible is the preserved word of God, I am accountable for that. If you’ve been given light, you are accountable for what you did in light of that light, no pun intended. I have no doubt there are great Christians out there who don’t use the KJV, and there are.
I’m not going to spend my life trying to knock them down, I’ve recently been thinking about Moses when he saw the two Hebrews striving with each other and he is like what is going on. And he tried to set them “at one” and then the guy that did the wrong basically said “don’t judge me!” But think about it, they’re both slaves and they’re fighting each other, think about how crazy that is.
But by the way, I can show you abundantly from the Bible that this is an important issue. Genesis 3, the first thing Satan did was cast doubt on God’s word. That’s where sin and all this pain, suffering and death in this world comes from… doubt, disputation, denial, disobedience.
Recently I’ve been thinking again about when David and his men ate the shewbread, and David didn’t have a sword, he needed weapon, he needed something to fight the good fight of faith with. He asked the priest… a good place to start. And Christians should be able to do, for other people looking for some armor, what Ahimelech was able to do for David. Because Ahimelech furnished David with bread and a sword. And my blog is really to that end. But Ahimelech said we’ve got a sword here, all wrapped up back there. It was needing to be rediscovered again! Rediscover the old sword again! Maybe you need to dust off that forgotten sword of victories past.
I’ve always loved this story in 1 Samuel 21, because the priest said to David “there is no other save that here”. I have no other save that here on my blog. I’m not giving you anything other than the Bible. Don’t worry about my opinion, my blog is just a signpost to God’s word. One sword. One Bible. One God. One salvation. One faith.
And the King James is still the old, reliable trusty sword of faith. Behind your “ephod” better be the Bible, the true inspire preserved word of God! And you don’t need a battery of Bibles, replete with all their distrust and disputation and doubt… you just need the one proven Bible. You don’t need a vast array of commentaries, you don’t need Hebrew and Greek to truly ” get it”, how about just take what God has already given us, the Bible that inspired revivals, built nations, founded families, and ignited the fire of faith of men and women of God through time.
The Bible says that David said “There is none like that; give it me”… what a statement! And I’ve heard countless people who don’t use KJV for fear of what others will say, fear of being stigmatized, or because they’ve been so bombarded with anti KJV theory… but they know there is nothing like this book. If you want to quote a verse, quote it from the KJV, because it is majestic, not childish, infantile, watered down words lacking power and authority… as the Bible says “where the word of a king is, there is power”.
And yes, the Bible does divide. Jesus said he came to send division, and this issue is very divisive. The Bible divides us, it divides light from darkness, day from night, truth from lie, good from evil, blessing from curse, heaven from hell. The Bible issue says “who is on the Lord’s side?” Because Moses said that after guess what, the golden calf religious mess. And that day there was a division.
I hope this blog is a help to you. I know that charity is very important, and really the endpoint of every true believer, and so if you aren’t KJV that’s fine, you do you as they say. But to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. It would be sin to me to depart from the King James Bible, so I won’t. If I’m a KJV Only Extremist in your eyes, so be it, but I do care to see you saved and right with God, and I will tell you how, and I do hope to see you in heaven one day. But it is a serious issue, and I will remain serious about it. Thank you and may God bless you.
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Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 32 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)
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