Psalm 12:6 – The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Psalm 12:7 – Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
Jeremiah 23:29 – Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
What Bible to use? Why the KJV? This is a big topic, a contentious issue, but it needn’t be, it is very simple, we have a God that makes things simple. The issue is critically important though. 1 Peter 1:23 – Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. In order to hit every angle, it will take a bit of time to cover all the bases. Please note at the outset, I am not saying that only people who use the Authorized King James Bible are saved. God can save anyone anyhow, he knows how to save his own. That is his business. Your salvation is between you and God. You will stand before God, you will give account to him yourself. If you are truly saved though, you will have a hunger for God’s word, you will want to know the truth, you will come to the truth. If you are truly saved, you will hear the voice of your shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will guide you. He will lead you.
Firstly, it is necessary to see that it is Satan’s work to corrupt, pervert, manipulate, twist, wrest the words of God In Genesis 3, Satan deceived Eve through casting doubt on the authority and reliability of the words of God. When Satan tempted Jesus, he used Scripture to do so. Satan endlessly attacks God’s Word. This is because God’s Word is the authority and the basis for faith, and successfully casting doubt, adding and taking away from the words of God is the main way Satan can defeat us. Read 1 Kings 13. It is a warning of a man who had and knew the God of word, but went away from it when someone (who was lying to him) who had some “credentials” said actually God told me something different and he got sucked into believing him and disobeyed God. Satan knows if he can unhook you from God’s work, he is also unhooking you from faith, he wants to muddy that image of Jesus Christ that the word of God portrays.
I am not going to do any side by side comparisons, there are plenty of tools to do your own digging if you really want to find out. If you want to know truth, you will find it, if you do not find it, it’s because you were not truly seeking to begin with.God makes it easy for us to find and know the truth. It is important to get the issue of what Bible sorted. God’s Word is the authority and it is not subject to man. Man wants to make God’s words amenable to him, to reduce the uneasiness when the Spirit of God rebukes, corrects, and convicts us. Man wants to excuse sin, adding and taking away helps man to excuse his sin. It is a deadly sin to add and take away from God’s Word. 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. Deuteronomy 4:2 – Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.
Any Bible that detracts from the Lord Jesus Christ is not guided by the Holy Spirit, but rather by the spirit of antichrist. The Bible tells us to try the spirits… he that is spiritual judgeth all things. We can know whether we have the real, true Word of God or not. New Bibles, aka all Bibles apart from the Authorized King James Version, cast doubt and detract from the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the work of antichrist – 1 John 2. Compare verses and see for yourself. Start at 1 John 5:7 KJV vs others.
The legacy of the Authorized KJV is faith and the demonstration of the power and working of God. God has magnified his Word above his name, his words are pure, his words are preserved. The legacy of other bibles is doubt and endless ambiguity and interpretations.
The Bible says that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. From that verse, we can see that the Word of God and faith are inseperable. 1 John 5:7 leaves us in no doubt that Jesus is God – these three are one. Taking this verse away removes that faith. Our faith is based on his Word, take away the words, take away our faith. As someone standing on the KJV, I can go to 1 John 5:7 and show that the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost are one. Someone with an ESV for example, cannot. The mark of people who use new Bibles is doubt. They are in confusion, the people in the days of the tower of Babel were in confusion. Many different voices, saying different things, scattering the people. New Bibles bring confusion, confusion is a sign of judgement, as at the tower of Babel. Proverbs says that the strange woman’s ways are moveable. The new Bibles are moveable, they are subject to change, revision, editing, adding and taking away. God’s word is the authority over us, we are not the authority over his word. How arrogant are you? Can you say better and more clearly than what God says? Can you communicate yourself better than God? So God doesn’t know what he’s talking about, we’ve got to help him? I will never say, this word could be better rendered as … how audacious can you be? Does God need your help to express himself? The new Bibles come from Mystery Babylon, not New Jerusalem.
Things that are different are not the same. All the different versions do not harmonize, they disagree and contradict. They excuse sin, they cast doubt, they launch the reader into a sea of relativity, now able to be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. Reeds shaken with the wind. If the trumpet gives an uncertain sound who shall prepare himself to the battle? There is one God. There is one truth. There is one word. One Lord. One Master. One gospel. One salvation. One hope. One king. One Spirit.
Another proof lies in the origin. Many people become lost discussing the difficulties and impossibilities of successfully translating from language to language while retaining the same information, but the real issue is… What is being translated? Even so… if God created language, he knows how to translate his words. He will translate us from earth to heaven. If he cannot translate his words, how can we believe anything else? If he cannot translate his words, how can he translate us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light? How big is our God?
Simply put, there are two origins of Bibles, they either come from Antioch, Syria or Alexandria, Egypt. One gives life, one brings death. One is moving water, the other is stagnant. This is what happens when you forsake the fountain of living waters, and hew out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. Jesus says, Fill the waterpots to the brim. God’s words fill our waterpots, Satan’s words are empty. Wells without water, clouds without water. Everytime Alexandria is mentioned in the Bible it is connected with doubt, confusion, disputation and something that will carry a Christian to his death (Paul). Egypt is a type of the world, Pharaoh, a type of Satan, is the ruler of Egypt. Pharaoh doesn’t let the children go. Satan doesn’t open the door of his prisoners. We cannot leave Egypt with an Egyptian Bible. Compare this to Antioch, which is where the first Christians were called. Judge for yourself… and also ask… do I really want to know the truth? If you don’t want to know, you are sunk before you start.
Another proof is that the King James Bible is the only Bible authorized by a king. The Bible says, Where the word of a king is, there is power. The kings heart is in the Lord’s hand. God moved King Cyrus, God moved Nebuchadnezzar, God moved Darius, God moved David. The Bible says the powers that be are ordained of God. God uses authority. God works through authority, not around authority. God is not the author of confusion. Just because you use the KJV and stick to it doesn’t mean you’re part of a cult or in a cult. It just means you hold to and haven’t sold out on God’s word. Just because other people sell out doesn’t mean you have to. Naboth didn’t sell his vineyard and it cost him his life, remember, Ahab and Jezebel want your vineyard… and they’ll be happy to exchange you for it. Many Christians exchange God’s word in for something far inferior. And while it may not be a salvation issue, it is definitely a discipleship issue, and a growing in the faith and usefulness as a servant issue. They accused Jesus and Paul of being in a cult, sect and whatever. It’s not cultish to just stick to God’s word and believe it.
There is much more than could be said, and I will continue to add to this whenever possible. I could write more and more, but ultimately it’s up to you. It’s your decision. It’s not about trying to convince you. I am not trying to persuade you. It’s about providing you with information if you are interested, which I am happy to do. If you mind is made up, if you don’t want to know, whatever the state of your heart, well then that’s up to you. You will stand before God yourself, I am standing before God for myself, not for you. The bottom line is, my faith is built by my KJV Bible. I read it and believe it. My KJV exalts the Lord Jesus Christ. It builds my faith. It builds it greatly. I have 100% unshakeable confidence that I am reading the pure, inspired, preserved words of God. I submit to the word, the word does not submit to me. Can you say the same thing? A Bible that is casting doubt, a Bible that is not dealing in absolutes, a Bible that detracts in any way from the Lord Jesus Christ, a Bible that has ‘grey’ areas… is not building your faith is it? And it is by faith that we are saved. We live by faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. So we see that what Bible you choose is actually a very serious issue. To whom much is given much is required. When we know to do good and do it not, to us it is sin. Get it settled in your heart today.