The King James Version is the most accurate translation of the Word of God into English ever produced; and, we venture to say, no more accurate English version will ever be produced. Firstly, because there is no need for one. The King James Version, which has served English-speaking Christians so well for over three and a half centuries, is perfectly capable of doing so for the time that is left before the Lord returns. Secondly, because in these days of ecumenism, of widespread blindness and heresy throughout the Protestant institutions, there are few whom the remnant of God's people would be willing to entrust with the task. Thirdly, because even if men could be found, the version they produce would not, now, supersede the King James Version in the hearts and affections of all God's people worldwide. And if it failed to supersede it, we would end up with two versions, causing confusion. This is not the sixteenth century, when one version was succeeding another rapidly–and the people wanted it that way, because they knew it had to be, for the translation of the English Bible was still being perfected. Today, those Christians who use and love the King James Version do not, for the most part, believe that another one is needed. They are perfectly happy with it, knowing that it is the unequalled masterpiece of English versions, upon which the blessing of God has rested for centuries, in the salvation of the lost and the edification of the saved. Once upon a time, English-speaking Christians everywhere used this version, and no other, and the Church was the better for it. Alas, those days have now gone! We have a flood of perverted, corrupt versions in use, and yet look at the state of professing `Christianity'! There can be absolutely no doubt whatsoever that there is a most definite correlation between the flood of false versions, and the widespread doctrinal chaos and ungodliness that everywhere abounds in what goes by the name of `Protestantism' today. At a time of great need, when Popery is slithering in everywhere, when heresies and cults abound, and when the religions of the east are taking root in the west, many Christians are attempting to meet these foes with blunted swords: versions which, although they may contain the Word of God, are not the Word of God in its entirety or in its purity. Oh, let the Christian reader, who uses an impure version, return to the Bible of his spiritual forefathers, the Bible upon which the Lord has placed his blessing as on no other; and let the Christian reader, who has cherished and cleaved to his good old King James Version through thick and thin, be encouraged by what has been written here to go on using it with confidence, knowing that it is the Word of God in English!
Shaun Willcock is a minister of the Gospel. He lives in South Africa and runs Bible Based Ministries. For other pamphlets (which may be downloaded and printed), as well as details about his books, tapes, news articles, etc., please visit the Bible Based Ministries website, or write to the address below. If you would like to be on Bible Based Ministries’ electronic mailing list, please send your details.
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Which Version? Authorised or Revised, by Philip Mauro.
How We Got Our Bible, published by the Trinitarian Bible Society. Article No. 15, pg. 6.
The New King James Bible – New Testament, published by the Trinitarian Bible Society. Article No. 68, pgs. 7,8.
The New King James Bible – New Testament, pg. 8.
The Holy Bible – Revised Authorised Version and New King James Version, published by the Trinitarian Bible Society. Article No. 71, pg. 4.