Therefore, I do not believe in the premise that the tried and true Authorized King James is somehow outdated and has to be replaced by dozens of new translations.
A standard test, found in the authoritative industry standard Flesch-Kincaid readability scale formulas, determined that the Authorized King James Version reading level to be fifth grade level because it contains mostly one and two-syllabic words making it one of the easiest to read.
In fact, people have been saved by reading it for a long, long time. I know that it contains the Word of life whereby all of us can be saved, live and grow.
If the Bible is only a man-written book, then why does it still exist? Satan has fought endlessly to rid the world of the Bible, yet it still exists today. Everything that man accomplishes eventually falls apart (wonders of the world, educational system, governments, etc.), but the Bible lives on.
God promised to preserve His words (Psalm 12:6-7; Matthew 24:35 KJV). There has to be a preserved copy of God’s pure words somewhere. If it isn’t the KJV, then what is it?
To summarize, here are some of the reasons, although not comprehensive, why I trust the “old, archaic” King James Bible:
1) It was translated by men who are unsurpassed in their knowledge of Biblical studies. The translators were pious men of God who believed in the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures and are based upon the Greek Received Text rather than the critical Greek text of modern versions.
2) The KJV translators believed they were handling the very words of God (I Thessalonians 2:13). Just read the King James Dedicatory and compare it to the prefaces in the modern versions. Immediately, you will see a world of difference in the approach and attitude of the translators. Which group would you pick for translating a book?
3) The KJV translators were honest in their work. When the translators had to add certain words, largely due to idiom changes, they placed the added words in italics so we’d know the difference. This is not the case with many new translations.
4) It is a word for word translation which faithfully and accurately reflects the originals. The language is one of reverence and respect which gives honor to the majesty of its Author.
5) Our spiritual forefathers thought so highly of it that they were willing to suffer and even die for it. It is the version which has been recognized for generations and generations as the Bible God has given to his English-speaking Church.
6) Of all the English versions today, it alone is the Bible of the Reformation.
7) It has no copyright. The text of the KJV may be reproduced by anyone for there is no copyright forbidding its duplication. This is not true with the modern perversions.
8) All new translations compare themselves to the KJV. Isn’t it strange that the new versions never compare themselves to one another? For some strange reason they all line up against one Book – the Authorized KJV. I wonder why? Try Matthew 12:26.
9) The KJV exalts the Lord Jesus Christ. The true scriptures should testify of Jesus Christ (John 5:39). There is no book on this planet which exalts Christ higher than the King James Bible. In numerous places the new versions attack or water down the Deity of Christ, the Blood Atonement, the Resurrection, salvation by grace through faith, and the Second Coming. The true scriptures will TESTIFY of Jesus Christ, not ATTACK Him!
In closing, one can see the reasons why I trust the authorized King James Version of the bible. Perhaps there are many more. For over four hundred years, the King James was read and understood by God’s people from every walk of life and level of education.
Christians in the 1600’s to 1800’s did not speak “Elizabethan English” any more than we do today. How did they manage to understand the KJV? Perhaps the problem is not in the King James Bible at all.
Perhaps the problem is in the readers of today such as those who are not saved. Or those who does not read or study the Bible faithfully. Perhaps the problem is the readers are not obeying what is understood or reading it without faith and without the Author’s assistance.
The question boils down to this – we must decide whether or not we believe God has kept this promise. Did He preserve His Word throughout the generations or did He not?
If God did not preserved His Word, do we believe modern scholars whose predilection to say that we do not have God’s word and one must go the oldest copies of the originals because one cannot rely on the current “copies” of the bible?
The King James Bible is not merely another translation. It has a glorious and unmatched heritage. It came out of the fires of persecution, out of an age of revival and faith, by a peerless process of translation.
Its Hebrew and Greek texts represent the traditional text that has come down to us through the ages. All of this is in contrast to the modern versions.
Let us get reacquainted with the “old, archaic” King James Bible; to fall in love with the beauty of its writing that accurately represents the content of the original languages as mentioned a moment ago and to stand on it.
I believe that having one common Bible, the Authorized King James Version, will bring such unity that God will move mightily in our lives and in our world as He did in the book of Acts; and as He did in many of the great revivals and awakenings of our American history.
I urge all of us to go back to using the beloved Authorized King James Bible. I believe that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will move mightily in our midst as never before. Amen.