I believe the King James Bible (KJB) is the inspired word of God because I believe what the word of God says about itself. Faith is simply believing what God said.
3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (Rom. 4:3-5)
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Rom. 10:17)
We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; (2 Cor. 4:13)
God said that all scripture is given by inspiration of God (2 Tim. 3:16), which means the Bible is the spiritual and living words of God, and He promised to preserve His pure words forever (Ps. 12:6-7; Matt. 24:35; 1 Pet. 1:23-25). Therefore, there must be a perfect and infallible Bible available today. For the English-speaking people, it is the KJB.
God never said that He only inspired His word in the original writings (the context of inspiration in 2 Tim. 3:16 is not the originals) nor that He would only preserve His words in the original languages. He is more than capable of ensuring His word is perfectly translated into another language so that we lose nothing in the translation. There are examples of inspired translations in the Bible (e.g., Acts 22). In this present age in which God has temporarily set Israel aside, does it not make sense that God would preserve His word in the language that the most Gentiles know?
The word of God is a spiritual book that is not discerned by human intelligence. We must have the Spirit of God to understand the spiritual words of God (1 Cor. 2:1-16). The Spirit will not illuminate the understanding of those who do not believe and submit to His word. It is impossible to please God without faith (Heb. 11:6) and whatsoever is not of faith is sin (Rom. 14:23).
There are endless arguments about the detailed and complex issues surrounding the history of the Bible and manuscript evidence, but the bottom line is that we either believe what God said about His word or we do not. I have many books on the Bible issue and I have spent much time researching the matter, but there came a point when I finally realized that I do not need to prove the KJB is the word of God because it proves itself. The KJB is a supernatural book. How can we explain a miracle?
The King James Bible is a Supernatural Book
The KJB proves itself to be the living word of God. Therefore, there is no need to examine its historical roots to determine if that is indeed the case. Studying the history of the Bible is interesting and beneficial but not necessary. If you were going to prove to someone that you are alive, you would not need to teach them the history of your family tree. The fact you are breathing is the greatest evidence that you are alive. The KJB itself is the greatest evidence that it is the inspired word of God. Since the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice, we do not need anything outside of it in order to believe it or understand it.
There is an inseparable bond between the incarnate Word of God and the inspired word of God. One is God manifest in the flesh (1 Tim. 3:16) and the other is God manifest in a Book (2 Tim. 3:16). That is why many of the same titles and attributes are given to both (e.g., the word of life). Therefore, to attack one is to attack the other and to exalt one is to exalt the other. We have a supernatural Savior. For example, He was supernatural in His conception, life, death, resurrection, and ascension. We also have a supernatural Bible. For example, it is supernatural in its inspiration, preservation, and illumination. Yet, many who claim to believe in a supernatural Savior deny that we have supernatural scripture. They mock us for believing we have a perfect Bible given by inspiration of God and yet they claim to believe in the virgin birth, sinless life, miraculous ministry, vicarious death for all sinners, His bodily resurrection, and ascension back to heaven.
One of the common attacks against the KJB is the personal and doctrinal flaws of the king that authorized its translation and of the translators themselves. They claim the KJB is just an archaic 17th century Anglican translation. After all, how could imperfect men produce a perfect Bible? The answer is that they did not, God did, and He did it through them. What about the original writings? For example, did Moses and Paul have any flaws? Of course, but God used them to give us His words. Many of the personal attacks on King James are baseless slander but even if it were all true his personal character has nothing to do with the perfection of the Bible he authorized. The translators were brilliant men, but I do not give them the credit for producing a translation that is clearly above and beyond their capability. All glory to God for the KJB! The translators were not inspired in the same manner as the writers of scripture. The Bible is complete and there is no more new revelation being given. However, they were led of the Spirit and inspired in the sense of the only other time the word “inspiration” is used in the Bible (Job 32:8).
The unbelieving Jews attacked Christ by pointing out His humble family (Mk. 6:1-6). How could the Son of God be the son of a carpenter and have brothers and sisters? They stumbled over His humanity. He was not the Son of Joseph but the Son of God because He was born of a virgin. Christ was “made of a woman” (Gal. 4:4) in the “likeness of sinful flesh” (Rom. 8:3) but He was the sinless Son of God. Consider the lives of those listed in the genealogy of Christ (Matt. 1 and Lk. 3) and see if you can find any flaws. He was of the seed of Abraham who was a liar. He came through the tribe of Judah. Read about Judah and Tamar in Genesis 38. She was his daughter in law who disguised herself as a harlot to conceive seed of him because her husband died before she had children. Christ was of the seed of David and yet David committed adultery and murder. What about Solomon and all of his pagan wives and concubines? Even Rahab the harlot is listed in His genealogy. Yet, He is the sinless Son of God untainted by a corrupt family tree and the KJB is pure Bible untainted by the men God used to translate and publish it.
The King James Bible Exalts Christ
All three members of the Godhead are equally God, but it is clear in the scriptures that Christ was sent to glorify the Father and the Spirit was sent to glorify the Son (Jn. 7:14-18; 16:12-15). The Holy Spirit, who inspired the scripture, glorifies the Son of God who is central in all the scripture (Jn. 5:39; 15:26). Therefore, we know that any “Bible” that denies the deity of Christ or diminishes Him in any way is not of God.
The KJB honors and glorifies the Son of God more than all of the modern English translations. All of the modern versions attack the person and work of Christ to some extent. For example, they all omit the “blood” of Christ in a great verse on redemption (Col. 1:14). Those who use the modern versions would say, “But they don’t do that in every passage.” Why would it be right or acceptable to do it even once? The Bible warns that a little leaven leavens the whole lump (1 Cor. 5:9; Gal. 5:6). Some versions are worse than others, but just one error is serious. What if Christ had sinned just one time? This issue alone ought to be sufficient for any sincere Christian to reject the modern versions, not to mention issues concerning the corrupt men, manuscripts, and methods behind them.
The King James Bible is Perfect
The KJB has proven itself for over four hundred years to be without error. All of the attacks on it have been answered. For example, the word “Easter” in Acts 12:4 is the correct translation and the KJB is the only English Bible that gets it right. The problem is not with the KJB but in the hearts of those who attack it. Their root problem is pride. They do not want to submit to the Bible as their authority, so they try to find fault with it. Those who do not believe the KJB do not believe any Bible is perfect.
The King James Bible Provides the Key to Bible Study
The KJB is the only English Bible that gives us the key to Bible study (2 Tim. 2:15). The New King James Version changes “Study” and the rest of the new versions change “rightly dividing.” The KJB is a book that must be rightly divided to be understood. The KJB translators were not dispensationalists and yet the KJB is a dispensational book. The new versions hinder the right division of the scriptures. For example, there is a dispensational difference between how a man is justified in the present age of grace and the future tribulation period. You will only come to understand this vital truth when you rightly divide Paul’s teaching on justification by “the faith of Christ” (Rom. 3:22, 28) with James’ teaching on justification by a man’s faith (Jam. 2:24). The KJB is the only English Bible that says, “the faith of Christ.”
The King James Bible is Powerful and Fruitful
We must have inspired scripture to grow spiritually (2 Tim. 3:16-17) and war a good warfare (Eph. 6:17). God uses the KJB in a great way in the hearts and lives of those who believe it (1 Thess. 2:13). The fruit of the KJB speaks for itself. It has produced strong Christians and churches. The modern versions are associated with liberalism and apostasy.
The King James Bible is Received by the Common People
Just as they did with the teaching of Jesus Christ, the common people hear the KJB gladly (Mk. 12:37). Yet, a common criticism of the KJB concerns its Elizabethan English. Of course, no one criticizes Shakespeare for the same reason. That it is the superior form of English to translate the Bible into has been demonstrated in other studies. Words like “thee” and “ye” and endings like “eth” actually help us in Bible study. It is true that there are words in the KJB that are not commonly used today, but every word in the KJB can be understood by studying how the words are used in context and by comparing scripture with scripture. The KJB has a built-in dictionary. For example, by comparing Matthew 13:20 with Mark 4:16 we learn that the word “anon” means immediately. Bible-believers with no formal training can understand the KJB. In spite of all of the marketing that promotes the new versions, the KJB remains the best-selling English Bible. It is the most read, memorized, and quoted Bible of all time. The KJB has no copyright and is clearly the peoples’ Bible. Just as they did with the teaching of Jesus Christ, it is the self-righteous religious leaders who reject the KJB (Jn. 8:43-47).
The King James Bible is the Most Hated Book
While the KJB is the most beloved Book in the world, it is also the most hated. That is more evidence that the KJB is the word of God because we would expect Satan and those he has deceived to attack the pure word of God (Gen. 3:1; 2 Cor. 2:17).
Are We Heretics?
To believe that the KJB is the inspired word of God is considered heresy by certain religious leaders. That should not bother us because being accused of heresy by religious people puts us in good company.
But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: (Acts 24:14)
The first mention of “heresy” in the Bible is very instructive. For example:
- It is a word that religious people love to use against those who do not follow their religious traditions. They think that we are pestilent fellows (Acts 24:5) because we judge their traditions and false teachings in light of the scriptures.
- The apostle Paul worshipped God in a way that was called heresy by the Christ-rejecting Jews that exalted their traditions above the word of God. Real Bible-believers are independent and non-conformists. If you want us to believe and follow something, show it to us in the word of God. We seek to prove all things by the word of God (1 Thess. 5:21).
- Being a genuine Bible-believer will make you a heretic in the eyes of religious people. Paul did not have the original writings, but he believed all that was written in the copies of scripture that he had access to.
Fundamentalist or Bible-Believer?
There is a difference between being a fundamentalist and a Bible-believer. Fundamentalists stand on what they consider to be the major doctrines (fundamentals) of the faith, but Bible-believers stand on the very words of God. Many fundamentalist preachers and teachers do not believe the KJB. Others use it exclusively because they think it is the best translation, but they do not submit to it as their final authority.
The typical fundamentalist view of the Bible:
- It was inspired in the original writings.
- It was preserved in the original languages of Hebrew and Greek.
- The KJB is a good translation but it is not the inspired word of God.
For example, consider this statement from a leading fundamentalist college:
We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired and infallible, authoritative Word of God and that God gave the words of Scripture by inspiration without error in the original autographs. God promises that He will preserve His Word; Jesus said, “My words shall not pass away” (Matt. 24:35). We believe that God has kept that promise by preserving His infallible Word in the traditional Hebrew and Greek manuscripts and that the Authorized Version (KJV) is an accurate English translation of the preserved Word of God.
This view is not based on what the word of God says about itself. The reason that it so commonly accepted is that most fundamentalist are parrots who repeat one another instead of being Bereans who personally search the scriptures (Acts 17:11). What they believe about inspiration, preservation, and translation of the scripture is based on what men have taught them instead of what the Bible says. What good are original writings that no one possesses? What good is it to preserve scripture only in languages that most people cannot understand?
Be a Bible-Believer
If you are not a Bible believer, you will look to fallible men as your authority and that is exactly what ambitious and self-promoting scholars want. They would have you believe that that you must listen to their dry lectures and read their boring books to know what the Bible really says and means. As a Bible-believing pastor it is my sincere desire that those whom God allows me to influence will believe the Bible and learn to study it for themselves. I point people to God and His word (1 Cor. 2:5). I do not seek dominion over any one’s faith and only want to be a helper of their joy (2 Cor. 1:24).
Do you follow Christ or Satan in how you approach the scriptures? Satan casts doubt on the word of God and tampers with it (Gen. 3:1-5; Matt. 4:1-11). In His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ always honored the copies of scripture available to the people as being the word of God (e.g., Jn. 5:39).
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. (Ps. 138:2)
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: (2 Thess. 3:1)
Do you really think that the Lord will rebuke you at the Judgment Seat of Christ for believing the Bible too much?