|King James Bible||God's Preserved Word||The Authorized King James Version is an English translation of the Christian Holy Bible begun in 1604 and completed in 1611 by the Church of England. Printed by the King's Printer, Robert Barker, the first edition included schedules unique to the Church of England; for example, a lectionary for morning and evening prayer. This was the third such official translation into English; the first having been the Great Bible commissioned by the Church of England in the reign of King Henry VIII, and the second having been the Bishop's Bible of 1568. In January 1604, King James I of England convened the Hampton Court Conference where a new English version was conceived in response to the perceived problems of the earlier translations as detected by the Puritans, a faction within the Church of England.|
|Preeminence of Christ||John A. Ricci and Louis E. DeBoer||One of us once had a conversation with a Christian brother who used a modern Bible and was trying to witness to a Catholic woman at his workplace. He attempted to point out some of the errors of the Roman Catholic religion, based on the authority of the Bible. In response, his Catholic coworker replied that since there are so many Bibles that all read different, she couldn’t trust them, and that she had one pope as her final authority. Our Christian brother with his modern Bible was unsure how to answer her statement, for unfortunately, he did not have one book he could trust as his absolute, highest authority. He only had a version he had personally selected from all the different versions she mentioned. Dear reader, this is the predicament in which we will find ourselves when our attention is divided among a dozen different translations and an obscure pile of Greek manuscripts. Modern scholars and the preachers who follow them would have us believe that, out of this hopeless mess, we must try to determine what the Word of God is.
2 Cor 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us…
As Christians we are called to bear witness to the saving Gospel of Christ. We are to proclaim the lost condition of unbelieving men, eternal judgment in the lake of fire for the lost, the atoning work of Christ on the Cross providing forgiveness of sins, His resurrection, the saving grace of God through faith alone in Christ alone, and the Second Coming of Christ to establish His Kingdom. We are to go to a lost and dying world with these great truths. When we witness to sinners, they want to know on what authority we make these claims for Christ. “Well, on the authority of the Bible, of course!” we would respond. Yet our informed agnostic, atheist, Hindu, Muslim, ritualist, and infidel can reply to us, “Which Bible? They are all different. They all contradict. Therefore none of them can be trustworthy!” This flood of conflicting versions gives the unbelieving skeptic plenty of ammunition for his arrogant boast that the Bible is full of contradictions. They can now tell us that there is no Final Authority that speaks for God on earth. Is there a pure Bible that speaks for God to which we can appeal as the Final Authority? We believe there is only one English Bible today that speaks with final authority from God, and we believe we can know for certain which one by examining the evidence. This book is about the inspiration and preservation of the Word of God. We are certain that the Word of God for the English-speaking world is found today in only one book, the King James Bible. This Bible was given to the world in 1611 and is based on the purest line of Greek manuscripts. In our day there are many new translations and modern versions that claim to be Bibles. All modern New Testaments are based on a handful of notoriously corrupt manuscripts, riddled with omissions of words, verses, and entire passages of Scripture. These changes of the text consistently undermine the deity and atoning work of our Lord Jesus Christ. With all these corruptions, these modern versions cannot be the words that God promised to preserve. Their corruptions prove they have no claim to authority for the Christian. The KJB alone speaks with final authority because only the KJB and its Greek text contain all the words of God and never low-rate the Lord Jesus Christ’s person and work.