The Answer: great men. Bible versions.

The Answer:  Yes, but they are all in subjection to the perfect Bible.

The Explanation:

There are preachers who are considered “great” by many who either openly or covertly disdain the concept of the Bible being perfect. They correct it with regularity and openly attack those who claim to accept it as infallible.

There are also many Christian colleges and universities where a student is shown “mistakes” in the King James Bible. The obvious question is: “How can these great men and institutions be wrong and still have God bless them”? The answer is found in the Bible, our final authority in all matters of faith and practice.

As we turn to II Kings 17 we find Israel in a sad state. They have been conquered by Assyria and the Israelites were carried away captive, II Kings 17:23. The king of Assyria then planted heathen foreigners in the land of Israel, II Kings 17:24. These people did not fear God so He sent lions among them to kill them, verse 25, causing them to cry out for Jewish priests to be sent to teach them how to worship “the God of the land”, II Kings 17:26-28. The result is found in verses 32 and 41. The Bible says that, “They feared the LORD, and served their own gods”.

This same thing is true among our fundamental preachers and colleges. Many fundamental preachers really do not believe that the Bible is infallible, but they dare not admit it. So they “fear the LORD,”  ie, they stand in the pulpit, hold the Bible in the air and declare, “This Book is the absolute word of God without a mixture of error”. Then, out of the pulpit they “serve their own gods” in that they privately point to what they consider mistakes in the Bible and ridicule anyone who really believes what they had just said in the pulpit. This may seem hypocritical. It is. It may seem two-faced. It is. But rest assured, they would never say that they believe the Bible is perfect while standing in the pulpit if they didn’t “Fear the LORD ” enough to know that they would be ruined if anyone knew what they really believed. In other words, you’ll never hear one of them stand in the pulpit, hold up the Bible and say, “I believe that this Book is poorly translated and full of errors and that there isn’t a perfect version on the face of this earth that you can hold in your hand.” If they ever made such an honest confession they know that they would be “through”. Thus God’s “lions” MAKE them bow their knees to the perfect Bible even if they do it only as lip service.

Likewise, our Christian colleges and universities dare not say, “Come to our school and we will destroy your faith in the perfect Bible and show you that it is filled with errors”. No, to only “serve their own gods” in such a way would bring the “lions” to the campus doors. They “Fear the LORD” enough to advertise themselves as schools who “Stand without apology for the absolute authority of Scripture” or some even go so far as to boast “We use only the King James Bible.”  Then, after the student has been accepted, after the student has committed himself to the school, then and only then, do they begin ever so subtly to destroy their faith in the perfect Bible and show that the “good old King James” is full of errors. But they know, and God knows that they were too scared not to bend their knees to “the God of the land” and His Book, the King James Bible.

©All material is copyright of Dr. Sam Gipp. Used with permission.

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Posted on August 9, 2011, in The Answer and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I hope that I formulate my response correctly, but I’m not entirely sure that I agree with the answer to this particular question. Here’s why: Dr. Gipp kept saying that men who used other versions “served their own gods”. It is almost as if he is implying that the King James Version is God and the other versions are other gods. Actually, I’m not even sure he’s implying that; he pretty much came right out and said it. I like the King James Version, but I’m not sure that I want to put it on a pedestal like that. I’ll save the pedestal for my ESV 🙂

  2. Oh look, Dr. Gipp attacked the straw man he set up in his loaded question … how predictable.

    His diatribe is completely laced with flawed logic. He makes dozens of sweeping generalizations and quotes people who don’t actually exist, using indefinite pronouns like “they” and “many” (a.k.a. more “straw men”).

    The entire thing reads more like a tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracy theory than an intellectually sound argument based on facts and research.

  3. Personally, it greatly offends me. Enough said.

  4. “I believe that this Book is poorly translated and full of errors and that there isn’t a perfect version on the face of this earth that you can hold in your hand.” –Alex Madlinger

    There it is! I said it. 🙂 Although, to be fair, I would never be so pessimistic about it, because I happen to like the KJV.

  5. Let me be clear about my view. I believe in verbal/plenary inspiration. I believe that every word of the original autographs were inspired by the Holy Spirit. I believe that God has miraculously preserved His word. What I don’t believe is that the KJV is the perfectly inspired translation. There is a difference between the inspired Scriptures and the copies of said Scripture.

    Now, I would ask my dear IFB brethren to be cautious when they tag me as a heretic. I believe that we have God’s entire word in our hands or available to us. What I don’t believe is that ANY translation is immutable. The KJV is a translation. If it weren’t, then there would have been no need to consult original texts or older translations.

    The real issue is that when I stand before my congregation do I preach AND believe in an infallible Word? Absolutely! Yes! When I find a word in the KJV that is questionable (such as “spot” in Jude), do I proclaim to the world that the Scriptures are in error? God forbid! I stand as an honest student of the Bible and say it is possible the translators (THE TRANSLATORS) could chosen a better word based on the ORIGINAL. If the translators used “spot” for a Greek word that almost certainly meant “reef,” why am I an infidel for pointing that out? when they use “husk,” why is it wrong to explain that the word doesn’t mean corn husks, but carob pods? Does that make me a sinner? I say “NO!”

  6. danielandtonya

    It looks to us as though KJVonlyism has set up an idol other than Christ and now worships it. Jesus is perfect. A translation is not. We worship God not the book of God. Scripture is a tool (I believe ‘sword’ is the NT analogy) for our task of worship through life.

    God has given you his very son. Why would you then look to a translation from the 1600’s for something more? Did God hold back when he gave Jesus? Did he give us Jesus as a temporary fix until the world could really get God’s perfect revelation in the KJV? Is the perfect truth of the gospel not actually found in a relationship with Christ and in the communion of the saints, but rather in the ink printed in KJV Bibles? The notion of a perfect Bible is idolatry of the most subtle kind.

    We adore the KJV. It is the version we grew up with. It is Scripture. We celebrate its 400 year birthday this year- praise God. But it is a tool for the worship and service of Christ, not Christ himself.

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