The Answer: A.V. translators & inspiration.

The Answer:  No. But Biblically that does not mean that they could not have been inspired.

The Explanation:

The men on the translation committee of the King James Bible were, without dispute, the most learned men of their day and vastly qualified for the job which they undertook. They were overall both academically qualified by their cumulative knowledge and spiritually qualified by their exemplary lives.

Among their company were men who, academically, took a month’s vacation and used the time to learn and master an entirely foreign language; wrote a Persian dictionary; invented a specialized mathematical ruler, one was an architect; mastered oriental languages; publicly debated in Greek; tutored Queen Elizabeth in Greek and mathematics; and of one it was said, “Hebrew he had at his fingers end”. Yet head knowledge can be a curse if not tempered by a fervent, pious heart.

In this, the spiritual realm, they were light years ahead of many today who flaunt their education yet fail in any attempt at a practical, personal witness.

This company was blessed with men known for their zeal and tact in debating and converting Romanists to Christ. They spent hours in private and family devotions. Many did the work of evangelism and even that of missionary representatives of later Queen Elizabeth. One, lived to the age of one hundred and three years. In the closing years of his life, after preaching for two full hours he said to his congregation, “I will no longer trespass on your patience” to which the entire congregation cried out with one consent, “For God’s sake go on”. He then continued his exposition of the Word of God at length.

Yet humanity was a universal trait shared among them as is so amply revealed in the Epistle Dedicatory. “So that if, on the one side, we shall be traduced by Popish Persons at home or abroad, who therefore will malign us, because we are poor instruments to make God’s holy Truth to be yet more and more known unto the people, whom they desire still to keep in ignorance and darkness; or if, on the other side, we shall be maligned by self conceited Brethren, who run their own ways, and give liking unto nothing, but what is framed by themselves, and hammered on their anvil;” Yet, in spite of their outstanding character, they never claimed divine inspiration. (A claim which, if they had made, would over joy their detractors as evidence of a prideful spirit.) They never even claimed perfection for their finished work.

Does this mean that, because they did not claim God’s hand in translating the Scripture that He could not be or was not in control of their commission? For the answer we must look to the Bible, our final authority in all matters of faith and practice.

When John the Baptist was accosted by the Levites in John chapter one and asked if he was Elijah (John 1:21) he answered that he was not Elijah. Yet in Matthew chapters 11:7-14 and 17:10-13 Jesus Christ plainly stated that John was Elijah.

Did John the Baptist lie? No. Did Jesus Christ lie? Of course not. The answer is very simply that John was Elijah but he didn’t know it! Thus we see from our Bible example that a man can have God working through him and not know it. Likewise, God could easily have divinely directed the King James translators without their active knowledge.

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


Posted on August 23, 2011, in The Answer and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I will respectfully keep my comment brief. If there was a line that divided heresy from orthodoxy, Dr. Gipp has either crossed it, or he is standing on the line with very little keeping him from falling headlong.

  2. “I don’t want you to rely on ‘he said, she said’ or even unconfirmed history.”

    So why do you keep posting Dr. Gipp’s overwhelmingly bias and thinly researched opinions?

    The only thing these posts seem to be accomplishing is making the KJVO position look ridiculous.

    • In Heather’s defense, she is saying our responses to Dr. Gipp’s theses should not rely on “he said, she said” but truth. We must remember that Dr. Gipp is not the only one who thinks this way, and his book in influencing many people. This blog series over the book can then be used to point out any flaws in logic or any potential mistruths through our use of logic and truth.
      That being said, I agree with you and Pastor Baker that he is making KJVO-ism look silly at best and, also at best, verging on heresy … if he has not yet crossed that line.

  3. Stay encouraged! God is using you in ways you may never know (this side of heaven). I thank God for you! In Christ, Joe.

  4. Even if all the above is true and good, and I won’t argue that, it still leaves the KJV’s biggest weakness. We have several friends, from different churches, who don’t read the Bible at all. Why? Because their churches insist on the King James, but they can’t understand it. So they don’t read it at all.

    It’s much like the major conflict the Catholic church went through a while ago on whether the Mass should be said in Latin or in English. Many Catholics wanted it in English so that they could understand it. Others wanted it in Latin because, well, it was traditional, and it was beautiful, even if they couldn’t understand it.

    I began with the King James, and, yes, I, too had to work a bit at understanding it. But (with some exceptions) I was able to. I didn’t go through any big crisis on changing to other versions – just gradually began to do so, reading several before settling on one I thought did a good job of what the Bible did to begin with – speak to us in today’s language.

    The King James is a classic edition and certainly deserves honor. But several of the versions out there today deserve honor too. And we can understand them.

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