This article, sent to me today by my friend Dr. Tom Cucuzza, is used with his permission. It is an important treatise on reasons why he, I and others write and teach using passages from the King James Bible. While I understand some scholars use other versions of the Bible, this article outlines doctrinal and common sense reasons why the KJV Bible is Tom’s and my choice for teaching. I also find that modern “translations” of the Bible tend to favor and encourage Calvinism and the Lordship “Salvationist” teaching
On this Blog, we have written articles exposing errors in various Bibles but Tom’s thoughts here are well reasoned and much more comprehensive. We will appreciate your comments. Jack
Why I Use the King James Version
Dr. Thomas M. Cucuzza
Note: Several of the following points are based on the article A Creationist’s Defense of the King James Version by Dr. Henry Morris. Also, the following article is not an exhaustive study but merely study notes used for preaching a message.
The KJV was first printed in 1611 and for almost 400 years it stood without a competitor. It was seen and accepted by people all over the world, including the best Bible Scholars of the day, as the Word of God. But since 1900 we have had well over a hundred or more new English translations of the Bible. This fact of so many new Bibles and the reason for them all has to be questioned by anyone who seriously loves the verbally inspired Word of God. Each new Bible promises that it is the best, most accurate, and easily understood. If each one that has come out over the past 30 years is the best and most accurate, then what does it say for the last “best and most accurate” that the newest one replaces?
1. I use the KJV because of its proven track record. It is still quoted more than any other.
For 400 years the King James has been used for great revivals, great churches have been built, hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, have been won to Christ while using the KJV. People use other Bibles today and think it is impressive that their Bible has been used for 20 years, etc. But think of 400 years! Why would the Lord use it so mightily if there was something wrong with it?
2. I use the KJV because it is, as much as possible, a literal, word for word translation.
Whatever Bible you use, you should want one that is as much as possible a word for word translation of the original. While the KJV is not perfect, it IS word for word. The NIV IS NOT WORD FOR WORD, but a free translation.
Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Inspiration: Without impairing the intelligence, individuality, literary style, or personal feelings of the human authors, God supernaturally directed the writing of Scripture so that they recorded in perfect accuracy His comprehensive and infallible revelation to man. If God Himself had done the writing, the written Word would be no more accurate and authoritative than it is. New Scofield Reference Bible
3. I use the KJV because people need a standard Bible they can be sure they can trust. We are dealing with the Word of God. The KJV has proven more than trustworthy.
4. I use the KJV because words that are not there in the original are italicized in the KJV.
The NIV adds many words and doesn’t say one word about it. In other words, you often are not even reading the actual Word of God, but added words that have no Biblical basis whatsoever, but were simply added to make the reading easier.
5. I use the KJV because it is based on the textus receptus, and not the vaticanus or sinaiticus/eclectic text. While 30 years ago those promoting the new Bibles said that the base text they were using for translation was superior, this is in serious doubt today. As a matter of fact, the sinaiticus and vaticanus are often in disagreement with each other! Westcott & Hort were not sound in theology. This is a matter of record.
The only major new Bible that has its New Testament based on the Textus Receptus is the New King James Version.
6. I use the KJV because it is easier to memorize than the modern translations. The flow of the language lends itself to memorizing. Along with that, what Bible do you decide to memorize when ‘scholars’ can’t agree on what the text says?
7. I use the KJV because so many Bibles produce tremendous confusion. You can’t follow along. What could be a greater ploy of Satan than to cast doubt on the most fundamental possession we have, the very Word of God?
8. I use the KJV because it is translated true to the great doctrines of the Bible. You want translators who are spiritual men who know the Word and have the highest respect for it. Their doctrinal positions will show up in the translating. We need to be honest about this and not be naive! What a man believes will come out in how he translates it. Let’s look at some examples:
a. the virgin birth and the deity of Christ. Ex. Matthew 1:23
Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
The word here ‘virgin’ in v.23 is parthenos, always translated in the New Testament as ‘virgin’, never as young woman. Not only that, the Septuagint, which is a Greek translation of the Old Testament written some 200 years before Christ, uses the word ‘parthenos‘ in translating Isaiah 7:14.
Isaiah 7:14 Compare this with the ASV, based on Westcott and Hort, which says “young woman”. Even the NRSV says this. The virgin birth is a fundamental truth.
KJV: 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
NIV: 1 Tim. 3:16 Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.
Who is the “He” in v.16?
KJV: Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
NIV: Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
There is a big difference between everlasting and ancient times.
KJV: John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
NIV: John 6:47 I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.
Believes what? Believes in simply God? Believes in creation? The NIV and related Bibles are confusing.
NASB: John 6:47 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.
KJV: Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
NIV: There is nothing there! This is common in the NIV because the Westcott Hort text is missing whole verses at times. Yet this verse is vital to the passage.
b. eternal security.
KJV: 2 Timothy 2:11-13 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
NIV: 2 Tim. 2:11-13 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
These passages are just a sample.
9. I use the KJV because of the way the KJV deals with the unfortunate reality of sin in the life of the Christian.
KJV: 1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
NIV: 1 John 3:9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.
NASB: 1 John 3:9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
The NIV says we will not continue to sin. But this is a contradiction to 1 John 1:5-9 and 2:1. The NSAB says “practice”, but this is a contradiction to Romans 7:19 where it says that we DO still practice sin as believers.
KJV: 1 John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
It is clear that the text is saying that when one does what is wrong, or hates his brother, this sort of behavior does not have its source in God. But look at the way the NIV interprets it:
NIV: 1 John 3:10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.
If this is true then none of us are children of God!!!!!!!!!!!
10. I use the KJV because of the vast treasures of study aids available to the user of the KJV. The commentaries of all the great Bible teachers and preachers are based on the KJV. This is a tremendous advantage. The most valuable and classic of all the study tools for the Bible are based on the KJV. Ex. Strong’s Concordance and Lexicon. Ex. Vine’s Expository Dictionary Ex. Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. You do not have to swap words or figure out what corresponds to what.
The old scholarship is for the most part better and more doctrinally sound than the new scholarship. They had a keen sense of separation and fundamentalism, contrasted to neoevangelicalism. Some may say, “You’re just old fashioned and prejudice.” No, I dare you to compare. Most of what is offered up today is Biblically “anemic” and “spiritual fast food”. They seldom focus on purity of life and speak out about separation.
11. The KJV is royalty free. It is free to used as much as you want without cost. The modern translations charge you if you want to use their translation to any large extent, even if you own one of their Bibles. If these people care as much as they say, then why don’t they let you use their Bibles for free? After all, it is suppose to be GOD’S WORD, isn’t it?
I believe these are good reasons to use the KJV. No, it isn’t the easiest to read, but what you read will not lead you astray, and you can be sure that you can trust it.
Dr. Thomas M. Cucuzza
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