Final Thoughts on the King James Only Position

Updated: May 6

In this episode, Aaron Chan and I, give our last thoughts on the King James Version after our discussion with author Mark Ward on his book titled Authorized: The Use & Misuse of the King James Bible

Based on that discussion, we focus on three problematic realities facing the King James Only position.

1. The King James Only Position has a problem with history.

The historical reality is that Bible believing christians have not held to a King James Only position until relatively recent history.

2. The King James Only Position has a problem with separation.

Here is what we mean when we say "King James Only". King James Only-ism is defined as a person who believes this version is the only acceptable translation for people and that they are willing to separate from those who do not share this belief. 

There are only two biblical reasons for separation:

  1. The brother is unrepentant after the matter of church discipline (1 Corinthians 5, Matthew 18, 2 Thessalonians 3).

  2. The person is a Jesus Christ denying unbeliever (2 John, 3 John, Galatians).

Here is the link referenced in the podcast by Pastor Josh Teis:

Six Degrees of Separation

3. The King James Only Position has a problem with pointing out translation flaws.

One of the common tactics used by King James Only proponents is to point out examples of discrepancies in modern translations. However, many Bible scholars would point out discrepancies of their view of the King James translation. This seems to be an ineffective tool on both sides to prove the point.

The reality is that the King James Version of 1611 has gone through multiple revisions, most recently in 1769. The best solution for some of these challenges would be an updated or revised translation from the received text.

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