With the 400th birthday of the KJV in the year of 2011, one must ask why its longevity. Here are several biblical reasons for continuing to use the KJV in English rather than the weak Modern Versions which are built upon the fallible LXX and Vulgate in the OT, and the Gnostic-laced Greek texts of the NT. The Pillar and Ground of the Truth Baptist Church and its New Testament based ministries is committed to the perpetual use of the KJV and its underlying Texts.
I. The Bible authoritatively speaks of the perfect preservation of God’s Words
A. “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever” (Psalm 12:6-7).
B. “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever” (Psalm 119:160).
C. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).
II. The Bible authoritatively says that believers will receive God’s Words by faith.
A. “For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me” (John 17:8).
B. "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God, which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe” (I Thessalonians 2:13; cf.also Acts 2:41; 8:14; 11:1;17:11).
III. The Bible authoritatively says that the Lord’s churches will recognize His Canon and Text of Scripture.
A. “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual” (I Corinthians 2:13).
B. “And when this epistle is read among you ,cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea” (Colossians 4:16).
IV. The Bible authoritatively predicts that unbelievers will tamper with the Words of God.
A. “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish aught from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2).
B. “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction” (II Peter 3:16).
C. “…If any man shall add unto these things…And if man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life” (Revelation 22:).
V. The manifestation of these biblical messages evince in the Received texts and corresponding translations of the Bible.
A. The Hebrew Masoretic Text of the Old Testament contains the jots and tittles as Christ predicted (Mt. 5:18).
B. The Greek text behind the KJV is “the text received by all,” the Textus Receptus.
C. The KJV fits the biblical predictions for translational approach (word for word [Ezra 8:14]) and for biblical text (“Received Text”).
VI. Modern Versions omit about 7% of the TR and diminish all doctrines, including the person and work of Jesus Christ.
A. His Person (cf. omissions in Modern Versions with respect to these verses: John. 1:18; Acts 20:28; I Tim.3:16; I John. 5:7; et al).
B. His Work (cf. omissions with respect to these verses: Mark. 16:9-20; John. 11:53-8:11; Colossians. 1:14; Hebrews. 1:3; et al)
We reject all Modern Versions, such as the ESV, NIV, NAS, RSV, TEV, etc., as inferior to the KJV in accuracy, clarity, and Christology.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished
unto all good works.”
(I Timothy 3:16, 17)