The Authorized King James Bible: The Word of God

Psalm 12:6-7 says, “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.” “Then we read in Psalm 100:5 that “. . . . his truth endureth to all generations,” and Jesus said in John 17:17 that God’s WORD is truth.

“These words state very clearly that God’s preserved word MUST be available to us today, because God PROMISED to preserve it for us. There MUST be an infallible Book somewhere.

“You say, “But ALL translations are God’s word, not just one.” That’s impossible, because the various translations contain different readings, and God is not the author of confusion (I Cor. 14:33). Besides, if all of the versions are the word of God, then where are the “corrupt” and “perverted” versions that we are warned about in II Corinthians 2:17 and Jeremiah 23:36? If everyone is innocent, then where are those who are said to be GUILTY of subtracting from and adding to the word of God (Rev. 22:18-19)? God wouldn’t have warned us about Bible perversion if it wasn’t going to be a reality. According to the scriptures, there must be a single Book that is the word of God, and there must be MANY which are involved in CORRUPTING the word of God.

“Now, if the Authorized Version isn’t the infallible word of God, then WHAT IS? There has to be a Book somewhere in “all generations” which is God’s word; so what book is it? Those who “use” the new versions believe that these are good and reliable translations, but they do NOT believe these to be INFALLIBLE translations. However, I know MANY people who believe the King James Bible to be an infallible Book. Why? Because they know that the One True God has ONE TRUE BOOK. He promised to preserve His words, and we believe that He has done just that. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). If His words didn’t pass away, then where are they? I want to read them. There has to be a perfect volume somewhere. I know the King James Bible is the word of God because God promised to preserve His words.”1Melton, James L. “How I Know The King James Bible Is the Word of God.” Av1611.org. Bible Baptist Church, Sharon, TN, 1997. Web.

According to Ellen White, God’s word did not pass away.  In the inspired, mother-of-all companion books to the bible — The Great Controversy, she spoke of the Waldensians as the possessors of untainted truth:

“The Waldenses were among the first of the peoples of Europe to obtain a translation of the Holy Scriptures. Hundreds of years before the Reformation they possessed the Bible in manuscript in their native tongue. They had the truth unadulterated, and this rendered them the special objects of hatred and persecution. They declared the Church of Rome to be the apostate Babylon of the Apocalypse, and at the peril of their lives they stood up to resist her corruptions. While, under the pressure of long-continued persecution, some compromised their faith, little by little yielding its distinctive principles, others held fast the truth. Through ages of darkness and apostasy there were Waldenses who denied the supremacy of Rome, who rejected image worship as idolatry, and who kept the true Sabbath. Under the fiercest tempests of opposition they maintained their faith. Though gashed by the Savoyard spear, and scorched by the Romish fagot, they stood unflinchingly for God’s word and His honor.”2White, Ellen Gould Harmon. The Great Controversy. Boise, ID: Pacific Pub. Association, 1950. 65. Print.

Do prophets endorse everyone that they quote?

Why Did Ellen White Quote From Modern Bible Versions?

It is of great significance that the Lord’s servant exclaimed that the Waldensians possessed the “truth unadulterated” while its contemporary rival was on the scene as well.  The Vulgate is a late fourth-century Latin translation of the Bible that became, during the 16th century, the Catholic Church’s officially promulgated Latin version of the Bible.  The translation was largely the work of St. Jerome, who, in 382 AD, was commissioned by Pope Damasus I to organize the Vetus Latina (“Old Latin”) collection of biblical texts in Latin then in use by the Church.

There is no surprise that the King James Bible is considered “the bible of the reformation”.  The “truth unadulterated” was meted out by God to empower men to reject idolatry, identify the Papal power as the anti-Christ, and lead God’s people to keep the true bible Sabbath even amidst the darkest time of the church’s apostasy.

Furthermore, the King James Bible had not lost its power as it was utilized to give light to the Advent Movement of the mid 19th century.  This revival and reformation has not been matched since apostolic times.

“Of all the great religious movements since the days of the apostles, none have been more free from human imperfection and the wiles of Satan than was that of the autumn of 1844. Even now, after the lapse of nearly half a century, all who shared in that movement and who have stood firm upon the platform of truth, still feel the holy influence of that blessed work, and bear witness that it was of God.” 3White, Ellen Gould Harmon. The Great Controversy. Boise, ID: Pacific Pub. Association, 1950. 401. Print.

The Lord Jesus said that every good tree will bring forth good fruit, and we can know them BY their fruits (Matthew 7:17-20).

Over the past several decades many Christians have parted with the KJV for other modern perversions of scripture.  It is not surprising that Christianity is on the decline globally.  More specifically, Seventh-day Adventists have introduced modern translations in to its publications such as the Sabbath School Lessons, bible studies, and devotionals.  Correspondingly, the church is experiencing substantial growth of a membership base that is not rooted in our historical message.  It can be asserted that the pervading worldliness seen in the church today is the fruit stemming from the distortion of the word of God by way of modern perversions.  The KJV is the only bible that clearly explains the pillars of the faith of Advent movement.

To settle any doubt as to whether the conclusions in this article have any validity, apply the fruit test.   Jesus said, “thy word is truth” (John 17:17) and truth will always prevail.

“When the doctrine we accept kills sin in the heart, purifies the soul from defilement, bears fruit unto holiness, then we may know that it is the truth of God. When benevolence, kindness, tenderheartedness, sympathy is manifested in our lives, when the joy of right-doing is in our hearts, when we exalt Christ and not self, we may know that our faith is after the right order. But when we accept a doctrine that leads us to speak of things savoring of earthliness that leads us to reveal in a conversation that suggests impurity, that manifests itself in harshness and Pharaseeism towards others, in partiality and hypocrisy we may know that our faith is not after God’s order, but after the order of him who delights in evil.”4White, Ellen Gould. “Character Determined by Belief.” 1894. MS 106. N.p.

So how is our faith constructed?  The word of God tells us, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17

The authentic word of God will manifest its intended consequences upon the earnest reader—it will demolish sin at the very core of the heart, empower them to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world, and cause one to bring forth fruits meet for repentance.

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, throughly furnished unto all good works.”  2 Timothy 3:16

It has been shown that the word of God, the King James Bible, has proved its ability to work a reformation in the midst of the reign of a terrible Roman power and usher in a revival as powerful as the Pentecostal experience in the early Advent Movement.   Before the heavenly High Priest finishes His work of atonement and every case is decided, we are promised the coming of another great revival and reformation that will bring in the harvest.  The infallible word of God as in times past will stay true and usher in this revival. “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”  Ecclesiastes 1:9

“Before the final visitation of God’s judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children. At that time many will separate themselves from those churches in which the love of this world has supplanted love for God and His word. Many, both of ministers and people, will gladly accept those great truths which God has caused to be proclaimed at this time to prepare a people for the Lord’s second coming. The enemy of souls desires to hinder this work; and before the time for such a movement shall come, he will endeavor to prevent it by introducing a counterfeit. In those churches which he can bring under his deceptive power he will make it appear that God’s special blessing is poured out; there will be manifest what is thought to be great religious interest. Multitudes will exult that God is working marvelously for them, when the work is that of another spirit. Under a religious guise, Satan will seek to extend his influence over the Christian world.”5White, Ellen Gould Harmon. The Great Controversy. Boise, ID: Pacific Pub. Association, 1950. 464. Print.

For more study on this topic download the e-book The King James and the Modern Bible Versions.

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