by Jeremy T.K. Farley
The King James vs. N.I.V. debate is, by now, a generations old debate that has seemed to define the fundamental Baptist movement.
Even with this said, however, as I have visit dozens of “IFB” churches over the past few months, it is alarming to see the number of Christians who have no idea as to why any person should reject the modern versions.
I recently had the opportunity to speak to a struggling church, who was, at the time, unsure of whether or not they should reject the NIV.
The following is a synopsis of my message, “Why Logic Says to Use Only the King James Version.”
1. At the very beginning of my sermon, I held my King James Bible in the air and without saying anything else, I simply asked, “Does everyone in this room believe this book?”
As I fully expected, the crowd in unison let out a hardy “Ahay-men!”
I followed that question up with a second question, pushing even harder, “Does everyone in this room believe this book is the total, complete and perfect Word of God?” Again, “Ahay-men!”
“Does anyone in here not believe this book is the total, complete and perfect Word of God? Speak up, right now, this is your opportunity!” Silence filled the air inside the West Virginia country church.
“Okay, then,” I replied, “well then let’s dive into this book, since you believe it is the perfect Word of God and see what it has to say about itself.”
Below are the points made and the verses to back them up:
1. God has never limited the Gospel to a single language
“Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.” – Acts 2.6
“But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:” – Romans 16.26
To say that it would be impossible to perfectly translate the Word of God into another language is to ignore a multitude of verses which say the contrary.
2. God’s Word is Critically Important
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” – 2 Timothy 3:15
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17
There is no tangible item on the planet, today, that is of more importance than the Word of God.
3. God’s Word has Always Been Under Satanic Assault
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” – Genesis 3.1
Since there is nothing more important than the Word of God, it seems only logical that such an item would constantly be under Satanic attack; which as history has proven, is the case.
From his very first mention in the entire Bible, Satan is casting doubt, questioning and confusing the Word of God, “Yea, hath God said…?”
4. To Attack God’s Word is to Attack God
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1.1
Not very much to expound upon here, to put it simply, God and is Word are inseparable.
5. To Change God’s Word is Unforgivable
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any 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, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” – Revelation 22.18-19
We can debate what it means to have your part removed “out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book,” but I think that we can all agree on the fact, that it’s certainly serious business!
6. The NIV has Removed Several Total Verses From the Word of God
At this point in the message, I reached into my briefcase and pulled out an NIV and handed to one of the deacons, someone who saw nothing wrong in using an NIV and asked him to turn to Mark 9.44 and read the verse aloud for the congregation to hear.
After an awkward thirty seconds or more of waiting for him to find the verse, I said, “Okay, let’s skip that one, go down to verse 46 and read it aloud.”
Again, several awkward seconds passed by, as a restless congregation waited. Finally, the man said, “It’s not in here.”
“Yes! It’s not in there and neither are Matthew 17:21, Matthew 18:11, Matthew 23:14, Mark 7:16, Mark 9:44, Mark 9:46, Mark 11:26, Mark 15:28, Luke 17:36, Luke 23:17, John 5:4, Acts 8:37, Acts 15:34, Acts 24:7, Acts 28:29 and Romans 16:24,” I stated.
From there, I opened the NIV to its cover page and began reading its copyright information:
“The NIV text may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic or audio), up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, providing the verses do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for twenty-five percent (25%) or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted.”
“In Mark 13.10, Jesus orderd, ‘And the gospel must first be published among all nations,’ Does this sound like they are wanting the Word to be published among all nations – limiting it to only 500 verses?”
“By the way,” I added, “The King James Version, is the only version in this room that is in the public domain!”
As the evening wore on, I shared with them countless verses in which the NIV had redacted key phrases such as “through his blood,” or confused Christ and Satan.
I closed by stating, “Each statement I have made here tonight are undeniable facts – visible for any person who should desire to open the books and see for themselves. The question is this, what are you going to do with what I have us given you? ‘Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.’”
by Jeremy T.K. Farley
Article submitted to Independentbaptist.com