At Clementon Bible Baptist Church, we believe the King James version to be the most accurate representation of God’s word today. Despite many arguments amongst scholars, our faith in the word of God is not based on the knowledge of man, but the power of God.
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5
As believers, we know the voice of our God, just like a child knows the voice of his mother or father. When we hear that voice, we know we are hearing God himself. Unfortunately, many of us believers have concluded that other so-called “modern versions” are quite different. When reading those, it’s certainly not the voice of our shepherd.
Many people who don’t believe God’s word will attempt to attack it from many levels. One of those attacks comes in the form of an argument, an argument that claims that we have no way of knowing if we do in fact have access to the true word of God today.
Firstly, one would think that basic common sense could easily refute and toss out such an idea, however, Satan is very cunning and has deceived many people with weak lies and circular logic that causes many to be blinded to the truth.
This is why God promised us from the beginning in many ways that we as believers do not have to worry about whether or not we have his word available to us.
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Matthew 24:35 is a great verse that destroys this false idea in just one sentence. First, we see clearly that Jesus promises that his words shall not pass away. Take notice of his use of “words”, and not just “word” in general. God is being very specific here because he is trying to show you something important.
One of the many arguments we have against modern bible versions is the removal of words, as well as entire verses. We believe that every single word has importance because if they didn’t, God wouldn’t have put them there in the first place. I guess you could say that we believe God got it right the first time, he doesn’t need us going in and “fixing” anything.
Those who are against the King James Bible will say things like “it’s not necessarily the words that matter, as long as the thought was there”. Here is the problem with that argument, I can’t find any verses that talk about God’s “thoughts” not passing away. No, he specifically said, “my words shall not pass away”.
Not only does Jesus say that his words will not pass away, but he says it in the same sentence where he talks about Heaven and earth passing away. That means that at some point in the future, Heaven and earth as we know it today will pass away. Even if you did believe that at some point in the future God’s words will pass away, you simply could not believe that until you first saw Heaven and earth passing away.
Jesus chose to use an extreme example to get his point across. He did that for a reason so that people will finally realize that if you think his words are going to pass away, you have got another thing coming.
There are many who even after reading this verse will refuse to believe, and they will jump onto other types of defenses to push their belief. One of these defenses is blaming things on the interpreters.
“Yeah, I see that it says his words shall not pass away, but you see, we didn’t have the knowledge of language back then that we have today. Clearly it was a mistranslation, right?”
Wrong! The King James Bible is known to be one of the best and most accurate translations amongst historians today. They didn’t employ just a few translators, but entire companies of highly educated men to review tens of thousands of manuscripts and compose a final compilation of God’s word.
King James himself understood just how important of a task this was, to ensure that all in the world would have easy and unfettered access to the word of God, and his legacy still lives on today.