Our Position on the King James Bible
One of the most often asked questions in Churches is, “What Bible do you use?
We answer unapologetically, "the King James Bible." More and more individual Christians and unfortunately Bible-believing churches are forsaking the King James Bible in favor of the more modern translations.
In fact, there exists a huge controversy among Bible-believing, Independent, Baptist Fundamentalists as to whether or not the King James Bible is the Bible to be used in worship and personal study.
A desire exists to forsake the King James Bible (KJB) for the more “modern” translations such as the New American Standard Bible (NASB), the New International Version (NIV), or even the New King James Version (NKJV).
The argument is put forward that the more modern translations are easier to read because the translations update the language and leave out all those "thee’s" and "thou’s."
Another argument tries to say that the new translations are more accurate than the KJB.
Church whole-heartedly disagrees with these and any arguments that claim that these translations are more accurate than the King James Bible.
It is the position of Temple
Church to reject these arguments and these translations, and to confidently say that we use the King James Bible exclusively in all services, ministries, or activities associated with our ministry.
But, why do we use the King James Bible?
Is it because Independent Baptist churches have always used the KJB and we can’t break tradition?
Is it because we have adopted whole-heartedly, or even without knowing, the unbiblical teachings of Peter Ruckman and believe the KJB is advanced revelation?
Or is it because the KJB is the most accurate translation in English because it is from the preserved Hebrew and Greek texts?
It is the latter reason why Temple
Church uses the KJB. It is a conviction.
Before we can accurately state what we believe about the Bible we must first establish some definitions of the terminology that we intend to use. These definitions will aid the reader in a clearer understanding of the position that will be explained.
Inspiration - is that process by which “God breathed” or wrote the books of the Bible by holy men of God, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired. (2 Timothy 3:16, II Peter1:19-21)
Plenary Inspiration - is the view that the entire Bible is inspired.
Verbal Inspiration - is the view that "God-breathed" extends to the choice of the words of Scripture. It asserts that the God-breathed truth was grasped by God-appointed men who were guided by the Holy Spirit in their selection of words.
Preservation - is the view that God will, and has, preserved His Word in pure form, including the most minute details (the jots and titles, the words), and that this would include the whole Scriptures, Old and New Testaments. The biblical doctrine of preservation is verbal, plenary preservation, which is the only reasonable view in light of the Biblical doctrine of the verbal, plenary, inspiration of the Writings.
Inerrancy - is the view that the Bible is without error, that the Bible is correct in every statement it makes.
Infallibility - is the view that the Bible is effective in everything it does. When the Bible is used, it always works. It never fails us. The Bible is incapable of error.
Church-The Holy Scriptures.We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed and, therefore, are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. We believe that every word of the Holy Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired Word of God. We affirm that holy men of God were moved by the Spirit of God to choose and record the exact words in the original writings commonly referred to by the early churches as the Textus Receptus (TR) or the Received Text, and that God through His omnipotent care has preserved His Word to all generations forever (Psalm 12:6-7).
In that God has promised to preserve His Word to all generations forever; and in that the King James Bible of the Bible is the only English translation from the preserved Textus Receptus, in the public ministry and services of this local church we are committed to the use and perpetuation of the King James Bible of the Bible, and believe it to be the preserved Word of God for English speaking people. (Matt. 5:18; Jn. 16:12-17; II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pt. 1:20-21).
AN EXPLANATION OF OUR POSITION
While Temple Baptist Church Baptist holds to the position that the original manuscripts were given by inspiration of God and are, therefore, perfect and inerrant both verbally and plenarily, we do not believe in double inspiration. Preservation of the Inspired manuscripts is the process God used to give to the English speaking World the King James Bible.
Temple Baptist Church believes that the King James Bible is an accurate, reliable, and trustworthy translation of the best manuscripts. Although the italicized words were well done and properly included in the translation in order to help the reading and to aid in the smoothness of the translation from the Biblical languages to English, the italicized words were not in the preserved manuscripts.
The translators used italics in order to make it abundantly clear that these words were not part of the original, and that they had not added them to the original, because they knew well the Biblical statements warning against adding to the words of God. (Proverbs 30:6, Revelation 22:18)
Church does not believe that the King James Bible is superior to, and thus more authoritative than, the original manuscripts. We also do not believe that the King James Bible can be used as a corrector or clarifier of the original Greek or Hebrew manuscripts.
Church believes that the sixty-six books comprising the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God and that the apocryphal books have no place whatsoever in the sacred canon. Note that the apocryphal books were included in the first edition of the King James Bible but were later (and properly) removed.
The King James Bible has undergone several revisions. These were minor revisions consisting mainly of spelling and typographical corrections.
Temple Baptist Church Baptist does not believe that there are “mistakes” in the King James Bible, and does not perform any correcting of the King James Bible.
Church does not believe that the translation of the King James is wrong or that the King James Bible should have been translated differently.
The only English version of the Bible we use is the King James Bible. Temple
Church believes that the King James Bible IS the Bible for the English World.
A POSITION ON THE KJB THAT WE REJECT
Church rejects Ruckmanism. What is Ruckmanism? Peter Ruckman teaches that the King James Bible is superior to any Greek text (including the Textus Receptus), that it corrects the errors in any Greek text, and that it is “advanced revelation.”
Church is a Church that uses the King James Bible by conviction. We cannot see any reason to use another translation in worship or personal study.