How The New King James Bible Creates Doubt
When you begin to disciple a new Christian, don't you always tell him that the Bible is God's word and he can trust it above all else? Of course you do.
But if your church is like many others, you may give him a New King James Bible because you think it is easier to read. And in so doing you will plant the seeds of doubt.
In his book, Defending the King James Bible, D.A. Waite explains:
"The diabolical nature of the NEW KING JAMES VERSION shows itself in their printing all the various readings of the Greek text in the footnotes. They print all sides and take their stand in favor of none of them. By so doing, they confuse the readers."
So now this young Christian has to make a decision. You gave him a Bible and said this is God's Word. But that very Bible says God's Word may mean this or it may mean that, he must decide. Waite goes on to explain:
"But the NEW KING JAMES makes note of all the changes so that the new Christian, the young Christian, and all other Christians are supposed to be textual critics on their own, and make up their own mind about the proper Greek text.
The bottom line is this: we need to study the historical evidence, decide which text is exactly God's Word, and stick with it. This is the text we need to provide young Christians. And it would certainly help to get the right one - the Received Text. Any Bible version with alternate readings will make the reader have to decide what God really meant. How can you trust Bible translators who can't make up their mind what God really said?
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