By Ron Rockney
I have a lot of Christian friends who use the New King James (NKJV). They have been convinced that the genuine King James Bible is old and out of date... it needs to be brought "up-to-date." These are great folks. I love them. They are like family. I have no problem with them. I just don't trust that book. Whenever they read out of a New King James, I check it against my tried-and-true King James. I want to know what God REALLY said. Sometimes they match . . . and sometimes not.
Here are just three quick examples of the kinds of problems in the NKJV that cause me to not trust it. You may be aware of more, but I want to keep this short. These are just examples.
The NKJV is just full of "footnotes" that tell me what I have just read might not have been in the original. Think a minute. Do you really think that builds faith? No, of course not. So why are we giving a doubt producing Bible to a generation of young Christians? Is that really what they need? Or do we need to tell them that sure, the King James is written in classical English. And yes, we need to learn the meanings of those classical English words just like we go to school and learn the meaning of new words that are part of the great technologies we use every day. It's called getting educated.