This past Sunday at church, a young lady in our congregation shared with me about someone she knows who believes that the King James Version(KJV) of the Bible is the only inspired translation. She went on to say that this acquaintance will actually go so far as to say that someone cannot be saved unless the KJV is used! It occurred to me that this young lady is most likely not the only person with a friend, relative, or co-worker who believes that the KJV is the only "inspired" version of the Bible.
Before commenting further, I want to be sure I'm clear on one thing; I like the KJV translation of the Bible. It's eloquence and poetic verse are second to none. Those who enjoy using the translation, whether because they were raised on it or due to the poetic nature of the verses, I believe it to be a good translation and see nothing wrong with it. However, I believe it to be one of the many good translations available today and certainly not the best.
My goal in this post is to 1) provide resources to understand the KJV only debate better 2) to provide questions for you to ask those who hold to "KJV Onlyism." I hope you find it helpful!
Here are some helpful resources:
A Complete History of the KJV Bible
The King James Bible
or check out this audio from Dr. Dan Wallace, New Testament Scholar
If you are new to the KJV-only issue by Brian Tegart
If your not new to the KJV-only issue by Brian Tegart
If you are "KJV-only" by Brian Tegart
On the KJV Translators
The KJV Translators said THAT? by Brian Tegart
The Lofty and Worthy Endeavor or Goal of the KJV Translators by Rick Norris
Accuracy of the King James Version
Why I Do Not Think the King James Bible is the Best Translation Available Today by Daniel Wallace
Is Your Modern Translation Corrupt? Answering the Allegations of the KJV Only Advocates by James R. White
Errors in the King James Version? by William W. Combs
Jesus is NOT KJV-Only! by Brian Tegart
Questions to ask KJV-Only Advocates
Ten Questions for "KJV Only" Supporters
In summary, the KJV is a good translation, but that is all.
Courage and Godspeed,