I led my friend to Christ using the NIV. I led another friend to Christ using the NASB. And I've led other friends to Christ using the KJV. The devil only gets a foothold on us when we argue about the different translations. God only wants us to apply the truths found therein to our lives and share them with a lost and dying world. Wasting time arguing about which version to use only takes more time away from serving our Savior.
With that said, if you would research what texts the "editor" of the KJV had for his use versus those the editors of the NASB had at their disposal, you will understand why the NASB is a much better/accurate translation. I know you will not accept this -- I had to have it proven to me-- but once again, it really doesn't matter. All that does matter is being obedient to our Lord. May the blessing of Christ be with you always...
Thanks for writing with your comments.
I would not call contending for the faith "arguing". When you look at the New Testament you will find continual warnings about false doctrines and gospels. In today's ecumenical world, we Christians are becoming soft and accepting whatever is fed to us. My goal is to warn with facts as found in the Bible. This puts some people like yourself off because I'm warning about things that they are doing--this is not a wise stance. Proverbs says "iron sharpeneth iron". By the magnificent grace of God, I am iron--Jesus is my life.
I am but sounding an alarm. Let me assure you, telling people about error is not taking away time from serving the Lord Jesus Christ. It IS service to the body of Jesus Christ helping to keep it free from germs. The Lord Jesus has given me thriving ministries in and out of church. He has also given me many privileges of leading people to Christ and discipling them. Trust me, I don't sit in a corner "arguing". I'm a serious soldier for the Lord, and like the Bereans, I check out everything. Write anytime.
In the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ Saviour of the World,
Thanks for the page, it was a refreshing dip in the Truth. But I have one question which I would like you to mail me back on. I am a AKJV reader. The Spirit lives in me, My wife enjoys her devotional NKJV and NIV swords. The Spirit lives in her. We have a brother who can barely read. The Spirit lives in him. All of us are rooted in Jesus. He has enabled us to bare good fruit. We all have a personal relationship with our creator and make the best attempt to serve Him and others.
What difference is it going to make? After all, the Lord knows our heart and what is in your heart is most important. There are alot of AKJV christians who will tear down other brothers or sisters because of the version they study. Our job is to lift our brothers and sisters up, encourage them etc.... not discourage them. If a man never learns to read nor can he hear, Jesus can touch his heart, change his life and make him a mighty warrior for Christ no matter what doctrine he will learn from.
Thanks for writing with your honest comments. When I write about the various Bible versions it is not to "tear down" my brothers and sisters in Christ, it is to edify and to exhort. When reading my commentary, you will see that I give very solid reasons for clinging to the tried and true authorized King James. It is not as if my comments can not be verified by comparing the scriptures. The Bereans looked up everything that was told them to make sure it was right.
A number of blasphemous changes have been made in the new versions and I am simply making the brethern aware. If a person wishes to disregard my council, of course that is their prerogative. My motive is simply to "contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints". I've worked with young people who came to this country knowing practically no english, yet I still used the authorized King James. These same young people who are now saved can read and understand the [Authorized King James] Bible.
I've also had a child who cannot read at all but who God has blessed with some amazing understanding. I quoted scriptures to her as found in the KJV and she skillfully used the Word. She had understanding from the Holy Ghost and even taught me a few things though she didn't know it.
The authorized KJV is not difficult, the publishers of the new versions say that to sell books. My grandmother, a simple country woman, recites from it with an 8th grade education. My point is that educational level, socio-economic level, and reading level, really make no difference...
In the Name of Jesus,
I realize that you are a brother in Christ, but I see a lost and dying world, driven away while the church carries on meaningless arguments over non-essential subjects. The Bible, KJV, NAS, NKJV, NIV, Greek, Hebrew, or what ever has saved no one. Christ paid that price on Calvary. If you want to see the lost come to salvation, i.e. if you have the mind of Christ, you will tell them of their need for a Savior: you will tell them of the love of God that sent his only begotten Son: you will tell them of the redeeming Blood of Jesus, payment in their place: you will tell them of resurrection power: you will tell them of the eternal security of the believer.
Disagree on any of these essentials? I learned them from the NIV. At judgement, I have nothing to offer my God but a close, intimate relationship with a living and risen Savior, not a bull-dog attitude about a translation in a dead dialect of a language of the world.
Yes, this indeed is a lost and dying world. The gospel includes sharing the good news with those that don't know Jesus AND edifying the body. Each member of Christ has a function. There are those who warn and exhort to keep the body free of germs.
[Editor's note: The writer inferred that defending the word of God is a waste of time and that our ministry is one of complaint. Hence, the next statements.] My husband and I just led two young men to Christ last Sunday, we are very active in our local assembly, and Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Ghost has enabled me to lead many to Him. We have a thriving discipleship ministry with teens who are reaching others for Jesus Christ. My entire life belongs to Jesus Christ and nothing I do for Him is in vain.
If you choose to read the NIV, NASB, NASV, Living Translation, Good News for Modern Man, Greek commentaries, the dictionary and a thesaurus, that is totally your prerogative. My comments stand as written. Thank you for writing with your comments.