One of the most often asked questions of our Church is, “What Bible do you use?”
We answer unapologetically, “the King James Version.” More and more individual Christians and unfortunately Bible-believing churches are forsaking the King James Version in favor of the more modern translations. In fact, there exists a huge controversy as to whether or not the King James Version of the Bible is the Bible to be used in worship and personal study. A desire exists to forsake the King James Version (KJV) 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 KJV. Immanuel Baptist Church Baptist whole-heartedly disagrees with these and any arguments that claim that these translations are more accurate than the KJV. It is the position of Immanuel Baptist Church to reject these arguments and these translations, and to confidently say that we use the King James Version of the Bible exclusively in all services, ministries, or activities associated with our ministry.
Immanuel Baptist Church believes the Bible is comprised of sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments and was given by inspiration of God. Immanuel Baptist Church believes, therefore, that it is inerrant and infallible. In addition, Immanuel Baptist Church believes that God has preserved His word as He promised, and that He has preserved it in the traditional texts. Immanuel Baptist Church also believes that the King James Version of the Bible is an accurate, faithful, and reliable translation of these manuscripts and that the English reader, therefore, can study it with utmost confidence and rely upon it. Immanuel Baptist Church can confidently say the King James Version is the inspired Word of God because the King James Bible was translated from the preserved texts.
Proverbs 22:28 says,
“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.”
In the spirit of the fifth commandment, we are to honor the traditions given to us by the previous generations of our people. Of course, if such tradition contradicts Scripture, we are to reject it in favor of what the Bible says.
“Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?”
We never elevate tradition to the same level of authority as Scripture. But we should give our forefathers “the benefit of the doubt.” We should also be careful to preserve all we can that is truly Christian about our culture.
The King James Version of the Bible has played an important and unique role in the development of American culture. It could be said that the foundation of our society was Holy Scripture. The theology of the Bible influenced the ideas behind our Constitution. The language of the King James Bible was scattered throughout our early literature. The revivals that formed and changed our culture resulted from the preaching of Bible texts. For many years, Americans knew a certain amount of Scripture by heart. Many or most could quote at least part of the Twenty-Third Psalm, and recognize the Beatitudes, the Ten Commandments, and parts of the Sermon on the Mount when quoted. But now the influence of the Bible has waned significantly. One reason for the decline of Biblical influence has been the loss of a standard version of the Bible.