“Which version of the AV1611 do you think is inerrant?”
(the Bible rejecter asked.)
Bible believers often fail to articulate the fundamental meaning and importance of inerrancy when discussing God’s word. The inerrancy of God’s inspired word is the only way we have of knowing which of the many Bible versions out there is truly God’s word. Ignoring inerrancy reduces us to endlessly doting about questions and strifes of words just like all Bible rejecters and theologians who are ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. The divine inerrancy of the AV1611 separates, distinguishes, and elevates it above all the old manuscripts and modern versions that are full of human corruption, errors, and inconsistencies.
Bible rejecters over the past several centuries have been unable to find any errors in the AV1611, so these days they usually try to get you to accept the corrupt Greek and Hebrew manuscripts as some weird kind of “corrupt authority” that should be used to “correct” any places in the inerrant Authorized Version that are different from the corrupt Textus Receptus and Alexandrian manuscripts. For example, their corrupt manuscripts and modern versions agree that Elhanan (not David) killed Goliath, but the AV1611 says Elhanan killed Goliath’s brother (2 Sam 21:19). But if they fail to convince you because you steadfastly stick to the subject of the KJV’s inerrancy, they’ll often stoop to what is increasingly becoming their last-ditch (and hypocritical) maneuver: They’ll ask (with a sarcastic sneer), “Which version of the KJV are you claiming to be inerrant? The one printed in 1629, or the one printed in 1611, or maybe the one printed in 1638, or in 1769? Do you think the KJV printed in 1631, which quotes the Commandment as saying, Thou shalt commit adultery is inerrant? Are you going to try to tell me that text in the 1631 printing of the AV1611 isn’t an error and it doesn’t affect doctrine? Don’t you know the KJV has changed many times since 1611?”
Don’t waste your time pointing out to him that the many printings of the AV1611 for about 100 years were all done manually (requiring about 5 million pieces of type to be set for the 1,400 pages!) and were therefore subject to (like all books were) the errors of typesetters who had a very tedious and difficult job – which made printing errors happen all the time. And then even when new printings corrected the previous typesetting errors, a whole new batch of manual errors was made. For example, the printing in 1641 did clean up Exodus 20:14 to correctly read, Thou shalt not commit adultery, but the typesetter (who intended to correctly print Revelation 21:1 as and there was no more sea) inadvertently left out the “no” and made it say and there was more sea. That happened all the time, and there were many printings that kept correcting previous mistakes...and making new ones. For example, other mistakes in other printings included:
· sin on more (instead of “sin no more”),
· murderers (instead of “murmurers”),
· the fool hath said in his heart there is a God (instead of “there is no God”),
· thy son shall come forth out of thy lions (rather than “loins”),
· who has ears to ear (instead of “ears to hear”),
· and being in subjection to their owl husbands (rather than “to their own husbands”).
When printing inventions in 1725 began to replace manual typesetting, those improvements eliminated the petty distractions of typesetter errors such as the above...and caused preachers, pewsters, and scholars to begin to realize the unique inerrancy of the text of the AV1611 had been hidden in plain sight by attention-grabbing typesetting errors. (By the way, it is the same text, which is why nobody over the past several centuries has ever tried to call it the “AV1629” or the “AV1769” or the “New Improved KJV”...like they had to do in 1982 when they revised/changed the text of the KJV and were therefore required to call it the “New King James Version.” )
Now to make my point: Because inerrancy is the only way God has given us to identify His preserved word, do not allow anyone to distract you from that amazing fact with irrelevant and insincere questions. Our job is not to waste time trying to figure out how God Almighty took care of His faithful saints over the centuries and what He may or may not have done with His word way back then; our job – our day of preparation – is today, and that means we need to use faith-based discernment to know His word by its fruit of inerrancy. And since God defines His word as inerrant, we have no choice other than the King James Bible. Theologians, on the other hand, cannot accept the Authorized Version as God’s word...because their redefining God’s word as
“a corrupt error-filled human translation that needs never-ending correcting”
means they must reject the KJV because its inerrancy violates their definition and therefore eliminates the KJV as an option! Their redefinition is based on Reason – not faith – therefore they have redefined themselves into an ugly corner with no way out...except repentance:
Hebrews 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
Hebrews 11:6 without faith it is impossible to please him
1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
So when you are asked, “Which printing of the AV1611 is inerrant?” your reply should be something like, “The King James Bible I’m talking about is this one in my hand; the very same Bible you and everybody else have been unable to find any errors in. I reject your arrogant and blasphemous redefinition of God’s word, I accept God’s definition, and therefore I know your modern version is not the word of God because it has provable errors that even you know about...but the King James Bible doesn’t. I have no Christ-honoring alternative but to stick with Thus saith the Lord.” And if the guy wants to argue, simply walk away:
Titus 3:9-11 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.