The King James version of the bible is an English TRANSLATION of the bible, based on the Textus Receptus for the NT and the Masoretic text for the OT. It was non-existent until 1611. [The New International version is NOT the bible either. It is also an English TRANSLATION of the bible, but based on different Greek manuscripts.] That being said, the KJV is FILLED with archaic words which are INCOMPREHENSIBLE. Many other words in the KJV which seem understandable actually mean something other than the modern way they are used today, creating confusion and a misinterpretation of God's word for the readers! The English language has changed since 1611 creating those additional serious problems in the KJV. Those issues are almost all non-existent in any modern reputable translation! That certainly excludes the perverted New World Translation, used by the Jehovah's Witnesses. IF you use only the KJV, it will be to YOUR OWN HARM, that is it will impair your comprehension of the scriptures. That in turn can potentially harm such a person in various ways leading to various false and dangerous doctrines.
This brief outline gives facts that the KJV Onlyites will probably never tell you.
Many fine Christians read the KJV. However, some people have gone to remarkable extremes in their efforts to exalt the KJV over all other translations. Gail Riplinger, author of New Age Bible Versions, is one such person.
Should English-speaking people read only the KJV? Doth thou prefereth ye ole King James 1611? (An actual letter which we expanded upon for the WWW.) See also, Understandest what thou readeth?
Gail has preyed upon thousands of trusting-but-gullible people over the years with her strange New Age conspiracy theories connected with and taught through non-KJV Bibles. She has helped shape KJV Onlyism
Evangelical Outreach responds.
This letter from a staunch KJV Only proponent reflects how some KJV Onlyites have exalted one's view of the KJV to a salvation issue, which therefore makes it cultic!
If you think I'm being too harsh on these KJVO people to say they are in a cult, please ponder this fact - they have exalted the use of the KJV to a salvation issue. Some will openly teach it is, but others do it indirectly and in a way that is not clear to everyone.
In poetic form, the KJB is EXPOSED for what it is. Check this out and share with others.
Mingled people from the nethermost ate snuffdishes and palmerworm every quarternion.