First off, I disrespectfully and emphatically disagree with your presentments about the King James Bible and those, like myself, who stand firm in our belief that it alone is the word of God, without error and, thereby, endowed with the absolute authority of Almighty God himself over our lives ... And yes, Dan, I know it is claimed that the Apocrypha was included in the original draft of the KJB 1611, but I'm not necessarily convinced that this was true. For the sake of argument, however, let's suppose for a moment that it is.
The addition of these perverted Catholic-backed writings to the 1611 KJB was no more damning to the actual Scriptures themselves than the often errant footnotes found in today's KJB and other bibles. So, what's your point? The Apocrypha clearly was not considered a part of the Canon of Scripture.
It was merely inserted between the Old and New Testament, and forty-four years later it was completely removed from the KJB (1655) ... The "messiah" you believe in, Dan, is different from the Lord who holds my soul in His hands .... For me, the Bible issue is a watershed between true and false Christianity, not merely a "disagreement among brethren." Doctrine defines fellowship, and the Bible you use defines doctrine. Can I make myself clearer? If at any time in the past I made reference to you as a "brother in Christ," I must now make a retraction.
In consideration of your rejection of the inerrancy and perfection of our English Bible as the word of God, I, however regrettably, cannot extend to you an acknowledgment of Christian relationship. That saddens me, Dan, and I would pray that you would not proceed in the course of apostasy wherein you are heading. I'm inclined to give any man the benefit of the doubt -- even if the doubt is enormous, but your own words have only served to confirm those doubts about your ministry. Let this letter be a warning to you, Dan, for the good of your eternal soul.
Moreover, have you ever noticed how the KJV renders Acts 5:30? It reads,
"The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree."This translation has Jesus dying [being slew as David slew Goliah], then being hanged on a tree (cross), which is an incredible mistake! Unfortunately, the KJV translators inserted the word slew in a location distorting when and where Jesus died by doing so! [Acts 10:39 is another time the KJV makes that same error!]
Regarding the Apocrypha being in the 1611 KJV, there should be no question. This is fact. Dispute it if you want, but that won't change things. Furthermore, in the KJV 1611 translation, there are marginal notes from the New and Old Testaments to the Apocrypha and vice versa. That should convince anyone who is open to truth how those translators felt about the Apocrypha, which contains damnable heresy in it such as cited at Tobit 4:8-10; 12:8,9! Yet these heretical books were actually inserted between the New and Old Testaments in the 1611 KJV.
As to Jesus being Messiah or not as stated in reputable translations and the KJV, there is no difference! Most disturbing to me is that you would view people like myself, who don't view the KJV as you do, as being unsaved. Not that this shakes me, but that you have now added to Scripture a requirement for salvation which is not found in the Bible. That makes you guilty of preaching another gospel, like the kind mentioned in Gal. 1:8,9!
In closing, it has been to my great disappointment to learn from you, and some others, that there is an aggressive, misinformed and very divisive group of religious people who have exalted an issue not cited in Scripture as the basis of fellowship, and even salvation itself. You are doing much harm to the body of Christ and especially the new Christian, who desires to learn about God, but can't understand the archaic 1611 KJV words, which have changed their meanings over the years! You need to repent of being divisive, among other things.
If you are in the KJV only cult, please know you are doing HARM to the body of Christ and SOULS. The KJV only cult has a misplaced focus on an archaic English translation, which never existed until 1611! The real issue is HOLY living, not KJV onlyism!
Please see also:
Open Letter To a KJV Only Advocate
A Critique of Gail Riplinger's Scholarship and KJV Onlyism
Thirteen Facts About KJV Onlyism
An Email Regarding KJV Onlyism
Evangelical Outreach Alphabetical Map