Preface

The opening chapters of the book of Genesis make it clear that the forces of evil are pitted against the forces of good. In the Garden of Eden, Satan reveals his true colors as well as his ultimate objective: the destruction of the relationship between God and man. Casting doubt upon God’s word has always been his most effective strategy for destroying this bond.

Immediately following the biblical account of the creation of the first man and woman, the reader is introduced to the great deceiver. In Genesis chapter 3, Satan questions God’s plain statements concerning the consequences of sin. He tests Eve’s willingness to believe God by casting doubt upon the very words of God. During his conversation with her, Satan directly challenges God’s explicit instructions with the question: “Yea, hath God said…” (Genesis 3:1).

Over the course of some six millennia, Satan’s destructive methodology of undermining the authenticity and authority of God’s words has remained constant. Only the means whereby he pursues his objectives have slightly changed. Today, his most effective doubt-producing tool has become the contemporary bible versions. Generators of these modern versions claim simply to be updating the terminology of the King James Bible. However, as this book and the work of many others reveal, they do much more.

In fact, one cannot escape the sense that these so-called bibles, camouflaged by clever advertising and celebrity recommendations, pose the same satanic question first noted in Genesis chapter 3. Just as God permitted Satan to deceptively attack His infallible word in the Garden, He tolerates his attacks today. Thus, Satan has been able to effectively use the modern versions to cast doubt upon God’s infallible word, creating a hostile environment against those that believe the book.

As our attention moves from the Garden to the classroom, Satan’s masterful tactics do not change. The greatest damage to the authority of scripture and the faith of the young preacher generally occurs in the seminaries. Two of the most insidious men ever to influence the pulpits around the world through the seminaries were Brooke Foss Westcott and Fenton John Anthony Hort. As attested by the following words from Mr. Hort in 1867, these men knew the importance of influencing the minds of young seminary students during their formative educational years.

More and more I am convinced that the work of the Church must be done at the Universities—nay, at Cambridge. It is too late to shape men afterwards, even if they could be reached.[1]

Satan’s main objectives do not change when he moves from secular colleges teaching evolution to the seminary and religious institutions teaching the “bible.” He must negatively affect the truth by peddling his lies. Satan has used men like Westcott and Hort to infiltrate our seminaries because he clearly recognizes his opportunity to manipulate the future by influencing the learning process of young students. Destroying the young preacher’s faith in God’s perfect word is Satan’s most effective device for leading that young man down a deleterious path from which few preachers ever return.

Over 400 years of testing at the hands of generations of students has done nothing to upset or disprove the cover to cover veracity and infallibility of the King James Bible. As the ages pass, linguistics change. In response, man has produced hundreds of updated bible versions in the “modern language,” proclaiming each successive translation to be  better and “easier to read.” Their stated purpose remains constant—to dethrone  the one book blessed by God.

Most Christians purchase these new versions with pure motives. Their desire to better understand the word of God is admirable. The purpose of One Book Stands Alone and its companion volume, One Book One Authority is to show that the motives of the bible revisers are not so pure and that millions of God-fearing, well-intentioned people are getting more from their new versions than they realize. They are getting distortions of doctrine and seeds of doubt as to what God has said.

An expansive rift exists between those who know the truth and those who doubt it. The author seeks to methodically present the truth in an effort to close this gap which exists within the Body of Christ.

The Bible encourages us to dwell together in unity. Disunity in a country, in a church, or in a home is extremely unpleasant. God wants us to live in unity and provides the means and method whereby to do so. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1). The schisms caused by disagreement and strife quench and grieve the Spirit of God (I Thessalonians 5:19, Ephesians 4:30).

The only group of Christians that can enjoy true scriptural unity is one that shares a common bond and foundation. Bible believers should be the primary ones “endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). Those Christians that believe in one book are not the sources of the disunity in the Body of Christ. Rather, those who have no standard and no final authority create all the havoc. Dr. Mickey Carter clearly identifies the crux of the problem.

The real purpose behind the modern versions is to cause confusion and division among God’s people. It causes the unbelievers to mock and laugh asking, “Where is the REAL Bible anyway? How can I tell which one I am supposed to believe?[2]

Every change made to God’s word is one of two things: it either adds to or takes from. That is what the Bible warns about and is exactly what caused the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. Eve and Satan added to and took away from God’s word (Genesis chapter 3). During the temptation recorded in Matthew chapter 4, Satan quotes the word of God, changing it ever so slightly. The Lord Jesus Christ kept responding by correcting Satan using the scripture. The battle began with the word and has continued throughout time. Satan always brings up the question, “Did God mean that literally or figuratively?” These are the areas where the spiritual battleground is set.[3]

One of the indicators of the last days is a turning away from the truth (the word of God). “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (II Timothy 4:3-4).

According to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, a fable is “a feigned story or tale, intended to instruct or amuse; a fictitious narration intended to enforce some useful truth or precept.” In other words, the Bible predicts that people will turn from the very words of God and instead turn to a fairy tale. Don’t be guilty of fulfilling this prophecy simply because the majority will not listen. God has already foretold that the majority will be lead astray. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

Some have likened the publishing of the English Revised Version to the opening of a breach in a dike. Once this version appeared on the market in 1881, the floodgates immediately opened, allowing the passage of a deluge of modern versions all attempting to displace the one book that God used for centuries.

Are all of the changes in the modern versions blatant perversions of truth? No! Many are subtle and innocent in appearance. However, “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (Galatians 5:9). Acceptance of certain changes as “not really a problem” or “not so very different” dulls the senses and sets a precedent for increasingly greater variance. This process escalates until, eventually, serious errors are accepted as easily as Eve accepted the first subtle, satanic perversion of God’s words.

However, the principle given by God to prevent such deception is to accept no change, no error, and no perversion since the word of God is pure and preserved in the English language in the King James Bible. The KJB supports itself as the pure, preserved word of God while the modern versions undermine both themselves and the truth, as we shall show throughout this book.

Thousands of books have been written about the Bible. Many of them attack the King James Bible. One such book, written by James White, states that we can know God’s word by diligently comparing the various translations.

…English-speaking people today have access to the best translations that have ever existed, and by diligent comparison of these translations any English-speaking person can study and know God’s Word. . . . Inconsistency in proclaiming His truth does not bring Him glory.[4] (Emphasis mine)

What we have discovered is that the comparison of various translations of the Bible is often very useful in ascertaining the meaning of the passage being studied, and that the KJV is one of the many fine translations available for just that task.[5]

The bulk of this work will do just as Mr. White has suggested. We are going to diligently compare the translations. Those familiar with Mr. White’s work will quickly realize that the motive of this author is vastly different from his. The reader will also note that the author rejects the multiple “authorities” accepted by Mr. White. Our goal should be to study and know God’s word, thus identifying any counterfeit. The conclusions reached will be at the opposite end of the spectrum from Mr. White’s, yet, we will allow the scriptures to speak for themselves.

Here are a four points made by Mr. White where he and I wholeheartedly agree. This quoted narrative is from a video Mr. White posted on Youtube. Mr. White ADMITS:

“There are some really lousy bible translations.”

“We have far, far too many English translations today.”

•  “There is not a single reason I can think of for another English translation…The only reason, to be honest with you, that we have as many as we have, especially major ones, is because, well it’s real simple; it is a matter of MONEY. Major publishing houses do not want to have to pay royalties to a competing publishing house to use their translation that they have a copyright to. And so, most of the major publishing houses, if they are into publishing bibles, have gotten their own translations. Zondervan has the NIV, and Thomas Nelson has the New King James, Crossway has the ESV. There is absolutely, positively no reason for any more.”

“I would consider the continuing investments of the funds of the people of God into producing further English translations to be a complete waste of money. We have all of them we could need. And, in fact, there are many of them sitting on the shelf collecting dust because the people of God have never found them to be overly useful.” [6]

 

 

[1] Arthur Fenton Hort, Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort, volume I (London: Macmillan and Co., 1896), p. 292.

[2]   Mickey Carter, Things That are Different are Not the Same, (Haines City, FL: Landmark Baptist Press, 1993), p. 174.

[3]   Ibid., p.160.

[4]   James R. White, The King James Only Controversy, (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1995), p. 247-8.

[5]   Ibid., p. 146.

[6]   www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OGh3UAkpaM