Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Refuting The King James Only Movement

  • Introduction:
         -Churches involved in the King James only movement believe that the King James version of the Bible is the only infallible and reliable translation. Furthermore, most of the individuals who uphold this position maintain that the translators of the 1611 English Bible were "moved by the impulse of the Holy Spirit". King James only advocates believe that the King James Bible is inspired in the same sense the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts. Unfortunately, apologists on the more extreme end of the King James only controversy will even go as far as to condemn fellow brethren who use or prefer different translations. Such poor attitudes only enhance the animosity throughout the Body of Christ, which is the church. Personally, I believe that the King James Bible is a phenomenal translation, but not the only one. Though it is beyond the scope of this paper to cover every issue relating to this strife or attempt to defend a thesis statement, it will provide a few insightful questions to assist with productive dialogue.
  • Questions For King James Only Advocates:
         -If the King James Bible is the only "inerrant, infallible, and inspired" translation for the church today, then how can people be converted to Christianity by using other translations of the Scriptures such as New International Version, New American Standard Bible, and the Good News Bible? In other words, explain why their are genuine conversion stories to the Christian faith if all modern Bible versions are "of the devil"?
         -What about Bible translations (and the church) prior to 1611? Where was the Word of God, and how was the church able to thrive prior to the first publication of the King James Bible?
         -Where does the Bible teach that God will someday perfectly preserve His Word in a non-Hebrew or Greek language in the form of seventeenth-century English translations?
         -The King James Bible has been revised ten times since its first publication. Which one is correct? If you choose one, then how do you know that you are correct in your selection?
         -Why do King James Version only people reject the apocryphal books when the original translation which was published in 1611 contained them?
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What Are The Five Solas?

  • The Solas are five Latin abbreviations that represent the fundamental positions supported by the people who adhere to the Protestant Reformation which took place during the sixteenth century.
  • They were established (developed) during the Reformation in response to the unbiblical doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church.
DISCLAIMER: This overview of the five Solas of the Protestant Reformation is by no means an exhaustive defense, but rather, a simple, detailed explanation for what these doctrines are. There will be more comprehensive articles written on these subjects.
  • Sola Scriptura: Scripture alone-
             -Means that Scripture alone is the only infallible rule of faith (or the spiritual standard) for the church (2 Timothy 3:15-17). Hence, it is the ultimate authority in spiritual matters,
             -Allows for other authorities as long as they are subordinate to the judgment of the Scriptures.

  • Sola Fide: Faith alone- 
              -Means that faith alone saves a person when he or she places his or her trust in the sacrificial work of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:27-28; 4:2-8; Romans 10:9-13).
              -The phrase "faith alone" does not mean faith apart from the presence of works (since they are the product of genuine faith in Christ), but apart from the merit of works.

  • Solus Christus (also known as Solo Christo): Christ alone-
               -Means that Jesus is the only way to eternal salvation (Psalm 62:1-2; John 10:9; 14:6; Acts 4:10-12), the only mediator between God and man (Psalm 73:25; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Timothy 2:5-6), and that He is the only human revelation of God (John 1:1-3; 14).

  • Sola Gratia: Grace alone-
                  -Means that we are saved from our sins and from eternal condemnation in hell by the unmerited grace of God alone without any of our own works of righteousness (Acts 15:11; Romans 6:23; Galatians 5:4-5; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7).
                  -The grace of God is a completely unmerited, undeserved favor of love that God has bestowed upon us (John 3:16). Nobody deserves this grace (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10-12; 23).

  • Soli Deo Gloria: the Glory of God alone-
                     -Means that God alone is the One who is to receive all the glory (Psalm 148:13; Isaiah 42:8; 43:7; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Revelation 15:4).
                     -Since God alone is the Creator of all things and is the Author of our eternal salvation, He alone is the One who deserves all glory.  

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