Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Concise Genealogy Of The King James Only Movement

"The KJO view was articulated by Benjamin G. Wilkinson (1872–1968), a Seventh-day Adventist missionary, in the book Our Authorized Bible Vindicated (1930). This book was plagiarized by Jasper James Ray (1955) and by Peter Ruckman (1964). In 1970, Wilkinson's writing was republished in Which Bible? (1970), properly attributed this time. This book is a collection of essays edited by Fuller. Fuller added numerous footnotes to correct errors and misunderstandings in the Wilkinson text, some of which involve basic matters of church history. Fuller presents the footnotes as if they were written by Wilkinson, so Wilkinson's lack of expertise is not as apparent in the 1970 edition as it was in earlier editions.[1] Several major Bible translations appeared in the early 1970s, making Fuller's treatment topical. Fuller's book got far more attention than earlier works on this subject. It is considered responsible for kicking off KJO as a movement." (Conservapedia, "King James Only")


  1. I prefer the KJV, and will only say here that I would suggest you watch a six part series by KJO advocate, Steven Anderson, who interacts with the book by James White, who takes the opposite position. Some very good points were made which compels me to stick with the KJV.

    1. Aside from Jesse's excellent response, I want to point out that all current heresies (Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, et al) all used the KJV to get their heretical doctrine.

  2. Hi Terrance,

    I just watched the first segment of Steven Anderson's review of Dr. James White's book titled the King James Only Controversy. Let it first be said that the arguments given by the critic lack consistency and require that one abandons common sense.

    The final standard by which translations of the Bible should be evaluated is the oldest manuscripts available. We do not have the original autographs, and the Bible was not originally written in English.

    The speaker in the video is an obvious anti-intellectual. He does nothing whatsoever to negate the validity of the circular reasoning charge. Steven Anderson condemns other Christians by using an extra-biblical standard (i.e. King James onlyism), which constitutes a doctrinal contradiction because he professes to believe in the formal sufficiency of Scripture.

    Faith in God and His Word is not based on circular reasoning as the speaker in the video asserts. In other words, there are multiple lines of evidence to support the veracity of Christian claims. There are various philosophical arguments for the existence of God. There is fulfilled prophecy. There is consistency with world history. There are archaeological discoveries. There is a wealth of manuscript evidence for the New Testament.

    Jesus and the apostles performed miracles in to validate their ministry, which was in accordance with Scripture. Biblical Christianity has clearly never advocated for blind faith.

    Most of the heresies that we witness today originated in the early church. There are different variations of false teachings from the early days of Christianity in our modern age. In other words, they existed long before the production of the King James Version. So the issue is not translations like the New American Standard or the English Standard Version. The primary issue is that people misuse Scripture to fit their already preconceived ideas.

    The 1984 publication of the New International Version is sound. Later editions of that translation have the problem of gender-inclusive language. Anyway, see this article for more information on the King James Only Movement:

    Finally, I want to point out that Pastor Steven Anderson is a false teacher. He opposes the necessity of repentance, Christ's Lordship, and believes that homosexuals (along with others) should be put to death. He has vitriolic sermons that are simply hate speech. This pastor does not have grace and compassion for sinners. This pastor is a self-righteous legalist. Nonetheless, the gospel is a call to spiritual conversion.

    If you prefer the King James Version, stick with it.