Why I Do Not Think the King James Bible Is the Best Translation Available Today

The following article by Dr. Daniel Wallace expresses much better than I could ever do the reason that I reject the KJV onlyism conspiracy theory. It plays on the insecurity and fears of Christians who are not theologically trained. Also, please understand that I love and use the KJV in most of Bible research, however, I also use the ESV, NET, NASB, and NKJV translations as well. I have never found any differences in these versions that take away from the veracity of the Gospel, God’s Grace, the New Covenant, et cetera. There are many modern translations, however, that I reject completely. These are mostly para-phrases of Scripture such as The Message or they are texts that have actually changed the underlying text in order to please the unrenewed mind such as the TNIV and the like. I pray that you all will carefully read this article my brethren. Enjoy and be blessed. – Mike Ratliff

Why I Do Not Think the King James Bible Is the Best Translation Available Today

by Daniel B. Wallace, Ph.D.

revised 6-28-04

First, I want to affirm with all evangelical Christians that the Bible is the Word of God, inerrant, inspired, and our final authority for faith and life. However, nowhere in the Bible am I told that only one translation of it is the correct one. Nowhere am I told that the King James Bible is the best or only ‘holy’ Bible. There is no verse that tells me how God will preserve his word, so I can have no scriptural warrant for arguing that the King James has exclusive rights to the throne. The arguments must proceed on other bases. Continue reading