Spiritual blindness and KJV Onlyism


by Mike Ratliff

1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. Ephesians 2:1-3 (NASB) 
 When I am at work attempting to solve a very difficult and serious database problem the last thing I need is someone standing over me pointing out things to me that are non-essentials, trivial things that have little or no impact on the ultimate goal, which is solving the problem. When we fight the good fight, which is standing firm in the middle of God’s truth never swerving left or right from it even in the face of wicked attacks from every direction, we must also beware of the attacks from within that our enemy employs in order to distract and discourage. Those used by our enemy to do this are spiritually blind. Some actually mean well, but they have been deceived by a lie that contains half-truths that are presented to them in such a way that it plays on their emotions, especially fear. What is spiritual blindness? Continue reading

A Case of Spiritual Blindness


by Mike Ratliff

1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. (Ephesians 2:1-3 NASB)

I watched a murder mystery on PBS’s Masterpiece Theater several months ago which was situated in Sweden. The story revolved around a murdered police detective who was homosexual. He lived a secret and depraved lifestyle, but the writer of the story and his characters refused to talk about that except when it involved the interview of suspects who were also in that lifestyle. In the end, they show his funeral, which takes place in a Lutheran church. They cover his casket with the blue and gold Swedish flag. The pastor of the church is a woman. They bury the man in the church cemetery, which is full of crosses. It is very interesting to watch these vignettes of what has happened to the morals in Europe as the Church there has lost its way because this very thing is happening in the United States at an astonishing rate. The Church is apostatizing and it seems that many within those local churches which are standing firm against it are some who are attempting to cause division with attacks rooted in self-righteousness fueled by conspiracy theories such as King James Onlyism. Continue reading

Spiritual Blindness


by Mike Ratliff

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience– among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. (Ephesians 2:1-3 ESV)

I watched a murder mystery on PBS’s Masterpiece Theater the other day. I like to solve whodunits before the detective or the police in these things. The one I watched was situated in Sweden. The story revolved around a murdered police detective who was homosexual. He lived a secret and depraved lifestyle, but the writer of the story and his characters refused to talk about that except when it involved the interview of suspects who were also in that lifestyle. In the end, they show his funeral, which takes place in a Lutheran church. They cover his casket with the blue and gold Swedish flag. The pastor of the church is a woman. They bury the man in the church cemetery, which is full of crosses. It is very interesting to watch these vignettes of what has happened to the morals in Europe as the Church there has lost its way because this very thing is happening in the United States at an accelerating rate. The Church is apostatizing and it seems that many within those who are standing firm against it are some who are attempting to cause division with attacks rooted in self-righteousness fueled by conspiracy theories such as King James Onlyism. Continue reading

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

Why Psalm 12:6,7 is not a Promise of the Infallible Preservation of Scripture


In light of our inadvertent discussion yesterday that detoured into the realm of the reliability of certain biblical texts and the insistence of one person that we examine Psalm 12:6,7, I did a bit of research today on this. It seems that some have interpreted this passage to state that this is a proof text that teaches an infallibly preserved Bible. My own study of Psalm 12 made it clear to me that using these two verses this way is a violation of the context of the Psalm. That isn’t the message David is giving us here. In any case, I wanted to write my own exposition of this, but decided to allow someone who is much more educated in Hebrew than I to explain this. Continue reading