KJV-Onlyists and “Scripture Alone”

I men­tioned this yes­ter­day to a pas­tor friend of mine, and though I’m fair­ly cer­tain I may have men­tioned it here, it bears repeating.

KJV-Only­ists place absolute author­i­ty in the King James Ver­sion of the Bible. It is where the buck stops for them in all mat­ters of faith & prac­tice. To a point, I respect that. If every Chris­t­ian viewed the Bible with such high esteem, the world would be a much dif­fer­ent place, I’ve no doubt. How­ev­er, rather than plac­ing their faith in the Bible, the only­ists place it in a trans­la­tion of the Bible.

When such a trans­la­tion can be shown to con­tain error (which it does), it is often viewed as a choice between either defend­ing to their trans­la­tion or aban­don­ing the faith. I speak as one who has come out of onlyism. 

A greater prob­lem rears its ugly head, how­ev­er, when a KJV-Only­ist must defend his or her faith in the King James trans­la­tion of the Bible from the Bible itself in the spir­it of Scrip­ture Alone.

It can’t be done.

Admit­ted­ly, I have heard sev­er­al vers­es used to defend only­ism. The inter­pre­ta­tions giv­en to the vers­es are whol­ly anachro­nis­tic and man-made, how­ev­er. To say that the exe­ge­sis is felo­nious would be wrong because true exe­ge­sis isn’t even attempted.

And because the scrip­tur­al sup­port for this doc­trine is whol­ly nonex­is­tent, I am forced to con­clude that KJV-Only­ism is a man-made doc­trine that, because it is man-made, direct­ly con­tra­dicts one’s belief in the author­i­ty and suf­fi­cien­cy of the Scriptures.

There are plen­ty of his­tor­i­cal and tex­tu­al argu­ments that can be used against KJV-Only­ist claims, but it is that the­o­log­i­cal argu­ment which car­ries the most weight in my heart. If I only have a Bible, I should be able to dis­cern all that I believe from its pages. If I can’t dis­cern KJV-Only­ism from the text of the Bible, what busi­ness have I in believ­ing it, let alone teach­ings oth­ers to do the same?

3 thoughts on “KJV-Onlyists and “Scripture Alone””

    1. Some­one dis­agreed w/Pastor Rob. He demon­strates his left wing think­ing as a snowflake hav­ing a melt­down by accus­ing some­one of hate.

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