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”

    • Rick Beckman says:
      Student of the sciences, the religions, the science fictions, and the fantasies… But mostly I’m just trying to find my groove in this big, crazy world.

      Evidently, so is your ability to meaningfully contribute to a conversation. In what way, sir, is the above post hateful?

    • Tony says:

      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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