Copyright 1999 Brandon Staggs
(Note: this is being written on September 23, 1999. It is possible that links and quotes may become outdated after this is written.)
After I moved the King James Bible Page to a new server, I had to go through my referral logs and notify anyone linking to the KJBP of the new address. While searching the list I came across Joseph Ng's "The Heresy of KJB-ONLYISM Page." (Note: page no longer online!) After reading through his work I figured that I should make some mention of it and deal with some of the issues presented. Joseph's site is not really one which deals with many of the facts on the site (but most anti-KJV sites don't), but it does display a clear attitude toward Bible Believer's (meaning those who do not have a need for multiple authorities or the "original Greek") and links to several documents supposedly giving a more "Biblical" (!) view of the subject.
Psalms 119:89 reads, "For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven." (KJV). As is typical of anti-KJV writings, this verse is proposed to mean that yes, God's words are perfectly preserved, but in HEAVEN, not anywhere on earth. To quote Joseph Ng, "Note where the Psalmist says Yahweh's Word is eternally preserved: 'in heaven.'" Well, note, that Psalms 119:89 doesn't actually say anything about preservation. It says God's words are SETTLED in heaven. To suggest that this represents God's only ability or will of preservation is nonsense. These guys can't leave anything alone, can they? To borrow a tactic, Strong's Concordance definition for this word (settled) is "a prim root; to station, in various applications (literally or figuratively):--appointed, deputy, erect, establish." This doesn't have anything to do with preservation, does it?
Let's take this a bit further. Examine a few more passages, and assume that Mr. Ng is correct in his belief that God's words are preserved only in heaven.
Mt 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Clearly this commandment is telling us to listen to God's word that is given to us and live by it. But, Christ gave us a commandment that even people at the time could not obey. We must go to heaven to obey this commandment, right?
2Ti 3:16,17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
If God only preserved his words in Heaven, what good is it for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction here? How then can the man of God be perfect and throughly furnished unto all good works?
Psalm 12:6-7 reads, "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." Admittedly, the anti-KJV crowd says this translation in the KJV is an inaccurate one. (Naturally they are wrong, it is a correct rendering.) However, if Joseph Ng can use the KJV as a source of verses to try to argue his position, so can we. It is clear from this verse that God gave a promise to preserve his words. And it does not say "Thou shalt keep them in heaven," does it? Just ask yourself one question: What are God's words for? The answer is "for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." Why would God lock up his word from us, and preserve it exclusively in a realm the "man of God" has no physical access to?
Deuteronomy 30:11,12 reads, For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
It is necessary for the non-Bible Believer to explain God's promise of preserving his words in a way that permits the loss of them on earth. The key verse for them is Psalm 119:89, but as we can see, that verse doesn't have anything to do with preservation. Furthermore, if it did, then we have some serious problems when it comes to the numerous commandments to actually use and believe God's words. Believe this: if God can use sinful men to write his words in the first place, he can certainly use sinful men to accurately copy and translate them for us to use.
Quoting, "both the false teaching's going beyond or against the Bible's, and its effect of tearing apart the fellowships it afflicts." Mr. Ng's assertion is that the belief in a trustworthy Bible is beyond or against the Bible. Chapter and verse, please? There is simply no scriptural basis for that. If you believe that the KJV is God's unadulterated word in English, then you are a heretic, and people like you are responsible for "tearing apart the fellowships!" This is clear nonsense in light of the fact that Churches were not being "torn apart" by the Bible version issue until VERY RECENTLY, for the simple fact that just about everybody used the King James Version! If we are to judge a heresy based on how it "tears apart" our Churches, then aren't the modern Bible proponents at fault? Doesn't adhering to a single standard help prevent this kind of division? Besides, Churches are split for many reasons (I have heard of Churches splitting over what color the hymnals should be!). Certainly something is not automatically heretical because people part from each other over it.
Again, what is heresy? How can it be heresy to believe that God inspired and then preserved his word? Obviously it is not heresy to believe that God inspired his words. Equally obvious is his promise to preserve them. Again obvious is God's ability to have his words translated into other languages (simply observe the inspired translations from Hebrew into Greek found throughout the New Testament). What, then, is heretical? I suppose it is believing that we can have God's words in English. Well, if you are going to call someone a heretic, you need a verse or two to support that position. In all the ranting I have seen about us "King James Onlyists" I have yet to see a single verse that indicates my position is heretical.
Perhaps we can look at their position: God did NOT preserve his words for us to use. (Notice carefully that they will never argue that God did not preserve his words. Review above where another verse is mutilated to say that God preserves his words in heaven, in an attempt to show that we have no right to expect them here on earth.) At least to me, Scripture is quite clear that God did preserve his words for us to use. Who's position is heretical here? Or they may claim they believe all versions are God's word. Logically that is impossible because they are different in thousands of places.
They also believe that you simply cannot have a completely accurate Bible to read. Therefor they clearly teach that it is necessary to rely on scholars for the correct (or at least the latest) interpretation of God's word. This is called the fear of man, and is patently against scripture. Proverbs 29:25: "The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe." God does not want you to rely on someone else for his words. That's why he gave you a Bible! And if they argue that they believe no such thing, then what is the alternative? If you don't believe that you can use the Bible as your ultimate and final authority from God, then what do you use? There is no answer except man, whether it be yourself or another. And we are heritical?
It is necessary for the non-Bible Believer to brand his opponents as heretics in order to prevent you from learning from them. In the link on Mr. Ng's page to the definition of heresy, we read: "those adhering to heresy are assumed to be lost, although Christians are unable to make definitive judgments on this matter." While Mr. Ng may not be able to make a "definitive judgement" as to your salvation, the "assumption" is that you are lost and in need of salvation if you believe that the KJV is God's pure and accurate word in English, and that the plethora of modern versions we have today are not from God. Further, as a heretic, you must be ejected from Church and not associated with. Who is splitting Churches here? The Bible Believer will never assert that salvation is impossible without the King James Bible. I know this because I was saved when I was being taught to with an NIV. But the modern Bible proponents like Mr. Ng will assert that if you have complete faith in the accuracy of your Bible, and try to share your conviction with other believers, then you may be in need of salvation! What nonsense. Who's the heretic again?
In some sort of twisted way a compliment is paid to the King James Bible Page by calling it "Big Goliath Bibliography of a Skewed Bibliology" Mr. Ng goes on to say that "Many of the articles actually blaspheme the Holy Spirit-inspired Word of God in other translations." It is unclear to me what Mr. Ng means here (and the fact that no examples are given doesn't make it any eaiser), but it appears that Mr. Ng is referring to articles which expose incorrect and corrupt translations in modern versions. It is his position that this is blasphemous, probably due to his belief that the Alexandrian (minority) text-type is superior to the Majority and Received texts, and any claim that an Alexandrian reading is a corruption of God's word is somehow blasphemous to the Holy Spirit (an unforgivable sin). It is statements like these where anti-KJVers show their true colors of hatred of the King James Bible. To him it is heresy to believe that the King James Bible is God's accurately preserved and translated word in the English language, but it is blasphemous to say that certain translation choices in modern versions are corruptions of God's word. Go figure.
Under the same heading Mr. Ng calls Sam Gipp a heretic and proceeds to link to some supposed examples of this heresy. Dr. Gipp can defend himself, and my only recommendation is to actually read what he says. One thing bears mentioning, though. Mr. Ng says Dr. Gipp "Dares to contradict the KJV translators themselves." This is a very common straw man that anti-KJVers bring up. They assume that since we believe the KJV is God's word that we must also believe that the KJV translators were perfect or something. They then go to say that we must also agree with everything they wrote in their Letter to the Reader (the preface to the KJV). This is simply not true. The Letter to the Reader is not scripture. It is an important document. When one compares the KJV translators' preface to those of modern translators you will find a vastly different attitude. Modern translators view their work as a simple process of translation, while the KJV translators believed they were translating God's words, and that it was a spiritual matter. Were the KJV translator's "King James Version Onlyites?" No, and if they were, I probably wouldn't trust their work. But that has little bearing on the facts of the issue, which are the accuracy of their work and the inaccuracy of the work (and poor choices of manuscripts) of modern translators. The KJV translators rejected Alexandrian manuscripts (which anti-KJVers incorrectly claim were not available to them at the time). Modern translators, on the other hand, rely almost exclusively on these manuscripts, whose variants make up the vast minority of the texts.
In wrapping up his link to my site and "explanation" of Dr. Gipp's heresy, Mr. Ng says that Dr. Gipp made a statement that "We don't need a perfect Bible in heaven. I don't need a Bible I can't get a hold on!" Well, AMEN! If God really did lock his word up in heaven, what good is it to us? Again, it is Mr. Ng's position that "settled in heaven" (Ps 119:89) means that God only preserves his words away from us in heaven. We have already debunked that mutilation of Scripture above. The reader should carefully think about Dr. Gipp's statement. He is right.
The remainder of Mr. Ng's website are links to several different sites and documents purporting to be "Honest and Biblical Pointers" (how Mr. Ng can determine what is Biblical when God's word is hidden from him in heaven I do not know. Perhaps Mr. Ng has some sort of personal inspiration?). I'll briefly touch on a few of these but I leave it to the reader to do the rest of the homework. There is a vast amount of anti-KJV material available but it is all pretty redundant.
Ps 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
Apparently Mr. Ng doesn't realize how important God's words are. This is not an issue that can be made so light. It is also interesting that Mr. Ng says we "suppress knowledge of the Word by using a theological or linguistic padlock." How he can reconcile this with his mutilation of Psalm 119:89 only he knows. While he insists that God's words exist in unadulterated form only in Heaven, we teach that God's words are available to you in a language you can read and understand. Even the less-fanatical anti-KJVers who believe that God's words are perfect in their Hebrew and Greek form are more guilty of "padlocking" the word, because they insist that it is only available in languages hardly anyone knows today.
In concluding this article I want to state that I do not question Mr. Ng's salvation, or anyone else on his side of the camp. I believe this essay needed to be written to answer the attitude, not just arguments, of those who slander Bible Believers. I urge the reader to carefully examine both sides of the issue, Mr. Ng's branding of me as a heretic notwithstanding. The reader should realize that both sides of the camp have spokesman who should probably keep their mouths shut. A careful examination of the facts is what is needed, not a condescending "twelve-step" program for those of us with a conviction that God wants us to trust his words.
"Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read" —Isaiah 34:16, KJV
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