It is beyond question that the TR/King James Version has been the Standard Sacred Text for English reading people for 22% or over 1/5 of Church history since the giving of the immediately inspired NT Originals. No other contender either in Greek or English can make this claim. Indeed, every other Greek text and English version are so far temporal anomalies, literary novelties compared to the longevity of the TR/King James Version. To reject this irrefutable truth, one must undo what the Church has been impelled to accept the authority of the self-attesting, self-authenticating, and self-interpreting Greek and English words of the TR/King James Version for four centuries. The TR/King James Version has not pointed away from itself to another version in the same manner as the 1560 Geneva pointed away from itself to the 1611 King James Version. If the historic trajectory were consistent, the TR/King James Version would have led the Church to receive the 1901 English Revised Version. This transition, of course, did not happen largely due to the animosity held against the pre-critical presupposition that God’s Word was inspired and preserved that produced the TR/King James Version coupled with the affinity for a transcendentless scientific methodology that treated the Scripture like any other book. For 410 years the Church has never experienced the theological, ecclesiastical, evangelical, and moral continuity derived from the authority of the TR/King James Version, indicative of redemptive history’s eschatological trajectory. Only since the turn of the 20th century has the introduction of secularly created “bibles” brought theological, ecclesiastical, evangelical, and moral havoc to the Church and culture. For the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries the King James Bible tradition and the King James Bible itself has endured throughout 5 centuries of cultural changes, wars, and political and economic upheavals. Only now, in the 20th and 21st centuries has the Standard Bible become obsolete, as if the 20th century presents an epoch of unprecedented literary, theological, and subsequently, spiritual, decline, a decline so severe that the thought of a Standard Bible is considered untenable. Beyond the abundance of niche and boutique bibles, which speak to the opulence and leisure of the culture, none of the bloated number of bibles claim to be the Standard. This truth is the intractable indicator that modern bibles have reversed course from the positive and constructive theological trajectory away from the King James Version and are on a negative and deconstructive secular trajectory (which is perpetually evolving) toward increasing relativity. To borrow an Orwellian term, the Church has not escaped the “great reset” which attempts to erase 400 years of Church history whereby men seek to free themselves from the authority of God over them. In the “great reset” there is no longer talk about, sin, judgment, Satan, or hell. Man is essentially good and no longer requires God to be the “Big Brother” to lean upon. “History” reformulated is whatever the academic elite say it is. Everything that has to do with the TR/King James Version, literature, text, and exegesis, is demonized, purged, and reduced to some radically historic enterprise. To start over with the new bible, the old Bible and its orthodoxy must be purged from the Academy, the Church, and culture because the great reset will not tolerate dissension. Welcome to the Brave New World.
Published by Dr. Peter Van Kleeck, Sr.
Dr. Peter William Van Kleeck, Sr. : B.A., Grand Rapids Baptist College, 1986; M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1990; Th.M., Calvin Theological Seminary, 1998; D. Min, Bob Jones University, 2013. Dr. Van Kleeck was formerly the Director of the Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, Grand Rapids, MI, (1990-1994) lecturing, researching and writing in the defense of the Masoretic Hebrew text, Greek Received Text and King James Bible. His published works include, "Fundamentalism’s Folly?: A Bible Version Debate Case Study" (Grand Rapids: Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, 1998); “We have seen the future and we are not in it,” Trinity Review, (Mar. 99); “Andrew Willet (1562-1621: Reformed Interpretation of Scripture,” The Banner of Truth, (Mar. 99); "A Primer for the Public Preaching of the Song of Songs" (Outskirts Press, 2015). Dr. Van Kleeck is the pastor of the Providence Baptist Church in Manassas, VA where he has ministered for the past twenty-one years. He is married to his wife of 43 years, Annette, and has three married sons, one daughter and eighteen grandchildren. View more posts