More than Just a Bible Version

Several changes in perspective accompany the transition from MVO to the King James Version. There is a greater emphasis on the role of the Church and a diminished emphasis on the importance of the Academy. There is a renewed emphasis on the value of good literature and a diminished acceptance of contemporary writing styles. There is a greater emphasis on the word of God in the present than upon a proposed eschatological discovery. There is a renewed emphasis on the home as the source of theological teaching rather than the Church or Academy. There is a greater emphasis on God at work in history rather than history hemming in the work of God. There is a greater emphasis upon the significance of each believer rather than an academic elite. Inspiration means something today not just in the past. Manuscript evidence is actual not hypothetical. Theology is exegetical not by consensus. Christianity has historical continuity and is not a product of critical re-creation. Truth is drawn for extant writings not from philosophical formulation. Two things that are different cannot be the same. God’s singular care and providence preserved Scripture not textual critics. Every word of God is important to Holy Scripture not enough of the words of God to make it Scripture.

So while we write about the superiority of the KJV, it is not simply a change in vernacular Bibles that is in view. With the acceptance of the KJV comes a worldview paradigm shift away from the contradictory notions of MVOism. If someone wants to hang on to the priority of the Academy over the Church and home, has a bent toward modern writing styles, believes history not God is the solution to men’s ills, that inspiration only belongs in the past, that manuscript evidence is intrinsically actual, that Christianity is in the process of re-creating itself in another image, that consensus is the theological method, that truth is a philosophical formulation, that two things that are different can be the same, that critics preserve the Scripture, and that enough words, not all the words of God are necessary to be called Scripture, then replacing your MVO with the single KJV may be a bridge too far. It’s not impossible, but an entirely different approach to God, the world, and your self must be the prerequisite. The KJV represents a consistent, historical, and robust Christian worldview that bolsters Scripture based institutions, emphasizes the priesthood of the believer and his interaction with the Holy Spirit, and believes the Bible is the self-authenticating all the words of God. MVOism isn’t just holding all Bibles as authentic, it represents a worldview foreign to historic Protestant orthodoxy.

When this kind of shift from the authority of God’s word to some other authority occurred, it took 1,000 years to recover. The Renaissance and ad fontes, and the Reformation and sola Scriptura put the Western world back on the right track. Right now, rather than moving into the theological and cultural clarity of the Renaissance and Reformation, Western culture is running headlong back into the superstition and confusion that beset much of the Middle Ages. And a great deal of the modern Church and Academy would have it so. But even in a larger failed trajectory there are some who are not buying what the fallen culture, pusillanimous Church, and pontificating Academy are selling. Received as the Word of God in English for over 400 years, the KJV alone is suited to produce the ecclesiastical and academic shift back to grounding Christian truths and principles that will change Western culture.

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.

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