Should We only use the King James Verson?

The KJV has been used mightily of God as His church has proclaimed the wonderful truths of Scripture throughout the world over the nearly pas four hundred years.  The Bible is the best seller of all books for all times, and the KJV is the best selling Bible of all times. 

The poetic nature of the the KJV accentuates the dignity of Scripture far more than some of the drier modern translations, and many would say that it is far easier to memorize as well. 

These and other considerations result in an appreciation for the KJV by even those who do not use it as their primary translation.

Consequently, love and appreciation for the KJV, choosing the KJV as one’s personally preferred translations, or even believeing that it is possible one of the best translations is not a problem.  However, there is a problem when, as some do, people say it is the only accurate translation.  Supporters of the KJV only translation are dogmatic, sometimes downright atagonistic, but in reality the facts are not on their side. Continue reading →

What is the best Bible Translation for Bible Study?

The number of Bible translations has grown significantly and there seems to be no end in sight.  This can be rather confusing for most people since they are, more often than not, unaware of the kinds or purposes of translations and/or what they are based on.

Some Bibles like the New International Version are intended to be easy to read and understand while maintaining fidelity to the Greek and Hebrew manuscripts, which is known as Dynamic Equivalence.  Others like the New American Standard Bible are intended to accurately reflect the Greek and Hebrew manuscripts while maintaining a high degree of readability, which is known as Formal Equivalence.

The difference between them is two-fold; first, they are different in emphasis or purpose.  Translators are constantly choosing from translations that exist on a continuum between most accurate—the original language—and most readable, which would be the simplest vernacular.  The former would maintain accuracy but be unreadable to most, and the latter would be readable to most but dangerously inaccurate. 

Second, they differ in regards to what manuscripts they use for their translation.  While the King James is a formal translation like the NASB, the translators of the KJV use only some of the ancient manuscripts available; whereas, the NIV and the NASB use all of the available manuscript evidence. 

Since the NASB uses all of the available manuscript evidence, is a formal translation, and yet very readable, I recommend that everyone have an NASB for their primary translation or at least for their Bible study. For a more thorough understanding of the differences in translations you can listen to my Messages on “Help!! Which Bible Translation is Right?” or click more for an synopsis. Continue reading →

Conclusions about the Cessation of Biblical Tongues

The following is intended to summarize our two month study on the New Testament teaching about speaking in tongues and modern day claims.  I encourage you to listen to the entire series on tongues if you were not present when we studied this together.

The series on tongues is really a part of a larger study of 1 Corinthians 12-14 and other related biblical passages. This study examines these verses in their historical and biblical context.

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Sexual Abuse in the Church!

Everyone by now is aware of the child abuse that not only went on in the Catholic Church, but was actually covered up by the leaders of the Catholic Church.  That immorality and abuses will happen in the church is inevitable since the church, like any other organization, is filled with people who are sinners.

However, it is tragedy of tragedies that the church would cover-up, ignore or minimize sin and particularly this kind of sin.  Now a 20/20 exposé has focused upon Protestants and Southern Baptists in particular. Continue reading →

The High Cost of Reading

In today’s Crimson, the deans at Harvard urge professors to work at lowering the cost of required reading for classes.  The per student average spent on reading materials at Harvard last year was $1300.00.

What makes this article so interesting to me is when I consider it in light of the simple and oft repeated mantra that “reading is diminishing as both a pastime and a primary source of learning and evaluating”. The argument against emphasizing reading goes something like this; since we are an image driven culture, and there seems to be no foreseeable abatement to this trend; we should stop resisting the zeitgeist with our antiquated ideas about the value of reading.  The avant-gardist is indefatigably reminding us it is really all about image and perceptions.

Particularly, and most alarming to me, Continue reading →

The Message of Mormonism

When anyone sees two young men riding bicycles and wearing white shirts and black ties, he can be almost certain that the Mormon missionaries are spreading the message of Mormonism. 

Generally, Mormons are well educated and hard working as well as being fairly knowledgeable about Mormonism.  Often times, they are even more knowledgeable about how to confound the average Christian with seemingly inexhaustible quotes from their authoritative books—including the KJV—apostles and prophets of the Church of the Latter Day Saints.

I have read that as many as forty percent of Mormons come from a Baptist background. The reason for this is because that while Baptists are known for being “people of the Book” meaning the Bible, they are all too often inadequately familiar with “the people of the Book”; thus, they are fitting prey for the Mormon Missionaries who seek to convert Christians from being “people of the Book” to “people of the books”, which includes all of the Mormon writings.

In order to speak the truth to Mormons, and not be lured into the cult by their cunning ways, Christians must be armed with the truth of Scripture and an understanding of Mormonism’s doctrines, falsehoods and tactics. 

The following documents were designed to equip Christians to engage Mormonism with the truth. Continue reading →

The Deity of Christ – undeniable!

Undeniable should not be taken to mean that no one denies Christ is God. One only has to look into the halls of academia, walk the corridors of cults, listen to the mantra of atheists and agnostics, or scan the pages of antiquity to find a plethora of individuals all too willing to deny that Jesus Christ is God incarnate; however, the deity of Christ is undeniable if the pages of Holy Scripture are allowed to speak.

Although one may not fully comprehend the declaration of Scripture concerning Christ being fully God and fully man in one person, it is undeniable that it is proclaimed in Scripture.  But even the lucidity of Scripture regarding the nature of Christ does not bridle the pride of cults in seeking to strip Christ of His deity and none more formidably so than the Jehovah Witnesses. 

They have gone to great lengths to explain away every Scripture that clearly teaches or implies the full deity of Christ.  They have done this in the voluminous writings of the Watchtower, their “New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures” and “The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures”. 

If you want to arm yourselves with the knowledge of what the original languages actually say concerning the deity of Christ and how JW have meticulously mistranslated all of the verses that teach Christ’s deity, I encourage you to study the following two documents. Continue reading →

Thank you, Men!

I just finished reading each of the notes that you wrote me expressing your gratitude for my part in Men’s Fraternity.  Let me say, I was humbled at your kindness, spiritually encouraged by your thanksgiving and challenged by your daring bravery in seizing manhood.  I will always treasure the time involved and words that each of you gave as an expression of thanks to me.  Continue reading →

Disciplined—then what?

Sometimes members of our church are unclear concerning how to relate to a person who has been removed from the membership of Trinity Baptist Church through formal church discipline.  This concern usally arises out of a desire to help the person who was disciplined and yet not be in violation of the Scripture.  However, the desire can be, and often is, misguided and actually undermines the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. Continue reading →

Church Discipline—we are not alone.

We recently had to bring three of our members before the church for church discipline.  This is always a sad time.  As a matter of fact, one of the saddest times in the life of a church is when someone who professes to be a follower of Christ willfully rejects following the Scripture and has to be removed from the Lord’s assembly.

The Bible clearly teaches church discipline, and there are a growing number of pastors who are leading their churches to follow the clear New Testament teaching concerning church discipline. 

Baptist churches have historically been based upon the New Testament teaching that the local church is an assembly of freely associated people who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit in salvation, followed the Lord in believer’s baptism by immersion, and covenanted together to encourage and hold each other accountable to live holy lives. 

Baptists still believe in a regenerate church membership and baptism by immersion, but the esteemed position of the visible regenerated life of holiness as demonstrated by the practice of church discipline is rare.  It is so rare, that when we practice it, a sense of aloneness stalks us. 

I want to assure you that we are not alone.  First and foremost, Christ said with regard to church discipline “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.””(Matthew 18:20) We can never be alone when Christ is with us. Second, although the scantiness of churches practicing church discipline is scandalous, it is delightfully encouraging that more and more pastors are practicing church discipline as they seek to be the true church.  Thirdly, we do not stand alone in the halls of Christian history because Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Anabaptist…practiced church discipline.

I thought you might find the following article’s glimpse into the recent history of church discipline in Baptist life encouraging. Continue reading →