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Pastor Steve Waldron original). Bro. Wolff then goes on to say: They “(a) Strike out passages. (b) Leave out words. (c) Eliminate italics…” He even attacks their usage of quotation marks. He goes on to conclude, (bold in original) “The real danger of the usage of ‘this book’ is to the younger generation, the uninformed and the unconverted.” The UPCI’s Continued Position in Favor of the KJV The September 1980 edition of the Pentecostal Herald contains an article entitled, “Why I Use The King James Version.” The author lists many reasons the UPCI uses the KJV, including this statement in bold – “One of the most dangerous things about the newer versions of the Holy Bible is the attack upon the divinity of Jesus.” He lists the following reasons for using the KJV as opposed to other versions of the Bible: 1. It is based upon the finest ancient manuscripts. 2. It was translated by the most capable scholars, who believed in the integrity of God’s Word. 3. It gives full credit to the divinity of Christ. He then says, “I regret that the brevity of this article demands we pass quickly over so many important matters.” He then gives recommendations of books to read that defend the King James Version. The UPCI also publishes the Word Aflame Elective Series. In “The Bible It’s Origin & Use,” it dedicates an entire chapter detailing why the UPCI uses the King James Version. One of the subheadings in this chapter (6) is “Why We Prefer the King James.” It then has headers underneath this subheading, such as: “Nearly every new translation takes from the Scriptures”; “Nearly every new translation makes subtle changes which affect important doctrines”; “Nearly every new translation adds to the Scriptures.” It then adds as a separate paragraph the following, “The King James Version is the accepted Bible for use in the United Pentecostal Church.” It then relates, “Although there has been no official statement on the many new translations rendered since the RSV, the same faults which caused us to reject the RSV cause us to reject all the modern speech versions which have followed its example…the new translations follow essentially the same Greek text in the New Testament as that followed by the RSV… many of the fundamentals of our Christian faith and doctrine have been changed are very misleading….” It goes on to say, “God continues to honor the King James Bible wherever it is believed and preached…in the King James Version we actually have the Scriptures. We believe we can hold the Book in our hand and say, ‘Here is the Word of God!’” So in 1953 the UPC made a definite stand against the RSV and for the KJV, and since then has continued to hold that stance by and large. The Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ The Apostolic Witness, which is the monthly periodical for the ALJC, printed an expansive article entitled “The Danger of Modern Bible Translation” with a subtitle “An Argument for the King James Version.” In this article, the author follows the history of the Bible from ancient times until our present day. He compares and contrasts certain differences with modern versions and the KJV. He says, “…the King James Version is closer to the original than anything that has been offered to the public in our generation.” The ALJC also sponsors a Bible college. On their Bible college Facebook page it says, “This school uses the 1611 King James translation of the Bible…” Steve Waldron Leesburg, GA The Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW) In the 13 th edition of the Handbook of Denominations in America, it is stated of the PAW, “Only the King James Version of the Bible is accepted as the true Word of God.” While the PAW has issued no definitive statement, I think this is an accurate assessment of their organization as a whole. Other Apostolics Almost all other holiness Apostolic organizations and churches would be very strongly in favor of the King James Version of the Bible. The World Wide Pentecostal Fellowship just strongly endorsed the KJV in a seminar at one of their gatherings. I have personally spoken to a number of other brethren of various organizations and churches, and have even spoken at their churches on this subject, and they would be very much for the KJV. Closing Thoughts I feel it would be wise to see some thoughts concerning the KJV from Harvard University Press. The Literary Guide to The Bible edited by Robert Alter and Frank Kermode, published in 1987, has this to say, “At its best, which means often, the Authorized Version (KJV) has the kind of transparency which makes it possible for the reader to see the original clearly.” This is found on page 664. Beginning on page 647 thru 665, the superiority of the KJV to modern versions is shown. It continues, “It (KJV) lacks the narrow interpretative bias of the modern versions, and is the stronger for it . . . Through its transparency the reader of the Authorized Version not only sees the original but also learns how to read it.” “Patterns of repetition, the way one clause is linked to another, the effect of unexpected inversions of word order, the readiness of biblical writers to vary tone and register from the highly formal to the scatological, and the different kinds and uses of imagery are all, like so much else, open to any readers of the Renaissance versions, and best open to them in the Authorized Version (KJV).” Selah ibc perspectives -vol. 23, no. 11 21

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