The Inspired King James Authorized Version of 1611
By John W. Koletas
When I was 21 years old and finishing court reporting school, a Baptist lady in class had been bombarding me with gospel tracts for weeks and months. At one point, she took a KJV Bible and showed me several passages in the Book of Romans. I accepted her invitation to visit her church and for the first time in my life I stepped inside a Baptist church in Hackensack, NJ, where I was told John R. Rice had preached just prior to my visiting there. I hardly remember anything about the tracts. I hardly remember anything about the Book of Romans. I do not remember anything about the sermon. But I do remember her and the people who were concerned for my soul. Months passed. The Holy Spirit worked on me. And finally in November of 1978, I surrendered and trusted Jesus Christ as my Saviour. Having completed my schooling, I returned back home to South Jersey the following spring. Not having gone back to the Baptist church I first visited, I was ignorant of churches and versions. My first thought was to go buy a new Bible. So I went to the Cherry Hill Mall bookstore, found my way to the back where the religious books were, and stood there puzzled as to which of the four or five versions I should buy. As I was leafing through the NASV, a lady called for her daughter Rachel on the other side of the store. When I heard her call her name, the very name of the lady who was instrumental in me getting saved, I thought for sure that God had moved in a mysterious way for me to pick out this version to use.
John W. Koletas
And so started my new Christian life on the path of ignorantly reading a perversion. To reconfirm my perverted version, I attended Cherry Hill Baptist Church (where I was baptized) where the pastor would literally have three or four versions at the pulpit and would pick and choose which one he deemed best for each part of his sermons. Having traversed down the road of Bible perversions for a year or two and being oblivious to my wayward path, one evening as my Dad and I were sitting watching television in our living room, my Dad picked up my perversion from the small end table next to his chair and started leafing through it. I quickly started praying silently. After quite a few minutes, he asked me why Psalm 23 was so different in my "Bible" and that that's not what the Bible in his public school used to say 30 years earlier. After some awkward silence and more page turning, he saw that I had crossed out and inserted other words in different passages than what was in the printed text. Finally, he came to the last half of Mark 16 where he saw that I had crossed off just about the entire last half of the chapter. When he questioned me about this, I said that those were not in the originals and that I wanted to be sure that I had as pure of the Word of God as possible. And then my unsaved dad asked his saved son this question. How do you know? He closed the NASV, put it back down on the table, said, "That's not a Bible," and continued watching television. Well, I had always taken the word of the "scholars" who wrote in the margins and from a man who used two, three, sometimes four different versions from a pulpit. Well, I thought about that question. How DO I know? I was speechless, dumbfounded, and without an answer.
From that day on, I began in earnest my own private study and investigation of how I could know what the Word of God is and where it was to be found. It is no coincidence that, as I proceeded on my search for THE truth, the names of men with whom I now call my heroes and mentors are the same men who are hated by the evangelicals and liberal fundamentalists. There is a direct correlation between those who have "an honest heart" of wanting to know and searching for the truth of what we are to believe and the hatred of those who in pride, stubbornness, and rebellion defend their alma maters, their heroes, their traditions, and their own kingdoms against what God says in the scriptures. I have tried to limit my 20 years of preaching to mostly doctrine. I am not in the business of pointing out other men's sins. For I am the chiefest of sinners. But when a man with a following and a man with influence makes and prints damning statements about the Word of God and allows doubts to enter the hearts of God's people as far as where I pastor, the battle lines have been drawn. Job 32:9 says (if we are to believe it is inspired),"Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment." Psalm 39:5 says (if we are to believe it is inspired), "...verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity." Pastor, preacher, chancellor, president, college professor, scholar, theologian, godly, holy, separated, fundamental, right-wing, perfect, missionary, evangelist, soulwinner, teacher, apostle, prophet are all included in this list. I have now learned a late but valuable lesson to always believe the Word of God instead of man. Any man. When a man messes with the Book, God will mess with that man. Any man. It may not show up in this lifetime to unsuspecting followers, but it will show up nonetheless at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Pride, the love of money, the power of little kingdoms can and will destroy many a man, even when he himself and others do not think he is being destroyed. How often we have seen a dead animal on the side of the road as we drive by. An interesting thing happens after a couple of hot summer days. The carcass begins to seemingly grow. It gets bigger. It looks fuller. But what a child sees from a car window as a bigger animal, the hunters, farmers, and woodsmen know the maggots and stench that are inside that "body." You see, mature adults examine closely what is at hand. Little children believe everything they see and hear (Galatians 4:19; I John 3:7,18; 4:1) and do not have the time, the patience, nor the will to sit still long enough to study, muse, and research for fear of what they may find. Put the old two-edged sword through that bloated carcass and the KJV will reveal every time the rotted mess inside any bloated and dead ministry that only looks good to those who do not have the insight and power of Hebrews 4:12. Psalm 119:98-100, God says (if we are to believe it is inspired), "Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts." So these scriptures that preachers will use to teach their people about the "lost" in this area will not allow the same use of these very same scriptures on themselves.
What we have in our country today is a legion of fundamental Bible-rejecters who try to slice their theology to soothe and win the conscience of liberal fundamentalists who are the exact ones that brought us to our present day mess. Believing the KJV was the inspired word of God brought America into being and brought the greatest revivals in the history of our modern world. But denying the inspiration of the very Word of God has brought us nothing but compromise, weakness, hatred, pride, gullibility, unchecked emotionalism at heretical teaching and preaching, smooth talking, and pulling our own wool over God's people for far too long.
I do not claim to be a scholar or theologian. But I do claim that I can read, write, and speak Greek. My Greek immigrant mother who landed at Ellis Island taught me to speak Greek for the first five years of my life that gave my kindergarten teacher fits from having to deal with me on an almost daily basis. But I can now claim that I can read English, having gone to Rutgers University and finished court reporting school, and having worked as a court reporter where, by the way, EVERY WORD is to be taken down verbatim! And I can claim that the vast majority of KJV rejecters are dishonest men who are knowingly and willfully lying to ignorant sheep. Yeah, Bro. Koletas, but how many are you running? How many are you baptizing? Yeah. Not as many as we should. We only had two baptized last Sunday as of this writing. We are not what we should be. We are unprofitable servants (Luke 17:10). We are nothing but"...sinners, of whom I am chief. " I Timothy 1:15. At least we are trying to be honest. But, you see, that's where the argument always goes. For too long, we have been told not to spend or waste time dealing with JFW's and Mormons. And the two-fold result of that is we have won less of the cults to Christ than we probably should have and we do not know where the scriptures are to back up what we believe when confronted with cults who know their "Bibles" better than we know our inspired or uninspired scriptures. We have become mostly a Bible illiterate generation taking orders from generals and captains who do not know their Bibles, but use their Bibles to keep the masses ignorant of Bible truth and doctrine. And so as not to embarrass ourselves and our pontificated leaders, we have swept it under the rug of ignorance and left it to the next generation to deal with our laziness and apathy and the results of such an attitude towards the very words of God themselves. I am not going to change the Scriptures to fit my philosophy, but rather the reverse.
In the past 20 years, I have tried to do my best to stick to doctrine and encouraging and warning God's people. I have tried not to dwell on or continuously mention specific sins or personal failures of other men with whom I agree or disagree with, although on rare occasions it is called for and it is necessary. Those without the inspired Bible, those without the facts, those on the wrong side of the issues are much like Job's friends and are very willing to prove to God and others what's wrong with Job because of what Job has lost or going through and that he doesn't have anything to show for his godliness and righteousness. But the "not wise" crowd of 2 Corinthians 10:12 are comparing themselves to others to soothe their consciences and the other gullibles that " …â€œwe're growing. " I am still street preaching because Pastors' School in 1987 taught me from THE BOOK about street preaching. I still believe the KJV is inspired just like Dr. Hyles taught from THE BOOK at the 1990 Pastors' School that split the "dead"Ã‚Â (animal) heads from the KJV believers that we now seem to want to get their stamp of approval by distancing ourselves from the "extreme " position of the inspired KJV. When I sit in a meeting and hear a well known evangelist (and to this day, I still don't know who his pastor is) say that doctrine or separation should not be too extreme, we are in trouble. We are flippantly repeating and parroting phrases that our favorite leader or hero has stated that has no Bible foundation. Those are the words of liberal fundamentalists trying to pour cold water on fires of revival of others who dare to go further than the liberal fundamentalists feel "comfortable " in going or their wives and churches "allow " them to.
So now we have modern, worldly, sensual fundamentalists who think they are smarter than the Amish / Mennonites on how we ought to dress or separate ourselves from the world. We now have liberal, lazy Calvinistic no-pressure fundamentalists who rail against the Biblical soulwinning of Bob Gray and Curtis Hutson. We have proud, high society, suave, egotistical, nose in the air, highbrowed fundamentalists who teach and preach against the old time religion of Jack Hyles, Billy Sunday, J. Frank Norris, etc. And not to be undone, we have the modern-day scholars and theologians who hardly ever win a soul and hardly ever see any converts baptized and never hold revivals and never preach on street corners telling us how much smarter they are than the godly men who worked on the AV 1611. And many of these men are in these different camps who shoot at each other. But there's a safety there that God provided; that every man of God should let 'er rip as he sees fit according to his inspired Word of God and not to care what the big boys think or say. But when they don't have scriptures (since they're not inspired to them), they'll dig up whatever they can about Peter Ruckman, Bill Grady, Gail Riplinger, Dean Burgon, David Otis Fuller, the Trinitarian Society, King James himself, etc. When is the last time anyone has ever mentioned the translators themselves by name? Do you know anything about them or their work? These modern day liberal Bible rejecters are doing to Christianity the exact same thing that the mainstream media has been doing to America. They send a nonstop barrage of character assassinations, lies, and deceptions without breathing and calling their adversaries "mean, haters, greedy, selfish, judgmental, backward, hicks, hillbillies, rednecks, right-wing, uneducated, unlearned, etc.," but refuse to come face to face with the facts of THE TRUTH. Maybe because they realize down deep inside they don't have the truth. Those in the left in America are propelled for hate of the right. Sadly, President Bush has not been a good representative of the right. But their hatred of the right engulfs him and anyone who even looks like they're right. They have no truth of their own. They are devoid of facts and authority. They just call people names without being able to sit down and go over facts or truths rationally or calmly. 2 Timothy 3:7 states (if we are to believe it is inspired), "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of THE truth." Not just truth, but THE truth. And they have succeeded in both instances. God help us from such smirkiness, loftiness, and smugness that has deceived its leaders and their followers.
It is an uncomfortable position to own up to a misstatement or an error in belief. I have done that. Believe me. It is a humbling experience that we all need once in awhile. It reminds us that we are flesh. In the last 20 plus years of preaching, I am sure I have said some things in the last 4300 sermons and Bible studies that I would take back if and when found out. Like I have a few times already. The announcements are bad enough! But the reason older folks are harder to win to Christ is because the longer someone believes their own lies, the harder it is for that person to change their mind to trust Christ as their Saviour. A boy or girl, teenager, or young adult has an easier time trusting Christ because they have not wasted their whole life believing a lie. Likewise, the older these pastors and so-called scholars become that reject the KJV as being the inspired Word of God, the more set they will likely be in their position. What they fail to see is the 50-year damage that a godly and good soulwinner like John R. Rice did to Bible-believing fundamentalists who came out of J. Frank Norris' following who believed the KJV was inspired. It takes a whole heap of humility for Curtis Hutson (who got caught up with that thinking) to admit the error of his meeting with the NKJV revisionists and perverters of God's Word. An honest student of fundamentalism will come to the same conclusion about how Jack Hyles was able to finally cut the strings of Biblical criticism from John R. Rice that Jack Hyles himself followed during the 60's and 70's, but Jack Hyles did it in a gentlemanly, patient, and well reasoned manner and came out so strong for the inspired Word of God during the 80's and 90's. Those are rare exceptions among fundamentalists. That, my friends and lukewarmies, takes a lot of character.
Fundamentalists seem to have trouble with facing the truth, including THE truth when it goes against what they've taught or preached for so long. We now see the danger of that same scenario being repeated. It is a crying shame that, with very few exceptions, Bible colleges and schools do not know why they believe the KJV is the inspired Word of God. We use it, we teach and preach from it, we win souls from it, but we have few nobles, scholars and theologians because immature childish babies cannot chew on meat, Hebrews 5:12-14 says (if we are to believe it is inspired). It just has been handed down to us through the years of godly men who were faithful in giving it to us. But along the way, we railed so much on liberal and ungodly scholars and theologians that we thought as a movement that we didn't need someone or some ones to spend a great deal of their time researching and studying and digging out old history books and old writings to see exactly where we came from and why we believe what we believe or what it is that we are to believe. Thank God for the few who have always gone against the tide, against the majority, against the winds of heresy. All through history, God has always given us men who stood by themselves. They didn't need a crowd or a following. They didn't crave attention or applause. They trudged along mostly nameless. But their blood has stained many a whip, their necks have felt many a noose, their flesh has burned in many a fire, their feet and hands have adorned many a shackle. These men and women cared for something more important than being called Anabaptists or fundamentalists or separatists. These common folk believed the copy of an inspired Book that they could read or hear in their native tongue was worth dying for. There must have been something about that copy that was worth dying for. Hmm. And someone is trying to tell me that it wasn't inspired? The very first words in the New Testament are "The book." Hmm. If Jesus is the Word, He's also the Book. Why would God tell us in two different places in the NT that the word of God should be glorified? That's strong language! And we are to believe that a glorified book is not inspired now by modern day fundamentalist leaders? What we often fail to realize is that Jesus walked and talked with Adam and that He met and talked with Moses on Mount Sinai. Jesus met Abraham along the way. Jesus met Joshua. Jesus was in the fiery furnace. And the next time you read the scriptures (if we are to believe they are inspired) where Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the other prophets write "and the word of the LORD came unto me," rest assured it was Jesus coming to them just like John 1:1,14 says. And Jesus only revealed so much to them of Himself then as He wanted to reveal. We now see Jesus more clearly than the OT prophets have seen Him. And though we see through a glass darkly now, we shall see him face to face and as He is.
But most of our modern day professionally paid TV, radio, and church speakers only see a translation or a copy or a version without it being the inspired Word of God. When any preacher holds up a Bible and says this is the Word of God, he either is telling the truth or he is lying through his teeth that he doesn't believe that that book that he's holding up is really and actually the inspired Word of God. It's just something that's left of all the revisions, editions, and translations and copies of what used to be the inspired Word of God. When is the last time you used your concordance or search engine and looked up every place in the Bible where the words "copy, copies, word, words, scripture, scriptures," etc. come up? Oh, you don't have to worry about that. Because as long as we just knock on doors and keep growing, we're doing all right. Yeah. That's exactly what the JFW's and Mormons believe, also. Let's not make doctrine that big of a deal. Especially one that is so controversial. Talk about sounding like a Catholic or Charismatic!
Here is a quote of a fundamental national leader. "Because of the amount of "foolishness" being bantered about on this subject by careless Bible students, such as teaching that the King James Version is inspired, we have "shot ourselves in the foot" in the eyes of many who sincerely seek to understand our position but look askance at us when we prove we ourselves do not understand the issue." He goes on to state that this is a "no-brainer." And all this was written with using just one portion of one verse in the entire Bible (if we are to believe it is inspired) for his comments. Well, let's examine the one verse that this good pastor uses. 2 Timothy 3:16,17 states: " 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." For someone to believe, as this godly pastor has said, that the originals were inspired and not the KJV, he is saying that this verse no longer applies today. Because the word IS is giving these pastors problems just like "is" gave President Clinton problems. "Is" means present tense. Does it apply today or not? If it doesn't apply today, then the other part of this verse and other verses don't apply as well, along with the majority of the rest of the Bible (if we are to believe it is inspired). It only applies to anyone who might have had the originals. But no one today has the originals. No one today has seen the originals. We don&apos:t even have copies of copies of the originals. And the word used here is scripture. If a man believes that the word scripture does not apply to present day copies, he is unknowingly advertising his ignorance of the Bible. If he doesn't believe it's inspired, then it is understandable why they don't think it's important spending time studying an uninspired book. The word "scripture" is used 53 times in the Bible and maybe only one of them deals with an original manuscript. In Mark 12:10, Jesus said, "this scripture." In Luke 4:21, Jesus was in Nazareth at the synagogue as he was reading a copy of the Book of Isaiah. He finished by saying, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." How could Jesus tell his disciples to search the scriptures in John 5:39 if those scriptures were no longer available as the original manuscripts? And to the unlearned but polished pulpiteer who knows little or nothing about Bible inspiration, the only conclusion that can be reached is that Philip must have gone to Nazareth and stole away "the original" scripture that Jesus used in the synagogue in Luke 4 when Philip showed the eunuch in Acts 8 the scripture of Isaiah. Hmm. I hope they got their scripture back by the next Sabbath since the eunuch was returning from worshipping so far away from Nazareth! Are we to think that only the Thessalonians had "the original" scriptures when Paul reasoned with them out of the scriptures in Acts 17:2? The truth is that the Bereans, who were right outside of Thessalonica, searched the scriptures daily. How could they search "the originals" in Berea unless they had copies? But in all these situations, THEY believe they had the words of God and GOD tells us in scripture that they had the scriptures. It is not man saying this. It is the inspired KJV that tells us this. In Acts 18, we are told that Apollos, who was from Alexandria, Egypt, of all places, was eloquent in the scriptures and publickly showed the scriptures! Hard to do that with the original writings that weren't around. How naive of us Bible believers to just have the faith to believe what God wrote and gave to us and still gives to us with an inspired, perfect, and preserved Word of God! Romans 1:2 said the old writings were holy scripture. How did Paul know what the scripture saith in Romans 4:3; 9:17; 10:11 if he didn't believe the OT copy was inspired? Then he says in Romans 11:2, "Wot ye not what the scriptures saith...?" Know YE not? The answer today would have been, no, Paul, we don't have the originals any more and these copies and this translation, well, i's not inspired, Paul, so that makes me now the authority because the people don't know what God said in the originals. But isn't wonderful, boys and girls, that we have Bible perverters like Spiros Zodhiates who can tell us what's wrong with the KJV? Oh, preacher, you shouldn't use names because, you know, Jesus and Paul would never use names! I can't wait for the pictures to come out in the new uninspired version to keep my attention! Hogwash and manure! Read Romans 15:4; 16:26; I Corinthians 15:3,4; Galatians 3:8,22; 4:30! I Timothy 5:8, Paul writes in the present tense when he says, "the scripture saith..." Hmm. And how in the world can Paul say in 2 Timothy 3:15 to Timothy "And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation...?" Those holy scriptures were copies of OT scriptures, but were still called scriptures. James 2:8,23. James 4:5, again, in the present tense, "...the scripture saith..." How did Peter know in I Peter 2:6 what the scripture contained if he never saw the originals that were inspired? 2 Peter 1:20. And the last place the word "scripture" is mentioned in my inspired Bible is in 2 Peter 3:16, and it is a very indicting verse! "As also in all his epistles, speaking of them in these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction." The very next verse is a warning to us not to be led away with their error which will make us fall from our own stedfastness. A careful study and search of the words copy, copies, copieth, etc. will reveal the same results in the OT and NT; how that God and God's people ALWAYS relied upon the copies as being the very word and words of God and believed the COPIES to be inspired. How can anyone truly parse sanctification and separation? How can anyone truly slice regeneration and redemption and justification? How can any honest Bible teacher not teach that ALL these doctrines are interrelated one with another? Every single one of them! Yes, I understand, just like the Godhead, that each one is different, but they are part and parcel of the same package of salvation and God. We have had so much double talk coming from pulpits, teachers, professors, scholars, and theologians from evangelical and liberal fundamental Baptists that we have started to believe our own lies. Any man who can say that "revelation, inspiration, illumination, and preservation" are not ALL interrelated is trying to pull our own wool over our own eyes. "The proof is in the pudding¡" is not in the Bible. "God's Word did not need defending" is not in the Bible. These are men's words who use their numbers or other men's sayings to soothe their conscience. The proof will be at the Judgment Seat of Christ. 2 Timothy 2:15, tells us (if we are to believe it is inspired), "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." My guess is that dividing causes divisions. But it is in the present tense for any future use. Jude tells us (if we are to believe it is inspired), "...ye should earnestly contend for the faith..." Dividing brings not only division, but contention. And that is one of the very arguments now being proffered by those who denounce the inspiration of the King James Authorized Version of 1611. Sometimes it gets bloody and nasty, unfortunately or fortunately, as Paul and others of us have found out. I have not been arrested seven times for preaching on the street corner for a book that was not inspired. And I did not send my children to Bible colleges because we believed in a book that wasn't inspired. And I dead sure ain't sending the rest of my children to a Bible college that doesn't believe the AV 1611 is inspired. Only modern day non-fighting fundamentalists who do not believe in defending and fighting for the inspiration of the King James Version would write "We only succeeded in saying many unkind things about each other, suspicioning each other, and alienating a multitude of younger pastors who had been looking to us for a role model and leadership but became confused and disenchanted with our near barbarism." There you have it. We want others to look to us as their political-religious saviours, not point them to God or His inspired Word. It seems, although they write and say to the contrary, the modern day fundamentalist wants to be the final authority since we really don't know what the originals say because only they were inspired. And since we don't have any inspired scripture now, you must trust us. Somewhere in the scriptures (if we are to believe they are inspired) and somewhere in Jeremiah 17:5, it says (if we are to believe it to be inspired), "Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm..." Hmm. Or was that really inspired?
Written with no apologies.
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