Many at HAC are saying, “What is the problem? We use the King James Bible, and you use the King James Bible!” That statement has been said by many, and the ones saying it act like “using” the KJB is the only issue.
Bro. Hyles would always use the illustration that if someone said they don’t believe the Bible, just pull out your Sword and use it, but this is different.
There are many people and groups that use the King James Bible, but it is not their final authority.
Bob Jones University “uses” the King James Bible. They say it is “the campus standard in the classroom and chapel pulpit,” but it is not their final authority. The Greek professor who tells which words are “really” supposed to be there and which ones were not translated right is the final authority.
The Mormons “use” the King James Bible, but it is not their final authority. The book of Mormon is their final authority.
There are many people that use the King James Bible, but that is not enough, and we should know the difference.
Bro. Hyles said in the sermon on calling a new pastor, it wasn’t enough to “use” the King James Bible, or to preach from it, but he had to believe it was the inspired and preserved Word of God, word for word.
At the King James Summit, we “learned” the King James Bible wasn’t inspired or preserved and even had errors in it. I do not believe that. I believe it is inspired and preserved and the inerrant Word of God.
When someone just “uses” it, but doesn’t believe it is inspired, preserved or inerrant, then the final authority has to be in something else.
The final authority then must be in the “Greek and Hebrew” or in the “preacher.” That is wrong and dangerous! We are not the authority, the Word of God is! As Baptists, we believe the Bible is the authority in all matters of faith and practice, not a Greek professor or any man!
Yes, we should use the Bible to preach and to get people saved, but we should also believe it is the inspired, preserved and inerrant Word of God. When you start to doubt your sword and believe it has errors, faults and flaws in it, then you will not have the confidence in your weapon in battle.
At the end of the morning session, a member of FBC who had gone to the summit bowed his head and with tears dripping out of his eyes on his open Bible told the pastor sitting beside him that when he got saved he was told his KJB was the Word of God and the authority. He then said he didn’t know what he had now.
Thanks for “strengthening” our faith in the Word of God!