This will take us way back to the infancy of my website and ministry. One of the first blog posts I had done back in 2016 when I got started in the website and blogging world was related to the different "KJV Only Groups" and how they differ in their viewpoints and the way in which they operate.
One of the statements that I have always made and the book by David Cloud that I am linking to back it up is that those who sit in fundamentalist pews are usually the most biblically ignorant among all Christians. This is due in large part to the cult mentality that they typically share. It expresses itself in KJV Onlyism and man worship among other things.
What is sad is that many of the people like Hyles and others are followed almost blindly and even have excuses made for them, but if you are a genuine Pastor out there attempting to teach and instruct your congregation to study the Bible for themselves and don't happen to use the KJV; well you are cast out, excommunicated, and cast off as a blasphemous heretic.
In today's episode of KJV Only Nonsense we come to Matthew 20:20. There really are no lengths that someone involved in this type of radical Onlyism will go to cast a bad light on modern versions and increase their worship of the KJV, but in this case we get a pretty sad attempt to do so.
Last time in Part 1 I dealt with some of the common verses raised by KJV-Onlyists when claiming that the modern versions have "taken" them out or "deleted" them. They claim they are "missing" verses and therefore because of this reason the modern versions are corrupt and attempting to pervert the Word of God and doctrine. I have dealt with this already and why this is not the case but it doesn't stop the radical form of this group from continuing to engage in this type of rhetoric.
"The original is what is inspired and inerrant and in so far as a translation accurately represents that original then you have an inspired and inerrant Bible." - Daniel Wallace
Daniel Wallace is one of the foremost authorities on this subject. He has written and taught on it for years. He was also involved in the John Ankerberg program that I have posted about before. I am attaching one of his well written articles as well.
For this post I want to consider some of the most common verses that are use by KJV-Onlyist's when they make their unfounded claims about the modern versions.
"The King James Only Controversy by its very nature, brings disruption and contention right into the local Christian church pews." - James White
By far there are two resources available today that cover this issue that are greater than every other. I will discuss the other at another time but for today Dr. James White's The King James Controversy is in view here. This book does an excellent job of outlining the issue at hand and presenting a strong case against the exclusive use of the King James Version.
Here is another excellent debate about the exclusive use of the KJV translation of the Bible. In this debate which took place I believe in 1995 (as you can tell since James White still had hair), there are men from different backgrounds to discuss the subject. There are men representing the NKJV, NIV and NASB translation committees and there is also Samuel Gipp and others who hold to KJV Onlyism.
As always with this discussion and Dr. White does an excellent job of pointing this out, the main difference can be simplified to the idea of whether or not any one particular translation should be used exclusively or not. Whether one prefers a certain translation over another or thinks one is superior to all others is certainly a discussion to be had where there is no real division, but when one or a group claims that a certain translation should be used exclusively and the others rejected then there is a major issue.
King James Onlyism in its most extreme form is heresy of the highest order. This is the group that claims that the KJV is the Bible "re-inspired" and therefore any and all manuscripts no matter what the date or the source is fundamentally irrelevant because God's Words are perfectly inspired and preserved in the KJV.