By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen
First Baptist Church
Is Satan attacking the King James Version of the Bible? ( If you are not familiar with Bible translations, this one was first published in 1611 A. D. by The Church Of England, and it has been the world’s most-popular translation since then, or at least up until recent decades. It is also known as the King James Bible, the KJV, and the Authorised Version. It was authorised by King James back in the 1600’s. It is a good translation, although getting used to its antiquated language takes time.) Now, back to my question: Is Satan attacking the King James Version? Without hesitation, I can emphatically say, “Yes, he is!” Satan is doing so because, in spite of its antiquated language, it faithfully expresses the original languages from which it was translated, and it, therefore, faithfully presents to us every fundamental truth of the Christian faith. Satan knows the Bible is the Word of God, so he diligently works to attack it. In 1 Peter 5:8 & 9, the apostle Peter told Christians this important truth: “Be sober, be vigilant: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” One of the key ways that the devil/ Satan, attacks Christians is by attacking the Word of God, the Bible. And he attacks non-Christians in the same way. He sows seeds of doubt about the truths of the Bible in the minds of both Christians and non-Christians.
But the fact of the matter is, Satan is not only attacking the King James Version. He is attacking all other Bible translations that faithfully express the languages in which the Bible was originally written, and which, therefore, faithfully present to us every fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith. Besides the King James Version, here are some other English Bible translations that Satan is attacking: the New King James Version, the English Standard Version, the New American Standard Version, the Holman Christian Standard Bible, and the New International Version. I have less faith in New International Version that the others mentioned, but it still presents the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith just as they are found in the Bible’s original languages. The persons involved in all of these translations believed, just like the translators of the King James Version, in the fundamentals of the Christian faith, and they, therefore, sought to clearly express them in their translations. This is why their translations are under Satanic attack. We may not like how some things are worded in these translations, but no cardinal doctrine of Christianity is left out of them. These translations are not deliberate attempts to attack the Christian faith, as is the so-called Jehovah’s Witnesses so-called Bible translation, which was made in order to fool readers into thinking the Bible supports their non-Christian beliefs.
Very cleverly, Satan is using well-meaning Christians to attack the good translations mentioned above simply because those translations are not the King James Version. Many King James Version-onlyists speak out against these translations, even though the fundamentals of the faith are found in them. It is plain to see that Satan would be behind this attack on God’s truth. He is unable to eliminate the Bible altogether from the face of the earth, so he stomps on its truths with the heels of anyone available, even well-meaning Christians. Let me give two examples of how this is done. In Isaiah 14:1, the King James Version says, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to ground, which didst weaken the nations!” But the NIV (New International Version) says in Isaiah 14:12, “How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!” Many King James Version-onlyists strongly oppose the NIV because it does not say, as does the King James Version, “Lucifer,” a term for Satan, but “morning star,” a term for Jesus Christ. But had they done some homework on this subject, they would not have attacked the NIV. If they had looked at the marginal note in the 1611 King James Version, they would have seen that it gives an alternate reading for “Lucifer.” The marginal note in my 1611 KJV says, “Or, O daystarre.” Had these KJV-onlyists looked up the word “Lucifer” in The New Wilson’s Old Testament Word Studies, they would have found this definition: “according to LXX., Vulg., Targ., Rabbib., Luth., brilliant star, i. e. Lucifer, the morning star. This suits best with the context and parallelism. Isa. xiv.12.” Had these persons looked up the meaning of “Lucifer” in the Strongest Strong’s Concordance of the King James Version, they would have found this definition: “from the base meaning ‘shining one,’ this refers to an object in the night sky, often translated ‘morning star,’ and possibly referring the planet Venus; fig. used as a title of the king of Babylon (Isa. 14:12) The Latin ‘lucifer’ also means ‘shining one,’ and has become a title of Satan due to a traditional equation of the king of Babylon with the devil.” Here is a second example to make my point: Many years ago, the NIV (New International Version) was attacked because it, so we were told, left out the blood of Christ. Though I was not then very fond of the NIV, and still have reservations about its principles of translation, I decided to check out the claim that the NIV had left out the blood of Christ. So, I looked up every verse in the KJV New Testament that made specific reference to the Lord’s blood, and then looked at those same verses in my 1984 edition of the NIV. What did I find? Only one verse in the NIV, Colossians 1:14, did not make specific reference to the blood of Christ. Now, is it right to say the NIV leaves out the blood of Christ, when the difference between it and the KJV is only one verse? Of course not! But, many persons who have heard this same falsehood about the NIV promoted by KJV-onlyists, have begun to oppose it because they didn’t bother to look into it themselves.
As said above: Is Satan attacking the King James Version? Yes! But the fact of the matter is, he is not only attacking the King James Version. He is attacking all other Bible translations that faithfully express the languages in which the Bible was originally was written, and which, therefore, faithfully present to us every fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith. We should not let ourselves be used by the devil to stomp his heels on God’s truth, even if we don’t like the translation(s) in which it is found. God’s truth will ultimately prevail over Satan, just as the graphic above demonstrates. In God’s time, Satan will be forever confined to the eternal lake of fire.