From "The Answer Book" ©1989 Samuel C. Gipp. Reproduced by permission
QUESTION: What if there really ARE mistakes in the King
ANSWER: Then it's up to YOU to find the Book that God
was talking about in Psalm 12:6,7 and Jesus was talking about in
EXPLANATION: I learned a great lesson in the late 1960's. I
watched on television as riotous hippies burned down the Bank of
America offices. Other rioters razed entire neighborhoods to the
chant of "Burn, Baby, Burn." The hippies' claim was that they had
to burn this country to the ground in order to build a new one. And
THAT is what I learned: ANY hippie can burn down a building,
but I've NEVER seen even one building that a hippie built.
The cruel truth is that when you become a rebel against
authority, such as the hippies were, you become an EXPERT in
the art of destruction (II Peter 2:9-15). A life committed to
destroying is difficult to reverse. Thus, hippies know how to
destroy buildings which were built by others. But they cannot
build anything in a productive manner that improves on what
This rebellious hatred for AUTHORITY is also manifested in
the rabid attacks on the Holy Bible by self-proclaimed scholars.
They can wax eloquent in their destructive criticism of God's
perfect Book. Then after reducing it to ashes in the hearts and
minds of students and church members, are unable to replace it
with anything that even compares with the divine writings they have
so viciously attacked.
If you have been convinced by some spiritual hippie that the
King James Bible has mistakes in it, then I suggest you ask them to
REPLACE it with a Bible that is perfect.
They may point to the New International Version, or New
American Standard Version, or New King James Version as a
"better translation." But no one will DARE to claim that any of
these are the Bible referred to in Psalm 12:6,7 or Matthew 24:35.
If you press the issue they will most likely run you through the
brambles and briers of the claim that God's Word is found only in
"the Greek." But the fact is that their very limited knowledge of the
original languages leaves them unable to read, study or preach
from either Hebrew or Greek. Even if they COULD translate
either the Textus Receptus or the local Egyptian text of Alexandria
literally, they would be forced to admit that there are readings in
both that they cannot accept as infallible.
The FACT is, that, like their hippie counterparts of the late
1960's they find themselves standing on a pile of smoldering ruins,
without any ability whatsoever to rebuild even an outhouse, let
alone render a perfect Bible.
No, if you have been convinced by someone that the King
James Bible has errors IN SPITE of the facts, then you have
accepted that thesis for only one reason; your love for and loyalty
to the Bible's antagonist. The critic is your father, brother, pastor,
youth director, college professor, or just someone you love too
much to confront or withstand on the Bible issue.
So, if you have been convinced by someone that the Authorized
Version has mistakes in it, you should toss your King James Bible
into the wastebasket on top of your NIV, NASV, NKJV and
both of the Greek texts. Then go to that person, fall on your
knees, kiss their ring and say, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to
But remember one thing: Your God is a REBELLIOUS