“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matthew 7:15-20 AV)
If it looks like and apple, but does not taste like an apple, it is either not an apple, or the taster doesn’t know the taste of an apple. Using the same testing system with the modern Bibles compared to the Authorized King James Version, we wish to show what is the true Bible. We want to test the taste, so God’s Word shows us how to do this. “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. (1 Peter 2:1-3 AV) The test needed here is the graciousness of the Lord. So, lets compare the graciousness of the Lord, the KJV with the NewKJV:
“But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.” (Galatians 3:22 KJV)
“But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.” (Galatians 3:22 NKJV)
We want to point out here the element of comparative graciousness between these texts. The KJV tells us that the Word of God has CONCLUDED all under sin. This leaves no opportunity for further judgment of the situation. It is final, concluded, the end of the matter, period!
The NewKJV tells us that the Word of God has CONFINED all under sin. This leaves room for further judgment, possible negotiations or purging for purposes of release from confinement.
The latter, NewKJV, negates grace, commonly expressed as unmerited favor, whereas the former, KJV, provides no escape from the judgment other than grace. So, from 1Peter 2:1-3, above, you can now compare the tastes of these two texts to determine which has that of the Lord’s graciousness. Obviously, the KJV does.
Notice, also, for a further taste test in the same texts that the faith promised in each case is different. So, being different we should be able to taste the difference. The KJV tells us that the promised faith is that “OF JESUS CHRIST”; the NewKJV says that the promised faith is “IN JESUS CHRIST”. If we take a taste of our human faith, (faith IN Jesus Christ) we’ll quickly shudder with disgust. However what a sweet and lasting taste is that of Christ’s faith, that “faith OF Jesus Christ” as given in the KJV. Here again is the taste that the Lord is gracious in that he has graciously given of His faith for our use. We conclude here that the KJV has the taste of truth.
Someone speaking recently of the King James Version said that it has “flavor”. We heartily agree. The simple test made here involves only one verse; there are many other verses that change the verb tenses, deny that He is the creator of all things, take away the deity of Jesus, require self-holiness and self-sanctification (works). Other articles in this web page explain these corruptions of God’s Word.
WTL Ministry www.wtlministry.org 7/6/02