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Why Choose the KJV or NKJV over the NIV, NASB, or ESV? or visa versa - link
I haven't written much on my views when it comes to what English version of the Bible I prefer. This will probably be one of my first posts concerning this issue. I was raised in a church that used the NIV as their main text to read out of, but after I recieved Christ in the Baptist tradition, I picked up a KJV, and then began to notice differences. Then, I went through a long series of study and research, and in some way am still not done. I will probably share my journey on another post, but for now I will leave a link with you to ponder. Currently I prefer the Byzantine set of NT manuscripts (ie..NKJV or KJV) over the Alexandrian set of NT manuscripts or "Critical Text" (ie..NIV, NASB, RSV, ESV, NLT, HCSB, etc.....). I think that this issue is widely overlooked due to the fact that the Critical Text has won the day among modern scholars. The basic basis for their stance hones in on the fact that the Critical Text is older than most of the other manuscripts, and therefore should be given preference. I disagree mostly with that premise, but won't elaborate on it at the momet. However, what I will do, is leave you with a link to check out. It is a forum where some Reformed Christians discuss the issue between using the NKJV and the ESV, and if you would like to look at some further information on the Greek Manuscripts, check out my section at the bottom of the page concerning Biblical manuscripts. I hope that these links are helpful.
We are going through the book of Ephesians in my church, and our pastor has been doing an excellent job in expositing the Scriptures faithfully. Today I think we are nearing Ephesians 5, and I am interested for sure in what he has to say about it. Nevertheless, there is a verse in this chapter, verse 4 to be exact that has always interested my thoughts, and I have never gotten a straight answer from anyone on. Here it is. "1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. 3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting , which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor
I had the opportunity to watch the 2 hour debate between Jeff Riddle and James White on the text of Ephesians 3:9. Unfortunately, I haven't had the time to watch the one on the ending of Mark, but I hope to do so sometime in the future. Time is a commodity that is hard to come by these days. After watching the debate between these two brothers who oppose each other over which is the best Biblical Text to support in Ephesians 3:9, I had to think long and hard on the issue, because both of these men brought up some important points. I personally think that James White is the better debater of the two, but he has definitely had more experience. I am involved in two different Facebook groups that support each side, and both camps thought that their guy won the debate, which is typical of these kind of things. Here's the difference: The Textus Receptus: "And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in Go
The other night I was listening to a message from the late Adrian Rogers. The message was about the life of Ruth and the providence of God in it. Pastor Rogers addressed the issue of suffering and quoted A.W. Tozer who was quoting a man named Rutherford who apparently had been through a great deal of suffering. I found the excerpt online and wanted to share it. It is an excellent picture of the placement of God, his children, and the unrighteous judges of the land. The part God's sovereignty plays in the whole picture encompasses the entire message. My eyes were opened and my heart was comforted when I heard and read this. There is so much flakey "name-it-claim-it" stuff being preached and going on these days that never has been much help to me when facing the bitter realities of this world. I think that after reading the Bible and writings like this I can say that the bitterness of this world is to be expected, but there will come a day when we will be at total peace