King James Onlyism

Factors in favor of Not-KJVO

  • While most literature written against KJVO has a sincere, level-headed attitude, most KJVO literature ABUSES PUNCTUATION and makes bold a lot of their ideas which is downright annoying. Trying to get through a KJVO book is an exercise in patience as it seems like they are yelling at you the whole time. Not to mention the fact that if you’ve been unlucky enough to doubt the position you are called a liberal, apostate, heretic, or worse.
  • KJVO authors believe that if you don’t believe the same thing they do, you are not worthy of honorary titles such as Dr. So-and-so, and may call you names. Example, I dare you to find the phrase "Dr. White" mentioned in One Book Stands Alone or on D.A. Waite’s website.
  • OBSA (mentioned above) has some arguments in it even a Bible College dropout like myself can see right through. If someone like me can take apart your arguments, what does that say about the case you’re trying to make?
  • KJVO authors get incredibly defensive. For example, Dr. White says that his aim is not to attack the King James Bible. The author of OBSA is incredulous at this and calls him a blatant liar. He is not able to take a step back from his position for a second to see that Dr. White is only attacking the idea of KJV-Onlyism. Pointing out translational errors in the KJV is not attacking it from the standpoint of someone coming from a textual critic position—it’s merely pointing out what he considers to be facts.
  • Whenever you hear an audio debate between the two sides, the KJVO advocate comes off sounding unprepared and ignorant.

Factors in favor of KJVO

  • I can not 100% relinquish this view (that has been part of my family for generations) until I have enough knowledge/evidence to be able to successfully answer anyone who may try to "win me back". My dad has a master’s degree in Theology, and I imagine he could mount quite a case. If I announce that I renounce KJV-Onlyism and am easily shut down in the sure to ensue debate, then that doesn’t look good from the position of those people in my family that are looking to me for leadership.

Notes

What is known of the school of Antioch’s founder, the martyr-presbyter Lucian (d. 312), is minimal, with the exception of his having been a keen Biblical student who revised the Greek texts of the Septuagint and the New Testament.

Jerome tells us that the Churches of Antioch and Constantinople preferred a text revised by the martyr Lucian, while at Alexandria the text approved of was that of a certain Hesychius.

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