This is the sixteenth installment in The Sounds of Fundamentalism series. This is a series that I would like readers to help me with. If you know of a video clip that shows the crazy, cantankerous, or contradictory side of Evangelical Christianity, please send me an email with the name or link to the video. Please do not leave suggestions in the comment section. Let’s have some fun!
Today’s Sound of Fundamentalism is a song titled The KJV. This video features clips of sermons preached by Independent Fundamentalist Baptist evangelical Phil Kidd. The song was written by Jason Cizek.
The KJV debate drives me mad. It is a translation! Even if you are a Christian you must acknowledge that the King James was translated by men. What makes it more holy than modern translations??? Yes the NIV takes Satan out of Psalm 109. That is because in the original manuscripts (or at least the copies of the originals we have) the Hebrew says an accuser and not Satan.
I just heard the great pontificator, Jack Hyles shouting from a pulpit (a sermon from ’91) about how his momma drilled into him that the Bible was Word of God and how his faith from momma was shaken in his first (and only, I think) semester at Texas University or whatever it was called long ago. He shouts on and on about how his mother taught him that the KJV was the word of God and after much shouting and hard breathing he asks; Should I believe the professor about the Bible or my momma? Was the professor right or was my momma….? Why I would rather my own children never read or write than have them attend a heathen university! Oh my, oh my, what a depth he plumbs!
At least the wretched man is honest in his wish to do harm. If his kids had to attend a heathen school, then they would not learn to read or write. Now that is real Jesus faith. His children are so so fortunate. (Listen to his daughter’s presentation at TEDx for a pretty good history. With all of the sexual drama in his life and the lives of some of his kids, we can surely look to the KJV to guarantee us a good time! Look what it has done for them!
After reading the title image I’m here thinking, “The word ‘satan’ literally means ‘accuser’ though.”
Ah the ignorance of those who claim the Bible is the literal word of God. You’d think knowing the literal meaning of Hebrew words would be more important to them, but no. Clearly the translation that fails to translate and treats a title as a proper name is the correct one. (I suppose that is necessary if one wishes to ignore the distinct lack of references to “Satan” as a specific individual in the earliest biblical texts).