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Christians Say the Darnedest Things: The King James Bible is Inerrant Says Shelton Smith

Tking james biblehis Book that I have in my hands, I read each day. When I stand to preach, I preach this Book – this is the Bible!

It is the Word of God. It is a Book so spe­cial that we treat it with the utmost respect. We hold it dear and precious to our hearts.

It is not a Book like any other books which men have written. This Book came to us in a unique way. God Himself gave it to us. When I read its message, it is not the mere musings of a sage, a prophet or an apostle. It is instead the revealed Word of God.


It [the Bible] is not the words of men but the Word of the Almighty God, who is the Creator of the world. The human penmen were employed of God to write His very words.

When we say it was given by inspira­tion of God, we mean that God Himself gave us His own words. That is why we use the terms verbal and plenary to describe what it is. Verbal has to do with His actual words. It is not just His ideas or concepts, but His words. When we say plenary, we mean inspired fully. It is not somewhat of God with the rest of it being man-made. It is in every sense a God-made Book.

Is the King James Bible the Word of God? Absolutely! Let us stop the quibbling. Either you have the Word of God or you do not. If your Bible is the Word of God, then you have something totally unique and very, very special.

What is your problem? Why do you feel the necessity to dismember, dissect and dilute the text? Why can you not just say, “My Bible is the Word of God; I believe it, I trust it and I honor it to the fullest?”


God has preserved His inspired Word for us. It is preserved in the Hebrew Masoretic text and in the Greek Textus Receptus. It is also preserved for us in the English in the King James Bible. What He at first inspired, the Lord God has now preserved. Therefore, when I hold the King James Bible in my hand, I hold the inspired text. It was inspired and now that inspired Word has been protected, preserved and provided for us!


What Is It That God Preserved? It is His Word, nothing more and noth­ing less! Remember Psalm 12:6-7 says, “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, puri­fied seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shall preserve them from this generation for ever.”


Is the King James Text Reliable and Trustworthy? It is indeed! About your King James Bible you can say it is authentic, accurate and authoritative. It is God’s Word preserved for us in English. It is true and trustworthy. The inspired text has been preserved for us; therefore, it is inerrant and infallible.

— Shelton Smith, Independent Baptist, Why I Only Use The King James Bible

Smith is the editor of the Sword of the Lord — an IFB newspaper.


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    I think “god” has a poor memory for details – read the Gospels and put together a cohesive version of the death and resurrection of Jesus. How many angels,were at the tomb? How many women saw the risen Jesus? Were there really dead people walking around Jerusalem as in Matthew’s version? How coukd an infallible, omniscient god get so many details wrong, or allow his writers to get them wrong? But the B-I-B-L-E is good enough for some folks, I guess – or they just don’t notice the inconsistencies.

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    Playing a little circle game with words, are we, Shelton? The Bible is true because the Bible? The lack of human reasoning is so profound as to make the man sound more than a bit dull around the edges…The entire point of the yacking-on has to do with the emotional NEED to delude oneself and others. And why would somebody do that for a living? Well, ask any evangelical preacher…

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    I don’t understand this obsession with the Kings James Bible in particular. What, in the minds of these people, makes that particular translation (out of the hundreds if not thousands of other ones over the years) more reliable than any other?

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    My old IFB church used to get those Sword of the Lord traveling preachers. Goodness, they were awful. They’d shout, probably to hide the emptiness of their words making everyone’s ear drums bleed in the church. Pound the pulpit, praise the KJV.

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    An IFB church planted in my small UK village has an american pastor and is part USA-funded. I’m sure he writes home that he is shining the light of the gospel into this heathen place. (Actually we’ve won awards for our community spirit and care for one another a lot.) He announced an Awana club which made me laugh. I’m a reading buddy in the school…expecting children under 10yo to read/memorise KJV bible verses is like introducing them to Shakespeare when they are still at ‘The cat sat on the mat’ stage. Guess he’s sure the holy spirit interprets it…but it’s just so totally age-inappropriate and irrelevant, I don’t think he’ll get far thankfully. But no doubt he is telling his supporters of his great success in soul-winning in this dark satanic location, praise to the KJV!!

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