Royal British Family Marks Four Centuries Of The King James Bible
s services and celebrations marked the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, also known as the Authorized Version, the top British churchman, the Archbishop of Canterbury, delivered a subtle slam against the greatest book ever published.
Amidst the pageantry and the official celebrations, in spite of his lip service to the obvious impact of the Bible on the world at large, Dr. Rowan Williams couldn't help but imply the Bible itself is fatally flawed by saying the translators
"would have been baffled and embarrassed by the idea of a perfect translation."
This was a backhand to the centuries old belief, largely communicated through the pages of the Scriptures themselves, that God's ways are higher than our ways, and He is able to preserve His words for posterity -- and that preservation of perfect teaching was clearly vested in the King James Version of the Scriptures.
Ironically, as the top church official who should be an unabashed proponent of the efficacy of Holy Scripture, with the articulate sleight made against the true Word of God indicating it's not actually the Word of God, the whited sepulcher that is the Archbishop could not seem to resist defiling himself with his own callous stupidity.
"Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him...But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man" (Mark 7:18, Matthew 15:18)
Nevertheless, the celebration surrounding the 400th anniversary of the printing of the Scriptures in the edition that has clearly stood the test of time, was attended by 2,000 at Westminster Abbey -- and the Queen of England herself attended the service.
For the unchurched crowd, the Anglican denomination, of which the Archbishop of Canterbury is considered the most influential leader, is also known as the Church of England. Dr. Williams feeblyy leads those who should be defending the efficacy of the Scriptures, as the body historically represented the formal assembly standing against the idea the Roman Magisterium, led by the Pope, had the final word on doctrine. This pivotal point in history, known as the Protestant Reformation, marked a reliance upon Scripture as the inerrant Word of God, as opposed to some council composed of frequently illiterate, unregenerate, and politically debauched priests.
Such critics, usually wearing the malicious cloak known as so called "scholarship," tell us the KJV is riddled with errors. Such ignore the text itself, which unequivocally states the following concerning God's Word:
"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 shalt preserve them from this generation for ever" (Psalms 12 6,7).
Few stop to realize that, with the idea they can pick and choose which verses are accurate, and which should be drawn from opposing translations, they are functioning as the facilitator of what is, and what is not, God's Word. Those immersed in the truth of the Spirit of the LORD know the "facilitator" is an Antichrist office, and such are hardly exhibiting the historic faith of the Saints. They are, in effect, saying "I believe in the inspired word of God, as long as it's properly translated," and by taking this Dialectially driven position, they look like a lamb, but they speak as a dragon.
This point cannot be understated. The one who decides to decide on what is, and what is not truly the Word of God, has moved into the role of mediator, and unless they are truly born again and "know the truth" (John 8:32) of Jesus Christ, they have become just another of the "many antichrists" (I John 2:18) the genuine Scriptures warn us about.
In this regard, the Archbishop of Canterbury showed up at Westminster Abbey in the garb of a lamb, but the Spiritually regenerate all recognize his words as emanating from the dragon who gave him his seat, and great authority.
For more on the Bible translation issue, and how the subtle sleights and outright broadsides launched against the KJV have profound Spiritual implications, see the online video on THE KING JAMES CONTROVERSY.