So what about the New King James Version??
Genesis 3:1 reads “Now the serpent was MORE SUBTIL than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made….”
One would think that the New King James Version would be closer to the King James version…Well, there are some subtle differences, or shall I say “subtil” differences…
KING JAMES VERSION v. NEW KING JAMES VERSION
just a few taken from: http://www.libertytothecaptives.net/KJvsNKJV.TXT
2 Tim 2:15 KJV: “STUDY to shew thyself approved unto God …”
NKJV: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God…”
Comment: We are supposed to STUDY the Word of God.
Matt 18:11 KJV: “For the Son of Man IS come to save that which was lost.”
NKJV: “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.”
Comment: The NJKV says Jesus Christ “has come” to save that which was
lost; a PAST TENSE statement. The NKJV implies that ALL who were to
be saved, HAVE BEEN saved. Not true. Anyone TODAY can be saved
by Jesus. The correct reading is PRESENT TENSE. There are
NUMEROUS places where the NKJV changes the verb tense. These
types of NKJV corruptions are very subtle.
Psalm 109:6 KJV: “Set thou a wicked man over him: and let SATAN stand at his right hand.” NKJV: “Set a wicked man over him, And let an accuser stand at his right hand.”
Comment: Satan has been REMOVED from this verse in the NKJV.
Before you say, “At least I’ll get the gist of the Word,” let’s look at 3 other subtil changes:
Matt. 18:26 KJV: “The servant therefore fell down, AND WORSHIPPED HIM, saying, LORD, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.” NKJV: “The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.'”
Comment: The NKJV deletes WORSHIPPED HIM, and LORD is watered down to just ‘Master’.
Gen. 22:8 KJV: “And Abraham said, My son, God will provide HIMSELF a lamb for a burnt offering …” NKJV: “And Abraham said, My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.
Comment: It is true, as the NKJV says, that God did provide FOR himself a sacrifice. However, that is only part of the story. The NKJV totally misses the deeper, and more amazing truth: GOD WAS the sacrifice! The KJV wording is perfect: “God will provide HIMSELF” (in the form of his son Jesus Christ) as the sacrifice.
Rom. 6:22 KJV: But now being made free from sin, and become SERVANTS to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end, everlasting life. NKJV: But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life…
SLAVES of God?! That interferes with your whole view of Christianity! The NKJV calls me a SLAVE of God, but the King James Version lets us know that we SERVE a loving God; “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” [John 8:36]
So Why Is This Happening???
Satan’s plan has always been to DIVIDE the body of Christ. The Apostle Paul states,
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. [1 Corinthians 1:10]
Not only has the enemy divided the church through the various “Christian” sects or denominations, he has also given us a different gospel.
<–Click on image to read about pagan symbology on the New King James!
In an attempt to find an “easier” version to read, we’ve gained access to “new” corrupted versions that is weakening the deity of Jesus Christ, presenting Christianity in a distorted sense, and presenting Satan in a more positive light. We were warned about this in 2nd Corinthians 11:14-15:
If the New King James was really intended to be easier to understand, then the only changes would have been converting Old English words, but even dropping the thou’s, thee’s, & ye’s can make a difference in interpretation. God specifically commanded that His Words not be tampered with:
YE SHALL NOT ADD unto the word which I command you, NEITHER SHALL YE DIMINISH ought from it that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” [Deuteronomy 4:2]
Sadly, many do not see anything wrong with changing the Holy Word of God for the sake of simplicity. There are some Christians, and even church leaders, who are not aware of the dilution of the modern bible versions. But for many, a serious lack of faith among the church and its leaders can explain why we have accepted these modern, distorted versions of the gospel. Some ministers use modern bible translations because they feel that some verses in the King James could have been translated better; however, due to their use of multiple versions and prior studies of the Bible in theology school or through additional texts, they do not consider the effects of their congregation relying solely on the watered down versions. As a matter of fact, some ministers believe that the modern versions are beneficial to their congregation because they believe the King James text is too difficult for their congregation or doubt they will engage in their own study. Yet ministers can forget that
1) All believers, not just ministers, are supposed to study the word [2 Tim 2:15]
2) Although other teachers are helpful, ultimately every believer has access to The Teacher who guides us into ALL truth–The Holy Spirit:
1 Corinthians 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
Because the modern-day church learns primarily from one pastor over the course of years, this long-time dependency on a pastor can foster a lack of faith in what the Holy Spirit alone will teach us.
So whose words can we trust???
Let’s not forget God’s love and grace! God promised us that His Words would be kept.
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.[Psalm 12:6-7]
The King James Bible (KJV) a.k.a the Authorized Version has been around since the 1600s. There are PLENTY of commentaries and other sources that can ASSIST you with your Bible readings, so we don’t have to REPLACE our Bibles that’s been around for centuries. If you feel that the King James version is not the best English version, I pray that you seek a DEEPER study of the word not a SIMPLER study with the various modern versions (e.g. New International Version, New King James Version, New American Standard Version, Living Bible, etc.).
Last, but not least, DON’T FORGET GOD’S POWER!! If you feel you do not understand the Bible–remember God’s Words are spirit [John 6:63] and will be revealed over time when you seek Him. Therefore, whenever you read the Bible, it is important to ask our Heavenly Father for the Holy Spirit to guide you as you read and reveal to you the message He wants you to receive in Jesus‘ name.
Love you all,