I would like to respond to Dr. Gore’s well-written article (“Baptists Ask” column: “Why do some Baptists only use the King James Bible translation,” Page 5) in the Oct. 2 Arkansas Baptist News.
There are some substantial arguments for usage of the King James Bible.
There are philosophical arguments. Would God not protect and superintend the transmission of the original text?
There are logical arguments. Perhaps the reason that some manuscripts or fragments on which modern versions are based are in good shape is that they were used very little. They were used very little because they were deemed inaccurate by early Christians.
There are textual arguments. These relate primarily to the New Testament. The traditional text of the New Testament is represented by the Received Text. It is far more representative of the type of Greek used in New Testament times. For example, Greek in the first century used a moveable “nu” – this is similar to our “n.” It is a spelling variant. Its usage in the Received Text is proportionally similar to that found in New Testament times. While this variation has no effect on meaning, it would seem to indicate the meticulous degree to which the text was very carefully and accurately transmitted.