Summary: Last week we had someone come into our Wednesday evening gathering making forceful statements about the KJV Bible and other Bibles as well. This is an attempt to help our people understand where the KJV came from and where it stands among other Bibles.

What About the KJV Bible?

Please stand as we read our newest memory Scripture together …

2 Timothy 4:3-4

“The time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

“They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”

And our memory refresher verse(s) for today is(are) …

Matthew 22:37-40

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.

“And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Please open your Bibles to: Psalm 119:9-16

(the CENTER of the Bible)

I have heard it said that Psalm 119 is chapter of the Bible that falls exactly in the center of the Bible. Other people say that it is Psalm 118. Either way, if you open your Bible to the middle you should be pretty close to Psalm 119.

And, what is Psalm 119 all about? Psalm 119 is about the wisdom that comes from knowing and following the Word of the LORD all the days of your life!

With that in mind let’s read from God’s Word: Psalm 119:9-16

May God bless the reading of His Word!

(Prayer for help with today’s message)

God’s Holy Word is VITAL to the life of a follower of Jesus Christ!

Does anyone know what this is? This is a King James Bible.

The KJV Bible is a good Bible.

The KJV Bible was originally translated in England between the years of 1604 and 1611. And since that time tens of thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands or millions of Christians have depended on this translation of the Word of God for their spiritual life.

Many have been saved by the power of the Holy Spirit moving in their souls as they read through the KJV Bible.

Many have been sanctified holy and dedicated their lives to the Lord by the power of the Holy Spirit moving in their souls as they studied the KJV Bible.

Many are now in heaven because they had access to the KJV Bible and the Word of the Lord came alive in their hearts as they read through the pages.

I thank God for the KJ Bible!

The KJ Bible is a good Bible.

The KJ Bible is not the best translation ever and it is not the worst translation either.

The KJ Bible is a good translation.

Did you ever wonder how the KJV of the Bible came to be?

It is not the first Bible ever to be printed in English.

So, what caused King James I to authorize the translation of the Bible?

Just as a side note …

Sometimes the KJV is called the “Authorized” Bible.

In England in the 1600’s a person could be put to death for translating the Bible into English without permission from the King.

King James I “authorized” or gave permission to have the Bible translated.

Let me give you an example of what I mean …

If I wanted to build a house I would have to go to the local authority to obtain a building permit. The building permit would “authorize” me to build a house in the area controlled by that authority.

In the same way, King James I authorized the translation of the Bible.

So … WHY did King James I authorize the translation of the Bible?

It all started with King Henry VIII. Prior to King Henry VIII England was a Catholic nation with the church properties, the priests and much political power being controlled by the Bishops who were under the control of the Pope.

King Henry VIII wanted a marriage annulment. He needed an annulment because the Catholic Church does not believe in divorce. An annulment, on the other hand, basically says that the Sacrament of Matrimony never took place to begin with.

The church would not grant an annulment so King Henry VIII seized all of the assets of the Catholic Church in England and set himself up as the head of the newly formed Church of England. This was done through an act of parliament.

After Henry’s death his son, Edward V (by Jane Seymour), reigned for six years as the head of the Church of England.

After Edward’s death, Henry’s daughter, Mary (by Queen Katherine of Aragon), came to power. Mary was a staunch Catholic and immediately returned England to Catholicism. She also began persecuting the protestant Christians, many of whom fled to Geneva, Switzerland.

After Mary’s death, Henry’s daughter, Elizabeth I (by Anne Boleyn), came to power and she reestablished the Church of England making her the Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

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