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The Bible / Versions / God’s Promise:

A test:

(count how many you remember and then I’ll tell you how old you are!)

1. Candy cigarettes

2. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside

3. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles

4. Coffee shops with tableside juke boxes

5. Blackjack chewing gum

6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles, with cardboard stoppers

7. Party lines

8. Newsreels before the movie

9. PF Flyers

10. Butch wax

11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix identifying the exchange

12. or the one which became a hit Glenn Miller song title! (Pennsylvania 6-5000)

13. Peashooters

14. Howdy Doody

15. 45 rpm records

16. S&H Green Stamps

17. Hi-fi’s

18. Metal ice cube trays-with levers

19. Mimeograph paper

20. Blue flash bulbs

21. Roller skate keys

22. Cork pop guns

23. Drive-ins

24. Studebakers

25. Wash tub wringers

26. The Fuller Brush man

27. Reel-to-reel tape recorders

28. Tinkertoys

29. The Erector Set

30. 5 cent packs of baseball cards…with a pink slab of bubblegum

If you remembered 10 or less: You’re still young.

If you remembered 11 - 15: You are getting old.

If you remembered 16-20: Don’t tell your age.

If you remembered 21 or more: You’re older than dirt!

I’m thankful for some old fashioned things, but none more than the timeless Word of God!

Ps 119:89 -

For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

The Bible teaches that the Word has always existed in heaven (Jn. 1:1), and forever will!

There are many Scriptures that indicate God has providentially preserved His Word. Here are just a few.

Psalms 12:6-7 "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever."

Psalms 33:11 "The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations."

Psalms 100:5 "For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."

Matthew 24:35 (Jesus) "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."

Luke 16:17 "And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail."

1 Peter 1:23, 25 "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you."

One of the most often asked questions of our Church is, “What Bible do you use?” We answer unapologetically, "our official church version we have chosen is the King James Version." (from the pulpit / lectern) Then we like to clarify, that it is not the ‘end all’, we don’t worship it as a version, and many people carry parallels and use other versions in their studies...and that’s ok. I do (the Greek and Hebrew, but not everyone can do that)

We have to choose something, and this is what it’s always been, it’s what I want it to be! We all need to be on the same page when scripture is read. This is not to say a person has to carry it or cannot carry something else. I don’t want this to be a test of fellowship. Rather than fight and grind that axe I’d rather just open it and preach from it, even tonite! And I want to distance myself from some KJV people who hold a similar position to mine, but have a rotten ‘disposition’ about it.

I’d like to explain why we’ve chosen the version we have. It’s by conviction, as well as by preference…but first…

…more and more individual Christians and unfortunately Bible-believing churches are forsaking the King James Version altogether in favor of the more modern translations.

o Revised Version

o American Standard Version

o Revised Standard Version

o New English Bible

o Today’s English Version/Good News For Modern Man

o Living Bible

o New American Standard Bible

o New International Version

o Several others being added all the time

We don’t judge those who have done this, and we won’t part company over it. But there exists a huge controversy among Bible-believing, Independent, Baptist Fundamentalists as to whether or not the King James Version of the Bible is the Bible to be used. A desire exists to forsake the King James Version (KJV) for the more “modern” translations. The argument is put forward that the more modern translations are easier to read because the translations update the language and leave out all those "thee’s" and "thou’s." I am very sympathetic and understanding of that. I even agree, and yet I still have good reason not to change.

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