When asked if he was a defender of the Bible, the preacher, C. H. Spurgeon replied “I’d sooner defend a lion”. He was referring to the King James Version.
I believe the King James Bible is the most accurate English version of the Holy Scriptures. Do I believe God kept errors of substance out of the first printed Greek text? Or did He keep them out of the Massoretic Hebrew text, which the Reformers used to translate the Old Testament? Did God keep the Reformers from making demonstrable mistakes when translating the Old Testament into English? Yes, I'm prepared to try and defend all those positions - if or when you throw a googly at me and tell me I'm a hopeless unscholarly obscurantist!!
However, no one has yet seriously tried to convince me of the errors in my mind about the Bible - so there must be little or nothing wrong with the standpoint I adopt. Ridicule is not the same as convincing argument, not to a reasonable man! Do me a favour then, and point out one obvious, clear, irrefutable, unavoidable mistake in the KJV. Whether or not you would then be prepared to hear out an explanation which seeks to justify that same KJV rendering (or its approximate marginal equivalent), is another kettle of fish. Doubtless some of us revere Martin Luther's memory so much, because his was a case of Martin contra mundum.
Further to the cause of the KJV, there'll be an "unconventional Convention" in Sydney's Anglican cathedral soon. Here's an introduction to it.
On Monday 13th June 2011 A.D. the Queen’s Birthday will be celebrated with a Convention on THE KING’S BIBLE.
Here's a video invitation from Phillip Jensen:
If you would like the 'drift' on Philip Jensen click on this link
Here’s an invitation also from Greg Clarke. Greg Clarke is a writer with the Public Centre for Christianity You can read Greg's profile here.
Here's a cinematic video trailer you can use online or at church to promote QBC IV. And here's another trailer:
Philip Jensen and Greg Clarke ask:
"Why should you come along?
The Holy Bible.
It’s the first book ever printed.
It’s the best-selling book of all time.
The word Bible means book.
And the word Holy means different, distinct, transcendent."
"Come and celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible as we reflect on the Bible's past, continuing, and future impact on our society and the world."
There'll be Convention-sized singing led by gifted musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium. Food will be on offer: "A plentiful and spectacular morning and afternoon tea! Subsidised parking at St Andrew’s House car park."
VENUE: St Andrew's Cathedral, corner George & Bathurst Sts, Sydney.
DATE AND TIME: Monday 13th June 2011, 10am - 5pm.
$20 per person - for a Pre-Registered Group of 10+ by 1st June 2011
$25 per person - Pre-Registered by 1st June 2011
$30 per person - On The Day
You can register your payment in 1 of 3 ways:
- IN person at the Cathedral office
- ON 9265 1661
- AT www.queensbirthdayconvention.com
Meanwhile, I'll be beavering away here in Poole, on the south coast of England, blogging on the KJV, in the hope that each coming generation will discover the amazing book, and will love it enough to read it constantly, privately and publicly - and believe every word of it!! May the KJV live for ever