Is the NKJV a counterfeit translation? Listen Below

The audio below is a podcast response to an article written by Terry Watkins on the NKJV. The article begins by first defining the word 'counterfeit' and then the author draws attention to Satan's deceptive tactics and desires for his reader to see a connection between the two.

Counterfeit: to imitate or copy closely especially with intent to deceive.

 The greatest method of deception is to counterfeit. And the master of counterfeit and deception is Satan. The Bible in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 warns of Satan's counterfeit: "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness;. . ." Isaiah 14: 14 tells of Satan's ultimate counterfeit: ". . . I will BE LIKE the most High." And among his greatest counterfeit's is the New King James Bible (NKJV). Christians that would never touch a New International Version (NIV), New American Standard (NASV), Revised Standard (RSV), the New Revised Standard (NRSV) or other per-versions are being "seduced" by the subtle NKJV. And though the New King James does indeed bear a "likeness" to the 1611 King James Bible, as you'll soon see, there's something else coiled (see Genesis 3:1) "underneath the cover" of the NKJV....more can be found at http://www.av1611.org/nkjv.html.


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  1. Here’s my unscholarly view on this. Nearly every preacher I've heard explains scripture passages in the common vernacular while preaching. What if there was a Bible written in the common vernacular. Would it not be God's word because it wasn't the King James Version? Words are for conveying a message. It is the message that is important, not the actual words. Words of the same language change from region to region in the same country. Words of a language change with time, sometimes a very short time. I remember when gay meant happy and joyful. If the message that God has for you is conveyed, hasn't he kept his promise to preserve his word, regardless of the actual words used? How do we grow and become like Christ? We hide the word in our heart. What is the word? The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Who teaches us? The Holy Spirit indwells us when we are saved and as we read His word, translated into the language and dialect we can best understand, we get His message. He is in our heart teaching us as we move through life's experiences. Scripture is His written word... scribed. It is A way to convey His message. The actual written words MUST change as language, dialect, culture, colloquialism, education levels etc. change, in order for God to be able to convey His MESSAGE to all men everywhere throughout all time. One of the books I used when I was studying the evolution of the English Bible was a little paperback titled A Brief History of the English Bible Translations by Laurence M. Vance. It's been a while since I read it but there must have been 20 English versions leading up to the KJV. The question that kept going through my head was... if the last one wasn't good enough, where was God's word in the interim? I think the answer is they all were. You see, the MESSAGE did not change, it was the same, it was just said in the way it needed to be said as the language evolved. The language of the KJV is not the vernacular of Americans today. Does God want them to die and go to hell because they stumble over 400 year old English? I have often put the KJV in "plain English" when witnessing or counseling. I put it in the jargon that individual can understand… the language we both speak. God is bigger than any language and His message will get through no matter what man does. I don’t believe we were called to defend a translation of the Bible. God promised He would preserve His word. I think this next passage shows what God wants us to be concerned about.
    “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you took care of Me; I was in prison and you visited Me.” - Matthew 25:31-36 Holman Christian Standard Bible - There is a lot of kindness we can do and it speaks VOLUMES to people. Kindness and compassionate actions help people SEE Christ. (Just look at His life!) It might make them seek Him. Sounds like "lifestyle evangelism" AND sounds Biblical! That’s because it is. We have the message of His WAY; His TEACHING recorded in around 2,000 languages. The message that He spoke will not pass away. Our languages evolve and pass away continually; it is nothing short of miraculous that we understand His WAY through it all. His message is this: I LOVE YOU! I SACRIFICED ALL FOR YOU! All I want out of this deal is that you love me back; love your neighbor and tell him about Me. Live free, abundant, joyous lives.

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