The KJV Code

You’ve heard of the Bible Code . . .
Perhaps you saw the Omega Code . . .
Then came The Da Vinci Code . . .
The fad has apparently yet to play itself out. “Codifying” the Word of God and the facts of Christianity past and future has passed from the hands of the pop-apologists (the Bible Code), the proponents of Millennial Madness (The Omega Code) and the gnostic/Templar historical revisionists into the hands of the radical KJV-Onlyists.
Dear readers, may I introduce to you the latest in computational linguistics presented through the foggy lens of Gail Riplinger and her AV Publications books?
Behold, The KJV Code!
On the reverse cover of her recent book, In Awe of Thy Word, Gail Riplinger invites her readers to “Understand the Mystery” of the King James Bible:
Discover what translators and past generations knew–exactly how to find the meaning of each Bible word, inside the Bible itself. Understand also what translators, such as Erasmus and Coverdale, meant when they spoke of the vernacular Bible’s holy letters and syllables. See how these God-set alphabet building blocks build a word’s meaning and automatically define words for faithful readers of the King James Bible–which alone brings forward the fountainhead of letter meanings discovered by computational linguists from the world’s leading universities.
Learn about how the research tools from the University of Toronto (EMEDD site moved to LEME) and Edinburgh University, which prove the purity of the KJV and the depravity of the new versions. Find out how only the King James Bible teaches and comforts through its miraculous mathematically ordered sounds. Meet the KJV’s built in English teacher, ministering to children and over a billion people around the globe.” [emphasis added]
P. T. Barnum was right . . . “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

Actually, for Riplinger to focus in on every word and letter of the KJV as divinely placed by God and therefore, never to be changed, is nothing new. In this book, Riplinger goes into painstaking detail how to construct a definition of the words in the King James Version by its context. Contending that modern dictionaries mislead modern readers as to the definitions of archaic King James words sometimes, she suggests, instead of getting a version translated in more modern English, the faithful King James Onlyist should get older dictionaries!

Like an environmentalist worrying about the delicate balance of the ecology, the King James Onlyist dares not to disturb the inspired wording of the King James Version, lest eternal verities which can only be mined from its decaying pages are lost forever, as if the gates of hell would prevail against the church if twenty-first century Christians read the Word of God translated for them in the language of twenty-first century Christians, using twenty-first century biblical textual scholarship.

Pray for those in your circle of influence who are involved with such paranoid isolationism that the Lord may reveal to them the weakness of the case built by King James Only propagandists like Gail Riplinger, Peter Ruckman, Bill Grady and others of their extreme persuasion.

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8 responses

  1. I make one comment of which there are many in my head and that is this; God is the One who wrote the Ten Commandments on the two tablets of stone, on both sides, those two tablets which He gave to Moses. Hmmmm, how did He do that?

    Exo 24:12 The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and wait there, that I may give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.”

    and

    Exo 31:18 And he gave to Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.

    If He is God then and Guttenberg was alive then, He could have reached right out of Heaven itself and with quill and indio ink done the same and had the Word printed off in a numerous supply so that each child could have their own replicated copy of the original.

    I make a modern twenty first century assertion here, God could have written those ten commandmants on the back of ten heathen people, tatooed em’ on their backs and paraded them around to each of the eleven camps by the Chief Priests in their turn, by lot of course and when then once they had died, they could each have been dehydrated and mummified and put on display for all to wonder at the Power of God to do the impossible all the while keeping the Commandments.

    Would the children have obeyed if He did it that way?

    Ok, am I now being foolish?

  2. Well, it is a rather colorful way of making a point, and I’m not quite sure what the point is, but the answer to the concluding question is, no, because the Law was revealed to expose our sin, and it was revealed not only to provide civil order to the geo-political nation of Israel under the Mosaic Covenant, but it likewise was given to expose their sin. It doesn’t matter what medium God reveals his Law with, the people were sinners. The Bible says where there is no Law sin is not imputed, and in another place, when the Law came, sin revived, and I [like the nation of Israel] died.

  3. Yeah, you are right, it was rather colorful.

    God can still cut stones out of stones and make tablets and with His finger write any ole’ thing He wants on them. I do remember you making the point in another post that He is Sovereign.

    The second time though, after Moses got angry and broke the two tablets, he had to go and cut the stones out of the stone, but God still wrote the Ten Commandments on that second pair too. I don’t believe He lost anything in of His Own Words or Their intent when rewriting them, do you?

    I was agreeing with you about how foolish we can become when we get to thinking the devil is up to no good with the Good Book. It’s God’s Good Book and if every original manuscript were lost and then some, my money is on His Memory to accurately and exactly Write the Word again just the way He Wrote it before, seeing as we have come to know and believe and understand about Them, They are the Same Yesterday, Today and Forever.

  4. The Captain loves him some KJV talk…

  5. Michael,

    Now you’re talking!

    Gage,

    You got that right, Bro! Hey, love the new portrait over at PTL! With the shades and the hat highlighting your smile you resemble Larry the Cucumber! Someday you’ll have to post a video of yourself NOT hitting the golf ball easy!

    Anyway, my friend loaned me the book over the weekend, but I warned him I’d be doing stuff like this with it. But he doesn’t care, because he doesn’t look at my posted ravings anyway unless I print them out and hand them to him.

    KJV-Onlyism is probably out of my system now. But you know, when you spend almost a decade listening to your cousin’s Ruckmanism, sometimes you just gotta unload. Now I know how my dad feels when he wants to talk smack about my mother, his ex-wife! 🙂

  6. The Summerian’s language passed down into lore first as the language of education then eventualy as the language of religion long after the spoken tongue was lost. Later Greek and Latin followed the same pattern as the languages of Education and religion. Buhdists have done the same with the Bali language written in sanskrit. Long after anyone remembered how to speak these languages they were all still used for educational as well as religious purposes.

    Why would anyone think that Elizabethan English would not do the same. Arguably that era saw the English language at its highest point. The KJV Bible was a huge influence on society, and history for 4 centuries following its translation in that era.

    Bible Believing Christians should take heed that they do not create the same idol out of language as other civilizations have done with their languages. Man tends to worship the creation rather than the creator. Language is no exception.

  7. How right you are, Joshua! And thanks for the great comment that puts these things in perspective. As I began to examine my convictions about the Bible and other matters by pulling my head out of the ground and exposing my ideas to the light of day, the truth of the matter began to come to the fore while that which only raised barriers between my traditions and the truth began to melt away.

    “King James Bible Believers” need to learn that their fixation on the King James Bible often seriously encroaches on their ability to keep Christ central in their lives and their ministry. The King James Version of the Bible was indeed a tremendous book in its own right, serving to stabilize the English language, and introduce the wider world to Christ at a time when the English-speaking people were the dominant power in the world. It should never be disrespected, not only as the Word of God, but as the greatest book ever written in the English language, but neither should it be enshrined, creating a third layer of language (Hebrew, Greek and English) to have to sort through in order for twenty-first century Christians to obtain access to God’s Word.

  8. Cap’n… – Larry the Cucumber and I have similar personalities… a video of me not hitting the ball easy.. (I’ll work on that.)

    Gage

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