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.