The Scriptures

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)

 


Unless otherwise stated the articles are by David W. Norris


 

ONLY ONE AUTHENTIC WORD

 

This was the first article I wrote in defence of the Authorised Version. It first appeared in DAYSPRING magazine.

When looking at any subject in Scripture, the approach is often to gather together as many proof texts as possible and hang them all out to dry next to each other like so many items of washing on the line left to blow about in the wind. In doing this, what we fail to capture is the ‘big picture’ found in Scripture. The ‘proof text’ method of argument usually ends with those on each side hurling one verse after another at each other. For every verse the protagonist finds, his opponent will find one that seems to say the opposite. This is the method used by many sects. Every verse in Scripture needs to be considered not only in the context of the immediate passage in which it is found, but also in respect of its place in the overall picture in Scripture of the unfolding redemptive purpose of God in His Son. In this way, we build a sure foundation and shall not be easily blown about by every wind of doctrine. Years ago, grocers used to stack up cans of food in a huge pyramid in the shop window. Only one critical can had to be removed for the whole lot to come tumbling down. There is nothing in Scripture that is superfluous or even in the wrong place. Remove one verse, or even alter it in some way, and the whole structure will be affected in one way or another. Those who tinker with Scripture cannot avoid the error, or the false teaching that inevitably follows such reckless behaviour. Every single verse is there, because its place in the overall structure is essential. God put it there. Those who tamper with God’s Word cannot do so without immediate consequences to the ‘big picture’ of biblical belief. We alter Scripture at our peril. What at first seems to be just a tiny shift will have far-reaching repercussions. The ripples from a small stone thrown into a large pond will be detectable even at the furthest edges.

In the same way, no doctrine can be said to rest on an isolated verse of Scripture. This atomistic approach will lead to distortion, because each verse fits neatly and purposefully in its place as part of the much wider whole. At the centre of this overall structure is what the Bible says about God Himself.

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AUTHORIZED OR MODERN BIBLE?

 

The 1611 Bible was never the 'modern version' of its day. The Authorized Version possesses its own unique English. ...

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THE RISE OF RATIONALIST CRITICISM WITHIN EVANGELICAL THEOLOGY

 

Those who read a different 'word' preach a different gospel. To the modern linguist it makes no sense to say that the thought of one person can be replicated in the mind of another through the medium of language. This denies all possibility of the Word of God reaching human hearts. We totally reject the convoluted word-games of modern bible translators, pseudo-scientific robber barons sent by the enemy of our souls to snatch from us the pure Word of God.

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THE AUTHORITY OF THE SCRIPTURES

 

Even as the sovereignty of God encompasses the whole of reality and cannot be limited to those things deemed ‘spiritual’, so the authority of the Word of God extends to all things.

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE ORIGINALS?

 

The Authorised Version of the Bible comes to us foreordained of God down to the very smallest detail in order to bring us His Word as He beforehand determined it should, but ...

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"The unity, harmony, consistency and organic self-interpretation of the Scriptures are the evidence of their infallibility and a bulwark of defence confronting every human theory. The “sure word of prophecy” is not darkness, but a “light shining in a dark place, unto which we do well to take heed.” And the certitude we seek is assured by the fact that “no prophecy is of any private interpretation (of what God’s mind is), nor came in old time by the will of man, but men spake from God, being borne along by the Holy Ghost."

in Daniel's Great Prophecy, Nathaniel West

 

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OUR NATION AND THE SCRIPTURES

 

There was a time when the Bible enjoyed a privileged place at the heart of British life. This is far from being the case today.

The influence of the Christian Scriptures on our nation and people is undeniable and truly remarkable. The source rarely recognised today, the words of the Bible have become part of the woof and warp of our culture and language

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"As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God." (Psalm 42:1)

 


 

INSPIRATION

 

In the process of inspiration the mind and consciousness of the writers of Scripture were so elevated that the thoughts arising there came solely from the Spirit of God, unhindered by the intervention of anything originating from within the individual concerned. Moved, or borne along by God’s Spirit, the thoughts of God become the thoughts of these men. Nevertheless, the functioning of the human personality was not set aside, but its faculties operated coincidentally and utterly in tune with the Spirit of God.

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A GOD-BREATHED BOOK

 

We will be touched by Scripture effectively only when we recognise that a breach exists between God and all mankind.

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LANGUAGE AS A BATTLEFIELD

 

Any translation methodology, such as that used for the New International Version and most modern versions, that is based on a godless view of language cannot give us access to the unchangeable Word of God, ‘for ever settled in heaven’.

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BIBLE INFALLIBILITY

 

It is my settled conviction that those evangelicals who now oppose an inerrant and infallible Bible must also balk at biblical predestination, for the one cannot be held without the other. The God whom we know, love, honour and worship can do no other than speak infallibly. A much reduced and limited God, whose statements and works are susceptible to the vagaries of human fallibility, is one who has no real control either over the created universe or over himself. The denial of an inerrant Bible is also the denial of a sovereign God.

 


 

THE PILLAR AND GROUND OF THE TRUTH

 

All ministrations instituted by Christ are centred and grounded in the Word of God. The Word is the only clear mark by which the Church of Christ can be known in its truth and purity. By that Word genuine believers are reborn and brought to faith and repentance, are purified, sanctified, gathered and established. In return, it is their task to preserve and guard that Word (John 8:31; 14:23); to study it (John 5:39); to prove the spirits (1 John 4:1); and to shun all those who do not teach it and live by it. The Word of God is the soul of the Church (Galatians 1:8; Titus 3:10; 2 John 9).

The Word of God is given to every individual believer (John 5:39 & Acts 17:11) that with patience and the comfort of the Scriptures we should have hope (Romans 15:4); that we should also teach and admonish one another (Romans 12:7-8; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 10:24) Rome has done violence to this, but the Reformation put the Bible back into everyone’s hands. God has given pastors and teachers (1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Timothy 5:17 & 2 Timothy 2:2) to minister the Word (Acts 20:20). The Word is milk to the immature and meat to the mature (1 Corinthians 3:2; Hebrews 5:12 & 1 Peter 2:2).

Service to the Word of God includes its preservation, translation, interpretation, dissemination, defence and proclamation to all men. The Church thus remains built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:20) and so is the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15).

 

 


 

FURTHER READING

 

The authenticity of the Authorised Version is something I take as being not open to question and about which I have neither the time nor inclination to become enmeshed in endless and unfruiful discussions that waste everyone's time. Below are books, perhaps not so well known some of them, I have found helpful. Most will only be available secondhand. Try to avoid modern re-written versions. As such books can be difficult to find a list of online booksellers/finders is also given below. Some may be available as e-books online. Please refer also to the publications page.

 

THE KING JAMES VERSION DEFENDED Edward F. Hills (1912-1981)

This is still one of the best books on the subject, sober and compelling, devoid of all the nonsense peddled by lesser men. Dr Hills, a graduate of Yale and Westminster Theological Seminary, was internationally recognised as a New Testament text critic. He analyses the problems of modern translations and current text criticism methodology.

 

Secondhand books online

 

www.abebooks.co.uk

www.alibris.co.uk

www.biblio.com

www.antiqbook.com

www.bookfinder.com

www.amazon.co.uk

 


 

"I have grounded my preaching upon the literal word; he that pleases may follow me, he that will not may stay"

 

- in Martin Luther Table Talk "On God's Word"