This is from one of my teachers at the night college I attend, Pastor Carpenter travels quite the distance to come teach, and it is a blessing to be under his teaching! This is a very detailed look at the King James Controversy...
Our Perfect Book (part 1)
By Pastor Don Carpenter
As we continue with our theme of doing whatever it takes to stand for truth, we must understand the foundation for our belief. This foundation is the solid conviction that the Bible is the perfect, inspired, preserved Word of God. There are many places that you could go to worship the Lord. There are more coming to the area. We saw that Jude tells us to earnestly contend for the faith. This does not mean that we are to fight over preferences. We are to contend for those things that are foundational to THE FAITH.
Many people these days claim to be Christians. Many folks profess Jesus Christ as their Savior. Some claim that they are saved. It is popular to use this terminology. It is also possible to find a church where people claim to believe such things and yet there are foundations of truth that have been eroded from their theology. It is not enough to find a church that teaches that one should be born again The truth that saves someone comes from the Bible. If they do not have a correct understanding of the Bible, eventually the foundations of truths that save lost souls will be eroded.
3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
Fathers are the spiritual leaders of the home. It is important that you not be blown about by every wind of new doctrine. It is important that you do not go in a direction, intending to lead your family into a Bible Believing ministry, only to discover later that the ministry did not REALLY Believe the Bible. Last week we saw that the Bible is inspired or “God-Breathed”. Every word written by the original authors in the original manuscript in the original languages was given directly from God. Is that where it ends? If all we have is inspiration, then we have nothing unusual, because we do not have the original manuscripts. The fact is that the same Bible that speaks of verbal inspiration speaks of verbal preservation. God has promised that all through the centuries, His every word will be preserved through the endless copies made by man. The doctrines of inspiration and preservation are inseparable.
I. God has promised to preserve His Word
A. More than inspiration
1. Inspiration = every word of the Scriptures composed by the hand of the biblical writers were God-breathed. Inspiration covers the original documents or the autograph
2. Preservation = God has preserved His God-breathed Word to be as perfect as it was when it was originally written
B. The promises of preservation in Scriptures
1. Psalm 12:6-7 - The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
a. Every word is pure = absence of defilement
b. Every word has passed the test of purity
c. Every word will be kept ( watch over, retain ) by God
d. Every word will be preserved ( kept guard ) by God
2. Matthew 24:35 - Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
a. More than fulfillment of His words
b. Subject again is words – plural
c. Heaven and Earth will pass away
2 Peter 3:12-13 - 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
d. Pass away = perish or go away
e. Eschatological context leads us to the conclusion that Matthew 23:35 is referring to the preservation of the words of Christ
3. Psalm 119:152 - Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.
4. Psalm 119:160 - Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
5. Isaiah 40:8 - The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
6. Psalm 105:8 - He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.
Pastor Don Carpenter