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NKJV Editors' Footnote Agenda: Bible is in State of Flux

The New King James Version editors cast grave doubt on the accuracy of the KJV by stating that it does not follow "major textual traditions" in certain places and for this reason, footnotes were used in the NKJV:

The tendency of recent revisers has been to remove words and phrases from the text of Scripture, based on critical studies of the most recently discovered extant manuscripts. In using the Greek text underlying the King James Bible, these words and phrases were retained. And, in those few places where the majority of the manuscripts did not support a word or phrase, that fact could best be indicated in a footnote.

(The New Testament of the New King James Version shows in its footnotes those places where the major textual traditions differ from the language of the King James Bible.) (1) [bold emphasis added]

The New King James Version editors want you to investigate the recently discovered extant manuscripts (the NU-Text and Majority Text) so you can discover what they believe the Bible really says:

It was the editors' conviction that the use of footnotes would encourage further inquiry by readers. (2)

The NKJV editors wanted to make it as easy as possible for the average reader to become a modern textual critic:

They also recognized that it was easier for the average reader to delete something he or she felt was not properly a part of the text than to insert a word or phrase which had been left out by the revisers. (3)

The New King James Version editors' words clearly sent the message that all the passages in the King James 1611 are not authoritative and because what they consider to be questionable texts were carried over to the New King James Version, the reader must make educated guesses regarding which scripture verses he should retain or delete from the NKJV text.

God promises a severe penalty to those who add or take away from his words:

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: (Rev. 22:18)

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Rev. 22:19)

After the NKJV editors claimed the King James Bible contains words or phrases that critical studies of the most recently discovered extant manuscripts determine should not be there, they directed the reader to decide whether or not to take away those allegedly false readings that were carried over to the New King James Version.

Do you really believe God is giving his church more authentic manuscripts in these last days which serve to "prove" that we still don't have the Holy Bible at this stage in history? This is not indicative of the character of the God of the Bible. God is not the author of confusion or the god of relativism. The real Holy Bible is not to be regarded as the word of men that may be edited at the will of man:

"... when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye
received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God..." 1 Thessalonians 2:13

The NKJV editors are sending the message that the Bible is not fixed, but rather, is in a state of flux. There is no such thing as fluctuating truth or a self-edited Bible.

The Spirit of the LORD has lifted up the Holy Bible, King James 1611 against the enemy of fluctuating "truth."


(1), [The History of the King James Bible, page 1234-1235 New King James Version Copyright 1979, 1980, 1982.]
(2) ibid page 1235
(3) ibid page 1235

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