The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways: Behind the Scenes of a Movement

20170513_124211For those of you who are up on US history, and I mean really up on US history know the name Peyton Randolph. For the outsider who does not know who this man is he is actually one of the most prominent colonist. He was Williamsburg, VA number one citizen and was the mentor to a number of the founding fathers. For those of you who have visited Colonial Williamsburg know that Randolph likely would have preceded George Washington as the first president of the United States had he not died of a stroke in October 1775. So who was this man that so few of us know about? He was the Speaker of the House of the Virginia House of Burgesses (kind of like the senate) and he was the first president of the continental congress. Many Americans will never know who this man was or his role in mentoring some of the most prominent names in our nations history. He passed away before the Declaration of Independence was signed. While many of us do not know about the name Peyton Randolph those who do can look back and see the impact which he had on the development of our nation. While history continues recognize the likes of Washington, Jefferson, Henry, and more very few of them would be without the whits and leadership of a one Peyton Randolph. Many figures in the Bible have been mentors, but I would argue the one whose mentorship goes the most unseen is the one of Gamaliel. Ignore the face his name screams he had an awesome beard. He was the mentor to Saul of Tarsus. History will know very little of the name Gamaliel and like Peyton Randolph his name is really only still know due to the people who lived up his legacy. Had the American Revolution of failed we would have no clue who many of those figures were including Randolph.

Gamaliel is often brushed under the rug because one he was not a Christian, but rather the Jewish mentor of Saul of Tarsus. He is only mentioned a couple of times through out the Bible. His name appears in the book of Acts. Gamaliel was a Pharisee, and he had a notable bloodline. He was highly respected in the Jewish community as a member of the Sanhedrin. However, his impact on the early church is on that is often overlooked. While Randolph may have had the intentions to create the bigger thing and Gamaliel not so much their impacts are similar. We first see Gamaliel in Acts 5. Peter and John are on trial before the Sanhedrin for preaching the name of Jesus. The two Apostle were about to be put to death before Gamaliel stepped in.

When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death. But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. Then he addressed the Sanhedrin: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”
His speech persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
-Acts 5:33-39
Two significant events occurred here, not only did Gamaliel preserve the lives and soon to be legacies of two of the most prominent Apostles. However, he said something which should be looked at by anyone as profound truth. For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God. Surprise, were still standing and as time would tell they were fighting against God.
Later in Acts we begin to see his connection to the Apostle Paul. We are able to see a brief connection between Gamaliel and his far more famous pupil in Acts 22:3. Gamaliel developed the knowledge of Hebrew scripture and developed the knowledge of Paul. It was this mentorship which made Paul a prime candidate to take the role which he would go on to have. However, his significance does not end there. Gamaliel’s name and lineage can be used to authenticate the book of Acts. The description and family line which Paul uses is consistent with the one presented by the historian Josephus. Much like Peyton Randolph our understanding of the person they were is limited, but every indication of them was one of wisdom. While we may not know the extent Mr. Randolph paid to creating this nation we know we likely would not be where we are without him. Likewise, it goes to show how great our God is and how he can use unlikely figures for His good. He used a Jewish Rabbi to teach his pupil to become a central figure in the creation of Christianity. Not only this, but he preserved the lives of many others and he helped equip the Christian movement with the steam that was needed. He largely influenced one of the most fierce missionaries of all time. Without these men who knows what the world would be like. Peace and Blessings Always my Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

May His Angels Have Charge

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

Psalm 91:11-13

What a powerful verse above, and it was one which I often heard before going to sleep on my last deployment. While the chaplain read a different translation he would always pray for the Lord to give charge to His angels over us. How powerful is this that we are now being protected by His angels. When God sends His angels to do something it’s like those law firm commercials which are mass produced its God’s wwile-e-coyoteay of saying “Tell them we mean business.” All joking I take comfort in knowing that we have the protection of the angels because God, angels, and the things of heaven are things I want on my side. If you don’t you’re likely as helpless as ole’ Wile-E-Coyote over here. You’ll be pushing a boulder up a hill and as you go it’s getting bigger and bigger. A lot of us like the concept of angels as these peaceful and magnificent creatures with some kind of magnificent glow and aura around them. However, this is really something which we have gotten wrong over the years. Pop culture as harmless as it may have intended to be; it often skews a lot of our view of doctrine and scripture. If you read about angels in the word of God they are far from the cute little creatures which we know of. Now don’t get me wrong there likely is an aura and a magnificence to them, but far too often we try to make the Bible how we like it. While there may not be too much harm in thinking as angels as culture portrays them there is a lot of harm in skewing doctrine.

Angels are warriors and there is no question of it. They are the ultimate warriors and were created by God to fight the powers of evil. This is no easy task and there is no earthly army, navy, marine corp, or air force which could stand in their way. Ask Sodom and Gomorrah how their bout went with angels in Genesis 19. It does not go well for them, and this is only one example of the force which angels could bring to this earth. The Bible has many examples of how angels function. From a person who sees’s some of the greatest warriors this planet has to offer I take refuge that even the best of those around me could not protect me better than my God and His angels.

However, these are not wicked creatures they are protectors and they are messengers what is to come. Nonetheless, these are frightening creatures. Roman soldiers did not spook easily. For those of you who know little about how the Romans worked they were trained killers and they were almost war machines. They feared authority and if they were to mess up their punishment would be death. When the Romans guarded the tomb of Jesus angels came to earth causing the soldiers to freeze like a stone in fright. For they knew a wrath would come against whoever resisted and they did not hear the magic words “fear not.”

“Don’t be afraid, Mary. You have found favor with God. You will become pregnant, give birth to a son, and name him Jesus. He will be a great man and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. Your son will be king of Jacob’s people forever, and his kingdom will never end.”

-Luke 1:26-38

All indications seem to show they were nowhere near the pop culture image of an angel. Even the most blessed people had to be told do not be afraid. So this cutesy imagery is more than likely a bunch of bologna. However, this does not change anything that they are out there and they are real. They are there for our proction and we should all take refuge in this protection. Peace and Blessings Always my Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

Seek God With Joy!

So today I have begun video taping my thoughts as well. However, for some bonus content please read on. As the video began to discuss 1 Cor. 2:9 about chasing God with Joy. We should seek God like a kid seeks candy or a trip to Chuck E Cheeses or like one on Christmas Day. There should be nothing in our lives which impede our walk with Christ, if so it’s now an idol. Many people look around and thing idols as a physical thing which people often worship, but it’s much more than that it’s anything of the world which impedes your discipleship. I know for a little bit there even on this blog I was letting politics get in my way of my relationship with God which is why I no longer post political content unless necessary. One of my goals for this blog is to make it an arrow and arrow pointing straight to God.

20170422_072701Were all presented a path to walk in our lives. Our spiritual walk will lead us many places. God leads us down many roads, twist, and turns. We are present with choices and are given the choice between flowing with traffic and going with the will of God, or turning the other way. When we drive into traffic at best were going to make the people around us uneasy and get honked at, but if we continue to move in that direction then the result will likely be our demise. We don’t have the ability to keep our eyes off the prize. Think of an Olympic athlete who has trained for years and years. Their goal is the gold. While they are happy with being at the Olympics very few of them will say I don’t want to medal. It’s silly to think that. A gold medal is the peak of achievement for an Olympian. We can not get stuck in the mentality of “I’m happy to just be here.” If we have that mentality with God we miss out on so much around us. God’s blessing do not stop because we have become content with our situation. We need to seek as much of God as He will give to us. We need to have the mentality of Michael Phelps who continued to go back for more and more. We have to be hungry to win with God. When it comes to God we need to say I want gold and I want more. The Holy Spirit operates by invitation our spirits are like a car in the sense we need to come back and be refilled every couple of miles. We need to continue to see more and more of God.

If you like the video please comment and let me know. Peace and Blessings Always my Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

 

 

Partisan Jesus? The Man, The Myth, The Imagination

keep-calm-and-trust-in-god-54One of the more troubling developments which is going on in out society today is this concept that our politics dictate our religion. News flash people Jesus was not this partisan buff. Let me make something clear Jesus is not a Republican. Jesus is not a Democrat. Jesus is not a Socialist. Jesus never joined the Tea Party. Jesus is not a communist. Jesus is not a Libertarian. Jesus does not lean to the Left or Right. Jesus is Jesus, Jesus is God, God is God, and to minimize God to partisan lines is heretical and despicable. It’s getting really ridiculous how our society is skewing so much. However, for some reason in America today we have this messed up reality that our politics drive our faith. Lo to you my brothers and sisters you need to stop this mentality right now. Faith should drive your politics and no this is not a call to bring faith into politics like some of you may be thinking. We cannot impede our objectivity because of politics.

“I don’t think the Republican party is a party full of the almighty God nor is the Democratic party. They both have weaknesses … And I’m not inextricably bound to either party.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

Jesus is Not a Republican…Nor is He Part of Any Party

I start with this one because one of the biggest lies which people in this nation believe is that the Republican party is the party of God. I mean the grand ole’ party is the party of family values right? They are pro-life and wouldn’t dare to back down to any challenge pertaining to God. I mean the party bathes in the evangelical American image. However, like every other party in the US and the world, in general, they are fatally flawed. Humans are flawed in general so granted it a double edged sword. We can look at a number of reasons why God is not a Republican, but you can make the argument for all parties. As a Christian we are best suited to remain neutral. We should not be swayed by one candidate saying they believe vs. the other. What if that candidate say they are Christian, but don’t live by the Gospel. It’s counter productive. We can have a candidate for example who says they are pro-life, but then completely reject the lives in need who are homeless, refugees, etc. The GOP is often pro-defense, pro-guns(don’t take this out of context), and pro-death penalty often.

Now Democrats I’m not going to let you off here because you also do not live by the Gospel. However, you can be a Christian and be a Democrat like you can be Christian and be a Republican. However, you can not let these labels dictate how you live. Democrats are human and they have flaws. For example, the Democrats often lose a lot of Christians because of their pro-choice stance. If you’re a Christian you should see abortion as murder, but at the same time there should be a little budge in some extreme circumstances. Democrats too have flaws. I could go on and on and point to a number of these parties flaws, but guess what it doesn’t matter because God is control and God is God. The Bible doesn’t speak politics folks. Now I focus on the two major parties, but don’t think this means your political party aligns more. Politics are of the world and are created by man, man is flawed, and thus politics is flawed.

Stop Saying Jesus was a Socialist…He Wasn’t

I give this it’s own section because this heretical idea is catching steam. Around 25% of American believe this asinine concept. I get some of the connections, but Jesus Christ was not a socialist. Stop with the memes, stop with trying to connect the dots, it’s just not true. Every political party will reflect some aspect of God because we were made in His image. So yes, there will be some connections, but this does not mean that they were this, that, or the other. Socialism is a government controlled institution. Jesus did not need to make people equal or force people to be equal because we are already equal in His eyes. There is freedom in God, in socialism, there is a bit of a removal of freedom. God gave us free will and what this does it allows us to have a choice. While don’t get me wrong one powerful aspect of socialism is it advocates for it’s fellow man, but this is not the kind which Jesus advocated form. Socialism involuntarily removes money from one person and give it to another. There is a vast list on why Jesus was not a socialist so please stop with this reference.

Wrapping Up

Listen, I am not knocking politics, but it’s flawed we are a society far too wrapped up in it. I’m tired of hearing people say God is this, Jesus is that, you’re not Christian if you. Political ideology has not place to dictate our faith. It’s become an idol for many of us. God is God that’s the bottom-line. God supersedes politics. Christians can side with certain political issues, but they need to remain neutral. If you chose to affiliate with a party you better be prepared to be a maverick because no political system today truly honor’s the greatness of our God. In the grand scheme of things politics does not matter. Our devotion to God should come above any political system. Let’s fix this issue as Christians folks. Start by turning off the news and do your research. It begins with discernment of what God was about. It’s getting in the scripture and studying the Bible, learn about what the Bible really says.  Stop getting sways by the words of others. Stop supporting candidates which do not further the Kingdom of God. Peace and blessings always by brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

Two Fold Issue Here: Why Are We Letting Circumstances Drive Our Faith?

Just the other day I was reading an article on how 14% of Christians have left their church following the election. I find this troubling not because their actions were unjustified, but rather because it becomes yet another example of people who are letting their faith be driven by their circumstances. While I understand there were quite a few evangelical ministers who misused the pulpit to advocate for the sitting president we are seeing a nation become divided over politics. This yet another example of how the enemy is becoming more powerful in our nation. The risk of leaving their community is that finding another church which feels like home is hard. I have to wonder how many of these people found another community to join following this decision? While there is nothing wrong with changing churches because there may be biblically based disputes, but to give up on one’s faith over a politician is troubling. It opens the question how strong is the faith of those in America. Further troubling is the growing number of pastors abusing their authority to advocate for a candidate who does not live by the gospel. There was nothing which indicated the man the advocated for was living by the gospel. Nor were their actions ethical. There are two sides to this issue which really trouble me and the church needs to address this sooner than later.

Listen I know a lot of people who look at the separation of church and state as an enemy to faith, but when taken in the proper context it’s there to protect the church from oppression. It prevents state-sponsored churches. However, far too many people in this nation have no idea what this concept is about. They continue to skew everything it is about. Even worse there are pastors using the pulpit to advocate for politicians. This is 100% unethical. They have the right to advocate for a candidate, but not on the pulpit. Don’t get me wrong here speaking about politics on the pulpit and advocating are two different things. A pastor is well within his rights to speak on political issues, especially if it violates the core of our beliefs. However, speaking about advocating for a candidate is flat out wrong. Unless the other candidate is a major threat to our belief, our way of life, or anything which could alter the faith that’s one thing. However, many of them advocated for the one who was divisive, sexist, misogynistic, racist and living far from the gospel. They let politics interfere with good judgment. I am blessed to have a minister who leads my church with a nonpartisan mentality on the pulpit. Every minister should be politically neutral on the pulpit. While I can not blame these people for leaving their community I have to say my friend this is dangerous. You can not make change by backing down. It’s extraordinarily dangerous to leave your community without a backup plan.

Politics aside for a moment, Americans are particularly vulnerable to letting circumstances drive their faith. I am here to give you a stern warning this is wrong, dead wrong. Circumstances are just that circumstances. While a person who I do not support and many Americans do not support is in charge we have to push on past this. We have to be the change we seek. We have to unite rather than divide. We have to not only make the changes in our communities, but in our churches, schools, homes, and where ever we go. Don’t get me wrong if you are one of the 14% who left and did so because of biblical and theological concerns that’s fine. However, I provide another stern warning if it was by circumstances I am telling you, my friend, the enemy is winning. He is rejoicing right now that you have put a fork in your connection to God. I get it maybe that bridge which connected you to that community has been burned. However, in these time we have to stick together. We have to remain united in community. If you can’t find a church immediately get some friends together and worship. Follow a bible based and respectable digital community. However, times are changing and we need the church to rise. We can not lay down and let the enemy win.

This is the time for the church to be the church. Politics has not place leading theology. If you are in ministry and have concerns about a candidate and I mean legitimate issues please air them out. Russell Moore recently appropriately aired out concerns which were biblically based and he faced criticism. We need more ministers like Dr. Moore to rise up and appropriately use the pulpit to forward the body of Christ. We face divide right now folks and we as the church have to be the church. We have to help the sick, poor, and weary. We have to change the world for Christ. Peace and Blessings Always my brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

Make Disciples Not Converts

Have you ever been walking through the park and see a squirrel? Often as you approach this person they are often frightened that they will scurry off into the closest safe spot they see. We don’t mean to frighten this poor little animal, but their instinct knows that someone out there might. Due to our disproportionate size, we become intimidating. It’s not that the squirrel has something against you, it’s just trying to live. Live their life like they have gone about many times before. However, we can become this way to others around us. We as Christians walk around with this larger than life appearance because we know the truth, the power of God, and walk with the creator. We often forget that not long before we made that conversion, we were saved, we were likely the same way. We too were obviously not squirrels, but we are small and weak in spirit. We were empty and did not know about the great power which we now experience. Somewhere along the line someone who walked in the larger manner reached out to you and gained your trust. As a Christian, we are all given a calling to share this truth which we have. However, most of us do this the wrong way. Evangelism is not easy, but it’s a must. Not everyone is going to be taken away and swept off their feet by you walking up to them and saying “HEY YOU, GO TO CHURCH!” First and foremost, this takes away so much from the process. Far too often this person’s spirit will scatter off much like that squirrel in the park. Likewise, it’s best not to call them out by their sin because they will deem you judgmental and a hypocrite. There is a way to get all to that wonderful finish line which we are all marching towards, but it takes time and patience. Patience that could take a lifetime.

In my opinion, many people think evangelism is trying the be Billy Graham in the middle of the streets and trying to preach. The only issue with this is there is only one Billy Graham. There is no shame in being the guy who gets only a handful of people to convert in their life. Evangelism in my view is not about quantity, but quality. As we are all brothers and sisters, the most important thing you can do for this person you want to convert is loved them. Love them as much as you can without breaking the law. If you don’t they will become that squirrel. Love them to your best ability and make them a friend. It’s much easier to build a rapport and evangelize with a true friend than the random stranger sitting across from you at Starbucks. If you think you’re that gifted feel free to give that dice a roll, but often you’re going to fall flat on your face. I don’t stand alone in this belief though. Many people share a similar mentality that you should make friends before you attempt to convert. When you take the time to befriend this person you are already creating the example. In all your friendships, you should be the living example of what Christians should be. Immediately people will begin to see that you’re different but in a good way. Not only this, but you’re giving them a blueprint to model. The great thing about becoming friends with this person is over time they are more likely to breakdown because they trust you. Now let me make this clear before I go too much farther, don’t make friends with someone who you may not get along with because you want to convert them. Back on point here, having a friend you are trying to make a believer is wonderful because you not only will be there if they have questions, they will also be there once they go through. If they continue to refuse all you can do is pray. When it comes to 21st-century evangelism you can’t jam the Bible down someone’s throat and expect that to make them believe. One they will likely choke and two you have lost their trust. Try forcing something on that squirrel and they will likely maul your face. So, we need to stop this whole concept that the most impactful way is to find strangers and convert them.

The big issue with random evangelism is that you have to wonder the quality of the convert you’re bringing in. Are you making a convert on a path towards religiousness or are you making one on the path to discipleship? People often mirror the examples they have if they think Christianity is about getting people to church then they are missing out on about 99% of Christianity. This is a life long journey and a walk with Christ to become more like Christ. Eventually, along the chain of stranger conversion oriented mentality comes the ignorant believer. When we have, the ignorant believer comes the skewing of doctrine, bad theology, and simply bad Christians. When we bring someone to church we must be in it for the long haul. When you chose to evangelize, you’re taking a huge risk because you’re in one manner taking responsibility for one’s spiritual formation.

Again, you’re not Billy Graham my friend you’re not going to get a mass revival following. We should have a sense of reality when we are choosing to evangelize. It’s not enough to show a squirrel where the acorns are, eventually those acorns are going to be gone. What happens when that rush of the acorns is gone. Not only do we have to bring them to the acorns, but show them the best trees, show them show the climb them, and how to be the squirrel they are meant to be. Ok, maybe I should stop with the squirrel reference here. The point of this all is though we have to focus on the quality of the convert we are bringing in. If we evangelize wrong we are not only at risk of losing this person, but we are at risk of leading down a darker path. I tell you all this, but I will be quite honest with you I am terrible at this evangelism process. If numbers are the measure of a quality evangelist then I am terrible I think I might have led to two, three at best who would seek relation with God. You have to stick with these people. The number does not matter the quality does. Keep that in mind. Peace and Blessings always my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Why Thy Ole’ King James Version May Not Be the Best Translation Anymore

kjvThee has’t been reading the King James v’rsion far too longeth. T’s confusing, right? I how art we did expect to readeth this language which is almost straight out of Shakespeare? Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Alright, I’ll stop, but the point is those of us amongst us who still cling to the outdated translation of the King James version need to explore some of the more accurate and clearer translation. Reminder to all, the Bible is the Word of God, inerrant, inspired, and our final authority for faith and life. Now, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with the KJV, it’s been a fine translation, but reading the KJV is like eating an apple or potato without the skin, you’re losing a lot of nutrients. While the apple is still an apple, and it is very healthy you’re still missing out. If you keep reading the KJV you’re at no risk of becoming a heretic. I will admit it is an excellent translation but not the only one. I know plenty of people who love their noble KJV. So while I am not knocking the King James version, it was great when it was first written, but not since the 1970’s has the King James version been one of the more viable options. Now I know many people have been big fans of the KJV, and one of the things a lot of people really like is that its translation was one of the first English translations which remain closest to the time of Jesus Christ. That’s great and English speaking Christians forever owe a debt to the KJV. However, new information has come out and we now better understand the ancient text which we know as the Bible.

As much as we want to cling to the KJV for its time, let’s be honest here not a single person in the Bible spoke English, wrote English, or knew about English. Historians date the English language back to as early as 550 C.E. and it continued to form into the early part of the 11th century. Jesus and the Apostles predated English by 500 years. The first English Bible was not created until the late 15th-early 16th century. The King James version was not written until 1611, about 1500 years after some of the latest pieces of the Bible was written. So this notion that we need to cling to it, for this reason, is simply invalid. The people who wrote the Bible spoke and wrote either Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek.

Many churches still use this, but my question is why? If they like the King James Version writing style then start looking at the New King James version, ok, not the same thing. The KJV did not have the luxury which modern translations had and did not have the same level of knowledge and evidence which we have. Since the KJV was created we have had a number of new findings which have helped us understand the Bible. When churches continue to cling to the KJV then they influence their parishioners to do the same. Many people hold onto this text because their church uses it.

One of the biggest reasons you show stop reading it though is the English is a dead form of English, it’s confusing. If you can’t coherently read the text then you’re missing out. Preserving what may have been a family tradition should not sacrifice your spiritual formation. Reading the Bible is hard, I am in seminary right now folks, and there are scriptures that still confuse me. Don’t make reading the Bible hard than it is.

So earlier in this I mentioned reading the KJV is like eating an apple without the skin. I know many people do not like the skin of the apple but again bear with me on this. One of the things which strike me is the KJV likes to call the Holy Spirit the Holy Ghost. Not only is this reference at risk of scaring small children it’s flat out wrong. In fact, so inaccurate the vast majority of denominations will correctly teach the name as the Holy Spirit even if they read from the KJV. To be honest, the only people I know who still say Holy Ghost are old southern women. Correct me if I’m wrong. Now many of you may see this as a harmless fact, but it doesn’t give the Spirit the full credit that He so greatly deserves. The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity and is the vehicle which drives our spiritual formation. Really, in general, the KJV does not give justice to the trinitarian doctrine. Additionally, the KJV leaves out an abundance of information which would be provided by a number Greek manuscripts.

Again, it’s a great translation but we should also be weary on limiting our Bible study to only one translation as well. The NASB, RSV, NKJV, NIV, and ESV to name a few are all quality translations which should be considered. Also, the HSCB is another translation which I also like to read from time to time. Reading multiple translations enhances our biblical literacy and makes us a better disciple of Christ. The KJV is not the only translation which was inspired by Biblical language. Let’s face it though there are over 14,000 manuscripts which lead us to the content of the New Testament along. So we can be sure what is written in the Bible is absolutely accurate. However, many translations explain it better.

Again, I am not here bashing the KJV, but it’s not the best anymore and we need to treat it as such. Reminder to all, the Bible is the Word of God, inerrant, inspired, and our final authority for faith and life. Listen reading the Bible is the most important thing here and if the KJV is the only one you’ll read more power to you. Some of you are a KJV only people, but I challenge your to lighten this stance because you’re missing out. Likewise, if your a one translation person your should look at the various translations out there. This doesn’t even cost money anymore nowadays when studying your Bible you can read from your Bible translation of choice and look the same verses on a number of websites such as Bible Gateway, Bible Hub I think it’s called, and much more. So in the 21st century, we have no excuse to be a one-dimensional Christian. Not to mention the hundreds of free Bible Apps we have available, but do pay attention to the ratings on some. We cannot continue to eat this apple without the skin. We have to put our ego’s aside and realize that English is no the only language our there, and English did not even exist at the time of Christ. While the KJV may have been one of the best of its time, many more accurate translations have emerged. Shalom and May the Peace of the Lord Be With You Always my Brothers and Sisters in Christ.