Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Who Slew Goliath?

Another unfortunate KJV-Onlyist attempt at "Gottcha"!

David and Goliath, by Osmar Schindler (c. 1888)

Spend any time at all in the comment sections under Christian Youtube videos and you’re bound to run into the dreaded cultic KJV-onlyist. I am intimately familiar with these people, and their way of thinking, because I used to hold similar beliefs regarding the Textus Receptus. Without getting into the whole controversy (see James White's excellent video series here for more details), let's just say that these people are, for the most part, well-meaning but unsophisticated believers who are sadly ill-informed about the process of translation and the vital field of textual criticism. This lack of understanding results in their mischaracterization of the KJV as an inviolate and unimpeachable biblical text--the standard English Bible from which any deviation is deemed satanic heresy. Recently, upon citing a verse from the ESV, I was immediately challenged by one of these unfortunates.