The pastor of the Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Canton, North Carolina plans to celebrate Halloween by leading his fourteen member congregation by burning Bibles. Pastor Marc Grizzard is not a Satan worshiper or a militant atheist.
Pastor Grizzard says that he is a Christian. However it seems that the Amazing Grace Baptist Church believes that only the King James Version of the Bible is the true word of God and that all other versions of "perversions" and "Satanic." Along those same principles, Pastor Grizzard intends to burn books written by Christian authors such as Billy Graham and Rick Warren.
I have written several posts dealing with misguided attempts at defending the Bible (you can read those posts here, here, and here). I have never written one on the King James Version of the Bible, but I may do so soon.
Those who believe that the King James Version of the Bible is the only translation that God approves or who say that the King James Version of the Bible is the only inspired translation of the Bible, or who say that only the King James Version is the “true” Word of God , do not understand the true nature of the Bible.
The King James Version of the Bible was published in 1611 by the order of King James. What many conservative Christians today who advocate a King James only mentality do not understand is that the Puritans and the Reformed Christians in England refused to adopt the King James Bible because they considered it to be a “Popish” Bible.
If those people who say that only the King James Version is the Word of God knew the story of the King James, they probably would not burn the NIV and other translations of the Bible on Halloween.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
Tags: Bible, King James Bible, NIV