We Must Study Daily!

Bible Study

Bible reading, and Bible study are things that a lot of Christians don’t get serious about. There is definitely that honeymoon period, when one becomes a new believer, and can’t get enough of God’s word. I remember the months after I was saved not too long ago, and how much passion I had for just opening my Bible. Unfortunately for many that zeal will fade away. It’s like the new has worn off, and  other things take the place of the time we should all be spending with the Lord. This article will cover some of the reasons why we should all study God’s word on a daily basis, and will turn to scripture for guidance on this matter.

Let’s first look at how the Bible describes God’s word. The first stop will take us to the book of Psalms.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalms 119:105

In this verse the Psalmist refers to God’s word as his guide or road map in the way he should go. We all need such a guide. Without God’s word, our path to salvation would not be known; therefore no man would be saved. What so many people ignore is that not only is the Bible our instruction book on how we seek salvation, but it is also our instruction on how we are to live after we are given our salvation. Many believers will admit that once we reach our salvation that we are to change our lives, and follow Christ. How can we do that without the Bible? How can we do that if we do not read and study the instructions that God has given us? I urge everyone to not only read your Bible daily, but study it. Really dig into the scriptures. Let God guide your steps through His word.

Why study the Bible daily? The Bible tells us to. Let us take a look in II Timothy.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15

Paul is telling Timothy to study God’s word. In the couple of verses before and after this verse, describes the reason we must study God’s word. If we do not, then we open ourselves up to being deceived by those who are wicked. By studying our King James Bible we may learn sound doctrine, identify false doctrine, protect ourselves from false doctrine, and go in the way that the Lord would have us go. We can only become a approved workman that does not need to be ashamed if we take the time to study what God would have us do.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” II Timothy 3:16

This verse written by the apostle Paul pretty much says it all. Where did our scripture come from? From God. Why were we given scripture? To adopt doctrine which God approves of,  identify our errors, to correct us from our errors, and to teach us to do the will of God so that we may be righteous in His eyes. This verse is one that I think of and refer to regularly. This verse instructs me to examine myself, to make sure I am doing right in God’s eyes, and tells me to seek scripture to correct me when I am wrong. I also use this verse as justification to examine doctrine. This verse is my authority to identify false doctrine, and call it out. When I think of things such as the prosperity gospel, encounter the people who use  ” thou shalt not judge” out of context, and of course the false doctrines of the new Bible versions, this verse gives me  justification  to correct and confront such false doctrines. For me this is a very powerful, and instructive verse of the Bible; which is why I included it in this article.

 

The armor of God. Veteran Christians know what this is, and maturing Christians will learn through Bible study. If you do not know about the Full Armor of God, please read Ephesians 6:11-17. These verses tell us to put on the Full Armor of God, and describe what it is. One of my favorite pieces of this armor is the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Every Christian must be prepared to do battle with the wicked. These wicked people do the work of Satan himself, a very formidable foe for us Christians. The armor of God is meant to protect us. It allows us to have victory over Satan, and the temptations of sin. For me the sword is my favorite piece of armor. My sword has seen it’s share of battles, and has never failed me. I have won victory after victory against Satan’s temptations by turning to the Word. It is Jesus who gave us the word, and is the Word that give us our weapon for battle. I use my King James Bible as my razor sharp sword to defend my Bible against the perversions of the new versions. I use my sword to destroy temptation, and Satan’s evil attempts to destroy my life. But, if we do not know how to use our sword, how effective can it be? By studying the Bible we learn how to use our sword, and prepare ourselves for the battles to come. I urge you all to dive into scripture, and learn to use your sword. You can bet the Devil knows how to use his weapons, so make sure you know how to use your sword.

Why The KJV?

Defending the KJV

The Bible has over 100 versions published in the English language. In my opinion this is very unfortunate. For the new believer so many options can make for a very overwhelming decision on which version to buy. Most do end up buying the NIV. The NIV is the best selling Bible today. When a new believer walks into the book store to buy the Bible that they hope will mature them in their faith, they will find themselves faced with many options, but the one that will stand out most is the NIV. Since the NiV is the best selling Bible in the English language, it is the most marketed as well. Check out the Bible selection at any chain Christian book store, and you will see the NIV is king. Not only is the NIV pushed upon the new believer by the corporately owned Christian book stores, but even more disturbing is that the church is pushing this new substandard version of the Bible. Every church I have attended as an adult has adopted the NIV. It is in the pews, it is the book most pastors preach from, and even worse it is the book used in most Bible studies. The King James Bible is being forced out of the church today, and replaced with the NIV. As the King James Bible is being forced out of our churches, so does sound doctrine.

This article is not a exclusive attack on the New International Version of the Bible, but is an attack against all modern translations. There are so many errors, omissions of words and verses, and covering up of sound doctrine in these new versions, that these cannot be the truly inspired word of God. I am calling out the NIV in this article because it is the most widely used version, but don’t be fooled by the marketing of publishers when they say the New King James is the King James without the thee’s and thou’s. The New King James attacks doctrine just as much as the New International Version. While I do believe someone may be saved while reading one of these corrupted texts, I know for a fact that they will not mature in the faith, and will not adopt the sound doctrine that is given to us in the King James Bible.

You may be thinking I’m being too hard on these versions, the translators who wrote them or the publishers that publish them. Well, I am extremely hard on them. I do not think these versions are given to us by God. I believe these are versions given to us by Satan himself in order to deceive you into believing false doctrines, and so that you will not grow stronger in your faith. Calling Satan, and Jesus by the same title (Morning Star), as the New International Version does is an attack on Christ, written by man, and inspired by Satan himself. See Issaiah 14:12 and Revelation 22:16. Don’t take my word for it. Check for yourself. Make sure to compare the NIV against the KJV. This is the type of error that gives the atheist the ammo to attack our Bible by saying it contradicts itself. Yes it does contradict itself if you’re using the NIV, but nowhere in the KJV can you find the text contradict itself. If you’re a follower of Christ, I’m sure that you’ve heard of the Trinity. The Trinity is major doctrine. This doctrine states that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are one. 1 John 5:7: “For there are three that bear witness in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: And these three are one.” That little verse defines the trinity. I challenge you to look that verse up in the NIV or NKJV. Check out Acts 8:37 in the NIV. Look carefully! You will not be able to find it. That verse has been omitted, and that verse is gospel.  The translators of the NIV have chosen to exclude it from  their Bible, but most will have a note saying that the verse is not found in some of the older manuscripts. The manuscript issue is a whole other can of words; which will be covered in it’s own article.

This is a very brief article, touching on just a couple of reasons why the King James is superior, and to show a glimpse at why the new modern translations should be avoided. This topic is a passion of mine, and will I publish much more in depth articles regarding this subject in the future. My hopes is that the tiny bit of information I have given you in this article will lead to you doing your own research so that you will be able to increase your knowledge on this subject, and be prepared to defend our King James Bible.