The Perfect Bible: Proof that the King James Bible is the only perfect Word of God for English speaking people.
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13 of 16 found the following review helpful:
AWFUL Mar 03, 2008
By A. Carranza
This book is typical of the type of literature found within the King James-Only movement. It is riddled with syntactical, factual and logical errors and it engages in personal attacks upon individuals who oppose the movement's dogma. Most importantly, it makes a number of unsubstantiated claims as to the supernatural origins of the Textus Receptus and the divine inspiration of the King James translation. It arbitrarily substitutes the entire body of Greek biblical manuscripts with the King James Bible, thus making it the standard against which all modern translations are judged; any differences are said to suggest both the superiority of the King James Bible and the existence of vast satanic conspiracies put in place to attack the deity of Christ and advance Catholic doctrine. Of course, logically speaking, assuming something in order to prove the very thing one has assumed, such as in this case, is a fallacy called Circular Reasoning.
In terms of substance, there is hardly any original research to be found within the pages of this book. The bulk of the writing constitutes either the re-stating of general ideas previously expressed by various other pro-King James-Only writers, most prominently Gail Riplingler and Samuel Gipp, or the re-printing of large sections of the Bible in order for Gallagher to make points, which at times seem to lead nowhere. Technically, the book is written in such a manner as to make it difficult to determine where a quotation ends and the author's own words begin. There also seems to have been very little proofreading done for this publication, since aside from numerous typographical errors (i.e., sentences with no spaces between words), the author seems to have trouble with plurals and possessives, often referring to his own ideas as the "authors". There are also many editing mistakes, mainly in the form of redundant and/or repeated words within the same sentence and the odd use of the phrase "emphasis added" in places where no emphasis has been added to the text.
From the outset the book promises to address a number of important pro- and anti- the King James-Only issues, and to provide definite "proof" that the King James Bible is the perfect and only true word of God. However, it overwhelmingly fails to deliver on all accounts. For example, a chapter titled "The King James Only Controversy" about the anti-King James-Only book of the same name, where one would reasonably expect Gallagher to address and refute points raised in the book in question, does no such thing. Rather, the chapter is both a long attack on the integrity and the faith of the book's author James White, and a rather convoluted explanation of why the King James translators claimed neither divine inspiration nor perfection in their work (Gallagher's answer: they were too humble). It also castigates said translators for their belief in the existence of the Septuagint (some in the KJO camp deny the work's existence). Similarly, in a 2-page chapter entitled "What About The Errors In The King James Version" Mr. Gallagher, claiming 30 years of biblical research, offers the following amazing defence of the inclusion of the Comma Johanneum in the King James translation: "1 John 5:7 is supposed to be a mistake as it is written in the King James Bible because it is not found in most Greek manuscripts. This is an important verse and has been accepted by the aggregate Body of Christ throughout the church age." Aside from the absurd proposition that text belongs in the Bible merely on the basis of tradition (Appeal to Tradition, another logical fallacy), Gallagher fails to mention that this verse is in only 8 out of more than 5,300 Greek manuscripts, that none of these is older than the 10th century, that most of these 8 manuscripts contain the verse in the form of marginal notes or alternate readings, or even that the first two editions of Erasmus' Greek New Testament (the basis for the Textus Receptus) did not include this verse at all. This is deception by omission. While Gallagher ends the chapter with the sentence "The fact is that no mistake has been found in the King James Version", one is left to wonder whether he has ever encountered the hills where "thou mayest dig brass" in Deuteronomy 8:9 or the two "cherubims" of gold of Exodus 25:18, two of the most easily demonstrable translation errors in the King James Bible. [In the former, brass is an artificial alloy of copper and zinc that does not occur in nature, and in the latter, the plural of cherub is cherubim without the "s" --"cherubims" is incorrect and would be equivalent to the plural of foot being feets. The same applies to Anakims in Deuteronomy 1:28, nethinims in 1 Chronicles 9:2 and seraphims in Isaiah 6:2.]
It is clear, after studying this book, in addition to works by the likes of Peter Ruckman, Samuel Gipp, Jasper Ray and Gail Riplinger, that the King James-Only movement represents no more than a fanatical devotion to a 17th century Anglican translation of the Bible into a language that would not exist for some thousand years after Jesus walked the earth. It is an ideology firmly rooted in faulty logic, misinformation, the misrepresentation of facts, Anglo-centrism, the use of conspiracy theories, the disregard for the truth and the blatant abandonment of rational thought in favour of supernatural explanations. As such, it relies fully on the ignorance of its audience about topics relating to the origins of biblical texts, textual criticism, translation techniques and even basic historical facts. It does not stand up to any serious analysis and thrives only within the small confines of the Fundamental Baptist movement.
0 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Amazing May 21, 2011
It is amazing and sad to see someone angrily criticise someone who claims to have the perfect Word of God. Really, who would do that. I would think men would praise someone for standing for the perfect pure Word of God. Would we get praised if the book said we do not have God's pure Word? The book is great. Praise God for this man's faith in a God who can keep His Word. Don't listen to the critic who has no faith.
2 of 8 found the following review helpful:
RIGHT ON TARGET Oct 14, 2008
"com fogo por DEUS"
He took the words out of my mouth. Indeed I have seen a mutilation of the WORD OF GOD on this "NEW TRANSLATIONS".
I AM stiking with the KJV. I praise God for allow me to have and know the difference between the vile and the good. I CHOOSE THE GOOD.
4 of 12 found the following review helpful:
Excellent! Aug 26, 2008
"King James Man"
I have to agree with Mr. Gallagher concerning the King James being the one and only true word of God. It would be impossible to expose every single error in 80 pages of his book. But I believe Mr. Gallagher has done an excellent job in uncovering the lies of the NEW AGE VERSIONS. "Satan cometh immediately, and TAKETH AWAY the word." Mark 4:15
"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 (includes the lake of fire for eternity): 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." Revelation 22:18-19
To even think that God himself is incapable of preserving his word in it's entirety is foolish.
God Promised to Preserve His Words
Psalm 12:6-7 says, "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." Then we read in Psalm 100:5 that ". . . . his truth endureth to all generations," and Jesus said in John 17:17 that God's WORD is truth.
These words state very clearly that God's preserved word MUST be available to us today, because God PROMISED to preserve it for us. There MUST be an infallible Book somewhere.
You say, "But ALL translations are God's word, not just one." That's impossible, because the various translations contain different readings, and God is not the author of confusion (I Cor. 14:33). Besides, if all of the versions are the word of God, then where are the "corrupt" and "perverted" versions that we are warned about in II Corinthians 2:17 and Jeremiah 23:36? If everyone is innocent, then where are those who are said to be GUILTY of subtracting from and adding to the word of God (Rev. 22:18-19)? God wouldn't have warned us about Bible perversion if it wasn't going to be a reality. According to the scriptures, there must be a single Book that is the word of God, and there must be MANY which are involved in CORRUPTING the word of God.
Now, if the Authorized Version isn't the infallible word of God, then WHAT IS? There has to be a Book somewhere in "all generations" which is God's word; so what book is it? Those who "use" the new versions believe that these are good and reliable translations, but they do NOT believe these to be INFALLIBLE translations. However, I know MANY people who believe the King James Bible to be an infallible Book. Why? Because they know that the One True God has ONE TRUE BOOK. He promised to preserve His words, and we believe that He has done just that. Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Matthew 24:35). If His words didn't pass away, then where are they? I want to read them. There has to be a perfect volume somewhere. I know the King James Bible is the word of God because God promised to preserve His words.
"Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." Proverbs 30:5-6
If God's Word has been changed, do you think it's right to know and talk about it? If not, what do we seek to hide? Are there people claiming to be Christians who are covering for the devil - hiding his destructive lies from the people? If God's very words have been in any way altered, so has His doctrine and thus we discover the greatest evil ever perpetrated upon the world. Satan and sin are so deeply rooted in the hearts of some men, that some will actually argue to justify this unspeakable atrocity of the changing of God's Word and go to any length to justify such unadulterated evil! (2 Cor. 11:12-15) In his book entitled The Perfect Bible, author Kelly Gallagher speaks of these emissaries of the enemy as "...uncircumcised in heart and ear who have devoted their lives to corrupt, mutilate, water down, replace and merchandise the only offensive weapon a true Christian has, the Word of God."
"For ye have perverted the words of the living God, of the LORD of hosts our God." Jeremiah 23:36
Beloved, these people are wolves in sheep's clothing. They claim to be servants of the LORD while they seek to justify and defend the gross, brazen and unabashed perversion of His very words. Absurd hypocrisy! "There is no fear of God before their eyes." (Rom. 3:18) Listen, No one can be saved without the precious blood of Christ and the removal of the blood of Jesus even one time is enough to forever condemn these new versions as satanic counterfeits (see Heb. 9:22; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; Col. 1:14). It would be appropriate to question the salvation of anyone who would seek to justify such or crassly overlook it.
If you are personally convicted concerning the corruption of the new versions and are brought by the Holy Spirit to a place of wanting to destroy your copies of these counterfeits of God's true Word, please read Acts 19:19 to see how those who repented had a bonfire to burn everything associated with the evil one.
Did you realize that 64,000 words have been deleted/removed from the NIV? Who did Jesus tell us is in the business of perverting and taking away God's words?