All right. The title of the sermon is, Does A Word-for-Word Perfect Bible Exists? Does A Word-for-Word Perfect Bible Exists? That's the title of the sermon. If you're there in Matthew 24, turn with me to verse 35. It says, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." So, notice there it doesn't say that the gist, it doesn't say the general idea, it doesn't say, "Basically, general thing of what I'm saying," it says Jesus' words shall not pass away.
So, even if heaven passes away, even if earth passes away, Jesus' words will not pass away. So, pretty much that verse ... We're going to look at more, obviously, but pretty much that verse right there proves that a word-for-word perfect bible must exist because if it doesn't exist, this scripture got broken, and then Jesus' lied, and everything just falls down, falls apart.
Matthew 5:18, now, someone could potentially ... I guess maybe someone could potentially say, "Well, Jesus' words won't pass away, so that means we could have a perfect New Testament, but maybe the Old Testament got corrupted." Again, no. Matthew 5:18, "For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
So, in case anyone here is unfamiliar what jot and a tittle are, are basically parts of letters. They're like how you dot i's, how you cross t's. Those are examples of what a jot or a tittle could be. So, here it says, " Till heaven and earth pass." Now, have heaven and earth passed yet? We're still on earth. If you look up, heaven is still there. So, according to this verse, "One jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
So, a common attitude among Christians is, "This is the worst translation, these translations are all right. This one is probably the best," but we don't really have a ... They're not really sure if a word-for-word perfect bible exists. What that is, is a lack of faith in these verses that we've just read. They're not trusting in what Jesus said in Matthew 5:35, Matthew 5:18.
Psalms 12. Again, I'm just going to reiterate this. To believe in a word-for-word perfect bible is a refusal to believe one of Jesus' promises, one of his many promises. So, if you do not believe in a word-for-word bible, you are refusing deliberately to believe one of Jesus' promises. He said it wouldn't pass away, and if you don't believe in a word-for-word bible, then you think that the words have passed away.
Psalms 12:6, "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." So, what does the word keep mean? The word keep means to protect. If you're keeping a city, "Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain," so if I'm keeping my wife, I'm protecting my wife from harm. "Thou shalt keep them," what's the them? Well, back in verse 6, "The words of the Lord are pure words." So, God is going to protect his words.
Now, how do you protect words? Do you protect them from swords? Are you going to kill words? You protect words from corruption, from being tampered with, from being changed. So, thou shalt protect them, "Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever." So, again, if you do not believe in a word-for-word perfect bible, you're denying scripture because it's definitely there. It's definitely there.
Isaiah 40:8, "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever," shall stand forever. If you don't believe in a word-for-word perfect bible, you don't believe that scripture. It says, "The word of the Lord shall stand forever." If you don't believe in a word-for-word bible, then you don't believe the word of the Lord stood forever.
Psalms 119:89, Psalm 118:89, "Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven." You know what that verse reminds me of? "In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God, and the word was made flesh, and dwelt among, and beheld his glory."
1 Peter 2. You say, "Brother Justin, I'm not really sure a word-for-word bible exist," then there's a lot of scripture then that you don't believe in. There's a scripture you don't believe in, that you go directly against. 1 Peter 2:1, "Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby." I don't think that's the verse I was looking for. Okay. I'm not sure what I was going for there. Hopefully, you guys saw in the other verses. Maybe when I get home, I'll post it in a comment or something, but hopefully, you could see in the other verses that it's definitely there.
It might be if you turn to 1 Peter 1:24, "For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away, but the word of the Lord endureth forever, and this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you." I don't think that is the exact verse I was looking for, but that verse definitely gets the point across, right? The word of the Lord endure forever. So, if you don't believe in a word-for-word bible, there are many scriptures that you reject. All right.
Mark 10, Mark 10:14 or let's start in verse 13, "And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them, and his disciples rebuked those that brought them, but when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, 'Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein,' and he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them."
So, the decision to be King James only is not one about intelligence. It's not a decision based off of IQ. It's a decision about faith. It's about your faith in the Lord. The reason I say that is a lot of people ... When I first, I'm sure many people in this room, when you first become King James only, a lot of times what you do is you research the history about the Textus Receptus, Textus Vaticanus, Textus Sinaiticus, and you learn about the manuscripts, and about the authors. I'm not against that. I did that, and it was edifying for me. I learned a lot from it, and my conclusion was in my mind it was very clear, "Okay. The King James bible is the word of God, and these ones that were written by satanic devils aren't the word of God." It wasn't hard for that to click in my mind.
Here's the thing, though. Being King James only, it's not decision based off intelligent, it's about faith. It says in verse 15 of Mark 10, "Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein." God just wants you to trust him. He promises in his word that he's going to keep his ... he's going to preserve his word, he's going to make sure his words don't pass away, he's going to keep it intact, and he just wants you to trust him in the same a little child.
Think of Adeline, think of Michael. They're little. Are they the smartest people in the world right now? Are we going to go up to Michael and ask him to solve a calculus question? Do you see the trust when Joy or me is holding Michael? He just trusts, "Hey, I trust you not to let me fall." He's just a little child, right? Same with us. If God is our father, he just wants you to trust him, and just believe that he preserved his word, and has not tampered with, and just put your faith in it like a little kid.
Joshua 24:26. If you're trying to arrive at the conclusion ... If you're trying to investigate whether the King James bible is the true word of God from purely an academic perspective, you are never going to get there. That's the wrong path. Reading articles, it's not going to get you there. You got to trust the word of God. You have to looK to the word of God and say, "Did you promise in your word to preserve? Did you promise to preserve it? If so, then I'll believe it."
Joshua 24:26, it says, "And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the Lord." So, what I want you to focus on there is in the beginning of verse 26, it says, "And Joshua wrote these words ..." Now, the law, the time when Israel was coming out of Egypt, when Moses was writing this, I'm just estimating, it's about 3,500 years ago. I'm not getting exact, but it's around 3,500 years ago.
It saying that these, basically, according to the bible, we are reading the exact words that Joshua wrote. Now, have you guys ever played the game of telephone? When you sit in a circle, and you whisper to the .. Basically, someone starts with a word or a phrase or something like that, and they whisper to the person next to them that phrase. So, let's say we're playing telephone right now. So, I whisper in Maria's ear, "I ate the bananas." All right. So, I whisper that in Maria's ear, she turns to Pastor Doka, Pastor Doka, and so on, and so forth until it gets back to me.
Now, I don't know if you guys have ever played this game. Oh, is that mine? Okay. It's very rare that the phrase gets all the way around correctly. It usually gets tampered with. That's just one little phrase, one three, four-word phrase going through a few people. If I said to Maria, "I ate the bananas," there's a good likelihood Eric says to me that he jumped off a skyscraper, right? Oftentimes, it turns out so different, so different.
What I'm trying to show to you right now is that a lot gets lost in translation. A lot gets lost in translation. So, you're probably thinking, "Whoa! Brother Justin, what do you say to that?" What I'm trying to say is if this is the word-for-word perfect word of God, it's just a miracle. It's just a miracle that defies all lots. If we can't get a forward phrase to get around five people, then how did Joshua's words that were written 3,500 years ago get to us in the 21st century? It's a miracle.
Don't try and look at that from a rational perspective where you're going, "Oh, these manuscripts were transcribed by this person, and then this person, and then they all translate it." There's not a chance. Looking at it from a rational perspective, there's no way. No way. It's not rational. The only way it could ever happen is if God purposely did it, and he did a miracle. The same way that God became flesh, that's a miracle, woman conceived with the Holy Ghost, it's the same exact thing.
The fact that we have the exact words that Moses, and Joshua, and Samuel wrote over 3,000 years ago, can't look at that from a rational perspective. If it happened, it has to be my faith. It has to be by faith.
Just another illustration to try and ... I'm just trying to convey to you the lunacy of trying to look at it from a rational perspective. Imagine Pastor Doka gives a sermon, and then I transcribe the sermon. In all honesty, I'm probably going to mess up a word, right? What are the odds that I transcribe the sermon word-for-word perfect? Let's just say I do. Let's just say I spend a lot of time on it, and I just make sure every single word is perfect, every jot, every tittle.
Then what if people continue to copy my transcription of his sermon by hand, generation by generation until the year 5500? What are the odds that that sermon remains the same exact sermon? What if at some point they had to translate it into a different language? You're going to tell me that that sermon that Pastor Doka gave in the year, we're in 2019 right now, do you think in the year 5519 it's going to remain the word-for-word perfect sermon? There's not a chance. There's not a chance. It's the same exact thing. The only way it could happen is if God made it happen through a miracle.
Luke 19:37, "And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen saying, 'Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord, peace in heaven, and glory in the highest,' and some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, 'Master, rebuke thy disciples,' and he answered and said unto them, 'I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.'"
I would believe the King James bible if a stone wrote it, if a stone, if a group, if in 1611 ... How many authors was it again? Whatever, however, 54 authors. If 54 stones got together, and the stones got up and started writing the King James bible, I'd still believe it. I don't care what degrees they had. I don't care how ... Do you think I put my trust in their degrees? Do you think I put my trust in how educated they were, how many languages they know? I don't care. I don't care a single thing about any of the translators of this book at all. Don't care.
It has nothing to do with the fact that I'm King James only, and it never will. I probably will never look up ... I'm 28 right now. Let's say God-willing, I live till 80, I'll probably never look into the authors at all. I'll probably know nothing about them. Now, I'm assuming they're very well-educated and very smart men and probably, hopefully, they're were godly men. I hope they were. It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter. If 54 stones got up, took up a pen and wrote this book, I'd still be King James only because my faith is not in 54 men, it's in this book alone, and nothing else. It's in this book.
Let me give you some illustration. Let's say you receive in the mail a package that's addressed to you, and in it, it's going to a million dollars. It's addressed to you. There's a letter in it. It says, "Hey, this is for you." Do you only believe that it's for you? If you go to the post office and find out, "All right. Who drove this truck?" I want to know what postal office center it transferred to. I want to know the flight number that it came on.
Then once I know each little step, once I know which airplane it was on, then I know which FedEx center it was at, and then I know the truck number, I want to see the driver's license of who drove the truck. I want to know what time it arrived at my door, and then, then I'm going to believe that this really ... Then I'm going to accept this million dollars. Why not shut your mouth and just accept the million dollars, and believe it? Have faith like a little child.
All that matters is that the million dollars got to you, that the million dollars was preserved. It didn't get burned on the airplane. It didn't sullied in the truck. It got to you, and just have faith like little child and say, "Thank God the million dollars got to me." Be grateful. Don't question the million dollars. Don't question the million dollars. Just look up and say, "Thank you, God, for preserving your word. You did a miracle. You got the million dollars to my door. This is the million dollars. It got to you, regardless of whether the post office guy had a license or not. It got to you. He preserved his word. He said he would, and he did it.
Matthew 8:5, "And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, and saying, 'Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented,' and Jesus saith unto him, 'I will come and heal him.' The centurion answered and said, 'Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof, but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me, and I say to this man, go, and he goeth, and to another, come, and he cometh, and to my servant, do this, and he doeth it.' When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, 'Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel, and I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.'"
In order to be King James only, you've got to have great faith, in order to be truly King James on because listen, a lot of people say they're King James only, but when you say you're King James only, and then you go to a church that doesn't use the King James bible, you're not King James only. Just because you say you're King James only does not mean ... Listen, I can say I'm seven-foot tall. Does that make me seven-foot tall? You can say you're King James only and not be King James only.
So, in order to be truly King James only, live and breathe, die, bleed King James only. In order to do that, you've got to have great faith, faith that would allow you access into the kingdom of heaven. The majority of Christians are ... Listen, the majority of Christians aren't even dabbling with King James. The majority are just going with NIV, ESV, whatever. Then there's another tier where they use the King James, they give lip service to the King James, but in works, they deny him.
In order to be truly King James, it's going to take great faith, but that's the type of faith that's going to grant you access in the kingdom of heaven, just like the centurion, just like this guy. Why do you think Jesus immediately follows up with saying in verse 11, why do you think he immediately starts talking about the kingdom of ... In verse 11, he immediately starts talking about the kingdom of heave because this centurion had that type of faith.
1 Thessalonians 2:13. I've met a lot of people in my life. I've met a lot of Christians in my life who they find out that I'm King James only, and so I've had people come up to me and say, "I'm King James only, too, brother." I know where they go to church. "Don't say you're King James only." I have less respect, I have less respect for someone who knows about the King James bible and goes to a church that doesn't use it than someone who doesn't know about the King James bible and goes to a contemporary church. I can't stand it. It gives me the heebie-jeebies. I don't even think that's the right word, but it infuriates me. I can't stand it.
You say, "Brother Justin, is it real? Do we really have to get that worked up?" Yes. I can't stand it when people who know about the King James bible go to a church that doesn't use the James bible. I can't stand it. I think I hate that more than TV, and I really hate TV.
1 Thessalonians 2:13, "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing because when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe." Notice, it's not the word of men. Men didn't write it. Yes, God used men to pen it down. God wrote it. Notice, we don't come, "Hey, I'm going to preach to you today out of the word of men." I'm going to preach to you today out of the word of God. If you don't think it's perfect, then you don't think it's the word of God.
2 Peter 1, 2 Peter 1:21. Let's start in verse 20, sorry. "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation, for the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." So, according to verse 21, it wasn't that Isaiah, and Jeremiah, and Samuel, and Ezekiel, they weren't just writing down whatever came into their heart. It says, "The prophecy came not in old time by the will of man," so they weren't writing just whatever they want. It says, "But holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
So, the book of Psalms was written by the Holy Ghost, the whole book was. So, this is the point I'm trying to point out. If God made sure the originals were perfect, why would he let the subsequent people transcribe it, why would he let the copies get corrupted? If he's going to make sure the original gets perfect, he said, "All right. I'm going to make sure the original gets perfect, and the subsequent generations, they can get corrupted," it doesn't make sense. If the original is going to be perfect, he's going to make sure the subsequent generations have the perfect word of God.
2 Corinthians 3:17. Sorry. 2 Corinthians 2:17, "For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ." So, notice there it says, "We are not as many, which corrupt the word of God." That verse proves that the word of God is not corrupted because you can't corrupt something that's not corrupted. Let's say I've got two glasses of water. I've got a glass of sewer water, and I've got a glass of pure filtered, unadulterated water. If I sprinkle a little bit of dirt in the sewer water, am I corrupting it? No. It's already. It's sewer water. You sprinkle a little bit of dirt, it still just sewer water. It's nothing. I didn't do anything to it.
What if I take that pure, filtered, unadulterated water, and I sprinkle a little bit of dirt in there, I corrupted it. Can't corrupt sewer water. It doesn't make sense. It's already corrupt. It's filled with sewage. If you got pure water, and this say, "We are not as many, which corrupt the word of God." I'm just trying to say you can only corrupt things that are pure.
Revelation 22:18, "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book," notice it says, "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." So, if you add words, God will add to you plagues.
Verse 19, "And if any man shall take away from the words," notice it's 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." So, it's clear from these verses that God wants to preserve the words, right? He doesn't want you adding words, and he doesn't want you taking away words, right?
My question would be, why would this be in scripture if God didn't care about the words. If the words weren't important to him, why would this be in scripture? For example, let's say I've got a desk, right? I'm at work, I've got a desk, and I've got ... or let's say I have an office at home, and I've got a desk, and I've got paperwork all over the desk. I've got bills, I've got tax forms, I've got receipts, invoices. I've got all this stuff. I've got to organize it in piles. I've got to set it how I want it.
So, let's say I say to Michael, "Michael, don't touch this paperwork. Don't change the paperwork. Don't take away any papers. Don't put any of your homework in the middle of it. Just keep, just let the paperwork be. Don't move it." Why am I saying that to him? Because I want the paperwork to stay how it is, right? I care, I've got it organized exactly how I want it. That's what God is saying here. He's saying, "Don't take away the words, don't add to the words because I've got it exactly set up how I want it. I got it set up perfectly." Why would God add that if he didn't care about the words? It doesn't make sense.
Luke 9, "For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels." The verse doesn't make sense if the words weren't preserved. It doesn't make sense. How can you be ashamed of his words if the words weren't preserved? Right? It says, "For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words," then this tells me that the words are still going to exist when Jesus Christ comes back. So, they must exist now because he hasn't come back yet.
John 12, John 12:47, "And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him, the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." The verse doesn't make sense if the words weren't preserved. It wouldn't make sense. You'd just be like, "Oh, your word wasn't preserved. I never heard them. I didn't know." It says, "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words ..." The verse only makes sense if there's a word-for-word perfect bible. It's the only way it makes sense.
John 15:7, " If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." Verse doesn't make sense if there's not a word-for-word perfect bible. If we don't have a word-for-word bible, it is impossible to abide in Christ. Can't do it because you have to have his words abiding in you. "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." It has to be a perfect word-for-word bible. Otherwise, the verse doesn't make sense.
John 17:8, "For I have given them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me." It doesn't make sense if the words weren't preserved. "I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me."
1 Timothy 6. Again, the title of the sermon is, Does A Word-for-Word Perfect Bible Exists? If it doesn't these verses that we're looking at right now don't make sense. 1 Timothy 6:3, "If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings." Just another verse that doesn't make sense if there's not a word-for-word perfect bible. It says, "If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words," how do you not consent to words that don't exist? If there's not a perfect word-for-word bible, verse doesn't make sense.
2 Peter 3:1, 2 Peter 3:1, "This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you, in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance, that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior." Again, you can't be mindful of words that haven't been preserved. Can't be mindful of words that don't exist. You can't be mindful of words that got lost in translation, that got burned up in some manuscript somewhere. You can only be mindful of words that have been preserved.
Jude 1:17, 'But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ." How do you remember words that got lost in translation, that have been corrupted, that don't still exist, that haven't been preserved? "But, beloved, remember," the only way you can remember words, which were spoke before by the apostles is if we still have them, apostles such as Paul, such as Peter, such as John. You can only remember words if they still exist. Verse doesn't make sense if we don't have word-for-word perfect bible.
Revelation 1:3, "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein, for the time is at hand." I'm hoping, yeah, I know, for sure, you guys get the point, right? You guys are getting the point that the words must exist. Otherwise ... Listen. I types words, I typed the words "words" plural into my bible search app thing. I could have done 50, right? It's just the bible doesn't make sense if there's not a word-for-word perfect bible. The bible itself falls apart if there's not a word-for-word bible. None of these verses make sense.
Revelation 20:4. The reason I'm taking such a hard stance on this, the reason that our church takes such a hard stance on this is because if you don't get this, everything is in vain. If you don't get this, we're just building a big old skyscraper, and it's just got one of those little ... What's those? That game that if you pull? We're building a big old skyscraper with a little Jenga block underneath. You got to have a firm foundation. You're going to have a Jenga block as your foundation? I'm trying to take out that Jenga block and put a big old slab of cement in right now. That's what I'm trying to do. Let's kick that Jenga block out of here, and let's just fill this whole thing with cement.
You know what's good cement? A perfect word-for-word bible. You know what's a Jenga block? I'm not really sure if there's a word ... I'm not really sure if God preserved his word. That's a Jenga block. You can't build on Jenga blocks. You can't build skyscrapers on Jenga blocks. You can only build it on cornerstones.
Revelation 20:4, "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them, and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the," the keyword there is "the", "the word of God." Singular, not the word of gods. This person did not die for the NIV, ESV, NASB, NLT, and all the other BLTs. He died for the King James. He died for the word of God. That tells me there's one. He died for the ... These people died for the word of God. One, it proves there's one, and two, it proves that the word of God will still exist when the anti-Christ is reigning, which is in the future. So, if it still exist in the future, it must exist now.
Revelation 6:9, "And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God." It must exist. The word of God must be intact. It must be preserved because these people were killed for it, the word of God. They didn't stick up for bibles in general. It says "the word of God".
John 6:63, "It is the spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing, the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." You say, "Brother Justin, I don't believe in a word-for-word perfect bible," then we don't have spirit today, and we don't have life because Jesus says, "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." If we don't have the words, we don't have spirit today in 2019, and we don't have life.
John 6:68, "Then Simon Peter answered him, 'Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words," the words, "of eternal life." You say, "Brother Justin, I don't believe in word-for-word perfect bible," then we have no access to eternal life today. It's the words of eternal life. If we don't have the words, we don't have eternal life. It's the words of eternal life.
Revelation 21:5, "And he that sat upon the throne said, 'Behold, I make all things new,' and he said unto me, 'Write, for these words are true and faithful.'" Let's compare that. I know this is a review, but Revelation 19:11, it says, "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse, and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True." So, you guys know, he calls the words, faithful and true, and then he calls Jesus, faithful and true. That's because Jesus is the word. Revelation 19:13, "And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood, and his name is called The Word of God."
John 10:24, "Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, 'How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.'" Someone who's not sure about if the King James bible is the word of God is someone who's walking up to Jesus and being like, "How long dost thou make ne to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell me plainly." That's someone who's not sure about if the King James bible is the word of God.
Imagine listening to the Sermon on the Mount. Imagine you're listening. You're in the back row. You're in the back row, and you're just in your head, you're like, "I'm not really sure this is the son of God. I'm not really sure. There's this other guy over there called the ESV. He might be the son of God or maybe he's 97% the son of God, and that guy over there is 95% the son of God. I don't know."
Why not just be like Peter? Why not just be like the disciples and just know that he's the son of God? Are you going to be the guy sitting on the Sermon on the Mount in the back going, "I got to look into this more. Maybe this guy is the son of God"? Why not be the one of the ones who climbed up the mountain and being like, "You are the son of God. I know you're the son of God. There's not a doubt in my mind you're the son of God. I'm going to tell everyone I know that you're the son of God"?
Something tells me that's what Jesus is looking for. Something tells me that's what he's looking for. Something tells me if he's going to use someone to do mighty works for God, he's not ggt use the one sitting in the back row going, "He might be. I don't know. I'll have to look into it. There's these other guys. They're claiming to be the son of God. Maybe that one. I don't know." He's going to use the one who's 100% sure, the one not staying up late at night questioning in his heart if this is the son of God. He's going to use the one who knows.
Matthew 22:22, "When they had heard these words," these words, "they marveled, and left him, and went their way." There should be something in us that when we read these words, we marvel. There should be something that takes our breath away when we read these words. The word of God is quick, and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow.
Jeremiah 23:29, "'Is not my word like as a fire' saith the Lord, 'and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?'" You say, "Brother Justin, I'm not sure if the King James bible is truly the word of God." Okay. If you're not sure if the King James bible is the word of God, take out an NIV, take out a King James bible, set them right next ... Get a big old table. Set one down, open it up to Matthew 1.
Open up the NIV, ESV, whatever, turn it up to Matthew 1. Read the NIV, Matthew 1, and read every verse. Then turn to your King James, read the same exact chapter. If your heart doesn't burn within you, if it's not unbelievably clear, stop looking to the online sources, stop reading articles about the King James bible, just read it and these words should cause you to marvel. There's nothing like it. It's powerful. "'Is not my word like as a fire' saith the Lord, 'and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?'"
"I want to investigate." Just read a page. Read a single page. You say, "Well, which page?" Read any page. Flip it open at random. Hebrews 7 should take your breath away. "Well, what about Psalm 9?" Take your breath away. "What about Isaiah 8?" Yup. Take your breath away. Every chapter, every verse is amazing. It's unbelievable. There's no book like it. Comparing it to any other book is ... Listen. I'm going to use a bold word right now. Blasphemy. Satan wrote the other books.
I work with a guy. I work with a guy, and he likes to treat his girlfriend extremely, extremely well. Praise God for it. Keep in mind this guy is making just about minimum wage. So, there's a restaurant in Manhattan I've never been to, but it's called 212. Apparently, they serve the most expensive steak in New York. Apparently, the steak is, he told me it was $400. It's a Kobe beef. I don't know if you've ever heard of Kobe beef before, but it's a very expensive steak.
Now, he took his girlfriend there. They bought got Kobe steaks. Praise God. Now, imagine having a Kobe beef, right? Imagine just having Kobe beef setting right there. It's on a white plate. It's got a little garnish on it. It just came right off the grill. I go to Wendy, I go to McDonald's. I said, "Give me cheapest thing you got. Give me something off the dollar menu." I just put it right side-by-side, and I put it in front of you. You take your knife and fork and you take a bite of the dollar menu, and that's like reading a chapter of the NIV. Then you take a bite out of the Kobe, and you're just like, "I don't know. I can't really tell. I'm not just sure about which ones better." That is someone who's not sure about the King James bible.
That doesn't even do it justice because how much better is this than Kobe beef, right? This is so much better than Kobe beef. "I'm not sure if this is the word of God." Have you not tasted that the Lord is good, gracious? If so be that you have tasted that the Lord is gracious, taste it.
John 7:9, John 7:9, "When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee." Okay. So, notice there it says, "When he had said these words." Either the King James is lying or the other bibles are lying because they don't have the same words. If they have the same words, then they would just be the same bible. So, either this book is lying or the other bibles are lying. It can't be both. You can't just be like, "Well, no, they're both doing their best. They're both trying to do what they can for the Lord." No. One is lying because it said, "These words spake Jesus," and it says in verse 9, John 7:9, "When he had said these words," so one bible is lying. It just comes down to it. One bible is lying because the other bible has different words.
John 8:20, "These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple, and no man laid hands on him, for his hour was not yet come." Again, either the King James bible is telling the truth or the other bibles are. One of them is lying. You can't ... There's a saying, "You can't have your cake and eat it, too," or something like that. There's middle ground. There's no they're King James, but a little bit ESV. No. One is lying. One is telling the truth.
John 8:30, "As he spake these words, many believed on him." John 14:23, "Jesus answered and said unto him, 'If a man love me, he will keep my words.'" Verse doesn't make sense if there's not a word-for-word bible, perfect bible. John 17:1, "These words spake Jesus." You say, "Brother Justin, the bible doesn't really say that there's going to be a word-for-word ..." No. It says it everywhere. It says it everywhere. "These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said ..." Now, if we were to compare John 17:17 to any other bible, would they be the same words? No, because if they were, then it would just be the King James. It says, "These words."
John 18:1, "When Jesus had spoken these words," notice it doesn't say the words that are in the other bibles. It says, "These words." It just comes down to this. Jesus says, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." It just comes down to, do you believe him? It's a faith issue. It's just a big old faith issue. Do you believe him?
Okay. I'm almost done. I've got very few verses left. I'm just trying to figure out how to do it. Let's do John 10:27. It says, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me, and I give unto them eternal life." Listen, for the sheep, this isn't a hard decision. For the sheep, whether the King James bible is the true word of God is not a decision that keeps you up late at night. For the sheep, it's just super clear, there's no doubt. The sheep hear his voice. Hear it.
I remember when Brother Eric very early on in the church's history first few months, he was giving me a little bit of his testimony. He said he had a Lutheran background, got saved. He said something to the effect of once he heard the King James bible, he said something to the effect like, "That was just a game-changer. That's just when everything started to change." Listen. The sheep hear the voice. Pastor Doka, he gave his testimony in the interview on Wednesday, right? He said, "King James sounds like God was speaking through the King James."
The sheep hear the voice. It's right here, and they don't listen to all the other ... Jesus said, "All that came before me were thieves and robbers." What do thieves want? Thieves want money. What do robbers want? Robbers want money. What do the producers of NIVs want? They want money. They sell their bibles for money. They update it every few years. You got the '95 version of NIV. Now, you need to buy the 2019. You always got to buy the new version. It's all about money.
John 8:44. Before we read this verse, listen. If the King James bible was written by God, ask yourself this question, who wrote the other versions? Who wrote them? Do you have to be a genius to answer the question? If God didn't write them, who wrote them? Who wrote them? John 8:44, " Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own, for he is a liar, and the father of it."
It's just Satan. He wrote all of the other versions. He's responsible for every single one, every single one that's not the King James. It's just Satan. If you're dabbling between the King James and a few other versions, you're just dabbling between the Lord and Baal. How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, serve him, but if it's Baal, serve him. How long halt ye between Baal and God? Get rid of Baal. No more Baal. Just settle in your heart that this is Jesus, this is your Lord. That's all there is to it.
Genesis 3:1, "Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made, and he said unto the woman, 'Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?'" I'm just trying to point to you right now, Satan's been tampering with the word of God since the beginning. Do you think that he started off with a strategy day one in the garden of Eden? Do you think Satan's like, "Yeah, I'm not going to try that anymore. It worked on Eve pretty well. It worked on Adam." There's nowhere in scripture where Satan says, "But I'm not going to try and tamper with God's word anymore. I'm done with that strategy." It was his go-to. It was the first thing.
Usually, when you get into a fight, don't you usually pull out your strongest weapon first, right? If you're about to fight someone to the death, you don't start with your pocket knife. You usually start with your big sword, right? Then if he knocks your big sword out of your hands, that's when you take the pocket knife out, right? You don't start with the pocket knife.
Satan started with his big sword. Listen, he's going to continue using it. How about when Jesus gets tempted in the wilderness? Satan quoted scripture. He said, "It's written," something about stubbing your toe on a rock. Satan used scripture against Jesus. He tried to use it against Jesus. Satan will twist this. If you look into who wrote ... Again, you don't need to, but if you look into who wrote the other versions, they weren't godly people.
Psalm 119, it's basically the last. This is the last verse that we're going to look at, verse 104. Psalm 119:104, "Through thy precepts I get understanding, therefore, I hate every false way." You say, "Brother Justin, what should our attitude be towards the false versions?" Perfect hatred. Perfect and utter hatred. I mean what I'm saying right now. "Through thy precepts I get understanding, therefore, I hate every false way." Verse 128, same page, "Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right, and I hate every false way."
I've used this illustration before. I'm married to Joy, right? If I had no ... Let's say someone came in in the middle of the night, took Joy out, switched in another girl that looked like her, and I just wake up and I'm like, "Yeah, okay." Do I love my wife? Do I love my wife if I'm okay with that? What if Joy is in another room watching this on camera, right? What if she's watching it on camera? She seems me on camera that I wake up, turned to the side, realized it's not her, and I just go, "Yeah, okay. Fine." What do you think that's going to do to her heart? It's going to kill her. She's going to have a heart attack. That's what you're doing to God. That's what you do to God when you dabble between the King James bible and other versions. You're just looking up at him and saying, "I don't care. Maybe a little bit Baal, maybe a little bit Jesus, who cares?"
He wants you to love the Lord with all your heart, and mind, and soul, and strength, everything in you. In order to do that, it's going to take a little bit of hatred. If you don't hate the other versions, you don't love God.
Let's pray. Dear, Heavenly Father, thank you for preserving your word. Thank you for making it clear to us that the King James bible is the word of God. I pray that we cleave to it. Please bless everyone this evening. In Jesus' name, I pray, Amen.