My 10 Favorite KJV Archaic Statements (humorous)

10.       “whilst that I withal escape” (Psa 141:10)

9.         “they are sottish children” (Jer 4:22)

8.         “By his neesings a light doth shine” (Job 41:18)

7.         “and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him” (1Jo 3:17)

6.         “I think myself happy” (Act 26:2)

5.         “where David himself and his men were wont to haunt” (1Sa 30:31)

4.         “building the rebellious and the bad city” (Ezr 4:12)

3.         “harpers harping with their harps” (Rev 14:2)

2.         “superfluity of naughtiness” (Jas 1:21)

1.         “Jacob sod pottage” (Gen 25:29)

It all comes down to this

Jesus Christ is the arbiter of the truth and has the final word: “grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (Jhn 1:17); “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jhn 8:32); “And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?” (Jhn 8:46); “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (Jhn 14:6); “Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice” (Jhn 18:37); “the truth is in Jesus” (Eph 4:21).

Jesus Christ called Himself “the Son of God” and the Father called Him “My Beloved Son.” The Son never called Himself “God” and the Father never called His Son “God.” Furthermore, the Son did call His Father “God.” Finally, neither of them called the Holy Spirit [Breath] “God.” What the Father and Son said about each other is the final word. Who dare say otherwise?

Jesus Christ called His Father the only true God, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (Jhn 17:3). The Son called His Father “my God” twice before He died, once after He was resurrected, and four times after He had ascended to heaven and was set down at the right hand of God: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mat 27:46; Mar 15:34); “I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God” (Jhn 20:17); “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God” (Rev 3:12). The Father never called His Son “my God.” How can they be co-equal?

Jesus taught, “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” (Luk 9:26). If Jesus Christ is truly our Lord and we’ve come to the knowledge of what He taught about God and about Himself, how can we continue to embrace the doctrine of the Trinity? How can we be ashamed of His words and still be serving Him?

Ryan

Turned from the Truth to Myths

Jesus Christ called Himself “the Son of God” and the Father called Him “My Beloved Son.” The Son never called Himself “God” and the Father never called His Son “God.” The Son did, however, call His Father “God” and called Him the only true God, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3). The Son also called His Father “my God” before He died, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46), after He was resurrected, “I am ascending to my Father, and your Father, and to My God, and your God” (John 20:17), and after He was seated at the right hand of God, “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name” (Revelation 3:12).

Jesus Christ is the arbiter of the truth: “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17); “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32); “And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?” (John 8:46); “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6); “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37); “the truth is in Jesus” (Ephesians 4:21).

The Trinitarian view that God is three co-equal Persons contradicts what He taught. Trinitarian preachers disagree with the Son of God about God! Disagreeing with Him about anything is bad enough but our view of God is most important. If they’re wrong about what’s most important, how can they be trusted with anything else?

The apostle Paul’s last words have proven true today, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables [mythos]” (2 Timothy 4:3-4). The Greek mythos is where the English “myths” is derived. People in churches have been turned to myths—that the one true God is a Trinity of co-equal Persons, that man is an immortal spirit living inside a body that goes to heaven or hell after death, and that salvation is by believing. The systematic theology taught in churches today isn’t the truth from Jesus Christ but myths. We’re now living in the time Paul said would come.

This system of myths is perpetuated through several means: Bible versions have been “doctored” by translating certain words to communicate a message that comports with the system; preachers are educated by Trinitarian organizations and pledged to the system; the content of sermons and books is held in conformity to the system; leaders are trained in apologetics to defend the system.

People are kept bound prisoners to the system by false claims, discouragement, and intimidation. It’s falsely claimed that modern systematic theology is “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3), that the Trinitarian view of God is essential for salvation, and that denying “personhood” of the Holy Spirit is the blasphemy against the Spirit. People are discouraged from understanding the Bible for themselves in fear they’ll fall into error and join a cult. And people are intimidated that if they deny the Trinitarian view of God they’ll be publicly shamed, branded a heretic, and perish in hell.

Many Trinitarian preachers are warm, funny, and down-to-earth. They enjoy visiting over a cup of coffee and having cookouts in their backyard. They labor and serve in the church. They invest in the lives of others and shed tears of joy and sorrow with them. But they disagree with the Lord Jesus Christ! He warned us, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves” (Mat 7:15). Wolves are very subtle and deceiving.

Nobody but the Son of God has seen God, “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him” (John 1:18). Therefore, what He said about God is the final word. Jesus Christ declared the truth about God, about Himself, about man, and about salvation. But because people in churches are bound to a system of myths, they don’t want to hear the truth, “and they will turn their ears away from the truth.” The truth Jesus taught is clear, logical, and simple to understand while all of the confusion and complexity comes from the myths being taught. Eternal life comes only through the Lord Jesus Christ. We must hear the truth He taught, trust Him, agree with Him, submit to Him, and obey Him. Don’t turn your ears away from hearing the truth He taught. Don’t stay bound to myths.

Ryan

Why you should read my writings

All Christians consider themselves like the Bereans, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.” (Act 17:11-12). However, many Christians aren’t all that open-minded like the Bereans but quite set in their beliefs, and use the Scriptures to proof-text those beliefs. But the Bereans didn’t search the Scriptures to prove Paul wrong, they eagerly heard him and searched the Scriptures “whether those things were so.” They gave Paul the benefit of the doubt and considered that he could be right and therefore gave him a fair hearing. Being like the Bereans is about being sincerely open-minded and objective in the study of the Scriptures for the truth.

My beliefs have largely been fluid over the decades that I’ve been a Christian because of my dogged pursuit of the truth. I came to Christ in a Pentecostal church in 1990, then read Kenneth Hagin books and became a Charismatic for several years, then read John MacArthur books and became a Calvinist for several years, then eventually stopped reading Christian books altogether but only the Bible which has led me to my current beliefs. My experience has been that I was led astray when I trusted popular ministers to teach me about God and salvation. But since the truth came from Jesus Christ, I listen to Him and His apostles: “grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (Jhn 1:17); “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jhn 8:32); “And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?” (Jhn 8:46); “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (Jhn 14:6); “Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice” (Jhn 18:37); “the truth is in Jesus” (Eph 4:21).

Becoming right in our beliefs begins with an honest and humble assessment of ourselves that we could be wrong not just about some things but about a lot of things. I went through that and still go through it to a certain extent. If we’re seeking the truth, then we’ll have no problem with questioning our current beliefs sincerely and objectively. But I’ve come to learn that many Christians aren’t willing to do this. Rather, they’re convinced that their current beliefs are right and will go to great lengths in defending them.

The goal of studying the Scriptures is to correctly understand the message intended to be conveyed by the Author. The Scriptures are simply a channel through which God communicates His message to us. It’s not about my interpretation or your interpretation but about apprehending the intended message, then living our lives accordingly.

The biggest hindrance to correctly understanding the Scriptures and apprehending the intended message is false assumptions. Assumptions are ideas that we consider to be true but might not be. They’re essential for building upon to further our understanding and reach correct conclusions. However, when our beginning assumptions are false, our understanding is hindered and we can rarely reach correct conclusions—false assumptions blind and imprison us. For example: if you believe (as I used to) that humans are non-physical beings living inside physical bodies that continue living disembodied after death either in heaven or hell, then that false assumption will blind you from understanding many teachings in Scripture about life, death, and salvation. Until you’re willing to lay aside that assumption and approach the Scriptures objectively, you’ll remain imprisoned.

My understanding of the Scriptures began to thrive once I stripped away assumptions from my thinking that I wasn’t entirely sure were correct, then approached the Scriptures as objectively as possible. It was only after I was convinced that any particular assumption was correct that I embraced it and used it to help me understand the Scriptures further. It’s like a snowball effect; the more we correctly understand, the more we’re able to correctly understand.

False assumptions, primarily assumptions about the nature of God and man—that God is a Trinity of Persons and that man is an eternal non-physical being whose destiny is either heaven or eternal torture in fire—prevents the most brilliant from ever understanding the Scriptures and attaining the truth. Many scholars and theologians are far smarter and more educated than I am but the false assumptions they embrace about God and man skews and tarnishes their understanding so that much of what they teach is wrong. Christians recognize that even the most brilliant scientists embrace the foolish philosophy of evolution under the pretense of science. And a similar dynamic is true with theologians. They’ve been indoctrinated with a philosophical system disguised as theology, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit” (Col 2:8). They’re trained and committed to defend their system with illogical and foolish arguments. They garnish their philosophy with a lot of big words, scholarship, and eloquence to make it sound official and authoritative, “they speak great swelling words of vanity” (2Pe 2:18). They make it sound like they’re saying a lot while saying a whole lot of nothing!

I’ve been scolded for considering myself right while multitudes of brilliant and educated scholars and theologians over many hundreds of years are wrong. But the difference between me and them is that I’m willing to lay aside my biases and think outside the box while they’re imprisoned within a box of false assumptions they’re unwilling to question. They’ll say that some things aren’t open for discussion or debate which only proves they’re not open-minded like the Bereans. And since they’re not open-minded, then sadly they’ll stay deceived. They implicate themselves as more loyal to their theological system than to the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. A wrong view of God, a wrong view of the Son of God, and a wrong view of man can only result in a wrong view of salvation and adversely affect almost everything they teach. For that reason, I don’t read books or commentaries from theologians anymore. I only read the Bible.

You should read my writings on this website for three main reasons. First, Christ has gifted me to understand and teach the Scriptures. I have no greater passion than to study and write about the Scriptures and can spend hours and hours doing it. Correctly understanding the Scriptures is more than an academic and intellectual endeavor but takes being gifted by Jesus Christ. I can’t tell you how many times God has given me the understanding of certain passages of Scripture in answer to prayer. It’s not necessarily that I’m smart enough to figure things out but that God has gifted me and guides me.

Second, my motive is for Jesus Christ to be glorified and not myself. I strive to not care what anyone thinks about me good or bad, but care greatly about what people think about Him. Therefore, I’m not trying to get any recognition or a large following of people. I’m not in the ministry and I’m not trying to gain or maintain any financial support. I just want to help others in their walk with God by learning the truth and living their lives by it. It’s because of this mindset that I can approach my audience with boldness to say things the way I believe they truly are—I’m not trying to please anyone.

The third reason you should read my writings on this website is that I approach the Scriptures as objectively as possible by only bringing with me the assumptions that I’m convinced are correct. I think outside the box. Successful people in any area of life aren’t afraid of failure. For example, famous basketball players contend that if fear of failure kept them from attempting to make the winning shot, they would never make the winning shot. Adopting that same principle to the study of the Scriptures, I’m not afraid to attempt the winning shot and miss sometimes. I’m willing to be wrong at times so that I can finally get it right.

My studies and writings are focused mainly on the subjects of God, man, salvation, and Christian living. Many other subjects are certainly worthy of attention but for the time being at least, God has me concentrating on these. I could spread myself out by studying other subjects but I wouldn’t be as effective and learned in these primary subjects.

I use the King James Version of the Bible primarily because I believe in the relative accuracy of the manuscript tradition from which it’s translated as compared with the Alexandrian tradition underlying most modern Bible versions. Also, since the KJV is in the public domain, it can be quoted from freely with no thought of legal repercussions. We should be able to use God’s holy words without anyone telling us how much of it we can and can’t use. Many people suffered greatly and gave their lives for the Scriptures yet publishing companies today stipulate that we must use less than 500 verses and not let it account for more than 25% of the total text. Is business more important than souls?

One last point is that I don’t claim to be a great writer. My writings are all about the content and message. I want to first understand correctly what the Scriptures are saying (thus the title of my website), then communicate this understanding to bless my audience. My prayer is that my writings will bless and help your walk with God through our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.

Ryan