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The Technicality Game by Ron Coale

Before Dee and I were married, we took her nephew to the drive in movie with us one night. Willie was quite the young boy. He liked everything that young boys like. I said I was going to go get some popcorn at the concession stand and Willie wanted to go with me. We got to the concession stand where he was eyeballing this very large Hershey’s chocolate bar. It was the kind that my dad would buy when I was a kid and it would last him for a month. Willie asked me if he could have one of those chocolate bars.  I said that he could, but he would have to let his Aunt Dee portion it out to him. I thought it best for her to give it to him in pieces and regulate how much chocolate he would eat.  I didn’t know that when we got back to the car, he showed her the chocolate bar and said, “Look what Ron got for me.  Can I have it?”  She looked at him and said, “Okay. I guess its okay.”

We continued to enjoy the movie. It wasn’t until about 15 minutes later when Willie was acting like a buzz saw. He was one big giant ball of energy. He was jittering and shaking and playing the air drums and talking a mile a minute. We looked at each other and wondered why is he acting this way. Then I asked her, “Did you give him that chocolate bar?” She said, “Well he told me that you said it was okay.” I told her I said it was okay if you gave him a piece of it. Willie had eaten a whole giant chocolate bar in about 10 minutes, and we were suffering the consequences.  For the rest of the evening he was wild with energy.

Willie and played the technicality game. The technicality game is  where you’re technically telling the truth but you say it in a misleading manner. Christians are the same way with God. They ask God to give them something when they know that He doesn’t want them to have it. They just play the technicality game to make Him think they are doing something good for Him.

Friends, God cannot be fooled. He knows what we think before we even think it. That is a thought that needs to be meditated upon. I’ll say it again, “God knows what we think even before we think it.” How do you deal with a God who knows what you think even before you think it? It’s no wonder that God tells us that we need to speak the truth. When Jesus speaks of himself saying that he is the way the truth and the life (John 14:6), He could in fact be giving us a warning; A warning that we should always tell the truth because God knows the truth even before we think it! He knows what we’re going to do even before we formulate the idea in our heads. So we better come clean!

There is no way you can deceive God.  There is no way that you can play the technicality game with him. He knows exactly what you’re going to do even before you consider doing it. That is a sobering thought! We’re dealing with the God who knows us even better than we know ourselves. There’s no way to manipulate the truth or play the technicality game with God (Matt. 6:8). There’s nothing we can do to deceive or trick God.

We are such feeble creatures. We are so finite because we live within the constraints of time. We don’t know what the next minute will bring in our lives. But God knows. I don’t mean to say this as a consoling statement. I mean to say it as a warning.  It is a statement that should make you think about always speaking truth with God. It’s a statement that should make you well aware that there’s someone who knows what you’re going to do in the next 5 minutes, and you can not deceive Him (Luke 12:27-31). You cannot play a technicality game with Him. You cannot manipulate events to make them work toward your favor. You cannot give an excuse for anything.  God knows!

How is it that He knows everything about your life? He does because He is already there. God does not live within the constraints of time. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end (Rev 22:13).  He lives outside the constraints of time. This is how He can live in our past and our future all at once. You and I however are linear creatures.  We exist from second to second, minute to minute, hour to an hour.

Not only can this be a sobering thought, but it can be a comforting thought as well. Because God knows what we’re going to do 5 minutes from now, He can arrange events in our lives that will shield, protect, guide and love us. In this way he has the power to make things happen and give us His mercy, grace and goodness.

 

Why the King James Bible Teaching

king james bibleIt doesn’t matter to us which Bible you use, but we teach King James Bible doctrine.  There is a big difference between the King James Bible teachings and the teachings of other bibles.  The Psalmist says: “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever” (Ps. 119:160).  In Jeremiah 23:36, the Bible says, “For ye have perverted the words of the living God.” So, God’s word will last forever, but there will be people who make perversions.  This is the case that we have in the Christian world today.  Someone is taking living words from the living God and perverting it.

This all has to deal with the subject of final authority.  This the most crucial thing going on in the world today. Why?  Because the issue of final authority determines—absolute truth.

Today, people are being taught that all truth is relative.  Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity digests down to this destructive premise.  It subtly teaches that everyone can have their own truth.  Of course this lends to chaos as everyone becomes their own authority and god.  A christian however, places himself in subjection to the Bible.  However, Jeremiah said somebody took those words and perverted them.  Therefore, it is crucial for the Christian to find the right words of God so he can live by them, and reject the perversions.

The King James Bible is the word of God for several reasons.  These reasons should be looked at and analyzed very carefully.  No true lover of God would want to follow a perversion, or become his own authority for that matter.  The King James Bible is the word of God because:

  • It’s the only bible that doesn’t have a copyright.  If you have a King James Bible in your hand, you have a Book with no copyright on it. You may see a copyright on the notes, references, maps, index, etc., but not on the word of God itself.  Anybody can get a plain King James Bible and there’s no copyright in it.  When King James endorsed it, he placed the Crown Copyright on it, but you don’t have to ask the Crown today for the right to print it. The Crown copyright is different from present day copyright.  King James didn’t copyright it to make money off of it.  he wanted the world to have it freely.  The Crown copyright showed that King James endorsed it, and in Ecclesiastes 8:4 it says, “Where the word of a king is, there is power.” It was copyrighted under a king, showing a king endorsed it.  This is much different than the copyright of today, which involves making money.
  • It is the only Bible which is “Authorized.”  The term “Authorized” is applied to the King James Bible alone.  It is the only Bible which the Holy Spirit has blessed.
  • It was translated under a God-Ordained King (Ecc. 8:4).  AND, the king under whom the Bible was translated has a Jewish name–James.
  • God promised to preserve His word.  He said, “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” (Psalm 12:6-7).  No one can hide God’s true words from man.  If man wants to find it, there is certainly someplace it can be found. Christ said, “If a man love me, he will keep my words” (John 14:23).  How do you keep His words if you don’t have them? Christ said, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7). How do you get a prayer promise if you don’t keep His words? Christ said, “He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God” (John 8:47). How do you hear them, if you don’t have them? The Bible says to the preacher, “Preach the word” (2 Tim. 4:2).  How can a preacher preach something he doesn’t have? If God can preserve us unto the day of salvation, then He can certainly preserve what He wrote.
  • It gives preeminence to the Lord Jesus Christ.  All other Bibles attack the deity of Jesus Christ.  Some bibles are quite obvious in their attack on the Lordship of Jesus Christ, while others are more subtle.  For example: the New King James Bible attacks the deity of Christ in Acts 4:27. It says that Jesus Christ was not God’s “child;” He was just God’s “servant.”  Other versions have come up with more blatant and dangerous changes to the scriptures.  The frontal assault is launched against such doctrines as: The Virgin Birth (Isa. 7:14; Luke 1:34; 2:33), The Blood Atonement (Col. 1:14; Acts 20:28; Eph. 1:7; Rev. 1:5), The Resurrection (Acts 1:3; Luke 24), His Deity (Acts 10:28; John 9:35; 1 Tim. 3:16), the Second Coming (Rev. 11:15; Titus 2:13).  These are just a few of examples of the many changes that show the devil’s handiwork in perverting the word of God.  Other “bibles” consistently attack the Lord Jesus Christ.  There is no way they can have any merit.  The King James Bible, on the other hand, never attacks the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:39).  It does the exact opposite–it EXALTS the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Because the vast majority of all manuscripts validate the King James Bible.  The Textus Receptus (received text) comes from Antioch, Syria, where the disciples were first called Christians.  At times it is called The Majority Text.  This is because there are a vast number of fragments collected from many locations that are all in agreement.  There is a huge amount of these manuscripts (all in agreement) because the early church would copy the writings and distribute them to other believers, who would in turn, copy them and distribute them.  Since the early church did not have the monetary resources of Rome, they were not copied onto sheets of vellum, but onto inferior paper, so they didn’t last the test of time.  The other manuscripts (LXX) come from Alexandria, Egypt, where Rome had great influence.  The LXX comes from only two corrupt manuscripts, known as “Vaticanus” and “Siniaticus.” These manuscripts are full of alterations to meet the demands Rome. They have been determined to be older, but again, they are only few.  Rome having influence in Alexandria, Egypt at that time, these are the adopted manuscripts of the Catholic church.  All new versions are direct translations from these corrupt Catholic manuscripts.  The King James Bible is the only one translated from the Textus Receptus (The Majority Text) which came from Antioch where Christianity began.
  • The honesty of the Translators.  The translators use of italics in the Bible shows the honesty of the translators.  They italicized words they put into the text that do not appear in the original language. Perverted Bible translations do not do this. The translators had the integrity to let us know what was added and what was original.  God says in Revelation 22:18-19, “If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 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.”  Proverbs 30:5-6 says, “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.” Because It Exalts the Lord Jesus Christ.  The translators honored God.
  • It is a perfect translation. The words “translate” and “translated” only occur three times in the Bible (2 Sam. 3:10; Col. 1:13; Heb. 11:5.  Note: The number 3 is God’s number of perfection.). Each time, God is the Translator. Each time, something is going from one situation to a much better situation.  Since God inspired “holy men of God” (II Pet. 1:21) to write down His words in the first place,  He is certainly capable of guiding the translators to keep the words which Jesus told us to keep (John 14:23). It is also apparent by the character of God, that the translation became better than originally penned.
  • It’s fruit is good.  The Lord Jesus said that every good tree will bring forth good fruit, and we can know them BY their fruits (Mt. 7:17-20). God had the bible translated to bring forth good fruit. The perversions produce EVIL fruit. They produce infidels who profess to know God, but in fact they do not.  They spit out spiritual babies one right after the other who completely blind to basic Bible doctrine. However, the King James Bible is validated by the Holy Spirit who bears witness of the truth.
  • All perverted Bibles compare themselves to the King James Bible. They don’t compare themselves with each other.  They all compare themselves to the King James Bible.  This proves there is something special about the King James Bible. Why does everyone oppose the King James Bible and not the others? Satan has no desire to divide his own kingdom (Mt. 12:26). His desire is to discredit the word of GOD, not himself; so he attacks only one Book, God’s Book, the KJV.  Those who join the Devil in opposition to the King James Bible have no Final Authority.  They become their own authority.  I know they look like Christians.  They act, smell, talk, and dress like Christians, but they depend on their own judgment too much, thus becoming their own authority.

Let’s not accept the idea that the Authorized King James is outdated and needs to be replaced for a new translation. Satan knows that newborn babes in Christ will not have the real milk that they need in order to grow because they’ll have a watered down version of the truth. He figures that if he can’t kill the babes, he’ll do the next best thing-stunt their growth. At the same time the world will point to “Christianity” and say, “They don’t even have the same Bible.”