KJV Onlyism – A House of Cards


In this piece, I’ll be continuing my critique of the book by David Daniels and Jack Chick, Did the Catholic Church Give Us the Bible?

One thing I want you to realize is that the King James Version-only position is majorly built on two weak and faulty pillars – conspiracy theories and poisoning the well. Take these two “pillars” away from it and little will remain.

When some information – whether true or false – is presented with pictures, it evokes a stronger emotion and has greater impact on people. For instance, if someone writes an article titled “Donald Trump is the Antichrist” accompanied by a picture of Trump looking mean, dressed in black, with a ram’s horn shown on his head and a pentagram drawn on his chest, it will strike a chord.

Some folks would only see that picture and never see Trump in a positive light again. This is an appeal to emotion, and Chick materials frequently utilize this tactic in their illustrations.

The back cover of the Give Us The Bible book shows its basic premises:

Written in a down-to-earth style, and packed with cartoon illustrations by Jack Chick, this book shows that the Bibles Rome gave us are really clever counterfeits, designed to eliminate God’s preserved Word in English, the KJV.”

There are two unproven axioms here. One, the idea that other Bible versions except the KJV are from the Catholic Church (or the Whore of Babylon).

Two, that God chose English as the only language in which His Word has been preserved. The next line written by Chick is also instructive:

It took 300 years of clever maneuvering to bring us where we are today.”

This is how a conspiracy-driven mind works. Virtually every conflict of interest or opposing information is linked with an age-long clever maneuvering of the powers that be.

While some KJV onlyists assert Rome as the force behind all modern Bible versions, others point to New Age cults or the New World Order.

Well, maybe that’s not so much of a problem since Mr. Chick has said “the Roman Catholic institution … the Jesuits, the Illuminati, the Opus Dei, and Masons are guiding” the activities of the “New Age Movement.” (Smokescreens, Chick Publications, 1983, p. 92)

Now, let’s examine some of the main arguments in the book:

1. “Origen made up a strange Greek Bible. He pasted together his own Greek Old Testament, mixed with some old folks tales called the Apocrypha and added on his own perverted New Testament … Satan used unbelieving Origen to make the first counterfeit Bible, adding and removing what he wanted” (p. 36).

The strange “Greek Old Testament” being alluded to is the Septuagint (LXX) translation which they also termed “Origen’s Septuagint” (p. 53). Actually, the LXX pre-dates Origen.

Philo of Alexandria (20 B.C.-55 A.D.) extensively quoted from the OT in Greek in a text that corresponds to the LXX. Josephus Flavius (d. 100 AD) made reference to it, since it was a translation made between 250- 150 B.C.

Most of the Old Testament passages quoted in the New Testament are from the LXX. Christian writers before Origen (185-254 AD) such as Justin Martyr, also quoted from the LXX. since it was uniformly used among Greek-speaking Jewish communities. In fact, several pre-Christian and pre-Origen Bible manuscripts of the OT in a Greek translation have been found e.g. Papyrus Ms. 458 (dated second century BC).

There is no evidence that the LXX in its original form contained the apocrypha or that it was added by Origen. Daniels and Chick offered no proof or specific dates to support their claims, because they have none. It’s one thing to make a claim, it’s another to back it up – which you will have to do if you say it too loudly.

Origen did compile a scholarly edition of the OT called the Hexapla which included the LXX, the Aquila, Theodotion and Symmachus versions of the LXX. How this “one-man perversion” wasn’t exposed by all the keen scholars in early church is what Daniels and Chick will have to explain.

2. On page 40, the Vaudois were said to travel to Antioch to translate the Bible into Latin in 120 AD and complete it in 157 AD. It says: “At last the Old Latin Bible was finished!” (p. 41).

This is pure fiction. The Vaudois didn’t exist until the 12th century. In the appendix, Daniels says Frederick Scrivener “shows that the Vaudois Bible was dated by historians at no later than 142-157 AD” (p. 145). But he didn’t quote this work, why? Because the author doesn’t say what he claims.

What Frederick Scrivener said was that John Mills (1645-1707) believed the Old Latin version arose in Italy by 157 AD. Scrivener then dissents from this view stating that the Old Latin came from North Africa (A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, 2:341-342).

Both authors also conveniently hid from their readers that the Old Latin Bible was directly translated from the LXX – which they dubbed “Origen’s counterfeit!” (p. 52). Such forthright honesty would have been fatal to their cause.

3. Page 41: “The Old Latin Bible spread so wide … Vaudois missionaries spread God’s words even down to Rome.” It’s inferred that the Vaudois rejected the Catholic Latin Vulgate.

The cartoon on page 53 shows a Pope fuming with rage saying: “WHAT? They still use the Old Latin? I’ll kill them all and destroy their Bibles!

But history shows that the Bible used by the Vaudois – followers of Peter Waldo – was translated from the Catholic Latin Vulgate:

“The Latin Vulgate Bible was the only edition of the Scriptures at that time in Europe; but that language was inaccessible to all, except one in an hundred of its inhabitants. Happily for Waldo, his situation in life enabled him to surmount that obstacle … [H]e either translated, or procured some one else to translate the Gospels into French” (William Jones, History of the Christian Church, 1826, 2:7, 9, 10).

Another source says:

“He [Waldo] employed Stephen of Ansa and Bernard Ydross to translate the Gospels from the Latin Vulgate of Jerome into the Romance dialect for the common people” (Thomas Armitage, A History of the Baptists, 1890, 295).

Scholars have shown that very minute agreements existed between the Old Latin versions and the Roumance Bible. So, if the LXX was “Satan’s perversion,” that means the Old Latin as well as the German, French, Italian and English bibles translated from it (as asserted on p. 80) were also Satan’s perversions!

4. The Latin Vulgate is called a “Catholic perversion by Jerome” (p. 41), but John Wycliffe translated his English Bible from it. How did the authors get around this uncomfortable fact?

As soon as Wycliffe died, soon-to-be Catholic John Purvey started perverting that Bible! Each year, Wycliffe’s Bible was changed to look like an English version of a Roman Catholic Vulgate!” (p. 61).

No evidence, documentation or footnote was given here. This is not merely a case of sloppy research, but a premeditated intention of the authors to re-write history when it doesn’t play their game.

5. Erasmus is said to have “read handwritten Bibles that were based on the preserved Old Latin” which he then translated as “the Received Text.” (p. 69)

This is false. The Old Latin Bible differs from Erasmus’ “Received Text,” and this has been documented by Bible scholars.

Perhaps KJV onlyists will be shocked to learn that Erasmus had only one Greek manuscript for the book of Revelation which lacked its 6 last verses, so he translated them from the Catholic Latin Vulgate into Greek.

He also inserted Acts 9:5-6 into his work from the Vulgate; those verses not found in any extant Greek manuscript. Erasmus even consulted the Catholic Complutesian Polygot, a Greek text by Archbishop Ximenez de Cisneros which formed the basis of his revisions of the Received Text.

This shouldn’t be surprising since Erasmus was a Catholic priest and his “Received Text” was purely a Catholic effort. The elaborate claim that Erasmus was “God’s undercover agent” popular in KJV onlyist circles is wishful thinking.

6. The book presents the reader with intricate Jesuit and papal conspiracies against the KJV. Daniels and Chick seem to be privy to the devious thoughts and master plans of all their characters (even Satan) all through history.

To explain away the inclusion of the Catholic apocrypha in the KJV 1611, Chick claims that “two agents” from Rome infiltrated the translation committees (p. 96) Of course, no evidence was provided.

We are told Jesuits “hated one Bible with a bloodthirsty passion: THE KING JAMES BIBLE! They vowed to destroy it” (p. 111), but all modern versions are “Catholic Bibles … whorish Bibles… [from] the Great Whore” which are dragging people to Rome (pp. 134, 136).

The ugly fact is that the KJV was closer to the Catholic church than modern versions. Both King James and the KJV translators were Anglicans, and the Church of England at the time, differed little from the Catholic Church in the area of baptismal regeneration, denial of salvation outside the church, union of the church and state, and persecution of “heretics.”

King James himself, had “enormous concessions to the Church of Rome” and said: “It has ever been my way, to go with the Church of Rome, usque ad aras [Latin: to the very altars]” (The Works of Augustus Toplady, by Toplady Augustus, J. Chidley, 1837, 247)

A Bible scholar points out at least 60 places where the New Testament of the KJV follows the reading of the Vulgate without any support from a single Greek text. (A. Scrivener, The New Testament in Greek, 1881, p ix).

The KJV translators also depended on the Catholic Douay-Rheims Bible. About 2803 readings and 140 marginal readings in the KJV are straight from the Rheims version.

Bible scholar, Doug Kutilek, notes a total of 40 places in 5 chapters in the book of James alone where the KJV reproduces the exact wording of the Rheims version against all previous English versions.

To dismiss these evidence with the “magic wand” of Jesuit conspiracies is blind fanaticism akin to a cult.

7. As I re-read this book, one thing strikes me about the authors – their desperation. They concluded:

In which of these will you place your complete trust: 1. God’s blessed and faithfully preserved words in English, the King James Bible? OR 2. The ability of “scholars” to decide what they think God meant? Either way: you will have to face Jesus and tell him why you made that choice” (p. 142).

When you consider how almost every page of this book bleats with various tactics the authors used to suck the reader into their theories – slander, false assumptions, anachronisms, scholarly craftiness, revisionism, emotional epithets and fear-mongering – this preaching line rings hollow.

Disseminating KJV onlyism – an unbiblical, illogical man-made theory – is bad enough; attempting to tailor the Lord Jesus into such a view is reprehensible and sub-Christian at any level.

When a Christian ministry positions itself as a citadel of informing and educating others, it owes it to itself and the church at large, a responsibility of presenting facts and credible information instead of conjectures and lies.

While I heartily agree that the Catholic church did not give us the Bible, this book by Daniels and Chick is totally unconvincing to any unbiased or informed reader. Only those who already agree with its basic premises and are easily carried away by tabloid sensationalism would absorb it.

When Demons wear Prada


Renowned media guru, Oprah Winfrey, once admitted in an interview in Time Magazine that during the filming of Beloved, she had moments of “spiritual episodes of divine guidance” that far transcend the chatty exchanges she had with her studio audiences.

She revealed her personal communion with spirits of black slaves from the past which she called upon at will to guide her in her work.

In her words, “I tried to empty myself and let the spirit of Sethe inhabit me … Every morning before my scenes, I lit candles and said the names of these slaves. I prayed everyday to the ancestors.”

The media has caught on the trend of using reality TV shows to titillate viewers with the paranormal and supernatural by igniting their curiosity and/or deepening their fears about spirits from the other dimension.

A 2015 report from Norway indicated that though Norwegians are mandated to belong to the Lutheran church, many of them are now turning to spiritism. “God is out but the spirits and ghosts are filling the vacuum,” said Roar Fortland, a Methodist professor of theology as quoted in the Irish Times.

In spite of the growing skepticism in the modern age, many people are actually seeking to become a part of something bigger, something more significant than themselves.

Every human being has an innate longing to seek fellowship or connection with a higher being, and this is the main reason why people are fascinated with receiving a message or “sign” from forces from another realm.

Unfortunately, many of these seekers are stepping into a terrain forbidden by God and they are interacting with wicked and deceitful spirits dressed up in beautiful “prada.” Here are some of their categories:

I. Cultural or “Regular” Spiritism

Cultural spiritism is the contacting of departed spirits as dictated by various cultures. It is aptly described as “a cult of antiquity” because it is one of the oldest forms of communion with the spirit realm.

Spiritism was known among ancient Egyptians, Chaldeans, Eutricians, Greeks, Romans and Chinese, usually as ancestor worship. Virtually every culture believes in the interaction of the spirits of the departed ones with the living.

In several African cultures, when a person dies, his spirit can be supposedly invoked to know the cause of his death, inquire on how to share his property or even avenge his murder.

In some cases, people are visited by a dead relative in their dreams who informs them where he kept his/her money or what medicine to use for specific ailments, and they find that information to be accurate in reality. They then conclude that dead relatives are still watching over them from the spirit realm.

In 19th century America, spiritism metamorphosed into “regular” spiritism or Spiritualism – an organized self-conscious religion started by Margaret and Kate Fox. It was a diabolic attempt to mimic and counterfeit the huge revivals of the 18th and late 19th centuries in the West.

Spiritualist churches today are modelled after traditional churches. They have their own liturgy, ordained ministers and services (involving prayer, revamped Christian hymns and “messages” or “readings” from spirits), along with public lectures and periodicals.

There are at least five major spiritualist camps in the US where a plethora of occult services are rendered to the public.

In the 1980s, a different dimension of necromancy emerged: mediums  serving as channellers or actual physical voices for particular spirits. Individuals, including some Hollywood stars, have at various times, admitted they had “spirit guides” – spirits of the dead from centuries ago – offering them spiritual insight, wisdom and guidance.

For example, Penny Torres channelled a spirit named “Mafu”; Sharon Gless was a medium of “Lazaris”; Jane Robert channelled “Seth” and J. Z. Knight channelled a spirit named “Ramtha”. Knight in fact, established Ramtha School of Enlightenment in Washington, U.S., attracting all who were thirsty for the waters of New Age mysticism.

Currently, many psychics and mediums – like the Long Island medium, Theresa Caputo, and the South African Cindy Kruger – have carved out a niche for themselves by dishing out messages from the spirit realm to millions of people worldwide, for a price, of course.

And there are also groups of psychics or independent paranormal researchers who make a career out of visiting locations haunted by ghosts or poltergeists and communicating with them.

Many of these spirits make their presence known to seekers by tapping or rapping on walls, moving furniture, flicking or strobing lights, ectoplasms, throwing objects around, playing pianos or turning on appliances.

Notably, most, if not all, of these paranormal locations usually have a history of violent deaths (murder, suicides etc.), abortion, abuse and demon worship. Evil spirits are easily attracted to such places like vultures drawn to carcasses.

These practices – necromancy and consulting with familiar spirits – are condemned by God and the spirits these people are seeing and hearing from are actually demons imitating the dead (Deut. 18:10).

The spirits being contacted by spiritist mediums are the same spirits witches contact from the demonic realm. Their external packaging only slightly differs.

This is why spiritism in any form is dangerous; these seekers are communicating with dark spirits who like their master, are sent to deceive, kill and destroy. Those seeking them have no reliable standards of gauging whether they are being told the truth or are feasting on lies.

II. Shamanism

This involves contacting the spirit world and interacting with spirit entities (deities, ascended masters or energies) there to attain knowledge, healing and power.

The term “shaman” comes from the language of the Tungus tribe in Siberia and refers to a tribal medicine man or witch doctor. A shaman is thus an occult priest/priestess who taps into the spirit realm through dreams, visions or trances at will.

Shamanism exists in different forms, in fact, Anthropologists are intrigued by the fact that shamanism is practiced in every part of the world. This points to the reality of the spirit realm and Satan who “deceives the whole world” through his demons (Rev. 12:9).

Shamanism is based on Pantheism (the belief that God is all and all is God) and Animism (belief that everything is alive and has a soul), so shamans often claim to contact spirits in trees, animals or rocks.

A class of these spirits are called Devas – nature spirits or deities in the plant kingdom. This idea is also subtly relayed in “innocent” children cartoons. For example, in Disney’s Pocahontas, grandmother Willow speaks from a tree to her saying:

“All around you are spirits. They live in the earth, the water, the sky. If you listen they will guide you.

It’s then understandable why Glory Zell, a witch, said this cartoon was “the most pagan-positive movie to ever come out of Disney.”

These devas are often contacted through drugs like marijuana, hashish etc. which enable the shaman to experience the spirit world.

“The key thing with plant shamanism,” says a writer, “is to establish a connection with the plant. Once this is done, the plant spirits themselves teach you everything you need to know and reveal the many ways of using them in healing.”

Shamans also astral travel through “sound of drumming, which encourages ‘dreaming’ patterns to emerge in the brain, taking the shaman deeper into a more holistic experience of the world” (The Sequitur, May, 21, 2016).

Others travel via occult meditation as an ex-Hindu yogi wrote:

During the daily meditation, I began to have visions of psychedelic colors, to hear unearthly music, and to visit exotic planets where the gods conversed with me, encouraging me to attain even higher states of consciousness. Sometimes in my trance, I encountered the same horrible demonic creatures that are depicted by the images in Hindu, Buddhist, Shinto and other religious temples” (Rabindranath Maharaj, Death of a Guru, edited by Dave Hunt, 1985, p. 57)

It’s total folly to worship creatures rather than the Creator (Rom. 1:21-25). God is “the Living God” who is distinct and separate from His creation, hence, He is not a universal force present in rocks or plants (Jer. 10:10-12).

The spirits shamans are in touch with are demons cleverly disguised as nature deities. One evidence of this is the downward spiral in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual states of those who communicate with them.

Christian researchers, Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr. John Weldon in their article, Nonhereditary Transference of Psychic Powers, gave an example of one psychic who entered a trance state to help an emotionally disturbed woman whose brother had apparently been murdered.

During the trance, the psychic actually “relived” the murder, including experiencing the sheer terror of the victim, and the hatred and revenge of the murderers and the murder itself. “It was all as if it were my own,” she reported. Leaving the condition of the trance was difficult, plus all of the emotions were brought forth into the conscious state where they remained, causing serious mental problems.

III. Apparitions and spiritual manifestations

These can vary with religions, but I want to focus on two specific groups – African syncretic (white garment) churches and Roman Catholicism.

In the former, these spirits are termed “good angels” (malaikas) or “the Holy Spirit” and are often invoked with wild dances, rites involving chanting of Psalms and names of “angels”, prayers with assorted candles, offering sacrifices at specified locations, incense, rituals bathe and invocation at ceremonial altars.

Members of these churches frequently have dreams, visions and supernatural experiences which they fondly assume are “proofs” of divine approval.

Their mediums usually give wild, histrionic “prophesies” which make them glide on floors, hop on one leg like Sandpipers, go into trances, scream like wild animals, or bang their heads on walls. Of course, one will not find a single godly person in Scripture exhibiting such barnyard manifestation while receiving messages from the Holy Spirit.

In Roman Catholicism, on however, the apparitions of “Mary” or the “saints” also convey certain messages, but the primary ways to know they are demonic are:

a) They teach doctrines that contradict or discredit the Bible (Isaiah 8:20)

b) They misrepresent God by either presenting Him as mean and unapproachable or as an indulgent father who approves of their sins (Genesis 3:1-2).

c) They distort the Person of Christ and deny He is the only way to God (John 14:6)

d) They deny the sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice by teaching the necessity of sacrifices or rituals for sin or receiving blessings from “God” (Hebrews 10:12)

e) They instill fear into people by threatening those who don’t blindly accept their messages with suffering, horrors and death.

I’ve addressed the Marian apparitions in a separate article, but I’ll cite just 2 examples here:

#1 “I alone am able to save you from the calamities which approach. Those who place their confidence in me will be saved” (Teiji Yasuda, Akita: The Tears and Messages of Mary, 1989, 78).

But the Bible says: “I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no saviour.” (Isaiah 43:11)

#2 “The world is degenerating so much so, that it was necessary for the Father and the Son to send Me into the world among all the peoples, in order to be their Advocate and to save them” (Message given to Ida Peerdeman, April 29, 1951).

But Scripture says: “My little children … And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2)

Only a demon would give messages that conflict with God’s Word. Christians don’t need to consult created spirits with limited knowledge or power when they have an all-knowing and all-powerful God.

We “have received … the Spirit which is of God that we might know the things freely given us by God” (1Cor. 2:12).

There is no technique for contacting the Holy Spirit who “guides [us] into all truth … show [us] things to come” (Jn. 16:13). We don’t need to seek out deities, spirits in haunted houses, “saints” or Mary to know God’s purposes for our lives.

Extinguishing Allah’s Light with Truth

In June 2016, a Christian woman, Mrs Bridget Agbahime, was brutally murdered by a Muslim mob in Kano, Nigeria, for allegedly “blaspheming prophet Muhammad.” Eye witnesses said her “crime” was that she prevented a Muslim man from performing ablution at the entrance of her shop.

The rebuffed man ran off into the market to call a band of irate Muslims that she had blasphemed their prophet, and within a short time, a mob of Muslims rushed to the scene and had her murdered. Her husband narrowly escaped. [1]

Some Nigerian online news media quickly used the victim’s ethnicity to whip up a virulent ethnic war on social media – after all, the narcissistic bent to get many “likes” and “retweets” clouds objective reporting.

Many commentators questioned a religion that defends the reputation of its god and prophet by murder. Some Muslims condemned the actions, but most of them justified it:

She deserved to be killed islamically, the punishment is perfectly perfect”

“Good! this should serve as a lesson to others. We will not take the blasphemy lightly… anybody who did it will face a death sentence.”

“[I]n Islam for the record whoever make bad comment to holy prophet … should be beheaded.”

“To all non Believers who have the idea of doing Blasphemy to our Prophet, please dont ever try it in Kano. I swear to Almighty Allah, if you do so then your life too will end in HELL.”

If you are naïve about Islam, these remarks could make your hairs stand up on end. But those familiar with the evil teachings and examples laid down by Muhammad can’t be shocked by such. In fact, to Christians living in the Islam-dominated northern Nigeria, this is just one of many stories that managed to filter out to the media.

Excluding the wholesale massacre of Christians in that region, in 2004, three Christian students were expelled from a university in Bauchi State with one murdered in cold blood for “blaspheming” Muhammad with a Gospel tract.

In early 2006, many Christians were killed in different states because of the Danish cartoons. At that period, about 20 Christians were also killed and churches burnt in a state because a Christian teacher “defiled” the Quran by touching the book in a classroom.

Few months later, a Christian woman was stoned to death in a village in Niger State for witnessing to Muslims. The Muslims, when interrogated, claimed she left a blasphemous tract in their mosque and she had to be dealt with.

As the discussions of the Kano tragedy raged on over the weekend, one argument I found Muslim “moderates” repeating was that the murder was “unislamic” simply because Muhammad prohibited the killing of women. Let’s examine this claim.

In the hadith: “It is reported on the authority of Sa’ad Jathama that the Prophet of Allah when asked about the women and children of the polytheists being killed during night raid, said ‘they are from them [i.e the pagans]'” (Muslim 19:4321).

With this response, Muhammad sanctioned the murder of non-Muslim women and children. In the Sirat Rasulallah, it was recorded: “We went with the apostle on the raid of Dhatu’l Riqa of Nakhl and a (Muslim) man killed the wife of one of the polytheists” (The Life of Muhammad, p. 665).

When a Jewish woman, Asma bint Merwan, criticised Muhammad with her poems for his evils, he said to his followers “Who will rid me of Merwan’s daughter? ‘Umayr bin Adiyal Khatmi who was with him heard him and that very night he went to her house and killed her. In the morning, he came to the apostle and told him what he had done and he [Muhammad] said ‘You have helped Allah and his apostle Umayr!” (Ibid, 675-676)

When Muhammad conquered Mecca, he said: “There are four persons whom I shall not give protection” He identified them as the “two singing girls of al-Maqis; one of them was killed and the other escaped and embraced Islam” (Abu Dawud, 2684).

In another account, “six men and four women were killed” during this invasion. The crime of these women was that they mocked him when he was in Mecca (Ibn Sa’ad, Tabaqat, 2:168).

Muhammad regarded his critics as the greatest threat to his religion because he knew he couldn’t defeat their logic. He had to kill them to establish his ideology. Allah was no different:

They (the disbelievers, Jews and Christians) want to extinguish Allah’s light (which Muhammad has been sent – Islam) with their mouths, but Allah will not allow except that his light should be perfected even though the kafirun [infidels] hate it” (Sura 9:32)

The truth that Christians speak are capable of extinguishing Islam because it’s a religion of deception, that has to be “perfected” by bloodshed. Lies are always afraid of truths, but truth never fears a lie.

Islam is like a balloon filled with air. It may look big and intimidating, but it’s just filled with air, and all it takes to deflate it is a needle. Armed with God’s Truth, we will continue to deflate and extinguish the lies of Islam for souls to escape from its clutches.

[1] Update: In a later interview with Punch Newspaper (November 2016), her husband narrated how she was murdered while they were in hiding in a building from the Muslim mob. These irate men pounced on her and killed her right before his very eyes. He said she prayed fervently, committing her life to God before she was murdered.