by Bob L. Ross
William P. Grady, now of Providence Baptist College of Elgin, Illinois and formerly of Hyles-Anderson College of Crown Point, Indiana, is engaged in a revision of history, using the King James Bible as his "point of reference." Everything is viewed in relation to the KJV: everything bad somehow is due to a foul attitude toward the KJV, and every good is in consequence of the KJV. In a recent article, for instance, I noted how the assassinations of three U. S. Presidents were in consequence of new versions of the Bible being issued (1864, 1881, and 1901).
Mr. Grady also measures preachers of the Gospel by their view of the KJV -- or least as Grady appropriates to them a certain view, whether they held it or not. Actually, of all the names he mentions, he does not quote a single preacher before the rise of post-1950 "King James Onlyism" who would fall into the "King James Only" category with regard to Bible translations.
By Grady's standard, one could credit the KJV for the Pedobaptists (infant baptizers), the 1611-12 burnings of alleged heretics by King James, the 17th century Civil War when King Charles lost his head, the expulsion of the Puritans in the 1660's, the imprisonment of John Bunyan, the State-Church Church of England, the Arminian Wesleyan movement (Methodists), the "sinless perfection" Nazarene Church, the "tongues" Pentecostal Movement, the "Baptism in the Holy Ghost" Assemblies of God, the Anti-Instrumental Music Church of Christ, the the Seventh-Day Adventists, the Russellites, the Christadelphians, the Mormons, the Christian Scientists, the Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarians, the Old School Primitive Baptists, the Oneness Pentecostal Movement, and other such groups, for they all claimed their "Final Authority" was the King James Bible.
Every Church of Christ Campbellite preacher whom I have ever debated used the King James Bible and told me that I needed to be "baptized for the remission of sins," or I would go to Hell, and he quoted Acts 2:38 from the KJV. He also could prove that it was a sin to use musical instruments, and he quoted the KJV. He also proved his church wore the Bible "name" for the church, and he quoted the KJV. He said, "We speak where the Bible speaks, and are silent where the Bible is silent," and he was referring to the KJV.
So if Grady's "biblical interpretation of American history" is a valid standard, then the KJV must have the honor for being the Bible behind all of these groups, most certainly so in their beginnings. Russellites (Jehovah's Witnesses), for instance, originated in the 1870's with Pastor Charles T. Russell (1852-1916), and he never saw the "New World Translation" of the 1950's. Russell used the King James Bible.
Grady trys to align the "great" preachers with "King James Onlyism;" and without trying to cover the field, I will comment on his remarks about C. H. Spurgeon and D. L. Moody.
Grady says of Spurgeon, "Although Charles Hadden [sic] Spurgeon had always preached the AV 1611, he did, on rare occasions, succumb to the spirit of the age by referring to certain 'improved' renderings, etc." (pages 352, 353).
I have before cited some of the instances where Spurgeon used the English Revised Version [see "Bynum's Abuse," article #240 in our file]. I will add another reference here: an Exposition in Volume 47, pages 299, 300, where CHS uses Luke 4:16-30 and John 8:37-59 for one of his pre-sermon Bible readings and brief expositions, which was his usual method prior to preaching.
The comment by Grady is "colored" by his saying that Spurgeon did, on rare occasions "succumb to the spirit of the age." Since the "spirit of the age," according to Grady, was rather Satanic, he is associating Spurgeon's use of the ERV with Satan. He picked up this piece of discernment from Ruckman and Riplinger. Ruckman reveals that "Satan filled his heart to lie to the Holy Spirit" (Bible Believers' Bulletin, 8/91), and that God killed him for "correcting" the KJV (The Last Grenade, page 270).
Riplinger reveals that the theological views which Spurgeon embraced "form a Satanic Pentagram" (New Age Bible Versions, page 231). Spurgeon's position on the Eternal Sonship of Christ ("Only Begotten Son"), which is the Creedal or Confessional view, is interpreted by Riplinger as being "Arian" and supposedly makes the Son a "created God" (N.A.B.V., page 562; Blind Guides, pages 15, 37, 38). She teaches that the "flesh" (body) of Jesus is the "only begotten son," following the heresy of Ruckman (N.A.B.V., page 337).
Now, Grady says Spurgeon succumbed to "the spirit of the age." The Scholars Union of the Antiochan Cult does not have a very high opinion of Mr. Spurgeon. But Grady to the rescue! He says Mr. Spurgeon's widow, Susie, sent Mr. Moody the Bible used by Spurgeon, and this was "as if to symbolize Mr. Moody's lifetime achievement of restoring confidence in the King James Bible," etc. (page 353).
The fact is, Mr. Moody often used the English Revised Version, the same as did Spurgeon. For example, there are several references to the "R. V." in Moody's little book, "Notes from My Bible." On page 192 alone he quotes four passages from the Revised Version (Mark 3:35;1 Thess. 5:16-18; John 7:17; I John 5:14). Moody even refers to that "forbidden book," the Septuagint (121)! And Moody was inseparable for years from R. A. Torrey, whom he called to Chicago in 1889 to head the Moody Bible Institute. Grady has a whole lot of bad, bad things to say about Torrey, as Torrey used the RV even more so than Moody.
Best what must be as equally distasteful to Grady -- who is more in line with Council of Trent (Roman Catholic) theology than with Baptist views -- are the "Satanic" Calvinist views which Moody espouses in this "Notes" book. Moody, who followed the sermons and teachings of Spurgeon from even before Moody started to preach, says, "The Church was CHOSEN before the foundation of the world. Eph. 1:4; Titus 1:2" (page 109).
Moody: "My faith is the reflection of God's eternal purpose. We are EXPECTED when we come to Christ" (page 155).
Moody: "Do not stumble at the doctrine of ELECTION. Preach the gospel to all, and (as some one has said) if you convert any one who was not 'chosen,' God will forgive you" (page 167).
But Mr. Grady teaches us that the kind of doctrine preached by Spurgeon and Moody was "heresy known as Calvinism" (page 184). In fact, the very Baptist church which Spurgeon pastored was the Particular Baptist church formerly pastored by John Gill (1697-1771), and Grady's revision of Baptist history places the Particular Baptists with the "Hardshells," or "Primitives" (page 187). Fact is, the "Hardshells" did not come into existence until 1832, while the Particular Baptists go back to the first half of the 1600's (see History of the Baptists by John T. Christian). Grady evidently does not know the difference between "Calvinism" and "Hardshellism;" which simply means he has been reading too much from Ruckman, Riplinger, and Vance, a trio of dumbos on this subject.
In closing, I wish to quote an interesting remark which Grady makes about one who would burn someone at the stake:
"Why in the world would a freedom-loving Baptist want to be identified with some coldhearted tryant who would burn a fellow minister at the stake over a doctrinal dispute"? (page 186)
Well, I don't know, Bill, but King James burned those fellows in 1611-12 for no reason but doctrinal differences, yet you don't seem to have any problem with "King James." If you can figure it out, please let me know your conclusion.
"To the Bible, in its ORIGINAL LANGUAGES, is every TRANSLATION to be brought, and by it to be examined, tried, and judged, to be CORRECTED and AMENDED: if this were was not the case, we should have NO INFALLIBLE RULE to go by. "(John Gill, 1697-1771, Body of Divinity, page 13-a).