Resolved: A Resolution for Next Year’s Annual Meeting

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Anybody willing to present this resolution at next year’s Convention Meeting?


On The Archaic and Out-of-Date King James Version
June 2012
WHEREAS, Many Southern Baptist pastors and laypeople have trusted and used the King James Version (KJV) translation to the great benefit of the Kingdom; and
WHEREAS, Multiple Bible publishers continue to produce the King James Version (KJV) which incorporates archaic and overly-literal methods of translation; and WHEREAS, Southern Baptists repeatedly have affirmed our commitment to the full inspiration and authority of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:15-16); and
WHEREAS, This translation alters the meaning of hundreds of verses, most significantly by using archaic language and a later textual basis which adds words, phrases, and whole verses that do not appear in the original autographs; and
WHEREAS, Although it is possible for Bible scholars to disagree about translation methods or which English words best translate the original languages, the KJV has gone beyond acceptable translation standards; and
WHEREAS, Twenty-three percent of SBC pastors and fifty-one percent of non SBC pastors in 2004 preferred the KJV, and sixty-two percent of American adults in 2011 owned a KJV; and
WHEREAS, The Southern Baptist Convention has passed a similar resolution concerning the TNIV in 2002 and the 2011 NIV in 2011; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 19-20, 2012 express profound disappointment with King James I for this inaccurate translation of God’s inspired Scripture; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we encourage pastors to make their congregations aware of the translation errors found in the KJV; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we respectfully request that LifeWay not make this inaccurate translation available for sale in their bookstores; and be it finally
RESOLVED, That we cannot commend the KJV to Southern Baptists or the larger Christian community.