By David J. Stewart | March 2014 | Updated May 2016
Jesus said that the Devil is a big liar and every time he opens his mouth he speaks lies, because he has no truth whatsoever in him (John 8:44). Satan will steal, kill and destroy everything you love and hold dear in life (John 10:10). The New King James Bible (NKJB or NKJV) is filled with a mix of perversions from the Corrupted Alexandrian Manuscripts!
The New King James is not a King James Bible! Few Christians understand that there are two major sources of our Bible versions today. One is the reliable Textus Receptus (or Received Text) from Antioch, Rome. This is the source from which our believed 1611 King James Bible comes from! Although there have been numerous editions since the 1611 to correct typos, there have NOT been any new revisions of it. ALL OTHER MODERN BIBLE VERSIONS are either translated from the corrupt Alexandrian manuscripts found in Alexandria, Egypt; Or they incorporate its corruptions into the Textus Receptus. The New King James Version (NKJV, also called NKJB) does this. All of the NKJV footnotes refer to the Alexandrian corruptions. In the Bible, Egypt always pictures the sinful world. Nothing good ever came out of Egypt. In ancient times, Egypt was the center of intellectual fraud, atheism (there is no God), Gnosticism (not sure if there is a God), secular humanism (man is God) and worldly philosophy. Egypt is the source of ALL modern Bible versions.
The following chart is tremendously helpful (truly a picture is worth 1,000 words) . . .
If I didn’t care about you spiritually, then I wouldn’t make a fuss over this issue. It’s not a trifle matter. Which Bible you use DOES matter! The New King James Version has literally changed thousands of words, rendering hundreds of Scriptures corrupt. In many places the NKJV has copied the corrupt New International Version (NIV) and other corrupt Bible versions. Nelson Publishers are extremely dishonest, telling the reader at the introduction to the NKJV that they have maintained the integrity of the King James Bible. NO THEY HAVEN’T!!! The King James Bible comes from the Textus Receptus (or Majority Text), but the New King James Version (NKJV) comes from the corrupt Greek work of Brooke Westcott and Fenton Hort (who used the corrupt Alexandrian manuscripts to produce their 1881 work titled, “The New Testament In The Original Greek”). It is upon this corrupt Greek translation that nearly all modern Bible revisions are based. Westcott and Hort denied the deity of Jesus Christ!!! They were unsaved Anglican ministers!
The corrupt Committee On Biblical Translation (CBT) that produced the corrupt NIV, and the corrupt publishers at Thomas Nelson who produced the corrupt NKJV, DON’T believe that we have God’s perfect Words today.
They believe that only the original Hebrew, Greek and Chaldean are inspired by God. They contend that all English translations are at best, filled with ERRORS!!! In the introductions to the NIV and the NKJV, they openly and foolishly state that there are no perfect Bibles today. It’s hard to imagine why Christian men would doubt the omnipotent God Who spoke the universe into existence. Cannot God Who spoke the universe into existence also preserve His inspired Words unto every generation as He so promised in Psalms 12:7-8? Yes, he certainly can!
I say we do have God’s PERFECT Words today in the King James Bible. I do not believe that the King James Bible is newly inspired; but rather, it is divinely preserved inspiration. That is, God has kept His promise to preserve His inspired Words. Every Word of the King James Bible is INSPIRED!!!
Please don’t let anyone convince you falsely that the New King James Bible is easier to understand. My friend, the NKJV is cut from the same corrupt cloth as the NIV, which ought to be called the H.I.V.!!! If you use the NKJV, you might as well use the NIV or some other corrupt Bible, because they are all translated from the corrupt Alexandrian, Egyptian texts.
The New King James Version CANNOT Be Trusted!
Question: I know the New King James is said to be a “revision of the King James.” But were the Greek and Hebrew texts for the New King James the same as they were for the King James?
Answer: The NKJV is not a revision of the King James Bible. It is a subtle perversion of the King James Bible. Though years of extensive research have shown that the Greek and Hebrew texts used for the main NKJV text were similar to those used for the KJV, there is a subtle and deadly poison injected into the NKJV: it changes the meaning of God’s words and it lifts up other texts that disagree with the King James.
A History of Preservation
There is a big difference between God’s preserved words and man’s perverted words. And keep in mind that two things had to be preserved through the centuries: the accurate text of God’s words, and the correct translation of those words.
God preserved the words of the Old Testament by the Levitical priests, who faithfully copied them through the centuries. The best manuscript, used by the King James Bible, was the Ben Chayyim, also called the “Bomberg Text.” This faithful Rabbinic Old Testament, used for the King James Bible, was rejected by the NKJV committee in favor of a Vatican-published text. But it still takes a careful eye (and a parallel Bible) to spot the differences.
God preserved the words of the New Testament by His faithful Christian disciples, from Antioch of Syria (Acts 11:26) to the Vaudois people of the French Alps about AD 120. From the 150s on they passed this Old Latin Bible (called “Common Bible” or “Vulgate“) throughout Europe and the British Isles. The Vaudois people were regarded by the Protestants and Baptists as “pre-Reformers,” passing down the gospel message till the Reformation of the 1500s. Their Bibles and others translated from them, were so accurate they were included in translating the King James Bible. The NKJV committee unwisely used none of these Bibles when deciding the meaning of God’s words and how to translate them into English.
The Preserved vs. the Perverted “Vulgate”
Please remember: the Vaudois’ Old Latin Vulgate is not the same as the later Roman Catholic Latin Vulgate. The Vaudois’ Vulgate is God’s preserved words of God in Old Latin which brought the gospel to all Europe. The Roman Catholic Vulgate is completely different. It wrongly mixed God’s words with the perverted Alexandrian Greek Old Testament, Apocrypha and New Testament. Modern “scholars” falsely declare there’s only one Latin Vulgate. But there are two: the preserved (Vaudois) and the perverted (Roman Catholic).
A Mixture of Perversion
The New King James Version is not a true King James Bible. It mixes some true King James accuracy with a lot of Alexandrian and “new version” errors. We know this because the NKJV tells us which ancient texts they used when they made up their Bible. Don’t be fooled by the clever names and symbols. Here is what they say they really used:
The Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, or BHS. This is not the preserved Hebrew Old Testament. This one is approved by the Vatican (Roman Catholic religion) and printed jointly by the Vatican and Protestant Bible societies. In 1937 the “scholars” rejected the preserved Ben Chayyim for an “older” (but not more accurate) text: the Leningrad Ms B 19a (also called the “Ben Asher text“). The BHS states:
“…it is a welcome sign of the times that it was published jointly in 1971 by the Wurttemburg Bible Society, Stuttgart, and the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome….” –Prolegomena, p. XII
The Septuagint, or LXX. As you have seen,  the so-called “Septuagint” is a fable. It was really written after Jesus was born, not before. There are many Septuagints, since each Alexandrian Old Testament is different from every other. Know what they are? Sinaiticus, Vaticanus and Alexandrinus – the same exact codices (big books) where the modern perverted New Testaments come from!
The Latin Vulgate. This is not the preserved Vaudois Christian, Old Latin Vulgate. The NKJV “scholars” consulted the perverted, Roman Catholic Latin Vulgate.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, or DSS. It is clear through Scripture that God preserved His words through the tribe of Levi (Deuteronomy 17:18, 31:9-13, 25-26, Nehemiah 8 and Malachi 2:7). The Qumran community that produced the DSS are never said to be Levites. But though God says “the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth” (Malachi 2:7), the NKJV committee instead consulted the DSS as well.
The Majority Text, or MT. With a name like Majority Text it should be a compilation of the majority of Greek New Testament manuscripts. But it is not. The “Majority Text” is actually a hand-picked set of manuscripts grouped together by “pro-Alexandrian” liberal Hermann von Soden. Less than 8% of the over 5,000 Greek manuscripts were compared to each other by von Soden’s team of collators! But the NKJV people give the MT great prominence, writing this inaccurate information in the footnotes.
So people think that the King James is wrong, since it disagrees with “the Majority Text.” Who cares? The “Majority Text” is not the majority of texts! The “Majority Text” is a big fake. Don’t believe it. And don’t trust any Bible that does.
If It Looks Like a Duck and Talks Like a Duck…
There is another side to the New King James that reveals its ugly alliances.
In most places where the NKJV disagrees with the King James Bible, it agrees with the translations of modern Alexandrian perversions, whether Protestant like the NIV, NAS, RSV, ASV, etc., or Roman Catholic like the New American Bible.
The King James Bible is God’s preserved words in English. The NKJV is just man’s most subtle perversion of God’s words. Don’t be deceived. Insist on the King James Bible, not “New” King James, “Modern” King James, King James “2” or “21” or “Millennium,.” Even thought it is very similar to a King James Bible, it is not a King James Bible. Insist on the one you can stake your faith on, the genuine King James Bible. God will bless you.
King James Bible
Perversions agreeing with NKJV
God, having raised up his
NIV, NASV, ASV, RSV, Roman Catholic New American Bible (NAB), etc.
I perceive that in
all things ye are too superstitious
NIV, NASV, ASV, RSV, Catholic NAB, etc.
Who changed the truth of God into a lie
who exchanged the truth of God for the lie
NIV, NASV, ASV, RSV, Catholic NAB, etc.
1 Corinthians 1:18
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
who are being saved [This teaches the Roman Catholic lie that salvation is a process.]
NIV, NASV, NASU, RSV, Catholic NAB, etc.
Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” NIV, ERV, VOICE, HCSB, etc.
1 See “What is the Septuagint?”
2 Von Soden never claimed the texts collated by his team were a “majority” of texts. The book Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text by Zane Hodges and Arthur Farstad (1982) used mostly von Soden’s work and suddenly called it by a new term: “Majority Text.” (Note: NKJV publisher Thomas Nelson also published their book.)
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