Text Position

We recognize that all men do not have the same background and opportunity for study; and thus, differing views may exist among those who love God and His Word.  This is especially true in the matter of Bible texts and versions, an area wherein the actual text of Scripture cannot be used as an arbiter because the arguments are external to it and are, at best, limited by incomplete history.  The sheer volume of written material makes it difficult to reach a studied conclusion, but far more, the technical nature of many arguments requires more than a passing knowledge of the Biblical language involved.  To the many individuals who have not been exposed to Biblical language training, the prospect of a firm conclusion can seem totally unattainable. 

The effect is that most will be lacking the detailed evidence they would like to have on a matter of such importance; but unable to ignore it, they must reach some conclusion, some foundation upon which to stand.  This forces them to rely on the ideas and opinions of others.  Many have thus adopted the positions of trusted teachers and authorities but without having examined the evidence for themselves and without having acknowledged the fallibility of those teachers and authorities.  Even those who teach or use authority well have been subject to the same influences faced by those over whom they themselves exercise influence. 

The simple truth is that many tenets of the Bible text and version debate bear only the authority of man's opinion; and yet, rarely are these opinions presented as such.  Whether by force of academic persuasion or by power of oral proclamation, the teacher's support for his own position seldom leaves room for valid disagreement.  The potential for unscriptural division among brethren is clear, and though the College and Seminary holds firmly to the King James Bible and the particular Hebrew and Greek Texts which underlie it, we work to preclude such division.

The brotherhood and the love we share in Christ dictate that we seek to understand one another and to adopt an attitude of concern where we disagree.  For this reason, we are committed to helping, as they will receive it, those who hold divergent views of the Bible version and text issues.  Argumentation and inflammatory speech rarely if ever convert one party to the views of another, so these are to be avoided.  Discussions must be moderated by the expression of genuine love among those involved whether in this matter or any other.  This is but an extension of our desire to present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.