King James Version
With all the Bible translations available in the English language today, the King James Version remains the gold standard amongst faithful Christian fundamentalists in the English speaking world. Our insistance on the use of the KJV at our meetings isn't because of some sentimental connection to it nor because of it's old-fashioned Elizabethan English, nor because it is the oldest translation in use today. We do not profess that this is an "inspired" translation, as some believe, no, but we do, however, accept it because it is the most accurate and reliable translation in the English language today.
When dealing with translations, two major criteria must be considered: #1 - the Greek text used, and #2 - the method of translation. In the King James Version, the New Testament is a translation from the Greek Received Text (Textus Receptus). The Greek text comes from a body of manuscripts that make up a majority of preserved Greek texts that have been collected down through the years. A group of texts reliability is not based solely on antiquity (how old they are) but on the occurence of each text found in the majority of manuscripts. Secondly, the method of translation is critical. The King James Version uses a historical, grammatical, and literal approach to translation, whereas other versions are based on a paraphrasing type method. Inspiration extends to each word of the orginal Greek, whereas paraphrasing covers only a general personal interpretation of the Greek text.
God has promised to preserve His Word for all times (Psalm 12:6-7). This He has done by giving us the King James Version. Since the King James Version is based upon the majority of preserved manuscripts and translated properly, the King James Version does not just contain the Word of God, but in fact is the Word of God - sufficient for all matters of faith and practice.