While there are some bad Bible translations out there, and the KJV may be the most accurate, having the Holy Spirit help you understand the Bible is most important of all.
In Matthew 17:21, Jesus told us that some demons can’t be cast out because we haven’t humbled ourselves through prayer and fasting. The New International Version (NIV) of the Bible omits what Jesus said.
So if I own a NIV Bible and I came against a demon that didn’t respond the way he should’ve, I might be scratching my head trying to figure out why. And it was all because of that darn NIV.
Because of the errors in many bibles, many people are King James only people. And some even joke that to study any other version would send you to hell. But of course that’s not true. It’s not about the Bible version you have, but it’s about the Spirit of God, and if in fact you have him to reveal to you the things of God written in his word.
9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (1 Cor 2:9-13)
While the KJV is my primary version, the NKJV and especially the CEV read better. I study all three together. If I come across an error, the Holy Spirit will reveal it to me. And frankly, I’ve come across errors in the KJV as well (meaning: older words that make the text confusing or hard to understand).
Side Note: That omission in the NIV was the very reason I gravitated towards other versions, along with the persuasion from one particular pastor who made the KJV the standard above all. And I know about the homosexual chairman of the NIV Old Testament committee, and the fact that the parent company (Harper Collins) who published the NIV, also published The Joy of Gay Sex, and The Satanic Bible. The NIV doesn’t have a good history.
Is the NIV the most erroneous Bible? I think so. Can God still speak through it? Yes he can. And he might just tell you to get another version. However, if you couldn’t get another version, are you going to do just stop studying? No.
Once again: how is it that believers discovered that the NIV was screwed up? Who led me to compare my NKJV with my old NIV regarding that Matthew passage? The Holy Spirit of course. So my point is again: it’s about having the Holy Spirit and being humbly submitted to him to understand God’s word.
And what I’m saying to the church is: as we rise up, let’s not get caught up on Bible versions, and most certaintly, not demean others because they don’t use the same version we use; that would be a lack of love on our part to do so.
The great thing about this country and this period of time is that we can choose any Bible version we want. But that doesn’t exclude the essential Holy Spirit needed to reveal the word to us (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV). There’s a lot of people who have the “correct version” and have a total misunderstanding of scripture because they don’t have the Spirit of God. Therefore, let us be filled with the Spirit and joined together in unity despite our various Bible versions.