The Statement of Faith for Enjoy The Bible Ministries sets
forth a summary of our understanding regarding what the Bible says about itself, and of
our stand regarding the King James Version. Two forms of that summary exist: a long form
and a short form. Both are reproduced below. However, it will be the short form that will
be briefly expounded upon in this Article.
Enjoy The Bible Ministries Statement of Faith
The Bible is the word of God. It is Gods book. He is the author of it through direct
inspiration, as declared in II Timothy 3:16a... "All scripture is given by
inspiration of God." Given by "inspiration of God," the Bible is
not the product of human imagination or creativity. Holy men of God spake and wrote as
they were "moved by the Holy Ghost." (II Peter 1:20-21) The Bible,
therefore, truly is the word of God. It is the "scripture," i.e., the sacred
or holy writings of God.
Being the word of God, the Bible is also "the word of truth." (e.g. II
Timothy 2:15) This means that it is telling the truth about what is really going on. It is
not taking guesses at what is going on. It is not the work of men who were setting forth
their own theories as to the meaning of life and existence. It is not the work of
philosophers merely speculating on what they think everything means. Instead, it is the
communication from the One who created all things, who knows the truth, is "only
wise," and is working out His own plan and purpose in His creation. The Bible is
Gods testimony to us regarding what is really going on in, and with, His creation.
As such it is "the word of truth."
The Bible, composed of its 66 books, is complete. There are no lost books of the
Bible, nor do there exist any other writings which ought to be considered scripture
or included in the Bible. The books of the Apocrypha are not the word of God.
The Bible, in light of what it is and in accordance with Gods design for it, is also
the recipient of Gods providential care and preservation. Though constantly
subjected to various and numerous attacks designed to corrupt it, obscure it, fragment it,
suppress it, or destroy it, God has not allowed such attempts to completely succeed. The
Bible has not only continued to exist and will continue to do so, but regarding attempts
to corrupt it through attacks upon its contents God sees to the preservation of His
inerrant, infallible word. This He has done, and continues to do, by means of a number of
providential safeguards, such as multiplicity of copies and witnesses for settling matters
of textual variation or questioning. Recognition and employment of these numerous
safeguards has assured the accurate transmission of the inerrant, infallible word of God
from original autographs on, and provides for the identification of attempts to corrupt
the word of God by means of omitted, distorted, or added words or phrases, or any other
means of textual tampering. In accordance with this, theories of textual criticism which
deny Divine preservation (most notably the Westcott and Hort Theory and its present
variations), along with the Hebrew and Greek texts constructed on the basis of them, are
rejected. The preserved inerrant word of God is not what they are. Instead, they are
corrupted renditions of the word of God: corrupted by omissions of words, phrases,
sentences, and even extensive passages; by deletions; by substitutions; by additions to
the text, and the like. The preserved inerrant word of God has always existed and still
exists, and is identified today as the received text of the historic Protestant
The translation of the received text into the English language has produced the
inerrant, infallible word of God in English. Though a multitude of English Bible
translations exist at the present time, only the King James Version is translated from the
received text. The King James Version is identified as the inerrant, infallible,
preserved word of God in the English language.
The Bible by nature also possesses absolute and final authority. It is not overruled by
any person, organization, or ecclesiastical body. It is not subject to the authority or
position of any person in order to fulfill its function in any capacity. It is the word of
God which is "quick and powerful" (Hebrews 4:12), and therefore possesses
on its own, by nature, the full capacity for Divine operations, all authority, and final
authority. Accordingly, it is "profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect,
throughly furnished unto all good works." (II Timothy 3:16-17) The all-important
need of every Christian is to profit from the Bible by submitting to it as the inerrant,
infallible, authoritative word of God."
Enjoy The Bible Ministries Statement of Faith
"The King James Bible:
The preserved, inerrant word of God has always existed, still exists, and is identified
today as the received text of the historic Protestant reformation process. The translation
of the received text into the English language has produced the inerrant, infallible word
of God in English. Though a multitude of English Bible translations exist at the present
time, only the King James Version is translated from the received text. The King James
Version is identified as the inerrant, infallible, preserved word of God in the English
The Definition of Terms and their Significance contained in
Article II has already expounded upon the meaning, importance, and impact of most of the
pertinent terminology used within both forms of our Statement of Faith. In so doing, many
of the reasons why we say what we do in our Statement of Faith have already been given.
Hence, the following brief exposition on the short form simply sets forth the fact that
based upon our understanding of the Bibles testimony about itself, its preservation,
and the like, we are persuaded concerning the truth of these conclusions.
"The preserved, inerrant word of God has always existed,
This we are persuaded to be the case based upon the Bibles own declarations
and promises regarding its preservation, and based upon the fact that being the word of
God, (and therefore "the word of truth"), it is naturally inerrant and
maintained as such by Divine preservation.
" This we are persuaded to be true
despite the tactics of Satans policy of evil against Gods word. The doctrine
of preservation set forth in the Bible is there primarily because of Satans attempts
to impugn the word of God. There would be no need to assure preservation if there was not
something in existence that was hostile to the existence and function of Gods word.
Hence, though the policy of evil has been successful in producing versions and renditions
of Gods word that have been tampered with and corrupted in various ways, in view of
the doctrine of Divine preservation Gods inerrant word "still exists."
"and is identified today as the received text of the historic Protestant
reformation process." This we are persuaded to be true based upon our
understanding of the many significant issues involved in the Protestant reformation, not
the least of which is the forceful and unrelenting protest that existed against the
long-standing practice of concealing, demeaning, and denying the word of God, along with
the obvious, and also not so obvious, practices of trying to destroy the Bible.
The Protestant Reformation was more than just a protest against Popery. At its foundation
was a hatred for Satans policy of evil against Gods word, and it was fueled by
a righteous indignation and rage at the widespread effects of that policy of evil. Armed
with the light of some very fundamental truths, including the doctrine of the Divine
Preservation of the Scriptures, and energized by full persuasion of these truths, the
Protestant Reformation began.
With respect to dealing with the corruptive effects of the policy of evil, the
Reformations science of textual criticism employed a system of manuscript evaluation
for identifying the word of God amidst the corruptions that was based upon the premise of
Divine Preservation. It subjected all manuscript evidence to the analysis prescribed by
this system, with the result being what the Elzevir brothers in essence called the
"textus receptus," or the received text.
[ Note: A more detailed presentation of our understanding regarding the manuscript
evidence, the tactics of Satans policy of evil against the Scripture, the Protestant
Reformation, and the science of textual criticism employed by it, will be found in
Articles IV, V, VI, and VII. ]
"The translation of the received text into the English language has
produced the inerrant, infallible word of God in English." We are
persuaded that this is true, understanding both the legitimacy of translation, and the
capacity that translation work has to express the exact meaning of God's words in another
language, along with securing the complete functionality of those words, when the
translation work is faithful both to the truth of verbal, plenary inspiration and Divine
"Though a multitude of English Bible translations exist at the present
time, only the King James Version is translated from the received text."
At the time this Statement of Faith was composed, this was the case; the New King James
Other English versions of the Bible being published today, like the New International
Version, the American Standard Version, the New American Standard Version, the Revised
Standard Version, the New Revised Standard Version, Todays English Version, the
Amplified Bible, and a host of others, are all based upon the Greek and Hebrew texts
constructed by the modern phase to the science of textual criticism.
[ Note: further treatment regarding the multitude of other English Bible translations,
including the New King James Version, along with significant issues regarding the English
language itself, both modern and older, will be found in Articles IX and X. ]
"The King James Bible is identified as the inerrant, infallible, preserved
word of God in the English language." This conclusion that we make is
simply the obvious conclusion to the foregoing statements.