The Ministry of God's Word
This website promotes the biblical works of Gary Neal Alford for the glory of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ and for the praise of his word.
Brother Alford is a 57 year old student and teacher of the word of God, the Holy Bible, the English Language and its history including Anglo-Saxon and Middle English, and American History. He is an avid reader with a personal library of around 2000 volumes, a literary critic including Biblical works and Biblical doctrine, and a master of Biblical studies, having read completely through the King James Bible approximately 30 times, and studied the Bible for most of 27 years. He has written and personally published and printed (by Word of Truth Publications) about 20 Biblical tracts and four Amazon kindle ebooks.
[And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2 ]
“WHATEVER may be urged in favor of Biblical Revision, it is at least undeniable that the undertaking involves a tremendous risk. Our Authorized Version is the one religious link which at present binds together ninety millions of English-speaking men scattered over the earth's surface. Is it reasonable that so unutterably precious, so sacred a bond should be endangered, for the sake of representing certain words more accurately,-here and there translating a tense with greater precision,-getting rid of a few archaisms? It may be confidently assumed that no 'Revision' of our Authorized Version, however judiciously executed, will ever occupy the place in public esteem which is actually enjoyed by the work of the Translators of 1611,-the noblest literary work in the Anglo-Saxon language. We shall in fact never have another 'Authorized Version'. And this single consideration may be thought absolutely fatal to the project, except in a greatly modified form. To be brief,-As a companion in the study and for private edification: as a book of reference for critical purposes, especially in respect of difficult and controverted passages:-we hold that a revised edition of the Authorized Version of our English Bible, (if executed with consummate ability and learning,) would at any time be a work of inestimable value. The method of such a performance, whether by marginal Notes or in some other way, we forbear to determine. But certainly only as a handmaid is it to be desired. As something intended to supersede our present English Bible, we are thoroughly convinced that the project of a rival Translation is not to be entertained for a moment. For ourselves, we deprecate it entirely.
On the other hand, who could have possibly foreseen what has actually come to pass since the Convocation of the Southern Province (in Feb. 1870) declared itself favourable to 'a Revision of the Authorized Version', and appointed a Committee of Divines to undertake the work? Who was to suppose that the Instructions given to the Revisionists would be by them systematically disregarded? Who was to imagine that an utterly untrustworthy 'new Greek Text', constructed on mistaken principles,-(say rather, on no principles at all),-would be the fatal result? To speak more truly,-who could have anticipated that the opportunity would have been adroitly seized to inflict upon the Church the text of Drs. Westcott and Hort, in all its essential features,-a text which, as will be found elsewhere largely explained, we hold to be the most vicious Recension of the original Greek in existence? Above all, - Who was to foresee that instead of removing 'plain and clear errors' from our Version, the Revisionists, - (besides systematically removing out of sight so many of the genuine utterances of the Spirit), - would themselves introduce a countless number of blemishes, unknown to it before? Lastly, how was it to have been believed that the Revisionists would show themselves industrious in sowing broadcast over four continents doubts as to the Truth of Scripture, which it will never be in their power either to remove or to recal?
For, the ill-advised practice of recording, in the margin of an English Bible, certain of the blunders – (such things cannot by any stretch of courtesy be styled 'Various Readings') – which disfigure 'some' or 'many' 'ancient authorities', can only result in hopelessly unsettling the faith of millions. It cannot be defended on the plea candour, - the candour which is determined that men shall 'know the worst'. 'The worst' has NOT been told: and it were dishonesty to insinuate that it has. If all the cases were faithfully exhibited where 'a few', 'some', or 'many ancient authorities' read differently from what is exhibited in the actual Text, not only would the margin prove insufficient to contain the record, but the very page itself would not nearly suffice.”
[Dean John William Burgon from Article II. - The New English Version, The Revision Revised, pages 113 – 115.]
Psalms 12:6-7 :
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.
All Bibles sent out by the Word of Truth Bible Ministry are King James Bibles comparable to the 1611 -1613 editions of the pure, preserved words of God in the English language.