“King James Only” proponents, like Gail Riplinger, argue against modern-day translations by cherry picking a verse from the KJV where it, unlike the same verse in a modern-day translation, clearly asserts the deity of Jesus Christ. What they fail to show, however, is that this same argument can be made in reverse. There are verses in modern-day translations that clearly assert the deity of Christ where the same verse in the KJV fails to do so. Let’s look at an example.
“No one has ever seen God, but God the only Son, who is at the Father’s side, has made him know.” (John 1:18 NIV)
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” (John 1:18 KJV)
Notice, the New International Version of the Bible clearly states in this verse that Jesus is God, but the King James Version does not. What are we to conclude? Does the KJV deny the deity of Christ? Is it a “New Age Bible Version”? Is it of the devil? Of course not, to think such a thing is silly.
The KJV plainly teaches Christ’s deity in many places throughout its pages; likewise, so do modern-day translations. In fact, every modern-day translation accused by “King James Only” advocates of denying Christ’s deity in a single verse or two can be defended against such a charge with other verses within its pages that plainly proclaim it.