This board has provided me with a lot of insight into the diversity of the Baptist movement that I never really saw from my corner (or corners) of it both denominationally and geographically. I have to say, however, that the most baffling point of observation has been the ongoing dialogue in this thread between the KJVO advocates and those who accept other "modern" English translations as either equal to or superior to the King James Version. In all of my life in the church, the vast majority of it in Baptist churches, I never encountered this controversy. Yet, of all the threads posted on this board, this one seems to be the place where the most heated arguments take place. Many of the arguments certainly violate Peter's admonition to answer in defense of one's faith with "gentleness and respect" so that outsiders cannot criticize your good intentions in Christ. Admittedly, I do not understand the KJV only position. God has blessed us with an increasingly clear understanding of the original languages of the Bible, as well as some manuscript discoveries and insights in the last two centuries in particular that make the more modern English translations superior in accuracy to the King James translation. One can pick up an English translation and, knowing the translation team's approach, can read and study scripture as closely to the original author's ideas as is possible in a translation. And yet, if a pastor and congregation choose to study and preach and memorize from the King James Version, are they not capable of discerning the message of truth? Attempting to reach such a fine point of absolute doctrinal purity that hostility erupts between advocates of various Bible translations is contrary to the nature and spirit of the Christian faith. Absolute doctrinal purity is neither attainable nor necessary for salvation and Christian living. When the finer points become debates, egos and opinions are major factors. I pastor a church that has a number of members who have been disillusioned by the bickering and fighting in the Baptist camp over finite points of doctrine, leadership style, worship style and other issues, and who have left their churches because the divisions and hostility shut down the Christian love between brothers and sisters in Christ. Now, I know you guys here love each other in the Lord........right?