Brethren, the Lord showed my Pastor and me something very interesting yesterday. It may help with this KJV issue. The question? Is the TRUTH the most important thing? The natural "knee-jerk" reaction to this would be an adamant, YES! But did you really look at the question? What is the purpose of the TRUTH? Is the TRUTH an end in itself? Or, rather, is it a means to the TRUE END? Pastor and I believe it is the latter. (For instance, please see Galatians 3:21-29.) What is the true end? The answer should be obvious--GOD! By application it would be a restored relationship with God through faith in the finished work and precious blood of Christ. How does this relate to the KJV controversy? Here's how--we've stopped ONE STEP SHORT of the end by "parking" at the KJV. In essence, like the Galatian church, we've attempted to establish our own righteousness through our attitude and position on the KJV. Rather we should take Paul's admonition--"God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." Let us also consider this--how are we using TRUTH? Are we using it to exalt self or are we using it to point to the Savior? I've had the privilege of being in many different churches as a staff member over the last 19 years. Through this God has been so gracious to give a varied, but clear, overview of the churches in the USA. I've worked in churches that glory in the truth as an end. I am now serving in an independent, Baptist church that seeks to do this one thing--to possess and communicate an unquenchable passion for the supremacy of the Lord Jesus Christ in all things. The latter is a delightful place to serve the Lord Jesus. Brethren, why are we here any way? Have we been shooting our guns at each other so long that we can no longer hear the Master say the GO YE of Matthew 28? When will all this madness end? Think about this--IT'S NOT ABOUT TRUTH AS IN END IN ITSELF. IT'S ABOUT WHO THE TRUTH REVEALS. It's the truth that sets us free (John 8). We are sanctified through the truth of the Word of God (John 17). The just shall live by faith (Romans 1). Faith comes via the Word of God (Romans 10). But according to Romans 10:4, "Christ is the END OF THE LAW for righteousness to every one that believeth." (emphasis mine) As I've posted so many times before,the KJV is the only Bible I use in Christian ministry. I read the KJV every morning for my devotions. I love this precious translation. But I refuse to make this translation an idol or point of contention in my Christian service. Do I see the dangers of some of the other translations? Yes! But I see this KJV issue as THE DIVISIVE TOOL OF SATAN to destroy the mission of the local church--to evangelize the lost and encourage the saved for service. BRETHREN, THINK ABOUT IT!