Would you go to a church where the pastor uses a different version than you?

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  1. annsni

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    This was brought up in another thread and I thought it was interesting. Would you go to a church where the pastor did not use your preferred Bible version?

    I would. We came to our church with our pastor using the KJV and we used the NIV. We've since began using the ESV and really enjoy it - and our pastor is now preaching mostly out of the NIV, although he also uses the KJV and the NASB depending on the wording of the passage.
     
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    Already responded on the other thread, but I'll restate here.

    I would not attend a church that doesn't primarily use the KJV. It is a preference for me and one that I stick to.
     
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    Yeah, I didn't think it would be right to start a debate in that one.

    What if everything else about the church was awesome and the teaching was rock solid. Would the version be the deal-breaker? What if there were no other good churches in the area?
     
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    Yes, it would be a deal breaker for me. There are several other deal breakers for me, and realistically, if they are as I like then the KJV will be the primary. You probably won't find many Baptist churches that are what most people would call Landmark that use something other than KJV! :laugh:

    Yes, it does limit my selection of churches quite a bit. I've found about 5 in all of Jacksonville that fit my bill (a city and surrounding area of over a million people).
     
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    I'm not KJV only by any stretch of the imagination, but I do prefer it. There are a couple of other translations that I accept, but I find that the KJV is the standard.

    As long as the pastor's translation was a good and valid one, then I really don't have a problem.

    Now, if the pastor was preaching out of an NIV, then that I would have a serious issue with.
     
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    I prefer the NSRV and the ESV. My pastor likes to preach with the NIV but I think he studies with a different version. So Yeah, I see no problem with it.
     
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    I believe this is one of the things wrong with Christianity in our society; when we splinter ourselves and church hop and break fellowship based on factors that are this superficial. I carry the TNIV, but the preaching in my church is generally from the KJV (which I'm persuaded is about the weakest of our English translations). Still, if it's a place where I can serve, be accountable and have fellowship with other believers, there is no reason to split.

    If it ceases to be that way, splitting, I believe shouldn't be the first option.

    Blessings.
     
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    I would not go to a church where the pastor used only one translation or just one commentary.
     
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    I could visit a church where the Pastor uses something other than the KJV, (and I have,) but I would not consider going there regular.
     
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    I've been a member of several churches over my life time where the pastor used a different version than I did. For years I used the NIV and my pastor's used the KJV. One was KJVO but he kept it under wraps because he knew it wouldn't set to well with the majority of the church body.
     
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    Well, I'd PREFER my preacher not regularly preach out of "the Message" but if the teaching was correct my preference wouldn't keep me from going to the church.
     
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    Laughing at MK about the Message!

    I don't have a problem with it. I've got several different ones that I carry, so that would be asking a bit much of the Pastor ;)

    The last church we were in, the previous SR Pastor used NIV most of the time. The next pastor rotated through several that included the ESV and the HCSB.
     
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    I wouldn't have a problem with it, nor do I currently have a problem with it when I happen to carry my NKJV and our pastor preaches from the ESV. All translations are just that... translations. Now if we all used the Koine Greek it would be cool, but it would become a translation as soon as the pastor put it into English.

    The way I see it, I worship the Author of the book and not the book itself.
     
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    As I stated in my thread I preach the vast majority of the time out of NKJV, but on the occasions that I make use of another translation I always place the text in that weeks bulletin. Most of my people use KJV or NKJV so this helps them to compare say a HCSB text to theirs. Most everyone seems appreciative of that in terms of being able to follow along better, particularly when I emphasize a key word or phrase in the text. I have not had anyone to tell me they had a problem with my using something other than KJV until last Sunday, but maybe there have been some along the way who just never said anything to me about it.
     
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    Yes, it would be fine as long as the pastor was preaching/teaching sound doctrine.
     
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    Even though I'm what some would call a KJVO, I would go to a church where the pastor use a different translation. Especially wouldn't mind the Amplified Bible.
     
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    I've been to churches where they used a different version, and I was unable to follow them with my KJV. I didn't go there for very long because of it.
     
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    Yes, as long as the church wasn't a KJVO church. Our pastor preaches out of the NASB, and I usually carry an HCSB.
     
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    As an Anglican Catholic, our official version is the KJV (unabridged--ie with the Deuterocanonicals in the 'middle'). Growing up as a Southern Baptist, our pastor pretty much always used the NKJV, and many, including myself, bought their NKJV bibles through the church. It was therefore easy for much of the congregation to follow along. Nowadays, I personally use the Third Millenium Bible (a very modest updating of the unabridged KJV) primarily. I like all three translations (my three favorites, in fact).
     
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    Not a deal breaker here.
     

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