QUESTION: What is the difference between
a "Textus Receptus Man" and a "King James Man?"
ANSWER: A "TR Man" gets his
manuscripts from Antioch and his philosophy from Egypt.
EXPLANATION: Under Question #8 concerning
Alexandria and Antioch it was pointed out that we derive two things
from each of these locations. We derive manuscripts and
an ideology through which we judge those manuscripts.
From Alexandria we receive corrupted manuscripts, tainted
by the critical hand of Origen. We also receive an ideology that believes
the Bible to be divine, but not perfect, not without
From Antioch we receive the pure line of manuscripts culminating
in what is known as the "Received Text" or Textus Receptus.
We also receive the ideology that the Bible is not only Divine, but
perfect, without error.
1. Most Bible critics do not believe
that the Bible is perfect (The Alexandrian Ideology). They usually also
accept the Alexandrian manuscripts as superior to those of Antioch.
2. A King James Bible believer accepts the Antiochian
manuscripts or Textus Receptus as superior to the Alexandrian. They
also accept the Antiochian Ideology in that they accept the Bible as
infallible and do not believe it contains any errors or mistranslations
and that it cannot be improved.
3. A Textus Receptus man also accepts the Antiochian manuscripts
or Textus Receptus as superior to the Alexandrian. But a Textus Receptus
man accepts the Antiochian manuscripts yet he views them with the Alexandrian
He does not accept any translation as perfect and without
error. He generally feels that the King James is the best
translation but can be improved. He usually stumbles at Acts 12:4 and
states that it is a mistranslation.
This contradiction is NOT the result
of a bad or dishonest heart so much as it is the result of a bad education.
Most Textus Receptus men have been taught by others who have been deceived
into accepting, unconsciously, the Alexandrian Ideology.