Many an independent fundamental Baptist (IFB) is King James only. Most IFBs respect that old-time evangelist of The Sword of the Lord fame, John R. Rice. What some IFBs don’t know is that he was against KJV-onlyism.
Here is a link to a scan of a March 30, 1979 issue of The Sword of the Lord which includes an article by Rice entitled “Some Questions for King James Fans“. I think his questions are still pertinent to the debate today, what about you?
[HT: The Unauthorized Version]
For more on Rice and the KJV issue, see this article by Bob Ross.
Many extreme Fundamentalists still hold Dr. Rice in very high esteem. I’ll not fault them for doing so. Few, however, are bold enough to admit that their hero was not King James Only, and that he did use other translations of the Bible.
There is at least one church that does so, because, on this particular church website we see the following:
Dr. John R. Rice used other versions of the Bible. He also believed in the Gap Theory. Not only this but associated with heretics, and with other denominations that teach “damnable heresies.”
Whatever else may be said about the stance of Amazing Grace Baptist Church, at least they are honest in their portrayal of Rice as being one who was NOT KJVO.
Laurence Vance quotes Rice, saying:
John R. Rice recommended the ASV in his 1969 book on the Bible and claimed that the ASV “corrects some mistakes in the King James Version.”
In Rice’s book Our God-Breathed Book–The Bible, he faults the RSV for being a liberal translation while at the same time praising the ASV.
D.A. Waite, one of the champions of King James Onlyism said:
Dr. John R. Rice stated: “The differences in the translations are so minor, so insignificant, that we can be sure not a single doctrine, not a single statement of fact, not a single command or exhoratation, has been missed in our translations.” (meaning the English Revised Version of 1881 or the American Standard Ver- sion of 1901)
John R. Rice was one of the stalwarts of Fundamentalism back in the time when Fundamentalism was at its heights. The fact that he was a Fundamentalist and not King James Version Only should cause today’s Fundamentalists to consider the fact that KJVO’ism is not one of the Fundamentals of the Christian faith.