In its continuing quest to control every single aspect of its members lives, the Philadelphia Church of God has come out and declared that the King James 1611 version of the Bible is the authorized one to used because Herbert Armstrong said it was 99% accurate.
How dare any PCG members read the Message Bible or buy a Duck Commander Bible!
The late Herbert W. Armstrong recommended we use the King James Version, translated in 1611. That is not to say it is a perfect translation. No translation is. The King James, however, is approximately 99 percent accurate. The small percentage of error in this translation is primarily due to the lack of understanding of the original meaning of certain Hebrew and Greek words by the translators—not because of faulty manuscripts, as we have proven.
Mr. Armstrong recommended that you use other translations only to complement your King James. The kjv was written over 400 years ago. Over that span of time, the English language has changed somewhat. Some of the awkward and archaic phrases in the King James can be cleared up by checking a few modern translations. Mr. Armstrong often used the Revised Standard Version and Moffatt translation. But he was quick to advise not using these more modern translations as your main study Bible. It is the King James Version that should be the standard by which these new translations are judged for accuracy. If you find a new translation saying something quite different from the King James, more than likely the King James is right. The ideal method of personal Bible study should be with the King James as your primary study Bible, along with one or two other translations for quick reference.
Then Stephen Flurry condescendingly tells PCG members how to read all the "thee's, thou's, ye's, goest's."
So, we’ve recommended the King James Version of the Bible to you. But perhaps that is one of the hardest to understand—purely because of the ancient wording that it uses. Here is a simple guide that should help you in making sense of some of those old words.
PCG conveniently ignores much of the information out there about the translators for the King James Bible.
Were King James Translators Inspired?