The following is the Epilogue from Dr. Mickey Carter's defense of the King James Bible entitled Things That Are Different Are Not the Same, copyright 1993 by Landmark Baptist Press, 2222 East Hinson Ave., Haines City, FL 33844. (813) 421- 2937.

British Museum Experience

Pastor Mickey Carter

While this book was nearing its final assembly process, I received a twenty-third anniversary gift from my church, a trip to old England. On Saturday afternoon, March 20, 1993, I visited the world-famous British Museum. My main interest, of course, was the old Bibles and their supporting manuscripts.

I walked through the special displays that were set up for the general public. These consisted mainly of Latin copies, with their special artwork often included among the pages. These later bibles, most in codex form, dated to the twelfth or fourteenth centuries or later. Also, under glass there appeared to be authentic copies of the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus manuscripts.

In another room there were copies of the English Bibles, beginning, of course, with Wycliffe's, Tyndale's, on through the Geneva, and, finally, the King James. Frankly, their collection was no more complete than the one our own church has in our front foyer.

Dr. William L. Hiltz, our college dean, and I tried unsuccessfully to get into the Archives that are reserved for the scholars. Since we did not have a prearranged appointment or a letter of recommendation, the guard would not allow us in. The guard did tell us the curator was off on Saturday, but otherwise might have met with us. The guard then called another staff person, but that person knew nothing of the Textus Receptus and kept wanting to take us out to see the Vaticanus and the Sinaiticus. The staff person seemed a little embarrassed that they knew nothing about the manuscripts in the King James lineage. This was especially true when I pointed out that they only had on display two manuscripts (the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus) for the Latin (Catholic) bible, but were not displaying any of the 5,000 manuscripts behind the Authorized Version for which England and her King, King James, were famous.

As Dr. Hiltz and I left the Archives office, he remarked, "It seems there is a deep, dark conspiracy to withhold the truth and deceive concerning the preservation of God's Word." No sooner had Dr. Hiltz said this than the Lord allowed us to witness firsthand this deception being put into practice. A group of 20 to 30 people, wearing badges bearing "Bible Tour" and whom we later found out were Jehovah's Witnesses, were just ahead of us. The guide was beginning his lecture at the Latin bible display. Overhearing him say, "Now the Catholics wanted to keep the Bible out of the hands of the common man by refusing to allow it to be translated into English," we decided to tag along and listen, as a number of others without tags seemed to be doing.

Saying some good things against this evil, the guide proceeded to the English Bible display and spoke well of the Wycliffe, Tyndale, and Geneva Bibles as good efforts of men who sacrificially got the Word out in English, though done in haste. The guide then came to the King James Bible and said, "Now the King wanted a Bible with which to promote his own doctrine, so he authorized this Bible. Therefore, the Authorized Version has been added to and, therefore, contains much error in doctrine." The guide went on to propose, "How can we separate these errors out?" The guide used the illustration of a woman baking a cake. He said, "Ladies, how do you get the bad foreign elements out of your cake batter? You 'sift' them out." That's the word that was used--the same word Jesus used in Luke 22:31 when He told Peter, "Satan wants to sift you as wheat."

Upon hearing this, I said to Dr. Hiltz, "Bill, that guide is going back to the Sinaiticus and Vaticanus, which has not been shown to the group or even mentioned." Sure enough, the tour group turned and backtracked to the showcase that held these corrupt manuscripts. Then with great delight the guide began to say, "Now we can `sift' the Authorized Version by comparing it to these `old' manuscripts." The first example was 1 Timothy 3:16, which was read from the Authorized Version out of the guide's lecture notebook. The guide said, "Now these manuscripts do not say `God was manifest in the flesh,' but `He was manifest in the flesh.' Thus showing that Jesus was not God, which He wasn't." (Remember that the New International Version, the Revised Standard Version, and the Jehovah's Witnesses' New World Translation and many others use "He." Now you know from where it came.)

This deceiver went on to point out that 1 John 5:7 was missing from the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus. "And," the guide said, "rightly so, because it was a false doctrine of King James and his church."

Now, brethren, I saw and heard with my own eyes and ears exactly what I have been saying for many years: "Change a few words and teach any bad doctrine you want to teach." This is what Jesus knew when He said every word, every jot, and tittle is preserved. This only proves that it is only a matter of the "degree" of error that can be taught when the Word is changed. Every fundamentalist that changes the words only differs in degree level from such blaspheming heretics as the Jehovah's Witnesses.

It never occurred to the intellectual guide that the "sifting proposition" contradicted itself by going back for its authority to the Catholic manuscripts that had been condemned earlier in their Latin codex forms. Today those who are defending the new corrupt versions are going back to the old Roman harlot for their authority. It is the same trick the evolutionist uses when he says, "See this rock. It is ten million years old. How do I know? Well, it is found in this ten-million-year-old strata (earth). How do I know the strata is ten million years old? Well, because I found this ten-million-year-old rock in it." Absurd? Yes, but, of course, you are not supposed to apply logic or common sense. It might mess up the scholars playhouse.

In conclusion, as I walked out of that museum, my heart was rejoicing that God had allowed me to see the physical proof that He has so written His Word that sinful man has to change it before he can teach bad doctrine and attack the deity of the Lord Jesus. I went in the museum looking for a testimony of the Old Book. God gave me more than I could have hoped for. Amen!

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Oh yes He was!" we retort confidently, happy to have the opportunity to redeem ourselves for the bad showing earlier. "Look at I Timothy 3