Zero Percent So Far

Zero percent. Oh-for-eight. No one has been able to answer my question so far. I am sure they are out there, but I have not found them yet. I have asked this question of 8 people who use the King James Version: Two laymen who are King James Only (KJVO); one pastor that teaches and preaches from the KJV; a full time evangelist that preaches exclusively from the KJV; one missionary; and three laymen who read and study the KJV. Not one knew the answer. Here is the question:

“What does ‘leasing’ mean?”

Here is a hint: it does not mean “to use something while paying rent on it.” At least not when it is used in the Bible.

Leasing is something that God says turns His glory into shame. Leasing is something that God says He abhors. Don’t you think it is important that a Christian that loves the Lord know what leasing is so that they don’t do it? I do. And I think you do to. If you are like the Christian men that I have asked this question of, then you don’t know what it means either.

And there is the problem.

You may have read your KJV Bible through many times. You might even consider yourself a student of the Bible. But if you don’t know what leasing means without looking it up, then you have opened yourself up to doing something that God abhors. Why? Because as you read the KJV you overlooked a word that you didn’t know the meaning of. Or you didn’t take the time to look it up and add it to your mental list of known vocabulary words.

I have heard it said (and used to say myself), that you can’t understand the Bible unless the Holy Spirit aids you. Actually, what the scriptures teach is that we cannot understand the things of God without the Spirit of God to show them to us. Either way you want to say it, this is what I want to emphasize:

The Holy Spirit is not in the business of teaching you vocabulary words.

The Holy Spirit uses the vocabulary that we know and understand in order to show us the things of God from His word. That is why it is so important to have new translations of God’s word that use vocabulary that the average modern reader will understand. I want my children, who wouldn’t look up an unknown word in the dictionary even if you paid them (don’t be critical, you probably didn’t know what leasing was either), to be able to read, understand, and apply God’s word to their lives. They can do this by reading a modern translation of God’s word.

Now you probably want to know what ‘leasing’ means. Sorry, it is not my job to teach you vocabulary either. 🙂

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3 Comments on “Zero Percent So Far”

  1. Scott Says:

    Excellent thoughts. Thanks for the provoking thoughts.

  2. Nice! It still baffles me why people allow themselves to live in ignorance and not expose themselves to truth and logic on this issue. It’s almost like they can use logic and reason in everything else but when it comes to the KJV. Thank you for what you have written. Keep it up.

  3. Rory Pereault Says:

    Thanks for these thoughts. An attempt to keep people bound to 400 year old words in many ways is no better than the church of Rome refusing to give people the Bible in their own language.

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