Puritan Board Junior
I find it difficult to accept the argument that we need study notes or more modern Bible translations in order to make the scriptures more lucid for the average laymen. Is it that hard to use a KJV dictionary? If a Scottish farmboy can memorize the Westminster Shorter Catechism, why is it so difficult for educated American Christians?
I don't know where such an argument is being made, i.e. one of "need." I think this is a matter of convenience.
On this note I should add that I don't think the use of such conveniences makes a person a fast food Christian either; just in case one would make such a conclusion from my previous post.
I would like to have KJV helps in my bible where there are yet none. It would give me more time to read and provide fewer opportunities for distraction. If a KJV dictionary is useful to make the KJV more lucid, why not a margin note? Condoning a dictionary for lucidity and arguing against a margin note for the same purpose doesn't much advance the argument against study Bibles, but shoots it in the foot.
On the matter of "more modern translations" and "study Bibles" for everyone including your dog, I believe enough damage has already been done; not that I disapprove of an updated version of the Bible or study Bibles. Capitalism has just done it in the wrong way.
I believe it is difficult for educated American Christians to be patient with the KJV because there are other choices and there is a legitimate desire for a Bible that is less archaic even though the KJV remains a vulgar tongue. While I enjoy the KJV, I cannot be convinced that such a desire is an ungodly one.
Given several comments already given in this thread, I would like to encourage others to be more irenic in their tone on this issue. There are more reasons for not choosing the KJV than Christian immaturity or stupidity. Nobody likes to be misunderstood in this way.