Bible Translations

“. . . we recommend that this Assembly give voice of approval of the English King James Version of the Bible as being the authority for our Church doctrine and teaching” (56th Assembly Minutes, Section 4, September 18, 1961, pages 131, 132).

“. . . we recommend that this Assembly give voice of approval of the Spanish Antigua Version de Casiodoro de Reina of the Bible up to 1909 A.D. as being the authority for our Church doctrine and teaching in the Spanish language” (66th Assembly Minutes, Section 9, September 13, 1971, page 143).

These citations are the historical rulings of the Church of God of Prophecy concerning Bible Translations. In recent years, there has been a tremendous advance in scholarly work concerning biblical translations that have utilized the increased knowledge of the original languages of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. Additionally, cultural understandings of the modern English, Spanish, French, and other languages have made the archaic words of past translations more difficult for the average reader to comprehend and respond appropriately. Furthermore, the message of the Gospel is now being translated into scores of other global languages. Daily, we are challenged to face the need to present the Gospel in the most effective methods possible to reach all nations. The Church of God of Prophecy has become an international movement encompassing many languages and cultures. As such, we must affirm the diversity of appropriate translations needed for the ever-widening harvest throughout the nations.* All mankind needs to hear and read the “good news” in the language that speaks to their understanding.

In light of this urgent need of the harvest, we encourage our ministers to use appropriate translations in their preaching that will bring all people to the saving light of Jesus Christ. While we embrace the earlier translations referenced in the 1961 and 1971 Assembly rulings, we also want to encourage our ministers to use other legitimate and reliable translations to plant the seed of the Gospel of Jesus into every hungry heart and to inspire a deeper understanding of God (ACBDP Report, 96th Assembly, 2010).