Peace be with you!
I wrote this letter to some people that run an organization called Evangelical Outreach after I came across a letter on their website (the address is included in my letter, please read their letter on that page; it’s fairly short). I was wondering if everyone here could critic this letter for me; let me know if it’s good enough or if I should change/add/leave anything out before sending it. Thanks!
Dear Dan and Cheryl Corner,
Peace be with you!
I am writing in response to the letter posted on your webpage ([evangelicaloutreach.org/kjvo.htm]("http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/kjvo.htm")) that was written to the King James Only Advocate. First off, I must commend you on your work against the King James Only crowd. As someone who has debated a couple of those people, I feel it is important work and I think it important to stick with it. However, this letter does not pertain to the King James Version of the Bible, but to two specific statements in your letter posted online. I would appreciate a response, as the letter posted on your website was a response to the King James Only Advocate.
In the third paragraph, you state, “By the way, I was saved by reading a Bible that wasn’t the KJV! As a former Catholic, I would never have trusted any translation other than a Catholic Bible, so that is what I read and got saved through!” I find the notion that a Catholic must be “saved” distasteful, condescending, and even offensive. This paragraph says to me, “Catholics are not Christians; therefore they are in need of saving.” I would present the challenge to you to name what it is about Catholicism that is in contradiction with what it means to be Christian. Most [Protestant] Christians I know and/or have spoken with define the term “Christian” as one who accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and follows faithfully all of his teachings. To this day I have never met a Catholic who does not accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. And, with the obvious exception of the “cafeteria Catholics”, I have not met a Catholic who believes that a Christian does not have to hold to Our Lord’s commandments. If you are in agreement that the definition of the term “Christian” is as I have stated, how then can you say that Catholics are in need of “saving”?
My second concern is your reference to the “Apocrypha” (henceforth in this letter I will refer to them as the Deuterocanonicals). While I am in agreement that it is a good point to make to King James Only crowd–those books being included in the 1611 version–, I once again find it offensive that you claim people are being “decieved into thinking Purgatory exists”. I would place the challenge before you: Show me that Purgatory does not exist, and that I am being decieved. It appears to me that, based upon the wording in your letter, the existance of Purgatory is proved in 2 Maccabees. Therefore, you must discount that book as being inspired Scripture to keep from accepting the doctrine.