[Note: The TBS keeps sending me their literature even though I have contacted them to stop them from incurring the cost of producing and mailing me their materials. Remember, if you send me stuff, you have no one to blame but yourself when I write blog entries.]
This is why I no longer support the TBS: They are a hardcore King James Only group. There's nothing wrong with that, but the TBS disguises itself with Orwellian language that hides their true purpose. I do not want my money going to support this stuff.
Their recent attack, and there's really no other word for it, on the New King James version (which they sent me at the end of 2007) is not only unwarranted (the NKJV is an excellent, trustworthy translation), but counterproductive and a waste of time and money. In an age when Christianity is irrelevant to most people, what is the point in conservative Bible believers spending their time and money attacking other believers? I could
The bottom line is that, despite their aim "[t]o promote Bible translations which are accurate and trustworthy" there is only one Bible translation that is and ever will be acceptable, the King James Bible.
Why don't they just say it? We support only the KJV, and any other Bible translation is D.O.A. and we will not rest until we have destroyed it in attack articles and misinformation. Why blow smoke? Just be honest: We exist to destroy other Bible translations, and we will continually change the definition of an acceptable translation until no other Bible translation but the KJV is acceptable.
Don't dissemble, and don't try to trick people into supporting "publish[ing] and distribut[ing] the Holy Scriptures throughout the world in many languages" when the money and time of the TBS is going to be used to defame other Bible translations. The only mail I get from the TBS is attack jobs on other Bibles. Their latest literature was about why the KJV is fine for the 21st century and no new translations are needed. Fine, but I have trouble believing that even the most rabid KJV enthusiast really expects that the English-speaking world is going to turn the clock back 400 years and use an antique translation few people can even understand.
Dissembling and misrepresentation is part of the King James Only movement, and is one of the major reasons I don't believe that it is in the best interests of Christianity. To preserve his word, does God need people to misdirect and dissemble? And I certainly don't think that Christians should be shooting other Christians in the back with attack articles on good Bible translations. I can understand attacking blatantly blasphemous and wrong Bibles like The Message or Joyce Meyer's Bible. But there must be better things to do for the Kingdom that attack solid, tested, proven, conservative translations. Even if you do not like the NKJV, the NASB, or the ESV, why spend all your time and money attacking them? Is that productive? Is that furthering the gospel?
That's why I am not going to send them any money, even though I do support the aim "[t]o publish and distribute the Holy Scriptures throughout the world in many languages" which was originally why I decided to join the TBS.