The King James Only Movement refers to a growing movement, particularly in conservative Christianity, that promotes the King James Bible Version (KJV) as the only acceptable text from which to interpret the word of God. This movement began in the 1960s as modernized texts of the bible, some with translation corrections, began to appear to appeal to a newer audience of bible readers. Some welcomed these new bibles, like the New American Standard Bible as better and more authoritative, and especially more accessible than the language in which the King James Bible is composed, a language comparable to that of Shakespeare.
While there is an inherent beauty in the King James Bible due to its use of language, many readers find it inaccessible, and not exactly in tune with modern language. Those versions of the KJV that were essentially copies of the original had not updated translation with more modern scholarship on ancient languages; so there are noted mistranslations. Other versions are updated to reflect more modern translations of certain words and texts, but the King James Only Movement may reject even this. It should be noted that this movement is restricted to those Christian religions, which accept the KJV as authoritative. Catholics, though they may possess a KJV will usually also have a catholic Bible, which includes the Apocrypha.
The movement to reject modern interpretations and use the KJV only gained impetus with the 1993 publication of Gail Riplinger’s book New Age Bible Versions: An Exhaustive Documentation Exposing the Message, Men and Manuscripts Moving Mankind to the Antichrist's One World Religion . Riplinger’s views can be condensed in the following way. The KJV is the only authoritative text, its translation was divinely inspired, and the manuscripts used for translation are perfect. Moreover occultists and satanists attempting to lead Christians away from God are duping people who don’t support the King James Only Movement.
Due to the King James Only Movement there are now some churches, which can usually be described as the most conservative ones, that teach on the basis of the original KJV, and accept no other alternative. Though these churches attract some serious biblical scholars, other similarly serious biblical scholars refute the movement as incorrect from a textual interpretation point of view and also because the movement appears needlessly divisive in Christianity. Since KJV churches may claim satanic conspiracy is behind all other biblical interpretations, this would place most mainstream Christians in the midst of practicing faith that is really led by Satan. It also refuels controversy between nominally Protestant faiths and Catholicism.
There are a number of less divisive reasons why people may prefer the King James Bible. It does contain some of the most examples of 17th century English, and it may be the version that people are accustomed to reading from childhood. This preference doesn’t necessarily make the leap that people using a more modern interpretation are somehow practicing a corrupt form of Christianity. It is merely preference without prejudice toward other Christians.