Fundamentalism is full of politics. Today it is more politics than it is anything else. Everyone has to figure out what to talk about and what not to talk about. Certain subjects are taboo. Some you can't even claim to believe. If you do, you are destroyed. Your opinion won't count. You won't get invited. They won't even talk to you. They won't tell you why, but you know. You get the fundamentalist cold shoulder, the fundamentalists' way of letting you know that you don't belong. It isn't a Biblical manner of separation---no Matthew 18 followed, no nothing followed. After all, this particular third rail issue isn't even an issue. It is, but it isn't, wink, wink.
The third rail of fundamentalist politics is the King James Version. You can't be a textus receptus guy or a Hebrew Masoretic guy. You say, "Well, only if you separate over the issue." Wrong. Look at Ambassador. They get a pat on the top of the head because they don't separate over the issue. They're used against guys who don't separate. People say they respect them more, but they have touched the third rail, so they're useless.
There are certain exceptions. Recently, it seems that Clarence Sexton is a minor exception, but that is only because he seems to be moving their (fundamentalism's) direction. He could be lured over to their side, as seen in the fact that he has in Ian Paisley and he associates himself with C. H. Spurgeon so much. Ian Paisley is another one. He's a star in fundamentalism, and tolerating him looks like Presbyterians are OK still to belong, and fundamentalism looks, well, broad, inclusive, tolerant, even though his KJV position is totally laughed off as hayseed. In the smoke filled back rooms, cross-that, I withdraw that last statement your honor, Clarence Sexton looks like he might be an asset. He has a huge organization and a huge church and a huge following---not that numbers matter. They don't. That's what fundamentalism has always told us. "Numbers don't matter." Numbers matter. Numbers translate to power, political power.
The King James Version is the third rail of fundamentalist politics. You can't destroy yourself faster than using the King James. Look how much space Calvary in Lansdale gets with all the shennanigans they pull. Mixed swimming (nudity). OK. Ipsissima vox. OK. Better than OK. Lots of the OT was a lot of editorial work. OK. Cultural diversity now in worship. OK. Militant fundamentalist pastor Mike Harding says, "I'm not comfortable with that position." Not comfortable?
Al Mohler, John MacArthur, John Piper, David Wells, and D. A. Carson---fundamentalists are more comfortable with them than they are the KJV crowd. Why? They haven't touched the third rail. They get really the pillow treatment about issues. The older fundamentalists know that younger fundamentalists like these. They're all in the fundamentalist libraries. They say something decent and they are salivated over, fawned over, and patted on the back. They are beloved among most fundamentalists for their contributions. "We can't quite fellowship with them, but they have done good work in so many ways."
You could write a good book on music. It might be one of the best ones out there. I know about this. I wrote a book on music and my alma mater, Maranatha, has used it in the classroom to subsidize syllabi on the subject, but you won't find it in the book store or the library. You will find all the works of R. Kent Hughes from Wheaton, but none from one of the few graduates that have even written a book. Why? Because I believe the King James, interestingly enough, like I was taught at Maranatha by Dr. Cedarholm. It could be on the gospel or a helpful commentary. It will NOT be recommended anywhere if you are King James Version. No one will bring it up. How many books do fundamentalists write? Not many. When they do, they promote their books big time, that is, unless the person takes a King James position. He'll need to promote his book on his own. Look at Dave Sorenson. He's written one on the whole Bible, uses languages, and it is even the favored universal church position, but you won't hear a fundamentalist push that commentary. It won't happen. Why? He's King James, ladies and gentlemen.
The fundamentalists love the baby-baptizing patristics. They'll quote them and quote them. They love Dallas, Trinity, and Masters. They'll quote and quote these guys. Non-separatists all. Not separating, I repeat, not separating is not a third-rail issue. You don't have to separate anymore, to see separation in Scripture, to practice it. You are still genius if you miss separation. You can be a dufus of the first degree, but know a couple of clever ways to mock the KJV and you will shoot up the charts. Look over at Sharper Iron if you want to see a couple cromagnums who have made it to the top of the food chain. What you can't miss is the superiority of the Critical Text. In the club, that's knowing how to order in French and how to tie your ascot. Daniel Wallace is a particular favorite. But they will never, ever consider a KJV guy in anything he's written, no matter how scholarly. He, my friend, has touched the third rail.