Studying the Word of God in the English translation of the King James version is ok most of the time. But to get the true intended meaning of any passage I look at it in the language the authors spoke and wrote it in. I always use the King James and never the "Textus Receptus" or Latin received text for my studies.
We believe in the inspired Word of God. The word inspired means God breathed or God spoke. When God spoke to His servants the prophets, He spoke to them in the language they also spoke, understood, and wrote. So one of the most important parts of my hermeneutic is to research the definition of the words in the text in the language it was written in and look at how those same words are used elsewhere in the bible...and accept the definition of those words regardless if it goes against what I already believe.
I approach the scriptures as unbiased as I can. I'm working out my own salvation. I've been studying God's Word since 1973. Most serious students of God's Word study it in the KJV. Too often they approach it in the light of what they already believe i.e. with their already pre-conceived ideas. Too often they're unwilling to reconsider other ideas especially about prophecy. I just don't believe that any one of us has all the truth.
I've always questioned everything. When I study the scriptures I look at them from every angle to see what others believe. I look at all the resources I have available, especially the lexicons. I look at how key words are used elsewhere in the bible and I like to show people how I arrive at my conclusions. I look at the context of the passage, when and to whom it was written, if it's past or future, and keep it simple and logical. I've found that the simplest interpretation is usually the right one.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
"For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little." (Isaiah 28:10).
You do realize that the King James version was bilt on the compilation of the Textus Receptus, don't you?
One must be very careful in trying to study the original languages, because all we have today are men's ideas as to what those meant. If you take any number of different Greek Bible dictionaries, you will find different meanings to various words. As well, since we don't have the autographa today, we need then to choose which of many different Greek texts to use. If not using a Textus Receptus, you are probably using a Westcott/Hort Greek text, which is the one NOT based on TR, but on Sinaiticus and Vaticanus, primarily, two corrupt Alexandrian texts.
To not study in the KJV, then, tells me that you dont trust that the Lord can, and has, preserved His word in English for His people, I assume. Then everyone must be a scholar in koine Greek, ancient Hebrew and Chaldean to understand the word of God? And that's assuming a reliable copy of these can even be found to use.
Now, I agree that giving one's self some training in history, to understand better the context of the writings, some understanding of the culture and the time is a good thing-you don't have to be a scholar, just aware. BUt also, being in a good, New testament, Bible-believeing/teaching church under godly leadership can be a help, as well, since it IS highly promoted in the Bible, and I believe absolutely necessary to keep from moving into apostasy, since it is the body of Christ. When a child of God removes himself from the local body, (albeit, a right one), they become a member without a body. Yes, we are part of the overall body, if we are born again, but the Bible is clear that the local body is extremely important, as well, seeing as how most of the New Testament is written either TO or ABOUT the local bodies. Thus, to be removed from it, and to 'go it alone', is dangerous. I have seen, time and again, many knowledgable Christians who get out of church, and within a year have moved into all kinds of weird , always-changing doctrines. So I hope you are part of a good NT church.