12 October 2010

Women of Faith spread "The Message"

I read the following at the blog My Word Like Fire. More bad news for those of you who "don't see any harm" in using The Message.
Women of Faith spread ‘The Message’

The Message, the deceptive paraphrase now widely accepted and used as a Bible translation per se, was used at the recent Women of Faith gathering. Three women told me it was a primary reason why they did not return to the Saturday session.
In examining Selections From The Message, a handbook of The Message passages from some years ago, author Rebecca Manley Pippert gives this strong endorsement: “Time and again I would read a verse and think ‘Oh that’s what it means.’ Eugene Peterson has given us the gift of a lifetime.”

Indeed, much like a timebomb, The Message is the gift that keeps on ticking.

We now quote from The Message as if it were the very Word of God. Dr. David Jeremiah uses it; so does Chuck Swindoll, who referred to Eugene Peterson’s “gritty” translation in one of his nationally broadcast sermons. As mentioned, the Women of Faith organization is placing passages from The Message before tens of thousands of women.

Is there really reason to be concerned? Compare this passage from 1 Corinthians:

THE MESSAGE, 1 CORINTHIANS 6:9-11—”Don’t you realize that this is not the way to live? Unjust people who don’t care about God will not be joining in his kingdom. Those who use and abuse each other, use and abuse sex, use and abuse the earth and everything in it, don’t qualify as citizens in God’s kingdom. A number of you know from experience what I’m talking about, for not so long ago you were on that list. Since then, you’ve been cleaned up and given a fresh start by Jesus, our Master, our Messiah, and by our God present in us, the Spirit.” (Bold mine)

This is not found in any reputable translation, not the KJV, not the NASB, not at all. For instance:

NEW KING JAMES, 1 CORINTHIANS 6: 9-11– ”Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (Bold mine)

Notice that various specific sexual sins are omitted from The Message. This one passage is reason enough to never use Peterson’s paraphrase. But, alas, there is much more to be grieved about. Notice that Peterson actually inserts something that cannot be found in reputable translations. His version warns against “use and abuse” of the earth.

Did the Lord put it there? No. A man did.

The Word of God tells us, “From your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.” (Psalm 119:104)

But there can be no understanding if one does not have God’s precepts. How then does one know what is false? It is too easy to say, well, there are many fine translations around. That is true. But it is also true that many unsuspecting people, new Christians included, are being increasingly exposed to The Message.

Perhaps in the future, Women of Faith can do without it.

In an interview, Eugene Peterson has some disturbing comments regarding the Bible, all the more disturbing considering how The Message is increasingly replacing God’s Holy Word.

Peterson states,“Why do people spend so much time studying the Bible? How much do you need to know? We invest all this time in understanding the text which has a separate life of its own and we think we’re being more pious and spiritual when we’re doing it….[Christians] should be studying it less, not more. You need just enough to pay attention to God….I’m just not at all pleased with the emphasis on Bible study as if it’s some kind of special thing that Christians do, and the more the better.” (Bold mine)

(From–”A Conversation with Eugene Peterson,” “Mars Hill Review,” Fall 1995, Issue No. 3, pgs. 73-90)

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  1. Good stuff here!. This info is a "keeper" for doing battle against those who love the "Mess"

  2. GRITTY! Chuck, Chuck, Chuck you have been deceived. The Message is candy-coated deceptive garbage. It is not TRUTH. It is not God's Holy Word. We, the remnant, MUST speak the truth and not COMPROMISE our walk with Jesus Christ. Jesus is coming soon!


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