by Amy Spreeman
Have you heard about the latest Bible “translation?” This one comes from the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) camp, from the brain of one man, a human-appointed “Apostle.” It’s called “The Passion Translation,” written by Brian Simmons of Stairway Ministries.
Simmons has actually released four installments of his new translation:
- Psalms: Poetry on Fire
- Song of Solomon: Most Amazing Song of All
- Luke: To the Lovers of God
- Letters From Heaven by the Apostle Paul
Coming this fall he is releasing Proverbs, Wisdom From Above.
Let’s do a side-by-side comparison of Proverbs 8. Just for fun, I’ll use the NIV to compare what the Bible says, vs. what Simmons thinks it should say. First, the real deal:
Now here’s Simmons’ Passion version of Proverbs 8, in which he claims lots of secret are being unveiled:
More spiritual manipulation
Simmons says our standard translations of the Bible, transcribed by hundreds of scholars from the original scrolls, are just head knowledge and don’t adequately capture God’s passion. (He apparently missed the part in 2 Timothy 3:16 that says that every word is breathed-out by the Holy Spirit.) From his website:
The Passion Translation Project is a groundbreaking attempt to re-introduce the passion and fire of the Bible to the English reader. God longs to have His Word expressed in every language in a way that would unlock the ‘passion’ of His heart. The goal of this work is to trigger inside of every English speaker an overwhelming response to the truth of the Bible as it is unfiltered by religious jargon – unfolding the deep mysteries of the Scriptures in the language of love, the language of the heart. Accurate to the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts, but passionately powerful in a contemporary form.
Holly Pivec over at Spirit of Error blog points out that Simmons is manipulating Scriptures to make it appear that heretical NAR teachings and practices such as “prophetic singing,” the “transference of an anointing,” and the issuing of “apostolic decrees,” are actually supported by the Bible – which of course is false. But to the biblically illiterate, it will sound so right:
This translation is potentially one of the most disturbing developments in the NARmovement. Simmons is following in the footsteps of the major cults of Christianity who have released their own translations of the Bible, including the New World Translationused by the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Joseph Smith Translation used by some groups of Mormons.
By creating a new NAR translation of the Bible, Simmons is shaping the way a generation of NAR followers will read and understand Scripture–and also creating a divide between those who use the NAR translation and those who don’t.
It remains to be seen how many NAR people will make the switch to this NARtranslation of the Bible. If a lot of them do switch Bibles, then The Passion Translation could truly–as its advertisements say–”impact the Church for years to come.” Source:
Hat Tip: Bart McCurdy
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Also Related over at Stand Up For The Truth :
- Not in my church (standupforthetruth.com)
- NAR is another name for Dominionism | Stand Up for the Truth
- The Dominion Mandate (slaughteringthesheep.wordpress.com)
- What Is The New Apostolic Reformation? (And Why Should We Be Concerned About It?)(solasisters.blogspot.com)
- C. Peter Wagner (herescope.blogspot.com)
- IHOP: International House of Political Action (herescope.blogspot.com)
- New Apostolic Reformation Heresy
- New Apostolic Reformation – Deception In The Church
Men who are changing the Word of God better take heed to these words from Scripture :
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
(Revelation 22:18-19 KJV)
Great article, thanks for posting it. I had read Holly Pivec’s articles on the subject, but this article has a particularly stunning example of what a complete work of fantasy fiction ‘The Passion Translation’ actually is. That ‘dynamic equivalent’ passage from Proverbs is straight out of the Serpent’s mouth. It made my skin crawl (as do all of the NAR teachings and their ‘celebrities’). Many people still believe that the NAR is just a denomination or ‘movement’ within the Christian church (it is NOT!!!)…perhaps this publication will open some eyes. Let us all continue praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, who are getting caught up in these false teachings, or are forced to leave their churches to get away from them.
Also, did anyone notice that the ‘Passion’ version seemed like a badly worded advertisement for a personal development seminar? In my earlier years I attended some Anthony Robbins and similar events. If he was doing a version of the Bible….this would be it! Imagine if people like Anthony Robbins and Oprah realise they can draw in more Christians by quoting from this version, like Rick Warren and others attract the ‘unchurched’ by using The Message. Ear tickling lies to deceive the masses.
No offense, but maybe you should put it beside the King James instead of the NIV which is also a very corrupt version…:-( Just maybe you should hold your NIV up to the King James and see what you have lost or gained in it??? God Bless you.s
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I was thinking the exact same thing, Sue … this article is simply comparing one corrupt version with another. Neither the NIV nor the Passion are worth printing.
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I agree that the “Passion” is nothing more than a NAR agenda disguised as the legitimate, Spirit-breathed Word, which it of course is not. (Not even close!) As for the NIV, I don’t know that I’d go as far a calling it corrupt, unless you believe all the memes shared by the KJV-only folks. We do know that hundreds of biblical scholars translated it from the original scrolls and texts, but yes, the KJV, the NASB and the ESV are much better translations in my opinion. I’d say NIV is probably good in a pinch if there’s nothing else around, and won’t lead you on a dangerous spiral to apostasy like the “Passion!”
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With all love and due respect Amy, how can the NIV be a good one in a pinch, when it leaves out entire verses of scripture. Changes words and sentences. Did you know one of the writers was a homosexual…huh, I certainly wouldn’t touch it with a 10′ pole. And it was NOT transferred from the original scrolls and texts. Sorry, your information is wrong. God Bless you. s
Thank you Amy for keeping watch and sending out an alarm on these latter day plagues.
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I applaud your heart for the truth! it is a wonderful thing to search for. I do question your use of NIV especially as an authoritative text. In my seminary the scholarly opinion was NIV meant Nearly Inspired Version.
I have read the Hebrew and Greek texts and they speak as passionately as the text in question. Both languages are very descirptive in that manner, it is the western cultural norm to “dull it down” into terms that better suit a well ordered church service.
Thank you for your contribution, Kevin. You underline some very apt points and I borrow from them, if I may; the true church to which God alone adds members, certainly has no need for Western cultural norms (or any other geo-political norms), neither does it accept a “dulling down” of Christ and His singularly clear message.
Man-made churches may well be filled with professing believers who find solace and encouragement in the adapted, religious and tolerant message which justifies their will-worshipping belief system and vulgar lifestyles.
Furthermore, God’s church can ill afford to be concerned with well ordered church “services”, whether they are of denominational prescript, or of modern so-called non-denominational origin.