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TNIV & THE LORD JESUS
Terry Watkins
www.av1611.org


And they were filled with madness;
and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.

Luke 6:11


The cornerstone of the Christian faith is the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Not His teachings, not His morals, not His miracles, not His example – but HIM.

John 14:6 says:

Jesus saith unto him, I AM the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but BY ME.

If there's one doctrine that Christians should guard and protect it surely is the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. The FACT that Jesus Christ was God manifest in the flesh is the foundation of the Christian faith.

For years the new Bible versions have been continually chipping away at the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Timothy 3:16 is the clearest verse in the Bible proclaiming Jesus Christ as "God manifest in the flesh". In 1 Timothy 3:16, the King James Bible is unmistakable – "God was manifest in the flesh".

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
1 Timothy 3:16, KJB

In 1 Timothy 3:16, virtually every new version replaces the clear, emphatic "God" with the generic "he".

The "original" NIV reads in 1 Timothy 3:16:

Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.
1 Timothy 3:16, NIV

The NIV [and the other versions] changes "God" to "he". "HE appeared in a body"? So What? Everyone has "appeared in a body". "He" is a pronoun that refers to a noun or antecedent. There is no antecedent in the context. The statement does NOT even make sense. The NIV distorts I Timothy 3:16 into grammatical nonsense. Of course, daughter TNIV reads as mommy NIV, "He appeared in a body."

I find it ironic and very disturbing, that the TNIV (and the new versions) invent ways and mis-translations to remove the "generic he" in hundreds of places to appease the feminist – and yet, they insert the "generic he" in 1 Timothy 3:16 when the reference is the clearest reference to the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ in all the Bible! That's curious. . . Who is REALLY writing these new versions?

Make no mistake about it – there is an attack on the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Much more could be documented on the attack upon the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ by the new versions.

But what about the TNIV?

On the TNIV website, they make the following, definite statement:

"Without exception, the TNIV retains gender-accurate, masculine terminology for references to God. This is a theological understanding and commitment that the Committee on Bible Translation, standing in concert with the Church throughout the ages, considers inviolable."
(TNIV: Clarity in Contemporary English, www.tniv.info/story/clarity.php)

That's pretty plain. . . "Without exception, the TNIV retains gender-accurate, masculine terminology for references to God. . ."

Let's look at a few very, very, enlightening verses in the TNIV.

Open your eyes real wide – because what you're about to read is alarming – to say the least.

The King James Bible, in Philippians 2:5-8, clearly confirms that Jesus Christ is God, ". . . thought it not robbery to be equal with God. . ." Again, the deity of our Lord Jesus is openly and clearly affirmed. And again the new versions attack the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ in Philippians 2:5-8

Philippians 2:5-8, KJV

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Philippians 2:5-8, NIV

5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!

The "original" NIV [as do all the new versions] completely re-word the verse to DENY the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ.

And the TNIV goes even further. . .

Remember the emphatic words from the TNIV website, "Without exception, the TNIV retains gender-accurate, masculine terminology for references to God. . ."

Notice, the KJV, correctly, use the "masculine terminology"- "man" when referring the Lord Jesus Christ in Philippians 2.

Philippians 2:5-8, KJV

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

The TNIV changes the "masculine terminology" of Philippians 2 while referring to the Lord Jesus. They change the masculine "man" to the neuter "human being".

Philippians 2:5-8, TNIV

5 In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a human being, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!

1 Corinthians 15:21, is another "masculine" [man] reference to the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:21-22, KJB

For since by man came death, by man [Jesus] came also the resurrection of the dead
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Again, the TNIV change the "masculine" [man] to the neuter "human being".

1 Corinthians 15:21-22, TNIV

For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a human being [Jesus].
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

And they do this many times! They replace the masculine "man" with the "gender-blender" "human being". And the reference is, without question, to God – the Male, Masculine, Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Remember the emphatic words from the TNIV site, "Without exception, the TNIV retains gender-accurate, masculine terminology for references to God. . ."

I'd say that pretty well sums up the TNIV and company's beliefs about the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Either that, or they haven't got the slightest idea what they are talking about. Either way, they have no business publishing the words of God! And may I remind you, once again. . . these are the same people, same beliefs and according to their own words – the same methodology used to publish the New International Version (NIV).

The Greek text, without any doubt, affirms the KJB masculine translation.

1 Timothy 2:5 is one of the greatest verses in the Bible. It tells of our mediator between God and men - the "God-man" – the Lord Jesus Christ.

The King James correctly, contains the masculine terminology [man] of the God-inspired Greek text.

1 Timothy 2:5, KJB
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

And again, the TNIV drops the masculine [man] for the sexless, neuter "human beings" and "human".
 

1 Timothy 2:5, TNIV
5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and human beings, Christ Jesus, himself human,

"Without exception, the TNIV retains gender-accurate, masculine terminology for references to God. . ."

Here's some other verses where the TNIV drops the "masculine terminology" when referring to God the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.


Matthew 9:6-8, KJB (again a clear reference to the Lord Jesus)

6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
7 And he arose, and departed to his house.
8 But when the multitude saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

Matthew 9:6-8, TNIV

6 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." So he said to the paralyzed man, "Get up, take your mat and go home."
7 Then the man got up and went home.
8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to human beings


John 15:13, KJB (clearly referring to the Lord Jesus and Calvary)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13, TNIV

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.


Matthew 13:57, KJB

And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

Matthew 13:57, TNIV (see also Luke 4:24)

And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "Only in their own towns and in their own homes are prophets without honor."


John 6:33, KJB (a clear reference to the Lord Jesus Christ)

For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

John 6:33, TNIV

For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."


THE ANDROGYNOUS JESUS. . .

In Hebrews 2:17, the TNIV starts wading in some very treacherous water. Some very treacherous and very polluted water.

Hebrews 2:16-17, describes how the Lord Jesus physically came through the seed of Abraham. Verse 17 says that the Lord Jesus, was physically ". . . made like his brethren [Jews]. . ." The TNIV translators, without any Greek evidence, in any manuscript, inserts the female gender "sisters" into the verse. This is a flagrant disregard for the Greek text and adding to God’s Word. And it opens the door for some serious satanic feminist and new age teaching. Namely, that Jesus Christ was androgynous – both male and female.

Hebrews 2:16-17, KJB

For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

Hebrews 2:16-17, TNIV

For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants.
"For this reason he had to be made like his brothers and sisters in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people"

". . . made like his brothers and sisters IN EVERY WAY. . ."

Notice the TNIV translators addition of "IN EVERY WAY". Why in the world did they "add" the words "in EVERY way"? What in the world do they mean "in EVERY way"?

That’s opening the door for some serious false doctrine. Serious. . . Wicked. . . Blasphemous. . . Errors.

In the popular new-age book, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, author Matthew Fox, writes of this, "made like his brothers and sisters in every way", Christ the TNIV translators have tapped into.

"The Cosmic Christ can be both female and male, . . ."
(Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ)

Feminist Rosemary Radford Ruether, in Sexism and God-Talk, also describes this "made like his brothers and sisters in every way" Christ. Ruether, says ". . .we can encounter Christ in the form of our sister". That’s almost identical to the perverted claims of the TNIV translators in Hebrews 2:17 – ". . . made like his brothers and sisters in every way. . ."

"Christ is not necessarily male, nor is the redeemed community only women, but a new humanity, female and male. . . In the language of early Christian prophetism, we can encounter Christ in the form of our sister"
(Rosemary Radford Ruether, Sexism and God-Talk)

Radical feminist and lesbian author, Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, was stylistic consultant for the "original" New International Version (NIV). Mollenkott is also a major player in the push for gender-inclusive Bibles [such as the TNIV]. In fact, Mollenkott was a team member of the very first gender inclusive scriptures ever published, An Inclusive Language Lectionary. Not surprising, Mollenkott, also promotes the "male-female" Christ [". . .made like his brothers and sisters in every way. . ."]

"the combination of Wisdom/Christ leads to a healthy blend of male and female imagery that empowers everyone and works beautifully to symbolize the One God who is neither male nor female yet both male and female".
(Mollenkott, Virginia Ramey. The Divine Feminine. P. 104).

"The creation story begins by affirming that God is neither male nor female, but both. The first chapter of Genesis emphasizes that both male and female are made in the image of the creator God."
(Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, Gender Diversity and the Christian Community, www.theotherside.org/archive/may-jun01/mollenkott.html)

NIV member and homosexual activist, Mollenkott, seems to have no respect for the Lord Jesus. As she even perverts the Lord Jesus Christ into an effeminate, "gender-bender", "fairy":

"Jesus, whom Paul refers to as the second adam, also defied gender norms. He didn't marry, although he had the religious obligation to do so at eighteen. He performed acts like cooking or washing the feet of his disciples – acts culturally assigned to wives or slaves, not to a free male, . . ."
(Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, Gender Diversity and the Christian Community, www.theotherside.org/archive/may-jun01/mollenkott.html)

NIV consultant, Mollenkott also stated in a news conference, that Jesus Christ was "chromosomally female":

"You might be interested to know that. . . Jesus remained chromosomally female throughout life."
(Virginia Mollenkott, National Council of Churches news conference, cited in The Language of the King James Bible, Gail Riplinger, p. 114)

Researching the TNIV, I kept asking myself, "What happened to the fear of the Lord?" How can the TNIV translators (CBT), publisher (Zondervan) and copyright holder (IBS) intentionally add, delete, change and distort the words of God? How can they intentionally add words that clearly pervert the Lord Jesus Christ?

Where is the fear of God?

Where is the "trembling at his words"?

". . . but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word."
Isaiah 66:2

Are these new version translators and publishers not aware of the serious warnings, the Lord gives on tampering, adding and taking away from His words?

"Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you."
Deuteronomy 4:2

"Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar."
Proverbs 30:6

God’s last warning is in Revelation 22:18,19:

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

I would not be the people behind these new Bible versions for all the money, wealth, fame and fortune in the whole world. They have a lot, and I mean A LOT, to answer for when they meet the Lord, whether they are saved or lost. It’s not going to be pretty.

No wonder, WorldNetDaily referred to the TNIV as "Today's New International Perversion" and a World magazine's headline called it "The NIV's Twisted Sister"(www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2002/004/10.30.html

THE DAMAGE DONE. . .

Even if these Bibles never sell a single copy, the damage done to the authority and trustworthy of the words of God is insurmountable. CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, newscast after newscast, reported on the confusing changes in the TNIV Inclusive Bible. All this does is add more doubt, more confusion, more excuses for the lost world to doubt the accuracy of the words of God – ". . . yea, hath God said. . .?"

And he [Satan] said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said,. . .?"
Genesis 3:1

What’s the next step?

The ultra-liberal, pro-feminist, pro-homosexual and VERY popular, author John Spong, writes of this new inclusive Christianity. Spong says the inclusive Church, ". . . must unite Christ with Antichrist, Jesus with Judas, male with female, heterosexual with homosexual. . . "

"[The Church of tomorrow must] incorporate all or our reality. It must be able to allow God and Satan to come together in each of us. . . . It must unite Christ with Antichrist, Jesus with Judas, male with female, heterosexual with homosexual."
(John Shelby Spong, A New Christianity for a New World, p. 167)

The super-inclusive ". . . God with Satan. . . Christ with Antichrist. . . Jesus with Judas. . ." – is this the next step in the "inclusive Bibles"? Is this the New Inclusive Christianity that is emerging that as Spong describes?

Don’t be too sure. . .

Who would have dreamed 20 years ago, Bible translators and publishers would be doing what they are doing today?
 


And they were filled with madness;
and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.

Luke 6:11

. . . he that cometh preacheth another Jesus,. . .
2 Corinthians 11:4
 


 

 


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