ADJUSTING THE BIBLE
In the October 22 edition of The (Nashville) Tennessean, Heidi Hall, former religion editor, published a piece in the “Faith and Values” column of the newspaper that carried the headline, “Nashville publisher’s new release isn’t your mother’s Bible.” On the day the column appeared I made some comments about it on my Facebook page, but want to add to those remarks in this edition of “Hugh’s New & Views.”
Hall’s column is a review of a heavily feminist-oriented annotated edition of the Common English Version of the Bible by Nashville-based Abingdon Press, an arm of the United Methodist Publishing House.
“It’s clear almost instantly Abingdon Press’s newest Bible isn’t the kind of Christian women’s fare that focuses heavily on Proverbs 31 and lightly on indignities around gender,” reads the opening paragraph of the column.
“The CEB Women’s Bible version of the Common English Bible, which was released in 2011, is annotated solely by women.” (Translation: The Bible has been “monkeyed” with and changed by women to favor the politically correct feminist movement and to remove any restrictions God has placed on the role of women in the work and worship of the church.) The women responsible for this “adjusted” edition of Scripture “are National Baptist, Jewish, Catholic, Methodist and from several other faiths, and at least five are in Nashville or have strong ties.”
“One of the editors is the Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, senior pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D. C., where presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attends.” (I wonder if “the Rev.” Gaines-Cirelli has ever preached a sermon in Hillary’s presence about the sin of lying or of launching into profanity- and vulgar-laced tirades against those with whom she disagrees and/or labels as “deplorables”?) (Note: It could be that by the date of this article, Hillary Clinton will have been elected president of the United States. If she is, I will not at all be optimistic about the future of America, but in keeping with I Timothy 2:1-2, she will be in my prayers.)
God made man in His image, but the colossal sin of the ages has been the desire of man to make God in man’s image, to make God into what man wants Him to be rather than who He is, and to change God’s immutable word into what man wants that word to be rather than what that word actually is. Catholics, Protestants, and Jews are all guilty of what the inspired apostle Peter referred to when, in reference to the writings of the apostle Paul, he said: ” . . . which those who are untaught and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures” (II Peter 3:16). Their catechisms, creed books, church manuals, corrupted Bibles, and politically correct agenda are overwhelming testimony to this reality.
The Bible teaches beyond all shadow of doubt that baptism is immersion in water (Matthew 3:16; Acts 8:38; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12), but the theologians have adjusted the Bible to allow for sprinkling or pouring. How “convenient”!
The Bible teaches that only repentant believers are subjects of Bible baptism (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38), but the theologians have adjusted the Bible and said it is permissible to “baptize” babies, and later their parents can tell them that matter has already been taken care of for them. How “convenient”!
The Scriptures authorize a first day of the week observance of the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7) and every week has a first day, but the denominations have adjusted that apostolic practice to a once a month, once a quarter, or even once a year practice. How “convenient”!
In no uncertain terms the Bible condemns the practice of homosexuality (Romans 1:27; I Corinthians 6:9-11), but liberal churches have adjusted that and pronounce homosexuality and same-sex marriage a legitimate lifestyle. How “convenient”!
God’s inspired word instructs us to not be conformed to this world (not allow the world to pour us into its mold) (Romans 12:2), but some Christians have adjusted that so that their moral standards and conduct differ little from those of non-Christians. How “convenient”!
The Bible speaks in explicit terms of everlasting punishment in hell (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:44, 46, 48), but those who are smarter than God Himself have adjusted these and numerous other texts to say that the lost will not suffer eternal conscious punishment. How utterly “convenient”!
As I have frequently said, I would not want to be in some folks’ shoes (including preachers not a few) on the day of judgment.
November 8, 2016