The New Apostolic Reformation now has their own Bible…

My only question is what took them so long. Those within the New Apostolic Reformation cult have been adding to, taking away from, and pretzelising scriptures for years. 

Holly has done an excellent job of covering this “new” bible translation in a four-part series at her blog, Spirit of Error

Part (1)

Beware: An NAR apostle has come out with his own NAR translation of the Bible, called “The Passion Translation.”

Apostle Brian Simmons, of Stairway Ministries, is the lone translator of this “groundbreaking” project. To date, he has 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

Next in line is Proverbs, Wisdom From Above, due out in Fall 2013.

Simmons claims he undertook this work because he saw a need for a more emotionally passionate translation of the Bible that speaks to the heart. He believes the leading translations of the Bible speak mainly to the mind and don’t adequately capture God’s passion. He describes his translation like this:

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.

So, what’s the problem with his “passionately powerful” translation? Simmons has taken verses of Scripture that have nothing to do with NAR teachings or practices and reworded them so they appear to support those very teachings and practices , such as “prophetic singing,” the “transference of an anointing,” and the issuing of “apostolic decrees.” In other words, despite his claim to unveil the truth of the Bible “unfiltered by religious jargon,” he’s actually exploiting his audience’s ignorance of sound textual criticism to smuggle in a heterodox theology along with a good measure of NAR jargon. The bottom line? He’s changing God’s Word–a serious offense to God. I will look at specific verses he has changed in my next post.

Part (2) – Drastic Differences

Part (3) – Where’s the Manuscript Evidence?

Part (4) – The Passion Translation vs. the English Standard Version

Just grabbing one example from part (2) Drastic Differences, say’s it all,

In this post, I will show you three of the verses Simmons has drastically changed in his new translation to make it look like the Bible promotes NAR teachings. I will contrast Simmons’ translation of the Bible with the standard English translations.

Galatians 6:6

Standard English Translations

  • Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. (New International Version)
  • Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. (New King James Version)
  • Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. (English Standard Version)

The teaching being promoted: Church members should take care of the financial and other material needs of their spiritual leaders.

The Passion Translation

  • And those who are taught the Word will receive an impartation from their teacher; a transference of anointing takes place between them.

The NAR teaching being promoted: The divine authority to minister with a specific miraculous gift–such as the gift of prophesying or healing people–can be imparted or transferred from church leaders to their followers.

Good grief, though I admit I’d like to hear a complete sermon preached from this translation. The Word does say a merry heart does good, like medicine, and I’d be laughing myself well long before the final amen. 


3 comments on “The New Apostolic Reformation now has their own Bible…

  1. This is a travesty. I am, however, wondering if the NAR has lost some of its clout. I just don’t think they have the influence they had before Todd Bentley’s fall. What so you think, PJ?

    • Hi Louise!

      I think they still have the clout but the entire Lakeland Todd Bentley episode seems to have taught them a lesson about (publicly) jumping in to put their stamp of approval on supposed ‘moves of God’. They all took a hit over the Bentley fiasco. They were involved politically prior to Lakeland but since then, i believe even more so….their energy and focus has appeared to be more political in recent years. You can see this in many of Joyner’s monthly messages he sends out and by the even closer associations they have built with politicians. In the last/recent presidential race, they were very involved behind the scenes.

      One other thing i’ve noticed is how members of the NAR have been reaching out to other ministries, not formally associated with the NAR. They have been building ties for the “common cause” which is dominionism.

  2. When the disciples asked Jesus Christ what is the sign of His coming AND of the end of the world the very first thing He told them was to take heed that no man deceive you (Matthew 24: 3-4). Of course He also told the disciples of many other signs or events that were to take place before He returned (Matthew 24: 29-31) but it is significant that He mentioned deception first.

    If one views the effort of the NAR to write their own bible version the casual Christian and even the non-believer will not give it much thought much less blink an eye. After all, since Holy America is busy passing laws to make evil good and good evil it is only natural that the NAR is willing to write a new Bible particularly if the text will validate their teachings and focus upon their concept of worship. Other so called Christian religions have already done the same thing for the past 2,000 years and so this new movement by the NAR is just another form of man playing God.

    Unfortunately the issue of the written Word becomes a matter of trust which opens the door to a duel dynamic that all must wrestle with in their relationship with God. Does one put their trust into the wisdom of man and if so, why? I suppose trusting in others is a natural thing since both Adam and Eve did not believe what God said and allowed themselves to be deceived by the serpent.

    We have been taught that the universe is billions of years old and that life began with a bang and have accepted the wisdom of Darwin even though God said He created man and all things. The Founding Fathers of psychotherapy admit that there is no physical test to prove their prognosis but that doesn’t stop them from administering psycho-drugs that have no proven record of success while ignoring the fact that suicide is now the number 2 cause of death in America surpassing auto accidents.

    Our cancer patients first of all TRUST test results from people they have never met or know anything about and believe in treatments that have a success ratio that has remained the same for the past 80 years which is very small. Historians continue to rewrite history to please the political climate of the day and our governments continue to find more and more creative ways to criminalize its people while stealing their fortunes. And it is okay so long as the masses are able to keep their toys, their hope for treasures and the ability to enjoy their pleasures on it goes, whether science, medicine, politics, history, religion or education there will always be a blind trust in the wisdom of men rather than a humble trust in God.

    Copernicus and Isaac Newton were so wise that even though the Bible says that the earth is fixed and the center of the universe we believe that the earth goes around the sun despite what we see with our own eyes on a daily basis. And before anyone blows a gasket please consider that this is a foundational step in your walk with God because after all, if the Creator of all things is so stupid that He cannot discern what is going on in His own creation then how can one have the confidence and trust in a God to deliver eternal life?

    Therefore truth becomes a perception of choice and our Bibles and beliefs become a truth of our own choosing. That is why people like John Darby can ignore written text, twist it and change it to fit his dispensational teaching to keep millions of church members happy while ignoring the commandment to care for the elderly, visit the sick, feed the hungry and shelter the homeless. I mean it is all right isn’t it? No one really respects God’s Word because if they did there would not be so many different Bibles, religions and teachings to choose from.

    It must be difficult for the non-believer to understand how can they trust God if He cannot reveal His truth so that all can understand. How can they have any respect for Him if He is so ignorant and stupid that He cannot say what He means without the help of men who argue about it? And without a basis of trust how does the non-believer love a God who is so powerless that His Spirit keeps contradicting Him?

    The non-believer will rightfully ask didn’t God say that He would bring His people out of Egypt after 430 years of bondage? And he will discover that God did on the exact day 430 years later as He said he would. The non-believer will also ask about the promise God made to His people to bring them out of Babylon after 70 years and also discover that God kept His word that time too. And many non-believers are amazed when they are told about the prophecy in Daniel which promises that Messiah would come after the commandment to restore Jerusalem and find out that He did on the exact day 483 years later.

    But when the non-believer reads in the book of Revelations that the Messiah will come and reign for a thousand years suddenly this God decides that He means something else besides 1,000 years. Even the casual Christian has to wonder how is it that Revelations 20 says that the devil is cast into the pit where he cannot deceive the nations no more until the 1,000 years is fulfilled and yet admit that for nearly 2,000 years after the Messiah went to heaven the nations have demonstrated an evil, vile and rebellious history.

    Nearly 60 years ago the very first time I tried to tell my friends about Jesus Christ I was told that Christians are hypocrites and that their Bibles were very contradictory. I was surprised to learn how well acquainted with God’s Word they were and was ashamed to realize that their point was valid when one entertains the imaginations of man’s wisdom as it relates to God Word. I had to admit to them that even though God has made His word very plain and simple there are just some things written that man’s heart will not accept. Peace.

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