NIV 2010: it's not a question of interpretation...

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(Tim) Under this post opposing the deletion of words inspired by the Holy Spirit from modern Bible products like the NIV 2010, one reader commented:

This post is slanderously titled. You and Doug (Moo) are both seeking to sit under the authority of God's Word; that is not the question; the question is one of interpretation....

To which I respond: maybe you didn't read what I wrote? Doug Moo and the scholars he leads who are paid by Zondervan through Biblica are changing the text of God's Word so it won't offend the sensitivies of postmoderns. They take out words the Holy Spirit inspired such as 'brother,' 'man,' and 'Jews,' replacing them with words they claim better communicate the Spirit's message by avoiding the Holy Spirit's words. But of course, it's impossible to keep the Holy Spirit's message intact when His words are repudiated...

And no, this has nothing to do with interpretation--that's the job of the pastor or commentator or reader. Rather, this is emendation. Deletion. Bowlderization. This is precisely what the Holy Spirit Himself warned against at the end of Revelation when He explicitly stated God will curse those who remove any part of Scripture.

I wonder whether you think it's possible for someone to do what the Holy Spirit forbids? Must they take out whole paragraphs to be guilty of the sin? Must they be liberals who reject the word 'inerrancy' in their confession of faith? Must they be profs at secular universities rather than evangelical colleges and seminaries?

Must they be dead a century or two before they're condemned? Must their motivation be something other than helping the Bible to avoid men charging it with nasties like sexism and Antisemitism?

Absolutely no one has the slightest trouble knowing what the word 'Jews' means. The only reason to remove it from Scripture is to silence God's record of the Jews' hatred for His Only Begotten.

But gagging the Spirit of God is a fool's errand, bringing on us the judgment of the God Who is there and Who spoke.

Love,