Note from Chris Lawson of SRN: The following booklet has just been released by Lighthouse Trails Publishing. Simply stated, John Lanagan's message of biblical truth about Eugene Peterson's, The Message, needs to be read and heard! I personally believe that many Christian leaders today need to wake up to the fact that "The Message" of The Message not only perverts Scripture, it is an outright affront to God's character, His divine nature, and His holy Name. Several years ago I compared many parts of the text of Peterson's The Message side-by-side with several translations of the Bible (KJV, NKJV, NASB). What I saw in The Message utterly shocked me. I simply cannot believe that the author of The Message and countless thousands of Christian leaders think that Peterons's material can go over for something reflective of God's Word. If you do you your own comparisons, and you truly love God's Word, I believe you too will be utterly shocked at the unbelievable liberties that the author of The Message has taken.
Mr. Eugene Peterson, this is your Psalm 1:1 from The Message (MSG):
1 How well God must like you— you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College.
Mr. Peterson, here is what the Bible says in Psalm 1:1 from King James Version (KJV):
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
The Message is a convoluted rendition of the Bible. This is just in English, but how about all the cross-cultural ministry workers who are stuck with trying to use The Message to properly convey sound biblical theology. I actually watched this occur in the United Kingdom at a church I visited, and it is was horrific. I'll stick with the most reliable translation of the Bible, which even children can understand, lest I confuse my own listeners and lead them into spiritual confusion and delusion.
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The Message “Bible”— A Breach of Truth
The Message “Bible”— A Breach of Truth: How Eugene Peterson’s The Message Omits Homosexual Sin—and Other Strange Deletions, Additions, and Alterations
By John Lanagan
Can we just say it? Homosexuality is going to be the dividing line between the true church and the rising apostate church. And Eugene Peterson’s The Message is being used by those who want to avoid or deny the truth that homosexuality is a sin.
The Message flat out deletes homosexuality as sin from two key New Testament passages and gives a politically correct spin to a third (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Romans 1:25-27).
For this reason, The Message and other ungodly imitations of the Bible will be increasingly promoted by those who practice a “form of godliness” (2 Timothy 3:1-5) that includes acceptance of homosexuality.
Preaching and teaching from The Message rather than the Bible also makes it easier for those who are unwilling, afraid, or just too tired to resist the politically correct juggernaut of homosexuality.
I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing. (Hosea 8:12)
Pastor Carl Lentz oversees Hillsong Church in New York City. Like its parent church in Australia founded by Brian Houston, Hillsong NYC is enormously popular. Celebrities flock there, younger people rave about Hillsong, and secular media give it a free pass.
Such popularity and acceptance would cease if Carl Lentz treated homosexuality like any other sin (i.e., biblically). But Lentz refuses to do so from the pulpit, during interviews, or in any public forum. Among other excuses, he claims he does not deal with homosexual sin publicly because “Jesus rarely dealt with morality or social issues” but with “the deeper things of the heart,” he says.1
During one of his sermons, Lentz used The Message version of 1 Thessalonians 5:14 to assert that Hillsong is biblically obedient in refusing to “make polarizing statements about certain things in our Christian community.”2
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