Over the last 30 days, about 43% of the hits on my blog (stevebelsheim.com) were on my February 10, 2022, article entitled “The NRSVue Bible Translation of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10: Keeping Practicing Homosexuals on the Road to Hell.” Most likely, the vast majority of the referrals came from Baptist News Global and a March 15, 2022 article by Mark Wingfield entitled “After 30 years, the NRSV gets an update: Here’s what that means.” The link to the Wingfield article is After 30 years, the NRSV gets an update: Here’s what that means – Baptist News Global.
What stood out from the Wingfield article was the statement in reference to 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 [links left in quotation]:
That adjustment is likely to further push away conservative evangelicals from the NRSV while not fully satisfying more progressive Christians who believe “men who engage in illicit sex” is still not specific enough. They argue that a better translation would speak of men who are abusive in sexual relations, such as through pederasty, the abuse of boys by older men.
The issue concerns truth vs. error and not progressive vs. conservative.
The other point is Mr. Wingfield’s pro-LGBTQ characterization of the translation of 1 Corinthians 6:9:
Regarding 1 Corinthians 6:9, later versions of the NRSV adopted the English words “male prostitutes” and “sodomites” as translations of the two contested Greek words. Even those word choices have remained controversial, especially the use of the word “Sodomite,” which links all same-sex relations to the story of the destruction of Sodom in Genesis 19. Many modern biblical scholars — especially among moderates and progressives — believe the sin of Sodom was not homosexuality but abusive violation of ancient norms of hospitality.
The updated NRSV makes slight changes to 1 Corinthians 6:9 — “Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolators, adulterers, male prostitutes, men who engage in illicit sex, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, swindler — none of these will inherit the kingdom of God.”
Another article about the NRSVue is by Mark A. Kellner, New Bible translation raises questions about ancient Greek word, The Washington Times Weekly, 17 JAN 2022, link: https://www.pressreader.com/usa/the-washington-times-weekly/20220117/281676848273476
The best article about the NRSVue is by Dr. Robert A. J. Gagnon, An Assessment of the New Revised Standard Version: Gaywashing in the Translation – The most noteworthy has been to “gaywash” and eliminate clear reference to homosexual practice in the offender list in 1 Corinthians 6:9, January 6, 2022, link: https://theaquilareport.com/an-assessment-of-the-new-revised-standard-version/
In case you haven’t figured it out, the genuine evangelical Christian church is under attack by the LGBTQ movement. Today’s events exemplify 2 Timothy 3:1–5 (NASB95):
1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.
IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT YOUR SALVATION
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IF YOU ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN
If you are reading this post and are not a Christian, your eternal destination is hell unless God intervenes. But, your destiny can change. Today can be the day of your salvation. Please see my blog (https://stevebelsheim.com/2020/04/20/for-god-so-loves-you-2/) for a description of how you can be saved and a more concise description at my (https://stevebelsheim.com/2020/10/20/there-is-hope-even-when-there-seems-to-be-no-hope-2/ ).
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