Why isn't the word "sodomite" in the NIV?


We've already talked about the NIV female sodomite Virginia Mollenkott. Now we'll turn to the Chairman of the NIV Old Testament Committee, the late Dr. Marten H. Woudstra. The article at this link (which includes the research of Mr. Michael Penfold) asserts that Dr. Marten Woudstra was a Sodomite/Homosexual. At the end of the article there is a quote attributed to Dr. Woudstra, Chairman of the NIV Old Testament Committee:

"There is nothing in the Old Testament that corresponds to homosexuality as we understand it today"

From Mr. Penfold's report--

"Why could not Dr. Barker have told the truth in the first place? Taking Mollenkott's words at their face value, the NIV publicity machine has nothing to worry about. Does their anxiety to distance the NIV from homosexual associations reveal something more sinister? "In the light of the following, I believe it does, as it has now come to light that THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NIV'S OLD TESTAMENT TRANSLATION COMMITTEE, DR. MARTEN H. WOUDSTRA, WAS A HOMOSEXUAL. This is much more serious than Mollenkott's involvement. Here we have one of the leading scholars on the NIV CBT who is a homosexual. Obviously this fact compromises the whole project, especially as this fact was well known by his colleagues for many years. However, only now is this fact coming to the notice of the general public through articles like the one you are reading.

"Dr. Woudstra, who died in the early 1990s, was a long-time friend of Evangelicals Concerned Inc. This organisation was founded in 1976 by New York psychologist, Dr. Ralph Blair, ,b.as a nation-wide task force and fellowship for gay and lesbian 'evangelical Christians' and their friends. ECI's address is 311 East 72nd Street, New York, NY 10021. They can be found on the internet at http://www.korpi.com/ECWE/

"It was during a series of research phone calls to Dr. Blair that I first confirmed the fact of Dr. Woudstra's homosexuality. Blair and Dr. Woudstra were friends. Dr. Woudstra had been on the mailing list of Evangelicals Concerned from its inception, and although he had no formal ties with ECI, on one of his many trips to New York he called in and had tea with Dr. Blair. Dr Blair told me that Dr. Woudstra shared the viewpoint of ECI that lifelong 'loving monogamous relationships' between gay men or women were acceptable to God. He believed that there was nothing in the Old Testament (his special area of technical expertise) that corresponded to 'homosexual orientation'. The 'sodomy' of the OT simply involved temple rites and gang rape (Gen 19). Notice the similarity between this view and that of Virginia Mollenkott. Dr. Blair clearly stated to me on the phone on 23rd September 1997 that Dr. Woudstra, a lifelong bachelor, was a homosexual. He intimated that other members of the NIV translation committee were also quietly supportive of ECI, but he was not able to tell me who they were (for obvious reasons). He later called them 'bigger' names than Dr. Woudstra.

Is it any wonder why the word "sodomite" is not in the NIV? It does not require too much thinking. [updated THERE IS MORE TO THIS! HIDEOUSNESS AWAITS THE EYES...see, The KJV Only Controversy--cursor a short way down the article to the section entitled, "Now to the hideous..." to see how an unauthorized version (in this case, the NIV) can take out the word "sodomite" and then how certain people actually turn around and say that the Bible has nothing to say about "homosexuality." The removal of the word "sodomite" is only one abomination. The floodgates are now open to all manner of blasphemies, heresies, lies, and tricks...people that accept the lies will not know the truth and will adhere to lies and teach lies. An horrible free fall is occurred. Many people are now wading amongst the filthy floodwaters of unauthorized versions--some people ignorantly trawl them, others happily picking and choosing what unauthorized versions they like the best, that fit in with their own ungodly lusts.]

Look below and see what they replaced the word "sodomite" with:


THE AUTHORIZED KING JAMES VERSION

Deuteronomy 23:17 There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.

THE NIV

Deuteronomy 23:17 No Israelite man or woman is to become a shrine prostitute.


THE AUTHORIZED KING JAMES VERSION

1 Kings 14:24 And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.

THE NIV

1 Kings 14:24 There were even male shrine prostitutes in the land; the people engaged in all the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites.


THE AUTHORIZED KING JAMES VERSION

1 Kings 15:12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.

THE NIV

1 Kings 15:12 He expelled the male shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols his fathers had made.


THE AUTHORIZED KING JAMES VERSION

1 Kings 22:46 And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.

THE NIV

1 Kings 22:46 He rid the land of the rest of the male shrine prostitutes who remained there even after the reign of his father Asa.


THE AUTHORIZED KING JAMES VERSION

2 Kings 23:7 And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.

THE NIV

2 Kings 23:7 He also tore down the quarters of the male shrine prostitutes, which were in the temple of the LORD and where women did weaving for Asherah.


Why is this important? Some considerations...

  • Ever heard of "Sodomy Laws"? It was illegal in the U.S. to be a sodomite (now people call them homosexuals); hence SODOMY laws. In a generation or two, people, including Christians who read the NIV, will not know where the word "sodomite" came from (they won't even know the word "sodomite").
  • This NIV change from "sodomite" to "male shrine prostitute" deletes the sodomite as a sinner. The term "shrine prostitute" is also used in regard to women so it simply makes the offense prostitution; sodomy is no longer mentioned in these passages. Because "sodomite" is not mentioned, the sodomite who only has an NIV to depend on may have no idea he is doing wrong (conscience can speak to us). According to his unauthorized version of the Bible, he is not doing anything wrong, but the Authorized Version of the Bible makes plain that the effeminate and the abusers of themselves with mankind will not inherit the kingdom of heaven.
  • See, The Authorized Version of the Holy Bible: the Precepts of a Mighty nation
  • See, Hades is Mythological (But Hell is Real)

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Links:
(these may be broken at this point)

  • http://wayoflife.org/~dcloud/fbns/twohomosexuals.htm"
  • http://www.llano.net/baptist/lesbianandniv.htm
  • "http://wayoflife.org/~dcloud/fbns/virginiamollenkott.htm"




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