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I'm Offended By Non-Offensivism

posted Mar 1, 2012, 9:40 PM by hbchurch org   [ updated Mar 1, 2012, 9:40 PM ]

Satan has now weaseled his way into the arena of the “let’s don’t offend anybody” movement as evidenced by the following quote:

A controversy is brewing over three reputable Christian organizations, which are based in North America, whose efforts have ousted the words "Father" and "Son" from new Bibles. Wycliffe Bible Translators, Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) and Frontiers are under fire for "producing Bibles that remove "Father," "Son" and "Son of God" because these terms are offensive to Muslims."

Here are a few of their “non-offensive” alternatives:

Allah for Father

Guardian for Father

Representative for Son

Proxy for Son

The proponents of this nonsense deny they are doing any harm to the sacred text. I disagree; I am offended by their obvious willingness to play politics with God’s Word.

The tranlators who are caving in to modernism’s assault on truth need to spend some more time studying the text instead of just translating words. If they did, they might learn something about Jesus’ attitude toward “offensive” terms.

A casual reading of the Gospels gives us a clear picture of our Lord’s insistence on using precise terminology. Here are two examples:

Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God. John 5:18

...And the high priest said to Him, "I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Christ, the Son of God." Jesus said to him, "You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven." Then the high priest tore his robes, saying, "He has blasphemed! What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy; what do you think? "They answered and said," He is deserving of death!"

Mattthew 26:63-66

Jesus was not the least bit afraid of using “offensive” terms to confirm His identity. It was imperative that people knew that He was God. His resolve to stand by His words led to His agonizing death at the hands of the “offended”. Surely we can see that anything less than strict adherence to the terms chosen by the Holy Spirit in describing deity is pure cowardliness. Better that we fear God than “offended” men.