This is yet another reason I will hold to the King James Version. Eugene Peterson, who created the “Message Bible” (a paraphrase touted as God’s word that really adds to it and takes away from it), is now openly defending gay marriage. Peterson claims he has gotten to know many gays and lesbians over the years and now sees their spiritual life is just as vibrant as his own.
However, even in making that statement, Peterson has implied or openly admitted he does not really having a genuine, vibrant Christian life based on what scripture says. If he did, he would not defend fornicators (1 Corinthians 5:11; 6:9-10). Additionally, if he really knew or cared about the scriptures, he would know that it is unwise (and therefore ungodly) to compare ourselves and others based on self-commendation (2 Corinthians 10:11-12).
Based on how he ran his Presbyterian Church, Peterson always accepted homosexuality although he now falsely claims he has done a paradigm shift on the subject. According to ChristianNews.net, ‘He explained that he never made “a big deal” about homosexuality in his congregation, and that he was pleased at how his members never questioned the allowance of an openly homosexual man to serve as music director.’ Promoting gay marriage was just the next logical step.
Since Peterson’s fake Bible is popular among televangelists and megachurch pastors, this story will largely be ignored and his fake Bible will continue to be widely used among that group as the dumbing down of the church continues. Peterson is following in the footsteps of other paraphrasers such as Drs. Marten Woudstra and Virginia Mollenkott, homosexuals who worked on the New International Version to make it pro-gay, and their spiritual godfathers Westcott and Hort, who held to the Hermetical traditions which included not only promotion of homosexuality but an active campaign to rid the church of Bibles based on the Textus Receptus like the KJV. And today’s church has welcomed such efforts with open arms–to their own spiritual detriment.