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Lutheran Theology Commission Warns Against Use of NIV2011

August 31st, 2012
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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Commission on Theology and Church Relation’s executive staff has issued an important warning against the new version of the New International Version (referred to as NIV2011). I’ve included the full statement for you to read, but please note these key words in the document:

The use of inclusive language in NIV 2011 creates the potential for minimizing the particularity of biblical revelation and, more seriously, at times undermines the saving revelation of Christ as the promised Savior of humankind. Pastors and congregations of the LCMS should be aware of this serious weakness. In our judgment this makes it inappropriate for NIV 2011 to be used as a lectionary Bible or as a Bible to be generally recommended to the laity of our church.

At the time Lutheran Service Book was adopted a number of years ago, the NIV was rejected for continuing use in the hymnal after careful evaluation by the Synod’s CTCR, the Synod’s two seminaries and by the Commission on Worship. The reason it was rejected was because of the already significant weaknesses in the NIV, but now along comes NIV2011, which is completely replacing the older form of NIV. It introduces even far worse problems. I strongly encourage  you to share this statement wide and use it to warn people against continuing use of the New International Version translation.

Here is the statement, which you may download. It is a PDF file.

CTCR on NIV 2011


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  1. September 5th, 2012 at 01:08 | #1

    Thanks for this. Our LCMS body has completely moved to the ESV for our lectionary readings, and I’m thankful the Synod is making a stand on this without caving to political correctness.

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