Thoughts of...Offensive Words
God’s perfect creation was corrupted by a subtle deception. To make reconciliation possible (Is 59:1-2), Jesus Christ entered into the world (Phil 2:5-11). He came with a sword, not with peace (Matt 10:34-39), to call out a people unto Himself. To accomplish the heart surgery required (Eph 4:17-19), He used words that are sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb 4:12).
Jesus Christ did not mince words, He did not stutter looking for politically correct wording. He did not leave room for misinterpretation. He spoke the plain truth plainly and directly. And the world hates Him and all those who choose to hear His words and follow Him (John 1:9-11, Matt 5:10-12, John 15:18-20, John 17:6-21).
The world, which is:
dissolute of morals (John 3:16-19, Is 13:11) and
destitute of life and liberty (John 8:32, John 14:6),
has for the last two thousand years
Christians for the words of Jesus.
Yet, in spite of the relentless opposition, His words remain because they are:
rooted in His heart (2 Sam 7:21) and
instituted in heaven (Ps 119:89).
The words of Jesus Christ are words of life:
imputed to those who believe and
disputed by those who don’t.
Just as His words remain, the opposition to them remains. However, in an effort to “get the Word out” in these last days, something very unfortunate has happened. To make The Word more palatable to the world, some newer Bible translations are compromising the plain, direct, offensive words of Jesus Christ.
For example, according to Paul Proctor, author of “News with Views,” the word “repent” appears only twice in the New Testament of Eugene Peterson’s “The Message,” both times in The Revelation of Jesus Christ. “Repentance” appears only one time, in the Gospel of Matthew, and “repenting” only once, in the Gospel of Luke. In “The New Life Translation” and “The Contemporary English” New Testaments, “repent” does not appear at all.
What has happened in these translations,
reputed to be better, more readable, and more relevant, is very subtle. The high-impact and offensive words of Jesus Christ are
substituted by softer words and the original meaning has been
We must be very careful to not let our high calling of going and teaching all nations to obey the words of Jesus Christ (Matt 28:19-20) be:
or fall into disrepute
by watered-down words.
When it comes to the words of Jesus,