Upon further study of the KJV-NIV comparison, I have found a strong link with homosexuality and the New International Version. The NIV translation allows for the false view that homosexuality as a natural condition is not condemned in the Bible, and that the Bible only condemns the misuse of homosexuality. This becomes obvious in several verses of scripture in the NIV, which I will discuss later.
The NIV is very weak on homosexuality because of the influence of homosexuals. The parallels between the translation of NIV passages dealing with homosexuality and the views of modern homosexual "Christians" are too striking to be incidental. Most people don't realize that there were at least two homosexuals involved with the production of the NIV, Dr. Virginia Mollenkott and Dr. Matren Woudstra. To no surprise then, the words "sodomy" and "sodomite" are completely removed from the NIV, which changes the language and introduces new ideas. First, let me explain a little about these two individuals.
Dr. Virginia Mollenkott -
In the 1970s, Virginia Mollenkott was a consultant for the New International Version translating committee. She worked on the NIV during the entire time it was being translated and reviewed. She is a pro-abortion feminist who denies the very God of the Bible and worships an idolatrous female god of her own imagination. She is an active homosexual and has openly testified that "My lesbianism has always been a part of me".
In 1978 she co-authored the book "Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?" where she called for nondiscrimination toward homosexuality. The book argues that the Sodom account in Genesis does not teach the evil of homosexuality, but the evils of violent gang rape and inhospitality to strangers. The book also claims that the idea of a life long homosexual condition is never mentioned in the Bible, and that Romans 1 does not fit the case of a sincere homosexual Christian (which happens to be the exact position taken by Dr. Matren Woudstra). She feels the key thought here is lust, unnaturalness, and the desire to avoid the acknowledgement of God, and does not fit the case of a sincere homosexual Christian.
In the early 1980s, Mollenkott was a member of the National Council of Churches' committee that produced an inclusive-language lectionary which addressed God in feminine terms. She claims that there is evidence that Jesus Christ was really a woman. She cited the research of biologist Edward Kessel, who argued that Jesus was born in parthenogenesis, and that parthenogenetic births are always female. Therefore, he would refer to Jesus as 'she' up until the last minute of sex reversal, in which case Jesus remains chromosomally female throughout life, but looks and functions like a normal male.
In 1993, Mollenkott published a book entitled "Sensuous Spirituality: Out from Fundamentalism", in which she reflected on her rejection of fundamentalism, her lesbian 'coming out', and her belief in a female God. She claims that providing mutual sexual pleasure, whether it be homosexual, bisexual, or whatever, is one of the most important things in life.
Dr. Matren Woudstra -
Matren Woudstra, who was the chairman of the NIV's Old Testament Translation Committee, was a homosexual. He had a direct role in the translation and his views were precisely aligned with the views promoted by Mollenkott and other "Christian" homosexuals today. 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 this one.
Dr. Woudstra, who died in the early 1990s, was a long-time friend of Evangelicals Concerned Inc. This organization was founded in 1976 by New York psychologist, Dr. Ralph Blair, as a nation-wide task force and fellowship for gay and lesbian 'evangelical Christians' and their friends. 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 area of technical expertise) that corresponded to 'homosexual orientation'. The 'sodomy' of the OT simply involved temple rites and gang rape (similar to the views of Virginia Mollenkott).
The connection between the NIVís rendering of passages touching on homosexuality and the views of modern "Christian" homosexuals is no accident. It is apparent that there must have been other members of the NIV committee who were like-minded with these modern "evangelical" sodomites. Michael Penfold's research has confirmed this, but the names of other NIV translators who were sympathetic with homosexual Christianity will possibly not be brought to light until the judgment seat of Christ.
Sodomy and the Bible -
The words sodomy and sodomite can only be found in the Authorized King James Version. Although they are directly connected with the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah, the sodomites were not inhabitants of Sodom, nor their descendants, but people consecrated to the unnatural acts of Sodom. The term "sodomite" was brought over from the Geneva Bible, because the translators understood the sin described in these passages is connected with the moral perversion of old Sodom. Many older Bible dictionaries connect sodomy with homosexuality in general, not just particular homosexual acts. The NIV creates the confusion that the practice of sodomy in the Old Testament and the sin of Sodom itself was limited to male prostitution.
Below is a chart that lists various places in the Bible that reference the sodomy and sodomite issue. This chart compares the King James Version to the New International Version. For the sake of time and space we will only be dealing with the NIV in this chart. However, what you read here, for the most part, applies to some of the other translations as well. There are many more places in the Bible that reference this topic, so this chart is by no means complete.
|Verse||King James Version||New International Version|
|Gen. 19:5||And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.||They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them."|
|Lev. 20:13||If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.||If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.|
|Deut. 23:17||There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.||No Israelite man or woman is to become a shrine prostitute.|
|Judg. 19:22||Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him.||While they were enjoying themselves, some of the wicked men of the city surrounded the house. Pounding on the door, they shouted to the old man who owned the house, "Bring out the man who came to your house so we can have sex with him."|
|I 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.||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.|
|II 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.||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.|
|Rom. 1:26-27||For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.||Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.|
|1 Cor. 6:9||Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,||Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders|
|Jude 1:7||Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.||In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.|
I would like to say that I have a very hard time using the words "homosexual" and "Christian" together. The term "homosexual Christian" is a contradiction of terms. I don't think that anyone could be both of these at the same time. If you are a Christian, then you believe every word in the Holy Bible, including Romans chapter 1.