Eugene Peterson profanes God’s Name in The Message Bible?? (Micah 3:5)

Yeah, I know.

It doesn’t make any difference to many of us. We’ll talk about how it’s not a Bible, and maybe claim it’s a paraphrase,* as if that makes everything okay. Or we’ll reject calls for investigation and cast every criticism of The Message as judgmental. People find all kinds of reasons to defend use of this unholy book.

Nevertheless, please read The Message’s blasphemous rendition of Micah 3:5:

Here is God’s Message to the prophets,
    the preachers who lie to my people:
“For as long as they’re well paid and well fed,
    the prophets preach, ‘Isn’t life wonderful! Peace to all!’
But if you don’t pay up and jump on their bandwagon,
    their ‘God bless you’ turns into ‘G- – d- – – you.’ (bold emphasis mine)

[Reader, the entire full-letter profanity is in The Message “bible.”] 

As is so often the case with The Message, (earthly middleman) Eugene Peterson has savaged God’s Word. Genuine translations of Micah 3:5 are far different.

Here is Micah 3:5 in the NASB:

Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who lead my people astray;
When they have something to bite with their teeth,
They cry, “Peace,”
But against him who puts nothing in their mouths
They declare holy war.

And here is the KJV translation of Micah 3:5:

Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.

The Lord makes clear we are to revere His name:

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Exodus 20:7, KJV)

As David Guzik notes in his excellent commentary:

a. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain: We can break [this] commandment through profanity (using the name of God in blasphemy and cursing), frivolity (using the name of God in a superficial, stupid way), and hypocrisy(claiming the name of God but acting in a way that disgraces Him). [1]

i. Jesus communicated the idea of this command in the disciple’s prayer, when He taught us to have a regard for the holiness of God’s name (Hallowed be Your nameMatthew 6:9). [2]

Don’t allow celebrity Christians or any other person to mislead you about Eugene Peterson, author of The Message “Bible.”

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)

Test the spirits. The Message is not of God.

Source Notes:


2. Ibid.

*The Message is not a paraphrase because Eugene Peterson added, subtracted, and altered.

Spiritual Truth About Alcoholics Anonymous

Two things have damaged, and continue to damage, the visible church–contemplative prayer and Alcoholics Anonymous.

When a person is sick with an illness, that illness is treated. Okay, sure. But what about the visible church when it is spiritually sick? When it comes to the illness of contemplative prayer and Alcoholics Anonymous, biblical treatment is rejected. These spiritual plagues continue to spread, aided and abetted by many a Christian.

So, according to the Bible, what’s wrong with A.A.? Click here to read.

How many Calvinists does it take to change a light bulb?

Q. How many Calvinists does it take to change a light bulb?

A. None. Only God can change a light bulb. Since he has ordained the darkness and preordained when the lights will come on, stay seated and trust him.

Q. How many Arminians does it take to change a light bulb?

A. Only one. But first the bulb must want to be changed.

The above can be found in Randy Alcorn’s book, hand in Hand: The Beauty of God’s Sovereignty and Meaningful Human Choice. (capitalization in original) Brief foray into humor aside, Alcorn does his best to accurately present both Calvinist and Arminian positions through examination of the Scriptures.

My pastor, who loaned me the book, and who read it some time ago, calls it a fair presentation of both positions, with Alcorn favoring Calvinism. Our church has benefited from a number of Alcorn’s books over the years, and it is only now, because of this particular book, that I know the author is in fact a Calvinist.

I am not Arminian and I am not Calvinist. I am a biblical Christian and I will write my review of this book when my wife and I have finished it.

And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:2)











Fraternity Over Orthodoxy

According to Don and Joy Veinot of Midwest Christian Outreach:

After I spoke at a church this past weekend, I was asked, “How is it that so many celebrity preachers, celebrity Christian authors, and celebrity pastors take the stage with known (and popular) false teachers?” There are, of course, many possible reasons. It could be they seek to maintain or add to their own personal popularity. It may boost their ego to speak to large crowds of 25-50,000, or it may boost their personal wealth when they can sell books well into the seven-digit range.

Another reason is most likely because of personal friendship between pastor and celebrity. (continue reading article)

Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Heretics

“The heretics were never dishonest men; they were mistaken men. They should not be thought of as men who were deliberately setting out to go wrong and to teach something that is wrong; they have been some of the most sincere men that the Church has ever known. What was the matter with them? Their trouble was this: they evolved a theory and they were rather pleased with it; then they went back with this theory to the Bible, and they seemed to find it everywhere.”
― David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount

Why do certain people cross your path?–J. Vernon McGee

“Have you ever stopped to think in your own personal life why God permits certain people to cross your path? Do you wish that you had never met certain people? Are there people whom you would call your enemies? Someone may have caused you sorrow, but it is all for His purpose. God has permitted all that for a particular purpose. Learn to recognize the hand of God in your life.”
― J. Vernon McGee, Jeremiah and Lamentations