The language war is corrupting the Church

Aug 5, 2022 by

By Hedieh Mirahmadi, Christian Post:

[…]  With all this weaponizing of words involving gender, sexuality, and race, it is not surprising that the Church is also struggling with its place in this language war. For instance, removing male pronouns from certain verses of the Bible allows the Church to avoid the controversy surrounding the discussion of traditional gender roles.

The Greek word translated as “act like men” is andrizomai, which is used just this one time in the New Testament but was used 25 times in the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament). It is an imperative, a word of command. Today’s society wants to portray this trait as unfavorable and claims that men who are strong and courageous exude a form of toxic masculinity that is a detriment to society. Homosexuality is normalized, and a man who indeed acts like a man is now abnormal — an oppressor. However, when the English translation of this verse is changed to “be courageous,” our Bible teachers and pastors bypass the whole discussion of gender and focus on the quality of courage. Ultimately this is a detriment to the body of Christ that should learn and discuss God’s plan and purpose for each of the genders.

Another illustration of how linguistic manipulation is seeping into the Church is the recent update to the translation of “arsenokoitai” in 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10. Some bibles have changed the translation to read “men who engage in illicit sex” rather than “sodomites.” Gay rights activists claim these verses prohibited temple prostitution and forced sex, not committed homosexual partnerships. The general editor for the 2021 edition of the NRSV bible claims the term “sodomites” was seriously misleading. Sadly, many others have adopted such views, which is why we see such destructive trends worsening.

God created human beings, male or female (Genesis 1:27; 5:2; Matthew 19:4; Mark 10:6). A godly marriage is only possible between a biological man and a biological woman. Sexual acts between men and men or women and women are condemned by the holy Word of God (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9). These are core, absolute teachings of the Church for centuries, but the language war has opened them up for debate. Theologians, activists, and progressive pastors are changing the meaning of words in the Bible to fit the culture. Furthermore, the failure to articulate traditional Biblical gender roles may be one of the root causes of why some churches now accept same-sex marriages, as well as transgender or homosexual pastors.

All faithful Christians must recognize the times we live in and fully ground ourselves in the authentic biblical truth of God. The Apostle Paul warned us that many would follow a false Gospel and believe in a “doctrine of demons.” Changing the message of the Bible to suit the culture will only lead to the inevitable, soul-destroying contamination. We know that whenever Jesus spoke of faithful believers being in the world, the world will be a place of hostility and persecution, not a zone of comfort. It sounds like we are right on track.

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