9:02 AM - Eugene Peterson's Desecration of God's Word
Paraphrased Bibles like the Living Bible can be useful but they are just that, somebody's paraphrase of the text. Though Eugene Peterson's The Message is classified as a paraphrase I would not do so. It makes no attempt to cling to the original thought of the text. It is no less than a perversion of God's Word to make it say what the paraphraser wants it to say. And the number of Christian leaders and ministries that endorse this perversion is astounding. Do the research and see for yourself. Here is one such article that makes this point.
“I grew up believing that every word in the Bible was true…you don’t mess with it. But when I thought about it I read that God kept tears in a bottle… God is a Rock? Come on!...I picked a Psalm and translated it in a way that I thought would fit them.”
He still hasn’t found what he’s looking for
Bono meets Eugene Peterson
It’s entirely possible to look at something so long that you can’t really see it anymore. For years I have been calling people back to simple faith in the inerrancy of God’s Word. I’ve been patronized, mocked and more times than not, simply ignored.
I completed my doctorate at Fuller Seminary at the height of the Church Growth movement. I was exposed to all the marketing influence, the obsession with numerical growth of churches—and it was there that I was first introduced to the term “Progressive Christian.”
We were required to read the book Marketing the Church by George Barna. Some notables at Fuller at the time were C. Peter Wagner, Bob Logan, Carl George, and Eddie Gibbs. The message that permeated the core of the Doctor of Ministry Degree program was that the Church needed to be run as a business, and that the message needed to be contextualized against the backdrop of the culture.
Today Fuller Seminary rolled out its inaugural video of a new media site FULLER studio. It is a 20-minute piece featuring Eugene Peterson, author of The Message Bible which sold 17,000,000 copies and the rock star Bono. They are discussing their joint affinity for the Psalms. Accompanying the video is the above picture of Bono with the Petersons at their home in Montana. Bono is lifting his index finger. Many believers would say, “Oh, I didn’t know Bono was a Christian.”