Bringing the true Word to the Muslim people

English: English-Chinese Bible: New Revised St...Christians who witness to people all over the world want to bring the Truth of God’s Word to those who do not know Him.  We know that Christians are being persecuted in the Middle East, and we know–but perhaps don’t fully understand–the true cost of following Christ and leaving other religions such as Islam.

As things heat up in the Middle East, there is another controversy brewing here at home.

As we’ve reported these past few weeks, a petition to protest and draw attention to the Bible translators Wycliffe has highlighted the challenges Western missionaries face. The petition was brought forth by Biblical Missiology because Wycliffe and its partners allegedly are removing familial terms to describe God and Jesus from their translation of the Bible in order to appease Muslim communities. Examples pointed out by them include replacing “Son of God” with “Messiah of God” and “God the Father” with words like “guardian.”

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“Western missions agencies Wycliffe, Frontiers and SIL are producing Bibles that remove Father, Son and Son of God because these terms are offensive to Muslims,” reads Bible Missiology’s online petition. it is a charge Wycliffe this week vehemently denies.

Russ Hersman, senior vice president of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, told The Christian Post that many of the works that critics like the organization Bible Missiology have pointed to  have either done no such thing or have already been pulled from circulation, and that any problematic texts are no longer being distributed. But thanks to the Internet, missionaries from places like Pakistan and Iran are weighing in to say that those problematic texts are still very much in circulation.

Joining us on our show today is someone from Biblical Missiology, Elijah Abraham. Elijah is a former Muslim and now a born again Christian, and is here to respond to the denial by Wycliffe. Biblical Missiology’s petition is online at Lost In Translation: Sign the Petition.  Check out Elijah’s news articles at Right On Weekly, an online magazine.

Need more information on the latest developments?

Wycliffe, SIL and the 340-Million Problem

Lost In Translation FAQs

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4 Responses to Bringing the true Word to the Muslim people

  1. Mary says:

    Mr. Abraham is hitting the nail on the head about the bible issue. This is the natural outcome of contextualization. Christians often do not look down the road at the natural outcome of their aberrant teachings; but each best seller in the Christian world builds on the previous bad doctrine and gets progressively more unbiblical. In the same way, these fad movements like contextualization can only get more and more dangerous, not less and less. They never go away in this internet driven world and the spiritual powers of darkness are just waiting for a chance to deceive and lead astray. The church has left it's armor by the side of the road.


  2. Mr Davis says:

    The importance of proclaiming the Godhead.

    1 John 5

    1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

    3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

    5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

    6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness , because the Spirit is truth.

    7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

    8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. (The Christ)

    9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. 10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

    11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

    13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.


  3. Mr Davis says:

    Mr Abrahams comments on the repentant heart is key in all of this.

    If we saw our selves properly we would not consider doing half of what we do, Let alone change God's word.

    Ezekiel 36:31 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. 32 Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways,


  4. Amy Spreeman says:

    Fixed! The comments section is back!


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