As I read the headline I almost started to shout then I read the rest of the story. The headline said,”Texas Megachurch Quits Using NIV Over Accuracy Concerns”. I thought to myself, “It’s about time!”–anyone should be able to see that it isn’t accurate! But, now for the rest of the story. Here’s the article:
Pastor Gregg Matte of Houston’s First Baptist Church recently made the announcement, deciding that the church would use the Holman Christian Standard Bible instead.
“Upon review of the changes made to the NIV, Pastor Gregg believes that it is no longer as accurate in terms of reflecting the meaning of the original biblical texts,” reads the church’s website.
“Members and guests are welcome to use any translation of their choice – during the worship services, in Life Bible Studies, or for personal study of God’s Word.”
I guess he then would have to admit that for all the time he has been preaching from the NIV that he hasn’t been preaching the Word of God! I doubt we will ever hear that apology from him–but it is certainly in order. Sadly, instead of turning to the KJV he turned to another modern version. He was almost right, but altogether wrong!