10 Reasons Why the New NIV is Bad for Women

Posted By on September 20, 2011

From Mary Kassian:

The new gender-inclusive NIV was published earlier this year. It contains thousands of changes to the Bible’s male-gendered language. Having a gender-inclusive Bible appears to be the latest trend amongst cutting-edge, cappuccino-slurping Christian hipsters. Don’t get me wrong. I like to be hip. And I enjoy cappuccino as much as the next person. But my biggest beef with gender-inclusive Bibles is that they lack doctrinal precision. If you mess with the words, you mess with the meaning. Respected Bible scholars have explained why inclusive translations such as the New International Version (NIV), New Revised Standard (NRSV), and Common English Bible (CEB) are deeply flawed. If you haven’t yet considered their arguments, you might want to check out these Gender Neutral Bible Articles.

Notwithstanding the doctrinal imprecision and blatant politically-correct translating agenda, there are additional reasons why I dislike gender inclusive Bibles. Undoubtedly the publishers had good intentions, and genuinely wanted to help women, but in my mind, a gender-inclusive Bible is BAD for women. Really, really bad for women! I react to people reading from the new, gender-inclusive NIV the way I react to nails scratching down a chalk board.

Click HERE to read Mary’s ten reasons that altering God’s Word destroys the beauty and the Holy Spirit-inspired meaning for men and women.

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About The Author

Jennie is the wife of Matthew and mother of ten children, all of whom keep the household bubbling with life, learning, and levity. Jennie co-founded LAF in 2002 with Lydia Sherman and has been delighted to hear from women all over the world who enjoy their femininity and love to cultivate womanly virtues.

Comments

5 Responses to “10 Reasons Why the New NIV is Bad for Women”

  1. themomma says:

    Seriously?! I had no idea this was happening. Will all future NIVs be altered or just ones that are specified as gender inclusive?

  2. There’s a more detailed article at http://www.cbmw.org/Journal/Vol-16-No-1/The-Translation-of-Gender-Terminology-in-the-NIV-2011 that shows the history of “gender neutral” language and the NIV. It’s across the board–not limited to a woman’s study Bible.

  3. Wow. I am disappointed, but I guess not very surprised. I especially liked the “poor little girl, boo-hoo” part – how true that is of women today! All that should matter is that God was the same yesterday as He is today, and will be the same tomorrow. How dare we change His words to us! Truth is truth, and when reading His word, truth should be more important to us women than any “ruffled feathers” feelings we may be tempted to have from being steeped for so many years in our feminist society. Anyway…we were about to buy our oldest daughter a new Bible for her birthday in November, and I really glad I read this before we chose one!

  4. SusanneT says:

    The problem with ‘gender neutral’ language is that by using it we lose the unique feminine perspective the original text was intended to convey and even worse we imply that it was, or is, in some way inferior.

    As so often in pursuit of equality feminists in fact belittle women.

  5. GrowingGirl says:

    The saddest part is that this was probably the idea of some hip Christians who were just trying to get on the good side of the feminist groups. How sad! They even require God to fit their expectations of how they think they deserve to be treated now. What are they going to do if they marry men who haven’t read their version of the Bible and they expects them to be submissive wives? So sad! So many young people are so hopelessly lost, and this doesn’t exactly promise a better future.

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