Read ‘em and Weep: More on “Insider Movements” and Bible Translation
129 Your statutes are wonderful;
therefore I obey them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.
131 I open my mouth and pant,
longing for your commands.
132 Turn to me and have mercy on me,
as you always do to those who love your name.
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;
let no sin rule over me.
134 Redeem me from the oppression of men,
that I may obey your precepts.
135 Make your face shine upon your servant
and teach me your decrees.
136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes,
for your law is not obeyed.
When I watch this video and think of reading such translations as though being circulated with “Father,” “Son of God,” and other vital revelations of the character of God, I feel something akin to what the psalmist feels in v. 136. I could weep over this tampering with God’s word and the harm such distortions do to the people of God and the glory of Christ Jesus our Lord. This 5 minute video with Muslim background believers contending with “insider” movements tells the story poignantly.
The word of God should alter people; people should never alter the word of God–especially those people who claim to love the God of the word.
For those who might be interested, here is a link to a petition to Wycliffe, Frontiers, and SIL along with some fact sheets. If you’re not the petition signing type, I hope you’re the petition making type. I hope you’ll petition the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit for the preservation of His word so that those who need the word of life will have it and those who sacrificed their lives for it will be honored.