June 8 2011 by Baptist Press

    INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana pastor has submitted a proposed resolution to the Resolutions Committee expressing concern over the 2011 New International Version (NIV) Bible and its usage of gender neutral language.

    That doesn’t mean it will make it to the floor of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting. According to SBC Bylaw 20, only resolutions recommended by the committee may be considered by messengers.

    The proposed resolution by pastor Tim Overton of Halteman Village Baptist Church in Muncie, Ind., says the newest NIV “alters the meaning of hundreds of verses, most significantly by erasing gender-specific details which appear in the original language.” The resolution, dated May 25, further asserts that “seventy-five percent of the inaccurate gender language found in the TNIV is retained in the 2011 NIV.” The TNIV was a 2005 translation criticized by many evangelical leaders for its gender neutral language.

    Overton gave a copy of his proposed resolution to Baptist Press after submitting it to the committee.

    The proposed resolution would have messengers “respectfully request” that LifeWay Christian Stores not carry the Bible. It also would have messengers go on record as stating “we cannot commend the 2011 NIV to Southern Baptists or the larger Christian community.”

    Neither the subject nor the language of any submitted resolution has standing until the Resolutions Committee presents its report at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting on Wednesday, June 15. The Resolutions Committee could accept the resolution, modify it or decline it.
    6/8/2011 9:50:00 AM by Baptist Press | with 0 comments




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