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That’s scary: Passion Translation plans Oct. 31 release for full New Testament

Passion Translation full New TestamentBroadSteet Publishing has announced an Oct. 31 release date — Halloween Day — for the controversial Passion Translation’s complete New Testament.

This popular New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) “translation” of the Bible is produced by the NAR apostle Brian Simmons. Simmons claims that Christ visited him personally and commissioned him to produce this new translation, where he has taken Bible verses and changed them to make them appear like they support NAR teachings. It’s endorsed by leading NAR apostles and prophets, including Bill Johnson, Che Ahn, and Lou Engle.

Up to now, Simmons has released the Passion Translation in installments, starting with Song of Songs in 2011. The Oct. 31 release will include the full New Testament plus Psalms, Proverbs, and Song of Songs.

In preparation for the release, the publisher has announced plans to expand the secretive editorial team of “respected scholars” who are allegedly behind this translation project. I refer to the team as “secretive” because Simmons–who describes himself as the lead translator–claims that a team of respected scholars and editors evaluate his work. But, to date, he has not publicly identified any of those supposed scholars. And the publisher’s latest announcement, about expanding the team, also does not identify any of the scholars. See this statement from the Passion Translation’s FAQ page:

In preparation for the release of the full New Testament October 31, 2017, BroadStreet Publishing is forming an even more extensive and diverse team to review and provide critical feedback to ensure The Passion Translation is faithful to the original text and heart of God.

It’d be almost kind of funny — if it weren’t such a serious matter — that the publisher claims to be adding more phantom scholars to the team. Do they think this translation actually gains credibility by beefing up the ghost squad? And why won’t Simmons reveal who is editing his work? Could it be that these individuals don’t have any more qualifications to make a new translation of the Bible than Simmons does? Read about his lack of qualifications and other serious problems with the Passion Translation in a series of posts I wrote.

In contrast to the Passion Translation, other true Bible translations–such as the New King James Version, the English Standard Version, and the New International Version–are produced by a team of scholars (not a single lead translator). And the names of those scholars are identified publicly–not shrouded in secrecy.

Having a shadowy team of figures behind this disturbing translation makes it that much scarier for anyone who might be considering lending it the same credibility as reputable translations of the Scriptures.


Holly Pivec is the co-author of A New Apostolic Reformation?: A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement and God’s Super-Apostles: Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement. She has a master’s degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University.

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14 Responses to “That’s scary: Passion Translation plans Oct. 31 release for full New Testament”

  1. Chris Says:

    Interesting that the publisher’s name is “BroadStreet” — kind of like the broad path that leads to destruction. :-/

  2. Loura Says:

    Holly, this disturbs me very much. Having come out of that tradition which so affected my young adult life, there is no telling what might be in this book. Scary stuff, indeed.

  3. Bill (cycleguy) Says:

    I cannot even begin to tell you how much this gives me the “willeys” and curls my stomach. It also makes me very sad and heartbroken for the millions of blind sheep who will fall into this wolf’s trap and plunge headlong down a steep cliff of error.

  4. Loes Tam Says:

    Dear Holly,

    I so appreciate your exposure of the Passion Translation. However, being Dutch, to me 31 October is not Halloween Day but Reformation Day. I believe this date is chosen for that reason, which in a way is even more serious.

    Loes Tam

  5. Eric Says:

    October 31 is Reformation Day – 500th Anniversary of the 95 theses posting.  Christians don’t celebrate Samhain.  All Hallows Day is November 1.

  6. Eric Says:

    What is problem?

  7. ScottyMac Says:

    I agree with the above comments, too. But what really sends up that “Red Flag” to me is the statement made by Mr. Simmons, re: “…claims that Christ visited him personally and commissioned him to produce this new translation…”. Sorry, but I don’t buy it! We have plenty of good Bible translations, and we certainly don’t need one that underwrites the NAR agenda. Talk about a wolf in sheep’s clothing: Buyer Beware! Pray for God’s discernment here!

  8. Sean Christie Says:

    Holly,  I love all ya do exposing NAR…. but Please……. do not stick up for the NIV.  It’s the most corrupt bible out there with Sooooo many words and verses completely eliminated that totally change the meaning.
     http://av1611.com/kjbp/charts/themagicmarker.html   Page 1
    http://av1611.com/kjbp/charts/themagicmarker2.html  Page 2
    This table compares various verses in the KJV, NIV, NASB, and NWT.
    Bible Versions and the Preeminence of Christ being changed

  9. Elin Says:

    Interesting that they chose Halloween as a release date

  10. Mitchell Says:

    For those interested the claims youtube video starts at 13:36 🙂

  11. Roger Monk Says:

    The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society’s New World Translation (as used by Jehovah’s witnesses) was similarly produced by an anonymous committee.  They said they wanted to remain anonymous so as not to get any personal credit for their work (of course, unlike Moses, Isaiah, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, etc.)!  
    Here are a couple of articles about the NWT posted on line: https://mmoutreach.org/nwt-reliable.html  & http://reachouttrust.org/new-world-mistranslations/.  

  12. Jaeson1992 Says:

    To me the NAR is like a bunch of un-obvious Mormons and JWS.   Although to be honest, those traditions make far more sense than half the claims of the NAR.   The sad part is so many people are biblically illiterate.  I left when I finally felt incredibly uncomfortable- all services were about giving money for a building the congregation could not afford (that is unbiblical anyways!), the prophecies were always wrong, the followers like blind sheep, the word was not preached at all, and they always talked about some fanciful revival that clearly was not happening.  I became stunted in growth as a Christian, and many of the people in the movement were off the deep end with sin problems.  I always remember questioning if the things i saw were the holy spirit or another spirit.  The fruit of the spirit is self-control.  Wailing and failing and head shaking like a creature is attacking you doesn’t go together.  Whenever weird stuff was happening the more bad theology, lack of teaching, and numerous false prophecies were given to people.  The last straw was some odd couple went to lay hands on me and I felt something very creepy on them.  I asked them to not lay hands on me and they kept trying like some crazed creatures.  I had to push them away!!!  That isn’t God- plain and simple- the Bible even tells us to not hastily lay hands on one another, and there was something “on” them, but it wasn’t God.  It was something very dark.   

    This new Bible translation is just another tool they use to suck people into their false teachings and false Christ, and the false spirit behind it.  They close their real bibles in exchange for this garbage and then they never hear any truth at all- just new “fresh” ‘ revelation’ from their dearest false apostles….

    Barf!  So sad that so many young people are into this- but you can see how it appeals to the flesh in making them feel like special snowflakes for their god.  Which ultimately isn’t about making men repent before Christ and live right, but making them feel like superheroes and that they are sinless.

  13. Bob Wilson Says:

    This was posted by Danny Steyne who I personally know and reference in my primer, NARcissism. People I know are on the bus. BS claims that the entire Western church has only reached the 2nd level of exegesis and occasionally the 3rd level but has outright rejected the 4th level, the highest level of inspiration. Of course, TPT was written at that level. TPT reveals the hidden secrets of God. NeoGnosticism? Joseph Smith’s golden plates? Take a listen: https://www.facebook.com/dannysteyneprivate/v

  14. Holly Says:

    Bob, I’d like to listen, but the link is not working. Do you have another link?

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