I have, just this instant, come across an example of how the NIV is being corrupted deliberately, for politically correct reasons, in order to deceive. It nearly caught me out, as I was doing a bible study.
I was asked to do something on St. Paul and leadership of women (why me?!). So I looked up 1 Corinthians 11:34 in the bible gateway.
34 Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.
OK, that’s fair enough. But then I noticed something relevant to my bible study of the place of women in a congregation:
26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.
And that clarifies the subject, and is relevant to my subject: that “sisters” are taking part in the service, speaking and giving instruction, revelation, etc.
At this point a warning bell went off, and I went to consult my old printed NIV. And I find … that “and sisters” is a modern interpolation! It isn’t there in the Greek, which simply reads “adelphoi”, and which would never be translated any other way but “brothers” except through special pleading. Verse 26, on this highly controversial subject, does NOT contain a relevant statement. Yet I could have taught on this, to a congregation who knew no better, something that is actually not in the bible.
This is not trivial. This is deliberate corruption of the scriptures, on a subject where the world is demanding that Christians follow its dogma. I confess that I am furious. The people who will be receiving this teaching are under every kind of moral pressure. We should be able to rely on our bible translations!!!
Let us pray that God will vindicate his judgement on those who have chosen to do this evil, who have chosen to corrupt the word of life and to poison it with material designed to mislead and disarm Christians faced with urgent temptation by the evil one. May these wicked men endure every evil that can befall a man; for they have chosen to pour contempt on the Holy Spirit.