Quoting Quiverfull: Newer Translations of the Bible Promote “Feminist Agenda”?

Quoting Quiverfull: Newer Translations of the Bible Promote “Feminist Agenda”? April 6, 2014

by Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church – NLT and the Message Promote “Equality in Marriage”

I saw an article that someone posted about marriage that said this:

They may quote Scripture and sound super-spiritual, but behind the façade of husbandly authority is deep insecurity and pride that can morph into spiritual abuse. First Peter 3:7 commands husbands to treat their wives as equals.

In what universe does 1 Peter 3:7 teach that?! Here is what the verse actually says:

“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” – 1 Peter 3:7 (KJV)

There is nothing in that verse about treating your wife as an equal. The Bible is clear the husband is the head of the wife, and that the wife should be in subjection to her husband. At first I thought that whoever wrote the article was a brazen liar. Then I realized that modern Bible perversions have changed this verse to support modern ideas about 50/50 marriage.

“The same goes for you husbands: Be good husbands to your wives. Honor them, delight in them. As women they lack some of your advantages. But in the new life of God’s grace, you’re equals. Treat your wives, then, as equals so your prayers don’t run aground.” – 1 Peter 3:7 The Message

1Pet-3-7″>In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.” – 1 Peter 3:7 NLT

Notice how these new versions are not just translating what the Bible says. They are inserting their own modernistic views including queer-sounding words like “partner” and popular buzzwords like “equality.” Not only that, but look how the Message butchers 1 Peter 3:6 to further promote a feminist agenda:

“Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.” – 1 Peter 3:6 KJV

“Sarah, for instance, taking care of Abraham, would address him as “my dear husband.” You’ll be true daughters of Sarah if you do the same, unanxious (sic) and unintimidated. (sic)” – 1 Peter 3:6 The Message

The goal of these new Bible versions is not to make the Bible “easier to understand.” It is to change what the Bible says. Not only do the modern Bibles pervert the doctrines of Christ, they also attack traditional marriage values. To find out more about the agenda behind the new versions, check out the new documentary New World Order Bible Versions.

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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully

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  • lodrelhai

    It’s the “heirs together” part that says they are equal – all men and all women are supposed to be heirs of the kingdom of God. And while it’s true in those times the firstborn got a larger share of the inheritance, the firstborn in this case would be Jesus.

    Any bets on whether Anderson contributed to the bible translation project Conservapedia started a few years ago? Don’t know if they’re still trying it or not, but even other conservative groups came down on Schlaffy (creator of Conservapedia) for that.

  • Don’t he know the KJV is a biased translation (too)? It was commissioned by King James to be in accordance with kingly right to rule, unlike earlier English translations. (It is a little-known fact that there are earlier English versions.) Perversion in translation, indeed.

    (BTW, I don’t think “took care of Abraham” quite encompass the meaning. The point is that she once spoke of -not to – him with a word that would be like us calling someone “Mister” or “Sir”. But God also ordered Abraham to call her princess (the meaning of Sarah) – a woman with high rank – and to stop calling her “contentious” – one meaning of Sarai. She is not contentious when she wants her way, she is royalty and deserves respect.)

  • Your first paragraph- indeed. I think “The Message” translates weaker vessel very well. A vessel is a container, elsewhere (2 Cor 4) the same word is used to say that all believers are vessels which break easily, with a great treasure inside. They are oppressed and their bodies are getting weaker, but the life of God is inside them.
    The point of both 2 Cor 4:7 onwards and 1 Peter’s “weaker vessel” passage is to not focus on the strength of the vessel, but focus on/ honor according to the great gift inside.

  • SAO

    I don’t know how a man “gives honor” to his wife without respecting her opinion. Unless he perverts the meaning of honor to fit his preconceived ideology.

  • Sarah could also have addressed Abraham as ‘brother’. What about that one?

  • guest

    Steve, in Philippians 2, Paul has the following instruction for the church:

    3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. (KJV).
    – It works in context too, by the way.-

    In Ephesians 5 he has the following to say to husbands:

    25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
    (26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
    27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or
    wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without

    28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
    29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

    I put verses 26 and 27 in parentheses because I want to focus on the direct commands to husbands.

    I don’t see ANYWHERE that husbands should treat their wives as inferiors. If you do that, you are arrogant and proud and are using the Bible to your own gain (well, loss, IMO).

    Yes, I feel quite strongly against such theology.

  • Nightshade

    So ‘partner’ is a ‘ queer-sounding word’? Here I thought it was just a regular, run of the mill, English language term. Silly me.

  • Nea

    Stevie needs to read the Slacktivist series about the Bible being deliberately reworded *in the KJV* to reflect anti-abortion views.

  • Allison the Great

    Since we’re on the subject of translating, I’m going to translate what this douche bag is saying.
    “NO! No, no,no! The bible that was translated the way I like doesn’t say that! You silly stupid wimmen folk need to shut the hell up and go back in the kitchen! You are the weaker vessels! See? God says so right here! You’re weak, bitch”
    Now, I’m guessing this asshole would not like the way I “translated” him. He would probably say that I perverted his message, but whatevs, I don’t care. All translations of the bible are serious perversions of Jesus of Nazareth’s message. They translated it for their agenda all those years ago, so what difference does it make if people are doing that now? Besides, what kind of fucking jerk would this guy have to be to go out of his way to promote the idea that women can’t be equal and that he should get to rule over them and treat them like crap? Seriously? This guy can fuck off.

  • Nightshade

    Isn’t he the one who carries his wife around the house to prove that he can make her go where he wants and do what he wants just because he’s the boss?

  • This. “Give honor to your wife” is the application of the passage.

  • Allison the Great

    I have no idea, but that’s messed up! I feel so bad for that poor woman!

  • Hannah

    Ugh. People who don’t realise the Bible, even Old Testament, was shockingly feminist especially when related to the outside culture. OT law actually gave women certain protections, unheard of in any other culture at the time and for centuries after. New Testament blatantly includes women in previously male-only spaces. Paul and Peter both write that there is “neither slave nor free, male nor female” in multiple places. All the verses seemingly going against that are in reaction: some churches were going so far in that direction that the outside society was beginning to treat them suspiciously. So it’s more of a “slow down or you’re going to get everybody killed” than a “women are inferior and uppity and must know their place”.

  • Jewel

    Exactly my thoughts, Nightshade! I guess such outlandish words like “partner” and “equality” are tantamount to cursing to them! LOL.

  • Jewel

    Oh, no, don’t start the incest/bestiality/homosexuality thing, SJ! Don’t give them any ammo!!! 🙂

  • Yes, Hannah. Often things are different in their cultural context that it would sound to most people.
    For example, the South African constitution was drafted to include “no discrimination allowed on the basis of gender”. But it allows a man to have more than one wife, and not the reverse. Why? Because in some traditional black cultures (SA is a multi-cultural society) some men already have multiple wives. It is better to have those wives legally protected than to not legally protect them. Lawyers are not going to expand the definition to include multiple husbands for the same wife, but they have to give legal protection to real and actual married people in SA. And some of those people already share a husband, or have more than one wife.

  • Jewel

    Thank you for letting me know, Mr. Anderson, so I can run out and buy a Message Bible! I appreciate you doing my research for me!

  • Nightshade

    Somehow ‘brotherly love’ takes on a whole different meaning, doesn’t it?

  • Keep expecting them to start promoting incest, because it was Biblical, for Abraham and Sarah. It’s coming.

  • I have a friend who was telling me about her daughter, who married a guy who is into the the whole ‘submit’ thing. He said the other part of the verse is that the husband must put his wife above everything, including himself. If she wants a new horse, she gets a new horse. If she wants a new car, she gets a new car. If she wants a vacation she gets a vacation. It is his job to make sure, as her husband, that she is happy and fulfilled in every way!