Sin according to the New Living Translation

New Living Translaton Study Bible
New Living Translaton Study Bible

We are continuing our dissection of the NLT, in hopes that it will sway some open-minded KJVO’ers towards two things:

  • That the modern versions do not detract from God’s word
  • The NLT is more than ready to spread the gospel to today’s English speakers

One of the charges that KJVO’ers throw at us is that the modern versions, including the the NLT, dilute the word of God, especially when it comes to sin. In order to counter this charge for those that wish to read, let us look at what I call the ‘Sin Lists.’

I will post the KJV first and then the NLT:


Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21 KJVA)

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and others sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21 NLT)

1st Corinthians:

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 KJVA)

Don’t you know that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves , or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people –none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NLT)

There are the great sin lists in the New Testament, prohibitions issued by the Apostle Paul for the Saints. I don’t have much else to say, except to say, judge for yourselves and see if the NLT let’s down here. See if the gospel cannot be preached, and sin railed against in the same way.

For another post on the NLT, found this blog today via Tweeter, whose author has a wonderful choice in names. I would just like to remind you that while I like the NLT, and have come to appreciate it, I by no means hold to it a perfect, but like all honest bible translations, the NLT contains the perfect word of God.

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68 Replies to “Sin according to the New Living Translation”

  1. I kinda stumbled on this post via Twitter but I always have one scholarly question for KJV enthusiasts.

    Why are they so dogmatic about the KJV when only 5 manuscripts were used in its translation and those manuscripts only dated back a few hundred years prior to the KJV being done? Meanwhile more modern translations use anywhere between 2-5000 manuscripts that date back more than 800 years than the 5 used for the KJV?

    I appreciate the foundation I learned will reading the KJV, but the NLT and the NIV are great contributions to the Body and the Kingdom.

  2. Well, for one thing the Textus Receptus was one of the first Greek NT MSS done. It was followed by Theodore Beza, as well as the Roman Catholic Erasmus. It is roughly the Byzantine Text. And we are simply standing on their shoulders today in Texual work and history! Should we not also mention that the KJV, was later the Bible of the great English Evangelical revivals, yes indeed! It is from here that English Biblical literacy was born!
    Fr. R.

  3. Fr. Robert, I am unsure as to what you are trying to say here. First, the goal of these posts are two:

    * That the modern versions do not detract from God’s word
    * The NLT is more than ready to spread the gospel to today’s English speakers

    This is not about the Textual Tradition. King James Version Only Folks believer that only the KJV is the Word of God. They care not about textual tradition, believing, many of them, that the KJV is supreme OVER any Greek MSS.

  4. Joel,
    I was making reference to the blog about “about only 5 manuscripts”. Also you should read “Biblical Paths” blog today! I personally see this as an American book and bible company seeking to make money again. It also employs the theolog’s, who should perhaps be doing better service to the Kingdom of God, in the midst of a postmodern, postchristian world! But these are just my thoughts, and hardly in the mainstream of even the Church today. But that Bema Seat of Christ gets closer for me day by day! It won’t be long, and “my arrow” (as Wesley said) will be spent.
    Fr. R.

  5. Joel,
    You should go back over some of your own blog statements about the KJV. There is some excess I feel I can see. But, as you now explain…lets hope the balance comes back to center? I have no axe to grind here, if anything I have spoken that I favor the “cognitive equivalence” position, simply. But I even quoted a verse from the NLT…2 Cor.4:7. If you note, I have not said anything really negative about the NLT. It was Sue that brought forth a piece that was critical, I have not.
    Fr. R.

  6. Joel,
    I have seen some of this KJV only stuff, it is so bad as not to even take serious. I can only imagine the depth of this error of ignorance. I understand! By the way, hang on to that Cambridge KJV with Apocrypha! lol I know you know the worth of that!
    Fr. R.

  7. Ha! I do. I actually have two Cambridge KJV’s (one with and one without the Apocrypha) and I have bought one for another person. I also have the New Cambridge Paragraph KJV which is real nice as well – but not the calfskin. I’ll saw this for the Brits, the do know to make quality, and beautiful bibles.

    Unfortunately, I have to take it serious, because the scares it inflicts. For a while, I was verses of the day on Facebook – and I was attacked by my own fellowship members, and when others – who I was trying to reach – would come help, they turned vicious on them!

  8. Eve’s sin revealed that all sin emanates from “the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life”…….

    So it is that “the WHOLE(not just portion) world is under the control of the evil one”…….

    This world is ‘d’evil’s playground ;-(

    And The Brethren of The Messiah “Love Not The World”!

  9. Once again!

    Thinking can create a real problem ;-( Always has, always will ;-(

    Receiving is a blessing!

    Simply, Paul testified in 1 Timothy 2:11-14 “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”(KJV)

    And The Apochryoha is clearer still:

    Ecclesiasticus 25:24 “From a woman sin had its beginning, and because of her we all die.”

    And Eve’s transgression defined sin, for she fell victim to “the lust of the eye”, as well as “the lust of the flesh” and “the pride of life” ;-(

    Quite simply Adam listened to the wo-man, who listened to ‘d’evil, just as you do ;-(

    Augustine was as pagan catholic as one could be ;-(

    Quite simply, Adam wanted to please the wo-man who had sinned, and so it is today that the religious liken unto you do the same ;-(

    And the wo-man was cursed, yet not Adam, for “the ground was cursed for Adam’s sake” not Adam…….for today truly reveals what happens to those who experience “ease of life”, they take heed unto the wo-man rather than The ONE and Only True G-D, Father(Creator) of ALL…….

    Yet there is hope!

    For Miracles do happen…….

  10. I was checking proof texts for a catechism and wanted to check the definition of sin used by the Westminster Shorter – that catechism quotes 1 John 3:4.

    KJV – Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

    NAS – Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

    NLT – Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God.

    In some ways, I think the NLT has followed the King James tradition better than the NAS on this verse.

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