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)
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.