NIV To Remain on Shelves at Lifeway

See Full Article from Lifeway HERE
by Marty King on Wednesday, February 15, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Trustees of LifeWay Christian Resources voted to continue selling the new NIV Bible in LifeWay stores, approved a new vice president for its largest division and elected new board officers.

Meeting Feb. 13-14 at LifeWay offices in downtown Nashville, trustees heard a report from a special task force appointed to follow up on a non-binding resolution approved by the 2011 Southern Baptist Convention that requested LifeWay consider not selling the New International Version (NIV) 2011 Bible in their stores.

Committee chairman Adam Greenway, a member of First Baptist Church, Mt. Washington, Ky., told the board “vast amounts of scholarly research and other relevant information was gathered and studied … and a number of subject matter experts addressed the task force.” Greenway said LifeWay received support for continuing to carry the 2011 NIV from Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Jimmy Draper, former president of LifeWay; George Guthrie, Union University; and Douglas Moo, chairman of the Committee on Bible Translation which translated the new NIV.

Greenway, who serves as senior associate dean of the Billy Graham School at Southern Seminary, also told trustees, “Messengers to the 2011 SBC annual meeting were encouraged to vote for the resolution based on incorrect information.” As an example, Greenway said the 2011 NIV contains no gender-neutral wording for the names of God.

Emphasizing that LifeWay is not endorsing the 2011 NIV, Greenway said, “It is not that we are endorsing the 2011 NIV. We endorse what we publish, and the translation we publish is the Holman Christian Standard Bible. That is the translation that we endorse.” Greenway told trustees, “We do not believe the 2011 NIV rises to the level to where it should be pulled or censored or not carried in our retail chain.”

The task force and the trustee executive committee both unanimously approved the following recommendation: It is recommended that trustees reaffirm the decision of LifeWay to continue to carry the 2011 NIV alongside other versions of the Holy Bible.

After a few minutes of discussion, the motion was unanimously approved.

So much for the vote of the convention delegates. “Messengers to the 2011 SBC annual meeting were encouraged to vote for the resolution based on incorrect information.” “LifeWay received support for continuing to carry the 2011 NIV from Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Jimmy Draper, former president of LifeWay; George Guthrie, Union University; and Douglas Moo, chairman of the Committee on Bible Translation which translated the new NIV.”

4000+ delegates voted to have Lifeway take it off the shelves and 4 men recommended that it stay. The “sheeple” loose.

Signs of more to come?

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5 Responses to NIV To Remain on Shelves at Lifeway

  1. Les says:

    Bob,

    How many are there on the board?

  2. Les says:

    You said, “4 men recommended that it stay.” I think it must have been 50, not 4. Was it not unanimous?

    • Les… I said 4 men recommended to the trustees that the NIV stay on the shelves while 4000+ messengers at the 2011 convention voted to have it removed. The reference to 4000+ was an estimate on my part as I was not in Phoenix; I understand there were roughly 8000 registered messengers.

      • Les says:

        Yeah, I see that 4 recommended. But in reality all 50 voted to keep it. BTW, I’m no fan of the NIV. I wish it was sold nowhere.

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