Problematic Bibles: The Passion Bible

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This is not a full article. It’s taken from a question in the comments section, and will be expanded and cleaned up at a later date. Thanks for your patience.

The Passion was created by Brian Simmons. He’s part of the unbiblical New Apostolic Reformation, and TPT (The Passion Translation) was written to promote their principles. It’s not a translation in the traditional sense of biblical translation. Typically, Bible translation teams have a goal in mind, and that goal drives their methodology. A stricter, word-for-word kind of translation like the NASB is primarily concerned with accurately reflecting what the ancient manuscripts actually say. An idiomatic kind of translation, like the NIV, is primarily concerned with accurately translating ideas for readability and comprehension.

To compare, use the Spanish phrase “casa blanca.” English doesn’t work exactly like Spanish, so English speakers would say “white house,” rather than “house white.” The NASB would more likely translate that as “house white” and the NIV would more likely say “white house.” I don’t know if that overly-simplistic example makes sense, but that’s the difference between formal equivalence and dynamic equivalence. Both are entirely valid methods of translation, and they serve their purposes very well.

The Passion is less of a translation and more of a commentary, where Simmons inserts his own words and ideas into the text. Here’s 2 Timothy 4:2 from the NIV and from the Passion:

NIV: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction.

TPT: Proclaim the Word of God and stand upon it no matter what! Rise to the occasion and preach when it is convenient and when it is not. Preach in the full expression of the Holy Spirit—with wisdom and patience as you instruct and teach the people.

Notice the differences. We might explain the significant difference in the number of words if Simmons was helping us understand some very complex concepts. Instead, his stated goal is to produce passion in the reader… so he feels he must “translate” God’s Word in a way that causes people to feel more deeply. Notice also the inclusion of the Holy Spirit. There’s (obviously) nothing wrong with the Holy Spirit, but Paul said nothing about Him in that verse. It’s simply not a translation. It’s a personal commentary.

Finally, and I’ll give quoted examples when I write the full article about this ‘bible,’ Simmons makes some hard-to-swallow claims about the whole process. He claims to have been brought to Heaven to see Jesus, who showed him an extra chapter for the Bible that nobody knows about, and that Jesus told him that one day it would be given to him. He claims, contrary to the evidence, that the New Testament was originally written in Aramaic, and so he used Aramaic manuscripts for his work. Trouble is that the oldest Aramaic manuscripts we have are from the 5th century, far newer than most of the almost 6000 Greek manuscripts we’ve found. He also claims to have been given secret knowledge by God, which is a gigantic red flag.

The Bible is important, and people should know that The Passion “Translation” is not a reliable Bible. As with anything related to the New Apostolic Reformation, the contents do not match what God has already said.


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4 responses to “Problematic Bibles: The Passion Bible”

  1. Crystal Layel says:

    God also said out with the old in with the new! Hebrew 8:13. Cause God is telling me secrets of things in life and I believe them to be true cause there coming from him.And the trinity is of 3 beings but here on earth he can be one in the people he chooses.People don’t want to believe what they can’t see and no one has ever seen God until the new Heaven and earth are completed, then there will be a new law by God.

    • Tony says:

      Crystal:

      Um… no.

      You are, of course, free to believe whatever you want. However: it’s not right to pretend that what you have written matches what God has already revealed to everyone. The idea that God would personally tell you things that apply to everyone, but not tell everyone, is unbiblical. The trinity is most definitely not “of 3 beings but here on earth he can be one in the people he chooses.” Either you’re making that up, or you’re repeating what someone else made up.

      • The trinity is not 3 beings. God, who is triune, is three PERSONS but ONE being. The Bible is clear that there is only one God, not three.
      • God could, of course, do whatever He chooses to do. However: He will not “be one in the people he chooses.” First, God has never been “in” anyone in that way. Second, the plan for God to become a human named Jesus was set from the very beginning, and won’t be repeated. The fact that God could do something is no indication that He would.
      • You’re right: people usually don’t want to believe what they can’t see. Unfortunately, on this particular topic, you seem to believe something that nobody can see… in the Bible.
      • We already have that new law. Paul describes this as “the law of Christ.” It’s what Jesus taught. We don’t have to wait for it, and we have no indication from Scripture that there will be yet another law in the new Heaven and the new Earth.

      I hope you don’t take this message in the wrong way, Crystal. My point isn’t that you’re wrong, but that you and I and everybody else should examine what we believe very carefully. I don’t know where you heard these things, but they simply don’t match what the Bible says. Let me encourage you to begin some serious study of what the New Testament teaches. It’s very rewarding, and helps us better understand who God is. Let me know if there’s some way I can help.

      Have a great day!

  2. Stefani says:

    This sounds like how Joseph Smith created Mormonism. Also the same with Mohammed. They were all met in secret and only they were revealed something.

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