The Message, Eugene Peterson … A Review by Justin Peters

Recently found this review of The Message by Eugene Peterson which, although some acknowledge it as a “paraphrase” and defend it, succinctly highlights concerns I have had for years.


2 thoughts on “The Message, Eugene Peterson … A Review by Justin Peters

  1. The Romans 8:35 portion in the Message is really disturbing. The worst sins..what?! To say some sin is worse than other sin is the first problem, but the glaring lie that is inexcusable is that sin DOES separate us from God, as the comments written there said. I had no idea about the Message, have never looked at it. Trying to make Christianity so relevant is what is destroying it and paving the road for so many kids raised in evangelical families to leave the faith (that and public education). The Message sounds like it aligns with so much going on in churches today. Pastors say things in a way that can be massaged to fit the crowd listening. Dangerous and slippery slope to be on. Great post~


    1. Absolutely agree. Home school is such a blessing, and the fruit rich all glory to God; yet, one day our children shall go forth and be witnesses to the LORD so praying all Christian parents (government/home/Christian school) labor to sow the Word into their own. A great weight upon me has been youth set loose without any knowledge of God, particularly a framework for identifying, marking, and departing from under false teachers. Chumming up to the culture and “rewriting” Holy Writ to soften the blow that all mankind is utterly dead in sin and an enemy of God apart from repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. What accountability such men will encounter when standing before The Word of God! Authors of “The Message” and “The Voice” will give an account; I shudder for them in light of “And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones, that believe in me, it were better for him rather, that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were cast into the sea” (Mk 10:42; cf. Mt 18:6, 10; Lk 17:2); and, “And if any man shall diminish of the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy City, and from those things which are written in this book” (Rev 22:18)

      Error may come but woe to those by whom it comes through peddling of fables to make merchandise of the flock. Praise be to God for Mt 5:17-19. How humbling it has been to be shielded from, and taken out from tutelage in false teaching, because of the spiritual discernment granted by the Holy Spirit. Even that is not of ourselves … what a Mighty God we serve! God bless.



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