Pastor proposes NIV resolution
Baptist Press
June 08, 2011

Pastor proposes NIV resolution

Pastor proposes NIV resolution
Baptist Press
June 08, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana pastor has submitted a proposed

resolution to the Resolutions Committee expressing concern over the 2011 New

International Version (NIV) Bible and its usage of gender neutral language.

That doesn’t mean it will make it to the floor of the Southern Baptist

Convention (SBC) annual meeting. According to SBC Bylaw 20, only resolutions

recommended by the committee may be considered by messengers.

The proposed resolution by pastor Tim Overton of Halteman Village Baptist

Church in Muncie, Ind., says the newest NIV “alters the meaning of hundreds of

verses, most significantly by erasing gender-specific details which appear in

the original language.” The resolution, dated May 25, further asserts that “seventy-five

percent of the inaccurate gender language found in the TNIV is retained in the

2011 NIV.” The TNIV was a 2005 translation criticized by many evangelical

leaders for its gender neutral language.

Overton gave a copy of his proposed resolution to Baptist Press after

submitting it to the committee.

The proposed resolution would have messengers “respectfully request” that

LifeWay Christian Stores not carry the Bible. It also would have messengers go

on record as stating “we cannot commend the 2011 NIV to Southern Baptists or

the larger Christian community.”

Neither the subject nor the language of any submitted resolution has standing

until the Resolutions Committee presents its report at the Southern Baptist

Convention annual meeting on Wednesday, June 15. The Resolutions Committee

could accept the resolution, modify it or decline it.