Monday, August 27, 2018

Stay Away From The One New Man "Bible"

     The One New Man Bible, translated in 2011 by William J. Morford, is a product of both the Hebrew Roots Movement and the New Apostolic Reformation.

        This translation is essentially an effort to make the New Testament Hebrew. It goes on at length to define the meaning of various Hebrew words, while seemingly ignoring the reality that the New Testament was originally written in Koine Greek. Members continually render the name of Jesus in the Hebrew "Yeshua." That is not a name which Christians would ordinarily ascribe to Christ (unless they are Arabic). This verified purchaser on Amazon left an insightful comment:

        "I am being asked to trust this Bible above all other versions. If the Greek says THEOS, and this bible says ELOHIM [Gal 3:8], how can I trust this Bible? They have made many such changes to this Bible."

        The underlying concern with the Hebrew Roots Movement is that it poses a direct threat to the gospel by encouraging Christians to observe Mosaic customs. It is claimed by adherents that Jesus Christ did not terminate the Old Covenant, but rather reaffirmed it and expanded upon its message. It is claimed by adherents of the Hebrew Roots Movement that Christianity has apostatized from its original Jewish roots through the incorporation of Greco-Roman philosophy. But these claims do not withstand scrutiny when compared to the New Testament itself.

        Consider, for instance, that the Apostle Paul taught uncircumcised people need not seek fleshly circumcision (1 Corinthians 7:17-19; Galatians 5:6; 6:15). Thus, Gentiles should not seek to become Jews. The church of the Lord Jesus Christ includes both the Jew and the Gentile (Galatians 3:26-29). We are united as one under His divine kingship. Nowhere does Scripture require that Gentiles keep the Law (Romans 7:6). We are not under Law but grace (Romans 6:14; Galatians 3:25; 5:16-18). Christ is the end of the Law to all who believe (Romans 10:3-4). The gospel does not depend on the works of the Law (Romans 3:27-28; Galatians 2:16-21). We are not sanctified by the works of the Law (Galatians 3:1-6). The very reason that Paul sharply rebuked the churches of Galatia in one of his epistles is that they were reverting back to customs, practices, and traditions instituted in the Old Testament. He even called doing such the preaching of "another gospel" (Galatians 1:8-9). The epistle to the Hebrews was written to encourage Jewish Christians to not revert to the Jewish religious system.

        There is nothing wrong with Christians being in support of Israel for political or prophetic reasons, but it is a completely different ballpark for us to be identifying as Israel. Those who wish to keep the Law must also do so perfectly (Romans 3:20; Galatians 5:1-3; James 2:10-11), which is impossible due to us having a sin nature. The Jerusalem Council was convened to address the Judaizers who claimed that one need be circumcised in order to be saved (Acts 15:1-5; 10-11). The Hebrew Roots Movement is spiritually dangerous. The ideology is emphatically condemned by the New Testament. Additionally, this whole "new man" business seems to be influenced by the charismatics, and is in fact commended wholeheartedly by them. See this lengthy article for more details:

        The One New Man Bible is promoted by the false charismatic prophet Sid Roth, who also promotes the works of William Morford.

        It would be interesting to note what a person in a forum said concerning the author of the translation being reviewed in this article:

        "I just looked at the link in the OP and it gives a little information on the guy behind the book. He believes the Trinity is wrong. He says he believes in the “Oneness” of God. He thinks the HS is feminine. I think you need to away from this mess of a book. Check out the questions and replies after the short article. Sounds like he is too caught up in the errors of rabbis."

        In view of the presented information, it would certainly be wise for one to avoid reading the One New Man Bible. It should evoke concern in us for all those who are studying from it.