Why the New Living Translation is Straight from Hell Pt. 1
“…thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.” –Revelation 3:1b (KJV)
The New Living Translation (NLT) is one of the most popular versions out there today among Christendom. I know several Christians who read this translation and think it is the best translation around: it’s easy to read (a boldface lie), stays true to the Greek (which is actually a boldface lie), has excellent accuracy (another boldface lie), and doesn’t have all the thee’s and thou’s, AND it is a new and up-to-date version (another lie).
In this article, we will examine why the New Living Translation (NLT) is actually not living, it is DEAD. In this article, we will cover seven reasons why the NLT is not the Word of God. The NLT is no better than the rest of the modern versions: it is CORRUPTED and PERVERTED and should have no place in any Christian’s home or much less, their heart.
REASON 1: THE NLT TEACHES LORDSHIP SALVATION!†
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest anyman should boast.” –Ephesians 2:8-9
Some of you may not know what Lordship Salvation is, but I think every Christian should know what it is. Lordship Salvation is the DAMNABLE heresy that says that you must proclaim or declare that Jesus is Lord in order to be saved and that you must get your act together and try to live a holy life before you’re saved, to show that you’re worthy of being saved. It amazes me that the NLT is used in so many Pentecostal/Charismatic churches who wouldn’t dare say that they believed in Lordship salvation, but yet their corrupted bibles that they read out of openly promote it. Let’s take a look:
9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. –Romans 10:9-10 NLT
Just looking at this verse, I can immediately tell that something is wrong with this picture. The NLT is telling me that you must declare (say, proclaim) that Jesus is Lord in order to be saved. Well, according to the NLT, I guess I’m not saved. I never once said that “Jesus is Lord” when I got saved. Verse 10 is even worse, “…and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” Once again, according to the NLT, I did not do enough to be saved. I did not declare my faith when I got saved. First of all, the average lost person has their own false religion or false faith, and some atheists may not have any faith or religion at all. The King James Bible (throughout this article, I will refer to it as the Word of God) doesn’t say anything about “declaring your faith” in Romans 10:9-10. The Word of God says “…and shalt BELIEVE in thine HEART…..thou shalt be saved.” You can’t believe on the Lord Jesus Christ if you don’t have faith. The Word of God automatically convicts the sinner in Romans 3:23 and prepares the prospect’s heart throughout the book of Romans, so that when they read Romans 10:9-10, the prospect already knows that he/she needs faith to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and that they must repent (turn away from) their sins by confessing that they are a sinner. In verse 10, the Word of God says “…and with the mouth CONFESSION is made untoSALVATION.” The NLT is missing the key part of the salvation process, REPENTANCE. If someone doesn’t repent when they get saved, then they are not saved. You have to believe that you’ve done something wrong in order to confess that you did it. According to the NLT, you must get your act together fist, and proclaim that Jesus is Lord, and openly declare your faith in Him in order to be saved. There is no conviction of sin, because you are told that you must stop being a sinner in order to be saved. The word “confession” is absent from this passage in the NLT, and the doctrine of repentance totally thrown out. That makes it FALSE DOCTRINE. Let’s read both verses again, this time out of the true Word of God:
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouthconfession is made unto salvation. –Romans 10:9-10 KJV
he Word of God makes it clear that in order to be saved, we don’t have to say “Jesus is Lord”, we simply have to confess with our mouth our belief in the Lord Jesus (which assumes that you have faith) and that we must believe that God raised him from the dead in order to be saved. Verse 10 also says that we must make a CONFESSION with our MOUTH in order to be saved. That confession is not talking about “openly declaring your faith.” I could say 1 million times “Jesus is Lord.” Would that get me saved? No, not according to the Word of God. But, I guess with the NLT, I could get away with that. When I got saved, I CONFESSED that I was a SINNER, that I was SORRY for my sins, and that I wanted to ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST as my LORD AND SAVIOUR. You see, the Word of God portrays salvation as a gift, all you have to do is accept it. However, the NLT doesn’t portray salvation as a gift; it makes it seem like you have to work for it. If you don’t believe me, let’s show you another verse:
13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell[a] is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But thegateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. –Matthew 7:13-14 NLT
This verse has been so perverted that I am nauseated. Let’s read it out of the true Word of God, and then I’ll make a few points:
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. –Matthew 7:13-14 KJV
Off the top: two things. Not only is the English entirely changed from the King James (the Word of God) to the NLT, the Greek doesn’t even match up!!
In the King James, the Greek word used for strait (in verse 14, strait is the gate) is stenos (στενός), meaning narrow and obstructed, or “narrow from obstacles standing close about.” However, the NLT says that the gateway to life is “very narrow.” The Greek doesn’t use this adjective. In fact,the Greek text does not place any adjective that describes the word stenos in this sentence. Thus, the KJV translates the Greek just like it is: narrow is the way. However, the NLT has to add in the “very”, which is not even found in the Greek. The way to eternal life is not very narrow, it’s just narrow. In the latter half of verse 14, the King James reads, “and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life.” The Greek word used here for narrow is thlibo (θλίβω), meaning to compress or to squeeze hard. The NLT changes this to “difficult”. Thlibo does not even transliterate to the word difficult. Its alternate meanings in the Strong’s Greek Dictionary don’t even suggest the word “difficult”. So, why then does the NLT translate the way to life as difficult? Maybe it would make more sense if you considered the fact that the NLT believes in Lordship salvation. Romans 10:9-10 and Matthew 7:13-14 have been changed to make it seem as if it is difficult to get saved and that you must work to be saved.
You still may not believe me. Let me ask you a few questions: If I were to give you a Bible and say that in order to get this Bible, you must work 10 hours a day hoeing my garden, would that be a gift? If I were to give you my Bible and say that you had to write 100 books in a year in order for the Bible to become yours, would that be a gift? If a child gets a birthday present on his/her birthday, do you have to tell that child to accept the gift? Of course not! Any child would be elated to see whats behind the wrapping paper!! Is it difficult for a child to accept a birthday gift? Is it difficult for anyone, for that matter, to accept a gift? Of course not! Why then would it be difficult to accept the gift of salvation? Is the way to Jesus Christ difficult? Of course not! It may be narrow and the gate may be obstructed (that is, cluttered), but the Way is by no means difficult. To say that the way to Jesus Christ is difficult is to say that Jesus Christ himself is difficult:
“Jesus saith unto him: I am the WAY, the truth, and the LIFE. No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”–John 14:6 KJV
If Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, is Jesus Christ difficult?! Jesus’ Christ’s suffering on the Cross is what’s difficult. That was difficult. But do we have the right to say that anything is difficult considering the fact that our Lord and Savior cried in agony on the Cross to save this wretched world from sin and the eternal punishment of Hell? God forbid!
Jesus Christ already paid the penalty for your sin! All you have to do is accept His Sacrifice! My friend, salvation is not difficult! The way to Jesus Christ is not difficult! My friend, do not be fooled by the NLT! THE WAY TO JESUS CHRIST IS NOT DIFFICULT!!