Muslim-friendly Bibles

It deletes ‘Father’ and Jesus as ‘Son of God’:

Why anyone thinks that this would earn anything but contempt from Muslims is beyond me:

… now there is a major controversy developing as the latest altered Bibles are being created by organizations that most would think of as being more conservative and reasonable. At the forefront of the controversy are the Wycliffe Bible Translators, the Summer Institute of Linguistics and Frontiers, all of which are producing Bible translations that remove or modify terms which they have deemed offensive to Muslims.

That’s right: Muslim-friendly Bibles.

Included in the controversial development is the removal of any references to God as “Father,” to Jesus as the “Son” or “the Son of God.” One example of such a change can be seen in an Arabic version of the Gospel of Matthew produced and promoted by Frontiers and SIL. It changes Matthew 28:19 from this:

“baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”

to this:

“cleanse them by water in the name of Allah, his Messiah and his Holy Spirit.”


I don’t think that this book can be considered to be a Bible at all.



Advocating Schism within the TAC

Just a short note to those so openly advocating schism and working against the good governance and effective spiritual leadership within the TAC (and by schism, I mean: the offense of causing or inciting division or disunion within the Church):

Canon 1364 § 1 of the Catholic Church (for the ‘pro-Catholics’ out there) states:

An apostate from the faith, a heretic or a schismatic incurs a latae sententiae excommunication…

Schism, like an act of apostasy or heresy, automatically brings the penalty of excommunication. That is standard procedure in most Churches. And do you know where this sin stems from? Pride. That primordial sin that lead Satan to rebel against God.

So if you are a TAC member, please stop. As a still serving member, you ought to be loyal, lest you make yourself guilty of one of the vilest devices of Satan – warned against in Scripture – the causing of divisions and strife in the Church:

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

– (Rom 16:17-18)

(Cf. 2 Cor 2:11; 1 Cor 1:10; 3:1-3; 11:17-19; 2 Cor 11:20).

The peace and unity of the Church is a divine mandate of the highest priority (Ps 133:1-3; Mat 5:9; Rom 12:18-21; 1 Cor. 7:15; 2 Cor 13:11; Eph 4:1-6; 1 Thess 5:12-15).

Or if you cannot follow the Biblical mandate, then simply leave and go to there where it is you think that you will best be able to honour and obey Christ. If ‘Church-hopping’ is your thing (everyone just pause for a minute here, and look back over your own ecclesiastical landscape), then by all means. Continue and make the Church just another product in the broader marketplace of goods and services. Faithfulness to a specific theological or ecclesiastical tradition has in any event, long been replaced by the modern fad of ‘Church shopping’. Even Clergy seem to openly shop. And do it here, and you’ll do it there.

As for me, I’d rather be found faithful. I believe being faithful is a Christian virtue (Gal 5:22)? So when things are not what I believe they ought to be, then I work to make the change, within. Our culture has so little if any regard for commitment. Divorce is easy. And yet, the Good  Shepherd says:

I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the  sheep. The hired hand is not the  shepherd who owns the sheep.  So when he  sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters  it.  The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

– St John 10:11-13

Do that and who knows, you may even be able to grow your congregation? When people see in you a holiness, love, devotion and unwavering commitment to the Risen Lord, they will follow you. People need Jesus, and they need to be shown Jesus. How do you do that when you cannot get over yourself?

The path to unity will not be easy, but it can be done. So let us pray to that end.



Archbishop John Hepworth to Resign on Easter Day

Released for publication here.

Traditional Anglican Communion
Office of the Primate
Archbishop John Hepworth

28th January 2012

To the Bishops, clergy and people of the Traditional Anglican Communion

My Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,

In June of 2003, I was elected as the second Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion.  At the Plenary Meeting of our College of Bishops, held in Australia in conjunction with the inauguration of my Primacy, it was made strongly clear – without dissent – that I was to further the ambition of this Communion since its beginnings to discover a means by which Anglican ecclesial communities might come into the fullness of Catholic Communion in a corporate manner, without loss of the treasures of the Anglican tradition.

I prosecuted that mandate of the College in National and Diocesan Synods, in meetings and discussions with anyone whom I thought might assist in both Anglican and Roman Catholic circles, having made clear to the Holy See that I would not allow my own circumstances to become an impediment to unity.

With the promulgation of Anglicanorum Coetibus, the mandate given to me by the College is now complete.

I have been deeply concerned that most of our Communion has been marginalised by the process of implementing the Apostolic Constitution.  My correspondence and personal representations have not been as effective as I would have wished.

I have been equally concerned that several of the Bishops of our College continue to set aside the provisions of the Concordat that regulates our life as a College.  The Concordat is a deeply Anglican document.  It cannot be changed or disregarded by bishops alone.  The clergy and laity meeting as the National Synods of our Member Provinces must confirm changes before they become effective.  Neither bishops nor anyone else can be expelled from Communion at the whim of the bishops.  Several bishops have started to exercise prelacy of this most disturbing kind.

I have also been concerned at the lightness with which the most solemn decisions of the College are being set aside.

I indicated last December that I would spend some weeks discerning the moment when my retirement might best be accomplished.  Some of the bishops have expressed impatience; others have dissented from their actions.

I have today forwarded to the Secretary to the College (an elected position of the College, not an appointment of the Primate) a deed of resignation to be effective on Easter Day of this year, and I have instructed the Secretary to conduct an election for the next Primate, in strict accordance with the procedure laid down by the Concordat, and according to the detailed process determined by the College prior to the resignation of Archbishop Falk, my predecessor.

I remain the Bishop Ordinary of the Anglican Catholic Church in Australia.

I ask the prayers of the whole Communion for their bishops at this time, as once again they seek the Divine Will.

+John Hepworth

So the Primate will no longer resign at Pentecost. It is now Easter Day. 50 days sooner…

The resignation can be downloaded in pdf. Click here.



Thousands Attack Christian Homes, Shops in Egyptian Village

A crowd of 3,000 Muslims burned and looted some Christian homes and shops in an Egyptian village after a rumor spread that a Coptic Christian man had a photograph of a Muslim village girl on his cell phone.

“We contacted security forces, but they arrived very, very late,” said Father Boktor Nashed, a Coptic priest. The priest said that the attackers were local villagers, not radicals from elsewhere: “maybe because of lack of security, they think that they can do as they please.”