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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Titanic Church

Full day today and evening, so this will be short.

I read the book sample, and it was better than expected. It starts with spiritual things happening a couple decades before the RMS Titanic sunk in 1912.

I listened to some of his presentation, and at one point he talks about the “New Age Bible,” and he was referring to The Voice—which came out around the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

He cited a verse that mentions the “new age,” implying that meant New Age. Maybe, but there is an age to come, and when it comes it will be new, so it's not necessarily meaning that New Age.

I'm aware of and wary against the infiltration of New Age thinking into churches, and I have no interest in supporting that in any way. He cites Christian leaders both in the book and in the presentation who “speak out of both sides of their mouth” intentionally. This is not an attempt to do that.

I've read about half of The Voice Bible translation, and while it makes a bigger deal out of God's “presence”—something I don't support—I've not yet found the translation to be overtly problematic, and sometimes it does have helpful insights. The dialogue formatting is very readable.

I had looked at what limited information I could find on those involved in The Voice like Chris Seay, and I didn't find it matching up with emerging church names I've heard before.

I've quoted @TheVoiceBible a lot on my Bible verse Twitter account. If I find it to be problematic with good, sound, fundamental doctrine, I would stop quoting that translation.

The leaven in the Church is a problem, and I look forward to reading more of Smith's book for his thoughts and insights from Scripture on how to deal with that.

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