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Originally Posted: 14 February 2005 / 5 Adar I 5765

Last Update: 28 February 2010 / 15 Adar 5770

"The Message," is a paraphrase of the Bible that was authored by only one man--Eugene H. Peterson. His book is published by NavPress, the publishing arm for The Navigators, a "Christian" Parachurch organization. They say that Mr. Peterson's "private interpretation" of God's Word was "not compiled by a committee," but was reviewed by "theologians" and "exegetical consultants" who supposedly validated and confirmed the accuracy of his work, but final discretion was always left to Peterson.

It has been reported that Eugene H. Peterson is an ordained minister of the United Presbyterian Church, USA, and has been given the title of "Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology" at Regent College in Vancouver, BC, along with several academic degrees.

When I consider Peterson's "credentials," and the various "Christian" ministries and individuals that seem to approve of his "Message," I Am reminded of what the LORD spoke through a true prophet of God.

I Samuel 16:7 "But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as a man seeth: for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart."

Several years ago, I read an exposé of "The Message" for the first time, and the following statement is still my view of this book that continues to be promoted by so many leaders in the "Christian world."

"This is really unbelievable that anyone that has the 'Spirit' of Christ in them would even accept this as 'The Word' of God. In fact, I Am certain that anyone who truly, from their heart, believes and promotes this abominable 'work of the Devil' IS NOT 'born again' of the Holy Spirit of Almighty God, and are headed to outer Darkness, where there WILL BE weeping and gnashing of teeth." 12/11/2004 —C. Read

Since that time I have done much research on Peterson's "Message," and it is intriguing that God would lead me to make such a statement, especially considering Peterson's concept of "gnashing of teeth."

I Am absolutely repulsed by Peterson's so-called translation of the Bible, and I have included excerpts from his book to compare with God's Word, to show how irreverent "The Message" is. Please take time to read this as it touches on very important principles about the Kingdom of Heaven.


Matthew 8:11-12

King James Version: "11And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the Kingdom of Heaven. 12But the children of the Kingdom shall be cast out into outer Darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

The Message: "11This man is the vanguard of many outsiders who will soon be coming from all directions—streaming in from the east, pouring in from the west, sitting down at God’s kingdom banquet alongside Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 12Then those who grew up ‘in the faith’ but had no faith will find themselves out in the cold, outsiders to grace and wondering what happened."


Matthew 13:41-43

King James Version: "41The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His Kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43Then shall the righteous shine forth as the Sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear."

The Message: "41The Son of Man will send his angels, weed out the thistles from his kingdom, 42pitch them in the trash, and be done with them. They are going to complain to high heaven, but nobody is going to listen. 43At the same time, ripe, holy lives will mature and adorn the kingdom of their Father. Are you listening to this? Really listening?"


Matthew 13:49-50

King James Version: "49So shall it be at The End of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 50and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."

The Message: "49That’s how it will be when the curtain comes down on history. The angels will come and cull the bad fish 50and throw them in the garbage. There will be a lot of desperate complaining, but it won’t do any good."


Matthew 22:11-14

King James Version: "11And when the King came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13Then said the King to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer Darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14For many are called, but few are chosen."

The Message: "11When the king entered and looked over the scene, he spotted a man who wasn’t properly dressed. 12He said to him, ‘Friend, how dare you come in here looking like that?’

The man was speechless. 13Then the king told his servants, ’Get him out of here—fast. Tie him up and ship him to hell. And make sure he doesn’t get back in. 14That’s what I mean when I say, ‘Many get invited; only a few make it.’ "


Matthew 24:45-51

King James Version: "45Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 48But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49and shall begin to smite his fellow-servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51and shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

The Message: "45Who here qualifies for the job of overseeing the kitchen? A person the Master can depend on to feed the workers on time each day. 46Someone the Master can drop in on unannounced and always find him doing his job. A God-blessed man or woman, I tell you. 47It won’t be long before the Master will put this person in charge of the whole operation. 48But if that person only looks out for himself, and the minute the Master is away does what he pleases—49abusing the help and throwing drunken parties for his friends—50the Master is going to show up when he least expects it, 51and make hash of him. He’ll end up in the dump with the hypocrites, out in the cold shivering, teeth chattering."

Eugene H. Peterson presents a false message of what it means to be "cast into outer Darkness," and he may make light of it now, but it is a place of eternal torment, and one day all who have willfully rejected God and His Word will find themselves in that horrible place with no way out!

It is inconceivable to me that any reputable publisher would promote this total "departure away from the Truth," but NavPress is not the only guilty one! Zondervan released the NIV/The Message™ Parallel Bible and the NASB/The Message™ Parallel Bible to the public in September 2004; and according to the write up that was posted at Zondervan's website, they are completely overcome by "The Message" too.

From the Zondervan Website as of 8 February 2005

Description of The Message: "Designed to read like a letter from God, The Message presents Scripture the way it originally appeared, as a naturally flowing narrative. Using only the original Greek and Hebrew manuscripts, The Message’s creator, Eugene Peterson, began by setting the New Testament, Psalms, Proverbs in contemporary English, free of distracting verse numbers and stiff, formal language. The result has been a warm, highly readable paraphrase that reveals the richly personal nature of God’s Word. The Old Testament followed, and the complete Message Bible was released in 2002. Used in both public preaching and private devotions, The Message has captured the hearts of millions of readers, enriching their understanding of Scripture and deepening their faith." [Emphasis mine]

End of Zondervan Excerpt

Rick Warren has quoted quite extensively from "The Message" of Peterson in "The Purpose Driven Life," (published by Zondervan-2002,) and is the driving force as to why it "captured the hearts of millions," but I Am sure it will not be "enriching their understanding of Scripture."



Furthermore, it is absolutely hypocritical for Zondervan to imply that the beautifully inspired and most accurate translation of the Scriptures is "stiff, formal language," especially considering the vast amounts of money that I Am sure they have made on the King James Bible.

As for the "distracting verse numbers" that they complained about, apparently they were not that distracting to someone of influence, since NavPress added them to subsequent editions of "The Message."

Consider what Alexander Scourby said about the Holy Bible

"I have narrated over 500 books, but recording the Bible was my most memorable experience...Because it is the one book that has the power to inspire, encourage, comfort and change the life of the person who hears it...I have been greatly humbled and moved by the many letters I have received from people around the world telling me how God used the Bible narrations to change their lives and the lives of their loved ones, encourage them in their hour of need, and even healed them as they listened to the Words of Life.

I am very honored that God chose me as an instrument to narrate His Eternal Word....Although many other versions of the Bible have been written, the King James Version is my favorite. It is still recognized by Bible scholars and academics as the most accurate and beautiful rendition...the King James Version has no equal."

Posted at Scourby.com / as of 17 February 2005

ALEXANDER SCOURBY, November 13, 1913 - February 22, 1985

[Please note, other sites use Alexander Scourby's name whereby they promote other Bible versions, such as the NKJV and "The Catholic Bible," so please beware of where you go on the World Wide Web!] ―C. Read

Another very interesting statement to consider is what the late President Ronald Reagan said in his radio essay, on 6 September 1977, regarding the new "translations" that were coming out.

From the book, "Reagan, In His Own Hand" (Page 409 Hardcover)

"It is my understanding that the Bible--(both Old & New Testaments) has been the best selling book in the entire history of printing. Now another attempt has been made to improve it. I say another because there have been several fairly recent efforts to—quote 'make the bible more readable and understandable'—unquote.

...Now we are to have 'The Good News Bible' which will be in, 'the natural English of everyday adult conversation.' I'm sure the scholars and clergymen supervised by the American Bible Society were sincerely imbued with the thought that they were taking religion to the people with their 'Good News Bible' but I can't help feeling we should instead be taking the people to religion and lifting them with the beauty of language that has outlived the centuries.

The sponsors of the 'Good News' version boast that their bible is as readable as the daily paper—and so it is. But do readers of the daily news find themselves moved to wonder, 'at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth?' "

Mr. Peterson's book has been advertised to read like "a gripping novel," but it is filled with lies, and must be rejected by all who love the Truth. The following interview was published in a popular "Christian" magazine, three months after the release of Peterson's book.

Interview of Eugene H. Peterson by Doug LeBlanc
from the archives of "Christianity Today"
dated 7 October 2002
"I Didn't Want to Be Cute"

"Q. Do you sometimes use The Message for your own devotional reading?

A. My wife does, but I don't...

When I finished the New Testament, I really couldn't read The Message. It was like I lived in that world, and I didn't know if it was going to be accepted. I just put it away. But occasionally now I'll pick it up and remember what I was doing.

Q. Do you think The Message will be well suited for reading in worship?

A. When I'm in a congregation where somebody uses it in the Scripture reading, it makes me a little uneasy. I would never recommend it be used as saying, 'Hear the Word of God from The Message.' But it surprises me how many do. You can't tell people they can't do it. But I guess I'm a traditionalist, and I like to hear those more formal languages in the pulpit.

Q. As The Message has attracted critical praise and a fairly substantial audience already, is there anything else that could make your joy complete?

A. To tell the truth, I'm quite detached from it. It wasn't my idea, I've been trying to be a servant to this text for 12 years now, and so it's almost like it's happening to somebody else. I'm surprised at how little emotion I feel about this."

End of Excerpt from Peterson's Interview with Christianity Today

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Mr. Peterson obviously was not coached very well before this interview, and I Am sure NavPress did not appreciate the negative "light" he put on his book during that interview with LeBlanc of Christianity Today.

It appears that the creator of "The Message," is not that interested in reading his own "translation," and I Am sure that Eugene H. Peterson was not filled with the "joy of the LORD" while working on his book.

The following is excerpts from interviews that NavPress posted at their website in their Media/Promotional Material, that are more restrained.

NavPress, Lisa Marshall, Talks With Eugene H. Peterson

Marketing Material posted at NavPress.com

as of 22 December 2004

"NP: On what date did you start and complete the translation of the Bible?

EP: I started it in June of 1991 and completed it in November 2001.

NP: You spent eight hours a day immersed in the Scriptures. How did that impact your spirituality/relationship with the Author of the Scriptures?

EP: Working on The Message wasn't that much different from what I have done most of my adult life...

NP: What was your favorite book to translate?

EP: Isaiah was my favorite...

NP: Which book was the most difficult?

EP: John...

NP: Were there moments when you wanted to quit?

EP: No. I love doing this work...I often sense that for 40 years I had been in the process of being prepared to do precisely this work...

NP: What is your response to skepticism regarding the validity of The Message?

EP: I take my critics seriously, listen to them, often learn from them...I have to more or less 'pray myself' out of their disapproval.

This is what I have been called to do...and ordained by my denomination and that has been tested and validated by many godly men and women in Christ's church...And as I have done the work, I have been surrounded, counseled, and in a sense 'guarded' by learned and devout men and women."

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The tone of that interview was very different than the one by LeBlanc, and did you notice that Eugene H. Peterson never once said that God led him to write "The Message?" Apparently he had to "pray" himself out of believing the Truth of what his critics were saying, but he embraced the lies of those who "guarded" him while he was re-writing the Bible.

NavPress Publisher, Kent Wilson, on The Message

Marketing Material posted at NavPress.com

as of 22 December 2004

"Q. Has there been a general acceptance of The Message among pastors? Any one particular denomination more than others?

A. There has been a lot of enthusiastic support from pastors of many different denominations from all over the world. Here is what a few of them are saying about The Message:

'I use it and recommend it unreservedly.' Rev. J. A. Thompson Christ Church Anglican, Woodbridge, Ontario.

'The Message is very easy to read, inspiring in its presentation.' Jay Scribner, First Baptist Church, Branson, MO.

'The Message is destined to become a devotional classic...a powerful pastoral tool...' Jack Hayford, The Church on the Way, Van Nuys, CA.

Q. Are you seeing a new interest in spiritual matters, particularly Bible reading, since the events of Sept.11th? Has there been any special promotion for the NYC area?

A. We have worked with The Salvation Army to distribute 10,000 copies of The Message of Hope at Ground Zero in New York City..."

End of Excerpts

Not only did NavPress use the 9/11 attack to promote their "Message," but three years later they targeted the vulnerable victims of the very devastating Tsunami of 26 December 2004 to get "The Message" out.

[As of 21 February 2005 - Official Tsunami Death Toll ranges from 169,070 to 178,118—with most victims in Indonesia, but with Sri Lanka, Thailand, and India also very hard hit. Tens of thousands of people are still missing, with most presumed dead. As of 31 January 2010 the final death toll was approximately 230,000.]

The Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) also helped "The Message" gain recognition through their promotional material posted at CBAonline when I visited their site on 20 February 2005.

CBA Promo of "The Message"

dated 31 January 2005

"Today, NavPress revealed plans to raise upward of $500,000 for tsunami restoration efforts by releasing a commemorative-edition Message Bible...A growing list of artists, authors, and organizations, are partnering with NavPress to raise awareness for The Message...

NavPress is contributing 100% of net proceeds of The Message...to Compassion International, World Vision, Global Action, and The Navigator Tsunami Relief Fund. This commemorative edition releases in February and is available exclusively online for $20...

NavPress is a leading publisher of discipleship resources through books, Bible studies, and the best-selling Bible paraphrase The Message. NavPress imprints include Th1nk books, Piñon Press books, and Discipleship Journal and Pray! periodicals."

End of CBA promo

They don't mention in their marketing material that NavPress is the publishing arm for The Navigators. So basically they will be giving some of the proceeds from "The Message" back to themselves? And I suppose they will then give a portion to the victims of the "Tsunami Relief?"

Considering how Eugene H. Peterson and NavPress have handled the Word of God, I would not trust them with anything! And neither should anyone who loves the LORD God and His Truth, especially Christians!

NavPress posted at their website the participating artists, authors, and organizations that were actively promoting "The Message" of Peterson, and I have noted some of those endorsements to show who is directly responsible for making this per-version of the Bible so popular.

Endorsements for "The Message"
Posted at NavPress.com as of 22 December 2004

and as recently as 14 August 2008.

"WOW! What a treasure The Message is. I am going to carry it with me. This is a treasure that I will want to use wherever I am."—JONI EARCKSON TADA, author (Zondervan Author)

"Eugene Peterson's work is the freshest, most dramatic treatment of Scripture since The Living Bible. I look forward to reading it regularly." JERRY B. JENKINS, coauthor Left Behind series (Zondervan Author)

"At last, a translation of tone. I read not only the words, but I hear a voice behind them speaking—as, in fact, all these documents were originally experienced. Peterson's translation transforms the eye into an ear, opening the door of the New Testament wider than perhaps it has ever been opened." —MICHAEL CARD, singer, songwriter, and author

"I am confident that many people will find the New Testament alive in a new way after reading The Message."—JAY KESLER, president, Taylor University

"We should thank the Lord for the ministry Eugene Peterson has performed in The Message. He has given the church an opportunity to read the Bible afresh."—CHRISTIANITY TODAY

"The Message is certainly destined to become a devotional classic—not to mention a powerful pastoral tool."—JACK W. HAYFORD, pastor of The Church on the Way, Van Nuys, CA (Zondervan Author)

"The Message is the boldest and most provocative rendering of the New Testament I've ever read. If you've become so comfortable with your Bible reading that the Scriptures no longer excite you, then this book is what you need." —WARREN W. WIERSBE, author of The Integrity Crisis (Zondervan Author)

"If the New Testament were written today, this is what it would sound like."—LEITH ANDERSON, pastor of Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, MN

"The Message is exegetically sensitive yet speaks in the language of today—with the special flair for English style that has come to mark Peterson's work."—GORDON D. FEE, Author and professor of the New Testament, Regent College (Zondervan Author)

"Time and again I would read a verse and think, 'Oh that's what it meant.' Eugene Peterson has given us the gift of a lifetime."—REBECCA MANLEY PIPPERT, author of Out of the Saltshaker


After re-visiting NavPress on 14 August 2008, I see they still list all of the previous endorsements, and have since added a few more. They also now display their trademark for "The Message," which happens to be owned by The Navigators, and was registered on 5 June 2001.

"I thank God for The Message®. In it Eugene Peterson gives a fresh and authentic voice to the Scripture. I recommend it highly." —RICHARD J. FOSTER, author of Celebration of Discipline (Zondervan Author)

"Eugene Peterson's language makes the Bible exciting and strong, sweet, sharp, persuasive, painful, personal, contemporary, kind, and dramatic—and available to every reader of this age." —WALTER WANGERIN, JR., author of The Book of the Dun Cow and Mourning Into Dancing (Zondervan Author)

"Eugene Peterson's rendering of the New Testament strikes me as wonderfully alive. It is full of surprise and excitement and the ring of authentic human speech and feeling." —FREDERICK BUECHNER, author of The Son of Laughter and Godric

"The Message® is so good it leaves me breathless. Eugene Peterson has done for the U.S. and the late 20th century what J.B. Phillips did for Great Britain and the middle of the century—and even more!" —MADELEINE L'ENGLE, author of A Wrinkle in Time and A Circle of Quiet

"In The Message® the ideas of the New Testament writers seem to take on flesh and blood, personality, and three-dimensional authenticity, striding into our minds and speaking to us with a startling vigor, authority, and clarity. I want all my friends to get The Message®." —LUCI SHAW, author of God in the Dark and Horizons: Exploring Creation

"The Message® will help many to transfer God's eternal truths to their contemporary lives." —LEIGHTON FORD, president, Leighton Ford Ministries

"The Message® added so much to my special retreat with the Lord. I am continuing to read it at home in my quiet time and can't wait until it is published to share it with others." —MARILYN POLLITT, book buyer, Vine & Branches Bookshop, Naperville, IL

The following is Max Lucado's glowing endorsement of "The Message," that is posted on several on-line websites, and I Am sure the approval of this high-profile "Christian author" has greatly encouraged sales.

"Seems like forever since I’ve picked up a Bible that made the stories so fresh and new. My name is on that long list of folks who love to read The Message. What a friend this Bible has become." MAX LUCADO, author of Come Thirsty (Zondervan Author)

I Am absolutely appalled at these people who claim to be followers of the LORD Jesus Christ, and can actually endorse The Message! The following is a partial list of additional "message supporters."

Amy Grant - Singer Brentwood, TN

Billy Graham – Billy Graham Evangelical Association Charlotte, NC

Benny Hinn - Benny Hinn Ministries, Irving, TX

Bill & Gloria Gaither – Christian Singers

Bill Hybels - Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, IL

Brock & Bodie Thoene – Authors

Carol Kent – NavPress Author, Port Huron, MI

Charles "Chuck" R. Swindoll - Insight for Living, Plano, TX

Dave Dravecky - Dave Dravecky's Outreach of Hope Former Baseball Player, San Francisco Giants, Colorado Springs, CO

Dave Fickett – NavPress Author

DaySpring Cards – Siloam Springs, AR

Don Moen – Integrity Inc. Executive VP Musician, songwriter, singer and worship leader

Dr. Gary Smalley - Smalley Relationship Center, Branson, MO

Dr. Jay Kesler - Chancellor of Taylor University Former President of Youth for Christ, Upland, IN

Dr. Tony Campolo – Author, Pastor, St. Davids, PA

Dr. Vernon C. Grounds –Denver Seminary Chancellor, Englewood, CO

Frederick Buechner Author, Presbyterian Minister

Jack & Cynthia Heald – NavPress Authors, Full-time Navigator staff, Tucson, AZ

Jack Hayford – The Church On The Way, Van Nuys, CA

Jerry B. Jenkins – Left Behind Series, Black Forest, CO

Jerry Savelle - Jerry Savelle Ministries International, Crowley, TX

John C. Maxwell - Maximum Impact, Atlanta, GA - Duluth, GA

Joni Eareckson Tada – Joni and Friends, Agoura Hills, CA

Joyce Meyer - Joyce Meyer Ministries, Fenton, MO

Kathy Peel – Family Manager

Kenneth Copeland - Kenneth Copeland Ministries Eagle Mountain International Church, Fort Worth, TX

Leighton Ford – Leighton Ford Ministries, Charlotte, NC

Leith Anderson - Wooddale Church, Senior Pastor, Eden Prairie, MN

Luci Shaw – Consultant- NIV, The Message, TNIV, Bellingham, WA

Madeleine L’Engle - President of Crosswicks, Ltd, New York, NY

Max Lucado – Author - UpWords, San Antonio, TX

Michael Card – Author, Singer, Songwriter

Michael W. Smith – Christian Singer, Franklin, TN

Mike Yaconelli - Author

Patsy Clairmont - Milk ‘n’ Honey, Inc.

Phil Driscoll – Mighty Horn Ministries (Musician), Cleveland, TN

Rebecca St. James - Singer and songwriter

Rev. Duffy (David) Robbins – Zondervan Author, Eastern University, Youth Ministry Department, St. Davids, PA

Richard Foster – RENOVARÉ, Englewood, CO

Rick Warren – Purpose Driven Life, Lake Forest, CA

Rod Parsley – Breakthrough Ministries, World Harvest Bible College - Columbus, OH, World Harvest Church - Winchester, OH

Ron Kenoly - Ron Kenoly Ministries, Windermere, FL

Stuart & Jill Briscoe – Telling the Truth, Brookfield, WI

Tim Kimmel Family Matters®, Scottsdale AZ

Tremper Longman III - Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA

Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. Gordon - Conwell Theological Seminary South Hamilton, MA

Walter Wangerin, Jr. – Author, Valparaiso, IN

Warren W. Wiersbe - an American pastor, Bible teacher, Author

Wayne Rice - Author

Wellington Boone - Wellington Boone Ministries (WBM), Norcross, GA

2 John 1:9-11 "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."

Since updating this article, I see that there are still so many "Christians" who support "The Message" of Eugene H. Peterson, and it just proves to me that the "Apostasy" is not a future event, but it is right now!

I have not heard one word of warning or rebuke from any high profile religious leaders who have the ability to expose this travesty of Justice; and if God's people don't protect and defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ when it's under direct attack, then who will?!

Moreover, why was no man available to warn unsuspecting souls about this perversion of God's Word in 1993, when NavPress first began to publish The Message, and before it could get a stronghold in churches?

The men who really should be guarding and protecting God's Holy Word and preparing His people for the very Dark days ahead are sound asleep, and are under an evil influence while the battles rage on. I just hope that the true men of God will wake up soon, before it is too late.

"How are the mighty fallen
in the midst of the battle..?" (II Samuel 1:25)

All of this reminds me of why the LORD had to call upon a woman to judge and counsel His people, since no reliable men were available to "discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not." (Malachi 3:18)

God used Deborah to help His people win the victory over their enemy, but consider what she said to Barak when he said he would not go unless she went with him--"I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera (the enemy) into the hand of a woman." (Judges 4:9) 

All those who take pleasure in sin and willful disobedience to God, will utterly perish one Dreadful Day because "they received not the love of the Truth, that they might be saved." But for those who truly love God, but have been overcome by the lies of the Wicked One, I believe God will spare their lives. What they may have to go through in the process, I don’t know. Maybe the Great Tribulation?--The "event" that so many Christians don't seem too worried about, since the prevailing thought among the "religious leaders" of our day is that the "Church" will suddenly disappear and will be taken away or "raptured" up to Heaven before the anti-Christ, a.k.a. the "son of perdition," comes to power.

They believe they will be kept "from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth," but they fail to understand that John, under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote those words to the faithful Christians at the Church in Philadelphia because they "kept the word of My patience." (Revelation 3:7-13) And "spiritually" speaking, I Am certain that promise does not apply to those who approve of "The Message" of Eugene H. Peterson!"

The Evil One will be revealed in his Time, and according to God's Word, when the anti-Christ is totally unrestrained he will cause all men regardless of religious, political, social, or financial status, "to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." (Revelation 13:16-18)

If you have "fallen" for the false gospel "message" of Eugene Peterson and Rick Warren, please bow before God with a sincere and repentant heart and ask Him to show you what is blinding your eyes to the Truth. And please do not disregard the Voice of the LORD, and "pray" yourself out of God's disapproval, as Eugene H. Peterson has obviously done.

Isaiah 9:16-17: "For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed. Therefore the LORD shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still."

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Peterson claims, "There’s nothing done or said that can’t be forgiven," but according to God’s Word blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, in this world or in the world to come. It is an extremely serious sin with horrifying and permanent consequences, and I would like to compare the King James Version with "The Message," to reveal how Peterson has outright lied about this vital issue. And please read "The Message" for informational purposes only!

Matthew 12:30-32

King James Version: "30He that is not with Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad. 31Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come."

The Message: "30This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy; if you’re not helping, you’re making things worse. 31There’s nothing done or said that can’t be forgiven. But if you deliberately persist in your slanders against God’s Spirit, you are repudiating the very One who forgives. 32If you reject the Son of Man out of some misunderstanding, the Holy Spirit can forgive you, but when you reject the Holy Spirit, you’re sawing off the branch on which you’re sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with the One who forgives."

Mark 3:28-29

King James Version: "28Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 29But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of Eternal Damnation:"

The Message: "28Listen to this carefully. I’m warning you. There’s nothing done or said that can’t be forgiven. 29But if you persist in your slanders against God’s Holy Spirit, you are repudiating the very One who forgives, sawing off the branch on which you’re sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with the One who forgives."

Luke 12:8-10

King James Version: "8Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: 9But he that denieth Me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. 10And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven."

The Message: "8Stand up for me among the people you meet and the Son of Man will stand up for you before all God’s angels. 9But if you pretend you don’t know me, do you think I’ll defend you before God’s angels? 10If you bad-mouth the Son of Man out of misunderstanding or ignorance, that can be overlooked. But if you’re knowingly attacking God himself, taking aim at the Holy Spirit, that won’t be overlooked."

Rarely will a minister preach about "Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit," as it is so unpopular and highly misunderstood. And anyone who uses "The Message" as the basis of their knowledge it will not be the Truth!

Satan desires to lead God's people into the Dark, yet call it the Light; and the Devil is using "The Message" of Eugene H. Peterson to lure many people into a "false gospel" message, and away from God.

Throughout Peterson's book he replaces "gospel" with "message" as if they are one in the same word. He has attempted to superimpose his "Message" over the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but those who are of Christ, and knowledgeable of the tactics of the Devil will see through his lies.

Consider how Peterson handles the word "Gospel" in his book:

Replaced "Gospel" with "message" 71 times.

Replaced "Gospel" with other words 16 times.

Deleted "Gospel" altogether 12 times.

Peterson retains "gospel" just once, but completely misrepresents the Truth of what was actually written in the text. Please compare how he presents a totally different "message," than that of the King James.

Romans 15:16

King James Version: "That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the Gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost."

The Message: "this priestly and gospel work of serving the spiritual needs of the non-Jewish outsiders so they can be presented as an acceptable offering to God, made whole and holy by God’s Holy Spirit."

John Stine, an editor at NavPress, persuaded Peterson to translate other New Testament books after he read his rendition of Galatians—the place where Peterson began to rewrite God's Word. So they obviously knew from the beginning what the terrible consequences would be for those who "pervert the Gospel of Christ."

Galatians 1:6-12

King James Version: "6I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

10For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 11But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ."

The Message: "6I can’t believe your fickleness—how easily you have turned traitor to him who called you by the grace of Christ by embracing a variant message! 7It is not a minor variation, you know; it is completely other, an alien message, a no-message, a lie about God. Those who are provoking this agitation among you are turning the Message of Christ on its head. 8Let me be blunt: If one of us—even if an angel from heaven!-were to preach something other than what we preached originally, let him be cursed. 9I said it once; I’ll say it again: If anyone, regardless of reputation or credentials, preaches something other than what you received originally, let him be cursed.

10Do you think I speak this strongly in order to manipulate crowds? Or curry favor with God? Or get popular applause? If my goal was popularity, I wouldn’t bother being Christ’s slave. 11Know this—I am most emphatic here, friends—this great Message I delivered to you is not mere human optimism. 12I didn’t receive it through traditions, and I wasn’t taught it in some school. I got it straight from God, received the Message directly from Jesus Christ."

For those who have "eyes to see" it is obvious that Eugene H. Peterson is listening to a false-Christ, and his "message" is from the anti-Christ! And one Great and Dreadful Day it will be evident for all to SEE.

Those who endorse and have actively supported Peterson's message cannot be trusted; and by being willing to accept him they had to deny the "doctrine of Christ," and are therefore a partaker of his evil deeds!

2 John 1:9-11 "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."

It is just reprehensible what this man has done with the Holy Scriptures! I have not even begun to mention the more outrageous instances where Peterson perverts and distorts God's Word, but I have tried to present enough evidence to prove that he is guilty of changing the Truth of God into a lie. And the following is some more examples whereby NavPress and its author has indeed replaced the "Gospel" with their "Message."

Excerpts From "The Message" published by NavPress:

 [Please note the emphasis is mine--C. Read]

"...the Message of the kingdom will be preached all over the world, a witness staked out in every country. And then the end will come." Matthew 24:14

 "...Jesus went ...preaching the Message..." Mark 1:14

"God’s spirit is on me: he’s chosen me to preach the Message..." Luke 4:18

"...telling the latest news of God, the Message..." Luke 9:6

"...God made it quite plain that he wanted the pagans to hear the Message..." Acts 15:7

"bringing the Message only into those places where Jesus was not yet known and worshipped...they’ll get the Message." Romans 15:20-21

"...It was as Jesus helped me proclaim God’s Message to you that I became your father." I Corinthians 4:15

"...the Master directed that those who spread the Message be supported by those who believe the Message." I Corinthians 9:14

"If I proclaim the Message, it’s not to get something out of it for myself. I’m compelled to do it, and doomed if I don’t!" I Corinthians 9:16

"We’re sending...someone very popular in the churches for his preaching of the Message." II Corinthians 8:18

"...preaching quite another Jesus...different spirit, different message..." II Corinthians 11:4

"I wonder, did I make a bad mistake in proclaiming God’s Message to you..." II Corinthians 11:7

"The Message is accessible and welcoming to everyone..." Ephesians 3:6

"...This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone...That is the substance of our Message." Colossians 1:26-27b

"When the Message we preached came to you...Something happened to you." I Thessalonians 1:5

"They are contemptuous of this great Message..." I Timothy 1:11

"This is the Message I've been set apart to proclaim...It’s also the cause of all this trouble I’m in. But I have no regrets..." II Timothy 1:11a-12

"...both we and the Message are free of error, mixed motives, or hidden agendas." I Thessalonians 2:4

"Listen to the Message. It was preached to those believers who are now dead..." I Peter 4:6

"It’s judgment time for Christians...think what it’s going to be like for those who refuse God’s Message!" I Peter 4:17

[End of Excerpts from "The Message" of Peterson]

Satan is a liar, and the Father of lies! God only speaks the Truth and He has no hidden agenda. The Devil deceives and manipulates people in order to get his way, and he will do anything he can to lead you to Hell. And his ultimate desire is for you to end up in the Lake of Fire with him!

Peterson's "per-version" of the Bible totally disregards the wrath of God, but one Dreadful Day all those who reject God will experience His wrath, and it will be much worse for those who have tampered with His Word.

I have one last example from "The Message" of Peterson that I have compared with the Holy Scriptures to show just how blasphemous and disrespectful his book really is. And if you are one who truly desires to protect and defend the "True Gospel," please take time to read this, especially when you consider the vast amounts of people that have been influenced by those who have "fallen" for the lies and deceptions of the Devil, and have promoted his work in the "Christian world."


King James Version of 1 Samuel 16:4-14

“And Samuel did that which the LORD spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably?

And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the LORD: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.

And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him.

But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these.

And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.

And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.

Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.”


From "The Message" 1 Samuel 16:4-14

"Samuel did what God told him. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the town fathers greeted him, but apprehensively. 'Is there something wrong?'

'Nothing's wrong. I've come to sacrifice this heifer and lead you in the worship of God. Prepare yourselves, be consecrated, and join me in worship.' He made sure Jesse and his sons were also consecrated and called to worship.

When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, 'Here he is! God's anointed!'

But God told Samuel, 'Looks aren't everything. Don't be impressed with his looks and stature. I've already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.'

Jesse then called up Abinadab and presented him to Samuel. Samuel said, 'This man isn't God's choice either.'

Next Jesse presented Shammah. Samuel said, 'No, this man isn't either.'

Jesse presented his seven sons to Samuel. Samuel was blunt with Jesse, 'God hasn't chosen any of these.'

Then he asked Jesse, 'Is this it? Are there no more sons?'

'Well, yes, there's the runt. But he's out tending the sheep.'

Samuel ordered Jesse, 'Go get him. We're not moving from this spot until he's here.'

Jesse sent for him. He was brought in, the very picture of health— bright-eyed, good-looking.

God said, 'Up on your feet! Anoint him! This is the one.'

Samuel took his flask of oil and anointed him, with his brothers standing around watching. The Spirit of God entered David like a rush of wind, God vitally empowering him for the rest of his life.

Samuel left and went home to Ramah.

At that very moment the Spirit of God left Saul and in its place a black mood sent by God settled on him. He was terrified.”

What absolute disrespect Eugene H. Peterson has for the Word of God, yet the “Christian World” has validated him by supporting his “Message” whether directly or indirectly; and all who publish, endorse, or promote his or Warren's work have become a partaker of their evil deeds!

We are living in perilous Times, and this is no time to justify or excuse away your sin, or the sin of others. Sin is the doorway into Darkness, and if you are willing to sin against God, you are putting yourself in the position to be led astray by those who serve the Devil.

The end of true faith in the LORD Jesus Christ, is not just the salvation of your soul, but is the "salvation of souls." And if you do not have a burning desire in your heart to direct lost souls to Christ, so they can get right with God, and be saved from sin, Hell and death, you need to seriously consider whether your faith is in a counterfeit "message."

King James Version of Ephesians 5:6-8,11

"Let no man deceive you with vain words: For because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

For ye were sometimes Darkness, but now are ye Light in the LORD: walk as children of Light...And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of Darkness, but rather reprove them."

I was once in a major deception and I have such a burning desire to warn others about the subtle ways in which evil men can lead innocent people astray if they are not knowledgeable of the tactics of the Devil.

God led me to write a letter and send it to various people and churches so as to warn others about the group I was involved in; and that letter would become the first chapter to my book, Walking With The Enemy.

I have been sharing the message God gave me ever since June of 1993, and even though I had no way of knowing that NavPress would begin publishing Eugene H. Peterson's book at that same time, God surely did.

Furthermore, I Am certain it is God's will for me to share my Testimony, but sometimes I feel like Mary after she saw the LORD. Jesus told her to tell His disciples that He had risen, and at first they didn't believe her, and some even ridiculed her, but thankfully they were willing to repent of their unbelief when they saw the LORD Jesus Christ for themselves.

I have included a letter I wrote to a dear Pastor from the Philippines who received my Testimony several years ago, so that maybe you can understand my true motivations. I have not yet met him face to face, but I hope to meet in that glorious place that God has prepared for us.

Dated: 30 January 2005

To My Pastor Friend:

"I hope you know that I really appreciate your response to the Testimony of Jesus Christ in my life. I would love to remain totally anonymous in this world, and just be someone that God can use to be a source of strength and encouragement for others like yourself.

I Am so blessed to hear you are encouraged by the "Message" God has given me to share. There are so many counterfeit messages going out these days, and it is so wonderful to meet up with those who are sincere, true, and completely faithful to the LORD.

Thank you so much for your prayers. And may the LORD be with you and your loved ones−always. We really need Him! He is such a great and wonderful God, and I pray that the LORD God Almighty receives all the honour and glory for anything I do that is truly worth doing! Amen!

Take care!
With the love of Christ,
C. Read"

I have had much opposition to the work that I Am doing for the LORD, but as long as God allows me, I will proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to whomsoever and wherever He leads me. May you have "ears to hear" the wonderful "message" God has given me to share with His people.

Prophecy of 28 February 1993

"Many things you have been taught here has been done in secrecy and in Darkness. You have been taught truth mixed with lies, and the LORD says it will go on no longer!

And you, Bill, are the one who has taught the lies, and the LORD, says it will go on no longer in this home. The LORD, is giving you a chance to turn from your sin, and He is so forgiving that He will not hold your sin against you, if you repent. And if you do not, you will die!

He is my Husband, and I love Him with a love that cannot be broken. I love you too, but with a brotherly love. And I beg you to repent!

Everything you have learned here has been tainted with evil, and you cannot hold on to any of it. The only thing that you can hold on to is the fact that Jesus Christ died for you, and by His mighty power, God raised Him from the dead.

If you believe that in your heart, and claim Him as LORD, He will put the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead inside of you, to lead you and guide you into the Truth!

Light will overshadow Darkness, and Darkness will not be able to stand in the presence of God!"


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