LifeWay Will Continue to Sell NIV Bibles Despite Southern Baptist’s Request for It to Be Banned

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Chairman: “We do not believe the 2011 NIV rises to the level to where it should be pulled or censored.”

The trustees of LifeWay Christian Resources unanimously voted to continue selling 2011 New International Version (NIV) Bibles in its chain of bookstores, even though the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) at its annual convention last June asked the publishing organization not to do so.
CT reported that the SBC passed the resolution criticizing the NIV update as an “inaccurate translation of God’s inspired Scripture,” largely because the translation avoids using male terms in passages where context suggests that both genders are intended (except where the pronoun in question has messianic allusions).
In the resolution, convention delegates asked LifeWay, which is owned and operated by the convention, not to sell the Bibles.
At LifeWay’s February trustee meeting, both a task force in charge of following up on the SBC’s resolution and the trustee executive committee recommended that LifeWay continue to sell the Bibles, Baptist Press reported.
Committee chairman Adam Greenway emphasized that the decision was not an endorsement of the NIV 2011.
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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Morgan Feddes