Belief and Values
Petition to Bob Creson, Dale Ibsen, Greg Livingstone, Brady Anderson, Andy Clark, Gordon Dyck, Friedrich L, Lanver M, Dan E, Wycliffe, Frontiers & SIL, Bryan Harmelink, John Watters, Rick Brown, Larry Chico, Russ Hersman, Bob Blincoe, Freddy Boswell, Ruth Hubbard, Henk Prenger, Tim Lewis, Eddie Arthur, Jeff Liverman
Lost In Translation: Keep "Father" & "Son" in the Bible
| English Below | 中國 | 한국어 | Türkçe | Português | Español | Italiano | Indonesia | русский | français | العربية | Deutsch | Note: In April 2013, Wycliffe/SIL announced it would "implement the guidelines" developed by the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), including its recommendation to use the most direct familial terms for God. That sounds promising--but Wycliffe/SIL has yet to say what this means in practice. Will translators continue to insist that "familial" can include terms like "guardian" or "representative"? Will Wycliffe/SIL admit to any past mistakes in translation, as a sign that correction is needed? Thus, until these agencies show they are committed to retaining "Father" and "Son" in the text of the Bible, this petition will remain open. For Biblical Missiology's full statement on the WEA report, please link here. Western missions agencies Wycliffe, Frontiers and SIL are producing Bibles that remove Father, Son and Son of God because these terms are offensive to Muslims. Some examples documented in our Fact Check: • Wycliffe/SIL produced Stories of the Prophets, an Arabic Bible that uses “Lord” instead of “Father” and “Messiah” instead of “Son.” • Frontiers worked with an SIL consultant to produce True Meaning of the Gospel of Christ, an Arabic translation which removes "Father" in reference to God, and removes or redefines "Son," e.g. the Great Commission in Mt 28:19 reads, "Cleanse them by water in the name of God, his Messiah and his Holy Spirit."• Frontiers produced a Turkish translation of Matthew, distributed by SIL, that uses “guardian” for “Father” and “representative” or “proxy” for “Son.” • SIL consulted on the Bengali Injil Sharif, which translated "Son" as "Messiah" and “Son of God” as “God’s Uniquely Intimate Beloved Chosen One.” By replacing or removing "Father" or "Son" from the text of Scripture, these translations fail to portray God as who he is: the familial, eternal, loving God the Father, Son and Spirit. The deity of Jesus is obscured, and thus the self-sacrifice of God on our behalf. In June 2011, the Presbyterian Church in America explicitly declared such translations as “unfaithful to God’s revealed Word” because they “compromise the doctrines of the Trinity, Scripture, and the person and work of Jesus.” Perhaps most importantly, national Christians say these translations are harming their work, even producing a short video expressing their concerns. Yet Western proponents condone removing Father or Son because they say Muslims can only see sexual connotations to these terms. Numerous missionaries and national believers, however, strongly assert this is not the case. Further, church leaders in places like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Turkey, and Malaysia have called for an end to these translations, but to no avail. Adding fuel to the fire, these agencies have raised millions of dollars for these projects, yet donors are unaware their gifts are being used for translations that remove Father, Son and Son of God from the text. A member of the SIL board indicated that while “a few objections” over these translations would be “dismissable,” SIL would need to respond when the “man in the pew” created a “backlash.” By signing this petition, you are letting these agencies know that your convictions, and the integrity of God’s own Word, can’t be dismissed. Instead, you are asking for a written commitment from Wycliffe, Frontiers and SIL not to remove Father, Son or Son of God from the text of Scripture. For a thorough explanation of our concerns, including documentation offered in response to Wycliffe's comments about the petition, please read "Lost In Translation Fact Check." For brief answers to common questions, including responses to agency denials, please see the Petition FAQs. And for general information, please visit Biblical Missiology, as well as the "Petition Updates" section for articles and resources, including the new book, Chrislam. Join us in this prayer: O God, our heavenly Father, May the witness that You have given us eternal life in Your Son, prevail in the hearts and minds of Your servants. May the work of translating Your Word go forth to reach the unreached masses. Endow those who are mistranslating Your Word, with grace that leads them to repentance. Give the Church, Your body the unity of the Spirit, and the bond of peace under the headship of Christ. May we all persevere in serving the gospel without shrinking back or shying away from the Truth. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, the Son of the Living God. Amen. Invite your friends to the petition Facebook Event.Follow Biblical Missiology on: Twitter and Facebook Featured CommentI've been in Turkey for 27 years and I don't know any Turkish pastor or believer that likes this translation. On the contrary, I'm also a pastor, and I can say that I know every pastor and everyone I know are upset with this translation. . . rather than changing the meaning of the Biblical terms and give reason to those Muslims who accuse Christians of adulterating the Scriptures, why not simply put a footnote to clarify that "Father" does not refer to a biological father and "Son" does not refer to a biological son? But for me the worst thing in this translation is that this "Matthew" started with a quote of the Koran and that the translation is full of footnotes with quotes of the Koran, as if it was the highest authority to decide what is true and what false. Carlos MadrigalIstanbul, Turkey Read more comments and see a global map of signers at http://biblicalmissiology.org/petition-comments-map/ (Updated Daily)
Petition to Americans Who Believe in Prayer for Our Nation
Americans Who Believe in Prayer for Our Nation: Sign a pledge to join the daily National Minute of Prayer for America.
In the very maelstrom of world war, the British nation paused every night for one silent minute of concerted prayer ... and it worked. Sign a pledge to join the daily minute of prayer for America at 9:00 p.m. ET. More info at: www.MinuteOfPrayer.org
Petition to Most Rev. Honesto F. Ongtioco, DD
Petition to Open the Diocesan Process on the Cause for Beatification and Canonization of Aurora Aragon-Quezon
Mrs. Aurora Aragon-Quezon, former First Lady of the Philippines, lived an exemplary life worthy of being counted among the saints of the Roman Catholic Church. Her love for God took flesh in her love for her neighbor as evidenced by her fidelity and dedication as a wife, mother, and public figure. She epitomized the people Jesus was alluding to in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10): 1. She was "poor in spirit" (verse 3). She relied more on God's power than her own by fostering a prayerful life and willingly accepted the pain of poverty in the many chapters of her life. First when her father died leaving his survivors in extreme poverty and then later when she and her family lived in difficult conditions in Corregidor during the Japanese Occupation in 1941. 2. She was humble (verse 4). During her husband's political career, she stayed in the background engaging with charitable acts and women organizations. Instead of residing at the Presidential Palace, she preferred to stay in a "nipa house" within the vicinity of the palace or at their farm in Arayat, Pampanga. When offered to run for a seat in the Philippine Senate, she declined and simply supported those she deemed worthy to be elected. 3. She mourned over the suffering of her people (verse 5) and offered them consolation in many humanitarian endeavors such as the Philippine National Red Cross, Girl Scouts of the Philippines, Associación de Damas Filipinas, White Cross, and Philippine Tuberculosis Society. 4. She hungered and thirsted after justice (verse 6) and was one of the leading women who campaigned for Filipino women to have the right to vote; a right that was achieved in 1937. Through her invitation, the American Carmelites established the Mt. Carmel High School of Baler (now Mt. Carmel College of Baler in 1948 to satisfy the need for an evangelical mission in that part of the country. 5. She was merciful (verse 7) and came to the aid of those in need, be it in the Philippines or in the United States of America where she and her daughters volunteered as nurses for the Red Cross while waiting for their return home in the late 1940s. While at exile in the States during World War II, she devoted her time looking after her ailing husband until his death in 1944. 6. She had a clean heart (verse 8). When Philippine Congress voted a pension of PhP 1,000 a month to be given to her, she rejected the offer with the explanation: "I feel that on account of ... countless war widows and orphans ... I should waive collection of a pension . . . I cannot, in good conscience, receive ... government assistance when so many of my less fortunate sisters and their children are not yet taken care of. . . I know [if I accepted] I would not be keeping faith with the memory of my beloved husband. . . ." 7. She was a peacemaker (verse 9). Through her many efforts in the fields of education, health, social justice, community service, etc. she promoted peace and friendship and restored the dignity of people. The Aurora Aragon Quezon Peace Awards conferred by the Concerned Women of the Philippines attests to this attribute. 8. She suffered persecution for justice’s sake (verse 10). In spite of her love and service to others, Mrs Quezon and her companions were ambushed and killed by insurgents while on their way to inaugurate a hospital named after her late husband on April 28, 1949. Mrs. Quezon is not only an icon in Philippine history, but also in the life of God’s People, the Church. As a witness to the compassion of Jesus towards the least, the lost, and the last, she stands as a heavenly model and intercessor for wives, mothers, politicians and their spouses, community servants, and the like. Raising her to the altars in recognition of her holy life would give glory to God whom she served without any reservation. In view of the above, we implore that the Roman Catholic Church’s hierarchy, through the Most Rev. Honesto Ongtioco, Bishop of the Diocese of Cubao (Quezon City, Philippines), open her cause for sainthood through a diocesan inquiry into her life. Subject to satisfying the requirements of the Church, we ask Pope Francis to proclaim her a saint. References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_Quezon http://www.quezon.ph/familyinfo/aurora-a-quezon/ http://www.quezon.ph/familyinfo/aurora-a-quezon/mrs-quezon-by-leon-ma-guerrero/ http://www.quezon.ph/2005/04/30/fr-reuter-on-mrs-quezon/
Petition to Time Warner, Richard Plepler, John Billock, Casey Bloys
HBO: Cancel the upcoming series "Confederate"
in response to Charlottesville
The creators of Game of Thrones ( David Benioff and D.B.Weiss have created a movie called "Confederate," which will premiere on HBO as a series. The movie is an alt-history drama of the Civil War and the southern states have successfully succeeded from the unions and slavery remains legal and evolves into modern times. In other words, it still exist today. According to the creator's, the production will begin after the final season of Game of Thrones. HBO states, the series is unique and ambitious with an unforgettable journey. HBO president Casey Bloys, Weiss and Benioff do not think the show is exploitative or salacious. They want the public to wait to see the show to determine if it's terrible. Well we, the public choose not to wait. In response to the violence, terror attacks and deaths in Charlottesville, Virginia we asked that the series be cancelled. This is HBO and the producers opportunity to condemn the violence and the acts of these radical groups. Charlottesville, is just the start and its important that "We the People" of these United States of America must speak out and to denounce this movement. You cannot alt the worst thing that has happen in United States history. It is a smack in the face to our ancestors and the union soldiers, who fought for our freedoms. And it undermines the victories and contributions of all African/Americans. African Americans help build the economic foundations of this country. We played a prominent role in building this country with our sweat, tears, and blood. The "Confederate" series minimizes who we are as a people and it's disrespectful. It feeds into the racial undertones that are prevalent today. It permeates the views of the alt-right, Neo-Nazi groups and KKK, which clearly wants the Make America Great Again slogan to be a reality. America does not need another slave story. We don't need to see the brutal and degrading treatment that was inflicted on our ancestors. Everyone knows the story. Our children don't need to be brainwashed by a movie that is designed to continuously degrade and attempt to stifle the black race. You cannot dismiss our history, because our strength comes from our history. Our struggles and continuous fight for justice has prevailed and it will continue. The "Confederate" series will only be filled with assumptions that is not our story. If you want to focus on the "What If" theory then write a story that promotes a positive change. Consider the following, "what if" we weren't hunted and captured, placed on slave ships, shackled, sold as animals, lynched, burned, shot, branded, imprisoned, mutilated raped and lashed. Where would America be? We, the citizens of the United States of America request that the making of the series "Confederate" be discontinued due to its content and overall implications. We, the citizens of the United states of America request that HBO/Time Warner cancel the agreement with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Petition to Committee of Public Safety, Committee of Human Services, Mike Gipson, Committee of Human, Youth law center
Right to Internet access in Juvenile Facilities - The Bill AB 811
Earlier this year, Democrat Assemblymember Mike Gipson introduced legislation that would mandate "reasonable access to computer technology and the internet" for kids in juvenile detention programs and foster care. Access to the internet would be listed on the bills of rights for youth in these state programs. Existing rights include a safe environment, health care, freedom of religion and access to a lawyer. The bill, AB 811, would limit internet use and computer technology in detention facilities -- allowing it to be used only for educational purposes and to keep in touch with family and supportive adults. Probation officers could adopt further policies restricting the use. In 2016, the United Nations officially declared access to the internet a basic human right, noting its role "as a driving force in accelerating progress towards development in its various forms." Many teens are placed in locations far from their homes and families, making availability of electronic communication to maintain supportive relationships even more important, this Bill has recently been supported by Facebook saying that the bill would "appropriately modernize" the resources available for youth to successfully reintegrate with society. The bill goes before Committee on Public Safety and the Committee on Human Services this week. A spokesperson for Gipson's office said no other tech company has sent support for this bill. I urge all to sign this petition, as it provides support towards the bill that could provide those who have been stripped from their freedom at such a young age (for understandable reasons) to a basic human right.
Petition to Liam McLaughlin, Christopher Johnson, Corazon Pineda Isaac, Michael Sabatino, Dennis Shepherd, Mike Breen, John Larkin
Reject the landmark status application for 2 Grandview Blvd, Yonkers, NY
April 2016 Dear Council President McLaughlin and Council Members Johnson, Isaac, Sabatino, Shepherd, Breen and Larkin: Like you, I am a proud Yonkers resident. Yonkers is my community, the place I have chosen to raise my family, and where I do my best daily to be a productive citizen and a good neighbor. I believe in being law abiding and civically engaged, and like all other residents, I expect to be treated fairly by those in elected office who represent all members of the community, majority and minority voices alike. On April 6th, 2016, there was a decision by the Landmark Preservation Board to recommend the approval of a landmark status application on 2 Grandview Blvd, the site for a proposed Mosque, a house of worship for Muslims. Like Christianity and Judaism, Islam is part of the Abrahamic faith and requires those that subscribe to its faith to perform acts of worship like prayer, fasting, and charity giving. However, the approved Landmark application sets an undue burden in cost and time delays on the construction of the Mosque. It is also a heavy imposition on the legal protections of the landowners of the property, who bought the completely deteriorated home after years on the market without any interest from the rest of the community. Additionally, the application is extremely weak; even the historian member of the Landmark Preservation Board openly admitted that the application fails on just about every criterion and the one criterion it deemed passing was not certain. To make matters worse, there is strong reason to believe that some of the opposition to the construction of the Mosque stems from baseless and biased personal opinions of Muslims. Disgracefully, some discriminatory remarks were made at the initial public hearing. Now the matter is to be decided by you, our elected Council Members. I respectfully request and very strongly urge you reject the landmark status application. By rejecting the application you will uphold the legal right of all citizens, including Muslims in our community, to have a place of worship without any further hindrance. By rejecting the landmark application, you will be firmly asserting your commitment to the principles of freedom of religion and equality that make Yonkers, and our nation, a place deserving of admiration by both you and I, and future generations to come. Sincerely,