The Unbiblical Openness of YWAMp.3
The many influences of the NAR
For years I have addressed the continual problems in YWAM that make it an unhealthy place for the youth. These have not been taken care of but instead expanded, so I find the need to speak further. Since Cunningham and other YWAM leaders are involved with NAR leaders, like Mike Bickle, Lou Engle its understandable they will use the Bible promoted by the NAR (new apostolic reformation)
Brian Simmons is a former missionary, linguist, minister, and Bible teacher. As a missionary, he and his wife, Candice, pioneered church plants in Central America. He began his biblical studies with the New Tribes Bible Institute and continued on to earn his doctorate with Wagner Leadership Institute, with a specialization on prayer. Anyone graduating from anything of Peter Wagner needs to be scrutinized.
The FAQ section of The Passion Translation website describes the translation process:
Simmons calls his version a translation, however it is not really a translation at all, it is not a paraphrase either. A paraphrase is a thought for thought translation, extracting the meaning from Gods word. This is not that, it is his theology inserted with the added words.
In a time of new revelation one needs to be careful in adding what they think to God’s Word.
The Passion Translation of the Bible is not about finding equivalent words in the English language, in the genre of our day, it revisions the original words. What is implied is that the Bible does not mean what it says well enough, it needs to be changed and Simmons has decided what it should say. If this were him commenting on the Word it may be more acceptable but instead he claims to give more meaning to the truth "unfiltered by religious jargon," he he's introducing a theology based on NAR movement.
Mark 1:15 KJV: “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
This additions change the texts meaning. Clearly presenting an over-realized eschatology, that what God has promised for the future is readily available now. This is found within the NAR kingdom now teachings. It is not the fulfillment of the age, nor the realm of God’s kingdom to be fully experienced. That is what the Millennium is.
His faq section on his Passion translation website. “I've heard that Brian Simmons is part of something called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. Is that true?
The New Apostolic Reformation, commonly known as NAR, is a name used by some Internet apologists and critics to identify leaders mostly in the Pentecostal and charismatic traditions who affirm (or seem to affirm in part or full) a group of beliefs the critics oppose. Brian Simmons has been unfairly identified with this non-movement because of his association with some of these leaders and affinity with Pentecostalism. Further, such critics have falsely accused Simmons of writing The Passion Translation as a stealth maneuver in support of the non-movement’s agenda and to bolster it theologically through translation renderings. Neither of these accusations are fair or accurate. Although his audience includes the Pentecostal reader and worshiper, he affirms historic Christian orthodoxy and stands within the broad evangelical theological tradition.”
Funny how this is answered, considering the many NAR participants who wholly endorse “his translation.” And what is to be said of the Charismatics and Pentecostals who are critical of the new apostolic governmental movement, crickets.
The fact is, Simmon's is working under apostle Ché Ahn, with Harvest International Ministry who is in the NAR. Ché Ahn is the international chancellor at Wagner University. Cindy Jacobs, Shawn Bolz, and Brian Simmons are the core teaching faculty (along with many others) and Ahn’s website links to his passion Bible.
So any of his denials fail as credible, especially as one sees the endorsements.
Loren Cunningham (YWAM) has said We believe this coming spiritual awakening will be fed and undergirded by a new level of engagement with God’s Word.”
This is exactly what the Passion Bible claims to be doing.
The Passion Translation is promoted at certain YWAM bases. YWAM Southlands Tasmania had invited the translator, Brian Simmons to speak at their base in 2017.
YWAM Harpenden.UK Word by Heart Devotional they are grateful to Dr Brian Simmons, author of The Passion Translation,
(to see exactly what the Passion Bible and the author is about )
Dr. Ché Ahn "I believe The Passion Translation will be the Bible of choice for the next Jesus people movement."
Bill Johnson “One of the greatest things to happen with Bible translation in my lifetime.”
Dr. Chuck D. Pierce “I have devoured The Passion Translation! There is a fragrance of God’s Spirit that emanates from the powerful expressions that Brian Simmons has brought forth in this translation. Not only have I used The Passion Translation for teaching, but I have picked up certain books of the Bible and read them like a living novel. I love this translation!”
Dutch Sheets "Pastor Brian Simmons is doing a tremendous job training a new generation of radical Christians to impact the nations. The course of history will be set as these men and women help usher in world-changing revival."
Lou Engle “Forged many years ago while translating the Scriptures among South American tribes, and hammered out on the anvil of decades of personal devotion and apostolic experience, my dear friend Brian Simmons brings to the earth a powerful and refreshing translation of the Scriptures that is fueling and inflaming the hearts of tens of thousands world wide. Like the Living Bible that sprung forth in the days of the Jesus Movement, this translation bursts forth from the womb of this present revival. Read it and get caught up in a God-swirl of spiritual understanding and revelation.”
Since Engle is fully associated with YWAM and the NAR, and is promoting this Bible its not difficult to understand
Simmons says he undertook this translation project because he felt a calling from God, and because he has always wanted to bring people into a greater understanding of the wealth and treasure contained in the Bible. There is much more to be said of his reinterpretation.
It’s not that he felt a calling, he had a visitation On Sid Roth’s a 2015 “its supernatural television program, Simmons claimed that, in 2009, Jesus Christ literally visited him in his room, breathed on him, and commissioned him to write a new translation of the Bible. Simmons says, “It felt like Heaven's wind. The rock, the breath, the wind of God came upon me. And he spoke to me and said, ‘I'm commissioning you to translate the Bible into the translation project that I'm giving you to do.’ And he promised that he would help me, and he promised me that he would give me secrets of the Hebrew language.”…
Sid Roth comments” do you believe that when he blew on you there was an impartation for revelation?
Brian Simmons: I do, I believe the spirit of revelation was given and I have to say when he breathed on me no way would I want to compare that to the writers of the New testament, the original writers (Moses Ezekiel), he breathed on me so that I would do the project, and I felt downloads coming, instantly. I received downloads. It was like, I got a chip put inside of me. I got a connection inside of me to hear him better, to understand the scriptures better and hopefully to translate." https://sidroth.org/television/tv-archives/brian-simmons/
Simmons claims that Jesus visited him personally, and even took him to the library of heaven. He claims to have received "downloads," "secrets of the Hebrew language" from Jesus Himself. Simmons even admitted that he has minimal background in biblical languages and needed the Lord's help to translate. His statements have numerous problems such as to hear him better, god speaking is not muffled, nor do need to “tune in.”
Sid Roth (SR): ...Okay. How in the world did you get into the library room of Heaven? I want to go there.”
Brian Simmons (BS): Well you know, as believers in Christ, there's only one entrance into the realm of the spirit, and that is the name of Yeshua, the name of Jesus Christ. We don't work it up. We don't get into an ecstatic state on our own. I was actually asleep and I was taken out of my body, and I was brought into this immense library room. I loved being there. And the Lord came up to me and he said, "Brian, I have brought you here to let you take any two books you want." And I'm just walking around. But it didn't take long before I saw a book that I knew I was to have and then soon I saw another book I knew I was to have. But you'll never want me back on the show when I tell you what happened then.
BS: Well I have to tell you the truth. I saw a third book and I knew the Lord told me I could only take two. And in Heaven, whatever you think is put out over the loud speaker, everyone hears it. Your thoughts are broadcasted. So here's what I hear coming out of the loud speaker, and it's my own thoughts, how can I steal this book. And then I said, oh, no, I'm shoplifting on God. I felt so ashamed. But I knew if I could take this book, there was this book, so, if I could just take this book back with me to the natural realm it would trigger awakening in all the nations of the earth. It would bring, it would make the name of Jesus famous in the world. But Jesus came to me and said, "Brian, I cannot let you take this book." And he looked at me in the eyes with love that melted me and he said, "You are not ready for that book." Then he promised that, "I will bring you back one day and I will give you that book."
SR: What was the title?
BS: Written on the cover of the book was John 22.
SR: But there's only 21 chapters in John. What's this 22?
BS: Well John 22, go back to John 14:12 and you'll see that there is a greater works generation. "The works that I do you will do even greater works than these." I believe the John 22 generation will be a people that do the greater works of Jesus. They will not add to the scripture, and that's a sealed book. But it is a book that is unfolding and the works of Jesus will be replicated by an entire generation of people that believe fully in the power of God.
And Simmons is denying he is teaching the extreme neo Pentecostal/ the NAR view?
After hearing this there should be nothing else to be said. But I will include this one other verse to show what he is really teaching.
Galatians 6:6: "Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things" (KJV).
The Passion Translation: "And those who are taught the Word will receive an impartation from their teacher; a transference of anointing takes place between them."
Communicate and a transferring an anointing are two very different activities. Simmons teaches holiness is absorbed and so is the anointing. However the bible does not teach this.
The NAR teaches gifts the gift of prophesying or healing people can be imparted or transferred from the new anointed to the people under them. A transference of anointing is not spoken or found practiced anywhere in Scripture. This is what the new Gnosticís and mystical Pentecostals believe.
This translation is used in YWAM, is this what you want your children to learn from? Again this is another “bridge” to the NAR.