Grudem joins TNIV team
Asked if he still stands by his claim that there are thousands of inaccuracies in the TNIV, Dr. Grudem said, "Yes, but in the agreement which I reached with the CBT, they assured me that we would examine each of the inaccuracies which my research assistants and I have found in the TNIV. In fact, the CBT has written into my contract that I would be allowed to revise every third inaccuracy which is in our posted lists of TNIV inaccuracies. And I will advocate strongly for correcting the inaccuracies which are not covered by my contract."
Dr. Karen Jobes, the sole female member of the CBT, was asked if she feels comfortable with Dr. Grudem joining the CBT. "Oh, yes," she responded. "Wayne and I have been friends for a number of years. I received my Ph.D in Biblical Hermeneutics from Westminster Theological Seminary where Dr. Vern Poythress teaches. As you know, Vern and Wayne have written an extensive critique of the TNIV. We on the CBT have heard them. As to whether I, as a female biblical scholar, will be able to work well with Wayne, the answer is yes. Even though Wayne consistently teaches that women should have not teach men in church, many people do not know that Wayne has encouraged women like Sarah Sumner and myself to use our spiritual gifts to benefit the Body of Christ. Wayne was even on Sarah's dissertation committee at Trinity."
Dr. Mark Strauss of Bethel Seminary West and a new member of the CBT was asked how he feels about Grudem joining the CBT. Strauss says, "I'm delighted. I have interacted with Wayne about the TNIV in articles and debates. We have had opposing views about the TNIV. But now we'll be on the same team. The CBT has been disappointed at how slow sales of the TNIV have been since its publication as a complete Bible in 2005. The CBT recognized that we needed some major change to increase TNIV sales. Having Wayne on the CBT will help that happen. Christian bookstores listen to what Wayne says and we expect that after we make changes in the TNIV which Wayne has been asking for, the bookstores will freely sell the TNIV. Also, Wayne has told us that Dr. Jim Dobson will continue to invite him to be a guest on his radio program, Focus on the Family. A few days ago Wayne told us that during the months of our negotiations with him over his contract, he called Dr. Dobson several times to ask for prayer and advice about whether or not he should join the CBT. Wayne said he can now tell us that Dr. Dobson told him, "If you can correct the errors in the TNIV, I would fully commend you to this new opportunity. I wish that I could so easily see some changes in the Republican candidates for President in 2008."
Strauss ended by saying, "The CBT believes that the TNIV has the potential to impact English Bible readers for many years as the NIV did. We need to increase sales and gain the confidence of Christian leaders who have opposed the TNIV. We expect to do both now that Wayne is part of our team. We are not fooling around. This first day of April of 2007 should someday be seen as the major turning point for acceptance of the TNIV."