According to reports, Bible Gateway has removed The Passion Translation (TPT) from its service.
Bible Gateway allows people to look up Bible verses online in multiple translations.
According to Christianity Today, Bible Gateway decided not to renew its license for TPT and no longer hosted the version on its website effective January 2022.
Bible Gateway provided no explanation on why it did this, other than stating it periodically reviews its contents.
TPT was developed by a former missionary and linguist, Brian Simmons, who heads Passion and Fire Missions.
Some suspect that TPT was removed because of growing concerns that it was not an actual Bible translation, but rather a paraphrase, giving it a commentary feel, as the author inserted his opinions on what verses actually meant.
Though this was not necessarily wrong, some suggest by adding thoughts not found in the original language, Simmons was leading people to certain conclusions, rather than letting the original text speak for itself.
In 2016, Christianity Today columnist, Andrew Wilson, stated that TPT has “too many additions to the text that have no basis in the original—which is fine (sort of) if it’s self-consciously a paraphrase, but not if people think it’s a translation.”
In particular, Wilson noted that the Lord’s prayer found in Luke 11 stating that it is twice as long as it appears in other translations:
|Luke 11:2-4 (TPT)||Luke 11:2-4 (NIV)|
|Our heavenly Father, may the glory of your name be the center on which our life turns. May your Holy Spirit come upon us and cleanse us. Manifest your kingdom on earth. And give us our needed bread for the coming day. Forgive our sins as we ourselves release forgiveness to those who have wronged us. And rescue us every time we face tribulations.||“‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread. 4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’|
Christianity Today also pointed to a video posted last year of an interview with popular Charismatic Preacher Bill Johnson, entitled, “Is The Passion Translation Heresy?” Johnson, who pastors Bethel Church in Redding, California, stated that while he uses the NASV or NKJV in his preaching and writing, he preferred the TPT for his devotional reading.
And while recommending TPT for new believers, Johnson added he does not use it as a proof text for any point he is trying to make.
“For inspiration, I love The Passion Translation,” Johnson said. “Every time he (Simmons) deviates from what would be a traditional approach to a verse, he explains it so powerfully that even if you don’t agree with him, you at least understand where he’s coming from.”
Personally, I believe the NASV (New American Standard Version (NASV) and English Standard Version (ESV) as among the most accurate Bible translation available today.