Despite his Bible paraphrase ‘The Passion’ recently being removed from Bible Gateway as one of their available resources, author and teacher Brian Simmons continue to tour the country, bringing with him his own dangerous brand of false teaching and mysticism.
By way of background, the Passion is a single-author “translation” of the scriptures by NAR “Apostle” Dr. Brian Simmons of Stairway Ministries, who claimed that Jesus appeared to him and gave him “secrets” of the Hebrew language. Lest you be confused about the “Dr.” in front of his name, it wasn’t due to his scholarly prowess.
Rather, he received it from Wagner Leadership Institute – an NAR organization founded by C. Peter Wagner that offers courses in subjects like dream interpretation and miracle-working and where you can get a “Masters of Spiritual Healing, Deliverance, and Warfare” or a “Masters of Apostolic Leadership and Applied Ministry.”
Simmons is known for having really bizarre theology, where he routinely declares he is hearing directly from God about some bizarre thing, such as claiming that Jesus literally took him into heaven while he was sleeping, where he went into the heavenly library and found the Book of John Chapter 22, an unreleased chapter from the Gospel that he says will change the world one day, and which God will one day let him read it. It’s all bonkers, and this next quote is no better.
because he has bad theology, that will bleed into his bible translation, which is actually just a paraphrase. His purpose isn’t to get as close to the original meaning of the Greek and hebrew text, so we can have the closest possible approximation of what God said, but rather he wanted to paraphrase the gist of it, so that he can also sneak in his own beliefs and strange interpretations. Here are two quick examples:
ESV: For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God.
TPT: It was when I tried to obey the law that I was condemned with a curse, because I’m not able to fulfill every single detail of it. But because the Messiah lives in me, I’ve now died to the law’s dominion over me so that I can live for God in heaven’s freedom!
ESV: Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.
TPT: And those who are taught the Word will receive an impartation from their teacher; a sharing of wealth takes place between theM.
ESV: I love you, O Lord, my strength.
TPT: Lord, I passionately love you! I want to embrace you, For now you’ve become my Power!