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Pope Francis approves change to the Lord’s Prayer despite opposition: ‘It’s deeply problematic’

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Despite opposition from traditionalists, Pope Francis has officially approved a change to the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:13 that replaces “lead us not into temptation” with “do not let us fall into temptation.”

The U.S. Catholic reports that the Vatican enacted the change on May 22 following 16 years of research by experts who found a mistake in the current translation “from a theological, pastoral, and stylistic viewpoint.”

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Pope Francis first signaled support for amending the “lead us not into temptation” part of the Lord’s Prayer in 2017, arguing that it portrays God in a false light.

“A father does not lead into temptation, a father helps you to get up immediately,” the pope said at the time. “It is not a good translation because it speaks of a God who induces temptation.”

“The one who leads you into temptation is Satan,” he added. “That’s Satan’s role.”

Pope Francis pointed out that other translations had already been changed to modernize the language. “The French have modified the prayer to ‘do not let me fall into temptation,’ because it is me who falls, not the Lord who tempts me to then see how I fall,” he said.

The Lord’s Prayer originates in Matthew 6:9-13. The key verse in question is 13, which, in the NIV translation, reads: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” It is a translation from the Latin Vulgate, which was translated from ancient Greek by Saint Jerome in the late fourth century.

Initially, the proposed change to the Lord’s Prayer received mixed reactions from the wider faith community, with most saying they trusted the pope and the process, the Houston Chronicle reported.

But others expressed concern over the change.

David W. Pao, chair of the New Testament Department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, told The Christian Post that the change reflects the idea that “the Aramaic original” of the temptation petition “might have carried a permissive sense.”

“This permissive sense is consistent with a similar petition in the Jewish prayer a first century Jew might be familiar with (cf. b. Ber. 60b),” explained Pao.

“Moreover, the petition that follows in the Lord’s Prayer (‘deliver us from the evil one,’ Matthew 6:13b) clearly points to the devil as the one who leads people to sin.”

Pao also told CP that the proposed new language “does not represent the best reading of the Greek text nor does it exhaust the meaning of this petition.”

“First, this ‘permissive’ reading is not explicitly expressed in the Greek of Matthew 6:13a, and ‘lead us not into temptation’ remains the best and most natural rendering of this petition,” continued Pao.

“Second, if ‘temptation’ is understood as ‘temptation that leads to sin” (see Galatians 6:1), then it is important to emphasize that God does not lead people into such ‘temptation’ (see James 1:13-14). Nevertheless, the underlying Greek word behind ‘temptation’ can also refer more generally to ‘testing,’ and the Bible does describe God bringing His people into times of ‘testing’ (e.g., Deuteronomy 8:2, 16).”

Pao added that “the petition likely assumes the presence (and the coming) of periods of testing, and this petition should then be understood as a call to God for protecting His people from falling into sin in the midst of such testing (Matthew 26:39, 41).”

Philip F. Lawler, editor of Catholic World Newstold The New York Times that the pope’s criticism of the traditional translation “isn’t reasonable.”

“Pope Francis has made a habit of saying things that throw people into confusion, and this is one of them,” Lawler said. “It just makes you wonder, where does it stop, what’s up for grabs. It’s cumulative unease.”

Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and author of The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer As a Manifesto for Revolution, called the changes “deeply problematic.”

“I was shocked and appalled,” he told the Seattle Times. “This is the Lord’s Prayer. It is not, and has never been, the pope’s prayer, and we have the very words of Jesus in the New Testament. It is those very words that the pope proposes to change. It is not only deeply problematic, it’s almost breathtaking.”

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New Gospel Group GEMS Set to drop Debut single on Feb 26th

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After making their official appearance much earlier this year, brand new gospel singing group, GEMS are set to crown their official entrance into the music scene with the release of their debut single titled “My Praise”.

With the list of emerging acts and bands on the rise, the GEMS seems to be clearly cut on their mission as a gospel music band and their vision which is “bringing God to the nations and bringing the nations to God, through music” as stated again by founder Oma Ojinmah. They are truly here and ready to shake things up.

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The band, made up of gifted individual singers and artists have been busy recording some of their singles and videos most of which they have scheduled to be released this year. It will be a busy year for them with all they have planned for 2021 alone and one of such projects is a live in-studio recording, and several more projects which they wont let out full details on so far.

“My Praise” , their debut single, led by Ronny Reigns and Minister Aitee, will be released officially on February 26th in both audio and video. The single is a song of worship and exaltation to God and a sound that would stir up hearts in intense worship to God.

Stay expectant for this is the newest gospel music band on the block and they are here to stay.

Save the date, February 26th

As we wait, you can follow them on all Social Media platforms;

Instagram | Twitter | Facebook :@gemsmusic4u

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UK-based Gospel Musician Joseph Matthew speaks out “The church is causing trauma for people”

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The basic function of the church is to be involved in every facet of the life of the believer. This is evidently because the church is where God’s people are taught God’s Word so they can grow spiritually.

But to UK-based Ghanaian Afro-Gospel musician Joseph Matthew, also known as JM, the church today is not living up to its true billing. According to the award-winning musician, the Church has rather become one of the major places causing bountiful traumas for people.

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“The Church is one of the places that cause a lot of trauma for people. One of the environments that causes trauma is the church but we are in the church, in the choir, and you are singing and your pastor or senior pastor is constantly talking down on his members .this is actually the dangerous type of trauma people experience in the church. It starts off with acute, then becomes persistent so over the years do you know how many people go through mental health issues in the church,” Matthew said.

He continued, “because your senior pastors talking down on pastors, your church leaders talking down on the youth – constantly, these kids go home and they feel the pressure to perform or to attend to do things …it’s one of the places where you have clicks, you have gangs in the church and then they gang up on people and secretly crashing and breaking them …people don’t even know about all these things all in the name of God.”

Joseph Matthew who is well noted for hit songs such as “Hallelujah”, “Nyame Ye” and “My Story” which has currently earned him a nomination at the 2021 Ghana National Gospel Music Awards made these comments while speaking as a special guest at the ‘I unravel event’- a youth worship night and seminar which was hosted by Anna Efah in London.

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GUC Shares Lovely Pre Wedding Photos

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October 2nd 2020, Minister GUC the DESPERATE crooner proposed to his heartthrob Nene Ntuk on her birthday and she said YES.

Fast forwarded to today Sunday February 14th 2021, the minister took to his verified Instagram account to share some lovely pictures confirming a wedding which would be happening in no distant time from now.

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Alongside the lovely photos he made the caption

“PRE WEDDING 🔔✅

Happy valentines day My Love💘

Counting down to Our Day🥰 💍

DON’T FORGET JOHN 3 VS 16!‼️”

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Congratulations to Minister GUC and Miss Nene Ntuk.

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