Well, which is it? We take the view that the Bible is clearly and unambiguously gender-specific and the fact that we are even having this discussion is an indictment of those Evangelicals who have engaged in linguistic somersaults to accommodate “Evangelical” feminists by manipulating the sacred Biblical texts. There is a plethora of Politically Correct “Bible” translations available and it is common practice today to play fast and loose with Scripture, and this low view of Scripture has had a corresponding corrupting influence on many Evangelical Christians, in that many Churches have stopped warring against the world and now seek peaceful co-existence with it. Yes, there are “chocolate” soldiers aplenty today but few warriors “valiant for the truth!”
Now, using the Authorised Version as the standard by which all others are compared, and concentrating on one verse only, Mark 1 v.17.
Here is the rendering of said verse in the AV. “And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.”
The New International Version (2011), reads, “Come follow me,” Jesus said,”and I will send you out to fish for people.”
The New Revised Standard Version reads, “And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”
The Common English Bible reads, “Come, follow me, “he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.”
These trendy, inclusive versions (TNIV, NRSV, CEB) are obsessed with the word “people”. Why are they so afraid of the word “men” (as in AV), when it is obvious that the word includes women? Obviously, it is not the meaning that concerns these PC Christians, it is the use of male pronouns. They simply have to go and gender neutral words replace them. This runs parallel with the world’s attempts to create a unisex society by re-writing children’s books etc., so yet again the Church is in lockstep with the world.
In conclusion, a brief word about the translation we use and recommend, and it is, of course, the Authorised Version, but we are not extreme in our view on this subject and we don’t believe that it is essential to read the AV in order to be saved. Nevertheless, we highly recommend the AV to you, our readers.