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Burn No Books

September 9, 2010

I emailed Terry Jones, pastor of the Gainesville, Florida church and the latest leader to urge his followers to burn books. Like the book burners who came before him, his provocative plan diverts the discussion away from the one which we can win, that is, making a reasonable case for Christianity as the only revealed religion, and the Bible as the only revealed word of God. Instead, Mr. Jones would have his followers think that it’s time to stop being reasonable and, instead, burn the Qur’an on Sunday as an act of devotion to Jesus Christ. He is wrong.

To Pastor Terry Jones:

 It is not too late for you to take counsel from the Christian community and change your mind. I believe that in planning to burn copies of the Qur’an you do not have the mind of Jesus Christ. Take counsel, take heed, Pastor Jones, as the church did at the Jerusalem Council; it seems “good to the Holy Spirit and to us” that you change your mind.

Reverend Bob Blincoe
US Director, Frontiers

11 Comments leave one →
  1. lois permalink
    September 10, 2010 7:15 am

    This is also my earnest prayer to see that this event would resolve in a constructive way for His Kingdom’s sake, both for His body in this earth & for those in darkness.

    Appreciate your mail to the Pastor & the concern & prayers.

  2. DAVid Runyan permalink
    September 11, 2010 6:22 pm

    Yeah, “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” Abraham Lincoln.

  3. jethro permalink
    September 11, 2010 6:32 pm

    Thanks for trying to reach Mr. Jones. You cant believe how relieved I was when I heard he had changed his plans, or maybe you can. Shouts and high fives with my Iraqi friend. See you soon.

  4. September 15, 2010 8:57 pm

    the JESUS I follow teaches Us,

    Love Your Enemy & Pray for those who persecute You.
    Mat 5-44
    Love our neighbors as our selfs.
    Mat 22-39, Mark 12-31

    I fail to see how these actions or even the talk of such actions DEMONSTRATES GOD’s LOVE ! as WE WHOM CLAIM to BE CHRISTIANS ARE INSTRUCTED to DO by GODS OWN WORD !

  5. Lovato permalink
    September 15, 2010 10:33 pm

    AMEN and AMEN. But even though that person decides to not burn someone’s holy book, our Lord Jesus has been further debased, sullied, and demonized by the mere suggestion that a ‘christian’ would do such a thing. How obvious that Satan works through such as Terry Jones. I am very relieved to read these comments, I start to fear I am the only one that feels this way.

  6. An angry Christian sister permalink
    September 16, 2010 11:27 pm

    I have a good Christian friend who resides in Pakistan. She personally sent me an article stating that because of Pastor Terry Jones’ actions, Christian churches in Pakistan were burned, and 72 Christians were killed. His actions only incited more anger. We are called to LOVE. Not upset the basket. He is wrong in his actions, and the blood of our fellow Christians who died because of what he did, is on his head.

    • September 17, 2010 12:07 am

      I think the blood spilled in Pakistan is on the hands of those who shed the blood.

      • September 17, 2010 4:23 am

        The blood is certainly on the hands of those that committed the murders, but to infer that no guilt or responsibility attaches to Terry Smith is to fail to understand the words of Jesus concerning the responsibilities of those that would be his disciples.

        You cannot create circumstances that you know will lead to raised tensions and might foreseeably lead to violence and death, and then stand guiltless of the blood thus shed. Pilate washed his hands of the blood of Jesus although he was the one that sanctioned his execution by law.

        Those in the mobs that clamoured for his death cried out, “His blood be upon us and upon our children.” But their cries did nothing to clean the blood from Pilate’s hands any more than his ablution did. Both clamorours and assenter were embroiled in and responsible for the death of Jesus.

        The Terry Joneses of the Christian world that know not how to follow the Prince of Peace have blood on their hands just as surely as if they had pulled the triggers, laid the bombs, or plunged their own blades into the innocent victim of hysterical and vengeful people.

        Pilate turned over an innocent lamb at the behest of a savage religious mob. Terry Jones and his ilk do the same.

        I am saddened by your apparently off-the-cuff remark that appears to absolve Terry Jones from responsibility.

        Neither his remarks nor yours represent the Jesus Christ I know from the Gospels. I know many Christians of all denominations that do not follow his example, but view his actions with sorrow and revulsion.

        Ronnie Bray

        • September 21, 2010 11:20 pm

          Every person is responsible for his or her own actions. That sounds like something can all agree on. But in the Islamic doctrine of “dhimmi” the entire Christian section of the community is responsible to make sure that no harm comes to Muslims. Thus, a perceived insult to Mohammad by a Pakistani Christian can result in churches being attacked and property of Christians looted. Same thing in Egypt. The result: Christians in Egypt, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq are extremely careful not to insult Islam. But it doesn’t protect them; Muslims with malice in their hearts can make false accusations against Christians and get away with crimes. The authorities will not usually interfere. To illustrate: American friends have written from the Middle East to say that their Muslim neighbors have warned them that their lives are at risk on account of the threat of retaliation for what the pastor almost did in Florida to the Qur’an. The Muslim neighbors were very matter of fact; you blood may have to be shed. this is the Muslim doctrine of “dhimmi.” We will not accept the doctrine of “dhimmi.”

  7. September 17, 2010 4:12 am

    It is a tragedy that Mr Jones can think of no better way of acting for Jesus Christ than by the mediaeval pattern of book burning. In the case of burning someone’s holy book it is a direct provocation. Even without the presence of terrorists acts by militant fundamentalist Islamists, to burn a holy book is crass, counter-productive and redolent of the Inquisition.

    Jesus’ Jerusalem ministry set the pattern and standards for all Christian ministers. Roman occupation meant there were temples to Roman gods, yet no word concerning them escaped the lips of the Lamb of God. His concern was to set his own house in order and turn mens’ hearts to him as the Way of Life that leads us to God and our salvation.

    Interestingly, we learn that some Romans in Palestine became Christians. The likelihood of them doing so would have been much diminished had Jesus denounced Mithraism and other pagan religions that were plentiful under Roman and Greek influences.

    Like our pattern and exemplar all Christians should follow his example and leave religious madness to the spiritually sick and deluded. How sad that Mr Jones told one lie after another as a feeble way to extricate himself from the folly of his own ungodly purpose, in which he failed to consider the consequences to those whose lives his actions have already imperiled.

    I pray for this blind guide, that he and those he leads through darkness will regain their sight and walk in the light of Him whose name is Truth.

    Ronnie Bray – Latter-day Saint

  8. Frank Hitch permalink
    November 9, 2010 2:41 am

    I was working in Georgia and visited Bethany Baptist Church for Wednesday evening meeting. During the prayer time one elderly woman stood up and prayed for God to cause the cancelation of the plan of the man in Florida to burn the book. I was in full agreement and very happy to listen as she made her petition. I commend Bob Blincoe for taking action and sending the reasonable letter to the guy. The Apostle Paul described the normal character of God’s Servant “And the Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.” 2 Tim 2:24-26.
    Frank Hitch in Virginia

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