I usually promote my books and provide excerpts from them on this blog but a recent news story upset me so deeply that I must protest against it. The Dove World Outreach Center of Gainsville, Florida has recently announced that they will burn copies of the Qu’ran on September 11th to protest the terrorist attack which occurred nine years ago. The chief reason I’m upset is because this strident stunt will endanger Christians in Islamic lands. In fact, many of these believers, and westerners in general, could be murdered because of Pastor Terry Jones’ unchristian provocation.

Most Christians desire only to tell the world about the good news of Christ’s gift of salvation. Because everybody has sinned and come short of God’s standard, Christ voluntarily stepped in to take the punishment on the cross that should have been ours. All he asks is that we beg his forgiveness, accept his gift of eternal life, and yield ourselves to his will. The duty of Christians is to proclaim the wonderful news and become more Christ-like in their lives. Nobody does that perfectly but Christ does change the hearts of those who trust in him.

Now we have a boorish pastor, Terry Jones, about to pull a stupid stunt that makes Christians look like hateful bigots. Christ never lead an army against his enemies and neither should this rogue pastor take matters into his own hands wile endangering innocent believers. He ought to heed Romans 12:19 which says, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

This isn’t the first stupid stunt his unaffiliated church has pulled but it may well be the most infamous. I hope and pray that this callous leader and his crazed congregants will cancel the Qu’ran burning. If he goes through with it and innocent Christians are murdered, their blood will be on his hands and he’ll have to face God Almighty on Judgement Day. In fact, the Bible teaches that all people of other religions and false Christians alike will someday have to answer for their sins.

Would you like to escape eternal punishment? Ask Jesus Christ to come into your life and be in charge of it. Surrender yourself to him and he will exchange your sins for his righteousness.

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    1. Over the weekend, I wrote a protest letter asking that ministry leaders contact Dove World Outreach Center’s Pastor Terry Jones and remonstrate with him about the absolutely stupid plan to burn the Qu’ran and let him know the price Christians will have to pay for his rash act. I then made 15 copies and placed each in envelopes that I received from assorted Christian ministries. My hope is that these letters will reach their destinations before September 11th. Having posted them yesterday, August 23, They should arrive before the deadline 14 business days later. I hope and pray that Pastor Jones can be disuaded from his unchristian plan by then.

  1. Bruce:

    You are so right! Jesus told us to love our enemies, not take vengeance on them. We are to pray for those who do evil to us and do good to them. How can such an act portray the love of Jesus?

  2. Burning books is hardly taking vengeance. The pastor and his church are simply making a statement. Anyone, Moslems or otherwise, who takes it more seriously than that is as petty as he is showing himself to be.

  3. The huge problem with this particular book burning IS that some people take it very seriously. I’ve read on many websites dealing with persecution that radical Muslims take out perceived slights on local Christians. Remember that problem with the cartoons a few years back? Additionally, non-Christians lump us all together so that one bunch of nutcases ruins it for the majority of people who want nothing more than to serve God. I’ve heard so many atheists and agnostics say their main reason for rejecting Christ is because of the antics of various extreme faith cults. I’m praying daily that this rogue pastor and his congregation will cancel their Qu’ran burning stunt before innocent people get hurt.

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