JISHOU, HUNAN — Only in America: a church in North Carolina will hold a book-burning party on Hallowe’en night to immolate “Satan’s Bibles.”
Not the books used by Satanists. No indeed, though I reckon you can bring them along. The Amazing Grace Baptist Church intends to toast such “perversions of God’s word” as
NIV, RSV, NKJV, TLB, NASB, NEV, NRSV, ASV, NWT, Good News for Modern Man, The Evidence Bible, The Message Bible, The Green Bible, ect. These are perversions of God’s Word the King James Bible.
For good measure, the church near Waynesville, NC, also plans to add “Satan’s music” to the pyre.
such as country , rap , rock , pop, heavy metal, western, soft and easy, southern gospel , contemporary Christian , jazz, soul, oldies but goldies, etc.
and non-Bible books, too :
We will also be burning Satan’s popular books written by heretics like Westcott & Hort , Bruce Metzger, Billy Graham , Rick Warren , Bill Hybels , John McArthur, James Dobson, Charles Swindoll , John Piper, Chuck Colson, Tony Evans, Oral Roberts, Jimmy Swagart, Mark Driskol, Franklin Graham , Bill Bright, Tim Lahaye, Paula White, T.D. Jakes, Benny Hinn , Joyce Myers, Brian McLaren, Robert Schuller, Mother Teresa , The Pope , Rob Bell, Erwin McManus, Donald Miller, Shane Claiborne, Brennan Manning, William Young, etc.
It’s a veritable Hall of Fame of pentecostal/fundamentalist writers! Billy Graham? Oral Roberts? I mean, I don’t like any of these people, or subscribe to their beliefs (well, except for Mother Teresa, maybe), but seriously, aren’t we getting a little carried away here?
When I was reporter in western Kentucky, I covered a record-burning at a local church. This was around 1980, and the vinyl and CDs (I dunno, did they even have CDs then?) going to the fiery furnace were what you would expect — heavy metal, hard rock — and some you wouldn’t — pop schlock like Olivia Newton-John. (Apparently, they didn’t appreciate her hit single, “Let’s Get Physical.”)
Countless other churches have had book-burnings, but Pastor Marc Grizzard’s is the first I’ve heard where they intend to incinerate Bibles. Grizzard is one of those narrow-minded Christians who worships the King James version of 1611 as the only True Word of God™. Anything else more recent is heretical.
If you wade through the church’s poorly designed website (created by someone the pastor actually recommends, no less), you will find that Grizzard knows no ancient Greek, Aramaic or Hebrew, and is actually kind of proud of it. (Yet another example of the anti-intellectual strain of Bible-thumpers rife in the USA.)
I know very little, but that doesn't matter. God said in Psalms 12:6-7 "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever."
One does not need to know Greek or Hebrew to understand God's Word. God has promised to preserve them, not man. If the preservation of God's Word was left up to man than we would mess it up. That's what we have with modern versions. But divine preservation is God's promise to give us his pure words and we have that in the KJV. God's Word is not lost or hidden somewhere. We have them today for the English Speaking people and that is through the KJV.
To say that one has to know Greek or Hebrew to have God's pure and perfect words is to say that God Almighty is not capable of preserving His Words in our English language. My God is capable of doing whatever he chooses to do, but it seems that many so called "scholars" today has a god that doesn't know any language other than Greek, Hebrew, and Latin. I can't speak for their puny little gods. My God created the languages, including English.
If I catch his meaning, the only true inspired word of God in English was the KJV. The other, later translations, based on a wider variety of original texts and archaeological evidence, are the spawn of Satan.
So what if people can understand them better.