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Quran-burning Pastor

10 Sep

By Terry Loving

(CNN) — “The pastor of a Florida church planning to burn Qurans told CNN Tuesday while the congregation plans to go through with the action to protest the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States by al Qaeda, the church is “weighing” its intentions.

Terry Jones, pastor of Dove World Outreach Church in Gainesville, Florida, who was interviewed on CNN’s “American Morning, said the congregation is taking seriously the warning from the U.S. military that the act could cause problems for American troops.”


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http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/09/07/florida.quran.burning/index.html?eref=ib_topstories

“And if the blind lead the blind – This was so self-evident a case that an apter parallel could not be found – if the blind lead the blind, both must fall into the ditch. Alas, for the blind teachers, who not only destroy their own souls, but those also of their flocks! Like priest, like people. If the minister be ignorant, he cannot teach what he does not know; and the people cannot become wise unto salvation under such a ministry – he is ignorant and wicked, and they are profligate. They who even wish such God speed; are partakers of their evil deeds. But shall not the poor deceived people escape? No: both shall fall into the pit of perdition together; for they should have searched the Scriptures, and not trusted to the ignorant sayings of corrupt men, no matter of what sect or party. He who has the Bible in his hand, or within his reach, and can read it, has no excuse.” 1

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If Pastor Terry Jones were speaking out against domestic violence and abuse, he would have my support. Sad to say though, as a Christian I am saddened by his lack of honor due our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His actions and intentions are an embarrassment to the cause of Christ, and damage the credibility of God’s Holy Word. To his discredit, he thinks that he is serving God when actually he is serving his own personal agenda – hate. Pastor Jones is what the Bible refers to as, “the blind leading the blind.” Eventually, they will all “fall in a ditch.” (Matthew 15:14)

Where is the logic and rational in burning the Quran? Will the books that will be burned on 9/11, rid the world of the Muslim’s bible once and for all? Will it end their religious beliefs, and force them to give up their religious practices? Will his church folk enter every Muslim home here and abroad, every mosque, and seize all available Qurans to be burned? Ok, so how hard would it be for a million more Qurans to be printed? Then what?

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Just in case you haven’t read this far in the Bible Pastor, strife among Christians is forbidden, and those who cause it should be abandoned:

“I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.” (Romans 16:17)

Titus 1:6 speaks of elders in the church as being, “blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.” Have you watched the news lately Pastor? Your personal hate filled endeavor is causing riots in the streets in many places. I wonder if this is his idea of representing the “light,” and “salt” of the earth that Christians are called to be, (Matthew 5:13-14). If so, let me be the first to tell the Pastor that his light has grown dim, and his salt has definitely lost its flavor.

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Pastor Jones stated that his church was delivering a “message” and it is “very clear.” And what message was he trying to deliver, “an eye for an eye?” What was the “message of warning” that He spoke of? “Radical Islam – get out of America?” Or else? Where is the message of Christ? Where is the mind of Christ? Where is the message concerning domestic violence, abuse, child abuse, salvation, the Great Commission? Where is the message that it is deplorable for preachers to beat their wives? Did he and his flock miscalculate in thinking that they would have more support than they attracted? He should ask himself, “What would Jesus do?”

The supposed purpose of Pastor Jones’ organization – according to him – is to “stand up for righteousness and for the truth of the Bible.” Also, that “Christians must return to the truth and stop hiding.” If he really believed his own words, he would not be doing what he is proposing to do. “Return to the truth” – what truth – his truth? How about, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God,” (Matthew 5:9). Isn’t this the “truth” according to the Bible that he claims to defend?” “Stop hiding” – from what pray tell? American Christians aren’t hiding; they are showing exactly how they feel about the Word of God – they can take it or leave it. Of course, this doesn’t apply to every believer, however, Christianity as it was once known is on the decline in America 2

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This news article quotes his church website saying, “speak up against sin and call the people to repentance. Abortion is murder. Homosexuality is sin. We need to call these things what they are and bring the world the true message: that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.”

As a Christian, yes I believe with all of my heart and soul that “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.” I confess Him as my Lord and Savior, and give all Praise and Honor to Jehovah, the only True God of Heaven. My personal convictions do not afford me the privilege of bashing others for what they believe. It is my duty to teach, and share the Gospel of Christ, in love. When I share God’s Word and it is not received, I do what I am told to do in Mark 6:11 “Shake the dust off my feet…” and keep stepping (my words). Neither God nor Jesus forced themselves on mankind. We were given free will to “choose ye this day” whom we would serve. (Joshua 24:15)

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In this world, good and evil will grow up together. Someday, when God ends this madness, there will be a final separation. The parable in Matthew 13:30 explain the wheat and the tares. Even Jesus Himself allows the believers and non-believers to grow up in this world together. The saved, lost, kind, evil, true, liar, loving, hateful, true worshipers, and false worshipers are growing together “until the harvest.” (Matthew 13:30)

Listen to God’s Word Pastor Jones:

“Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.” (Matthew 13:30)

“His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire”. (Matthew 3:12-NIV)

“False doctrines are against God – he alone is the judge and punisher of them – man has no right to interfere in this matter. They who burnt Vanini for atheism usurped the seat of judgment, and thus proved themselves to be not less a diabolical seed than the person they thus, without God’s leave, hurried into eternity.” 3

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And yes, Christians should “speak up against sin and call the people to repentance.” However, we should also make sure our own hands are clean, and we have repented first of our own sins. We should also share the eternal love of God who desires that every human being should be saved from eternal lost. So I ask you Pastor Jones, wouldn’t your time be best served winning souls for Christ? Think about the lost souls that know nothing about God. How do you think they will feel about Him seeing that His representatives are causing riots and discord?

There is so much more that can be said concerning this issue. Whether I believe the mosque should be built near Ground Zero is of no consequence. What concerns me the most is the potential for more disasters on our shores, and the welfare of Christians and Americans around the world. We must continue to pray for them and our military personnel. I pray that Pastor Jones will take a seat, and not let pride keep him from listening to reason. When it is all said and done, and the damage from his decisions will be severe, and all he will be able to say is, “I’m sorry.” And to me, that just isn’t good enough. May God judge his ignorance and false pride.

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In conclusion, Pastor Jones’ “website blog posts, Ten Reasons to Burn a Koran.”

Pastor Jones, I list Ten Reasons Why You Should Stand Down –

  • Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9)
  • Pride goeth before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)
  • Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men. (Matthew 5:13)
  • Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy: but I say unto you, love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you; that ye may be sons of your Father who is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. For if ye love them that love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the Gentiles the same? Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:43-48)
  • A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (John 13:34)
  • The only thing that matters is that you continue to live as good citizens in a manner worthy of the gospel of the Messiah. (Philippians 1:27-ISV)
  • This is how the LORD responds: “If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you! (Jeremiah 15:19)
  • I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. (Jeremiah 23:21)
  • But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. (Romans 2:8)
  • He who plots evil will be known as a schemer. (Proverbs 24:8)

We shall all stand before a Righteous Judge and give an account of the things we have done in this life. (Romans 14:12)

“God often suffers one man to lead many to ruin. A rich and profligate man, an infidel, a man of learning, a politician, or a teacher, is allowed to sweep multitudes to ruin. This is not unjust, for those who are led are not compelled to follow such people. They are free in choosing such leaders, and they are answerable for being led to ruin.”4

1http://bible.cc/matthew/15-14.htm2 http://signsofthelastdays.com/archives/the-decline-of-christianity-in-america3http://bible.cc/matthew/13-30.htm4http://bible.cc/matthew/15-14.htm

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One response to “Quran-burning Pastor

  1. Terry

    September 13, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Pastor Terry Jones – “You reap what you sow.”

    “15 killed in disputed Kashmir in deadly protests”

    “Reports of a Quran desecration in the United States intensified the anger, with activists chanting “Down with America” and burning an effigy of President Barack Obama in a rare anti-U.S. protest here.”

    “The protesters were inflamed by reports on the Iranian state-run channel Press TV that the Quran was desecrated over the weekend in the United States, Khoda said.”

    http://enews.earthlink.net/article/top?guid=20100913/8378b274-a3a9-4ed8-a156-6a010d195cf0

     

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