As I was browsing the news I came across an article that in my opinion is simply appalling. Here is the article:
A North Carolina pastor plans to host a Halloween event at his church to burn heretical books. At the top of the list — the Bible.
Pastor Marc Grizzard claims the King James version of the Bible is the only true word of God, and that all other versions are “satanic” and “perversions” of God’s word.
On Halloween night, Grizzard and the 14 members of the Amazing Grace Baptist Church will set fire to other versions of the scripture, as well as music and books by Christian authors.
“We are burning books that we believe to be Satanic,” Pastor Grizzard said.
“I believe the King James version is God’s preserved, inspired, inerrant, infallible word of God… for English-speaking people.”
All other religious or Christian texts are sacreligious, the pastor insists. The list of books being burned will include works written by “a lot of different authors who we consider heretics, such as Billy Graham, Rick Warren… the list goes on and on,” Pastor Grizzard said.
Also on the pastor’s list of heretical authors — Mother Teresa, according to a full list that was previously available at the Amazing Grace Baptist Church’s Web site. The Church’s Web site — which is no longer available — calls the event ‘Burning Perversions of God’s Word,’ and urges parishioners to “come celebrate Halloween by burning Satan’s bibles.” Calls to the Amazing Grace Church were not returned Thursday.
Some in the pastor’s community support the event.
“In my opinion, the King James Version is the only version,” Sissy Messer said.
But not all residents of Canton, N.C. agree with the bonfire of the profanities.
“I think some of the newer versions make it easier for people to understand,” said resident Judy Kirby.
The book-burning is being promoted as a social event with a barbecue dinner. The event will run from “7 p.m.- Till,” according to the announcement previously posted on the Web site
God help us! I usually do not like to be critical of another preacher, however, I do not believe that this man is a true preacher of the Word of God. This is an example of someone who has never truly grown in his faith and is ignorant concerning the Word of God. As a pastor, I do preach and teach out of the King James Version. My reason for that is because it does not offend anyone. The apostle Paul talked about this when he was speaking of eating meat offer to idols. If something causes a brother or sister in Christ to be offended it is best not to do it. Therefore, I preach out of the King James Version because it will not offend my weaker brother and sisters in Christ. However, to say other versions of the Bible is heresy and to call it ‘satanic’ is totally absurd. I am afraid that the cause of Christ is greatly hurt by so-called preachers such as this man. May, God help us. I am afraid that this man will have to answer to God for this and God’s hand will be removed from this church. Imagine, God’s people, celebrating the devils holiday by burning Bibles. May God have mercy on the church, may God forgive us of our sin. The Bible, God’s Word is inspired by God, not by some king that lived a long time ago. May we get back to making the main thing the main thing. Loving God with every fiber of our being and loving others as oursleves. We need preachers who simply preach the Word, who preach the Bible, not preachers who burn the Bible. Children of God, its time we get real and live out our faith, not destroy it.