I have heard of a lot of silly things done in the name of being Biblical. Like the church that insisted that the cup used in communion had to have a handle on it (like a coffee mug) because a cup without a handle wasn’t a cup but a glass. Or the one brother who objected to another brother being an elder because he had gone out on strike with the Teamsters and the Bible says an elder can’t be a striker (1 Tim 3:3, KJV). But I have to admit that this story took me by surprise. One Baptist church in Canton, NC is going to use this Halloween to burn Satanic bibles… Satanic meaning any Bible that isn’t a KJV.
The Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Canton, N.C. will celebrate Halloween by burning Bibles that aren’t the King James Version, as well as music and books and anything else Pastor Marc Grizzard says is a satanic influence.
Among the authors whose books Grizzard plans to burn are well known ministers Rick Warren and Billy Graham because he says they have occasionally used Bibles other than the King James Version, which is the sole biblical source he considers infallible. (Just in case you think I'm making this up.)
Pastor Grizzard goes on to list some additional authors whose books will fuel their bonfire-- Bill Hybels, John McArthur, James Dobson, Charles Swindoll, John Piper, Chuck Colson, and Mother Teresa. Just to show us that he’s as hip as the next guy, Grizzard also mentions guys like Rob Bell, Shane Claiborne, Brennan Manning and William Young. I’m a little bummed that Max Lucado didn’t make the list; what’s a good book burning without some Max Lucado?
Just to show you that good folks at Amazing Grace (that’s ironic, isn’t it?) Baptist Church do have their priorities straight, they will serve barbecued chicken fried chicken and all the sides during the book burning. I’m not sure if they are going to barbecue the chicken over the book-burning bonfire.
Why is it again that so many non-Christians in our postmodern, secular world have such a hard time taking Christianity seriously as a belief system?