GAINESVILLE (Florida) – A CONTROVERSIAL US evangelical preacher on Sunday oversaw the burning of a copy of the Quran in a small Florida church after finding the Muslim holy book ‘guilty’ of crimes.
The burning was carried out by pastor Wayne Sapp under the supervision of Terry Jones, who last September drew sweeping condemnation over his plan to ignite a pile of Qurans on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks.
Sunday’s event was presented as a trial of the book in which the Quran was found ‘guilty’ and ‘executed.’ The jury deliberated for about eight minutes. The book, which had been soaking for an hour in kerosene, was put in a metal tray in the centre of the church, and Mr Sapp started the fire with a barbecue lighter.
The book burned for around 10 minutes while some onlookers posed for photos.
Source: Straits Time
This is in direct contrast to what the Holy Word of God says Christians should behave. How can you speak to a Muslim about Jesus by burning a book? The Word of God does not say we should go around and cause chaos and fighting by treating each other disrespectfully. The Word of God says we should treat each other with respect.
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself;
Burning books is not the way to get to Jesus Christ. It is speaking of the fact the Lord died for our sins, and that he is coming soon to judge every single one of us.
We should always treat everyone with respect and love, the way we want to be treated. Even those who do not believe in Our Lord and Savior Jesus, who comes very soon.
“Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
2 Corinthians 10:12-16
For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding. But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you. For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we did not reach to you, for we were the first to come even as far as you in the gospel of Christ; not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we shall be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you, so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.
Written by: Gloria