Church Plans Bible Burning

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Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Canton, NC plans a book burning for Halloween [HT: Brian Nicklaus]. They are burning books they believe are Satanic. On the list…just about any version of the Bible other than the Authorized Version (KJV). They are even burning the NKJV! I guess that leaves me asking which KJV do they believe is the true KJV? According to their website it is the 1611 KJV. If that is the case, I wonder how they would answer the following:

  1. If the 1611 is the ONLY real Bible, what about the Apocrypha it contained? Do they read from that or did the translators in 1611 think it was less inspired as they translated and included it?
  2. Which 1611 KJV? There were two versions produced in 1611. What about all the revisions in 1612, 1613, 1616, 1629, 1638, 1701? Do those count? All of those improved upon the 1611 and did away with numerous errors in the text.
  3. What about those thousands of typographical, and spelling errors in the original 1611? Were those inspired translational and typographical errors or would they admit to the 1611 having limitations? For instance, in the original 1611 KJV, Matthew 26:36 read, “Then cometh Judas” rather than “Then cometh Jesus”? I have gone online to the 1611 online and they have all corrected this but it was in the original 1611. Not sure how they can call it the 1611 if they edit and revise it like that. If the congregation reads from a KJV that has “Then comes Jesus” correct as it is, but not the “official 1611” does that mean they are in error for having an update!?!

I guess this brings a whole new meaning to letting your “light shine.” If the 1611 had thousands of errors, shouldn’t it be burned as well? Of course not! Just like many of the other legitimate translations of God’s word that they are burning…they all hold a place in the lives of Christians. Wouldn’t the world be better off for these Bibles to be given to people who need the Gospel? Don’t people have better things to do with their time? Why not take that same time and effort and hand out all the 1611 KJV’s you want into the neighborhood if that is your thing?

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    1. Ha. That’s pretty good. I hope they don’t get a hold of that “version” of the song. That might just get sung around the bonfire.

  1. Thank you for posting this, Matt.

    It reminds me of “Landover Baptist Church”, the sick parody of Christianity that atheists created to turn people, who have questions about Christianity, away from God.
    I would definitely not recommend anybody who is not firm in their belief to visit that website.


  2. I once had a KJV Baptist tell me that my NIV was of the devil. But…he said that NKJV was the worst because it was a wolf masquarading in sheep skin clothing.

    You cannot have any sensible conversation with such people. You can only feel sorry for them that they have been hoodwinked.

    Grace and peace,


  3. Are you serious…there is actually a bumper sticker that reads “If it ain’t King James, it ain’t Bible”. WOW! If that ain’t biblidolatry, then I am not sure what is.

    Grace and peace,


  4. @Tim Archer:

    ROFLCOPTER. That was among the most unexpectedly hilarious things I have ever read….especially considering the horrifying context.

  5. It is this kind of stupidity that gives Christians and Christianity a bad rep in the world.

    Honestly this sounds “Satanic and Demonic” . I mean think about it…how many Christians are okay and would burn any kind of Bible. I think this pastor needs an exercism.

  6. From my pastor who grew up in Haywood County (where Canton is located) and knows the following to be true…”the Haywood County Assistant Fire Marshal has advised the pastor that outdoor burning is confined to “vegetative matter in its natural state” and that violations are subject to as much as a $25,000 fine.”

    One can’t help but hope that God will use such legal enforcements to squelch this “other gospel” that Paul said should be “accursed” (the KJV word, alas!)

    I pray God’s mercy on their souls, if it is right that He should do so. I grew up in a large church that lived this way, and with gratitude for the immense grace of God, was spared and brought out of it.

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