Book burnings. King James Version worship. Mother Teresa? What did she write that would make her a heretic? Possibly some hint of criticism of â€œfaithâ€ over â€œworksâ€? These people seem to think they â€œdo Godâ€™s willâ€ by taking on the spiritual arrogance and self-proclaimed â€œpurityâ€ of their leaders. They do it today by also adopting the political allegiances of their leaders and the â€œflockâ€. But what they do is illustrate a loyalty to something OTHER than the Kingdom Jesus preached. They live inside of their head. An article from WSJ by Duke Divinityâ€™s Lauren Winner was linked by Brian McLaren, one of the authors of the many books deemed to be fire fodder.
Last week the joke was ignitedâ€”literally, at the Halloween book burning sponsored by Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Canton, N.C. The church’s Web site declared the burning to be "a great success." Works thrown into the flames included those by supposed heretics Billy Graham, Mother Teresa and emergent church guru Brian McLaren. "It was a success because God’s Word was glorified and uplifted," according to the Web site. Claiming scriptural warrant for the burning, the site quoted Acts: "And many that believed, came and confessed and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts, brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed."
Most disturbing, Scripture itself was burnedâ€”onto the pyre flew modern translations of the Bible like those that the woman in the joke deplored. Amazing Grace is a self-proclaimed King James Only church: "We believe that the King James Bible is the Word of God," says the church’s Web site. "We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. We believe that the KJV is inspired of God."