Another Pastor Playing Games… Your 15 Minutes Are Over – Exit Stage Left Please!

I’m sure you have heard about the pastor in Florida who was planning to burn 200 Quran’s on Sept. 11. A supposed memorial to the Sept 11th attacks in the manner of his “Islam is of the Devil” ministry. Well, apparently he decided to not burn the Quran’s, and claims that he has struck a deal with the Imam to move the ground zero mosque blocks away from the original site. And that claim has been denied by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of the ground zero mosque.

While I don’t agree with the mosque being built in down town Manhattan largely because I think it smells of something larger than simply a religious bridge building project, and I certainly don’t think anyone should be burning Quran’s as part of a demonstration of hatred… I equally loath the political and spiritual game Pastor Jones is playing in Gainesville. I call BS to this guys entire way of living out his Christianity, and I believe the entire thing is a stunt that he has now deemed his 15 minutes of fame! I say your 15 minutes are about done Jones, you have been measured and weighed and found wanting. Your 15 minutes are killing me and millions of others who are forced to watch you murder the name and person of Jesus Christ! This guy is a joke and I hope he gets off the stage as a representative of Jesus Christ. Burn what you want bro, do whatever it is you think is right… but PLEASE for the love of God, quite doing any of it in the name of our savior Jesus!

Here is a glimpse into his game and hypocrisy. The guy is going to burn Quran’s because he sees the religion as a religion of hate and violence and sells “Islam is of the Devil” hats, mugs, and T-shirts on his web-site, complete with his book adorning the same title. BUT, in the latest news conference during his 15 minutes of fame the pastor said this in response to the claim that Imam Rauf never agreed to move the Mosque in response to them not burning the Quran. In fact Imam Rauf says he has never spoken to Jones.

“I asked him three times, and I have witnesses,” Jones said. “If it’s not moved, then I think Islam is a very poor example of religion. I think that would be very pitiful. I do not expect that.”

One minute Islam is of the Devil and he is going to burn their holy book, and the next thing out of his mouth is that he doesn’t expect the Imam to go against his word, because it would prove Islam to be a poor example of religion?

If you can figure this guy out, please let me know!

I said it before and I’ll say it again, I hope Pastor Jones gets off the stage as a representative of Jesus Christ because the more I see and hear him, the more I want to vomit.

Lord, help me show grace and mercy, I need your grace and mercy!

Grace and Peace

Tony

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5 thoughts on “Another Pastor Playing Games… Your 15 Minutes Are Over – Exit Stage Left Please!

  1. Tony,

    I agree that it is not wise to have the burning demonstration, but I don’t think it is murdering the name of Christ to say that “Islam is of the Devil”. I think just the opposite. All false or counterfeit religions are of the Devil. I think it is more hateful for a Christian to say that all faiths are cool as long as you are sincere in that belief. It is not loving to let someone perish as long as we are nice to them along the way.

    We have had celebrities and the President calling this an “outrage”. We have brothers and sisters being martyred almost daily in India, China, North Korea, and the Middle East, yet when one man wants to burn some books, that is an outrage. I haven’t heard any of these people making any statements for the martyrs. Something is off there.

    We have to be careful not to judge a man’s motives or heart in a matter. In 1 Cor. 4:3-5, Paul states, “I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.” I know the whole judging thing is tricky, Matthew 7 is used out of context all the time. (I’ve heard people on the radio say that this man was violating this text and at the same time they were judging him as hateful, bigoted and intolerant.) We are supposed to judge false teaching, so in this case I would say that biblically he is okay to say what he is saying, and the people telling him not to judge while at the same time judging him, are wrong.

    We need to be praying for this man, praying that God is leading him to make a wise decision, even if we don’t understand. I can’t find anything biblically wrong with his protest, I’m just afraid it may cause some violence. If he does have ulterior motives, the Lord knows, and He will deal with him.

    Matt

  2. Matt,

    Thanks for your comment; it’s always my pleasure to hear your perspectives…

    No doubt he has the “right” to say that Islam Is of The Devil and I am not advocating for an all religions lead to God type of message. My concern is for the way in which he has gone about his message. His decision to burn the Quran and desecrate that which others view as Holy (right or wrong) is not something I see Jesus doing. I would equate him and his message to Fred Phelps and his bunch at Westboro Baptist Church and their “God Hates Fags” and “God Hates Dead Soldiers” signs. They do this stuff to insight hatred and push buttons, and I don’t see this as a biblical model of proclaiming the kingdom of God.

    Burning the Quran doesn’t seem to jive with the life and ministry of Jesus. Jesus was around plenty of pagan religions that worshipped millions of gods. The Jews were the only monotheists in the roman world, right next to the Jewish temple that Jesus taught at and turned over tables of money changers were larger and more prominent temples of worship to pagan gods built by the Romans to remind the Jews who was in charge. Their temples were as much about their political message as they were about the spiritual message. But Jesus wasn’t burning their books…

    Take Paul in Acts 17:16-34 as a biblical paradigm for evangelism is a pagan world. He recognizes their seeking of a god; he engages in fruitful conversation with others about God which includes Jews and Gentiles, and because of these conversations, they begin to ask Paul about his God! They are intrigued by the truth and conviction of Paul and want to know more. And then Paul is able to speak to the masses about the incarnate Son of God, Jesus… and some decide to follow Jesus a result. I can only imagine a much different result if Paul had come into Athens, and began to burn down all of the pagan altars and those addresses to the “unknown god”.

    As far as the slippery subject of judgment goes… we are called to evaluate and judge what is said in the public arena in the name of Christ. Its not the man I judge but his demonstration of the gospel of Jesus that concerns me, and more importantly the damage he is doing for Christian missionaries that have begun fruitful discussions and relationships with Muslims in countries like Jordan, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. What if a Christian missionary is killed because of his antics? I would say his 15 minutes of fame on every news network and internet outlet needs to be evaluated for it authenticity because he is speaking for Jesus and those who follow Him. Our evaluation of Pastor Jones should be no different than the folks who preach a false prosperity gospel begging for the 1000 people to send their $1000 seed to set your finances free in Jesus name!

    Like Paul, Pastor Jones has the right and freedom to do and say whatever he wants about Islam, but not everything is beneficial, not everything is constructive. (1Cor 10:23-24)

    You are right about another thing… we should be praying for this man and this situation!

    Peace

  3. I agree with you that it is not smart in my opinion. I also feel it resembles something that those Westboro loons would do. It really doesn’t seem beneficial to the Gospel. We do need to remember that Jesus is returning in judgement, (as Matt Chandler likes to say with a sword and a tattoo on his thigh) and it will be horrible for those who reject Christ, but I think we should stick with Jesus instruction to make disciples of all nations. We need to preach the Gospel, not incite anger and vioolence. I also thought of Paul at the Areopagus when he engaged the Greeks about the altar to the unknown god.

    I didn’t feel that you were saying all paths lead to God. I was addressing that to our postmodern culture and the responses I’ve heard on radio and TV.

    We agree on this topic, and after seeing your comparison to the prosperity preachers, I see your point about calling him out. I was really just joining in the conversation, giving my $.02 worth. Iron sharpens iron…

  4. No doubt iron sharpens iron, this is why I love your perspective on things. I too get weary of the tolerance for the sake of freedom in America message, even though I think tolerance and love is needed for the gospel to be effective when it comes to the 1.5 Billions Muslims in the world. Kandy Poggi responded on my Facebook note perfectly saying, “Where is love in any part of that. You want to make a difference share the gospel with muslims.” We should be moved with compassion seeking to love everyone as ourselves.

    Peace

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