Two weeks ago, I wrote about the sad tale of Pastor Marc Grizzard and the Amazing Grace Baptist Church of Canton, North Carolina. Grizzard and his flock planned to spend their Halloween not giving out candy or dressing up for the holiday. Rather, they planned to burn Bibles that were not the King James Version.
Did it happen?
The county’s Fire Marshall told Grizzard that a book burning was against North Carolina law. According to what appear to be eyewitness accounts, there was no book burning at all and torrential downpours sent the parishoners scurrying inside and away from the media.
However, Grizzard’s church’s own website says:
We wanted to say that the Book Burning was a great success. It was a success because God’s Word was glorified and uplifted. God magnifies His Word above His name, and so do we. The video of the entire service will be up in a few days. We wanted to thank all the Bible doubters who prayed for rain with us. All the protestors and media got wet; we were inside where it was nice and dry. Someone said that we were hiding out, but that is not so. The Chief Deputy asked us to keep everything inside, and we agreed, so we were obeying those in authority. We also have others that rent spaces in that same building that we have to respect. This event was successful not because of the rain, it was just an added blessing. A blessing in the sense that less people came out to protest, and there were no problems. We are not glad people got wet, we are glad that His Word was honored. Some have written praising God that he intervened and stopped the Book Burning because of the rain, protestors, and state laws about burning paper. Nothing was stopped. Our goal was to destroy garbage as noted below, and we did just that. We didn’t care how it was destroyed; only that it was destroyed. These same people must have never heard about “Paper, Rock, & Scissors.” Scissors cut paper, and paper tears real easy. We destroyed everything as planned. Praise God! God answered every prayer that everyone prayed, but they don’t like the answer.
If there were any disappointments, it was that there were no other Independent Fundamental Baptist churches or individuals standing with us locally on the KJV. They hook up with the Southern Baptist and the Freewill Baptist to fight the liquor crowd, and the abortionist, but will not stand with the KJV, the Word of God. Next year we will have others standing with us, as you will see. We have heard from hundreds of churches and individuals from around the world that will be happy to do the same thing next year.
Apologies to anyone who clicked through that link; that website is the height of website design chic, circa 1997.
I’m not quite sure how playing “Paper, Rock, & Scissors” counts as a “book burning.” Though I doubt that the Rock-Paper-Scissors-Spock-Lizard rules would have worked; Spock :spock: can vaporize Bibles, and Lizard can eat Bibles, but the Bible can’t do anything to Spock (he would find it illogical) or to the Lizard (since the Lizard isn’t human and doesn’t need its wisdom or to be saved).
Brief diversion later, did it happen? I just don’t know. I’m not disinclined to discount the eyewitness account (and I’ve seen it posted on a lot of news websites), and there’s a certain amount of petulance and defiance in Grizzard’s website account.
But, really, the thing that matters to me. Did they destroy any of my books? That’s all I really care about. 😆