The Rev. Creighton Lovelace of Danieltown Baptist Church in Forest City, N.C. says the Muslim Quran should be flushed. And a sign in front of the church broadcasts that message to the entire community.
It’s all in response to a Newsweek story that falsely accused the U.S. military of desecrating the Quran. Newsweek later retracted the story, but not before at least 15 people died in riots sparked by the article.
“I cannot change my position just because it may offend someone else,” Lovelace said. “Our position is that we stand on the Bible—God’s word—and that any other book that teaches a way to God that is not scripture is false. It is wrong. It is not correct,”
Oh boy. I think it’s possible, and probably even beneficial, to stand up for Biblical truth without offending people. Certainly there are times when that may not be possible, but just because you disagree with someone doesn’t mean you need to slap them in the face. Especially if you’re actually hoping to share the Gospel with them, which we’re all called to do. (link via Mike Atkinson)
Update: Mike Atkinson comes through with the story in the first place, and now with the update. Lovelace has apologized for saying the Quran should be flushed.