A church in North Carolina has gone out of its collective mind … there’s no other conclusion one can reach. And I can show this in two ways:

According to regional sports channel NESN, a number of well-known athletes are going to Hell:

The Amazing Grace Baptist Church [of Canton NC] released a list of athletes who are going to hell, and the Patriots’ quarterback [Tom Brady] headlines the list.

“Tom Brady has an unwed child, but it’s okay because he wins Super Bowls,” it says on the church’s Web site, which has either crashed or been taken down. “Tom Brady is teaching us to have sex outside of marriage, to commit fornication, don’t marry and do the right thing, don’t take responsibility for your actions, have a good time no matter who you hurt in this world, go from sex partner to sex partner, and it’s okay because of who I am. How many of you dad’s cheer on Tom in the Super Bowl while your kids are watching?”

Among others targeted for hellfire by this wingnut church are Richard Petty, Matt Leinart, and Joakim Noah.

Second piece of evidence: This same church is planning a Bible-burning session. Yes, it’s true, and the (UK) Telegraph reports the story behind this profane festival:

Marc Grizzard, of Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Canton, North Carolina, says that the first King James translation of the Bible is the only true declaration of God’s word, and that all others are “satanic”.

Pastor Grizzard and 14 other members of the church plan to burn copies of the other “perversions” of Scripture on Halloween, 31 October.

The New Revised Version Bible, the American Standard Version Bible, and even the New King James Version are all pronounced to be works of the Devil by Pastor Grizzard and his followers.

Pastor Grizzard said: “I believe the King James version is God’s preserved, inspired, inerrant, infallible word of God… for English-speaking people.

“We are burning books that we believe to be Satanic.”

As well as inappropriate translations from the original Hebrew and Aramaic, the pastor and his associates will be burning books by various Christian authors, as well as music of every genre.

These people likely subscribe to the very odd — and dwindling — school of English-language scriptural philosophy known as “KJV-Only.” At least, I had thought it to be dwindling … apparently it’s making a comeback, in Canton NC if nowhere else.

Please note, the Amazing Grace Baptist Church of Canton, NC is not the Amazing Grace Baptist Church of Mt Airy, NC. That church is apparently unrelated and is not pulling the same kinds of stunts, as USA Today reports:

[U]nfortunately, the early reports zipping around the Internet didn’t specify the city for Amazing Grace Baptist Church.

So, in Mount Airy, NC., Pastor Jonathan Barker of Amazing Grace Baptist Church would like folks to know, “This is not our church!”

So if you plan to complain about the non-KJV-Bible-burning Amazing Grace Baptist Church that’s sending Tom Brady et al to hell, please be sure to contact the one led by pastor Marc Grizzard in Canton, NC. OK? The folks in Mt Airy, NC are not behind this.

Hat tip: Skeptics & Heretics Forum.

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