Acts 19:17-19, Prooftexting and Qu’ran burning. Seriously, just read the bible

The story of what happened spread quickly all through Ephesus, to Jews and Greeks alike. A solemn fear descended on the city, and the name of the Lord Jesus was greatly honored. Many who became believers confessed their sinful practices. A number of them who had been practicing sorcery brought their incantation books and burned them at a public bonfire. The value of the books was several million dollars. (Act 19:17-19 NLT)

Today, a commentator tried to tell me that the above passage gave license to what Terry Jones of Dove World Outreach Center is planning on doing. I’ll let you read it again.

First, was it a political statement?

No. Is Terry Jones trying to make a political statement? Well, more of less considering that he is burning the Talmud and trying to sell his church building for a quick 1.1 million dollars and a few t-shirts on the side.

Was the book burning by well-established Christians?

No. They were recent converts who repented and due to their conversion, they not only had no use for their old sacred books, but didn’t want others to have them as well. Is Terry Jones a recent convert from Islam? No. So, does Terry fall into this? No. What is Terry’s excuse? Why shucks, those people burn the flag and the bible.

Again, see the difference?

Honestly, if people would read the bible to be transformed by the bible instead of reading the bible to transform the bible…

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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