Dr. Terry Jones,
I appeal to you not to burn Qur’ans for three biblical reasons:
- Romans 13
- Persecuted Christians
- Because of the important theological distinction between the now and not yet
The recent comments by the President of the United States, General David Petraeus, and Lieutenant General William Caldwell should lead you to reconsider your actions in light of passages such as Romans 13:7.
Hebrews 13:3 instructs Christians to prayerful remembrance of our brothers and sisters who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus. Carl Moeller, President of Open Doors USA, believes your actions will add to the burden of Christian persecution.
The current age we live in is the “day of salvation.” I trust that you are familiar with the theological distinction between the “now and not yet.” The difference between the now and not yet is the difference between:
- What WOULD/DID Jesus do?
- What WILL Jesus do?
There is a future day of judgment and fire which Jesus and the rest of Scriptures teach in no uncertain terms (Matthew 13:40-43; Matthew 13:49-50; Revelation 20:15). Our calling, now, as ambassadors is to proclaim the message of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 6:1-3). God’s wrath against sin and unbelief is highlighted in the Christian message of the cross where Jesus, the Son of God, bore the Final Judgment and wrath of God for all who believe in Him.
Dr. Jones, burning Qur’ans is neither a sign nor sacrament Jesus has instituted for the church. I urge you therefore to faithfulness in preaching the centrality of the cross and drawing the world’s attention to the appointed signs of the Lord’s Supper and baptism.
In Christian love,