Yesterday, we learned of the tragic deaths of at least 12 United Nations workers in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. They were killed by rioters who were protesting against the March 20 burning of the Qur’an, Islam’s holy book, by Florida pastor Terry Jones.
So what was the motive for Jones’ Qur’an-burning stunt? His own words provide the answer:
“We must hold these countries and people ACCOUNTABLE for what they have done as well as for any excuses they may use to promote their terrorist activities. The time has come to hold Islam ACCOUNTABLE. Our United States government and our President must take a close, realistic look at the radical element Islam. Islam is not a religion of peace. It is time that we call these people to ACCOUNTABILITY.” (Emphasis mine)
In other words, Jones is an advocate of “Christian accountability”, the idea that Christians can somehow “hold others accountable”. As I have discussed before in Bible-based objections to “Christian accountability”, this heretical teaching is contrary to the Bible, and is an unwarranted intrusion into other people’s lives. While in most cases the damage of this heterodox idea of “Christian accountability” or “accountability partners” is limited to severe emotional distress, Jones’ “accountability” has led to the deaths of at least 12 innocent people.
Remember, Jesus Christ is the only one who has the authority to hold people accountable. Not Terry Jones, nor any other Christian.
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