Thinking Out Loud

April 2, 2011

To Our Muslim Friends: Everything You Need To Know About Terry Jones

  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Baptists
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Pentecostals
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Charismatics
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Episcopalians
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Roman Catholics
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Quakers
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Methodists
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Calvinists
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Puritans
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Anglicans
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Free Methodists
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Lutherans
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Anabaptists
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Mennonites
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Wesleyans
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Presbyterians
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for non-denominational Christians
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Amish
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Greek Orthodox Church
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Shakers
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Christian & Missionary Alliance
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Salvation Army
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Mormons
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Brethren in Christ
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Evangelical Free Church
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Pentecostal Holiness Church
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Southern Baptist Convention
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Apostolic Church
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Christian Reformed Church
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Church of God in Christ
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Assemblies of God
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Reformed Church of America
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Calvary Chapel Movement
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Church of the Nazarene
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Harvest Bible Fellowship
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Seventh Day Adventists
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the United Pentecostal Church
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the United Methodist Church
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the United Church of Canada
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for the Willow Creek Association
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Sovereign Grace Ministries
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Samaritan’s Purse
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Wycliffe Bible Translators
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for World Vision
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Compassion International
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Youth With A Mission
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Youth for Christ
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Christian broadcasters
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Christian bookstores
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Christian musicians
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Christian bloggers
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Christian schools
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for Christian universities
  • Terry Jones doesn’t speak for me.

Get the picture?

…And ditto Fred Phelps…Why do the smallest voices get the greatest media attention?

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6 Comments »

  1. Excellent post – says it all.

    V

    Comment by Vic the Vicar — April 2, 2011 @ 6:52 am

  2. This is the message that the world needs to hear. That being said though, Muslims do behead and torture and imprison even the most open minded of “infidels” for far lesser reasons that burning the Koran. And in a way they might admire the tactics of Fred Phelps.

    Comment by Cynthia — April 2, 2011 @ 10:42 am

  3. Here here – he is a total idiot

    Comment by Lesley Fellows — April 2, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

  4. Nor does he speak for Plymouth Brethren, or Plymouth brethren with a small “b”, or brethren with a small “b”, or Open Brethren, or Closed Brethren, or Tight Brethren or Loose Brethren, or Progressive Brethren or King James Only Brethren, or Exclusive Brethren or Grant Brethren, or Taylor Brethren or Raven Brethren.

    Oh, forget it! The Brethren have fought amongst themselves so much that J. N. Darby likely burned George Muller’s books.

    Sorry, just had to rant about the group that’s still closest to my heart.

    Comment by David Fisher — April 3, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

    • Maybe this wasn’t the best place to mention that we’re not always the most unified bunch; but I guess Terry Jones proves that single-handedly. (Were you trying to suggest that the Brethren have fought more than the Baptists?)

      Creating this list was a rather interesting process, as I’m sure you can imagine. I tried to reflect my mostly U.S. readership but include a few Canadian groups as well, but it was hard to know where to draw the line. And why are the Mormons listed, but not the Jehovah’s Witnesses? Not sure. I also wanted to include all of the churches affiliated with Andy Stanley’s North Point ministry, but wasn’t sure what to call them. They’re a rapidly-rising group, though not a denomination as such.

      This is the kind of blog post that may sit for weeks and then suddenly get picked up by a search engine; and hopefully will bear fruit at that time. Again, to any Muslims who stumble on this page, these fringe characters (Jones or Phelps) don’t speak for 99.9999999% of us.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — April 3, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

  5. Amen. great post

    Comment by hilariouslife — April 8, 2011 @ 12:51 pm


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