Est. May 2008

27 April, 2017

That's A Bit Extreme

Here's a 'pastor' who needs help.
(RNS) A Pentecostal pastor in Uganda’s capital has reportedly torched thousands of Bibles because they were “fake” and “demonic.”

Pastor Aloysius Bugingo of the House of Prayer Ministries in Kampala ordered the burning of the Good News Bible and the King James Version because they used the words “Holy Ghost” instead of “Holy Spirit.”
The pastor had collected the Bibles from his 6,000-member congregation and set them on fire. He also charged that words “fasting” and “Lent” had been omitted from the books without explanation.
Though I'm not exactly sure why the change happened, using 'Holy Spirit' or 'Holy Ghost' is, IMO, a matter of personal choice. You might look or sound odd using the latter in front of others, but the meaning's still clear. But to burn Bibles because of it?

Um ... no.

I'm not sure where this pastor gets the notion that 'fasting' and 'lent' were removed from whether the King James or the Good News versions of the Bible. 'Fasting' is used 21 times in the King James and 23 times in the Good News Bible. 'Lent' also appears in both versions (as well as in every other English-language version I checked at Bible Gateway), but only pertaining to lending or loaning someone something - never in reference to the period of fasting prior to Holy Week.

Bishop Herman Sentamu feels the 'pastor's actions stem from ignorance', and I agree with him. Perhaps, rather than seek legal action - as the Bible Society of Uganda hints at - perhaps this pastor needs to take a sabbatical and get himself some re-training in Scripture.

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