Pastor ‘directed by God’ to burn ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Twilight’ books

A Tennessee church leader who fears ‘witchcraft’ will befall his church has claimed he was ‘ordered’ by God to lead a book burning event to rid the world of ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Twilight and other best-selling fantasy books.

He also urged them to destroy “tarot cards, Ouija boards, healing crystals, idol statues, spell books and anything related to the occult”.

Pastor Greg Locke of Global Vision Bible Church in Mt. Juliet, near Nashville, began his sermon on Wednesday evening by announcing that he had received a missive from God – to skip Holy Communion that evening and hold to the places a book burning event for its supporters.

“We always have communion on Wednesday nights…but the Lord specifically directed me tonight not to,” the Pentecostal preacher said.

“There is a mixed multitude in this tent. I don’t break bread with witches. You hear me? … I don’t break bread with demons. I don’t break bread with Freemasons. I do not break bread with the occult.

Pastor Greg Locke leads the Global Vision Bible Church in Mt Juliet, near Nashville, Tennessee.

He added: “We’re not going to prostitute Communion by letting a witch curse this house tonight.”

The tent community had planned to have a bonfire that night, Locke reminded his audience.

“We have a constitutional right and a biblical right to do what we’re going to do tonight,” he later continued. “We have a burning permit, but even without a permit, a church has the religious right to burn occult material that it considers a threat to its religious rights and freedoms and belief system.”

Lock also claimed to have some 24,000 viewers on “two platforms” tuning in remotely, telling his streaming audience “God is taking notice, and so it’s the devil… Let’s go give the devil an eye noir.”

Just over an hour into the recording, uploaded February 2 to Pastor Greg Locke’s Facebook fan page, the religious leader was then seen standing among congregants against a dark background, his face illuminated by rising flames from burning wooden pallets. before them – books in hand ready to meet their fiery end. Others fueled the fire with more leftovers in an apparent attempt to touch the sky with their passionate cries of beloved children’s and teen books.

Lock turns and points at the camera, waving at his home audience to stay put for the grand finale. Two men then approach the pit with a dumpster full of books. Soon, Locke is initiating the cremation, happily pulling one medium at a time from the trash while others arrive with their own bags full of books, throwing them away one by one.

The staunch religious leader’s call to rid the world of allegedly dangerous children’s books and other ‘occult’ materials comes as lawmakers debate discussing legitimately historic events at school, such as American slavery or the Holocaust. Some states have recently gone so far as to ban “critical race theory,” or the study of race relations in the United States, from public schools.

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