Letters to the Editor
Berean Church pastor answers ‘Anonymous’
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The Community Voice:
This letter is in response to Anonymous who has concluded there is an anti-Semitic threat against Jews in our Rohnert Park neighborhoods. The problem is a sign with the title of a sermon, which read, “Justice Mocked by the Jews.”
At the outset let me say Anonymous need not have fear to venture out into the neighborhood. Sunday in our church services, the first song we sang was a quotation of Isaiah 51:11: “Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” The Jews have no better friends than evangelical Christians who believe the Jews are a blessed people. In the words of Jesus, “Salvation is of the Jews.” We are all blessed because Jesus was born of the Jews. We believe Israel will be restored in a great Messianic Kingdom in which Christ will reign from the throne of David in the last days of this earth.
Anonymous is clearly not a reader of the New Testament nor does he/she prefer to do other than quote selectively. Anonymous quoted my words excerpted from this sermon. If he/she cared to quote the entire selection, he/she would have read, “…the rejection of God was demonstrated in the arrest, the trial and the execution of Jesus.
God let man see a spiritual principle in a real visual picture. He did it by showing what ALL of us would do if the Son of God lived among us.” The sermon was about the mock trial of Jesus which no historian misses was a travesty of justice. My sermon concerned the first trial of Jesus by the Jews. A second trial was held in which Pilate, the Roman governor, allowed Jesus to be crucified even though no less than five times he pronounced Him innocent. Who crucified Jesus? The Romans did the dirty work and the Jews supplied the unjust charges against Him.
Lest Anonymous should miss the complicity of the Jews, when Pilate would have released Jesus they demanded crucifixion. Pilate tried to wash his hands of the affair, to which the Jews replied, “His blood be on us and on our children.” I invite Anonymous to come hear about the second trial and the Gentile mockery of justice. I suppose then we will be accused of being anti-Gentile.
Anonymous is also uninformed of independent Baptist churches. He/she leaped from the first century trial of Jesus to another Baptist church in North Carolina to accuse us of guilt by association of name. Space does not allow me to say anything other than this: Berean Baptist of Rohnert Park is not a “branch” of Baptists. A little homework by Anonymous would discover that Berea is an ancient city near to Thessalonica. Paul preached in this city and found the Jews to be noble because they searched the scriptures to see if what he said was true.
We also search the scriptures to find truth. The name Berean references the search for truth and has nothing to do with affiliation to other churches.
What you and I must fear is those who would use the freedom of the press to slander. Anonymous could have found the truth of what we believe by listening to the sermons on the same website: www.bbaptist.org/sermons. A simple phone call would also suffice. Apparently, that was much more difficult than slandering us with eight paragraphs in The Community Voice.
Still, Anonymous, we love you. We want you to know salvation is in Jesus Christ.