BY JEFFREY BERGER-LAGUNA The Associated Press | ___________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Orleans said his congregation is being targeted for its “Christian values.”
“We’re going to have to be able to say that we are the Redemptorists and we’re not going to go away,” Peterson said.
The church is in the midst of an “extensive effort” to purge itself of its own past, including past beliefs that include white supremacy, Peterson said, and that includes the use of the term “Jesus Christ.”
The Redeemers believe they are the true heirs of God, Peterson added, which means they believe they were chosen by God to rule the world.
Peterson said the church’s mission statement is that God created humans in the image of God.
“We believe that we were created by God and we were intended to rule this world, Peterson told The Associated.
“If I can do it, we can stop it. “
I’m trying to do everything I can to stop it from happening,” Peterson told the AP.
“If I can do it, we can stop it.
It’s not a race thing.
We are not against any race.
We just don’t want to see this go on.”
The Redempter Lutheran church was founded in 1794 by Lutherans who settled in New England in the early 19th century.
Peterson, a former Marine, is now the pastor of the New Orleans-based church.
It is the first church in the United States to be accused of practicing racism, but Peterson said it is not the first time the church has faced allegations.
For more than 100 years, the Redemptioners have preached that they were the true church of Jesus Christ.
The Redempters were banned from holding public meetings in New York City in the 1970s.
Peterson says he was forced to close the New York chapter of the church after the city enacted anti-discrimination legislation.
After the ban was lifted, Peterson became president of the Southern Baptist Convention and began teaching in the U.S. in 1988.
He later served as a national president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and was president of St. Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis.
Peterson said he has tried to work with other Southern Baptists to get them to stop using the term, but said they have not.
Many members of the Black Baptist Church of Texas in Houston said they are still trying to understand why the Redcessers have been singled out by the church.
The Black Baptist church has had problems with racism for decades.
Baptist Rev. Paul Gorman, president of Black Baptist Theologically Seminary, said the term should not be used against the church because the Redirectors believe in the restoration of the gospel and not in white supremacy.
“The word is not used that way, because we don’t think of it as being racist,” Gorman said.
“There are people in this church who believe that the word is a racist word.
Gorman said the Black Christian community should be able look at the church, and the fact that it has a white savior is not a reason to exclude them from that community.”
Bishop Louis Pomeroy, a senior fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union and an advocate for racial reconciliation in the civil rights movement, told the Associated he thinks the Redeemed church’s actions are “outrageous and inexcusable.”
Pomeroy said he understands that the Redenemers want to be heard and wants to make clear that their beliefs do not represent the majority of the Christian community.
“I understand that there are many people who do not want to hear what they are saying, but they have a right to do so,” Pomeroro said.