Monday, June 11, 2018


Baptist church’s ‘Catholic’ Jesus statue to find new home

Church’s ‘Catholic’ Jesus statue to find new home

COLUMBIA — A statue of Jesus that a Baptist church in South Carolina voted to remove because the congregation deemed it too Catholic has found a new home.

The hand-carved, 7-foot statue and accompanying reliefs depicting scenes from Christ’s life have been displayed outside the front entrance of Red Bank Baptist Church in Lexington for a decade. But church members voted last month to move it. The Rev. Jeff Wright, the church’s pastor, would not say when the statue will be taken down but said it is going to another church.

Church members meant no harm in the decision, and the attention has turned what was a simple church issue unfairly into a social justice issue, Wright said.

“This is not a denomination issue, it’s a church decision,” Wright said. “We are removing it to end some confusion. Some people have seen it, guests that have been here and have asked, ‘Why is this on the front of a Baptist church?’”

In a letter to the artist Delbert Baker Jr., Wright wrote that the statue and reliefs bring into question “the theology and core values” of the church.

“We understand that this is not a Catholic icon, however, people perceive it in these terms,” the letter read.
“We are removing it to end some confusion. Some people have seen it, guests that have been here and have asked, ‘Why is this on the front of a Baptist church?’” The Rev. Jeff Wright


Anonymous said...

I wouldn’t want that statue anywhere near my church because it is ugly. Who wouldn’t want that thing. Well I mean beside the Novus Ordo crowd that would put it up over a coffee machine or a computer.

TJM said...

Off topic, but this is for those who post here that believe the Mainstream Media in the US is honest or objective and this comes from Sharyl Attkisson, hardly a conservative journalist. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Sharyl Atkisson writes, "8 signs pointing to a counterintelligence operation deployed against Trump's campaign"

But the facts are:

"F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims"

"FACT CHECK: No, Clapper Has Not 'Admitted That There Was Spying' On Trump Campaign"

"Trump’s FBI Spy Theory Is Completely Insane"

"[Speaker]Paul Ryan Dismisses Trump ‘Spy’ Charge as G.O.P. Shows Signs of Resistance"

"Trey Gowdy’s total rebuke of Trump’s ‘spying’ narrative — and the pattern it fits"


"Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said last week’s briefing, convened by the Justice Department under pressure from Trump, convinced him even further that the FBI’s information-gathering steps were appropriate."

Gowdy: “I am even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got,” he said in an interview on Fox News. He added that the information also suggested that the effort had “nothing to do with Donald Trump.”

Yes, Atkisson is a trustworthy source.... for anything.

TJM said...

I see our resident Abortion Party defender has shown up! Your sources are engaging in semantics: it was spying. The most ridiculous assertion by Clapper was that they put an "informant" aka spy into Trump's camp to protect him. Since Hillary's Foundation received $150 million from Russian interests, her "husband" received $500,000 for a speech in Russia, and she was the Hillary of the "Reset Button" why didn't they put an information aka spy, into HER campaign to protect her.

Now go collect your check from Soros for a good day's work on behalf of the Abortion Party

Anonymous said...

Wow. I thought this post was about a "Catholic" looking statue at a Baptist Church, not your political grievances.

Anyway, if they get rid of the statue, can we Catholics finally stop having "Amazing Grace" and all the other songs from the hillbilly hymnal at Mass?

TJM said...

Anonymous, you definitely are NOT Kavanaugh!

Gene said...

Amazing Grace is definitely not a Catholic song...100% Calvinist. However, there are some hymns in the protestant hymnal that would go quite well in the Catholic hymnal...."Near the Cross," "Beneath the Cross of Jesus," and "At the Cross" (a justification by faith song, but the Church is said to have had some rapproachment with the Lutherans on this a few years back. "Abide with Me" is also nice. There are also some very solid Christological hymns, such as "The Solid Rock."

rcg said...

I visited the Protestant chapel on Samford College in Birmingham. I was actually shocked when I saw how they had painted the ceiling so that it resembled the cieling over a Catholic sanctuary but with the Protestant reformers in place of saints, Mary, Kings, prophets, and apostles. It was well done but truley offensive. It did affirm why Protestants almost universally assume the dearly departed take up their place in Heaven and greet their Saviour like a brother before the body is cold.