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J.D. Greear preaches at historic black church: 'horrible history of racism' due to 'forgotten Gospel'
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J.D. Greear acknowledged the “horrible history of racism” in the Western church and said that the only explanation for such a grievous error is that “they have forgotten the Gospel” during a sermon delivered at a historic African American church.
On June 9, Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, N.C., preached to nearly 1,000 people gathered at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
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Greear, who is presiding over the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in the city this week, told the congregation, “I do not need to tell this church, the church of the West has had a horrible history of racism,” Baptist Press reported.
"You see, the Gospel teaches us that there's only one kind of person: human," Greear said. "We all got one common problem: sin. We only have one hope: the blood of Jesus. And that means all people — red and yellow, black and white — all alike are precious in His sight because all are afflicted with the same problem; all require the same solution."
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The only explanation for racism, the pastor emphasized, “is that they have forgotten the Gospel."
"It is only by renewing ourselves in the Gospel," he said, "can we purify ourselves of the racial bias and blindness to injustice that continues to afflict us."
Message - Greear - Apostle - Peter - Racist
Earlier in the message, Greear pointed out that the Apostle Peter's "racist tendencies” are addressed in Galatians 2.
"[Peter] wouldn't eat with Gentiles in certain situations because a lot of Jews thought Gentiles were of a different spiritual class," Greear said. "So, they practiced segregated eating."
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