Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Anchorage Baptist Temple Pastor Jerry Prevo Fires Back Against Progressive Blogger John Aronno, Condemns Westboro Baptist Church

KTVA Channel 11 picked up the story about John Aronno's hit piece against Anchorage Baptist Temple Pastor Jerry Prevo, and offered Prevo the opportunity to respond. Aronno had compared ABT to the Westboro Baptist Church, a comparison which I summarily dismissed on July 28th, 2011.

Prevo responded: "Anybody that read that article comparing me to Phelps would laugh at the person who wrote that article. There's no comparison because we're very patriotic here at ABT. We have a strong military church. We support our military. We have patriotic programs. I think it's very inappropriate for them to be demonstrating at soldiers' funerals." Pastor Prevo doesn't seem to mind the conflict, though, because he believes followers of Christ can expect opposition, and that's part and parcel of preaching the Gospel forthrightly, without fear or favor. In Matthew 10:22, Jesus Himself states "And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved", so Christians who are targeted with political persecution can assume they have been granted the honor of taking a proxy hit for our Savior Himself.

Pastor Prevo was defended by another pastor, Rev. John Carpenter of Baxter Road Bible Church. Carpenter, who walked away from what had become a lifetime gig as KTUU Channel 2's sport anchor to serve the Lord full time, said "I think this article kind of does exactly what it's complaining about. It kind of tries to marginalize without allowing a person to have his opinion." Anchorage Church Visits blogger Chris Thompson visited Baxter Road Bible Church on January 9th, 2011 and witnessed Carpenter's ordination; he gave the church a thumbs up in his report. You can quickly find out which other churches Thompson has reviewed by consulting this alphabetized index of his reviews I constructed.

For his part, John Aronno is equally unrepentant, explaining that although Pastor Prevo doesn't use the same words as Fred Phelps, he communicates the same ideas. On his Alaska Commons blog, Aronno has a little graphic that says "Annoy Jerry Prevo -- Think for Yourself"

One can certainly respect Aronno's commitment to his ideas. He reminds me a lot of someone else who was equally committed -- Korihor the Antichrist. According to Alma 30, Korihor traveled around the Nephite homelands similarly ridiculing and misrepresenting believers in God. Finally, in a dramatic confrontation with a prophet named Alma, Korihor imperiously demands a sign from God, otherwise he won't believe. And Alma gave him a sign -- he was struck dumb, so he could not speak. Afterwards, he professed belief. Too late.

5 comments:

  1. Someone Who Knows The Truth...7/18/2012 10:26 AM

    Sam "Carpenter" isn't Pastor John Carpenter's blood son. Kelley Tiede lied to John Carpenter in order to manipulate him into walking away from his engagement to be married - to the woman John loves and had met when Kelley Tiede began chasing him.
    So much for "strong partnher" Kelley Tiede. More like, strong liar. Lies can infiltrate any religious group.

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  3. I gave Brother Prevo a "half listen," and turned him off when he told his listeners that we should "return to the Faith of our Founding Fathers." I am sorry to report that that is a lie. Yes, some of the members of the 1st Congress were Christians, but many of them profoundly were not. For example, Thomas Jefferson is a pretty famous member of that 1st Congress and when people think "Founding Father" his name and image often comes to mind. However, get an actual copy of something called "The Jeffersonian Bible." It is called the Jeffersonian Bible because that particular Founding Father compiled it. Gee, Brother Prevo, why did Tom throw out 90% of the Bible? Read it for yourselves. So you see, I gave Brother Prevo a half listen because he was telling people something that is a half truth and what remains from a "half truth" is called 100% horse feathers. Look, - if your breakfast cereal box says "Gravel and Grain" are you going to taking a spoonful up to your mouth to find out with your teeth which is which? Well I'm not. I worship with Christians who are a 100% Whole Grain, Natural Holy Spirit! Pass me the milk!

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  4. I gave Brother Prevo a "half listen," and turned him off when he told his listeners that we should "return to the Faith of our Founding Fathers." I am sorry to report that that is a lie. Yes, some of the members of the 1st Congress were Christians, but many of them profoundly were not. For example, Thomas Jefferson is a pretty famous member of that 1st Congress and when people think "Founding Father" his name and image often comes to mind. However, get an actual copy of something called "The Jeffersonian Bible." It is called the Jeffersonian Bible because that particular Founding Father compiled it. Gee, Brother Prevo, why did Tom throw out 90% of the Bible? Read it for yourselves. So you see, I gave Brother Prevo a half listen because he was telling people something that is a half truth and what remains from a "half truth" is called 100% horse feathers. Look, - if your breakfast cereal box says "Gravel and Grain" are you going to taking a spoonful up to your mouth to find out with your teeth which is which? Well I'm not. I worship with Christians who are a 100% Whole Grain, Natural Holy Spirit! Pass me the milk!

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  5. I gave this pastor a "half listen," but turned him off when he told his listeners that we should "return to the Faith of our Founding Fathers." I am sorry to report that that is a lie. Yes, some of the members of the 1st Congress were Christians, but many of them profoundly were not. For example, Thomas Jefferson is a pretty famous member of that 1st Congress and when people think "Founding Father" his name and image often comes to mind. However, get an actual copy of something called "The Jeffersonian Bible." It is called the Jeffersonian Bible because that particular Founding Father compiled it. Read it for yourself. So you see, I gave him a half listen because he was telling people something that is a half truth and what is remaining from a "half truth" is called a lie. If my breakfast cereal box says "Gravel and Grain" I am not taking a spoonful up to find out with my teeth which is which. I worship with Christians who are a 100% Whole Grain, Natural Holy Spirit!

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