A South Carolina Southern Baptist Church just took Jesus down from their own Church, and the Statue ain’t coming back.
Parishoners are NOT amused:
It is with great sadness that I report the following: in 2007 Bert Baker who is a longtime resident of the Red Bank Community and a former longtime member of Red Bank Baptist Church created the hand carved the Sculptures that you see on the front of Red Bank Baptist Church. And for 11 years they have graced the front of the church as a wordless story of Christ’s life death and resurrection. Sadly on May 30th 2018 those Sculptures will be removed . The leadership of the church has informed us that by a majority vote the church elected to remove them. While that is truly sad and regretful -IT IS NOT THE REASON FOR THIS POST .The reason for this is because of the explanation given by the church in the letter as to why those sculptures need to be removed. It is both disturbing and sad that in a time when we are all needing to come together as brothers and sisters in Christ to project and reflect His love to a lost and dying world, Red Bank has decided to single out another denomination as the reason behind the decision to avoid any real or imagined fear that they would somehow be associated with them AND to further insult the intelligence of an entire community who for 11 years never once has been confused about who RedBank Baptist Church is with or without the sculptures . Both the letter from the church as well as Bert’s response is attached in order to draw attention to the insults and prejudices aimed at another denomination -An act that is totally unbecoming of anyone who calls themselves a representative of Christ .
So why the Hell (don’t mind the pun) would they do this?
Simple. The statue was too “catholic” and was deemed an icon, and had to be removed.
Many Christians believe that graven images, such as this statue, is Idoltry, like the golden idol.
Protestants often accuse Catholics of idolatry, iconolatry, and even paganism for failing to “cleanse their faith” of the use of images; in the Protestant Reformation such language was common to all Protestants. In some cases, such as the Puritan groups denounced all forms of religious objects, whether in three-dimensional or two-dimensional form, including the Christian cross.
The body of Christ on the cross is an ancient symbol used within the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches, in contrast with some Protestant groups, which use only a simple cross. In Judaism, the reverence to the icon of Christ in the form of cross has been seen as idolatry. However, some Jewish scholars disagree and consider Christianity to be based on Jewish belief and not truly idolatrous.