JD Greear Says Anti-Semitism, a ‘Lie of the Enemy’, Led to Synagogue Shooting

Anti-Semitism spouted by the accused Pittsburgh synagogue murderer of 11 today (Oct. 27) is “a despicable lie of the enemy which we unequivocally reject,” Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear tweeted.

Police have arrested 46-year-old Robert Bowers and described the shootings as a hate crime, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Bowers disturbed the Jewish Sabbath at the Tree of Life Synagogue and shouted, “All Jews must die,” before opening fire around 10 a.m. Eastern time.

Six injured in addition to the killings included four police officers, according to news reports.

SBC First Vice President A.B. Vines, pastor of New Seasons Church in Spring Valley, Calif., and SBC Second Vice President Felix Cabrera, lead pastor of Iglesia Bautista Central in Oklahoma City, were listed in a signature line with Greear’s tweet.

“We grieve with the city of Pittsburgh, the Jewish community, and especially the families of the victims,” wrote Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. “In a nation seemingly full of hatred, we remain committed to demonstrating and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, pursuing religious freedom for all peoples, and praying for a more civil and loving society.”

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Source: Baptist Press