Rémi Payette

 
 

What a privilege to be part of a congregation which underscores the importance of presenting the Bible from a Jewish perspective. I am indebted and compelled to share this heritage.

I was born in Montreal, the youngest of a family of 6 children. I am husband to Joanne and father of three children:  Antoine, Élène and Dominik. I come from a religious background where the values that were passed onto me were essentially to believe in God and to perform good deeds. During my adolescent years, I came to believe that on the Day of Judgement, God would place my good deeds on one side of a scale and my bad deeds on the other so, when weighed, the good would outweigh the bad and i would be saved. I believed that until  my uncle (Pierre) and my aunt (Gisèle), who had become believers a few years earlier, shared with me that the Holy Scriptures said otherwise. I had to recognize myself as a sinner, separated from God. I then put my full confidence in Yeshuah’s sacrifice on the cross, as He died in my place. I accepted Him as the Saviour of my soul and the Lord of my life. That is how I got out of religion and started a new and loving relationship with the Heavenly Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Having read the New Testament, here is what I have deduced as to what we have to believe, in order to be accepted by God:

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

This became the core content of my faith.

Therefore, in 1983, everything changed in my life. There was the engagement, my new spiritual life based on the Scriptures, the water baptism, and then my marriage.  I joined the South Shore Bible Group in Longueuil where the teaching of the Word of God is based on a literal interpretation. I wish to express my appreciation to all those who invested their time in my life : brothers and sisters of this community, the elders, pastors and missionaries. Before joining the ranks of Beth Ariel, I, along with Joanne served in that congregation for about twenty years.

I always believed in the concept of the Trinity of God. Many passages of the New Testament make reference to it. Even with a Jewish perspective, the concept of the Trinity is also communicated and found in the Old Testament. That’s what makes the teaching provided at Beth Ariel so unique.  I pray, for that reason, that many get to taste this same teaching. My wife and I have the pleasure of serving God in a place where His Word is preached that way. Pastor Jacques Isaac Gabizon and Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, as well as several other persons, have given me this Jewish perspective which I hadn’t known before. Jesus was Jewish, the writers of the covenants were Jewish, God made promises to Israel and they will all be fulfilled unless someone can manage to destroy the stars and the sun.

Jeremiah 31:35 Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for light by day And the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; The LORD of hosts is His name: 36 “If this fixed order departs From before Me,” declares the LORD, “Then the offspring of Israel also will cease From being a nation before Me forever.”

Furthermore, the congregation is multi-ethnic, which enriches it. As a Quebecer, my faith is shared in common with Jews, Italians, Haitians, French, English, Russians, Koreans, Greeks, Portuguese… It’s very special, I assure you! May the Salvation of God come upon Israel and the nations, however many there are!

Rémi Payette