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 am born in Montreal, the youngest of a family of 6 children. Husband and father of three children: my wife (Joanne), our children (Antoine, Élène, 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 adolescence, I even 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 such that they would, altogether, lean to the good side and I’d be saved … until such time that my uncle (Pierre) and my aunt (Gisèle), who had become believers a few years prior, 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 Jesus’ 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-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 into His Paradise:

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 got turned upside down in my life. The engagement, my new spiritual life based on the Scriptures, the water baptism, the marriage. Thereafter, I joined the South Shore Bible Group in Longueuil where the teaching of the Word of God is based on its literal interpretation. I wish to express my appreciation to all those who invested themselves in my life in this milieu, brothers and sisters of this community, the elders, pastors and missionaries. Before joining the ranks of Beth Ariel, I served in that place with my wife 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. With the Jewish perspective, this concept is also communicated and proven right across the Old Testament. That’s what makes the teaching provided at Beth Ariel so unique and I desire, for that reason, that many get to taste the same. 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 flavour 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