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Rémi Payette

Elder/Teacher

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

Simon
Simon Sloutsker
Elder/Teacher/Worship Leader
“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness” (Ps. 30 :12)

I was born in Moscow, of a Jewish father and a Russian mother. I lived my first 19 years in Soviet Russia, Communist and atheist Russia. I loved this country, its language, its culture and literature and I started to look for God in Russia.

However my investigations had not given any result. I had looked for God in science, philosophy, literature, esoteric spheres, and yoga, in Buddhism, in the Russian Orthodox and even in French Catholic churches. I still couldn’t find Him.

At the age of 18 years old, I was stricken by a mental disorder that literally tore my soul. I am speaking of the manic-depressive disorder, also known as the bipolar disease. For 12 years, this disease left its mark on my life, as if my young life had been stamped with deep black streaks. I found refuge in music and poetry to soothe my inner pain, although art only offered a temporary relief.

During one stay at the hospital, God revealed himself to me, in a most extraordinary way. I was lying in my bed, in a conscious state of constant suffering, when I suddenly felt a spiritual presence in the room I was in. It was the presence of my Creator. I couldn’t see anybody, but I understood that God was present and I could hear in my soul His comforting words: “Do not worry, my child, you are one of the sons of Israel, I will not leave you in pain, I will be with you. ‘’

While still in hospital, I got to know Him, the One who loved me, forgave me, and comforted me. He, who lived among men more than 2000 years ago. He, who was acquainted  with grief (Isaiah, 53:3).He, who suffered on the cross (Ps. 22:17) to free us from sin and heal our diseases. I understood that Only Jesus would be with me in the most painful moments of my life. Neither Buddha nor Krishna nor any master nor angels, nobody could go into that pit where my soul was crying in pain. Slowly I realized that Jesus had suffered on the cross in a much more acute way than me and that my own suffering was engulfed in His… “who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,  though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.  And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, called by God as High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 5 :7-10).

I was saved by God’s grace, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb who was slain, placed in the invisible church by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. God put stitches in my soul with expert and sensitive fingers. When I  read the Word of God, or when I pray, I know that God has been healing me without ceasing. Reading the Bible, praying, experiencing true fellowship did replace medication, hospitalizations and psychoanalysis. My psychiatrist rejoiced when he saw my progress and at some point, he even allowed me to stop my medication. It is indeed a huge victory in a man’s life, a victory that I wouldn’t have been able to win over without the Great Healer’s intervention.“I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.  He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth—praise to our God…” (Psalm 40 :1-3a).

Through all these years of ordeals, the Lord has blessed me abundantly. He gave me a faithful wife and four children. My parents prayed for my salvation and my spiritual growth and rejoiced over my spiritual life with God. The Lord gave me musical talents and I composed many songs for His glory. The Lord placed me in a church where love reigns, where sound doctrine is preciously kept. National and cultural identities are cared for and discipline and freedom are promoted and encouraged. At Beth Ariel, I acknowledged and understood my Jewish identity,  a descendant of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, a child of Israel, God’s chosen people, loved by God and His Messiah Yeshua. I worship Adonai and praise Him for all His awesome deeds and I am looking forward to seeing my God, face to face and adoring Him, surrounded by my brothers and sisters.

Simon Sloutsker, servant of God, disciple of Jesus the Messiah.