In Europe in the middle ages, the Pope attempted to unite Western Catholic believers into a form of “Christendom”, which he led into crusades to fight with the sword for Jerusalem. But when they arrived, God’s special presence wasn’t there. Because when Jesus came, he explicitly explained that He is the special presence of God—and his followers make up his nation.
Beyond Today Presenter, United Church of God Pastor
Gary Petty is a 1978 graduate of Ambassador College with a BS in mass communications. He worked for six years in radio in Pennsylvania and Texas. He was ordained a minister in 1984 and has served congregations in Longview and Houston Texas; Rockford, Illinois; Janesville and Beloit, Wisconsin; and San Antonio, Austin and Waco, Texas. He presently pastors United Church of God congregations in Nashville, Murfreesboro and Jackson, Tennessee.